RA News
April 11, 2014


Thank You Volunteers

Hunger Relief Benefit



Visit the Reston Association website for information on property ownership, governance, parks and recreation, and other subjects. The site includes "Shop RA," which allows you to purchase various products and services offered by RA.

RA Publications
Keep up on Reston Association news and initiatives by reading our various publications. Get event and program schedules, and read useful and interesting features about our community.

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
ElectionresultsNew Board Members Announced
The winners of the 2014 election for seats on the Reston Association Board of Directors were announced at the Annual Members' Meeting on Tuesday night. The Hunters Woods/Dogwood District seat was uncontested. The winners are as follows:

At-Large (one-year term)
Rachel Muir

At-Large (three-year term)
Jeffrey Thomas

Hunters Woods/Dogwood District
Lucinda Shannon

Apartment Owners Representative
Ellen A. Graves

Click here to read the full news release.

Watch a video message to RA members from Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins.
(Note: Video was recorded for the April 8 annual meeting).

Board officers elected. Click here for results.
ScienceScience Camp is Back

Online registration for Reston Association's Science Camp will open on April 14 at 8:30 a.m. for members and non-members. The camp will be held at the United States Geological Survey building on Sunrise Valley Drive, where it was held prior to 2013. 


When registration opens, you can sign up at www.reston.org. To prepare for enrollment, follow these tips for a successful registration:

  • Make sure you are registered on the RA website.
  • Confirm that your profile information is updated with your current contact information.
  • Check that your camper's information is correct.

RA is in the process of transferring anyone who was on the Science Camp waiting list, including those enrolled in other camps, to the Science Camp.


A deposit is required at the time of registration to hold your spot. Transportation or extended-care options must be paid in full.


You can also register in person: 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. For more information contact camp@reston.org or call 703 435-6551.
aquaticsAquatics Roundup
pool swim Pools Open Next Month
Order your pool passes online today to avoid waiting in line next month. Ridge Heights and North Shore heated pools are scheduled to open Saturday, May 10. Pool passes are required for entry, receipts will not be accepted.

Lifeguard Class Registration
Open now at SHOP RA. Click here to register or contact Reston Association's Member Services, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. Download course information.

Plan Your Pool Party
Reservations have begun for private, after-hours parties and open-hours birthday party packages.
View our fact sheets online.
mycommunityVideo Contest Winners
Reston Association announced the winners of the "My Community" video contest at the Annual Members' Meeting on April 8. Winners of the contest, celebrating Reston's 50th anniversary, were selected based on how well their three-minute amateur videos captured why they love to live, work, play or get involved in Reston. The contest, jointly sponsored by Reston Community Center, Reston Association and former RA CEO Vicky Wingert, ran from last August through December. Contest winners are:
cleanupWatershed Cleanup a Success
This year's Potomac River Watershed Cleanup was a success, with 81 volunteers collecting 91 bags of trash and over 100 pounds of bulk trash from six sites in Reston. RA was able to recycle 34 of the bags of trash collected. Additionally, volunteers estimated they picked up 905 plastic bags and over 900 cigarette butts during the cleanup event. View photo gallery.
boatsBoat Owners Sought
Reston Association is currently looking for the owners of the following boats found on Reston lakes:
Lake Audubon
- Green "Mad River" canoe
Lake Anne
- Red Keowee kayak
- Blue Ranger canoe
- Gray Sears canoe, painted with "OLD GREG"
To claim your boat or for more information, please call Brian Petty at Reston Association 703-435-6535 or email bpetty@reston.org.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
earthdayEarth Day Planting
Tuesday, April 22
1-4 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Ages 5 and up (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
To sign up, contact Ha Brock at ha@reston.org or 703-435-7986.
Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at the nature center. Plant a variety of native plants in the gardens including shrubs, ferns and wildflowers. Learn about the value of native plants and how you can use them around your own home.
explorersEarth Day Explorers
Tuesday, April 22
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$6/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 18-35 months (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by April 16. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Celebrate Earth Day at Walker Nature Center. Enjoy games and activities that teach us new ways to take care of the earth and the creatures it calls home. Make a recycled craft to take home.
realtorsRealtor Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, April 22 (RSVP by April 19)
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Reston Association and the non-profit Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) will hold a  lunch for local Realtors to hear about the Re-energize Reston Community Challenge and how energy efficiency improvements can increase the value of the local housing stock. Click here for information.
amAmphibian Idol
Thursday, April 24
7-8 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 April 21. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Frogs and toads sing in the spring hoping to attract mates, providing us with a memorable outdoor experience. Learn which songs belong to which amphibians, and explore Sunrise Valley Wetlands to see which are calling.
emptybowlsEmpty Bowls Fundraiser
Friday, April 25
5:30-8 p.m.
Floris United Methodist Church,
13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon.

The benefit is for hunger relief in Northern Virginia. Hosted by the Giving Circle of HOPE. Pre-event tickets are $25 and tickets at the door are $30. Fees include a bowl crafted by a local potter, that you may keep, plus soup, bread, a beverage and dessert. Email emptybowls@givingcircleofhope.org, call 703-665-9334 or visit www.givingcircleofhope.org.

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.

thanksThank You RA Volunteers
During this National Volunteer Week (April 6-12), we would like to recognize the talent and dedication of Reston Association's volunteers who support and enhance our services and programs.  

Volunteers bring their passion and energy to everything they do and everyone they work with at RA. Our organization really could not provide the high-quality programs and services without our volunteers' dedication. The success of numerous RA programs, events and projects is attributed to them. Volunteers are the heart and soul of Reston.

To see our volunteers in action go to Volunteer Reston Facebook page where you will see the 2013 Volunteer Service Awards winners and pictures of our volunteers making a difference in our community.

We thank you for your generosity and for being a part of our family. "Together We Make Reston Great!"

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