RA News
Nov. 21, 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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HOLIDAY CLOSINGS: Reston Association offices, including the Nature House and Central Services Facility, will be closed on Nov. 27-28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no
RA News emailed on Thanksgiving week.

electionCall for Candidates
The 2015 Reston Association election season has begun with a call for candidates. Four seats on the association's Board of Directors are open and anyone wanting to be a candidate has until Jan. 30, 2015 to file the appropriate forms. Please click here to read more about the election and how members can enter the race.
snowSnow Summit Video on YouTube

Reston Association hosted a Snow Management & Removal Summit recently. Representatives from Fairfax County, as well as other officials, spoke at the community.

The purpose of the meeting was to plan how snow would be cleared this winter from RA properties and other areas in Reston that do not fall within the association. Click here to watch the entire meeting on the RA YouTube channel.
RNGCRNGC Zoning Appeal to Proceed

The Reston National Golf Course owner has requested that the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals proceed with scheduling an appeal related to a 2012 decision by the county that the restricted the golf course land from being used for residential development.


The owner of the golf course had indefinitely deferred a decision on whether to appeal the county's ruling. The new date for the appeal is Jan. 21, 2015. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

Reston Association remains opposed to the golf course land being redeveloped for residential use and has stated that Reston is a "golf course community." RA's Board President Ken Knueven said that "members have long supported the two golf courses within Reston. It is RA's stance that these golf courses are integral to the active lifestyle of its members and furthers the Reston lifestyle 'live, work, play and get involved.'"


Click here to read more. 

inspectionsCommon Area Inspections

Reston Association's environmental resource staff will be conducting inspections for violations of the Common Area Rules, hazardous trees, invasive plants and fences during inspections of the natural areas.


In the coming weeks, RA inspectors will begin in south Reston and work their way through the woods to north Reston.  Signs at neighborhood entrances will indicate when RA staff will be inspecting common areas.


Violations of the Common Area Rules may include dumping of yard debris -- such as leaves, branches and grass clippings -- as well as clearing and maintaining the open space as your own yard. (Note: RA markers like the one pictured to the left indicate property lines.) If you are in violation, RA staff will send you a notice of violation, which includes a deadline for resolving the problem.


RA appreciates your support in helping to keep the common area as native wildlife habitat. If you have questions or concerns, please call 703-437-7658 or email csfstaff@reston.org.

tennisReston Tennis Awards
Reston Association's Tennis Manager, Mary Conaway, received the Presidential Award at the United States Tennis Association's Mid-Atlantic District Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon last week in Charlottesville, Va. Conaway serves as council chair of the USTA National Volunteer Development Council. She has been involved in Reston tennis since 1987.

Chume Bertrand, an RA tennis instructor, won the Coach of the Year award at the ceremony. Bertrand  is a certified associate instructor who has been involved in Reston tennis since 1991.
paradeReston Holiday Events at RTC
Friday, Nov. 28
8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Reston Town Center.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Market Street. Watch Macy's-style balloons, marching bands, dancers, antique cars, community groups, costume characters the welcoming of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. The ice-skating rink opens at 8 a.m. Other events include:

Visits & Photos with Santa

12:30-4:30 p.m., next to Skate Shop.

Donations for a 5x7 portrait benefit South Lakes High School Chorus.


Mini-Train Rides

12:30-4:30 p.m, departures in front of Talbots on Market Street.

Donations will benefit a local charity.


Frosty Follies

5 p.m., in front of the Christmas tree.

Music and dance performed by Metropolitan School of the Arts.


Tree Lighting & Sing-Along

6 p.m., Fountain Square.

See Santa and Mrs. Claus magically light up the Christmas tree, followed by a holiday sing along with the Reston Chorale and brass quintet.


Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

6:30-10 p.m, departures in front of Talbots on Market Street.

$5 per person, children 5 and under ride free. All proceeds benefit Volunteer Fairfax.

wreathsWinter Wreaths
Saturday, Dec. 6
10:30 a.m.-noon or 1-2:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
$20/wreath RA members, $25/wreath non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Dec. 3. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Get started on your holiday decorating by making festive wreaths for your home. Listen to seasonal music and enjoy mulled cider and cookies. All supplies provided. When making reservations, please include the number of people in your party and how many wreaths you would like to make.
OPENHOUSEHoliday Open House
Sunday, Dec. 7
1-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
For more information, email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Bring your family or friends to an afternoon of festive fun at Nature House. Listen to live holiday music, make an ornament from natural materials and enjoy free refreshments. Get a handmade, reusable shopping bag from Virginia Baggers. Snap a photo with one of the nature center mascots, including the new official bird, Walker the Woodpecker. There will be a special sing-along at 2:30 p.m.
REDSWinter Reds
Monday, Dec. 8 or Tuesday, Dec. 9
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$7/child RA members, $9/child non-members
Ages 18-35 months (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Dec. 4. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Even though winter seems dreary, there is still bright color in the woods. From holly berries to cardinals and woodpeckers, discover the reds of winter. Enjoy a colorful story and make a red craft to take home.
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