RA News
March 27, 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.

voteVoting Period Ends Monday
Reston Association members have until 5 p.m. on Monday, March 30 to vote in this year's Board of Directors' election. You can cast your ballot online or go to the RA website to read about the candidates and follow the link to the online voting booth.
 cfoNew CFO Hired by Association

Reston Association announced this week the hiring of Robert Wood as Chief Financial Officer. Wood's most recent position was Director of Accounting Operations at Opower in Arlington, Va.  He has worked in financial consulting roles as well as audit and compliance. Wood has a Bachelor's of Commerce - Accounting Science Honors degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Wood is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a certified fraud examiner (CFE). Wood will begin work at RA on April 13. Click here to read more. 

noRescue Reston Says "No"

Members of Rescue Reston, the grassroots organization that is fighting a proposal to rezone Reston National Golf Course for future development, formed the word "no" outside the office of Northwestern Mutual last Sunday. Northwestern Mutual is the majority owner of RN Golf Management, owner of the 166-acre course.


The Fairfax County Zoning Administrator has ruled that the golf course must remain as open space. The appeals aboard is expected to make a final determination on the matter on April 15. Reston Association, along with Rescue Reston and other community leaders, supports the zoning administrator's ruling that would prevent development of the land and is asking the appeals board to vote no to overturning the prior ruling. 


Connie Hartke, Rescue Reston's president, urged supporters to sign an online petition at bit.ly/RescueReston

tennisRA Seeks Team Tennis Players
Reston Association is looking for men and women tennis players to compete in Reston Team Tennis on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

To participate, players will need to have a National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) score of 3.5 to 4.5.
Reston Team Tennis is one of RA's most popular leagues. There are over 20 teams that play on Wednesday and Thursday nights. This is a social yet competitive league.

Please call the tennis office at 703-435-6502 if you would like join a team. Non-residents must purchase a RA tennis membership to participate.
gmcRidding Reston of Invasive Plant
The 2015 Garlic Mustard Challenge continues through early May. Residents are being asked to help rid Reston of this invasive plant. Winners will be announced at the Spring Festival on May 2. For more information about this contest and how you can get involved click here.
amphSpring Amphibians
Sunday, March 29
2-3 p.m.
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 March 27. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Amphibians make their way to water in spring to find mates and lay eggs. Discover the amphibians that live in Reston, and which of them have used the nature center pond as a nursery. Explore the pond to see who is around right now.
nativeNative 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.
Garden Club Meeting
Tuesday, April 7
1 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Members and guests are invited to the Reston Garden Club meeting. The speaker will be Nancy Vehrs, president of the Virginia Native Plant Society. She will be presenting a program on "Spring Wildflowers of Northern Virginia." Click here for more information.
raceNature House 5K

Saturday, April 11

8 a.m.

Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Adult fee: $25 (prior to April 1), $30 regular

Children's fee: $15 (prior to April 1), $20 regular

Register at active.com or in person starting at 7 a.m. on race day.


Get into nature on one of the most scenic courses in the area. There will be lots of prizes, music and refreshments following the race. Funds go to Friends of Reston to support new green building enhancements, and educational displays and exhibits.

biketoworkRegister for Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 15
6:30-9 a.m.
On the Plaza at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station.

Comstock Partners and Reston Association invite you to join more than 450 local commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work. Register and meet us on the Plaza at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station to receive a free T-shirt, enjoy light refreshments and be entered into a raffle for a free bicycle. This location is above Fairfax County's first secure bike parking facility, just blocks from the W&OD Trail.
Register at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org.
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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.

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.