RA News
Jan. 16, 2015
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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RA Camps Reminder
Member registration begins Jan. 26.  
See Reston magazine for details or go to www.reston.org.

NOTICE: Reston Association offices, including the Central Services Facility and Nature House, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

restontodayWatch the latest Reston Today

This month on Reston Today features segments on the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebrations and information about this summer's World Police & Fire Games that will be held in Reston and other parts of Fairfax County. The games will include over 12,000 public safety athletes from 70 countries. The final portion of this month's video showcases the recent Ethics Day held at South Lakes High School. Click the image above to watch the video on YouTube.
butlerButler Named to "Best of Reston"

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstones announced the 2015 Best of Reston winners last week. The announcements were made at the "Best Kick-off Reception."


Community members submitted Best of Reston nominations last fall. Recipients of the community service awards will be honored at a ceremony on April 30.


Reston Association's Senior Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources, Larry Butler, was one of the award winners. Butler was lauded for his commitment to providing recreational opportunities for all ages in the Reston community, and for doing it while sharing the value of enjoying, preserving, and protecting the integrity of the community's natural environment. Click here to read more or see the full list of honorees in the Fairfax Times.  

lakeLake Audubon Lowering
Reston Association will be lowering the water level in Lake Audubon approximately two feet to repair portions of the Snakeden Branch streambed at the Nature Center in February. This would be a good time for dock or shoreline repairs.

Please note, if any repairs change the design of the structure, a Design Review Board application may be necessary with at least two weeks of notice. If you would like to make changes, please contact your covenants advisor as soon as possible for the necessary application information.
For more information, contact Nicki Bellezza, Watershed Manager at nicki@reston.org or 703-435-6560.
GolfGolf Course Public Hearing
Wednesday, Jan. 21
9 a.m.
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

In 2013, representatives of Reston National Golf Course requested the reactivation of an appeal and a public hearing date before the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).

The appeal concerns a ruling made by the Fairfax County Zoning Administrator that any redevelopment of the property located at 11875 Sunrise Valley Drive and 2018 Soapstone Drive, for uses other than a golf course or open space, would require an amendment to the Reston Master Plan, approval of a Development Plan Amendment, and approval of a PRC plan from the Board of Supervisors. Click here for more information about the appeal on the Fairfax County website.

Reston Association, Rescue Reston and Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, as well as other proponents for the preservation of open space, continue to support the Fairfax County Zoning Administrator's determination.

Click here to read a Jan. 9 letter from RA's legal representative to county zoning officials regarding the RNGC issue.

Next week's hearing is open to the public. Proponents for open space are asking concerned Reston residents to attend the appeals meeting.
beaverMeeting Topic: Beaver Fencing
Wednesday, Jan. 21
7 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Reston Association will hold a community meeting to discuss the proposed fence installation that will surround the beaver wetland behind Leatherwood Drive and Hunting  Horn Lane. Contact Claudia Thompson-Deahl at Claudia@reston.org for more information.
filmEnvironmental Film: The City Dark
Friday, Jan. 23
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5 suggested donation. Adults.
Reservations required by Jan. 21. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
After moving to New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks: "Do we need the dark?" Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the implications of a globe glittering with lights. Featuring stunning astrophotography, the film tells the story of light pollution and the disappearing stars. Special guest: Bill Burton, a geologist at USGS and a member of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club. Co-sponsored by Friends of Reston.
libraryLibrary Discussion Series
Friday, Jan. 23
2-4 p.m.
Reston Regional Library,
11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

"Russia and the Near Abroad" is the topic of the next Reston Regional Library roundtable discussion series that focuses on U.S. foreign policies. Contact the library for more information. 
leavesNo Leaves, No Secrets
Saturday, Jan. 24
11 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $7/person non-members
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Jan. 21. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
With leaves off the trees and the forest plants dormant, many of the secrets of the forest are revealed. Take a short hike in search of bird and squirrel nests, fox dens, snow fleas, and other forest secrets that you can only glimpse during the winter.
paperPaper Making
Friday, Jan. 30
10:30-11:30 a.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 Jan. 27. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Since ancient Egyptian times, people have been making paper for both artistic and practical purposes. Discover how to make your own recycled paper and learn how to use it in future craft projects. This is a perfect way to enjoy your day off from school.
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