RA News
Oct. 18, 2013


Children's Art

Book Discussion

Habitat Heroes

Fall Stream Cleanup



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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.

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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
bikeReston Named "Bicycle Friendly"
The League of American Bicyclists recently named Reston as a bronze level "Bicycle Friendly Community." The designation, which is valid for four years, was determined by the league reviewing Reston Association's application, supplemental material and consulting with local cyclists. Click here to read about or get involved with Reston Association's Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee.

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artistCall for Artists
Fairfax County is asking for artists to submit their works for display in the new Reston District Police Station and Government Center by Nov. 8. The county's Art Selection Committee, along with the Initiative for Public Art - Reston (IPAR), will select artwork to be shown on the east side of the building, which will be located at 12000 Bowman Town Drive, Reston.
Rendering of new building.

According to an IPAR news release, "Submissions will be evaluated based on artistic merit as evidenced by digital representations of past work, appropriateness of the artist's medium, style and previous professional experience, aesthetic quality, sensitivity to community, responsiveness to functionality, feasibility and compatibility with the existing site. Other selection criteria include adherence to ability to successfully complete the proposed artwork within the timeline and budget, and technical proficiency."

The project is open to professional artists living in the greater Washington area. Artists must be over the age of 18 and must be able to receive payment from Fairfax County as a legal vendor.

For more information, contact Kimberly Callahan of the Building Design Branch, Building Design and Construction Division at 703-324-5800.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
childrenartChildren's Art at Reston Museum
Saturday, Oct. 26
10 a.m.-noon.
Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza.

The Reston Museum on Lake Anne Plaza is inviting children to help prepare for Reston's 50th birthday by creating original art for the museum to use on Founder's Day 2014. Children can use the supplies provided to paint a square for our Reston mosaic mural. Call 703-709-7700 for more information.
mission"Mission to Tokyo" Discussion
Saturday, Oct. 26
2 p.m.
Reston Regional Library,
11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

Author, Air Force veteran and retired American diplomat, Robert F. Dorr, will discuss his book Mission to Tokyo: the American Airmen Who Took the War to the Heart of Japan. Call 703-689-2700 for information.
FESTFestival on the Square
Sunday, Oct. 27
12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Reston Heights, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive.

This family-friendly event will feature live music and entertainment, Cornerstone's Community Walk to Help End Homelessness, food and drink, children's activities, and more. Click here or e-mail Ashleigh@reston.org for more information.
tennisbashEnd of the Year "Tennis Bash"
Saturday, Nov. 2
7-11 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Ticket price: $20 per person.

Tennis enthusiasts are invited to a "Tennis Bash." The social event will include a buffet meal and entertainment. Call 703-435-6534 for more information.
 shearTrip to Shear Madness
Sunday, Nov. 3
1 p.m.- 6 p.m. (show is 3-5 p.m. with intermission).
Bus pick-up at Hunters Woods Shopping Center, Thoreau Place, Lake Anne Plaza parking lot.
Fee: $42 RA members, $49 non-members.

Join Reston Association for a chartered-bus trip to the Kennedy Center to see Shear Madness, the comedy "whodunit" that lets the audience solve the crime. Set in present-day Georgetown, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness hairstyling salon. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org for more information. Click here for the registration form.

puppetPuppet Show 
How Turtle Tried to Fly South
Monday, Nov. 4
10-10:45 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.-noon.
Walker Nature Center 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 3 - 7 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Oct. 31. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
"How Turtle Tried to Fly South" is adapted from a Sioux legend. After the show, learn more about turtles and meet one up close.

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 Event:
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.

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