RA News
April 22, 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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Take the Post-Election Survey
The 2016 Board of Directors' election is over, and the results were reported last week. Now Reston Association would like your feedback on the voting process. Click here to take a brief survey and to offer your suggestions on how to make future association elections more inviting to RA members.

Coming Next Week: Results of the proposed transportation improvement tax survey, which closes at 5 p.m. today. 
HGHome & Garden Expo
Bigger and Better Than Ever
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Reston Association is making final preparations for the Saturday, April 30, Home & Garden Expo. This free event will feature dozens of home improvement vendors and exhibitors set up under numerous tents around the RA headquarters property at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. Landscapers, roofers, painters and others will offer their expert advice to homeowners from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Contact member_services@reston.org for more information.

Click here to see a list of sponsors and exhibitors.
VideoVideo: Earth Day Celebrations

Find out why a white butterfly is in decline and what you can do to help. Click the image above to watch this week's Reston Today video on our YouTube channel.

Correction: Last week's RA News contained a broken link to the year-in-review video that was first presented at the Annual Members' Meeting earlier this month. Click here to watch the video on YouTube. 
watershedVolunteers Clean Up Watershed
Volunteers removed 159 bags of trash from Reston's streams and natural areas during the Potomac River Watershed Cleanup last week. Sixty-six bags of cans and bottles were collected for recycling.  Participants included TCG, Inc., Reston's Rotary Club, Flint Hill School, Daisy Scouts, the Reston Universalist Unitarian Church, the M Group and others. Click here to view more photos on Facebook.
boardCommittee Assignments Chosen
The Reston Association Board of Directors chose its officers and selected committee assignments at its first meeting of the new board last week. Ellen Graves will remain as board president. Other officers include Michael Sanio, vice president; Eve Thompson, secretary; Dannielle LaRosa, treasurer. Click here to see which advisory and board committees each of the nine directors will serve on.
RCAawardRCA Citizen of the Year Event
Sunday, April 24
6-8 p.m.
Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, Community Room, 2310 Colts Neck Road.
The Reston Citizens Association will honor the grassroots group Rescue Reston at a public award ceremony this weekend. Rescue Reston was a key player in the battle to preserve the open space at Reston National Golf Course. The entire group, comprised mostly of Reston residents, was named "Citizen of the Year" by RCA. Click here to read more about the golf course issue and efforts by Rescue Reston and Reston Association to prevent the land from potentially being developed.
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. 
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.
feetUnder Your Feet
Monday, May 9 or Tuesday, May 10
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 May 5. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Look under logs to see what you can find, a salamander a Rolly Polly or a Bessie Beetle. Dig in the ground to  see what squirms. Maybe you will even find some worms. Investigate life underground and see who has a hidden home. Enjoy a squishy snack and take home a creepy craft.
swimSwim Lesson Registration
May 9, member registration opens.
May 11, non-member registration opens.

Reston Association is offering group and private swim lessons for the summer. For specific class details please check our swim lesson schedule. To find out what the best level is for you or your child please find our level descriptions here.
For questions, help with registration, or to find out more about private lessons contact our swim lessons coordinator at swim@reston.org or visit our website.
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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.  

volsOFtheYearVolunteers of the Year
The Volunteers of the Year for 2015 were announced at last week's Annual Members' Meeting. Award recipients include the following RA volunteers:

Reston Association Volunteer of the Year: Ilene McNeal - Nature Center Volunteer.

Reston Association Community Partner of the Year: Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI), Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited (NVATU) and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) - Kids' Trout Fishing Day Partners.

Volunteer Group of the Year: Dan Allen, Jennie Koffman, and Dave Pfeiffer - Habitat Heroes Ambassadors.