RA News
March 6, 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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tetraLOI to Tetra Approved by Board
The Reston Association Board of Directors received and reviewed the final draft of the letter of intent for the purchase of the Tetra property, located at 11450 Baron Cameron Ave. The letter of intent, which was unanimously approved by the board last week, has been sent to the property's owner, William H. Lauer.

The board motion read: "Move to approve the letter of intent dated February 25, 2015 (LOI) for the Tetra property based on the contractual terms discussed during executive session contained in the LOI and authorize CEO to execute the LOI."

The next step in the property purchase process will come during a March 26 public meeting, when board directors will review and take action on a "conditional contract," pending the outcome of the April referendum. In advance of that meeting, RA members can provide feedback to the association by emailing comments@reston.org.

Click here to read more.
nativeplantsNative Plant Sale
Want to use more native plants in your landscape but have trouble finding where to buy them or you don't like the prices once you do? Pre-order some nature center favorites and enjoy the savings. Species include sun and shade-loving perennial flowers and ferns that do well in a variety of growing conditions, and add value to your backyard habitat. Click here to download an order form and read more about the plants.

Order Deadline: Friday, April 3, 5 p.m.
Pick Up: Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
hollywoodTrip to Hollywood Casino, Track

Wednesday, March 11

3:30-11:30 p.m.

Bus pick-up times and locations include Hunters Woods Shopping Center, Thoreau Place and Lake Anne Plaza.
For ages 21+
$33/RA Members


Join Reston Association for an evening at the race track to enjoy live thoroughbred horse racing, play the new table games including blackjack and poker or just come to enjoy a nice dinner. Participants will receive $15 worth of free slot play. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577 to register.  

districtNorth Point District Meeting

Thursday, March 12

7-9 p.m.
Aldrin Elementary School.

The first of four community meetings will be held in the North Point District. Members are invited to provide feedback about Reston Association's five-year strategic plan and the 2016-2017 budget. Click here for more information and a complete schedule.
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.
fishKids' Trout Fishing Day
Saturday, March 21
8 a.m.-Noon
Snakeden Branch Stream, between Soapstone Drive and Lake Audubon.
Free event for ages: 2-12.
Register at http://bit.ly/1CJcpwb to reserve a rod for your child.
Snakeden Branch will be stocked with hundreds of trout. All necessary equipment will be provided to make your day a success. Trout Unlimited members will help clean the fish you catch.
Teens and adults ages 16 and up who are helping must have a Virginia State Fishing License (freshwater only), available online at www.dgif.state.va.us.
Volunteers are needed to help kids learn how to fish and help filet the fish caught.

For more information click here or to volunteer, please contact Ha Brock at 703-435-7986 or habrock@reston.org.
storyEarth, Wind and Fire
Stories About the Elements
Saturday, March 21
8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
Fee: $15 on sale online 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 night of true, personal stories as told by Virginia's premiere storytelling troupe Better Said Than Done. The show is intended for an adult audience.  Refreshments (beer, wine, coffee, sodas and snacks) available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the nature center. Hosted by Jessica Piscitelli Robinson.
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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

habitHabitat Heroes: Honeysuckle

Saturday, March 28

10 a.m.-noon.

10805 Oldfield Drive.


Habitat Heroes will battle bush honeysuckle surrounding the Oldfield Tot-Lot. Volunteers are needed to help cut back the large invasive plant that has taken over the field edge for more than 20 years and hidden the natural beauty of our woods. Meet at the Oldfield Tot-Lot, and park along Oldfield Drive. The entrance steps are located between 10803 and 10807 Oldfield Drive.


To volunteer go to:  http://bit.ly/1C52xeM 


Download the 2015 Habitat Heroes Projects brochure for a full listing of volunteer events.