RA News
Oct. 11, 2013


Floral Arrangements

Habitat Heroes

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.

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.

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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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Help Chart the Future of Reston 
Join us for a community meeting regarding the Phase One Comprehensive Plan for the Reston transit areas. This is your chance to voice your views and concerns about sustaining Reston, protecting open spaces and the environment. Meeting topics will also include mobility, flexibility and implementation. Click here for more information about the importance of this meeting and how you can get involved, or read the latest President's Perspective blog by Ken Knueven to learn why it is vital for Reston residents and organizations to work together in charting future development. 

IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
restontodayWatch Reston Today on YouTube

This month's edition of Reston Today explores volunteer opportunities and the new turf fields at South Lakes High School. Reston Association Board President, Ken Knueven, also discusses the budget process and the importance of reinvesting in Reston. Click the image above to watch the video.
candidatesBoard Seeks Candidates
Reston Association is inviting its members who are interested in filling an at-large seat on the Board of Directors to submit a Statement of Candidacy to the board secretary no later than Oct. 21.
All qualified candidates will meet with the full board at its regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 24 for a discussion of the candidates' interests and qualifications.
For more information, please contact Acting Chief Executive Officer, Cate Fulkerson, cate@reston.org or 703-435-6512. Click here to read more about the vacancy and the duties of the board.
newcalendarNew Calendar on RA Website
There is a new calendar on the Reston Association website (www.reston.org). The calendar includes social media functionality and other enhanced features.
By simply creating a free account or using your Facebook login, you will be able to customize the calendar so that it displays only the events, meetings and programs you are most interested in. You will be able to tell friends what events you are planning to attend and share notices of those events with others.
Of course, you can continue to simply use the calendar to view specific RA activities on chosen dates, just as you do now. You don't need to log into the calendar.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
floralFloral Arrangement Presentation
Oct. 11-13
2 p.m.
Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

Ikebana: The Freestyle of Flowers. The Washington Chapter of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana presents a three-day exhibition of Ikebana floral arrangements. Demonstrations are on Saturday and Sunday. Call the library at 703-689-2700 for more information.

racoonsRascal Raccoons 
Thursday, Oct. 17
1:30-2:30 p.m. 
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. 
$5/child RA members, $8/child Non-members. 
Ages 3-5 years (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) 
Reservations required by Oct. 14. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.

Make your own raccoon mask and tail crafts, then dress up like a raccoon to go in search of what it  needs to survive. Explore the forest to look for food, water and shelter that is just right for a raccoon.

filmEnvironmental Film
Permaculture: The Growing Edge 
Friday, Oct. 18
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free ($5 suggested donation). Adults.
Reservations required by Oct. 15. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
This film takes a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. See inspiring projects and sustainable solutions to our ecological crises. Permaculture uses environmental design to meet human needs while regenerating our land and cities. Made by Starhawk and Donna Read. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Reston. Click here to watch the trailer.
birdfeederBuild a Bird Feeder
Saturday Oct. 19    
11 a.m. - Noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
$5/person RA Members, $8/person Non-members
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Oct. 15. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Fall is the perfect time to learn about common feeder birds. Discover which birds are attracted by different food and feeder types, and how best to deal with squirrels. After a presentation, make a large seed feeder out of a plastic bottle and a small suet feeder out of a pine cone to take home.
floralWashington West Film Fesitival
Oct. 23-27
Reston Bow Tie Cinemas, 11940 Market Street.

The third annual Washington West Film Festival features nearly 35 movie screenings, new independent and Hollywood films, and red carpet Q&A sessions with well-known directors and actors for 2,000 film-goers. The festival features meaningful and inspiring films that capture the human condition. All box office net proceeds are donated to charity. Tickets range from $12-$25.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: Reston Association will hold a public hearing on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. to consider a proposed common area "land exchange" with Lake Anne Development Partners, L.L.C. The meeting will be held at RA headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. For more information please call 703-435-6530.

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.

Upcoming Events:
Oct. 14
Join us for fun-filled morning of planting at the Lake Newport Soccer Field. Must register for this project.

Our Habitat Heroes volunteers returned to the Lake Newport Soccer Field on Oct. 5 to replant with native trees and shrubs provided by Fairfax ReLeaf and native herbaceous plants from Earth Sangha Wild Plant Nursery. With the repeated efforts from our Habitat Heroes volunteers, corporate and church groups, the Colts Neck natural area is now a much-improved site.

Nov. 4
Volunteers will replant natives, including shrubs and trees provided by Fairfax ReLeaf. More details on where to meet once you're registered for this project.

To volunteer please contact Ha Brock at habrock@reston.org or 703-435-7986.
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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