RA News
June 12, 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.


On the Rise
New projects and construction continue around Reston. Keep up with all the latest news by visiting the Development & Future of Reston section of RA's website.


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wildlifeWildlife Habitats Certified
Reston Association is celebrating 15 years as a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat. Two projects were recently certified as wildlife habitats. They include Autumnwood Recreational Area and Lake Audubon Pool.

On June 5, Deloitte Impact Day volunteers removed invasive silver grass from Autumnwood and replaced it with a variety of native plants that attract butterflies and other wildlife.

At Lake Audubon Pool, Grant Bommer (pictured above with RA Watershed Manager, Nicki Bellezza) achieved his Eagle Scout rank by designating the pool and surrounding lake area as a certified wildlife habitat. His project included removing invasive shrubs and planting native plants in the landscape beds and meadow near the lake.

These projects bring the total number of wildlife habitats designated by the Wildlife Habitat Federation in Reston to 316.
poolsPools to Host Swim Meets June 13
pool fun The following pools will open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 so they can be used to host Reston Swim Team Association events earlier in the day: Glade, Hunters Woods, Lake Audubon and Lake Newport.
artArt Event: Chalk on the Water
June 13 and 14
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lake Anne Plaza, 1609 Washington Plaza.

Chalk on the Water is a street-painting festival. Festival-goers can purchase a "plot" of brick space on the plaza and paint whatever flows from their imagination. Cost for spaces are $5 for children, $10 for adults, and $15 for professional artist. Individuals can register here.

One hundred spaces/plots are available. Participants have a chance to win cash prizes for various categories, awarded by notable community judges. The festival will also include food, a live DJ, a wine garden. Funds raised from the festival will be donated to Initiative for Public Art-Reston (IPAR).
drbHearing on Design Guidelines
Tuesday, June 16
7 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The Reston Association Design Review Board (DRB) will hold a public hearing regarding proposed edits to the Design Guidelines and DRB application forms. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and the edits will be discussed after other agenda items. To review the edits, click here. For more information, contact Barbara Ramey at bramey@reston.org.
metroMetro Project Public Meeting
Wednesday, June 17
7:30 p.m.
North Colony Government Center, 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston.

The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project informational meeting will provide a general project update as well as specific information on the Reston Town Center Station and related improvements.
swimWorld's Largest Swim Lesson
Thursday, June 18
10 a.m.-noon
Dogwood Pool, 2460 Green Range Road.

The World's Largest Swimming Lesson is a promotional event designed to build awareness and generate local and national media attention about the importance of teaching kids to swim to help prevent drowning.

All ages and abilities are invited to this free event. Please RSVP to willa@reston.org.
owlOwl Prowl
Thursday, June 18
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$7/person RA members, $9/person non-members
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by June 15. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Meet a wildlife rehabilitator from the Raptor Conservancy to view live owls native to Virginia. Afterwards prowl trails along The Glade Stream Valley in search of resident owls.
fishingFishing With Fathers
Saturday, June 20
10:30 a.m.-noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$7/person RA members, $9/person non-members
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by June 17. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Take dad fishing to celebrate Father's Day. Join us at Lake Audubon to learn fish facts, fishing basics and practice casting. We'll provide rods and bait. Those 16 and older wishing to fish will need a fishing license available online at www.dgif.virginia.gov.
publichearingsPublic Hearing Notice

Thursday, June, 25, 6 p.m.

Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.


The Reston Association Board of Directors will hold the second of two public hearings to consider adding to the RA the real property known as Comstock Partners LC - BLVD Residential at Reston Station. Topics for discussion will include money to be directed towards recreation and the purchase of the Tetra property located at 11450 Baron Cameron Avenue. For more details, click here.

canoeExplore Lake by Canoe/Kayak
Friday, June 26
6:30-8 p.m.
Lake Anne Public Boat Docks - Washington Plaza in the Lake Anne Village Center.
$6/RA or RCC member, $8/non-member
Adults and children 10+ years
Reservations required by June 23. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Explore Lake Anne from a different perspective. Paddling is a leisurely and enjoyable way of getting up close to waterfowl, fish and turtles that seem far away from shore. Learn about lake ecology and what you can do to help the lake and its aquatic wildlife. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center.
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cutoutCut Out the Double File Viburnum

Saturday, June 27

10 a.m.-Noon

Old Trail Drive Natural Area.


The Habitat Heroes will challenge the invasive double file viburnum, a tall flowering shrub that has taken over a large portion of the natural area. Meet between 2337 and 2339 Old Trail Drive. We will follow the wooden stairs down to the natural area. Look for the RA truck.


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

VolCanoeVolunteer Canoe Paddlers Needed
Reston Association will be hosting the World Police and Fire Games Open Water Swim and Triathlon this summer at Lake Audubon. RA is seeking experienced paddlers to volunteer for the triathlon event to accompany lifeguards in canoes on the lake. Boats, paddles and floatation devices will be provided.  If interested, please contact aquaticsinfo@reston.org.