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22 26 COVER STORY An Unintended The Woman Invitation Behind the BY JENNIFER Curtain O’CONNOR

Many people forget that Canada Geese are wild animals and should not be fed or treated as pets. Learn more about the geese and how RA works to control the population.

BY ROBERT HERSHORN

The Reston Way The Golden Mace Reston Connections

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Story Did Change the World Fore! Your Safety Starting Local, Growing Global

Behind the CurtainMeet the woman who keeps the shows running smoothly at CenterStage. For 25 years, Linda Ilfert has been the technical director.

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A Reston mom’s effort to entertain her son with fanciful stories is now a business.

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ON THE COVER Photo by Jim Kirby of Linda Ilfert, peeking from behind the curtain at CenterStage. Jim began his photographic career as a photojournalist, honing his skills as a visual storyteller and in the process won nine Virginia Press Association awards for excellence in photography. He now works in his own company, Jim Kirby Photography, based in Reston. His latest book is Harpers Ferry, A Crossroads in Time. Visit his website at www.jimkirbyphoto.com.


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Member Services/ Memberships 101 Reston Association Common Area 102 Fishing & Boating Guidelines 102 Directory & Facilities 103 Reston Map

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A digital version of Reston is available online at www.reston.org. Reston is published quarterly by the Reston Association. Send correspondence or address changes to Reston Association at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191-3404, 703-435-6530. All articles Š Reston Association 2012. All rights reserved. Advertising rates are available upon request to chris@bluehouse.us or by phone to 202-337-1892. Articles and letters to the editor may be submitted via mail to Amelia Townsend, Reston Association at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191-3404, 703-435-6530. E-mail submissions may be made to Amelia@reston.org. Anonymous or incomplete information will not be published. Reston Association reserves the right to edit for length, style and clarity. Articles may be printed upon verification of authorship and availability of space.

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Volume 3 | Number 1 VISION: Leading the model community where all can Live, Work, Play

and Get Involved™. MISSION: To preserve and enhance the Reston community through outstanding leadership, service and stewardship of our resources. PUBLISHER: Reston Association, Kathleen Driscoll McKee, President Board of Directors EDITORIAL: Amelia Townsend, amelia@reston.org COPY EDITORS: Jennifer O’ Connor, Kathy Bush DESIGN & PRODUCTION: Long Nguyen, long@reston.org PHOTOGRAPHER: Sean Bahrami, sean@reston.org CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Jim Kirby, David Madison, Charles A. Veatch, Pete Staples, Nathaniel Dickert ADVERTISING: Chris Schriever, chris@bluehouse.us Lindsay Sutton, lindsay@bluehouse.us RA CONTRIBUTORS: Arlene Whittick, Ashleigh Soloff, Barbara Beaver, Claudia Thompson-Deahl, Ha Brock, Katie Shaw, Laura Kowalski, Mary Conway, Nicki Bellezza, Patricia Greenberg, Sue Sims Willa Whitacre, Liz Badley, Mohamed Ali COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTORS: Ken Plum (D-Va.36), Supervisor Cathy Hudgins ( Fairfax County Board of Supervisors), Kathleen Driscoll McKee, Mark Wesolek, Robert Hershorn, Sharon Goetz, Amy Marlow, Jennifer O’Connor, Jasmine Tounni

MAIN OFFICE (Member Services) 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, Virginia 20191-3404 Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Extended Summer Hours: Saturdays, April 21–July 28, 9 a.m.–Noon. Phone: 703-435-6530 Fax: 703-435-6516 E-mail: member_services@reston.org ƒƒ Board & Management Services ƒƒ Administration ƒƒ Financial Services ƒƒ Human Resources ƒƒ Assessment Questions ƒƒ Parks and Recreation ƒƒ Program information, reservations and registration for all camps, aquatics, tennis, special events and facility rentals ƒƒ Pool & Tennis Pass sales HOTLINES Tennis: 703-435-6502 Ball fields: 703-435-6530 COVENANTS ADMINISTRATION Phone: 703-435-6530 Fax: 703-673-2040 E-mail: member_services@reston.org ƒƒ Design Review Board applications and design guidelines for Reston properties ƒƒ Use and maintenance of property, covenants information and complaints ƒƒ Information resource for neighborhood association operations ƒƒ Disclosure documents PARKS & RECREATION (Central Services Facility) Phone: 703-437-7658 Fax: 703-435-6555 E-mail: mikemc@reston.org ƒƒ Maintenance and facilities such as wildlife, ball fields, tot-lots, pavilions, pathways and open space (including lakes, natural areas and trees) ƒƒ Recreational Vehicle Central Park (RVCP) ƒƒ Garden Plot Program VOLUNTEERING Phone: 703-435-7986 Fax: 703-435-9481 E-mail: habrock@reston.org ƒƒ To volunteer for events and programs ƒƒ Volunteer to serve on RA’s advisory committees, which are organized to provide advice and assistance to the Board

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How Volunteers Keep Ou

BY KATHLEEN DRISCOLL MCKEE

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his is an article about getting things done.

First of all, let me wish our magazine a happy birthday. Two years ago this month, Reston Association launched this publication with two simple goals – to provide a resource for the community and to serve as a benefit to our members. When Reston was created, our research showed that niche magazines such as ours had actually realized an increase in readership. So, two separate publications – Reston Resource and the A-Z Guide with Reston – were combined into one compendium and a unique community asset emerged. As you read the magazine, you will see articles from our state and county leadership as well as interesting stories about the people and organizations that are part of the fabric of Reston. You will also find plenty of events and activities for you and your family and information on all the services of the Reston Association.

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What may not be apparent is the amount of volunteer effort involved in producing each issue. Yes, one very talented RA designer, some fellow staff members and the RA communications department do much of the heavy lifting to bring the publication to life. Volunteers contribute all the articles and photos. Photographers such as Chuck Veatch, Jim Kirby and David Madison devote countless hours of their time and talent to providing our magazine some of the most stunning photographs anywhere. The writers, including our community leadership, spend as much time as the photographers, researching, interviewing and compiling the wonderfully fascinating stories. Behind the scenes, two more volunteers carefully copy edit each of the pages.


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People from outside Reston are astonished when they learn that this publication is produced largely with volunteer help. The comments range from surprise to disbelief that we in Reston could trust a major project like this to be consistently published in such a manner. Yet, to those of us who know Reston, this is how we have operated for nearly half a century. It is our way of getting things done. In our early days, volunteers created our bus service to Washington, D.C. Ours was one of the first in the communities to agree to tax ourselves to have what is now the Reston Community Center – still run by a volunteer board of governors. The faith community created Reston Interfaith to address the issues of need and homelessness. The Reston Citizens Association is a group of volunteers formed to deal with a variety of communitywide issues. The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce supports both businesses and community service projects.

The Initiative for Public Art Reston gave us the first master plan for art in a planned community. Reston Association’s volunteer board sets policy for the membership and advocates for the community on issues as far ranging as land use, transportation and the environment. Our advisory committees support the work of the Board of Directors. Our Design Review Board addresses changes to the appearance and quality of homes. The Fiscal and Legal Committees provide the Board with specific expertise. And the community spirit touches more than our residents. Recently, I attended the Christkindlesmarkt, an event sponsored by the German Armed Forces Command of the U.S. and Canada – headquartered in Reston. This “Christmas Market” raises money, which is donated to — you guessed it – community service projects such as Reston Interfaith. In a reception just before the Christkindlesmarkt opened, the German Brigadier Commander presented a $7,000 check to the Rotary Club of Dulles for its community service projects.

So, you see, Reston really does run on volunteers. Whenever there is a need, our community does not hesitate to step up and meet that need. It’s our way of life.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

To volunteer or learn about opportunities, contact Ha Brock, community outreach specialist at 703 435-7986 or via e-mail at habrock@reston.org. Kathleen Driscoll McKee is the president of Reston Association.

