RA News
May 6, 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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lakesLakes Lowered for Inspections
Reston lake picture Reston Association's annual lake inspections will start on May 10. RA's four lakes will be lowered about a foot prior to the inspections. Divers and an inspection team on the shoreline will be looking at the structural condition of the spillway, including the concrete, spillway gates and outfall pipes. The lakes will be lowered for just a few days and will be refilled naturally.
videoVideo: A Home Improvement Hit

This week's Reston Today video takes a look at last weekend's Home & Garden Expo held outdoors at Reston Association. Click the image above to watch the video on YouTube. 
bikeracksSeeking Artful Bike Racks
The Initiative for Public Art - Reston (IPAR) and the Reston Association Multimodal Transportation Advisory Committee (MTAC) are seeking design proposals for permanent, artist-designed IPAR logooutdoor functional bike racks to be installed at specific locations throughout Reston. Winning bike rack designs will be both imaginative and functional, enhancing the community's public art collection.  The two organizations seek to develop a series of site-specific bike racks that will represent Reston's unique aesthetic, natural, and cultural identities. The goals of the project are to provide safe bike parking for cyclists throughout Reston and to weave art into the fabric of Reston's infrastructure. The deadline for entries is May 29. Read more.
ridesTransportation for Older Adults
Fairfax County is promoting an interactive online service to help older adults locate volunteer driver rides throughout the county. Click here to go to the NVrides website to use or volunteer for the service, or go to the county's website for general information about transportation for older adults and people with disabilities.
gardenGarden Plot Openings
There are a few available  garden plots open and a short wait list for the Hunters Woods, Golf Course Island and Lake Anne garden plots. The open plots are located at Cedar Ridge, next to Forest Edge Elementary School. Plots are reserved for RA members only. For more information, please contact the Central Services Facility at 703- 437-7658 or email gardenplots@reston.org.
boatUnclaimed Boat Raffle
Reston Association recently recovered an unclaimed canoe, without an association general access permit, from Lake Audubon near Beacon Heights. If you believe the boat is yours, call 703-435-6535.

RA is holding a raffle for several boats. To enter the raffle you must be a Reston resident. Names will be randomly drawn during the week of May 16. To place your name in the drawing, please call William Peterson at 703-435-6535 or email with subject line "BOAT RAFFLE."
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.
watsafetyWater Safety Day
Saturday, May 7
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ridge Heights Pool. Free.

All day:  Water Safety scavenger hunt and take home activities for children.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Swim Lesson level placement.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pre-season swim tests for children 8-12 who want their card punched (parent/guardian must be present).
Try the Lifeguard prerequisite swim test.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hands on, in-water, SCUBA demonstrations and info sessions, starting every half hour.
3 p.m. Lifeguard rescue demonstration.
pzZoning Amendments Meeting
Monday, May 9
7:30 p.m.
North County Governmental Center, 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston.

The Reston Planning and Zoning Committee will be host to Fairfax County's Department of Planning and Zoning at this public meeting. On the agenda is a presentation on the county's proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments governing the Planned Development Commercial District (PDC), Planned Residential Mixed Use District (PRM) and other provisions. Read more.
tallTall Oaks Village Meeting
Tuesday, May 10
7-9 p.m.
Tall Oaks Village Center (site of former Giant store, 12040 North Shore Drive).

The Jefferson Apartment Group, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Supervisor, Cathy Hudgins, will be holding a community meeting on the future plans for
Tall Oaks Village.
The developer plans to present the findings of the market study requested by the county along with the county-sponsored peer review of the market study. There will also be an updated plan for the mixed-use project based on the results of the market study.
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.
yardsaleCommunity Yard Sale
Saturday, May 14 (rain date, Sunday, May 15)
8:30 a.m.-noon
12000 Sunrise Valley Drive (across the street from Reston Association).

Come by to browse for great bargains at our 95-family yard sale. This event is an opportunity to find great buys for a new home or college dorm. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for information on weather related cancellations. Vendor space is sold out.
foxWhat It's Like to Be a Fox Cub
Tuesday, May 17
10-11 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$6/child RA members, $8/child non-members
Ages 3-5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by May 14. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Mother Fox has new pups, and they are out exploring the woods. What are they looking for? Find out where she and her pups live, what they eat and how they play. Sing a fox song and make a fox craft.
BikeToWorkBike to Work Day
Friday, May 20
6:30-9 a.m.
Plaza at Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station.

Comstock Partners and Reston Association invite you to join more than 500 local commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work. Register and meet us on the Metrorail station to receive a free T-shirt, enjoy light refreshments and be entered into a raffle for a free bicycle. This location is above Fairfax County's first secure bike parking facility, just blocks from the W&OD Trail. Register at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org
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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. 
coveCall for Covenants Volunteers
Reston Association is seeking two volunteers to serve on the Covenants Committee. One to fill the Hunters Woods/Dogwood District seat and one to fill an At-Large seat. Both positions are for three-year terms.
The Covenants Committee protects the integrity of property values in Reston by administering the Use and Maintenance Covenants set forth in the Reston Deed of Dedication.
If you are interested in applying to be a member of the Covenants Committee, please complete the Committee Volunteer Application form by June 1, 2016 and submit it via email to stadele@reston.org.
sprintSprint Triathlon
Sunday, June 5
Start times vary.
Lake Newport Pool.

Volunteers are needed for the Reston Sprint Triathlon. The race is the largest triathlon in Northern Virginia, hosting almost 900 athletes annually. Click here to sign up to volunteer.