RA News
Nov. 20, 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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Board Approves Budget
2016 Assessment Fee Set
The Reston Association Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2016-2017 biennial budget at its monthly meeting Thursday night. In addition, the base rate for the annual member assessment was set at $657 for next year. The 2017 assessment rate will be determined later next year when additional budget adjustments are made by the board.
Click here to read more.
videoVideo: Board Election

In this week's Reston Today video, learn about how to run for one of three seats in the 2016 Board of Directors' election. Click the image above to watch the video on YouTube.
holidayRA Holiday Information
Reston Association offices, including the Nature House and Central Services Facility, will be closed next Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The nature trails at the Walker Nature Center will be open. Also, RA News will not be distributed next week.
covenantsCovenants Department Notice
The Reston Association Covenants Department will be implementing a new community association management software system in early December. The department will be closed all day on Wednesday, Dec. 2 and on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for training and software conversion. RA asks that members please plan in advance, with this schedule in mind, if they need to meet with a staff member. We apologize in advance for any delays in responding to voicemail messages during this time.
branchingBranching Out Now Online

The winter edition of Branching Out is now available online. Click the image to view the Walker Nature Center's quarterly publication.
carpLake Stocked with Grass Carp
As one of the management techniques to control abundant aquatic plants in Lake Newport, Reston Association recently stocked the lake with 130 sterile grass carp. Grass carp prefer to eat hydrilla and bladderwort, two submerged plants that have plagued Lake Newport this year.

"We decided to stock the grass carp early, instead of in the spring, to get a jump start on control for next year," said Nicki Bellezza, Watershed Manager for RA. The association is also stocking about 20 grass carp in Butler and Bright ponds.

Reston Association received the Jim & Karen Cleveland Partnership Award recently. The award was established in 2012 by the YMCA Fairfax County Reston to recognize exceptional leadership in bringing community organizations together to better achieve the common good.
paradeReston Holiday Parade
Friday, Nov. 27
8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Reston Town Center.

The Reston Holiday Parade will feature hundreds of performers, Macy's-style balloons, antique cars, musicians and marching bands, dancers and community groups. Reston Association will have a float in the parade.


8 a.m.: Gingerbread Man Mile races for kids
11 a.m.: 25th Annual Reston Holiday Parade on Market Street, themed "Home Sweet Home."
12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.: Visits and photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus; Mini-Train Rides on Market Street.
6 p.m.: Tree lighting and sing-along.
6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.: Horse-drawn carriage rides.

Click here for more information.
turkeyTurkey Trail
Saturday, Nov. 28
11 a.m.- Noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $7/person non-members
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.) Reservations required by Nov. 23. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Let's get moving after your big Thanksgiving meal. Sharpen your skills of logic as you follow the clues left from a "wild" turkey to see where they lead you. Discover more about these fascinating birds.
oliverTrip to See Oliver - The Musical
Tuesday, Dec. 1
5:30 -11:30 p.m.
Arena Stage, Washington D.C.
Ages: 55+
Bus pick-locations: Hunters Woods Shopping Center, Thoreau Place, Lake Anne Plaza parking lot. Fee: $67/RA members; $77/non-members.

Join Reston Association for the theatrical event of the holiday season. Charles Dickens' unforgettable characters burst to life in this classic Tony Award-winning musical about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and con men of 19th-century London. All sales are final.
Email Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for more information, or click here to download the registration form.
wreathsWinter Wreaths
Saturday, Dec. 5
10:30 a.m.-noon or 1-2:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$20/wreath RA members, $25/wreath non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Dec. 2. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Get started on your holiday decorating by making festive wreaths for your home. Listen to seasonal music and enjoy mulled cider and cookies. All supplies provided. When making reservations, please include the number of people in your party and how many wreaths you would like to make.
openhouseHoliday Open House
Sunday, Dec. 6
1-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
For more information, email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Bring your family or friend to an afternoon of festive fun at Nature House. The event will include:
  • Live holiday music performed by pianist Ginny Carr of MSE Productions (Special sing-along at 2:30 p.m.)
  • Meet the artist: Dana Scheurer (Pileated Woodpecker prints for sale)
  • Book signing by Don Chernoff Wild Washington
  • Handmade shopping bags free from VA Green Baggers
  • Photo ops with Myrtle the Turtle and Walker the Woodpecker
  • Ornament making with natural materials
greensWinter Greens
Monday, Dec. 7 or Tuesday, Dec. 8
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 Dec. 4. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Evergreen plants add color to the winter woods. Go on a walk to look for pines, hollies and evergreen ferns. Learn why these plants are important to animals. Smell the scent of pine and make some evergreen crafts.
workshopPreparing Your Home for Winter
Thursday, Dec. 10
6:30 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Join Reston Association Covenants staff and local contractors as they host an informative workshop on how to prepare your home for the winter season. Learn helpful tips on what house elements to check and best practices to keep your home running smoothly all winter long. Please RSVP to covenantsworkshops@reston.org by Monday, Dec. 7.
cprCPR/AED, First Aid Certification
Saturday, Dec. 12
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Fee: $75 RA members, $95 for non-member.
Reston Association is proud to be a Licensed Training Provider of American Red Cross Health and Safety courses. All courses are taught by certified instructors and the fee includes all class materials.
Registration is open now. Online at www.reston.org or in-person at our Member Services desk, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. For questions please contact aquaticsinfo@reston.org or 703-435-6543.
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