RA News
Feb. 27, 2015
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter





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Board of Directors

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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electionReston Today: Election Edition


The latest edition of Reston Today features statements from each of the seven candidates who are running for the four open seats on the Board of Directors. Voting in the Reston Association election begins on Monday and runs through March 30. Click the image above to view the video on RA's YouTube channel. 
ceoFebruary CEO Report

The February CEO Report includes an overview of the upcoming Reston Associaton Board of Directors' election as well as information about the annual audit, the recent home maintenance workshop and the four district meetings in March. Click here to download the report. 

branchBranching Out, Spring 2015

Read about salamanders and other nature-related topics in the spring edition of Branching Out, a Walker Nature Center quarterly publication. 

MemberServicesExtended Hours for Assessments

Member Services at Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, will be open on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m.-noon. Members interested in paying their annual assessment in person may do so at that time. Payment is due by March 1. 

summitCommunity Summit
Saturday, Feb. 28
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center,
2739 West Ox Road, Herndon

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins will host the 2015 Hunter Mill District Community Summit. The summit features presentations and conversations with county officials and residents on the following topics:
  • FY2016 Proposed Budget for Fairfax County
  • FY2016 Proposed Budget for Fairfax County Schools
  • Hunter Mill Huddle with a focus on human service needs in the district.

In addition, the Department of Tax Administration will be providing one-on-one consultation to senior and disabled residents on tax relief opportunities and applications.


To RSVP or for questions regarding the meeting, contact the Hunter Mill District Office at 703-478-0283, or email RSVPHuntermill@fairfaxcounty.gov.

bunnyBunny Bounce
Monday, March 9 or Tuesday, March 10
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 March 5. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Bounce along the trails following the footprints of a cottontail rabbit. Make bunny ears, munch on bunny food and feel bunny fur. Discover where rabbits live and make a soft nest for bunny babies.
organicOrganic Gardening
Thursday, March 12
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA or RCC members, $7/person non-members. Adults.
Reservations required by March 9. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Organic gardening uses landscape design and the environment to improve and maximize the health and development of plants and soil without the use of commercial pesticides and fertilizers. Learn about this mainstay method of sustainable gardening, and bring your questions. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center.
openRA's Open House
Thursday, March 19
6:30-9 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

A one-stop informational event for new or not so new Restonians. Come learn more about Reston Association and the many services, amenities and programs it provides. Pick up your pool passes, sign up your kids for camp, tennis, swim lessons, or events. Talk to your Covenants Property Advisor and learn more about RA's volunteer opportunities and how you can serve on the board, committees or in an advisory capacity. There will also be an opportunity to vote for Board of Director candidates in the current election. Meet representatives from other Reston organizations, RA board members and staff.

Light refreshments will be available and door prizes will be awarded.  Please RSVP to Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577.
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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

socialVolunteer Social
Wednesday, March 4
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
RSVP Will Peterson: wpeterson@reston.org or call 703-435-6535.
Stream monitor and watershed volunteers are invited to attend this social. Meet Reston Association's new Watershed Specialist. Learn ways to volunteer in the watershed and at upcoming events. Get an update on Reston's stream quality over the past five years.
joinJoin a Committee or DRB

Reston Association is seeking members to serve in the following volunteer leadership positions: 

  • Hunters Woods-Dogwood district representative on the Covenants Committee for a term of three years.
  • Design professional (architect, land planner, or landscape architect) on the Design Review Board for a term of three years (two positions).
  • Lay member on the Design Review Board for a term of three years.

The Covenants Committee is responsible for administering the Use and Maintenance Covenants stated in the Reston Deed of Dedication.

The Design Review Board interprets, administers and renders decisions involving the design covenants in accordance with the Design Guidelines of Reston Association.

If you are interested in applying to be a member of the Covenants Committee or DRB, please fill out the Committee Volunteer Application Form by 5 p.m. March 6 and submit it via email to stadele@reston.org.


GMCGarlic Mustard Challenge
Reston Association is sponsoring the third annual Garlic Mustard Challenge to encourage residents to help eliminate Garlic Mustard from Reston. The Garlic Mustard Challenge for 2015 began on Feb. 1 and will end at the Spring Festival at the Nature Center on Saturday, May 2.
Participants in the challenge will be divided into four categories:

(1)   Individuals
(2)   Small groups (10 or fewer people)
(3)   Large groups (10 or more people)
(4)   Corporate 

Winners in each category will be based on the total weight (in pounds) of Garlic Mustard pulled per group. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Regularly scheduled Habitat Heroes events will take place on March 28, April 25, and May 2. Additional organized events may be scheduled. Participants are encouraged to volunteer in some or all of the organized events, but participants are also encouraged to pull Garlic Mustard on their own when time permits.  Individuals and groups not familiar with Garlic Mustard identification are encouraged to participate in the March 28 Habitat Heroes event to learn to identify Garlic Mustard.

Register now: http://bit.ly/17nlSOi. Contact Ha Brock at habrock@reston.org for more information on the challenge or the Habitat Heroes projects.