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Original Mace

The original mace used in the House of Delegates was a silver ceremonial mace presented by the Royal Governor to the House of Burgesses of the Colony of Virginia in 1700. Following the Declaration of Independence and the establishment of the state of Virginia, this mace continued to be used by the House of Delegates as a symbol of government authority.

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he House of Delegates is now in session,” the Sergeant at Arms of the Virginia House of delegates announces each weekday at Noon for 60 days, beginning the second Wednesday of January in every evennumbered year. This announcement is followed by his placing a golden mace on the Speaker of the House’s desk in full view of the members of the House. After all, Virginia was a royal colony before the Revolutionary War, and the mace was to remind the colonists who was really in charge even though they had a representative assembly. Virginia and the colonies won the war for independence many years ago, but the tradition with the mace continues for reasons that are lost in history. That’s sometimes the way it is with traditions in Virginia. Up until 1971, the House of Delegates, along with the State Senate that makes up the General Assembly, only met every other year. Now the General Assembly also meets for 30 days, usually extended to 45 days, in the odd-numbered years. The original plan for this “short” session was to deal with nonbudgetary issues. but that plan did not work past the first short session. Budgeting issues seem to tie up the Assembly’s time every year. Even though it is a two-hour drive from Reston, the historic Jefferson-designed capitol building will host debates on issues of importance to Restonians as well as to the rest of the state. Whether it is debates on funding for public schools, relieving traffic congestion, lifting or retaining a ban on uranium mining, allowing hunting on Sundays, regulating

Silver with 24-karat gold wash Made in England in 1938 Presented in 1974 to the Virginia House of Delegates by the Jamestown Foundation

Current Mace

The Speaker (at top) is referred to as "The Honorable William J. Howell, Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates." The Clerk (directly below the speaker) is referred to as "The Honorable G. Paul Nardo, Clerk of the Virginia House of Delegates and Keeper of the Rolls of the Commonwealth." Del. Ken Plum is seated to the right in the front row.

the ownership of exotic animals, or a hundred other issues, the laws will apply in Reston as they will throughout the Commonwealth. To follow the progress of legislation as it is introduced and voted on, go to http://legis.virginia.gov. The challenge of a legislative body is to respond to issues that were never even dreamed about when the legislature was first organized. Technology and other changes in our society present challenges that must be met. Open hearings that encourage public participation, committees that develop a level of expertise, and elections every two years for delegates and four years for senators help the legislature respond to current-day issues in our tradition-filled body. After all, the Virginia General Assembly is the oldest continuous representative legislative body in the Western

One hundred and eighty years later, a new mace was acquired for the House of Delegates. The current mace is an Edwardian-style ceremonial mace. It is reinforced with wood, and has four sections with designs of oak leaves, acorns, and flowers that resemble the Virginia state flower, the dogwood. The mace was made in England in 1938 and passed through several owners before being purchased by an art dealer. It was purchased by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and presented to the House in 1974. Each day that the House is in session, the mace is placed in the House chamber by the sergeant-at-arms. When not in use, the mace is on display in the old hall of the House of Delegates.

Hemisphere. The state it governs has the highest concentration of technology workers in the country. I will be in Richmond every weekday until March 10. Please come to see me and to see your state legislature in action. Just send me an e-mail at kenplum@aol.com. As the person with the second most seniority in the Virginia House of Delegates, I would be honored to show you around and share with you some history as well as current issues that are being debated. Ken Plum represents the 36th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He lives in Reston.

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Connections If BY CATHY HUDGINS

you drive on the Dulles Toll Road through Reston, you will notice the steady progress on the Wiehle Avenue Metrorail station. The Dulles Corridor Metrorail project Phase I is over 50 percent completed. Metrorail will be entering Reston and reshaping our future development. With the right combination of planning and dedication of resources, the infusion of light rail will decrease the amount of vehicular trips. I am involved with several different initiatives working in concert with one another to achieve a more pedestrian friendly transit oriented development.

If you ask people around the world about Reston, one of the overall themes discussed is Reston’s connectivity. The ability for people to be connected not only to other neighborhoods but commercial development is a celebrated characteristic. Reston Association maintains over 55 miles of trails running through Reston. Virginia Department of Transportation and Fairfax County government maintain additional miles of bike lanes, sidewalks and trails. In addition, the Washington and Old Dominion Trail provides connections throughout our community and throughout the Washington metropolitan region. The work is not complete and more connections will need to be constructed to move people to and from the Metrorail stations.

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Reston has a rich history in bus transit since its inception. The Reston Internal Bus System (RIBS) serves the Reston community and the village centers with bus transit. Fairfax County Department of Transportation created a 10-year transit development plan to detail the future of bus transit within Fairfax County. It is important that we increase bus frequency and decrease wait times for a more comprehensive bus service. The key is to increase the service leading up to the opening of the Metrorail to allow people to get familiarized with the bus service.

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In 2008, I helped initiate a study to examine accessibility to the future Metrorail stations at Wiehle Avenue and Reston Parkway. This study had strong public participation from the Reston community. The group developed an inventory of existing facilities and a list of proposed projects to increase connectivity by bus transit, pedestrians, and bicyclists to the new Metrorail stations. Our Reston Metrorail Access Group Study (RMAG) provided project costs and prioritization for implementation of the projects. Once the study was released, we worked the projects into our countywide transportation plan for completion.

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Fairfax County government entered into a public/ private partnership with Comstock Partners to develop a mixed used development with an underground parking garage at the Wiehle Station. Another component of the agreement was additional transportation improvements that would increase pedestrian and bicyclist accessibility to the Wiehle Avenue Metrorail station. These improvements are very important as we work to shift the area from an automobile centric to a multimodal area. A similar exercise based upon the RMAG experience was recently wrapped up in Tysons Corner. Citizens and transportation staff have provided great input to shape the community we want to create in the future. There will be more public planning exercises moving forward in the future. My office is working with my federal and state level elected officials to secure funding for these important transportation improvements for our community. Cathy Hudgins has represented the Hunter Mill District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors since 2000. As a long time Restonian, she has been involved with local, county and state politics for over 30 years.


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ON THE STREET

Story Did Change theWorld

Film: Sun City Picture House BRAD RUSSEL WITH DIRECTOR DAVID DARG

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDY PETERSON

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he opening night offering sparked a standing ovation for an attorney whose arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court ended discrimination against interracial marriages in Virginia and concluded with images of a movie house/community center built in Haiti with the net proceeds of ticket sales from the festival.

1ST ANNUAL EXCELLENCE IN FILM & STORYTELLING Sun City Picture House DIRECTED BY DAVID DARG

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23 films from across the globe 730 attendees 16 film directors from Hollywood, New York City, Chicago, Haiti, Serbia, Colorado 5 cast members attended

At the conclusion of HBO's The Loving Story, attorney Bernie Cohen made his way down the aisle of the packed Reston Bow-Tie Cinema theatre to answer questions from the audience. Cohen was one of two young lawyers who argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court – and won. When Sun City Picture House finished on the last night of the three-day festival, Washington West Executive Director Brad Russell announced that proceeds from the ticket sales built a second picture house and gathering center in Haiti, where children and families there have another place to find laughter and hope.

Film: The Wind Is Blowing On My Street BEST DIRECTOR

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The Wind Is Blowing On My Street DIRECTED BY SABA RIAZI

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Film: Prayers For Peace DUSTIN GRELLA

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Film: The Dancer BRAD RUSSEL WITH DIRECTOR SETH STARK


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YOUR SAFETY

They were in a precarious position because the golfers would not have been able to see them. However the couple and their child strolled blithely along into harm’s way with the stroller exposed to a golf shot.

The landscape creates further confusion. Trails that wend around the course are marked with fading signs. It is often not clear to walkers whether they are on golf course or Reston community pathways. At several points, the community paths either pass directly through the golf course or are very close to the playing areas. This creates a significant safety hazard. For residents who are not golfers, it may be difficult to understand that most people who play Reston National are very different from the professionals you might see on television. Generally speaking, Reston National golfers try to hit it straight and rarely do. People assume they are not in the way, because they don't realize the golfer could hit their balls way off the intended line.

