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July 5, 2013

CASA 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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IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
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snakesSnake Sightings in Reston

This month's Reston Today features:
  • Tips on avoiding copperhead snakes.
  • Information on access roads at Reston Station.
  • RA's corporate volunteer program.

Click on the image above to watch Reston Association's monthly news video on YouTube. 

gravesGraves Named to RA Board

Ellen Graves was chosen to fill the vacant Hunters Woods/Dogwood District seat on the Reston Association Board of Directors. Graves will serve the remainder of the current term, which ends in April 2014.


Graves was one of five applicants who were interviewed by the RA board during its June meeting last week. She replaces Cheryl Beamer, who resigned last month.


The RA board selected Graves based, in large part, on her breadth of experience and dedication to the community.


Graves will be sworn in at the start of the July 11 board meeting. Click here to read more.
votesBoard Votes on Two Issues
The Reston Association Board of Directors unanimously voted on the following items last Thursday:
  • To proceed with drafting of a supplemental declaration designed to annex the property located at 11101 Chessington Place, Reston, VA, 20194 into the Reston Association in accordance with terms and conditions negotiated with the property owners and acceptable to Reston Association.
  • To approve amendments to Common Area Rules & Regulations Resolution 1: Common Area Use to clarify that the utilization of electronic cigarettes is also prohibited on certain Reston Association common areas.
CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
Dragonfly Class
Thursday, July 11
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person (Free for count participants)
Reservations required by July 8. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Dragonfly Count
Sunday, July 14
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Meet at Bright Pond Lane. Park at the end of the cul de sac.
Free. Reservations required by July 10. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
dragonfly Learn about the fast, colorful and fascinating lives of Reston's "flying dragons." In the class, guest naturalist Kevin Munroe of the Fairfax County Park Authority will focus on basic identification, natural history and conservation of our local dragonflies. Then, join the annual Dragonfly Count through Reston's natural areas. Meet local dragonfly experts, learn tips on identification and have fun while helping to obtain important information on our fast-flying friends.
CASACASA Information Session
Saturday, July 20
11 a.m.-noon
Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

Court Appointed Special Advocates for neglected and abused children (CASA) is holding an information session for anyone considering becoming a volunteer.
For more information or to RSVP, e-mail: volunteer@casafairfax.org.

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 Kids' 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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