RA News
Sept. 4, 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 on Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day.
videoVideo: RTC North Redevelopment

In this week's Reston Today video, Fairfax County Supervisor, Cathy Hudgins, discusses the county's vision for Reston Town Center North redevelopment. Click the image above to watch the video on YouTube.
bloggravesBlog Contains Budget Updates 
During the next few months, Reston Association Board President, Ellen Graves, will provide updates on the 2016-2017 budget process in the President's Perspective blog on the RA website. Click here to read the Aug. 28, 2015 post. Links to future posts over the next few months will also be available on the Reston Association Perspective and the Budget pages on the RA website.
poolsPool Schedules Revised
Pool schedules for Labor Day weekend and the remainder of September have been revised by Reston Association.

Due to college and high school students returning to school, and because the Fairfax County Public School system has adjusted school hours this year, fewer pools than usual will be open over Labor Day weekend. Additionally, post-holiday weekday hours have been adjusted by 30 minutes. 

RA relies on students to help staff its aquatic facilities in the summer. With fewer students available to perform lifeguarding and other duties, the association opted to adjust facility schedules. Click each of the following schedules for more information.
splendidSplendid Spiders
Wednesday, Sept. 9
10-11 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$7/child RA members, $9/child non-members
Ages 3-5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Sept. 4. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Some spiders are drab shades of brown or black, while others have beautiful colors. Learn how their color helps spiders survive. Make a colorful spider craft, and take a short hike in search of spiders.
ABC's of DRB Workshop
Thursday, Sept. 10
6:30-8 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

This interactive workshop will feature a discussion with Design Review Board members and staff on how applications are processed by staff and reviewed by the DRB. Helpful tips about best practices for updating cluster standards will be provided. There will also be a Q&A session.

Please RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 3 to covenantsworkshops@reston.org.

Click here to download the full 2015-2016 workshop schedule or go to our Property Owner Resources web page for related information.

natureFall Nature Discovery Series
Thursdays: Sept. 10, Oct. 13, Nov. 12, Dec. 17.
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$28/child for Reston Association or Reston Community Center members.
$36/child non-members.
Reservations required by Sept. 7. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.

Introduce your child to the joys of nature at these engaging programs. Each program in the four-part series will include fun and educational activities such as short exploratory hikes, simple nature crafts and entertaining stories based around a different seasonal theme or featured animal. Parents/caregivers must supervise their children and assist them with the activities. The fee will be collected at the first program in the series.
yardsaleCommunity Yard Sale
Saturday, Sept. 12 (rain date, 9/13)
Note: Vendor space is sold out.
8:30 a.m.-Noon
Reston Association parking lot, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Ninety-five vendors will be selling a variety of items, so this event is a great opportunity to browse for bargains for a new home or a college dorm. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577 for information on weather related cancellations.
wormcomWorm Composting Workshop
Sunday, Sept. 13
2-3:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
$30/bin RA or RCC members, $35/bin non-members
Reservations required by Sept. 10. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Ever thought about composting but just don't have the space? Worm composting is a natural method of recycling food waste. See an established bin and make one to take home. Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps into rich organic soil and compost tea. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center.
busyBusy Squirrels
Monday, Sept. 14 or Tuesday, Sept. 15
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 Sept. 10. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Acorns are falling from the trees and squirrels are hiding them away for a winter's day. Listen to a story about a busy squirrel and make a squirrel craft. Munch like a squirrel on a crunchy snack, and then look for acorns along the trails.
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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.  

orientalOriental Bittersweet
Saturday, Sept. 26
10 a.m.-Noon
Stones Throw Natural Area.

The heavy vines of Oriental Bittersweet continue to strangle trees and take over shrubs in the natural area at Stone Throw Drive. Oriental Bittersweet is one of the most invasive weeds in Reston. Please help Habitat Heroes eradicate this aggressive vine. Meet at the asphalt path near the intersection of Fieldview Drive and Stones Throw Drive, across the street from 11300 Stones Throw Drive. Look for the RA truck.
To volunteer go to: http://bit.ly/1C52xeM.
TriVolunteers Needed for Triathlon
Sunday, Sept. 13
7 a.m.
Race starts at Lake Audubon.

Reston's longest-running athletic event, the Reston Triathlon, is in need of volunteers, particularly run and bike course marshals. The 32nd Reston Triathlon is the last major athletic event in Reston this year that is wholly supported by volunteers. Be part of this community tradition and support the more than 600 athletes who will swim, bike and run in south Reston. Course marshals are needed to ensure the safety of the participants and to make sure no one goes of course. All volunteers get a custom T-shirt and are welcomed back to the high school for post-race refreshments. Click here to sign-up to volunteer and for more information.