When approached, the couple remained cavalier – as if the idea of getting pummeled by a golf ball was so foreign. However, people across the globe have suffered serious injuries and even died after being hit by a careening golf ball. None have been reported in Reston.

Recently there was a family of eight or nine people strolling up the ninth hole cart path right in the middle of play.

Mind you that while there is great respect for the golfers who frequent Reston National Golf Course, most are not professionals. While rangering, you see everyone hitting shots all over the place. In fact, many Reston National golfers do not always have precision in the game. They don’t swing with balance and they often do not hit their intended mark.

Golfers are concerned as well and recount their experiences through e-mails.

At Reston National, homes, beautiful trees and a crisscross of trails surround the course. People who live alongside the fairways sometimes see these as extensions of their backyards and often walk their dogs right on the fairways. For example, a woman walking her dog in what she assumed was her back yard insisted that she was not in the way. However, the right-handed golfers who sliced to the right unintentionally sent balls directly at her.

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“Oh, yeah,” said the father. “We will be off the course in a minute. No worries.”

“I left the golf course after nine holes because I was afraid I was going to kill somebody because there were so many people on the course,” said one golfer. This winter, the golf course management will be replacing some of the faded and weatherbeaten signs and adding news ones, designed to mark trails. But the bigger issue is ensuring the safety of both golfers and residents. Mark Wesolek, General Manager of Reston National Golf Course, recently relocated to Reston from Chicago, where he managed a municipal golf course next to a forest preserve property.

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major task for a golf course manager is something called “rangering.” Think, park ranger patrolling the backwoods, but driving around the course on a golf cart, looking for anything from damage to thrown, er, “lost” golf clubs. One morning, there was an unbelievable sight. There, along the 15th fairway where golfers sent balls flying in all directions, was a couple pushing a baby stroller right into the path of the oncoming balls.

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Use the community paths and not golf course paths. If you hear someone yell, “Fore!” duck or take cover. It is the golfer’s warning of a stray or offline shot. Assume the wildest possible shot you can imagine and make sure you are out of harm’s way. Golf courses are not playgrounds, walking areas or cut-throughs. If you are on the golf course property and can see a golfer, you are too close for safety. Give golfers their space and respect the fact they have paid money to enjoy a recreational activity.


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Growing Global W BY AMY MARLOW | PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY MARLOW

hen brothers Wissam (Will) and Samer Yafi were growing up in war-torn Lebanon during the 1970s, they still had access to the latest technology. Their father, Sami, was fortunate to work for an American company. His role as the Managing Director of Encyclopedia Britannica for the Middle East and Africa found the elder Yafi traveling abroad. As young boys, Will and Sam learned how to use the earliest models of Apple computers that their dad had brought home from his overseas travels. As Will says, “We got our ‘digital content genes’ from our father, who for his time and place was a bit of an intellectual loner.”

Knowledge and technology were pillars in the Yafi household, in a country where computers were scarce and the sharing of ideas was stifled by civil conflict. Flash forward to 2011 in Reston, Virginia. Will, 41, and Sam, 35, have brought their passion for learning and technology to the Northern Virginia community where they founded TidWiT, a company started in Will’s home on Lake Audubon back in 2003. By the way, the name TidWiT was created from the phrase “Tidbits of Wit.” The firm enables people to freely and publicly post content on the internet. TidWiT is based on the principles of quality content and corporate learning in the digital age. As Will says, “We wanted to democratize the publishing process.”

What do cloud computing,

content, and community have to do with each other? Everything, according to TidWiT.

While Facebook photo and YouTube video sharing are today’s norm, in 2003 the Yafis were ahead of the technological curve. Will and Sam realized that digital content sharing would appeal to businesses as a sophisticated product. The brothers adapted to the market and began to develop what they called their “C3 platform” to deliver clients online web services that make it easy to deploy e-learning, digital content, partner syndication, e-commerce, and social media — all on webpages that emulate the company’s own design.

A "glocal" partnership: Samer Yafi of TidWiT; Bruce Mancinelli of INC.spire; Will Yafi of TidWiT; Mark Ingrao of Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

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Will and Samer Yafi working on TidWIT's C3 platform in their office space at the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

As TidWiT became more established, Will looked for opportunities to get the company’s name out into the local community. Enter INC.spire, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s business incubator program. Will submitted TidWiT in the GrowthSpurt7 contest for startup companies to participate in the incubator program.

Today, TidWiT is truly a “glocal” organization, with clients from Reston, Virginia to Redmond, Washington to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This small but determined team works with dozens of high-tech, nonprofit and corporate organizations, and is proud to count Microsoft, Nextel and USAID/Global Youth Foundation among its clients.

INC.spire Director Bruce Mancinelli explains, “TidWiT immediately stood out because its view of where technology was heading was far ahead of the market. They were utilizing cloud computing before the public knew what that meant. In addition, TidWiT used the word ‘community’ throughout its business plan — long before ‘community’ became everyone’s catch phrase. “

Sami Yafi's legacy lives on in his two sons. He dedicated his career to educating people all over the world with books, and today Will and Sam educate people using the latest technology. While times have changed, the Yafi family's dedication to learning and innovation remain the same.

In 2007, TidWiT became an official INC.spire incubator company, and Will continues to find the mentorship, networking and resources to be the right combination of ingredients for business growth.

He states, “Being involved with the chamber has given us a seal of approval in the community. We not only have office space in the chamber’s office, but have made incredible contacts among the membership as well.”

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Amy McDowell Marlow is the Communications Director for the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, the leader of business growth and entrepreneurship in the Dulles Corridor.

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INC.spire is a catalyst for qualified, fast-growing businesses. Over the past ten years, it has assisted four dozen entrepreneurs who have created over 500 jobs in the Reston area. These firms have attracted $45 million in business value and have secured more than 80,000 square feet of commercial office space in Northern Virginia. www.restonchamber.org/incspire

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is the catalyst for business growth and entrepreneurship by providing quality programs, education, connections and advocacy for our members and organizations in the Dulles Corridor. www.restonchamber.org


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AROUND RESTON

Canada Geese

An Unintended Invitation BY JENNIFER O’CONNOR

"They aren't your friends. They're wild animals and people that think they have this magical cosmic alliance with them. It's not happening. They're not pets." - Brian Petty

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hat seems to have attracted thousands of people to Reston over the years has also attracted a surging population of Canada Geese, and while many residents welcome these magnificent birds, what they may not realize are the problems created as a result of the birds' presence. Geese are attracted to the same landscapes that humans are, and in Reston those landscapes are abundant: lakes, golf courses, open lawns next to water, and soccer fields. "Everything that we cherish in Reston and elsewhere, the geese like that too," said Brian Petty, watershed specialist for the Reston Association. "So it's an invitation that was not intended."

POPULATION GROWTH & HUMANE CONTROL

Although Canada Geese are native to this area, more were brought in about 30 years ago to repopulate certain areas after unrestricted egg harvesting and hunting nearly eliminated them. Changing landscapes brought on by human development provided an irresistible climate for the federallyprotected birds. These factors, and the fact that many geese do not migrate, has resulted in an annual increase of approximately 15 percent.

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To address the problem, 10 years ago, RA applied for and received a federal permit to addle as many goose eggs as possible. Addling consists of pouring corn oil over the eggs, thereby restricting oxygen into the eggs and aborting the development of the gosling, a practice some may find cruel, but one that is considered humane by the Humane Society and legal by the state. It is an alternative to euthanasia, which some communities engage in, according to Claudia Thompson-Deahl, RA's environmental resource manager. The process takes just a few minutes and the parents are not harmed, Petty said. RA officials use an umbrella to scare off the parents and to protect themselves while they're addling the eggs. When the process is complete, the parents come right back to the nest, not realizing that the eggs have been addled. "At that point, the concern is for the parents," said Petty. "They need to move on. We go back again with the umbrella within two or three weeks, knowing that chances are they're not going to lay more eggs. So given that kind of grace period, we go back, clean it up.


