RA News
March 14, 2014


Cast your ballot in the Reston Association Board of Directors' election.

Periwinkle Removal

Annual Founder's Day




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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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IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
raceNotice of Upcoming Races
The Reston Runners club will host its second marathon and half-marathon on Sunday March 30.  The Runners Marathon of Reston races (13.1 miles and 26.2 miles) will be run on roads and RA pathways in south Reston, beginning at 7:30 a.m. near South Lakes High School, and finishing in the high school stadium.

RA wants to make residents aware of the races so that they can anticipate lane closures and intersection changes while the race is underway. Click here to download a map of the route or visit the race website for more information.

The same route is used for both distances, with the full marathoners doing the route twice. The total time runners are expected to be on parts of the course spans from the 7:30 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. Police will be at major intersections and crossings, and volunteers will be at key turns and water stops along the course.
gmchallengeGarlic Mustard Challenge
garlic mustard Reston Association will be hosting the second annual Garlic Mustard Challenge throughout the spring. RA needs your help to remove as much Garlic Mustard from Reston as possible. Garlic Mustard is an invasive species that produces allelopathic chemicals that alter the soil chemistry and prevent native plants and trees from growing.The plant is easy to spot and remove at this time of the year.
Residents can report how many pounds they or their group removed to naturalareas@reston.org. The challenge will culminate on Virginia Invasive Plant Removal Day with a celebration at the Nature House's Spring Festival on Saturday, May 3.
For information on the Garlic Mustard Challenge, call 703-435-6552 or click here.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
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.
NaturewalkNature Walk
Sunrise Valley Wetlands

Saturday, March 22

1-3 p.m. Free. 

Sunrise Valley Wetlands, 12700 Sunrise Valley Drive Drive. Park on the left (west) side of the office building. For adults. 

Reservations required by March 19. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.


Sunrise Valley Wetlands is an aquatic jewel on the border of Reston and Herndon. This natural area is home to birds of prey, waterfowl, aquatic reptiles and amphibians, and a dazzling array of insects. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and get an up-close look at the amazing diversity of life. Co-sponsored by Reston Historic Trust.
charlestonTrip to Casino at Charles Town
Thursday, March 27
3:30-11:30 p.m.
Bus pick-up 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.
filmEnvironmental Film
Ordinary Extraordinary Junco

Friday, March 28

7-8:30 p.m. Free. 

Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive

Reservations required by March 25. Adults only. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.


Ordinary Extraordinary Junco is a documentary film that highlights past and present biological research on one of the most common and abundant, yet amazingly diverse,groups of songbirds in North America, the Juncos. The film explores animal behavior, ecology and evolution while conveying the process of scientific research. Funded and supported by the National Science Foundation, Indiana University and the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior.
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.
foundersAnnual Founder's Day

Saturday, April 5 

Noon-2 p.m. 

Lake Anne Plaza and Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods. 


The 2014 Founder's Day features a celebration of Reston's 50th anniversary as well as Robert E. Simon's 100th birthday. Simon is the founder of Reston. There will also be a showing of the Reston Story documentary as well as other activities. Click here for more information.  

arborReston's Arbor Day

Monday, April 7

9:30 a.m.-Noon

Locations to be determined. 


Reston is a Tree City USA as certified by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Celebrate trees and help plant 50 trees for Reston's 50th anniversary. Volunteers will be treated to a pizza lunch. This is a perfect service project or community engagement activity for local businesses. To sign up, contact Ha Brock at ha@reston.org or 703-435-7986.


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.  

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