RA News
Nov. 22, 2013


It's Not Too Late

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. The contest ends on Dec. 31.

Bus Trip Dec. 4 
Join us for a chartered-bus trip to Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Md., to enjoy a wonderful buffet lunch and see Miracle on 34th Street.

Holiday Performances

Run with Santa 5K

Habitat Heroes



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Board of Directors

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
budget2014/2015 Budget Approved

During its regular meeting on Nov. 21, the Reston Association Board of Directors voted 7-2 to approve the proposed Operating, Repair & Replacement budget and the New Capital Asset budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. These actions set the planned Revenues, Operating Expenses and Capital Expenditures for each year as follows:



$16,156,368  $16,571,879
Operating Expenses: 

$13,713,369  $14,156,879
Capital Expenditures on Existing Capital Assets: $1,666,679   $2,539,144
New Capital Asset Acquisitions: 

$292,916   $386,500

In addition, the board voted 8-1 to fund the proposed 2014 New Capital Asset Expenditures through an "inter-fund transfer" from the Association Repair Replacement & Reserve Fund, as proposed by staff in New CAPEX Option 3.

The board also voted 9-0 to approve the Assessment & Finance Resolution 2 to reflect the proposed base $634 Annual Assessment Rates, Installment Plan Fees, Collection Fees, and respective due dates for 2014. Click here to read more. 


Download the approved budget motions.

lakeanneBoard Votes for Land Swap
The Reston Association Board of Directors voted 6-2-1 (Tim Cohn and Michael Sanio voted no, Eve Thompson abstained) to enter into a non-binding letter of intent with Lake Anne Development Partners LLC, (LADP) to exchange land as part of its efforts to redevelop and revitalize Lake Anne Village Center and the Crescent property. Click here to read more about the Thursday night vote and to download the motion.
presidentPresident's Perspective
Read the President's Perspective. This month's blog post encourages Reston Association members to enter the race for a seat on the Board of Directors.
huntermillHunter Mill Updates Video

Click the image (left) to watch the
Hunter Mill Updates video and learn about the new government center and Reston police station.
aboristRA Arborist Wins Award
Keith Kanzler won the Field Arborist of the Year Award from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (MAC-ISA).

Kanzler has been an arborist for Reston Association for over 20 years. He has been a climbing judge for 14 years for the MAC-ISA chapter and the International Tree Climbing Championship and this year for the North American Tree Climbing Championship. Kanzler also works with ArborMaster in a training capacity. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and trained MAC-ISA Gear inspector.
TenniscommitteeTennis Committee Seeks Members
The Tennis Advisory Committee is looking for people who would like to share their passion for tennis. The committee meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Reston Association. For more information, contact Mary Conaway at 703-435-6534.
aquaticsReturning Aquatics Staff
Applications for all previous aquatics staff will be taken starting Nov. 25 at https://careers.reston.org. Login and application instructions will be e-mailed this week.
Please contact Willa at aquaticsinfo@reston.org with any questions.
CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
holidayHoliday Community Performances

Reston Town Center, Fountain Square.

Click here for more information.  


Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.

Sunrise Valley Elementary School Chorus


Saturday, Dec. 7, 12 p.m.

Dranesville's Drumming Dragons


Saturday, Dec. 7, 5 p.m.

Fairfax Choral Society


Friday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

Oak Hill Elementary 6th Grade Chorus


Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

Metropolitan School of the Arts

owlsOwls in Winter
Monday, Dec. 2 or Tuesday, Dec. 3
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 18-35 months (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Nov. 28. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Owls don't take a break for the cold of winter. Learn when owls are active, what they like to eat and how they stay warm. See owl feathers and talons up close. Enjoy an owl story, and take home an owl craft.
wreathsWinter Wreaths
Saturday, Dec. 7
10:30 a.m.-noon or 1-2:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$20/wreath RA members, $25/wreath non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Dec. 4. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Get started on your holiday decorating by making festive wreaths for your home. Listen to seasonal music and enjoy mulled cider and cookies. All supplies provided.
runRun With Santa 5K
Sunday, Dec. 8
8:30 a.m.
Start in Reston Town Center, 11911 Democracy Drive.

Potomac River Running presents a 5K race that will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event includes a free kids' fun run (a few hundred yards) where participants will receive a finisher medal. Go to www.prraces.com/runwithsanta for more information. 

sleepySleepy Snakes
Monday, Dec. 9
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 Dec. 5. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Where do snakes go when it gets cold outside? Discover where a snake goes in the winter and how they take a special "nap." Make a scaly snake craft and meet a corn snake 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. 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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