RA News
Sept. 19, 2014
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter





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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 new Silver Line will provide transportation from Dulles International Airport to downtown Washington. The first phase of the Silver Line opened on July 26, 2014. Click here for more information on the Silver Line and the Wiehle-Reston East station.

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countPedestrian and Bicyclist Results
Below are the results are from the Sept. 11 pedestrian and bicyclist count in Reston.
The data collection was part of a national project to document walking and cycling as modes of transportation. Compared with 2013 figures, the numbers of pedestrians and bicyclists showed an increase in 2014.

Volunteers for Reston Association's Pedestrian and Bicycling Advisory Committee counted male and female pedestrians and bicyclists from 5-7 p.m. at the following locations:

Glade/ Soapstone
Bicyclists:  25 males  6 females
Pedestrians:  27 males  9 females

New Dominion/Reston Parkway
Bicyclists:  15 males  0 females
Pedestrians:  36 males  18 females

South Lakes
Bicyclists:  23 males  7 females
Pedestrians:  19 males  17 females

Sunrise Valley
Bicyclists:  15 males  2 females
Pedestrians:  51 males  34 females

Bicyclists:  78 males  15 females
Pedestrians:  133 males  78 females
swimSwim Team Seeks Members
Reston Masters is a full service swim team for adults of all ages. Members participate in meets at the local, regional, national and international level. Practices are held indoors at Reston Community Center during fall and winter and outside at various Reston Association pools in summer. Go to www.restonmasters.com for more information
busCounty Bus Plan Workshop
Monday, Sept. 22
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Southgate Community Center,
2125 Pinecrest Road.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation has begun work on its Comprehensive Transit Plan, a 10-year plan for Fairfax Connector and Metrobus service.

Along with providing feedback at the public workshop on Sept. 22, the county is also collecting comments through the Connections 2014 survey. Click here to take the survey or go to the county's Connections 2015 web page for more information about the bus plan.
foodHome Food Preservation
Tuesday, Sept. 23
5-7 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
$5/person RA members, $7/person non-members.
Adults. Reservations required by Sept. 20. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
This introductory class will cover food preservation methods including canning, fermentation, drying/dehydration and freezing. Learn the science behind food preservation including proper safety precautions, and watch a "dry" demo of the procedure for filling jars with food to be canned. Guest presenter: Katie Strong of the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center.
bettersaidNature Calls
True, personal stories
about things that can't be ignored.

Saturday, Sept. 27
8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Adults. Fee: $15 on sale at http://naturecalling.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. Refreshments (beer, wine, coffee, sodas and snacks) available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the nature center.
BikeRideBoard-Led Bike Ride
Saturday, Sept. 27
9:45 a.m.
Ride begins and ends in the parking lot near the tennis courts on Brown's Chapel Road. (Lake Newport Tennis Courts)

This one-hour, 6.2-mile bicycle ride - called Tour d' Art - will be led by members of the Reston Association Board of Directors and the Pedestrian and Bicycling Advisory Committee. It is open to all residents and will feature stops at 12 public art pieces throughout Reston. Please contact Craig Clark at pbac@reston.org to register or for more information.
plightPlight of the American Chestnut
Saturday, Sept. 27
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
Free. Adults. Reservations required by Sept. 24. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Once mighty giants of eastern forests, American Chestnuts stood up to 100 feet tall and were a vital part of the forest ecosystem. However, by 1950 nearly four billion of these trees were killed by a fungal pathogen. Join Kathy Marmet of The American Chestnut Foundation as she recounts this dramatic story and the 30-year effort to restore the species. There will also be a short hike to visit a surviving American Chestnut.  Co-sponsored by the Reston Historic Trust.
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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 donates 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.

Click here to see fall Volunteer Programs flier.  

fallCleanupVolunteer for Fall Cleanup
Saturday, Oct. 18 
10 a.m.-noon 


Potential sites located near the Hunters Woods Village Center, Southgate Community Center, Cedar Ridge Apartments and in the woods near Great Owl Circle.

All ages are welcome.


Tons of trash end up in the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay every year from our watersheds. Litter is harmful and an eyesore in our neighborhoods and open spaces. Let's do our part to clean it up. Click here for more information on how to volunteer. 

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