RA News
July 3, 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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HOLIDAY CLOSING: Reston Association offices, including the Nature House and Central Services Facility, will be closed today and Saturday in observance of Fourth of July.

restontodayLake Audubon Site of Open Swim

Reston Association is helping out at the 2015 World Police & Fire Games. Click on the image above to watch the Reston Today video about the Open Water Swim competition. Select higher video quality by choosing the HD (high definition) setting on the bottom right of the video window.
propertyBLVD Property to be Added to RA
The Reston Association Board of Directors unanimously approved a plan to add the Comstock property known as BLVD Residential at Reston Station into the association. The vote came during a board meeting last week. The BLVD building (pictured) is currently under construction near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. It consists of luxury apartments and vairious on-site amenities.

Under the new model for adding property to RA, the association would receive an initiation fee and/or proffers from developers in exchange for RA providing certain services such as overseeing the future administration and design review process of the properties. Because BLVD Residential and other corridor properties with extensive on-site amenities would not require all of RA's membership benefits, new members to the association would receive a 50 percent discount on assessment fees. Comstock has agreed to pay $300,000 in proffers by July 1 if the board approved the motion.

Additionally, a second motion was passed that could eventually allow other new properties in the Dulles Corridor to join RA in the future.

Click here to read more.
tetraTetra Working Group Forming
The Reston Association Board of Directors is seeking volunteers to serve on a working group to assist staff in developing a concept plan by November 2015 for the use of the new Tetra site and identify facility rental and programming opportunities that will best suit the needs of the Reston community.

In addition to a representative from each of the association's advisory committees, one representative from each of the association's four voting districts and three members from the neighborhood surrounding the Tetra property are being sought.
If you are interested in being considered for appointment, please contact Sabrina Tadele at stadele@reston.org or call 703-435-6570 for more information. The board will make appointments to the working group in September 2015.
lifeguardsLifeguards of the Week for June
The following Reston Association Aquatics staff members received  'Lifeguard of the Week' awards during June.
June 8-14: Jared Watson. Maintained order and calm after an injury occurred at the pool.

June 15-21: Casey Burkert. Provided exceptional customer service to a pool user who did not have a valid pass.

June 22-28: Francis Bowen. Provided knowledgeable and accurate pool policy information to a non-resident caller wishing to visit the pool.
Do you know a lifeguard who should receive recognition for exceptional customer service, assistance in a medical emergency, or going above and beyond to make your pool time enjoyable? Please send their name or description to aquaticsinfo@reston.org along with the pool, date and action worthy of praise.
boatsUnclaimed Boats on Lake Thoreau
boats Reston Association picked up an unclaimed kayak and canoe from Harbor Point Condominiums, near the boat racks on the property closest to the dam. If the boats remain unclaimed for at least six months, they will be raffled off. The boats have been reported as found property to the Fairfax County Police Department. If you believe one of these boats is yours, call Will Peterson at 703-435-6535.
butterflyButterfly Class and Count
Butterfly Class
Thursday, July 9: 7-8:30 p.m.
$5/person or free for count participants
Butterfly Count
Saturday, July 11: 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Class and count will meet at the Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Learn the basic identification and life cycles of our local butterflies at the Butterfly Class. Then, join staff and volunteers for the annual Butterfly Count through Reston's natural areas. Meet fellow butterfly lovers, learn tips on identification and have fun while helping to collect important information on our fluttering friends.

Reservations required by July 6. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
firefliesFireflies in July
Friday, July 10
7:30-9 p.m.
Brown's Chapel, 1575 Brown's Chapel Road.
$7/person RA members, $9/person non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by July 7. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Fireflies, or lightning bugs, are insects that produce their own light. Discover what makes them glow and why they want to be seen in the darkness. Find out what they eat, how they grow and where they live. Take a short hike in search of flashing fireflies and make a glowing craft.
HomeFoodHome Food Preservation
Tuesday, July 14
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA or RCC members, $7/person non-members. Adults.
Reservations required by July 11. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Learn to preserve your garden's bounty at this introductory class, covering a variety of 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 procedure for filling jars and ample time for questions. Guest Speaker: Katie Strong of the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center.
yardsaleYard Sale Registration Open
Saturday, Sept 12 (rain date Sept 13)
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Registration is now open to vendors for Reston Association's next community yard sale. Sign up now to reserve a booth or stop by on the day of the sale to browse for great bargains. Booth space equals two parking spaces. Vendors must pre-register with payment to secure space. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for more information.

Click here for vendor registration form.
PeterpanSign Up for Trip to See Peter Pan

Friday, Aug. 14

6:30-10:30 p.m.

Ages: 5 years and older.


Register now for a chartered-bus trip to experience Peter Pan like you never have before at the Threesixty Theatre in Tysons Corner. Fly to Neverland in a whole new way with a spectacular innovative live stage production that combines intimate theater-in-the-round, overhead surround CGI projection, actors in dazzling flying sequences forty feet in the air, and whimsical puppets that bring J.M. Barrie's classic tale to fantastical life.


Registration is required. Click here to download form. All sales are final. 


Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577 for information.

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bushBeat the Bush Honeysuckle

Saturday, July 25

10 a.m.-noon

Oldfield Drive Natural Area.


Habitat Heroes volunteers will battle bush honeysuckle and garlic mustard surrounding the Oldfield tot-lot. We need help cutting back the large invasive bush honeysuckle that have taken over the woods and hidden its natural beauty. Meet at the Oldfield tot-lot, and park along Oldfield Drive. The entrance steps are adjacent to 10805 Oldfield Drive. Look for the RA truck.


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