RA News
Nov. 15, 2013



Reston Town Center's skating rink now open.

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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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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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
budgetvoteBudget Up for Approval
During a special meeting on Nov. 11, the Reston Association (RA) Board of Directors voted 7-1 (Vice President Andy Sigle was absent) to submit a budget proposal and annual assessment level for discussion and approval at the Nov. 21 meeting of the board. Board member John Higgins accounted for the one dissenting vote.

The proposed budget includes funds for tools needed for maintenance and upkeep of existing Reston amenities, as well as IT solutions for improved efficiencies and member services. The board will review public comment during its meeting on the 21st regarding the budget, as well as the proposed 2014 assessment amount, not to exceed $634. Members can review the 2014/2015 budget materials and proposals by clicking here and can share their comments and/or questions by e-mailing member_services@reston.org.
restontodayReston Today - November Edition

This month's Reston Today video features segments on the Reston Master Plan Task Force and what local police are doing to prevent drunken driving accidents during the holidays. Click the image above to watch. Reston Today is produced monthly by RA.

Go the Fairfax County website to read the latest about the proposed Reston Master Plan and to watch additional video.
callCall for Board Candidates
Interested in guiding the direction of the Reston community? Then consider running for the Reston Association Board of Directors.

The following seats will be open in the spring: 

  • Hunters Woods/Dogwood District Director for a three-year term
  • At-Large Director for a one-year term 
  • At-Large Director for a three-year term 
  • Apartment Owners Representative for a three-year term 

To qualify you must:  

  1. Be a member of the Reston Association - either a renter or property owner
  2. Complete a Statement and a Petition of Candidacy 
  3. If you run for a district seat, you must live in that district

Anyone interested in becoming a candidate should attend an Election Information Session on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the RA Conference Center, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. 


Click here for more information. You may also e-mail electionscommittee@reston.org or call 703-435-6512.


CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
sticksArt Film: Bending Sticks
Tuesday, Nov. 19
7:30 p.m. Free.
Reston Community Center, CenterStage.

Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty celebrates the artist's 25-year career and reveals Dougherty's process, personal story and inspirations. The film is presented by the Initiative for Public Art - Reston and the Reston Community Center.
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. Click here for more information on the land swap. 
  • Proposed 2014/2015 budget and 2014 Reston Association Assessment amount. Click here for more information on the budget.
thanksgiveThanksgiving Crafters
Friday, Nov. 22
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$20/centerpiece RA members, $25/centerpiece non-members.
Reservations required by Nov. 19. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Start your holiday season with this festive workshop. Make a beautiful centerpiece with native plant materials and some simple napkin rings for your Thanksgiving table.  Enjoy music, mulled cider and seasonal treats as you work. All supplies provided.

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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