RA News
April 25, 2014


RA pools scheduled to open in May. Get your season passes online.

Invasive Plant Removal

Covenants Committee

Fine Arts Festival

Trail Project Underway

Art Exhibit at Lake Anne



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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.

50th Anniversary Events

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IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
trailparkwayParkway Trail Undergoes Repairs

The project to improve the bicycle/pedestrian trail along Fairfax County Parkway is underway. The trail is closed through parts of Reston (from Wiehle Avenue to Route 7) for the remainder of this week. Click here to view a map for alternative routes.


Repairing the entire trail, from Route 7 to Route 29, is scheduled to be completed by December. Construction is not expected to have a significant impact on motorized traffic along the parkway.


Read more about the Virginia Department of Transportation project.

smartmarketsSmart Markets Now Open
Smart Markets at Reston Corner opened for the season this week. As one of Northern Virginia's largest producer-only farmers' markets, it will offer locally grown produce, including sustainably-grown fruits and vegetables; grass-fed, free-range beef, pork, lamb and chicken; baked goods including European breads, French pastries, soulful Southern desserts, Gluten-free Mediterranean baklava, Chilean empanadas and barbecue.

The market is open every Wednesday through November 26. For more information, visit SmartMarkets.org.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
springfestSpring Festival at Nature Center
Saturday, May 3
1-5 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
For more information, please call 703-476-9689.

The festival will feature hands-on activities and entertainment, including live animals, craft making for kids, displays and information from environmental groups as well as fishing and canoe/kayak rentals on Lake Audubon. There will also be a native plant sale by Nature By Design.

Entertainment Schedule
(Provided in partnership with Reston Community Center)

1-1:45 p.m.
   Mad Science - Things That Go Boom
1:30-2:30 p.m.
   Wildflower Walk with Reston Historic Trust
2:30-3:15 p.m.
   Teddy the Recycling Clown
4-4:45 p.m.
   Live Animal Show with Wildlife Ambassadors

Plus live acoustic music from 1-4 p.m. with Tom Bodine, Marcy Cochran, Scott Malyszka and The Stewart Sisters.
art"Two Views" Art Exhibit
May 1-June 4
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays: Noon-5 p.m.
Reston Art Gallery & Studios, 11400 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne.

Mixed-media and acrylic interpretations painted by two artists, Pat Macintyre and Gail Axtell, focusing on scenes of nature and iconic Reston structures in recognition of the "50/100" Celebration in Reston. This year is the 100th birthday of founder, Robert E. Simon, Jr., whose New Town of Reston is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Simon will be the  guest of honor at the May 4 reception.
swimlessonSwim Lesson Information
Testing Day
Saturday, May 3
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ridge Heights Pool, 11400 Ridge Heights Road.
Free. No registration required.
If you need assistance determining what group swim lesson level to take, please join us for a fun evaluation of skills. Wait-time is typically less than 15 minutes and participants will be seen in the order they arrive.

Monday, May 5 for RA members.
Wednesday, May 7 for non-members.
Opens at 8:30 a.m.
Online at www.reston.org or in-person at our Member Services Department, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
wildWild Edibles
Sunday, May 4
1:30-4 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$7/person RA members, $9/person non-members
Reservations required by May 2. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Many naturally occurring plants can make a nutritious and tasty addition to your diet. Sample some "wild" dishes and take home recipes to try on your own. After an indoor presentation that includes the ethics of collecting and how good foraging starts at home, hike the trails in search of edible plants. Guest Speaker: Lori Thomas.
solarsystemTour the Solar System
Friday, May 9
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $7/child non-members.
Ages 5-12 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by May 6. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Explore the planets of our solar system through interactive activities. Discover how long the days are on Mercury, which planet is actually rotating on its side and how long it would take to cook a pizza on Venus.

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.

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.
covcommJoin the Covenants Committee

Reston Association is seeking two volunteers to serve on the Covenants Committee. One member is needed to fill the Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District seat and the other member is needed to fill the South Lakes District.


The Covenants Committee is responsible for administering the Use and Maintenance Covenants set forth in the Reston Deed of Dedication. Click here for more information. 


If you are interested in applying to be a member of the Covenants Committee, please forward a resume and brief statement of interest by May 9, via email to sfaubert@reston.org; or mail to Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20191 ATTN: Sabrina Tadele.

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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