RA News
March 21, 2014



Cast your ballot in the Reston Association Board of Directors' election. Click the Vote Online button above.

NOTICE: There will be several lane closures during the March 30 marathon and half-marthon races through south Reston. Click here for more information.

Watershed Cleanup

Arbor Day

Fund Run & Walk

Call to Artists

Public Art Film

Metro Workshops

Library "Decisions"

Southgate Yard Sale

Annual Founder's Day



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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
paddlePaddle Boarding on the Agenda
The Reston Association Board of Directors will consider two separate requests later this month from local companies to operate stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) classes on Lake Anne and Lake Audubon.
In the fall of 2014, a new Reston-based company Surf Reston, LLC approached RA about conducting SUP classes on Lake Audubon. Surf Reston has proposed two days/evenings of paddle board instruction on Lake Anne per week, and no more than three intermediate level classes per month at Lake Audubon, all to be closely scheduled with RA staff to avoid conflicts with other users and events. There will be no rental fleet of paddle boards at any Reston lake.
RA has also received a request from another group interested in conducting paddle boarding classes on Lake Anne, yoga provider, SUP-Asana. This firm is currently exploring the feasibility of purchasing commercial space at Lake Anne Village Center.
Throughout the discussion process, the RA board has received both support for the activity, as well as questions and concerns about the effect SUP classes might have on the lake and those who live around it and will be taking additional public comment during the regular board meeting on March 26.  Members can also send their comments to member_services@reston.org.

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reeneg"Re-Energize" Reaches 100

The Re-Energize Reston Community Challenge reached a milestone last week. One hundred residents have now received a home energy-appraisal through the non-profit organization Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP).


The challenge is being held in honor of Reston's founding year (1964). The goal is to help 1,964 homeowners to increase their home's efficiency and preserve important environmental resources.


Karen Vassar of Winterport Cluster recently won a Nest Learning Thermostat. By signing up for the one-hour checkup, the Reston resident was enrolled in the drawing for the special energy-saving thermostat.


Friends of Reston will receive a $10 donation for every home checkup. Reston Association and LEAP officials are encouraging residents to sign up for the checkup. 

Click here to read more about the program.

callArt Exhibit at Lake Anne
The League of Reston Artists (LRA) is inviting artists to submit paintings, mixed media and other two-dimensional non-photographic art by March 28. The Founder's Day-related exhibit will be at the JoAnne Rose Gallery of the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza from March 31 through April 28. Entry forms are available online. Visit the LRA website for more information or call 703-391-0114.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
troutKids' Trout Fishing

Saturday, March 22  

8 a.m.-noon 

Snakeden Branch Stream, between Soapstone Drive and Lake Audubon. 


Snakeden Branch will be well stocked with hundreds of trout. All necessary equipment will be provided and Trout Unlimited members will help clean the fish participants catch. Registration is required. Click here  for information. 

publicartPublic Art Film
Diller Scofido + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line
Tuesday, March 25
7:30 p.m. Free.
CenterStage, Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road.

This documentary looks at architecture and design team Diller Scofidio + Renfro through the lens of two important urban projects - the High Line and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. With the almost simultaneous completion of these two large-scale projects in New York City, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has galvanized the public's attention.  In 1999, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, the firm's founding principals, were awarded the prestigious "genius" grant by the MacArthur Foundation, in recognition of their commitment to integrating architecture with issues of contemporary culture.
herndonMetrorail Workshops
Wednesday, March 26
7 p.m. at Herndon Middle School, Herndon, Va.
Monday, March 31
7 p.m. at McNair Elementary School, Herndon, Va.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation will host public workshops to discuss pedestrian and bicycle facility improvements designed to improve access to and around future Silver Line Metrorail Stations in Herndon. Public input will be used to set priorities on multi-modal improvements within a three-mile radius of the future Herndon and Innovation Center Metrorail Stations. Click here for more information.
library"Great Decisions" at the Library
Friday, March 28
2-4 p.m. Free.
Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

The topic of the next roundtable discussion is "Turkey's Challenges." Contact the Reston Regional Library for more information.
southgateSouthgate Community Yard Sale
Saturday, March 29
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Southgate Community Center, 12125 Pinecrest Road.

For information on table space or rain cancellation plans, call 703-860-0676. Rain date is March 30.
Click here to download the announcement (English and Spanish versions).
nativeplantsaleNative 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.
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.


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.

potomacPotomac Watershed Cleanup
Saturday, April 5
9 a.m.- noon

The 26th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleaup is coordinated by the Alice Ferguson Foundation and Reston Association.There will be free pizza afterwards at the Walker Nature Education Center.


RA is hosting several sites along Snakeden Branch and Colvin Run, two tributaries to the Potomac River. 


Reston Sites:

  • Snakeden Branch Upper - meet at Hunters Woods Village Center
  • Snakeden Branch Middle - meet at Soapstone Drive
  • Nature Center - meet at the Walker Nature Education Center
  • Colvin Run -  meet at Tall Oaks Pool
  • Stevenage Road - meet at Reston North Park off Stevenage Road.
  • Hidden Creek -  meet at Unitarian Universalist Church off Wiehle Avenue


Please wear sturdy shoes or boots and come prepared to get a little wet and dirty.  Gloves and trash bags will be provided. To volunteer or for more information email  habrock@reston.org. 

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 at the Walker Nature Center. 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. Click here for more information on how to volunteer. 

fundrun5K Fund Run & Walk

Saturday, April 12 (rain or shine)

Volunteer hours: 7:30-9:30 a.m.  

Walker Nature Center 11450 Glade Drive.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.


The Walker Nature Center needs volunteers to help with the 5K Fund Run & Walk. Fifteen race marshals will be positioned along the trails  Volunteers direct runners and walkers through the course, assist runners and offer encouragement.


There will be a mandatory volunteer orientation for race marshals on Friday, April 11 from 6- 7 p.m. at the nature center. To volunteer or for more information email habrock@reston.org. 


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