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June 28, 2013

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County Transit Meeting
Habitat Heroes Projects

Party for Volunteers

Kids' Triathlon



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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NOTE: Reston Association offices, Central Services Facilities and the Nature House will be closed July 4.

IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
ballfieldBall Field Lighting Approved
The Reston Association Design Review Board unanimously approved ball field lighting for the Brown's Chapel #1 Little League field during its June 18 meeting.

"This will be the first ball field subject to RA covenants to be lighted and it is an exciting development for the growing population of Little League baseball players in Reston," said RA's Director of Parks and Recreation, Larry Butler. The lighting will be installed later this summer.

Click here to read the full news release or go here to download related documents.
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ken knueven slide The Reston Association Board of Directors took to the streets last weekend to tour RA facilities as part of the 2014-2015 budget process. Starting with a sneak peek at the new Reston Metro Station (opening December 2013) on Friday to a bus tour of several pools, parks and clusters on Saturday, RA leaders visited and discussed items for possible inclusion in the budget. (Ken Knueven, the RA board president, pictured above, took a hands-on approach to the tour, testing a slide at a tot lot.)

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

artexhibitArt Exhibit at RA Building 
Now through the end of the year.
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free,
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

painting13 The League of Reston Artists is inviting art lovers to view a series of rotating painting and photography exhibits that are on display at Reston Association headquarters through the end of the year. Visit the LRA website at www.leagueofrestonartists.org for more information on these and other exhibits. (Pictured: Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz's Oriental brushstroke painting, "Rhodochrosite Sunrise")

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 identification 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.

crittersCritters in the Creek
Tuesday, July 9
10-11 a.m.
Buttermilk Creek Nature Trail, 11032 Ring Road, park at Uplands Pool.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages: 18-35 months.
Reservations required by July 3. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Explore the cool waters of Buttermilk Creek to find frogs, tadpoles, minnows and other aquatic creatures. Wear your wading shoes and clothes that can get dirty. We will provide nets and buckets.
transitmeetCounty Transit Meeting
Wednesday, July 10
6-9 p.m.
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, rooms 4 and 5.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation has scheduled its third round of public meetings on the Countywide Transit Network Study to provide an update on current progress and to seek feedback from the community.

The meeting, scheduled for July 10 at the Fairfax County Government Center, will be held in an open house format from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Click here for additional 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.

Deer Forest Tot Lot
Saturday, July 27
10 a.m.-noon.
Join Habitat Heroes this month and yank out invasive shrubs like Burning Bush and Bush Honeysuckle from the natural area. These shrubs are a threat to biodiversity and are linked to the decrease in song bird populations. The natural area surrounding the Deer Forest Tot Lot needs your help. Please park along Deer Forest Road. Look for the RA truck.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Ha Brock, RA volunteer & community outreach coordinator, at habrock@reston.org or 703-435-7986.

volpartyVolunteer Appreciation Pool Party
Friday, Aug. 2 (rain date is Aug. 9)
6-8 p.m.
Lake Newport Pool, 11601 Lake Newport Road.
Come spend an evening with your fellow volunteers and let us serve you. Enjoy salsa and dip, a taco bar, door prizes, music, giveaways and more.

Please RSVP to Ha Brock by July 29 at 703-435-7986 or habrock@reston.org
triVolsHelp Needed for Kids' Triathlon
On Aug. 11 at 8 a.m., the YMCA Fairfax County Reston and Reston Association will be holding the third annual Reston Kid's Triathlon. The event is intended to be a fun opportunity for youngsters to stay active through the summer and learn about the fast-growing sport of triathlon.

kids tri In keeping with the missions of the sponsoring organizations, a number of the participants will be from families who might not be able to afford the entry fee and equipment for the event. Through individual and corporate sponsors, their costs will be covered. All net proceeds from this event will be used for the Y and RA youth scholarship programs.

Volunteers are needed for many different areas and if you would like to support local kids and volunteer for this event, please sign up at: www.restonkidstri.org/volunteer.html.

Volunteers receive a T-shirt and breakfast.

We strongly discourage parents from volunteering if your child is in the race. For more information on the event go to www.restonkidstri.org.

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