RA News
March 7, 2014


Periwinkle Removal

DRB Seeks Members

Native Seedling Sale



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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.

50th Anniversary Events

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The 2014 Reston Association election runs through March. Members can cast ballots online or by mail.

IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
rtCandidates Featured in Video

This month's Reston Today video features statements from the candidates in this year's Reston Associaton election. Click the image above to watch the video on YouTube.
snowSnow-Removal Discussions
In its efforts to address the issues created by winter snowstorms, the Reston Association Board of Directors recently authorized staff and legal counsel to enter into discussions with Fairfax County to develop an agreement by which the association can plow certain portions of county-owned pathways in Reston.

Read the outline of the RA proposal.

In a separate motion, the board directed the Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee, Communications Advisory Committee and Reston Neighborhoods Advisory Committee the task of developing a community-wide snow removal mobilization plan for implementation in 2015.

Additionally, the board asked the chair of PBAC to coordinate with RA staff and the chair of the Transportation Advisory Committee to refine their proposed letter to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority regarding the removal of snow and ice from the Washington & Old Dominion trail for review by the Board Planning Committee no later than May 2014.
fundrunRegister Now for 5K Fund Run
null Registration is now open for the 11th Annual 5K Fund Run to benefit the Nature House on Saturday April 12. The 5K course starts and finishes at the Walker Nature Center and is run on mostly paved walkways through neighborhoods and wooded parkland. Walkers and children are welcome. Pets or strollers are not permitted.

Post-race festivities include an awards ceremony, refreshments and a random prize drawing. T-shirts to all pre-registered participants and walk-ins as supplies last. Click here to register.
crossingguardCrossing Guards Honored
Joe McDonald of South Lakes High School and Phyllis Krapf of Armstrong Elementary School were among a group of crossing guards statewide who were recognized by the Safe Routes to School organization, an organization affiliated with the Virginia Department of Transportation. Krapf was one of six to be named Most Outstanding Crossing Guard. McDonald received an honorable mention. Click here for more information on the awards and about the recent Crossing Guard Appreciation Day.
relaySign Up for Relay Triathlon
The inaugural Reston Relay Triathlon will be held on Sunday, June 22.  Sign up now and save on the entry fee. This relay-only triathlon offers an opportunity for families, friends and co-workers to participate in a triathlon as one relay team. Click here for more information about the event or to register.
presentationsSilver Line Presentations
Reston Association hosted a public meeting last week that included presentations and an update on the new Metrorail Sliver Line and related topics. About 100 people attended the event. Click here to download presentations given by Fairfax County officials.
seedlingCounty Seedling Sale
Create a bee-friendly landscape.The trees and shrubs in this year's Fairfax County seedling sale will help provide habitat for bees and add beauty to your yard. A full, nonrefundable payment must accompany your order. Click here for prices and more information.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
newcomersNewcomers' Night

Thursday, March 13 

6:30-9 p.m.

Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive


Learn about the many services, amenities and programs Reston Association provides for residents. Meet other representative from other organizations, RA board members and staff. Click here for more information on this free event, which is open to both new and longtime members of RA. 

meetMeet the Candidates
Saturday, March 15
10 a.m.-noon
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Candidates for the Reston Association Board of Directors will participate in a free public forum. The deadline for voting in the 2014 election is March 31.
Click here for more information on the election.
SlippingSlipping into Spring
Sunday, March 16
2-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $7/person non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by March 13. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Don't let spring slip by unnoticed. Walk the trails to look for hawks making their nests, search vernal pools for salamander or frog activity and see if you can recognize the call of the spring peepers or wood frogs.  Early spring is an exciting time to test your nature observation skills.
charlestonTrip to Casino at Charles Town
Thursday, March 27
3:30-11:30 p.m.
Bus pick locations include: Hunters Woods Shopping Center (Ledo's Pizza), Thoreau Place, Lake Anne Plaza parking lot.
$33/RA members, $39/Non-members.

Enjoy live thoroughbred horse racing, play the new table games including blackjack and poker, or just have dinner overlooking the track at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia. Participants will receive a yet-to-be-determined amount of free play. Click here for registration form.
woodsInto the Woods
Stories of camping, hiking and the wild life
Saturday, March 29
8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$15 on sale at eventbrite.com or at the door. Advance tickets are recommended due to limited seating.
Brought to you by Friends of Reston and Better Said Than Done.
Come out for a fun evening of personal storytelling as told by Virginia's premiere storytelling troupe Better Said Than Done. The show is intended for an adult audience.  Refreshments (beer, wine, coffee, sodas and snacks) available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the nature center.
NativeNative Plant Sale
Order deadline: Friday, April 4, 5 p.m.
Pick up: Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
tree Want to use more native plants in your landscape but have trouble finding them or you don't like the prices once you do? Pre-order some nature center favorites and enjoy the savings. Species include sun and shade loving perennial flowers and ferns that do well in a variety of growing conditions, and add value to your backyard habitat. Click here to download an order form and read more about the plants.

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.

You don't need to be an expert to assist in protecting our forests and help us restore Reston's forests to their natural state. Our volunteering opportunities each month provide you with all the training you need to become an honorary Habitat Hero.

PeriwinklePut a Wrinkle in Periwinkle

Saturday, March 22

10 a.m.-noon

Volunteers under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Perfect for scout groups and students who need community service hours.


Help restore the natural area of the Glade Stream valley. Volunteers will concentrate on garlic mustard as well as the invasive vines of English ivy and periwinkle. These invasive plants have dominated the forest floor, leaving no wildlife habitat or food. Please park along Leatherwood Drive and meet at the pathway adjacent to 11232 Leatherwood Drive.


To volunteer or for more information email habrock@reston.org.  

drbDRB Seeks Members

Reston Association is seeking volunteers to serve on the Design Review Board (DRB). Three positions, including two design professionals (architect, land planner, or landscape architect) and one lay member, are needed to serve three-year terms. The DRB interprets, administers, and renders decisions involving the design covenants.


Anyone interested in applying for the DRB should forward a brief resume and statement of interest

by May 2 at 5 p.m. Submissions can be made by email to sfaubert@reston.org or by mail to Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20191 ATTN: Sabrina Faubert. Board members must be property owners in Reston Association. 



Click here for more information about the Design Review Board.

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