RA News
Sept. 13, 2013


Mural Ceremony at RTC

Habitat Heroes

NeighborWoods Project

Halloween Event



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To commemorate Reston's 50th birthday in 2014, Reston Association presents the My Community video contest. Send in a short video showing why you love to Live, Work, Play or Get Involved in Reston. Qualifying videos will be posted to Reston Association's Facebook page. Winning videos will be shown during Reston's 50th Anniversary Celebration at Reston Community Center on April 5, 2014.

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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
ecigsE-cigarette Policy Makes News

Reston Association was featured on a Fox 5 news segment about electronic cigarettes last Friday. E-cigarettes are included in a smoking ban enacted by the association's Board of Directors. Reston is the only Northern Virginia community to ban e-cigarettes from pools and other facilities. Click here to watch the interview with Reston Association's Kirsten Carr or read a related article in Washingtonian magazine.
BudgetblogBudget Conversation Continues

Part 3
of Reston Association President, Ken Knueven's series on the 2014-2015 budget process. Visit www.reston.org to read all President's Perspective posts. 

The ken knueven13recent comments to Reston Association's proposed budget process are welcome, and yes, expected. Budgeting, especially when future financing is involved, will create a maelstrom of commentary and I actually agree with most. Know this, nothing that has been proposed is in concrete; this is where we want the community to get involved.

While I agree this is not a time to get loose with our budget policy, I will also say we have paid the price long enough to maintain an austere budget. Little has changed with Reston Association's budget practices for decades. Yet we must manage and maintain the equivalent of a large township, one that is aging and growing at the same time.

(Click here to read the full blog post or to comment.)

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
Film Night
Road Less Traveled 
Friday, Sept. 20
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free ($5 suggested donation)
Reservations required by Sept. 17. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
This independent film follows eight people on their journey to hike all 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail within one year. It's an inspirational and entertaining show that will make you want to dust off your hiking poles and hit the trail. After the film, there will be a short discussion with Reston resident and co-producer Jason Pavelko and hiker Brandon Simcox. DVDs will be on sale. Watch the trailer

muralMidtown North Mural Ceremony
Saturday, Sept. 21
10 a.m. Free.
Reston Town Center, Midtown North Building.

The public is invited to celebrate the dedication and ribbon cutting of the newly completed mural designed by Dana Scheurer. Remarks will start at 10:45 a.m. followed by the ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. An artist seminar on the mural process will be presented by Scheurer and muralist Bryan King on the Midtown North 7th floor immediately following at noon. Contact Deva Brehony at deva.brehony@icloud.com for more information.
fursFur, Feathers, Fins
Monday, Sept. 23
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 3-5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Sept. 18. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Different animals have different body coverings. Learn what covers the skin of different animals, like fins, fur and feathers, and how these help an animal survive. See and touch some up close. Make your own covering costume to take home.
backyardBackyard Composting
Thursday, Sept. 26
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA or RCC members, $8/person non-members.
Reservations required by Sept. 23. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Dealing with all of the fallen leaves in the yard can be tough. Learn how to recycle them the natural way. Also learn how kitchen waste and other yard debris can be composted right in your own backyard. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center.

believeBelieve It or Not
Stories of coincidences,
phenomenon and the extra ordinary.

null Saturday, Sept. 28
8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Fee: $15 on sale at eventbrite.com or at the door. Advance tickets are recommended due to limited seating.

Brought to you by Friends of Reston and Better Said Than Done.

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)

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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.

neighborwoodsRestore the Natural Area
Lake Newport Soccer Field
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Co-sponsored by Fairfax Releaf.

null As part of NeighborWoods Month sponsored by the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT), we will return to the restoration site surrounding Lake Newport Soccer Field. Throughout the summer, a number of groups have helped us to remove invasive plants from the area. This month, we need volunteers to help us replant with native plant species to support the restoration of the forest understory at this site. Meet at the Lake Newport Soccer parking lot.

To volunteer, contact Ha Brock, Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator via e-mail habrock@reston.org.
halloweenVolunteer for Halloween Event
Halloween House & Trick-or-Treat Trail
Volunteer hours: 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Note: There will be a mandatory volunteer orientation at the nature center on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6-7 p.m.

Click here for more information about volunteering for the event. To volunteer, contact Ha Brock, Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator via e-mail habrock@reston.org.

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