Controlling the Human Attraction & Population "That's my least favorite part," Petty continued, "but for the goose's sake, it needs to happen. We need to let them go so they can be on their way and not sit there forever."

If the goose population rises too large in shallow water areas, bacteria levels rise due to excessive fecal matter. That results in algal blooms, which in turn limit the sunlight necessary for reproduction of fish and other bottom-dwelling organisms. In addition, excess droppings create a nuisance for RA officials and residents who spend countless hours cleaning up after the birds.

"They're like deer," added Thompson-Deahl. "They need population control because (they) have no predators. And so, unfortunately, we have to step in and play the role of predator because there's just so many."

REMEMBERING THEY ARE WILD ANIMALS

Balance is the key to maintaining a healthy population of wildlife. According to the 2010 and 2011 winter bird counts, Reston had 804 and 316 geese, respectively. Although it is difficult for officials to put a number on what a balanced goose population looks like, Petty says he spends half of his working time from April through most of May hunting for and addling the eggs. In 2010, 29 nests were located in Reston and a total of 138 eggs were addled. In 2011, 28 nests were located and 152 eggs addled. "The idea is to find a balance with what we can reach within a certain amount of time," said Petty. "I guess you can't quantify it exactly, but when we hear less complaints (from residents), that's a good sign."

A primary concern in maintaining that balance is health, for both humans and wildlife. Geese eat up to a pound of grass a day and defecate a substantial portion of what they eat. If the goose population rises to be too large in shallow water areas, bacteria levels rise due to excessive fecal matter. That results in algal blooms, which in turn limit the sunlight necessary for reproduction of fish and other bottomdwelling organisms. In addition, excess droppings create a nuisance for RA officials and residents who spend countless hours cleaning up after the birds.

FEEDING THREATENS HEALTH, ECOSYSTEM

Despite the number of eggs RA manages to addle though, the goose population continues to grow, due in part to human feeding. Geese are a constant source of amusement and awe to residents, who, despite RA's no-feeding policy, continue to feed them. Some of the more popular foods are white bread and popcorn, but these foods do not contain the proper nutrients for adequate bone growth so the geese's wing bones can become twisted, stunted and dysfunctional as a result of continuous supplemental feeding.

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Don’t feed the geese. RA has no-feeding policy. Wrong foods = improper nutrients = unhealthy geese. Remember Canada geese are beautiful but still wild.

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Claudia Thompson-Deahl Reston Association Environmental Management Claudia@reston.org Brian Petty Natural Resource Specialist brianp@reston.org

"They need to eat tubers," said Thompson-Deahl. "They need to eat healthy things and when they're not, we have to spend all our time running around with a net and trying to capture these geese and take them into rehab, where they often end up euthanizing them. It's really unfortunate. People should not be feeding geese because it's really detrimental to their health." But sometimes the lure is too much for residents to resist. "They're kind of romanticized," said Petty about the geese. "They're kind of an icon on the lakes, but they can overstay their welcome. They're beautiful and nice for bird watching and so forth, but they can cross the line in numbers. They can get too much, too aggressive when it comes to nesting and proximity to people." It's unnatural for geese to congregate in huge flocks and when humans feed them they do just that, causing the geese to become territorial and aggressive in an effort to capture the small amount of food for which they have to compete. When they stick to their natural feeding grounds that problem does not arise as often.

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"When you have a concentration of food in one location, it's a buffet," said Petty. "We hear multiple reports about noise and goose droppings all over people's backyards and sometimes they scare children because they're expecting to be fed. They're conditioned. They know where to go to get fed." Even feeding geese healthy food, like cracked corn, is not a good idea, according to Petty, because it encourages the geese to look to humans for food. It is the reason RA does not put food dispensers along the lakes. It is also unhealthy for geese to become acclimated to human contact, said Thompson-Deahl, who cited one resident who felt sorry for the geese and opened her sliding glass door to let them into her basement. She said that practice is not healthy because then the geese want to come in all the time. They're doing it "for their immediate pleasure," Thompson-Deahl said, "but they don't think about the effect on everybody else now that this guy's hanging around and going to everybody's dock and he's bothering other people."


2010 Population: 804 HOW TO HELP

What residents should do, say RA officials, is build vegetation buffers along their waterfront properties so that the geese, thinking there are predators in the buffer zone, will stay back. Unfortunately, said Petty, many residents are hesitant to create barriers because they want a clear view to the water. When the geese do manage to make it onto their property, owners should not addle any eggs they find, but instead, call on RA, which has the permit to do so. And, said Petty, RA officials have the experience to deal with the geese, which will become aggressive when threatened. Human feeding is one of the leading reasons many geese do not migrate in the wintertime. Due to an abundant food supply, both natural and unnatural, geese have no reason to adhere to their natural migratory patterns. And that, said Thompson-Deahl, is not healthy for the birds or the environment "because they become unnatural at that point. It's natural for them to move and when they don't move and they're staying all in one area, there's a huge concentration of this nitrogen and this build-up into the lakes."

2011 Population: 316

"The whole dynamic changes," Petty added. "When they're not migrating, the population increases wherever they are. They adapt. They kind of establish numbers where they are. They find their food sources. They like their nesting habitat, so it's like a whole new real estate."

URBAN ENVIRONMENTS NOT IDEAL

Too many geese requires more nesting grounds than may be present in a community like Reston, and that is why geese have found their way into parking garages and roofs throughout the town. "Geese don't nest according to the books," said Petty. "They don't read the biology books, so they nest in parking garages, wherever they deem appropriate. They're very adaptable. They don't know that they're on the fifth level and there's nowhere out of there. Once the eggs hatch, there's no way to get the babies out. There's no foresight in geese in their planning."

"They're doing that because there's just so many of them. Other spots are already taken," said Thompson-Deahl, who added that RA does try to relocate the geese by walking them from the commercial areas to the water. While some communities may choose to issue fines for feeding wildlife, RA has instead engaged in an ongoing and active campaign to educate residents on the reasons for the no-feeding policy. They have spoken at community meetings, schools, written brochures, hung signs and when they catch people in the act, they gently remind them not to feed the animals. "We really try and work through education rather than enforcement," said ThompsonDeahl, "because it makes perfect sense to educate people on why it's the right thing." "Spending five minutes with somebody‌it's mutually beneficial," added Petty. "We want to have some good relations." Jennifer O'Connor is a former journalist and editor and current owner of Reston Court Reporting.

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Twenty Years Behind The Spotlight at CenterStage BY ROBERT HERSHORN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAM PALLO AND JIM KIRBY

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Ifert operates CenterStage's fly system.

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inda Ifert grips the Reston Community Center’s CenterStage counterbalance fly system like a seasoned sailor steadying the sheets on a fine, seaworthy vessel. This matrix of weighted pulleys sends lights, curtains and scenery motoring up and down across the length of the theatre’s proscenium, so that they may be raised into their full splendor or else drawn down to be repaired or reset. The fly weights clock in at 20 pounds for each one-inch in thickness, many of them stacked several feet high. Great care is, of course, necessary when operating the fly system. Ifert, Technical Director at CenterStage, demonstrates how she and the other technicians working backstage have set up a call-and-response system when using the pulleys to avoid serious bodily harm; they sing out to each other in sharp, no-nonsense inflections, their voices carrying across the boards and up to the catwalks, a resounding chorus of determined vigilance.

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“Safety,” Ifert says, “is our number one concern.” These are the fundamentals of any stage production, the background sweat and toil that must take place in order to create moments of transcendence onstage. It is an intense, ever-changing environment, and the crucible in which Ifert’s career has been forged for over twenty years. Ifert’s world is in constant motion. Her small frame advances forward with great purpose, hastening to intercept any sudden moves or changes that may be waiting to meet her. It is impossible, at least in the confines of CenterStage, to imagine her merely strolling or moseying anywhere. After all, there is no telling when or where the next event will occur, or how she will be called upon to adapt to it.

