RA News
April 10, 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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restontodayApril Edition of Reston Today

This month's edition of Reston Today features segments on the Tetra property purchase referendum, Reston's Arbor Day and the upcoming Bicycle Safety Rodeo. Click here to view the video on YouTube.
talloaksTall Oaks Community Meetings
The Jefferson Apartment Group, a McLean-based developer of mixed-use projects, will hold community meetings for Reston residents and neighbors of the Tall Oaks Center on April 23 and April 27 at 7 p.m. The meetings will be held at Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The group will provide a brief overview of the center's history and its immediate context, along with a proposed conceptual plan for redevelopment. The company will seek feedback and questions, and will also provide comment/response cards for attendees to fill out. The development group purchased the Tall Oaks Center last December. Click here to read more.
raceNature House 5K

Saturday, April 11

8 a.m.

Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Adult fee: $30

Children's fee: $20 

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


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

fishFascinating Fish
Monday, April 13
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 April 10. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Which fish live in Reston's lakes and streams? Get up-close looks at local fish, both wild and not-so-wild. Enjoy a fishy snack, make a fishy craft, and listen to a fishy story while learning about our wild fish.
foodHome Food Preservation
Tuesday, April 14
5-7 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $7/person Non-members
Adults. Reservations required by April 10. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
This introductory class will cover food preservation methods, including canning, fermentation, drying/dehydration, and freezing. Learn about the science behind food preservation, safety precautions, kitchen set up, and jar and equipment prep as well as food and recipe selection. There will be a "dry" demo of the correct procedure for filling jars with food to be canned and ample time for questions. Guest presenter: Katie Strong, Virginia Cooperative Extension. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center.
annualmeetAnnual Members' Meeting
Tuesday, April 14
7 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Learn about the state of Reston Association and what lies ahead for the community. The results of the 2015 Board of Directors' election will be announced. Please RSVP to annualmeeting@reston.org or call 703-435-6530.

libraryTopic: India Changes Course
Friday, April 17
2-4 p.m.
Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

The Great Discussions library series focuses on U.S. foreign policy. This month's roundtable discussion is titled "India Changes Course." Go to the Reston Regional Library website for more information on this free series.
bikeBicycle Safety Rodeo
Saturday, April 18
Ongoing from 1-4 p.m. (Course takes 20 minutes to complete).
Lake Newport Pool Facility, 11601 Lake Newport Road.
Free. Ages: 5-12.

Join the Reston Association, RA's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, The Reston Bicycle Club, and Safe Routes to School for our annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo. Children will complete eight safety stations and earn their bicyclist's license. Children must bring their own bicycles and helmets. No registration required. This event will be canceled in the event of rain. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org for more information.
TetraTetra Property Community Meeting
Tuesday, April 21
6 p.m.
Brown's Chapel, 1575 Brown's Chapel Road.

A community meeting will be held regarding Reston Association's initiative to purchase what is currently known as the Tetra property at Lake Newport.

A members' referendum, which runs April 13-May 8, will decide whether RA purchases the 3.47-acre property and 3,128-square-foot building. Tours of the property will be given during the meeting and voting stations for members will be provided. The following topics will be addressed:
  • Current zoning of the site vs. RA preferred zoning
  • Potential community recreational uses and interior renovations
  • The conditional contract and appraisals
  • The building condition based on property inspections, both from Criterium Engineers and RA Covenants administration.
tobyTrip to Toby's Dinner Theatre
Wednesday, April 29
9:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
$65/RA members, $71/non-members.
Ages: 55+

The signing of the Declaration of Independence, a groundbreaking event in American history, blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776-The Musical puts a human face on the pages of history. 1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a wonderful musical score. Registration form can be found at www.reston.org. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org for information.
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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ivyStop the Choking Ivy

Saturday, April 25

10 a.m.-noon

Colts Neck Drive Natural Area.


Habitat Heroes will stop the choking hazard that English ivy creates on the trees by pulling up the vines at the Colts Neck natural area. The vines harbor mosquitoes, reduce the health of native trees and spread elsewhere. Please meet at the Hunters Woods Pool parking lot. To volunteer go to: http://bit.ly/1C52xeM