RA News
Sept. 6, 2013


Call to Reston Artists

Swim Team Enrollment

Library Programs

Sept. 28, 10 a.m.
Aldrin Elementary School.
Help feed hungry children.

Habitat Heroes (fall guide)

DRB Members Sought



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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.
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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
presidentPresident's Perspective
Note: Reston Association President, Ken Knueven, continues his series on the 2014-2015 budget process with his latest blog posting on www.reston.org. (Excerpt below).

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RA President
Going into debt is never anyone's first choice, whether for personal or business reasons. However, often a loan is either the only choice or the one that makes the most sense, both in the short and long term. As you know, from following the FY2014/2015 budget discussions, Reston Association is contemplating securing a loan of between $2.0 and $2.5 million to offset expenses and provide a lower assessment increase for 2014 and 2015. Our objective is to minimize impact to assessments while focusing on big project items like potential dam expenditures.

Click here to continue reading the entire article or to post your comments about the budget.
artistArtists Invited to Enter Work
null The League of Reston Artists is inviting artists to enter paintings, mixed media, and other two-dimensional fine art (excluding photography and fine crafts) in this year's artReston exhibition. Deadline for entries is Sept. 26. The exhibit will be free to the public at the JoAnn Rose Gallery in the Lake Anne Reston Community Center, 1609-A Washington Plaza.

Go to www.leagueofrestonartists.org for more information on this and other exhibits.
Two Pools Remain Open
Ridge Heights and North Shore pools will remain open through Sept. 29. Click here for specific hours for "Season 5" or go to our Aquatics Facilities page for more information or to download the pool schedule.

swimteamSwim Team Winter Program
Enrollment for the Reston Swim Team Winter Program has begun. Go to www.rsta.org for swimmer or coach registration, or click here for a schedule.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
bughuntBug Hunt
Monday, Sept. 9 or Tuesday, Sept. 10
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members; $8/child non-members.
Ages 18 months to 35 months.
Reservations required. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.

butterflyicon The walls and gardens of Nature House are host to many kinds of butterflies, moths, beetles, katydids, spiders and other fascinating creatures. Decorate a bug box, then take a look outside for insects and spiders before the weather begins to turn cold.
foodHome Food Preservation
Thursday, Sept. 12
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA or RCC members, $8/person non-members. Adults.
Reservations required by Sept. 9. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
This introductory class will cover food preservation methods, including canning, fermentation, drying/dehydration, and freezing. Learn about food safety precautions, kitchen set up, and jar and equipment prep as well as food and recipe selection. Instructor: Diane Blust. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center.
batsBats: On Leathery Wings
Friday, Sept. 13
6:30-8 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 Sept. 10. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Bats are the only mammals that can fly. Find out what bats eat, how they find food in the dark, what animals eat bats, and what challenges these animals face. Take a night hike with a bat detector to find wild bats of Reston as the sun sets.
libraryUpcoming Library Programs
Tuesday, Sept. 17
7 p.m.
Reston Regional Library,
11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

21st Century Job Strategies. Charles E. King, self-empowerment coach and re-employment specialist working with the Virginia Employment Commission, will present some modern strategies for adults looking for employment or considering a career change.

Friday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m.
Great Decisions Roundtable Discussion. The topic will be "Iran and the U.S.: Three Decades of Futility." Reading material is available at the library's Information Desk two weeks before the program.
rallyRally for a Cause
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22
9 a.m.
Lake Newport Tennis Center
11452 Baron Cameron Ave.

Men's and women's singles and doubles. Brackets for 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and over players. The $30 entrance fee benefits the player's choice of three great causes affiliated with the tournament:

  • USTA Serves - A Wounded Warrior curriculum that is meant to guide anyone with or without prior tennis and/or rehabilitation experience to use tennis as a vehicle for acclimating to civilian life on many levels.
  • HEART (Have Everyone Access Reston Tennis)
  • Cornerstones (an interfaith family services organization.) 

Click here for more information or to register, or e-mail rally4acause@restontennis.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)

Download fall guide.
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.
BushHoneySuckleHelp Uproot Bush Honeysuckle
Oldfield Tot Lot
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
10 a.m.-noon
We will battle invasive Bush Honeysuckle, one of the many invasive exotic plants taking over the natural area surrounding the Oldfield Tot Lot. RA needs as many hands as possible to cut and uproot these shrubs and help create space for native plants to grow. Meet at the Oldfield Tot Lot. The entrance steps are adjacent to 10805 Oldfield Drive. Look for the white RA truck.
Oldfield Tot Lot
drbDRB Seeks Two Members
Reston Association is seeking two volunteers to serve on the Design Review Board (DRB). Design professionals (architect, land planner or landscape architect) are needed to serve to complete the remaining portions of three-year terms, ending March 2015. All applicants must own property in Reston to be eligible for appointment. Click here for more information.

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