RA News
April 1, 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: Fighting Invasives

This week's Reston Today video takes a look at how Reston Association keeps its natural areas from being overtaken by invasive plants in the most cost-effective manner possible. Click the image above to watch the video on You Tube.
votingAll Votes Matter in RA Election
Four Days Left to Cast Your Ballot

By Ed Robichaud
Chair, Reston Association Elections Committee
The voting period for Reston Association members (all property owners and renters) is winding down. Members have until 5 p.m., April 4 to cast their ballots.

By electing three new members to the nine-member Board of Directors, residents play a vital role in shaping the future of Reston. Along with representing residents on a wide range of issues, the board also develops and oversees the association's $15 million budget and sets the annual property assessment rate.

There is a requirement for a 10 percent quorum, so even uncontested elections warrant your vote. Furthermore, by voting in the RA election, you are actively making your representatives aware that you are engaged in the process, which in turn gives the board the feedback and support it needs to chart a positive course for Reston. Read more
streampageNew Stream-Related Web Page
Reston Association has created a page on its website (www.reston.org) dedicated to the Wakerobin-Cedar Cove stream restoration issue.

Stormwater management in the area near South Lakes High School has been the subject of discussions between RA and Fairfax County since the late 1970s. RA created the new Web page to keep residents informed of the progress being made to find a solution to the drainage and erosion problems.

Click here to go to the Wakerobin-Cedar Cove stream restoration page.
wncWNC Celebrates Arbor Day
Reston Association celebrated Arbor Day on Monday by planting trees and shrubs with volunteers at the Old Westbury Recreation Area. A special flag-raising ceremony took place at the Walker Nature Center where Jim McGlone of the Virginia Department of Forestry congratulated Reston for its 22nd anniversary of being a Tree City USA as designated by the National Arbor Day Foundation. 
colorColor Your World
Monday, April 4 or Tuesday, April 5
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 April 1. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Spring is the perfect time to hone your color identifying skills, and we can use nature's wonders to help us. Discover the brilliant hues of animals in love, bright flowers attracting pollinators, and bold colors warning you of danger. Play a fun game and take home a colorful craft.
founderFounder's Day
Saturday, April 9
10 a.m.-4p.m.
Lake Anne Plaza.

This year's celebration of Reston and its founder, Robert E. Simon, Jr., will feature a 50-foot Ferris wheel sponsored by Reston Association. Other activities will include a tour around the plaza, music and comments from elected officials.
Founder's Day is presented by Reston Historic Trust and Museum, Reston Association, Reston Community Center, Initiative for Public Art - Reston and Lake Anne of Reston Condominium Association. Click here to read more about Founder's Day at Lake Anne.
amphibianAmphibian Idol
Saturday, April 9
10:30 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 March 30. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Frogs and toads sing in the spring to attract mates providing us with a memorable outdoor experience. Explore the pond and lake to see who is singing, and what life stages our amphibian friends are in. 
annual2016 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, April 12
7-9 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Learn about the state of Reston Association and what lies ahead for Reston and its members. Find out about various new initiatives, programs and opportunities. The results of the 2016 Board of Directors' election will be announced and volunteers of the year will be named. Please call 703-435-6530 for more information.
realtorsRealtors' Luncheon
Thursday, April 14
11:30 a.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Realtors are invited to join Reston Association and George Mason Mortgage for a luncheon in the RA Conference Center. Please RSVP to vtucker@reston.org by April 8. The following featured guests will be in attendance:

Tim Finefrock
Keller Williams Realty
Sharon Goetz
Selling Homes by Design
Will and Nancy Jacobs
George Mason Mortgage
Ken Chadwick
Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty,
Elmore & Bunn PC
Cindy Price
American Cowboy Roofing
jerseyboysTrip to See Jersey Boys
Thursday, April 14
5:15 -11 p.m.
Bus pick-up times & locations: Hunters Woods Shopping Center, Thoreau Place and Lake Anne Plaza parking lot.
$105/RA members; $118/non-members.

Join Reston Association for a chartered-bus trip to see this story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30 years old. Click here to download the registration form. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for more information. 
Save the Date
springSpring Festival
Saturday, May 7
1-5 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
All ages welcome.
For more information, click here or call 703-476-9689.
The festival will feature a variety of hands-on activities and entertainment. Highlights include acoustic music, live animals, craft making for kids, displays and information from environmental groups as well as fishing and canoe/kayak rentals on Lake Audubon. There will also be a native plant sale by Nature By Design. Entertainment Sponsor: Reston Community Center.
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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.  

riverPotomac River Watershed Cleanup
Saturday, April 16
9 a.m.-noon
Locations listed below.

Join thousands of volunteers in a multi-state effort as we do our part in cleaning up the Potomac Watershed. Reston Association is hosting several sites along Snakeden Branch and Colvin Run, two tributaries to the Potomac River.

Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Snakeden Branch Upper - meet at Hunters Woods Village Center.
Snakeden Branch Middle - meet at Soapstone Drive.
Nature Center - meet at the Walker Nature Center.
Colvin Run - meet at Tall Oaks Pool.
Stevenage Road - meet at Reston North Park off Stevenage Road.
Hidden Creek - meet at Unitarian Universalist Church off Wiehle Avenue.

Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Email habrock@reston.org for more information.