RA News
Oct. 4, 2013


Reston Topics

Click the image above to watch the latest Reston Topics video about RA's Newcomers' Night. Information about the upcoming event is also listed in the calendar section below.

Light the Night

artReston Reception

Authors at Library

Candidate Q&A

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.

Funding the Future

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

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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.

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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
letterTransportation Concerns 
RA Board Sends Letter to Fairfax County

Reston Association's Board of Directors sent a letter to Fairfax County Supervisor, Catherine Hudgins, regarding urban transportation design standards. The Sept. 30 letter, signed by Board President, Ken Knueven, addresses topics such as the mitigation of traffic in Reston. Click here to read the letter.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
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.
artartReston Reception
Sunday, Oct. 6
2-4 p.m.
JoAnn Rose Gallery, Lake Anne Reston Community Center, 1609-A Washington Plaza.

The League of Reston Artists invites art enthusiasts to a reception for artReston artists. All members and the public are welcome to attend and see the outstanding paintings that are on exhibit. Visit the LRA website for more information on this and other events.
authorsAuthors to Discuss Books
Wednesday, Oct. 9
7 p.m.
Reston Regional Library,
11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

Bestselling authors Bart Astor (Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life) and Kerry Hannon (Great Jobs for Everyone 50+) will share how to make smart choices about work, money, health and lifestyle transitions after age 50. Call the library at 703-689-2700 for more information.
newcomeNewcomers' Night
Thursday, Oct. 10
7-9 p.m. Free.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

This event is for new or not-so-new members, volunteers and newcomers. Come learn more about Reston Association and the many services, amenities and programs it provides for you. Please RSVP to Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577.
candidateCandidate Meet and Greet
Thursday, Oct. 10
7-9 p.m. Free.
Reston Community Center, Lake Anne,
1609 Washington Plaza.

AARP Dulles Area Chapter 4681 and the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax area will hold a Candidate Meet and Greet. Qualified candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates Districts 34, 35, 36, and 86 and for the Fairfax County Sheriff have been invited and will take questions from voters on various topics.
campfireCampfire Cookery
Friday, Oct. 11
6-7:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center Campfire Ring, on Soapstone Drive, between Glade Drive and Lawyers Road.
$7/person RA members, $10/person mon-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Oct. 8. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Enjoy dinner around a crackling campfire. Try different methods of campfire cookery, including stick, pouch and Dutch oven techniques. We'll also make campfire popcorn, and finish our evening with s'mores. All supplies provided.
mushroomMushroom Hike
Saturday, Oct. 12
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
$4/person RA members, $6/person non-members.
Reservations required by Oct. 9. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Explore the forest with local mushroom expert Mark Richman. Look for the fruiting bodies of these curious organisms that live 99% below ground. Learn about their life cycle, the types found in our area and which edible mushrooms are commonly foraged for.
hallownoticeHalloween House & Trick-or-Treat Trail
NOTICE: All tickets are sold out. You may join the wait list for this popular event by using the following links. Please add each person in your party to the list.

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
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)

UPDATED: 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.

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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