RA News
March 13, 2015
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter



Reston Station
The Silver Line provides rail 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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For general questions about Reston Association, please contact the Member Services team or call 703-435-6530.

NOTICE: The Reston Association website, www.reston.org, will be updated this weekend. Most features of the website will not be available while work is being completed. The site is expected to be back up and fully operational on Monday, March 16. While the site is down, links will be provided for anyone wishing to vote or apply for a job at RA. To vote online or apply for employment this weekend simply follow the links displayed on the temporary page at


forumWatch Candidates' Forum

Click the image above to watch the March 4 Candidates' Forum on YouTube. Be sure to vote by March 30 in the Reston Association Board of Directors' election. Members may cast their ballots by mail or online. Click here to access the online ballot.

districtLake Anne/Tall Oaks Meeting

Monday March 16

7-9 p.m.
Reston Community Center, 1609 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Village Center.

The second of four community meetings will be held in the Lake Anne/Tall Oaks 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.
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.
birdsBrilliant Birds
Wednesday, March 18
10-11 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$7/child RA members, $9/child non-members.
Ages 3-5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by March 13. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Many birds migrate far away during the winter. They return with their most colorful plumage in spring. Make a colorful bird craft, see feathers and birds up close, and go on a short hike to see if we can find these beautiful birds in the trees or at the feeders.
firesideFireside Fun
Friday, March 20
7-8 p.m.
WNC Fire Ring on Soapstone Drive, between Glade Drive and Lawyers Road.
$7/person RA members, $9/person non-members
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by March 17. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
With a hint of a chill still in the air, the fireside is a perfect place to gather, share stories and think of warmer days soon to come. Make campfire popcorn and taste a marshmallow treat. If the weather is nice, we'll meet at the fire ring. If it is too cold, snowy or rainy, we will meet by the fireplace inside Nature House at 11450 Glade Drive.
nativeplantsNative Plant Sale
Order Deadline:
April 3, 5 p.m.
Pick Up: Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

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.
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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 

watershedPotomac Watershed Cleanup
Saturday, April 11
9 a.m.-noon

Join thousands of volunteers in a multi-state effort to clean up the Potomac Watershed. Reston Association is hosting several sites along Snakeden Branch and Colvin Run, two tributaries to the Potomac River. Come learn about our watersheds and see what interesting artifacts end up in our streams. Rain date is Sunday, April 12. Reston sites include the following: 


Snakeden Branch Upper
Meet at Hunters Woods Village Center.


Snakeden Branch Middle 

Meet at Soapstone Drive.  


Nature Center 

Meet at the Walker Nature Center.  


Colvin Run 

Meet at Tall Oaks Pool.  


Stevenage Road 

Meet at Reston North Park off Stevenage Road.  


Hidden Creek 

Meet at Unitarian Universalist Church off Wiehle Avenue.

Please wear sturdy shoes or boots and come prepared to get a little wet and dirty. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Meet at the Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive, Reston) afterwards for a pizza lunch. Contact Ha Brock for more information.