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June 21, 2013

Civil War Lecture

Habitat Heroes Projects



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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

Korean Delegation Visits Reston
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Reston Association's acting CEO, Cate Fulkerson, receives a gift from representatives of the Korean delegation that visited Reston on June 7. Andy Sigle (left), RA board vice president, looks on during the presentation. Click here to read more about the visit.

USOpenU.S. Open Tickets
USopen13 Two tickets for the U.S. Open in New York will be raffled off. Proceeds will benefit the Reston Association Children's Tennis Scholarship Fund. The tickets are for the President's Box at court-side during the day session on Aug. 29. They include access to the dining room and other hospitality services. The drawing will be held July 1. A maximum of 400 raffle tickets ($25 each) will be sold.

Click here for more information or to enter the raffle.
budgetmeetSpecial Budget Meeting Held
Reston Association's Board of Directors held a special 2014  -2015 budget-planning last week. A presentation that included budget suggestions and staff initiatives was discussed. Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting. (Note: You must have PowerPoint installed on your computer to view.)

Board members were urged to consider the following points when determining budget priorities:
  • Will the initiative support or help achieve the association's vision, mission, core values and strategic plan?
  • Is the initiative directly related to any of the key purposes of the organization?
  • What does the organization wish to accomplish in the next 24-month cycle?
The budget process runs through November 2013.

Click here to read more.
awardRA Receives Public Health Award
The Medical Society of Northern Virginia presented its Public Health Award to Reston Association at a ceremony in Tyson's Corner last week. The ceremony was part of the 4th Annual Legislative Breakfast.

The MSNVA award goes to organizations that support public health policies and promote smoke-free outdoor spaces. RA has accomplished this by posting "smoke-free" signs in recreational spaces in Reston.

Click here to read more.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
HistoryHistory Presentation
Thursday, June 27
7-9 p.m.
Reston Community Center at Lake Anne,
1609a Washington Plaza.

The Reston Historic Trust will present a free lecture on how Civil War soldiers and famous commanders passed through the Reston area on their way to cross the Potomac River. Click here for more information.
summersongsSummer Songs Campfire
Friday, June 28
7:30-9 p.m.
WNC Campfire Ring, Soapstone Drive, between Glade Drive and Lawyers Road.
$5/person RA members, $8/person non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by June 25. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Summer is a musical time of year. Insects and birds fill the air with the sounds of their activities. Listen for these sounds and discover who is making them through stories, songs and fun activities.
PhotogIntro to Wildlife Photography
Saturday, June 29
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

$10/person RA members, $15/person Non-members.
Adults. Reservations required by June 26. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Join local photographer John Eppler to learn how to get the best photographs of wildlife in your backyard. Learn how to attract wildlife to your yard and what camera equipment and settings to use. Take photographs at the nature center property. Be sure to bring your camera.

Yankees vs. Orioles
Bus trip to Camden Yards on June 30.

butterflyButterfly Class and Count
Butterfly Class
Monday, July 1
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person (Free for count participants.)
Sign up by June 28. Call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Butterfly Count
Saturday, July 6: 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
Free. Sign up by July 4. Call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Discover the colorful and diverse lives of Reston's "flying flowers." The butterfly class will focus on the basic i butterflyicon dentification and life cycles of our local butterflies through a combination of field guides, handouts and a Power Point presentation. Then, join staff and volunteers for the annual Butterfly Count through Reston's natural areas. Meet fellow butterfly lovers, learn tips on identification and have fun while helping to collect important information.

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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