RA News
Sept. 2, 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 the Reston Association website.


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Reston Association offices, including the Nature House and Central Services Facility, will be closed Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day.
Special RA Board Meeting
The Reston Association Board of Directors will receive updates on the status of various land-use/zoning matters affecting the Reston community later this month. The special meeting, which is open to the public, will be held Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. Meeting materials, including a full agenda, will be posted here next week.

Go to the RA website to explore development and redevelopment issues and to see how members can get involved in what is coming to Reston in the future.
Job Opportunities at RA
Reston Association is seeking to fill several jobs for its after-school program. The positions include bus drivers, group leaders and substitutes. Please go to careers.reston.org or email Dan Merenick at dmerenick@reston.org for more information.
videoVideo: Reston Triathlon
Reston Triathlon organizers are looking for volunteers to help with the Sept. 11 race. Efforts are also being made to encourage first-responders to compete in the race. Watch the Reston Today video about the upcoming race on YouTube by clicking on the image above.
possumPossum Party
Thursday, Sept. 8
10-11 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
$7/child RA members, $9/child non-members
Ages 3-5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Sept. 5. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
What does it mean to play possum? Find out at this dynamic party. Learn about fun possum traits, read a favorite story about a harvest soiree and celebrate the end of summer possum style.
streamwalkRestored Stream Walk
Saturday, Sept 10 
9 a.m.
Meet at Walker Nature Center 11450 Glade Drive.

Reston Association will host a stream walk of the restored Snakeden Branch and Glade stream valleys. Visit the streams that were restored beginning in 2008 and completed in 2011 to see the finished product years later.

The walk will follow the paved trails in a loop to visit Snakeden Branch near Lake Audubon and the Glade Stream Valley near Soapstone Drive and then back to the Nature Center via the nature trails. Handouts with before pictures will be provided. Please park along Glade Drive.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Nicki Bellezza, Watershed Manager, at nicki@reston.org or 703-435-6560.
yardCommunity Yard Sale
Saturday, Sept 10 
8:30 a.m.-noon
(No early birds as gates open at 8:30 a.m.)
12000 Sunrise Valley Drive (across the street from Reston Association).

Ninety-five families will be selling a variety of items. Vendor space is sold out. In case of rain in the forecast, call 703-435-6577 the morning of the event for a recorded, weather-related message. Rain date is Sept. 11.
wormWorm Composting
Sunday, Sept. 11
2-3:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
$30/bin RA members, $35/bin non-members
Reservations required by Sept. 8. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Worm composting is a natural method of recycling food waste. It is simple, odor free and can be done anywhere. See an established bin and make one to take home. Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps into rich organic soil and compost tea.
Animal Hide & Seek
Monday, Sept. 12 or Tuesday, Sept. 13
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 Sept. 8. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Join an exciting nature trail adventure. Use clues such as animal tracks, sounds and traits to find animals hidden along the trail. Read a story, enjoy a snack and take home an animal craft.
goodGood Neighbors...
Great Communities
Thursday, Sept. 15
6:30-8 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

In honor of National Good Neighbor Day, Reston Association is hosting its September workshop centered on building connections and effective communication among neighbors, which lead to stronger communities. RSVP to covenantsworkshops@reston.org by Sept. 12. To download the full workshop schedule, please click here.
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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.

Sign up for a Habitat Heroes project here. 

chokeStop the Choking Hazard
Saturday, Sept. 24
10 a.m.-noon
Old Trail Drive Tot-lot.

Volunteers will meet at the asphalt path located between 2354-2358 Old Trail Drive and work in the natural area around the tot-lot removing English ivy that is choking out the native trees and ground-covers. Volunteers will also remove large double-file viburnums to give space for native trees and shrubs. This is a satisfying job, as volunteers will see the difference they will make to restore the natural area to healthy wildlife habitat.
Click here to sign up to volunteer.
tennisTennis Tourney Volunteers
Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18
Three shifts: 7:30-11 a.m.; 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 2:30-6 p.m.
Lake Newport Tennis Courts.

tennis ball Reston Tennis will be hosting the 5th annual Rally for a Cause Tennis Tournament to benefit two  charity organizations and is currently looking for 6-8 volunteers for each day to help out with tournament logistics and help players keep at a good pace throughout the day.  Some familiarity with the game of tennis is helpful, but not necessary. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Rob Tucker at 703-435-6502 or tennis@reston.org or Elaine Killoran at rally4acause@restontennis.org.