RA News
Sept. 25, 2015
Robert E. Simon Jr. 1914-2015




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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simonCommunity Visionary Passes
Simon Founded Reston in 1964

Reston's founder, Robert E. Simon Jr., passed away at his Lake Anne home on Monday, Sept. 21. He was 101 years old. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The Reston Historic Trust & Museum website contains remembrances and other information about Simon and the founding of Reston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstones, 11150 Sunset Hills Road, #210, Reston, VA 20190.
Upholding the Vision  
"Bob Simon will be dearly missed, but his work and vision will continue on through the efforts of the association, its members and volunteers."
- Cate Fulkerson, Reston Association CEO

Click here to read about Simon and his role in creating Reston and how he served Reston Association.

videoVideo: Monarch Butterflies

In this week's Reston Today video, Terraset Elementary School's monarch butterfly program is helping teach students a valuable environmental lesson. Click the image above to watch the video.
gravesLine Item Review Continues

Part 2 in a series of budget articles from the RA Board President.

By Ellen Graves
RA Board President 
As I mentioned in my first update, I am using these posts to keep Reston Association members up-to-date on the association's 2016-2017 budget development process. The RA Board of Directors and RA staff conducted the third in a series of budget work sessions Wednesday, Sept. 16.
During the five-hour work session, board members and staff thoroughly reviewed the extensive list of follow-up data and questions that the board requested of the staff at its second work session. The RA staff provided a great deal of useful information making it possible for the board to have rich dialogue on virtually every aspect of the operating budget. The board conducted a line-by-line review of the list of Potential Budget Adjustments provided by RA staff and identified over $42,000 of unnecessary activities in the operating budget. The board will continue its line item review at its next work session.

Click here to continue reading. 
ceoSeptember CEO Report
The Reston Association CEO Report for September includes summaries about the cluster workshops, corporate volunteers, RA camps and the 2016-2017 budget. Click here to download CEO Cate Fulkerson's report.
CompostBackyard Composting
Thursday, Oct. 1
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $7/person non-members
Reservations required by Sept. 28. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Dealing with all of the fallen leaves in the yard can be tough. Learn how to recycle them the natural way to produce rich organic soil that your plants will love. Also learn how kitchen waste and other yard debris can be composted right in your own backyard. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Reston.
halloweenHalloween House
& Trick-or-Treat Trail

Ticket sales begin Oct. 1 at 9 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Tickets: $10/person. (Adults and children over 18 months require a ticket.)

You're invited to the best family friendly Halloween event this side of Transylvania - rain or shine. All event times sell out on the first day. There is a $1.64/ticket service charge on all sales. We highly recommend that you buy tickets online the morning sales begin, using the links below. There are four event times.

Friday, Oct. 23, 6-7:15 p.m. https://halloweenhousefri1.eventbrite.com
Friday, Oct. 23, 7:30-8:45 p.m. https://halloweenhousefri2.eventbrite.com
Saturday, Oct. 24, 6-7:15 p.m. https://halloweenhousesat1.eventbrite.com
Saturday, Oct. 24, 7:30-8:45 p.m. https://halloweenhousesat2.eventbrite.com

For more information, call 703-476-9689 or email naturecenter@reston.org.
acTiny Acorns, Mighty Oaks
Monday, Oct. 5 or Tuesday, Oct. 6
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 Oct. 1. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Acorns may be small, but they grow into towering oaks. Go on a hike in search of acorns and oaks big and small. Find out what animals eats acorns, which live in trees, and make an acorn craft to take home.
ragRagtime at Toby's Dinner Theatre
Wednesday, Oct. 7
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fee: $65 RA Members, $71 non-members.
Age: 55+

Join Reston Association on a chartered-bus trip for a buffet lunch and show at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Md.  Ragtime is a musical filled with pageantry, emotion and hope. All sales are final. Click here for registration form. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for more information.
openRA Open House
Thursday, Oct. 8
6:30-9 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Members are invited to attend the Reston Association Open House. Learn about the many services, amenities and programs RA offers. Find out how you can get involved in shaping Reston  by serving on the Board of Directors, committees or volunteering in the community. Light refreshments will be available and door prizes will be awarded.

Please RSVP to member_services@reston.org or call 703-435-6530.
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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.  

NeighborwoodsNeighborwoods Month
Saturday, Oct. 24
9 a.m.-noon
10803-10807 Oldfield Drive.

As part of National NeighborWoods Month, volunteers in Reston will pull invasive shrubs at the Oldfield tot-lot. New native shrubs will be planted at the site. Click here to volunteer. 
volhallVolunteer for Halloween Event
Reston Association is looking for fun-loving, energetic volunteers for its Halloween House & Trick-or-Treat Trail to benefit the Walker Nature Center. Teens and adults are needed. Volunteers must stay for the whole shift each night. See the listing above for dates and times or click here to sign up to volunteer.