RA News
April 18, 2014


Honeysuckle Cleanup

Invasive Plant Removal

Fine Arts Festival

Library Series



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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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Head of Silver Line Project Resigns

IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
raceRace Benefits Nature House
The 11th Annual Fund Run raised money for Reston Association's Nature House last week. Go to our Facebook page to watch a short video of the race-day festivities.

The Nature House is located at the 72-acre Walker Nature Center. It is a place where people of all ages can learn about Reston's precious natural resources. Nature House opened its doors in November 2009. The building was gifted to the association by its supporting 501(c)(3) organization, Friends of Reston.

Fund Run Race-Day Photos

friendsLEAP Presents Check to Friends
As part of the Re-Energize Reston Challenge, in partnership with LEAP, a check for $1,190 was presented to Friends of Reston on April 15.  The funds were used to help purchase the 50 trees Friends' volunteers planted on Arbor Day to celebrate Reston's 50th anniversary. (Pictured above: Katie Shaw, Executive Director for Friends of Reston, holds the check presented by Barbara Englehart, Business Development and Outreach Manager for Local Energy Alliance Program)
The Re-Energize Challenge is a year-long activity with a goal to provide home health check-ups for 1,964 homes in Reston. Friends of Reston will receive $10 for every check-up completed. For more information, visit www.reenergizereston.com.
biketoschoolBike to School Day
Reston's eight elementary schools will be participating in International Bike to School Day on May 7. Each school is running its own celebration event, and all eight are competing as a group with the eight elementary schools in Vienna to see who can get the most cyclists riding to school that day.

If you would like information, or to help your neighborhood school, contact Reston Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee at PBAC@reston.org or email one of the following people:
CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
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.
Sunrise Valley Wetlands, 12700 Sunrise Valley Drive. Park on the left (west) side of the office building.
$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.
libraryGreat Decisions Series
Friday, April 25
2-4 p.m.
Reston Regional Library,
11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

The next topic in the Great Decision discussions at the Reston Regional Library is the "Islamic Awakening." Click here for more information about this U.S. foreign policy series.
wormWorm Composting
Sunday, April 27
2-3:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$35/bin RA or RCC members, $40/bin non-members
Adults. Reservations required by April 24. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Worm composting is a natural method of recycling food waste. It's so simple and odor free that it can be done anywhere. See an established bin and make one to take home. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center and Sustainable Reston.
organicOrganic Gardening
Sunday, April 27
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$6/person RA or RCC members, $8/person non-members.
Adults. Reservations required by April 24. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Organic gardening uses landscape design and the natural environment to improve and maximize the health of plants and soil without the use of commercial pesticides and fertilizers. Learn about this method of sustainable gardening, and bring questions. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center and Sustainable Reston.
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.

honeyBeat the Bush Honeysuckle
Saturday, April 26
10 a.m.-noon
10805 Oldfield Drive.
Ages: Volunteers under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
To volunteer contact Ha Brock at habrock@reston.org.

We will battle bush honeysuckle and garlic mustard surrounding the Oldfield tot lot. We need help cutting back the large invasive bush honeysuckle that have taken over the field edge and hidden the natural beauty of our woods. Meet at the tot lot and park along Oldfield Drive. Look for the RA truck.
invasiveInvasive Plant Removal Day
Saturday, May 3
9 a.m.-noon.
Glade Pool parking lot, 11550 Glade Drive.
Ages: Volunteers under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
To volunteer contact Ha Brock at habrock@reston.org.

Volunteers will pull garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and other invasive plants in the woods near Snakeden Branch stream in the natural area surrounding Old Trail Drive. Please park at the Glade Pool parking lot or along Glade Drive. We will meet near the tot lot next to the pool parking lot and head down the asphalt path behind the pool into the woods behind the houses.
FineArtsFine Arts Festival
Join us at the Greater Reston Arts Center's Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 at Reston Town Center.

This art event takes place over an entire weekend serves the Washington Metropolitan community by showcasing local and national artists. The festival attracts art enthusiasts of all ages and provides a quality first-hand experience with art, artist and art education programs.

There are many areas where you can volunteer. Our web-based form allows you to learn about activity options, sign up with family or friends and choose your own shift(s).

  • Saturday, May 17: 9 a.m.- noon; noon-3 p.m.; 3-6 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 18: 10 a.m.-noon; noon-3 pm. and 3-6 p.m.
Click here to register to volunteer.
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