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“There are always new cycles,” Ifert says. “Once one group or company starts to wind down, another one’s starting up.” It’s all part of her world, which means she must always be looking to the future. The demands of CenterStage reflect its status as one of the region’s premier live venues for theater and live musical performance. In operation for over 30 years, the 290-seat theatre is a fullyequipped, state-of-the-art facility, hosting a variety of local and touring theater troupes and musicians.


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“The most rewarding things occur when we see the kids who started as students return as staff or pursue college or theatre opportunities.” - Linda Ifert

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Sound and lighting operations have been largely digitized. The seats and stage have been completely ripped out and upgraded. A 5.1 surround sound system ensures a fully absorbing experience. And, of course, there is the fly rig, now fully motorized and beefed up to 30 pulleys (fly lines) from an original 18; no more will fit. Added to that are the demands of ever-changing building and ADA codes, as well as the challenge of keeping up with the next shifts in technology. As Ifert says, “there’s never a dull moment” for her and the team, including assistant technical directors Mark Brutsché and Alex Gomez, who are Linda’s key supports behind the scenes. Ifert operates and maintains CenterStage’s lighting rig, and that in itself is enough to occupy a large share of her time. Hung from the battens are PAR, ERS, HMI, and other lighting units, each of which requires meticulous, individualized care. These are just the lights being used for CenterStage’s current production. There are many more rows of lights standing by backstage, carefully stored and waiting, if not for their curtain call, then certainly for the next premiere. Ifert takes a noticeable pleasure in digging through the drawers that house the lighting accessories. Surrounded by gels, gobo holders, top hats, and barn doors, she is very much in her element. “When bands or musical acts play, I

often run the lighting manually,” Ifert says. “I usually listen to a CD in advance and look at the setlist.” Ifert can then put the endless combination of light, color, shapes, and patterns she has perfected over the years to work in order to create a specific mood and feel for each song, or to set the scene and mood for a stage production. It is the moment when all the nitty-gritty technical work comes together into something greater than the sum of its parts. Ifert says she “paints with light,” an apt description for someone using a seemingly endless palette to amplify and enrich the experience of others. Beyond Ifert’s technical prowess, though, it is clear that the most rewarding part of her job comes from her work with the theatrical and artistic communities of Reston and Fairfax County. CenterStage has a long history working with various community groups, including George Mason’s Lifelong Learning Institute and Reston’s Conservatory Ballet Company, conveniently located across the street from CenterStage, as well as the theatrical enterprise and traditions of Reston Community Players.

The Conservatory Ballet is an annual collaborator, presenting The Nutcracker each year at CenterStage to sold-out crowds. For an institution such as CenterStage, though, constant change is not merely a function of the lights, or the seating, or keeping the facility up to code. People leave, companies close, the cast of characters rarely remains the same. “There are always new cycles,” Ifert says. “Once one group or company starts to wind down, another one’s starting up.” It’s all part of her world, which means she must always be looking to the future.

Robert Hershorn grew up in Reston and has returned after an extended stay in Richmond, Va. He is currently working as a producer and wire service writer for a D.C.-area broadcasting service.

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THE FINER THINGS

Fusion

CUISINE A Slight Diversion From The Beaten Path Toward Some Of Reston’s International Eateries BY ROBERT HERSHORN In each issue of Reston, writer Robert Hershorn explores Reston's treasures.

KABOB OF CHOICE CONFESSION TIME:

I don’t handle spicy food very well. Oh sure, I can stomach some mild-to-medium jalapenos or chili peppers now and again, and have outlasted at least some of my weaker peers in confronting the lower-mid range of the Scoville heat scale. But I certainly don’t seek out the overly piquant, and turn into a sweaty mess when my eyes write checks that my taste buds can’t cash.

SPICE IT UP

This is certainly the case during my visit to the lunch buffet at Mayuri Indian Cuisine in Reston’s Hunters Woods shopping center. The simmering heat of the chicken biryani has snuck up on me, not fully revealing itself at first taste, allowing several mouthfuls before the potency really sets in and the perspiration starts beading on my forehead. It’s not long before those around me begin to notice a distinctly desperate look, that of a man perhaps in over his head. Bhangra music pipes in, with lyrics in English chanting, “I’m muscular/I’m popular/I’m popular/ Spectacular!” I power through, greedily snapping off chunks of naan bread and large gulps of water. Even through the pain, the food is delicious, and I don’t often achieve this level of intensity in my dining experiences.

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Mayuri is a large restaurant, albeit one with a very attentive and agreeable staff decked out in formal waistcoats and slacks even during the lunch buffet. The buffet itself is a wonder, a procession of chicken and pork presented breaded, seasoned, or swimming in curry sauce; basmati rice; fried veggies; tomato, mint, and coconut chutneys; and more flat, melt-in-your-mouth bread than could possibly be eaten in one sitting (though you can’t blame me for trying). No doubt you’re already out the door and heading down to Colts Neck Road at a dangerous rate of speed to claim your seat, but you should at least be informed as you pull on your coat that all this can be had for a very reasonable price.

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SUSHI ARTISTRY

While you’re at Hunters Woods, leave some time in your schedule and some room in your belly to swing by Ariake Japanese Sushi, located catty-corner from Hunters Woods Plaza at the intersection of Colts Neck Road and Glade Drive. Long-time Reston residents will remember the stand-alone structure that houses the restaurant as the former location of Burger King, since shuffled from this mortal coil. All vestiges of the building’s former tenant have been swept away in a tempest of tasteful wood paneling, exposed brick, and minimalist design elements. Discerning sushi enthusiasts won’t be disappointed, as the menu features delicious fare and creative nomenclature. The Crispy Power Roll in particular stands out on both fronts. The breaded crisps drizzled atop spicy tuna and avocado provide a satisfying crunch that is a nice contrast to the sleek texture otherwise inherent in the sushi rolls. Ariake’s cooked fare is excellent as well, with special mention reserved for the Chicken Tsukune, essentially chicken meatballs saturated in teriyaki sauce.


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Of course, the quest for succulent cuisine from beyond our shores extends past Hunters Woods. High-caliber ethnic food turns up in some unexpected places in Reston, tucked into otherwise nondescript locations, often enduring tough economic and commercial realities. Pho Reston 75 is located in Tall Oaks Village Center, a shopping center that has weathered the consecutive closings of two supermarkets that anchored the plaza. Still largely hidden off the intersection of Wiehle Avenue and North Shore Drive, it remains one of the less-traveled shopping centers in Reston. Stores, nail salons, a gym, and a number of restaurants soldier on, though — Pho Reston among them. And soldier it does! But in a subdued fashion. A smiling Buddha statue ushers you into a calm oasis of a lunch spot, with classical music chiming in softly and an attentive but by no means overbearing wait staff ready to serve. The establishment boasts countless Pho soup selections, based on the rice-based noodles that are a staple of Vietnamese cuisine. Along with those, I’d recommend the fish ball soup, a steaming, bottomless tub of noodles, broth, and the eponymous doughy fish globes, served with a heaping plate of bean sprouts.

Top: Ariake Japanese Restaurant Bottom: Inside Mayuri Indian Cuisine

SIZZLING KABOBS

International Eateries

If Pho Reston has whetted your appetite for enormous portions of food, your next stop should be Reston Kabob, a well-traveled spot comfortably situated off of Sunrise Valley Drive, conveniently oriented to grab a significant portion of the lunch hour traffic from Reston Parkway. Its neighbors are a Popeye’s, a Wells Fargo bank, and a 7-Eleven®; in an odd way, they complement each other. Reston Kabob’s equivalent of the grinning plastic Enlightened One is the figure of a gorgeous woman with olive skin and perfect teeth in the poster hanging from their front window. She would not look out of place on promotional material for the Greek tourism board, with Thessaloniki or Santorini stretched out behind her in sundappled splendor. Instead, the background is blank, and she is gently cradling a gyro spilling over with lettuce, tomato, and lean protein, a clarion call if ever I’ve seen one. I mentioned impressive serving sizes: a chicken kabob entrée nets you six or seven deceptively compact chunks of grilled chicken resting on a hillock of rice, along with a dinner-plate sized piece of pita bread and a full salad. They work magic in the kitchen at Reston Kabob; it is no simple task to be able to transform one lunch into two.

