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June 7, 2013

Hospital Scholarships

Library "Book Dating"

Habitat Heroes Projects



summer programs

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Reston's paths are one of the community's greatest joys. Set as your goal to explore all 55 miles of paved and natural surface pathways winding throughout Reston's open spaces. Not only do these paths provide a great place to exercise and get some fresh air, they also connect neighborhoods, recreation areas and shopping centers.
Reston Station

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is constructing a 23-mile extension of the Metrorail system, which will be operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from East Falls Church to Washington Dulles International Airport. The extension will serve the Reston-Herndon area, the state's second largest employment concentration. It will provide a one-seat ride from Dulles International Airport to downtown Washington. Click here for more information.

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IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
Beamer Resigns from Board
Cheryl Beamer
Cheryl Beamer resigned from the Reston Association Board of Directors last week. Beamer served as the Hunters Woods/Dogwood District director since 2007. She also served on several RA committees during her time on the board.

Beamer's contributions over the years have been invaluable to the association. Her accomplishments include:
  • Advocating for public art in Reston.
  • Upkeep and maintenance of trails and natural areas.
  • Proponent for employee benefits and services.
Click here to read more on www.reston.org.


Special Meeting is June 10 

The Reston Association Board of Directors will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 10 at 6 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to conduct a public hearing and consider adding real estate located at 11101 Chessington Place, Reston, Va., 20194 to the association.

In addition, the board will be considering:
  • The association's position regarding the Baron Cameron Park master planning process.
  • The appointment of an investment manager for the association.
  • Proposed amendments to the May 28, 2013 Draft Reston Transit Station Areas Comprehensive Plan Text Version 3.
  • A process for filling the open Hunters Woods/Dogwood District seat on the Board of Directors.
The special meeting will be held at Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.


Hospital Awards Scholarships  

Reston Hospital Center awarded scholarships to 11 Fairfax County high school seniors in recognition of their academic excellence and excitement for pursuing a career in healthcare.


The recipients of the Reston Hospital Center Medical Staff Scholarships are: Montserrat Alvarez,

Herndon High School; Jenny Chau, Westfield High School; Madeline Farmer, Oakton High School; Priscilla Fiores, South Lakes High School; Syed Hossain, Herndon High School; In Ah Jung, Langley High School; Debbie Ledezma, Mclean High School; Hanna L. Mitchell, James Madison High School; Jona Qorri, Chantilly High School; Tommy Reyes, South Lakes High School and Margaret Sabo, Chantilly High School. 


For the past 15 years, Reston Hospital Center has awarded more than $200,000 in academic scholarships to students in Northern Virginia.


Historic Trust Hires Director  

The Reston Historic Trust hired its first executive director, Katie Eichler Jones. Jones is a life-long Restonian with a BA in History from the University of Virginia and an MA in Public History and Museum Studies from the University of South Carolina.

Jones has served as director of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, where she will continue to work part-time. Jones will begin working half-time at the Reston Museum at Lake Anne on Aug. 23.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

Summer Bird Count  

Saturday, June 8
6:45 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free. Reservations required. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Join us for the half-day annual Summer Bird Count throughout Reston's natural areas. Meet local bird experts, learn tips on identification and have fun while helping us obtain important information to help our feathered friends. Volunteers are invited to enjoy lunch, tally results and swap stories back at Nature House following the count.


Cicada Invasion 

Thursday, June 13
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$4/person RA members, $6/person Non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by June 10. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Periodical cicadas are emerging this year, producing one of the most amazing natural displays you will see. Find out where they come from, how they make their sound and why we only see them once every 17 years. Learn other cicada calls and take a short hike to see how many different cicadas we can hear.


Fishing with Fathers  

Saturday, June 15
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $8/person Non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by June 12. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Celebrate Father's Day by fishing with us at Lake Audubon. Learn fish facts, fishing basics and practice casting. We'll provide rods and bait. Those 16 and older wishing to fish will need a fishing license available online at www.dgif.state.va.us.


Book Dating at the Library    

Tuesday, June 18
7 p.m.

Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive. 


"Book dating" is a new way to share the books you love, learn about new books to read, make friends, start a book club, or even find a love connection. Bring a favorite book or two, then join other attendees for one-on-one, timed meetings, followed by light refreshments and socializing with the whole group. Library staff will be available to assist and make reading suggestions.


Click here to register or call 703-689-2700


Yankees vs. Orioles Trip  

Sunday, June 30

5:30 p.m.-midnight

Register now for an RA chartered-bus trip to the Oriole Park at Camden Yards to see the Baltimore Orioles play the New York Yankees. Registration form can be found at www.reston.org. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577.

GET INVOLVED: Volunteerism at RA
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RA's volunteer program consists of members in our community working in a variety of capacities. Volunteers are RA's strongest line of communication with the community. Each year a diverse group of RA members donate thousands of hours to the association. Through their dedication, we are able to provide a wide range of high-quality programs, services and events that make Reston a great place to Live, Work, Play and Get Involved

Habitat Heroes Project
(Formerly Weed Warriors)

Our native trees, ferns and wildflowers are under attack by invasive exotic plants like English Ivy, Japanese Honeysuckle and Bamboo. That is why we need heroes like you to join us in rescuing Reston's beautiful parkland from these aggressive plants. These fast growing, invasive plants escape from people's yards and seriously threaten local ecosystems, taking away vital food and habitat from already stressed wildlife populations. Please spend a couple hours in our parkland protecting our forests every fourth Saturday of each month as we help restore Reston's forests to their natural state.

Please wear long sleeves and long pants to protect against poison ivy, thorny plants and biting insects. RA will provide tools, gloves, snacks and water.

Stevenage Natural Area Restoration
Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m-noon
Want to learn how to use a Weed Wrench? Join the Habitat Heroes this month to help restore the Stevenage Road natural area. We will use neat tools like the Weed Wrench, hand saws and loppers to remove Bush Honeysuckle, Burning Bush, Bradford Pears and more from this unhealthy patch of woods. These shrubs and trees produce seeds and spread rapidly, decreasing the space for native plants to thrive. With your help, we can restore the woods and provide healthy wildlife habitat. Please meet at the parking lot of Reston North Park behind Home Depot at the corner of Reston Parkway and Stevenage Road. Look for the RA truck. There is poison ivy at this site.

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