RA News
Feb. 14, 2014


Bricks on Sale

Carriage Rides



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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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IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
restontoday14Watch Reston Today on YouTube

This month's Reston Today features Hunter Mill Updates and segments on pathway snow plowing and the dangers of walking on thin ice at Reston's lakes. Click the image above to watch the video on YouTube.
transitDevelopment Plan Approved

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a land-use plan on Tuesday that calls for transit-oriented development in the areas within a half mile of the Reston Metrorail stations. The plan was based on recommendations by a task force of Reston residents, developers and civic association representatives, according to a news release on the Fairfax County government website.


"As the Reston Association Board of Directors and staff have been actively advocating for the Reston community throughout the Comprehensive Plan process, we were pleased with both the outcome of the vote and the comments made by Supervisor Cathy Hudgins this week," said RA's Chief Executive Officer, Cate Fulkerson.


 "Through our continued efforts to address our key areas of interest; transportation infrastructure, open space improvements and additions, community association membership, urban standards and design review, changes to the plan were made and our voice was heard," said Fulkerson. "We believe the collaborative process has enabled RA to share our concerns and ideas and we will continue to promote the needs of current and future members of the Reston Association."  


New development will take place near the Wiehle-Reston East, Reston Town Center and Herndon rail stations. The Wiehle-Reston East station is due to open this year. The new plan aims to make the areas near the stations more urban, walkable and bike friendly.


Read more about the plan.

Notice: Reston Association offices, including the Nature House and Central Services Facility, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents' Day.

brickCommemorative Bricks On Sale
The Reston Historic Trust is selling commemorative bricks that will be displayed at the plaza at Lake Anne Village Center. Orders for the engraved bricks will be taken through March 1. An installation ceremony will be held on April 5 during Founder's Day. Click here for more information or to order a brick.
reenergizeJoin the Re-energize Challenge
Sign up for a Home Energy Check-up in February and you'll be eligible to win a new thermostat. In honor of Reston founder Robert E. Simon's 100th birthday, LEAP is giving a Nest Thermostat, a value of $249, to one of the first 100 residents to join the check-up challenge. The Nest Thermostat is a great way to increase the comfort and performance of your home.  A LEAP energy coach can tell you more ways during your one-hour check-up. Sign up at www.reenergizereston.com/.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
valentineValentine's Carriage Rides
Friday, Feb. 14
5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Reston Town Center.
Pick-up location in front of Talbots on Market Street.

Horse-drawn carriage rides are $5 per person. Children 5 and under ride free. Presented by Reston Town Center. All proceeds benefit Volunteer Fairfax.
greatGreat Backyard Bird Count
Sunday, Feb. 16
1-4 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
All ages. Free.
For more information, call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Join expert birdwatchers from the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and the Walker Nature Center to learn how you can participate in this annual four-day count. Get help on identifying common birds at the nature center feeders or on a walk through the woods.  Learn how to submit your observations online, and then try the count at your own home. Beginning bird watchers and children are welcome. Drop in any time, and bring binoculars if you have them.
flyingFlying Squirrels
Thursday, Feb. 20
10-11 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
$6/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 3 to 5 years (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Feb. 17. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Flying squirrels are rarely seen because they are nocturnal. Learn more about these fuzzy gliders, including what they eat, who eats them, and where they live. Make a flying squirrel craft that glides just like they do.
silverUpdate on the Silver Line

Wednesday, Feb. 26

6:30 p.m.

Reston Association Conference Center,

12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.


Join Reston Association for a discussion and update on the Metrorail Silver Line and how it will affect you and the Reston community. Experts from the Fairfax County Office of Transportation staff will discuss issues such as bus schedules, pedestrian issues, roadway improvement plans and the parking garage.


Jointly sponsored by the Transportation and the Reston Neighborhood Advisory committees, this meeting will feature maps, conversations and updates. Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and members of her staff will be in attendance.


Please RSVP to member_services@reston.org.

Environmental Film
Friday, Feb. 28
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Adults. Free ($5 suggested donation).
Reservations required by Feb. 25. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
For 20 years, the Passive House standard has been spreading across Europe. Now, leading-edge architects and builders are bringing it to the U.S. The standard reduces CO2 emissions by 80 percent; the goal climate scientists say we need to reach by 2050. No need to wait for technology to improve, what we need to safeguard the climate is already here. There will be a short discussion after the film with representatives from LEAP (Local Energy Alliance Program). Learn how you can sign up for a low cost ($45) energy check-up for your home. Sponsored by Sustainable Reston and Friends of Reston.
Watch the trailer at http://passivehouserevolution.org.

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