Mayuri Indian Cuisine 2316 Hunters Woods Plaza Reston, VA 20191 www.mayurimahal.com

Ariake Japanese Restaurant 12184 Glade Drive Reston, VA 20191 ariakerestaurant.com

Pho Reston 75 12020 North Shore Drive Reston, VA 20190 www.phoreston75.com

Reston Kabob 11844A Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191-3302 www.restonkabob.com

Robert Hershorn grew up in Reston and has returned after an extended stay in Richmond, Va. He is currently working as a producer and wire service writer for a D.C.-area broadcasting service.

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Tell Me A Story BY SHARON GOETZ | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM KIRBY

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ike most busy moms, Reston resident, Radhika Murari, searched for ways to entertain and inspire her young son without plopping him in front of a television. In fact, Radhika was determined to keep him away from the TV for his first two years. So, she tapped into her imagination and told him stories. For example, after venturing to a museum or an aquarium, Radhika invented a tale about the trip and spun it to her son. The themes of her stories always were about saving or helping the characters in some way and there was another twist. The main character was always named after her son. As her son grew and became friends with other children, Radhika’s tales became more elaborate as she added the names of the other children and invented new adventures for each of them. A visiting family member heard one of the stories and immediately encouraged Radhika to write it down. He continued to call her every week to ensure she recorded the story ideas. This got Radhika to thinking about an idea that would combine her experience managing an e-publishing company and large databases with her passion for education. “It is the key to a rich life,” Radhika said.

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Radhika is overjoyed that children love the stories - featuring themselves.

Her idea was to develop an electronic book that would encourage reading and could be downloaded to a computer, iPad or mobile device. Detailed illustrations would draw the children into the story. And there would be a very personal incentive for the child to enjoy the book. It would include his or her name and image. I’m In It Books was born.

Radhika Murari’s Advice for Entrepreneurs

Radhika researched all the legal and technological aspects of starting her own company. She applied for a patent, and then reached out to a software developer who was a former business colleague. Radhika hired contract web designers and illustrators. She even had a panel of very critical judges who would decide if each story was worthwhile – a group of four to seven-year-olds, including her own son.

Company: www.iminit.biz Details: electronic, personalized children’s books

Radhika has written all six of the currently available books using the stories she loved to tell to her son and his friends. They are available in English, Spanish and French. Coloring pages are included to further spark a young reader's imagination as well as a "new words" list to improve vocabulary skills. The time frame from concept to the launch of imint.biz was four months. Radhika’s current focus is marketing and the use of local events to spread the word.

ƒƒ Concentrate on your goals. ƒƒ Take the first step and keep going.

So, how does I’m In It work? The entire process is conducted online and ready within a few minutes of the purchase. From the Iminit. biz catalogue, parents can choose one of the available titles, such as Captain Boon and the Neptunians. In this story, the child is the first mate aboard a sailing ship. The next step is to fill in the child’s name, write a personalized message and choose an image for your child. The finished book is e-mailed and can be downloaded, along with additional pages for the child “star” to color. The books cost between $4 and $6 and can be purchased as gifts. Sharon Goetz resides in Reston with her husband and their two cats. She appreciates the beautiful lakes, miles of paths and lively lifestyle Reston has to offer. Sharon Goetz is realtor with Keller Williams Realty, Reston.

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A Quiet Leader 2011 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Reston Association recognizes Mo Ali as the 2011 Employee of the Year, and expresses its appreciation for his initiative in going above and beyond in performing his responsibilities and service to the organization and to all that Reston encompasses.

In

one year, the 2011 Reston Association Employee of the Year could be found working outdoors as a member of the Reston Association construction team and indoors taking on the challenges of information technology. Mohamed “Mo” Ali worked with the Central Services Facility team that made exceptional repairs to a decorative bridge at the Walker Nature Education Center and helped to replace the roof at the North Hills picnic pavilion. In addition, he created a “tot lot database” for his team that enables them to monitor and track repairs and construction projects on the variety of tot lots that Reston Association maintains. In May of 2011, Mo joined the RA information technology team, where he created three new custom Microsoft Access Database programs to help both the IT department and CSF track a variety of projects. These include remote inspections, CSF work orders, and IT ticketing.

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In making the announcement of Mo Ali’s nomination as employee of the year, Milton W. Matthew, Chief Executive Officer said Mo’s work on all the projects saved Reston Association money. “While his position title may have changed drastically, Mo’s dedication to the betterment of RA and the community has been very evident in both roles, “ Matthews said. “Mo has a genuine desire to help staff and members alike, a commitment to excellence and a great dedication to RA and the Reston community.” In addition to all of these accomplishments, Mo is often spotted with a camera in hand – capturing RA events and activities and producing animated programs, such as the video for Nature Center’s Halloween House event. In fact, while working as part of the crew that cleared Reston’s trails last winter, Mo took his camera along and shot images that have appeared in Reston magazine, news publications and on the RA website.

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AQUATICS

Wet & Fun Just Pool

Lifeguard

Fun

Training

Members can participate at all levels — including learn-toswim programs, safety training and exercise classes or relaxing by the pool — and do so at well-maintained, clean facilities under local health department standards and managed by a well-trained staff.

Learn to

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Spring Splash

Lifeguard Training Programs

New Lifeguard

Returning Lifeguard

Registration opens Jan. 9, 2012. The American Red Cross released an updated lifeguarding program in Janaury of 2012 and all Reston Association lifeguards (subs and management too) must update their certification before beginning work in 2012. $86/RA Members $100/Non-members

NOTE: After you sign up for the update class you will receive an e-mail asking you which days you would like to attend. Each student must attend a dry skills day and a wet skills day. All classes will be held at the Reston Association main office and various pools.

Registration opens April 2, 2012 Reston Association is proud to be offering the newly updated American Red Cross Lifeguard Training program in 2012. This new program has some major updates including an online learn-at-home component that must be completed before you come in for any classroom lecture or class in water skills. Dates: See training schedule for start and end dates of each class. The full details will be posted on our website in early to mid-March. Classes will be scheduled primarily on evenings and weekends while public school is still in session. *$175/RA Members *$250/Non-members

*All participants will receive a $100 refund pending participant attendance at all classes.

Certifications earned: Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED for Lifeguards (all valid two years) Having these American Red Cross certifications makes a student eligible to apply as a lifeguard with Reston Association as well as many other local pool management companies.

TRAINING SCHEDULE May 4-13 May 25-June 2 June 8-16 June 22-30 June 25-29 June 29-July 7 July 9-13 July 13-21 July 23-27 August 2-11 August 13-17

Need A Job?

Reston Association Aquatics is looking for applicants with a strong work ethic, a passion for being outdoors, and good customer service skills. Lifeguard applicants must be certified by the American Red Cross before they can interview but are welcome to apply at any time. Applications open Jan. 23, 2012 and can be found at http://careers.reston.org Positions Include: ƒƒ Lifeguard ƒƒ Pool Manager and Assistant Manager ƒƒ Water Safety Instructor ƒƒ Water Aerobics Instructor ƒƒ Lifeguard Instructor ƒƒ Seasonal Maintenance Personnel Please call the aquatics office at 703-435-6532 if you have questions about the required certifications or the application process.

FOR MORE INFO ON AQUATIC PROGRAMS AND EVENTS, PLEASE CALL THE AQUATICS OFFICE AT 703-435-6532.

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Reston Association Aquatics staff would like to thank the following businesses for the goods, services, time and effort they donated in 2011.

