RA News
March 4, 2016
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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videoVideo: Voting in the RA Election
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This week's Reston Today video provides information on how to vote in the upcoming Board of Directors' election. Ballots will be mailed to members on Monday, March 7. Click the image above to watch the video on YouTube.

Scroll down to read more about the Reston Association election, voting process and the March 10 candidates' forum. 
branchingoutRead Nature Center's Publication
branching out sidebar Click here to read the latest edition of the Walker Nature Center's quarterly publication, Branching Out. This issue includes a feature article on Reston's Red Fox population. Pups are born in early March and will begin to emerge from their dens within a month. 
dancingDancing Wind
Monday, March 7 or Tuesday, March 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 March 4. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
March is the windy month. Take a walk and feel the wind as it dances around you. Blow around like a gale and float like a breeze. Make a windsock so you can always tell which way the wind is blowing.
forumCandidates' Forum
Thursday, March 10
7-9 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Candidates for the 2016 Board of Directors Election will participate in a forum, answering questions posed by members about current issues and future opportunities in Reston. Click here to watch the forum live on YouTube next week.

Voting in the election begins on Monday, March 7 and will continue through April 4. Members can vote online or through the mail.

It is important for members to vote, even in non-contested races, so that the election results can be made official by reaching a minimum of a 10 percent quorum.

Click here for more information on the election or email electionscommittee@reston.org to submit questions for the candidates' forum. Please include "Forum Questions" in the subject line. 
orgOrganic Gardening
Thursday, March 10
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA or RCC members, $7/person non-members. Adults.
Reservations required by March 7. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Organic gardening uses landscape design and the environment to improve and maximize the health and the development of plants and soil without the use of commercial pesticides and fertilizers. Learn about this mainstay method of sustainable gardening, and bring your questions. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center.
workshopWorkshop: Landscape, Compost
Thursday, March 10
6:30 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Do you have questions about plants, tree maintenance and/or composting? Then don't miss this free workshop. Join Reston Association and landscaping experts for an informative workshop on tree care, landscaping tips, composting best practices and more. RSVP to covenantsworkshops@reston.org by Monday, March 7.
Click here to view the full workshop schedule.
miniMini Maker Faire
Sunday, March 13
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lakes High School.
Advance tickets: $15 adults, $5 children.
At the door: $20 adults, $8 children.

Reston Association is one of several sponsors of the 3rd Annual NoVa Mini Maker Faire. More than 100 "makers" from across the region are expected to participate in this event. Makers will share their knowledge through hands-on projects for adults and children on topics ranging from blacksmithing and primitive skills to 3D printing, drones and robots to creative reuse of recycled materials to creative art-making. Click here for a complete list of participants.
Wednesday, March 16
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 March 11. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Have you ever wished  that something other than rain, snow or sun would be in the sky? So did King Derwin from Dr. Seuss' book Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Follow the king and the wise page boy on a Seussian adventure, and learn that the simplest words can solve the biggest problems. Make your own oobleck goo to take home.
racesTrip to Charles Town Races
Thursday, March 31
3-11 p.m.
Ages 21 and older.

Register now for an evening of thoroughbred horse racing, casino games or dinner at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia. Participants will receive a yet to be determined amount of free play. Registration required. Click here for more information.
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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.  

invasiveHelp Remove Invasive Plant
Saturday, March 26
10 a.m.-noon
Location: Stones Throw Drive natural area.

Oriental  bittersweet is one of the most invasive and vigorous weeds in Reston. Please help Habitat Heroes eradicate this aggressive vine and liberate our native plants. 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.

Click here to volunteer.