RA News
March 11, 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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Cast Your Ballot
Three RA Board Seats Open

Voting has begun in the 2016 Board of Directors' election. Click here to cast your ballot electronically or visit our election page on the RA website to learn more about the election and why it is important for members to vote, even in the uncontested races. Click here to watch the Candidates' Forum held earlier this week.

videoVideo: Open House

This week's Reston Today video provides information about the Reston Association 2016 Open House to be held March 31 at 6:30 p.m. Click the image above to watch the video on YouTube or go to www.reston.org for more information. 
RNGCRNGC Drops Court Appeal
A significant chapter in the battle to rezone the Reston National Golf Course came to an end last Friday after attorneys for the golf course filed a letter with the Supreme Court of Virginia indicating they would not be pursuing an appeal of a Fairfax County Circuit Court decision from November. Read more
dogBoard Seeks Dog Park Discussion
The Reston Association Board of Directors is asking residents interested in the ongoing Baron Cameron Dog Park issue to attend a March 24 meeting of the full board. Read more
bikeRegister for Bike to Work Day
Reston Association and Comstock Partners invite residents to join more than 500 local commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work on Friday, May 20.

The Reston Pit Stop will be held on the plaza at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station. Register by May 13 to receive a free T-shirt and to be entered into a raffle for a free bicycle.

Click here to register. For more information, email Ashleigh@reston.org or  call 703-435-6577.
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.
springSpring Beauties
Wednesday, March 23
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$7/child RA members, $9/child non-members
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by March 18. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Before the leaves appear on the trees, wildflowers bloom to soak up the sun. Plant flower seeds that will bloom later in the year, go on a scavenger hunt, and find beautiful wildflowers tucked away in the spring woods.
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.
nativeNative Plant Sale
Order Deadline: Friday, April 1, 5 p.m.
Pick Up: Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
Want to use more native plants in your landscape but have trouble finding them or don't like the prices once you do? Pre-order some nature center favorites and enjoy the savings. Species include sun and shade loving perennial flowers and ferns that do well in a variety of growing conditions, and add value to your backyard habitat. Plants are deer-resistant and neonic free. Click here to download an order form and more information about the plants.

raceNature House 5K Race/Walk
Saturday, April 2
8 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Adult Fee: $25 (prior to March 19), $30 regular
Children's Fee: $15 (prior to March 19), $20 regular
Register online or in person starting at 7 a.m. on race day.
All ages are invited to enjoy this rolling and beautiful course on paved paths and natural surface trails. Post-race festivities include an awards ceremony, refreshments and random prize drawings. T-shirts provided to all pre-registered participants and walk-ins as supplies last.

firstaidCPR/AED, First Aid Certification
Monday April 4 and Wednesday April 6.
6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Fee: $100 RA members, $110 for non-members.
Reston Association is 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 now open. 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.

swimSwim Team Registration Open
New Swimmer Evaluation Dates
March 13, 8 a.m.; April 3, 8 a.m.; April 21, 7 p.m.; May 1, 8 a.m.

Reston Swim Team Association's Summer Swim League has opened registration for returning swimmers.  Please visit www.rsta.org for more information and evaluations.

Registration opens to swimmers/families participating in RSTA's Winter Swim Program on March 15. Registration opens to new families who want to join RSTA on April 12.

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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.
arborReston Arbor Day
Monday, March 28 (rain or shine)
9:30 a.m.-noon
Reston sites: Old Trail Drive natural area, Old Westbury recreational area and Lake Newport soccer natural area.

All ages welcome. Children 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Click here to register to volunteer now.
Reston is a Tree City USA as certified by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Join us as we help plant native trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers. Learn about Reston's trees and shrubs, including proper planting and care.
A special Arbor Day presentation and flag-raising ceremony will take place at 11:45 a.m. at the Walker Nature Center followed by a free pizza lunch for volunteers. Special guests will include Jim McGlone of the Virginia Department of Forestry. For more information please contact Ha Brock at habrock@reston.org.