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Reservations will begin Monday, April 2 for parties from May 26-Aug. 19. From child parties to company events with over 300, we will find a pool to suit your needs and please your guests.

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Birthday Party Package

Have your birthday party at an RA pool. Bring the kids and the cake to a fun-filled pool party. 2-hour package includes: • Pool admission for birthday person and 10 guests • Pizza and drink for partygoers • Reserved space at the pool • Party host to lead games and activities • All paper products • Goody bag for each child and • A special gift for the birthday kid.

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Ages: 3-11 Available times: Monday-Friday, Noon-5 p.m. Weekends, Noon-6 p.m. Party must start and end within the open hours of the pool.

Fee: $200 ($25, non-refundable deposit due upon booking)

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Aquatics Fitness Programs

Water Aerobics

Drop-in class fees: $8 per class/RA Members $4 per class/RA Members over 55 $10 per class/Non-members $8 per class/Non-members over 55

Sunday Splash

Combination shallow and deep water class that will keep you moving and sweating. Aquatics exercise is naturally low-impact and is a great core strengthener. This class improves circulation and works major muscle groups.

Deep Water Fun

Benefits include toning major muscle groups, improving aerobic capacity, balance, and circulation. Water shoes are highly recommended. RA will provide noodles and water weights, but please bring your own floatation belt if you would like to use one.

Simply Seniors

For people needing assistance with level placement, please join our water safety instructors for a fun evaluation of skills.

Member Registration Monday, May 7 starts at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 9 starts at 8:30 a.m.

Helps students correct their swim stroke, build endurance, and get more from their time at the pool.

Ages: 55 and older Mondays and Wednesdays for two weeks, dates listed below. $45/RA Members $55/Non-members Session 1: June 25-July 5 (July 4 class re-scheduled for July 5) 10-11 a.m. (class begins at 10:10 a.m.) Newbridge Pool Session 2: July 9-18 7-8 p.m. (class begins at 7:10 p.m.) Tall Oaks Pool

Group Lessons Registration

Inclement Weather

In the event of a storm (or if the weather is cool, raining or drizzling) all Reston Association pools will close for OPEN and ADULT SWIM with two exceptions: Lake Thoreau and North Shore Pools (unless normally closed on that day).

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Aqua-Zumba

Online at www.reston.org or in-person at our Member Services desk, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

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Non-member Registration

Senior Swim for Fitness

This long-running favorite is for students ages 55 and up and works to improve overall mobility and aerobic capacity. A high-energy, Latin danceinspired, calorie burning workout set to music and adapted for the pool.

Water Test Day Saturday, May 5 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Ridge Heights Heated Pool 11400 Ridge Heights Road

Details of our Water Aerobics classes, including Aqua-Zumba, will be posted on our website by midMarch. See below for a description of each class we anticipate offering. All dates, times, and days are to be determined. Save time and buy a punch pass ahead of time. Available at our Member Services desk starting April 2. Pre-pay for all the classes you plan to use and avoid carrying cash to the pools. No refunds for unused punches.

Swim Lesson Information

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Pool passes are required for admission to any Reston Association pool. Order yours online today to avoid the line in May. Floatation devices are not permitted in any main pools. Shower before entering the water to rinse of excess oils and dirt. Take children to the bathroom frequently to avoid accidents in the pool. Appropriate swim attire is required when using the pool. Children wearing diapers must also wear rubber pants. Come by our Member Services desk to buy yours and have an accident-free summer.

See the chart on page 43 to determine what level your student is ready to take. Children must be the required age by the first day of class and we always recommend that returning students repeat the last level they took in the previous summer. If you are unsure of your student’s abilities, please attend the Water Test Day. See the Group Swim Lesson Schedule on pages 44 and 45 to select classes in your level that fit your schedule. Classes fill up fast so please make your selections before your registration day and be prepared with alternate choices. Register online at www.reston.org or in person at our Member Services desk,12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. Group lesson fee: $65/RA Members $81/Non-member Parent & Infant or Parent & Toddler fee: (per 4 lessons) $32.50/RA Members $40.50/Non-members


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Group Swim Lesson Level Descriptions Reston Association offers five 2-week sessions. Each session is held Monday through Thursday for the full two weeks. There are no classes scheduled on Fridays unless a make-up lesson is scheduled by the instructor due to inclement weather. Parent & Infant and Parent & Toddler classes are held every two weeks, but parents may opt to purchase all eight lessons or to purchase four lessons and attend any four lessons within the two-week session. All group lessons are 35 minutes in length, except Youth Swimming 4-6, which are 40 minutes.

Parent and Child Aquatics

Builds basic water safety skills for both parents and children, helping infants and young children ages six months to three years become comfortable in the water so they are willing and ready to learn to swim. These basic skills include adjusting to the water environment, showing comfort while maintaining a front or back position in the water and demonstrating breath control, including blowing bubbles or voluntarily submerging under water.

Parent and Infant Ages: 6-18 months, parental involvement

Instructor helps parent and child to become comfortable in the water by emphasizing fun in the water.

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Develops swimming readiness by teaching water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration & basic water safety skills.

Parent and Pre-School Ages: 3-5 years, parental involvement

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Enter and exit water safely Jump in to chest-deep water Submerge face/head, recover object from bottom — two times Bob five times with rhythmic bubble blowing Submerge face in water at least three seconds while blowing bubbles with nose and mouth Kick on front and back, with support (three-five body lengths) Front and back floats with head in proper position and ability to stay floating w/o support Front and back glides: two body lengths with recovery Roll from front to back & back to front without support Change direction while swimming on back and front Front crawl: three-five body lengths Swim on back, three-five body lengths (any type of arm action with flutter kick) Elementary backstroke arms or finning three body lengths Introduce back crawl arms, supported/ guided by instructor Treading using arm and leg actions, 15 seconds in shoulder-deep water

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completed with assistance and support. Safely enter and exit water Blowing bubbles three seconds with mouth and nose submerged Submerging face two times in a row Flutter kick on front and back: two body lengths Front and back floats with recovery Front and back glides: two body lengths with recovery Roll from front to back & back to front

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Safely enter/exit water by jumping from the side into deep water Bobbing while moving towards safety, in chest-deep water Retrieve multiple objects underwater in chest-deep water Introduction to underwater skills Push off in a streamlined position on front and back then begin flutter kicking, three-five body lengths Elementary backstroke kick Breaststroke kick Rotary Breathing, 10 times Front crawl, 15 yards Elementary backstroke 10 yards

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Swim underwater, three-five body lengths Front crawl, 25 yards (with rotary breathing) Front crawl open turn Back crawl and elementary backstroke, 25 yards each Backstroke open turn Breaststroke kick 15 yards — emphasis on knee position and effective propulsion Breaststroke, full stroke, work up to 15 yards Tread water one minute Dolphin kick 15 yards (emphasis on keeping legs together) Front crawl bilateral breathing drills Sitting and kneeling dives

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Circle swimming, surface dives, racing dives Open turns and flip turns Butterfly arms, kick, and timing - work up to 15 yards Front crawl, 50 yards (with bilateral breathing) Breaststroke, back crawl, and elementary backstroke: 50 yards each Standard scull, 30 seconds Tread water, two minutes Sidestroke

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Breaststroke, front crawl, and back crawl: 100 yards each Sidestroke and butterfly: 25 yards each Stroke drills (25 yards per dril — use drills for each stroke) Introduce individual medley (IM) event/ order of strokes with legal turns Tread water — two minutes Aquatic exercise

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2012 SWIM LESSON SCHEDULE: Sessions 1-3 Parent & Infant

6-18 months

Parent & Toddler

18 - 36 months

Youth Youth Parent & Youth Youth Youth Youth Youth Youth Youth Preschool Swimming 1 Swimming 1 Swimming 2 Swimming 2 Swimming 3 Swimming 3 Swimming 4 Swimming 5 Swimming 6/ Age: 3-5

Age: 3-5

Age: 6-12

Age: 3-5

Age: 6-12

Age: 3-5

Adult Beginner

Age: 6-12

SESSION 1: JUNE 4 -15 (DUE TO EARLY SEASON COOL WATER TEMPERATURES, RIDGE HEIGHTS AND NORTH SHORE WILL BE HEATED FOR THE DURATION OF SESSION 1.)

