RA News
Nov. 8, 2013


IPAR Reception

Library Series

Habitat Heroes



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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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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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NOTICE: Lake Anne and Lake Audubon maintenance begins Nov. 11. Click here for information.

IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
fooddriveThanksgiving Food Drive
Reston Association is one of the organizations currently accepting food donations for those in need. The drive will benefit Cornerstones and involves over 25 local businesses and organizations. Click here for more information about what kind of items are need and where you can deliver them.

Skate for a Cause at RTC Pavilion

The Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion opens for the season this weekend. The opening-day benefit will help fund development programs offered by the Character Counts! Coalition, including the annual Essay and Poster Contest and sponsorship of Ethics Day at South Lakes High School.

"Every year we're excited about the opening of the Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion," said Cate Fulkerson, president of Reston Character Counts! Coalition and RA's Chief Executive Officer. "We hope everyone will come out on opening weekend to skate, and help support Character Counts!"

The skating pavilion weekend hours are Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Adult admission is $10, and for children under 12 and adults over 55, admission is $8. Skate rental is $5. Schedules, fees, and more information are available on the skating hotline, 703-709-6300, and online at www.restontowncenter.com/skating.
swimteamSwim Team Registration
reston swim league Reston Swim Team Association (RSTA) winter swim registration opens Nov. 10.  Click here for details and to register.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
specialbudgetSpecial Budget Session
Monday, Nov. 11
8 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The Reston Association Board of Directors will hold a special meeting on the 2014/2015 budget. The meeting is open to the public.
natureATnightNature At Night
Wednesday, Nov. 13
6-7:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $8/person non-members.
Senior adults, 55 years and older.
Reservations required by Nov. 8. E-mail Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577.

Grandparents are invited to bring their grandchildren out for a fun evening hike.  Explore the woods after dark to see who is still awake. Listen for owls, flying squirrels and other nocturnal creatures. We will end our evening at Nature House with warm refreshments. Click here for information about this and other events for seniors.
IPARAnnual IPAR Reception
Thursday, Nov. 14
Midtown, 11990 Market St., Reston Town Center.
6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Join the Initiative for Public Art - Reston (IPAR) to celebrate supporters of public art. Click here for more information about the event, tickets and sponsorship opportunities.
Environmental Film 
Friday, Nov. 15
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free ($5 suggested donation). Adults.
Reservations required by Nov. 12. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Filmmaker Kip Pastor investigates the organic food industry, arguing that the label has been cheapened by large corporations cashing in on a trend. His documentary examines other alternatives for consumers, like farmer's markets and school gardens. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Reston.
libraryAssessing Threats to the U.S.
Friday, Nov. 15
2-4 p.m.
Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive. 703-689-2700.

The Great Decisions library series continues with the topic "Assessing Threats to the U.S."
beaverBusy Beavers
Wednesday, Nov. 20
10-11 a.m. or 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 Nov. 15. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Beavers are busy in November, storing branches to eat for the cold months ahead. Discover what makes the beaver such an amazing animal by comparing how big you are next to a beaver, reading a beaver story and singing the beaver song with your own beaver teeth.
publichearingPublic Hearing and Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 21
6 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Reston Association will hold a public hearing and board meeting on the following topics:
  • Proposed land exchange with Lake Anne Development Partners.
  • Proposed 2014/2015 budget and 2014 Reston Association Assessment amount.
More information on both topics can be found on www.reston.org prior to the meeting date.

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. 23
Join the Habitat Heroes to remove the English Ivy from the natural areas behind Sanibel Drive. Please park along Sanibel Drive. Look for the white RA truck. Click here for details.

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