RA News
May 8, 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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Tetra Property Purchase 
Reston Association members have until 5 p.m. today (Friday, May 8) to cast their ballots. Click here to vote online.

springfestSpring Festival Photos
See photos from the Spring Festival held at the Walker Nature Center last Saturday. Go to our Facebook page.
poolsTwo Pools Open on Saturday

Two of Reston Association's 15 swimming pools will open tomorrow. They include:


Ridge Heights Heated Pool

Weekdays 1-8 p.m.

Weekends 11 a.m.-7 p.m.


Lake Thoreau Pool & Spa

Weekdays 1-8 p.m.

Weekends 11 a.m.-7 p.m.


pool swim To improve and enhance the member experience, the North Shore heated pool is undergoing a front entrance improvement project and is currently scheduled to open Saturday May 23.  If the project is completed earlier than anticipated, Reston Association will announce the new date.  Lake Thoreau Pool was chosen to accommodate both spa and lap swim users. Please feel free to contact Willa@reston.org with questions.


Go to the RA Marketplace to purchase pool passes online. 

waterCanal and Lake Work

Work will begin next week on two projects. The Lake Anne canal dredging starts on Monday, May 11. Lake Thoreau will be treated to control the aquatic plant, Fanwort, tentatively May 15. 

salamandersSlimy Salamanders
Monday, May 11 or Tuesday, May 12
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 May 8. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Salamanders look like lizards, but they are actually amphibians with moist skin. Get your hands messy while learning how this slimy skin protects them. Enjoy a snack while reading The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer. Go on a short hike to discover where salamanders live and what they eat.
bikeBike to Work Day...Reston Pitstop
Friday, May 15
6:30-9 a.m.
Plaza at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station.

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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 Metro station to receive a free T-shirt, enjoy light refreshments, and be entered into a raffle for a free bicycle. Register at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org.
yardsaleReston Community Yard Sale

Saturday, May 16, (rain date 5/17)

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.


Ninety-five families will be selling a variety of items, so this event is a great opportunity to find things for a new home or a college dorm. Vendor space is sold out. In case of rain in the forecast, call 703-435-6577 the morning of the event for a recorded message. No calls for space please.

artsFine Arts Festival
Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Reston Town Center.

The 24th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival brings more than 200 artists from around the nation for two days of exhibiting and selling their works, including paintings, photography, mixed-media, sculpture, jewelry, and fine craft for all tastes and ages. Experience the sights and sounds while strolling six blocks of outdoor booths filled with art, live performances, and acclaimed hands-on art activities for children.

The weekend festival admission is a voluntary donation of $5 per adult at the gates, which provides an informative program and the bonus of dining certificates for local restaurants.

The Greater Reston Arts Center is the presenting organization for the event. Reston Association is a partner for the festival. For more information, email info@restonarts.org or call 703-471-9242.
invertInvertebrate Institute
Ages 5-12. Free.
Join the Walker Nature Center staff for fun and exciting programs about Reston's invertebrates from May through August. Attend four programs by the end of summer to earn a graduation button, plus an invitation to a free invertebrate program in September.
Get started Sunday, May 17, from 1-4 p.m. with the Invertebrate Institute Kick Off at Walker Nature Center,  11450 Glade Drive. Drop in to see insect and invertebrate displays. Bring in pictures of bugs you want to identify. Play invertebrate games. Pick up your Invertebrate Institute ID card and a list of qualifying programs. No reservations required.
Click here to find out more about the first program "Invertebrates Are Everywhere!"
legalLegal Seminar Series
Thursday, May 21
6:30 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

This free session for clusters and homeowner associations includes a legislative update. The seminar is approved by Community Association Managers International Certification Board (www.camicb.org) to fulfill continuing education requirements for the CMCA certification. Register here for the Reston seminar.
TriRegistration Open for Triathlons

Reston Kids Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 2
Race begins at 8 a.m.
Registration open now: http://www.restonkidstri.org/ 
kids tri Age categories are 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14 based on the participants age on Dec. 31. 

Each participant competes in a swim, bike, and run distance based on their age. See website for details and to register.


Reston Relay Triathlon

Sunday Aug. 16
Race begins at 7 a.m.

Registration open now:

The Reston Relay Triathlon (RRT) is a team-based triathlon that gives families, friends and coworkers the opportunity to compete together with one person completing each leg of the race;  400-meter swim, 11.5-mile bike or a 3.1-mile run.  See website for details and to register.

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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.  

garlicGarlic Mustard Everywhere

Saturday, May 30

10 a.m.-noon

Wainwright Natural Area.


Volunteers will battle garlic mustard, one of the many invasive plants taking over the Wainwright natural area. Reston needs as many hands as possible to pull garlic mustard from the forest floor to help create space for native plants to grow. Meet at Wainwright Drive near the recreational field. Look for the RA truck. There is poison ivy at this site.


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