RA News
Dec. 5, 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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ceoNovember CEO Report
Read the November CEO Report online. The report includes a wrap-up of recent Reston Association events, services and initiatives that impact RA staff and members.
ACReferendum Question Approved

The Reston Association Board of Directors voted to approve the proposed referendum question on Reston Deed Section VI.2(b)(15) Air-Conditioning Units. The referendum, which will be held in January, will be limited to members who live in the area near Lake Anne and who are subject the air-conditioning covenant.


Currently, the Reston Deed states that "In any residential Cluster in which central air conditioning service is available to the lot line, no individual air-conditioning units of any type shall be permitted. This covenant may only be amended or revoked by at least a two-thirds vote (ballots cast) of the Category A Members..." Click here for more information.

branchingWinter Edition: Branching Out
The winter edition of Branching Out is now available online. Read about Reston's new official bird, the Pileated Woodpecker, as well as other nature-related news.
courtsClay Courts Closed for Season
Reston Association's clay tennis courts at Glade and North Hills are now closed for the year. The courts will re-open in early April 2015.

Additionally, while all hard courts will remain open for the winter, the only lighted courts will be Lake Newport courts 1-6 and Shadowood courts 1 and 2. Hours are 4-9 p.m. 

rainProtecting Rain Barrels in Winter
As temperatures turn colder, there are a few things to do to make sure your rain barrel fares well throughout the harsh winter months. Reston Association's Watershed Manager suggests the following:

  • Empty your barrel.
  • Remove or open your spigot and filter screen. Your barrel has little risk of cracking, but the valve is more susceptible to damage from freezing water.
  • If your barrel uses a diverter, remove the diverter from the downspout and install the winter cover.
If you can, bring it inside to the garage/basement.  If you don't have storage space available, leave it outside with a cinder block inside of it to prevent it from rolling/blowing away.

For more information about rain barrels, contact RA's Watershed Manager at 703-435-6560.
safeschoolsSafe Routes to School Awards

The recent winners of the 2014 Walk to School Inter-Reston Elementary School Challenge are:

Highest Number of Walkers (371)
Forest Edge Elementary School

Highest Percentage of Students Walking (54%)
Lake Anne Elementary School for Highest
paradeParade Pictures on Facebook
Check out the 2014 Reston Holiday Parade pictures on the Reston Association Facebook page. Photo albums 1 and 2.
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 holiday music performed by pianist/vocalist Ginny Carr from 1-2:30 p.m., 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. 5. 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.
candleCandle Making
Friday, Dec. 12
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$7/child RA members, $9/child non-members
Ages 5-12 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Dec. 9. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Bring a little glow to your winter. Learn where wax comes from and discover how candles are made. Dip a pair of candles and decorate a pillar candle with natural materials. Keep your candles for yourself or give them away as gifts. There will be music and refreshments while we work. All supplies provided.
breakfastBreakfast with the Birds
Saturday, Dec. 13
7:30-10 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$10/person RA members, $15/person non-members. Adults.
Reservations required by Dec. 8. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Enjoy a winter morning of birding at the nature center. Search for year-round residents and winter specialties like winter wrens, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and ravens. Afterwards, warm up with a hot breakfast at Nature House.
ethicsEthics Committee Workshop
Tuesday, Dec. 16
6 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The Reston Association Board of Directors will hold a work session to discuss establishing an Ethics Committee. The meeting is open to the public and will be broadcast on YouTube.
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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.

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