RA News
April 15, 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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Upcoming Events

Annual Meeting
Reston Association members, special guests and speakers attended the 2016 Annual Members' Meeting Tuesday night. Click on the links below to review key moments from the gathering.
electWinners Announced
Results of the 2016 Reston Associaton Board of Directors' election and volunteers of the year were announced at the Annual Members' Meeting. Click here to find out who won.  

Watch a video of the entire 2016 Annual Members' Meeting on YouTube.

 Video: Year-in-Review
Click the image to watch the year-in-review video presented at the annual meeting this week.
Transportation Tax Survey
Fairfax County is considering ways to fund transportation improvements in Reston. One option is to create a service tax district. Reston Association is inviting its members to complete a brief survey about the tax district proposal. Click here to take the anonymous online survey. You will be able to see the most current results of the survey after you answer the two questions. 
bestBest of Reston Honors RA's Own
Tennis instructor, Jim Elder, and Friends of Reston were presented awards at the 2016 Best of Reston awards gala last week. Elder won "Individual Community Leader" and the Friends of Reston was named "Best Civic Community Group." Read more
dogwoodDogwood Class Wins 2nd
 A Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEAM) team at Dogwood Elementary School recently won second place in the Virginia Caring for Our Watershed contest held at George Mason University. With the help of Reston Association's Watershed Manager, Nicki Bellezza, Dogwood students identified a watershed problem (algae blooms) in their locale and came up with a solution. Because the team took second place and was one of the top 10 finalists, students will receive money from Earth Force to help with researching a solution. Bellezza will be helping the students with the field work of collecting and analyzing water samples and providing information for RA residents.
clayClay Courts Now Open
Reston Association clay tennis courts are now open for the 2016 season. Click here to locate all RA tennis courts. 
swimSwim Team Registration
New Swimmers
Tuesday, April 19
Registration opens online at the Reston Swim Team Association website at 9 a.m.

NOTE: All new swimmers under 11 years (as of June 15, 2016) are required to participate in and pass a new swimmer evaluation prior to participating in RSTA's summer league.  Registration at the website above is required.    
New Swimmer Evaluation Dates 
April 21, Thursday, 7 p.m.
May 1, Sunday, 8 a.m.
Reston Community Center
yertEnvironmental Movie
YERT-Your Environmental Road Trip
Friday, April 22
7 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free. Suggested donation $5.

Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends travel across America with hope, humor and all of their garbage for one year. While exploring the good, the bad and the weird in all 50 states, they encounter innovators and courageous citizens, tackling environmental crises. As they perform outlandish eco-challenges, an unexpected turn of events throws the project for a loop in this award-winning docu-comedy. Co-sponsored by Friends of Reston. Watch the trailer here.
HGHome & Garden Expo
Saturday, April 30
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

This year's Reston Home & Garden Expo is bigger and better than ever. The expo is great opportunity for homeowners to get advice on interior and exterior home improvements from a variety of experts and exhibitors. The new outdoor location will include many exhibitors (landscapers, roofers, painters, and much more) and workshops on a variety of homeowner related topics. Click here to see a list of sponsors and exhibitors. Contact member_services@reston.org for more information about this free event.
BicycleBicycle Safety Rodeo
Saturday, April 30
Ongoing from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Stop by anytime. Course takes 20 minutes to complete.)
Reston YMCA, 12196 Sunset Hills Road.

Join the Reston Association, RA's Multimodal Transportation Advisory Committee, The Reston Bicycle Club and the Reston YMCA for our Annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo during the YMCA's Healthy Kids Day. Children will complete eight safety stations and earn their bicyclist's license. Children must bring their own bicycles and helmets. The Reston Bike Club will also be doing bicycle & helmet inspections. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org for details. This event is free. 
ediblesWild Edibles
Sunday, May 1
1:30-4 p.m.
Walker Nature Center,  11450 Glade Drive
$7/person RA members, $9/person non-members.
Reservations required by April 28. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Many naturally occurring plants can make a nutritious and tasty addition to your diet. Sample some "wild" dishes and take home recipes to try on your own. After an indoor presentation that includes the ethics of collecting, hike the trails in search of edible plants. Guest Speaker: Lori Thomas. 
kidsKids' Tri Registration Now Open
Sunday, Aug. 7
8 a.m.
Ridge Heights Pool.

kids tri Registration has begun for the 6th Annual Reston Kids Triathlon, co-sponsored by Reston Association and The YMCA-Fairfax County Reston. This is an Individual triathlon (no relays or teams) for ages 6-14 (as of Dec 31, 2016). Click here to register online.
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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.

Stream Monitoring
Following the watershed cleanup, there will be a stream-monitoring volunteer project from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at a tributary of Snakeden Branch. Contact Will Peterson at wpeterson@reston.org or 703-435-6535 for more information.