RA News
Sept. 27, 2013


Funding the Future

Everything you need to know about the 2014-2015 budget process.

CPR and First Aid

Red Cross Enrollment has begun for adult and all-age classes in CPR/AED with first aid. The American Red Cross classes will be held at Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.


Contact Willa at aquaticsinfo@reston.org or 703-435-6532. 

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and select Aquatics and CPR-AED for a schedule of classes.

Alzheimer's Walk

Garden Club Meeting

Light the Night

Habitat Heroes

NeighborWoods Project

Fall Stream Cleanup

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.

Visit the Reston Association website for information on property ownership, governance, parks and recreation, and other subjects. The site includes "Shop RA," which allows you to purchase various products and services offered by RA.

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Keep up on Reston Association news and initiatives by reading our various publications. Get event and program schedules, and read useful and interesting features about our community.

Board of Directors

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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RA Pro Shop 
Great prices on Wilson equipment, Babolat racquets and shoes, and K-Swiss tennis and running shoes. Please call Rob at 703-435-6502.

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IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
employerRA Third Healthiest Employer
null Reston Association placed third on the Washington Business Journal's list of "Healthiest Employers for 2013." RA competed in the same category as other Washington-area companies and organizations with 2-99 employees. Winners received a certificate at a ceremony in Arlington last week. (Pictured: Reston Association Human Resources Department's Alice Page and Amy Derrickson).

Fifty-one companies that offer employees a wide-range of health-related information, wellness initiatives and services were recognized for their efforts. This was the third consecutive year that RA has received the honor from the Business Journal.
frimLocal Firm Lends a Hand

More than a dozen volunteers from CST Group, a Reston-based accounting firm, worked with Reston Association's environmental resource staff to continue the removal of invasive plants in the natural area surrounding the Lake Newport soccer fields last Friday.

The project was started in the summer by a team from Deloitte. Volunteers also trimmed the Chinese Silver Grass along the parking lot median to prevent the spread of seeds from the invasive. At the end of the project volunteers filled up one dumpster and a large truck bed full of invasive plants.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for additional information about RA's volunteer program.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
multiMulticultural Festival
Saturday, Sept. 28
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Lake Anne Plaza

The Reston Multicultural Festival is a celebration of the diversity and community spirit that is found in Reston. This annual event brings together the people of Reston to celebrate our rich medley of cultures. Share with family, friends, and neighbors the music, entertainment, dress, food, and cultural treasures from all over the world. Click here for more information.

Board-Led Bike Ride
Join Reston Association's Board of Directors on this hour-long bike tour around the Lake Anne area prior to the Multicultural Festival. The ride starts at 9 a.m. at the Lake Newport tennis courts parking lot (click here for map). Contact Ashleigh@reston.org.
AlzAlzheimer's Walk This Weekend

Sunday, Sept. 29

5 p.m.

Reston Town Center Pavilion and sidewalks.


Join the Alzheimer's Association "Walk to End Alzheimer's." Registration will be at 5 p.m. The walk starts at 6 p.m. Candlelight rally at 7 p.m.


For more information, call 703-359-4440 or e-mail alzwalknova@alz.org. Volunteers are also needed. If you would like to help with this event, click here to register. 

trickortreatHalloween House
& Trick-or-Treat Trail 
Ticket sales begin Sept. 30.
Event at Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Rain or shine.
Tickets: $10/person (A service fee per ticket will be applied to online sales.) Tickets may also be purchased at Walker Nature Center's Nature House.
For more information, call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

You're invited to the best family friendly Halloween event this side of Transylvania. See links below for details and online ticket sales.

Choose from one of four event times:
Friday, Oct. 25, 6-7:15 p.m. http://halloweenhousefri1.eventbrite.com
Friday, Oct. 25, 7:30-8:45 p.m. http://halloweenhousefri2.eventbrite.com
Saturday, Oct. 26, 6-7:15 p.m. http://halloweenhousesat1.eventbrite.com
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30-8:45 p.m. http://halloweenhousesat2.eventbrite.com

GardenGarden Club Meeting

Oct. 1, 2013 

1 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.


Mona Miller will discuss how to protect the well-being of the Monarch butterfly at the next Reston Garden Club meeting. Miller is a member of the Washington Area Butterfly Club, is on the Monarch Campaign Core Team for Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, and has been rearing butterflies and moths for 20 years. Visitors are welcome to attend.
homeenergyHome Energy Efficiency
Thursday, Oct. 3
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA or RCC members, $8/person non-members
Reservations required by Sept. 30. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Curious about how to improve your home's energy use to make it more efficient, comfortable and cost effective? Hear what you can do from the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), a non-profit organization that is a trusted leader in Virginia of energy efficiency improvements of homes. Instructor: Mike Hogan. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center in support of Sustainable Reston.
lightLight the Night Fundraiser
Saturday, Oct. 5
Pre-walk festivities begin at 5 p.m.
Walk starts at 7 p.m. at Reston Town Center.

Join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for its Northern Virginia "Light the Night Walk," a relaxed two-mile fun walk that celebrates and commemorates lives touched by cancer.

Walkers will carry illuminated balloons - white for patients and survivors of blood cancer, red for supporters, and gold in memory of those who have lost their battle. The walk is open to all ages. Click here to register or contact Mary McCusker at 703-399-2913 for information about company sponsorships. You can also make a donation via the Light the Night website.
tinyTiny Acorns, Mighty Oaks
Monday, Oct. 7 or Tuesday, Oct. 8
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 18-35 months (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Oct. 2. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Acorns may be small, but they grow into towering oaks. Go on a hike in search of acorns and oaks big and small. Find out what animals eat acorns, which live in trees, and make an acorn craft to take home.

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.

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.

fallcleanupFall Stream Cleanup
Saturday, Oct. 19
9 a.m.-noon. All ages welcome.
Take part in the Coastal Cleanup Day by removing trash and debris from these locations in Reston:
  • Snakeden Branch (upper): Meet at Hunters Woods Village Center.
  • Snakeden Branch (middle): Meet at Soapstone Road.
  • Nature Center: Meet at the pavilion.
  • Colvin Run: Meet at Tall Oaks Pool.
  • Stevenage Road: Meet at Reston North Park.
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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