RA News
April 29, 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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Saturday, May 7
Walker Nature Center 

Dozens of Home
Improvement Experts
in One Location 

10 a.m. / 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive

Click the image above to watch a Reston Today video that provides additional information about tomorrow's Home & Garden Expo. The event is free and open to all ages.

taxTax Survey Results
Nearly 700 individuals completed our survey about Fairfax County's proposal to create a service tax to fund transportation improvements in Reston. Click here to download the results of Reston Association's survey. Results of the survey will be shared by RA with the county's Transit Station Areas Network Analysis & Funding Advisory Group. Read more
magMagazine Now Online

The latest issue of Reston magazine was mailed to members this week. The magazine is also available online by clicking here. The quarterly publication includes RA events and programs. 
GMCGarlic Mustard Challenge
The Garlic Mustard Challenge is in full swing for the third consecutive spring. This competition, invites members of the community to remove the invasive plant called garlic mustard. Garlic mustard spreads quickly and produces a chemical that alters the soil chemistry, which inhibits other plants from growing.

Enter one of four categories:
- Individual
- Small Group (less than 10)
- Large Group (more than 10)
- Corporate
Click here to keep track of the pounds of garlic mustard you pull. The challenge ends June 27.

See information below to volunteer to remove garlic mustard at the Old Trail Drive natural area in May. 
 tentCaterpillars Cause No Harm
Reston Association has recently received several inquires about tent caterpillars, which have appeared in the last few weeks. The caterpillars come out in the early spring and are a source of food for many song birds, including the yellow-billed cuckoo. These birds are often not seen, as their migration is nocturnal. The tent caterpillars may look unsightly but they will cause no permanent damage and do not bite or sting. Since it is early in the spring when the caterpillars defoliate the trees, the trees will re-leaf and thrive the rest of the year. 
bestReston a Best Value Area
Washingtonian magazine named Reston one of the top five best value areas in the Washington region. Read more in the April 18 edition. 
poolsPools Drained and Cleaned
Reston Association began draining and cleaning its 15 pools this week. Contractors are removing algae and stains from the pool shells. During this process, workers follow Fairfax County environmental code. Members may contact Chris Schumaker with questions at 703-435-6505. 
stjohnsSt. Johns Wood Meeting
Wednesday, May 4
7-9 p.m.
Hunter Mill District Office (Community Rooms A & B ), 1801 Cameron Glen Drive.

The Bozzuto Development Company and Fairfax County Supervisor, Cathy Hudgins, will hold a community meeting about the revised proposal for St. Johns Wood Apartments.

Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the redevelopment project. For more information please contact Goldie Harrison at 703-478-0283 or email
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.
WaterSafetyWater Safety Day
Saturday, May 7
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Ridge Heights Pool. Free.

Find out what swim lesson level is best for your child during the level placement evaluation. Pass-holders 8 and older can take their swim test to gain access to all 15 RA pools by themselves over the summer. Anyone 15 and older interested in being a lifeguard can take the prerequisite swim test for the lifeguard classes.
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.
Community Workshop
workshopSafety & Crime Prevention
Thursday, May 12
6:30 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
RSVP to covenantsworkshops@reston.org
by Monday, May 9.

Join Reston Association for a discussion on community safety and learn how your cluster or neighborhood can take steps to prevent, limit and react quickly to adverse events. Learn tips and strategies from experts in the field and what actions you can take, both as an individual and as a community.
Speakers include Katy Defoe, Reston District Station Crime Prevention Specialist and Paul Davis, Legislative Aide, Hunter Mill District Office. 
campfireCampfire: Popcorn Bar
Friday, May 13
7-8:30 p.m.
WNC Campfire Ring - On Soapstone Drive, between Glade Drive and Lawyers Road.
$7/person RA members, $9/person non-members
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by May 9. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Enjoy a fun twist on the traditional campfire with a popcorn bar around the campfire. This is the perfect event to kick off a summer full of fun. Experiment with different flavors and popping techniques. All supplies provided.
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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.  

invasiveInvasive Plant Removal Day
Saturday, May 7
9 a.m.-noon

Glade Pool Parking Lot,11550 Glade Drive.

Help restore the Old Trail Drive natural area and remove the garlic mustard that has invaded the Snakeden Stream watershed. Spring is the best time of the year to identify garlic mustard and pull it out of the ground before it goes to seed. Please meet at the Glade Pool parking lot. There is poison ivy at this site. Click here to volunteer. 
amyTriathlon Volunteers Needed
Sunday, May 8
8 a.m.
Ridge Heights Pools.
Join the fun and volunteer for the Be AMYazing Reston Youth Triathlon. Volunteers are still need for the swim, bike, run, set-up, and clean-up crews. Visit www.amysamigos.org for more information.
Note: Ridge Heights Road will be closed for parking starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday May 7.