11:45 AM (4 or 8) Lessons

RIDGE HEIGHTS

NORTH SHORE

10:15 AM 11 AM 12:30 PM

10:15 AM 11 AM 11:45 AM 12:30 PM

10:15 AM 11 AM

10:15 AM 11 AM

SESSION 2: JUNE 25 – JULY 6 (LESSONS WILL NOT BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 4. THEY WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 29.)

10:15 AM 11 AM

HUNTERS WOODS

11 AM (4 or 8) Lessons

LAKE NEWPORT

10:15 AM 10:15 AM

NORTH HILLS

11 AM 11 AM

9:30 AM 10:15 AM

10:15 AM 11 AM

7:45 PM

AUTUMNWOOD

7 PM 7:45 PM

LAKE AUDUBON

7 PM 7 PM (4 or 8) Lessons

NEWBRIDGE

7 PM

SHADOWOOD

7 PM

UPLANDS

7 PM

10:15 AM

10:15 AM 11 AM

10:15 AM

7 PM

7:45 PM

7 PM

10:15 AM 11 AM

7 PM

GOLF COURSE ISLAND

11 AM

9:30 AM

10:15 AM 11 AM

RIDGE HEIGHTS

10:15 AM

7:45 PM

7 PM 7:45 PM

7 PM

7:45 PM

Adult Beg. 7:45 PM

7:45 PM

7:45 PM 7 PM 7 PM

SESSION 3: JULY 9- 20 HUNTERS WOODS LAKE NEWPORT

11 AM (4 or 8) Lessons

10:15 AM

10:15 AM

10:15 AM

11 AM

9:30 AM 10:15 AM

NORTH HILLS

10:15 AM

10:15 AM

RIDGE HEIGHTS

7 PM

AUTUMNWOOD

7:45 PM

GLADE

7 PM

GOLF COURSE ISLAND

7 PM 7 PM(4 or 8) Lessons

11 AM

10:15 AM 11 AM

7 PM

7:45 PM

7:45 PM

7 PM

NEWBRIDGE

7 PM

7:45 PM

SHADOWOOD

7 PM

7 PM

UPLANDS

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7 PM 7:45 PM

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2012 SWIM LESSON SCHEDULE: Sessions 4-5 Parent & Infant

6-18 months

Parent & Toddler

18 - 36 months

Youth Youth Parent & Youth Youth Youth Youth Youth Youth Youth Preschool Swimming 1 Swimming 1 Swimming 2 Swimming 2 Swimming 3 Swimming 3 Swimming 4 Swimming 5 Swimming 6/ Age: 3-5

Age: 3-5

Age: 6-12

Age: 3-5

Age: 6-12

Age: 3-5

Adult Beginner

Age: 6-12

SESSION 4: JULY 23 – AUGUST 3 HUNTERS WOODS

10:15 AM

11 AM

LAKE NEWPORT

10:15 AM 11 AM

10:15 AM

10:15 AM

9:30 AM

9:30 AM

10:15 AM

11 AM

10:15 AM

10:15 AM (4 or 8) Lessons

NORTH HILLS RIDGE HEIGHTS

7 PM

AUTUMNWOOD

7:45 PM

10:15 AM 11 AM

11 AM

10:15 AM

10:15 AM 11 AM

11 AM

11 AM

7 PM 7:45 PM

7 PM

GLADE

10:15 AM

7 PM

GOLF COURSE ISLAND

7 PM

LAKE AUDUBON

7 PM

7:45 PM

NEWBRIDGE

7:45 PM

7 PM

SHADOWOOD

7 PM

UPLANDS

7 PM

7:45 PM 7:45 PM

7 PM

7:45 PM

Adult Beg. 7:45 PM

7 PM 7 PM

7:45 PM

7 PM

7 PM 7 PM

SESSION 5: AUGUST 6-17 (DUE TO THE DECREASE IN INSTRUCTOR AVAILABILITY, SCHEDULING IS LIMITED THIS SESSION. ADDITIONAL CLASSES MAY BE OFFERED IF INSTRUCTORS BECOME AVAILABLE.) LAKE NEWPORT

11 AM (4 or 8) Lessons

10:15 AM

10:15 AM 11 AM

9:30 AM

11 AM

7 PM

GLADE GOLF COURSE ISLAND

7 PM

LAKE AUDUBON

7 PM

10:15 AM 7 PM

7:45 PM 7 PM

9:30 AM

7:45 PM

7 PM

Adult Beg. 7:45 PM

7:45 PM

Swim Lesson Refund Policy • Group swim lessons are non-refundable except for medical reasons or family emergencies. • A doctor's note may be required and a 10% processing fee will be applied. • Any class canceled by Reston Association will result in a full refund. • Private swim lesson refunds will be given for any pending sessions that are reported to the Swim Lesson Coordinator before October 1.

Would you prefer more personalized instruction? RA offers private and semi-private swim lessons throughout the summer. Private lessons provide a one-on-one learning environment between student and instructor while semi-private lessons accommodate two students with one instructor. All the pool managers and assistant managers are certified Water Safety Instructors (WSI) and can provide customized, individual instruction. If you have a WSI in mind, simply ask them if they would like to be your instructor and be sure to write down their first and last name on your registration form. If you don’t have a person in mind, just contact our Swim Lesson Coordinator at 703-435-6520 or swim@reston.org so that we can match you to an instructor who will meet your needs.

All ages and skills levels are welcome. Classes are provided in four 40-minute sessions scheduled at the convenience of the participant and instructor. Private: $95/RA Members, $110/Non-members Semi-Private: $75/RA Members, $92/Non-members

HOW TO REGISTER

STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3

Select and contact a Water Safety Instructor. Visit the member services desk at RA where you will need to provide the name of your instructor. Customize your schedule and location with your WSI directly.

IF YOU HAVE SWIM LESSON RELATED QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT SWIM@RESTON.ORG. WWW.RESTON.ORG | SPRING EDITION 2012

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HELP!

Aquatic Programs

Guard Start

Drowning remains the second leading cause of injury related death among children ages 1 to 14. For every child who dies from drowning, four more receive medical treatment for submersion- related injuries. Source: Center for Disease Control

D.E.A.P Programs

Guard Start is a two-week, half-day camp for teens ages 13-15 who are interested in learning what it takes to become a professional lifeguard. Many former Guard Start students have gone on to take the Lifeguard Training course in later summers and then become actual Reston Association Lifeguards. See the Camps section page 57 for more information.

Parent Orientation To Swim lessons (18+ years) DEAP stands for Drowning Education Awareness Program and stands to become a featured program for school and youth groups as well as parents and individuals who want to learn more about water safety. For more information or to schedule a session contact: Reston Community Center Contact: 703-476-4500 Reston Association Contact: 703-435-6528 By working together, Reston Community Center and Reston Association strive to assure our community’s access to healthy and safe fun in all of Reston’s pools.

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WHALE Tales (5-12 years)

ƒƒ One 60-minute session ƒƒ Free, Registration Required Longfellow’s WHALE Tales is a FREE 1-hour interactive presentation that provides easy to follow information to help children learn safe behavior in, on, and around the water. Taught in a classroom environment, WHALE Tales makes water safety fun and easy to learn. Each lesson is reinforced with color posters, worksheets, activities, and a video that features Longfellow, the animated whale. This program is offered to Cub Scouts and Webelos, and Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scouts, and day care centers.

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ƒƒ One 60-minute session ƒƒ Free, Registration Required This FREE 1-hour program (30-minute presentation, 30 minutes of Q&A) will provide parents with an orientation to the group swim lessons offered by Reston Association and the Reston Community Center. It is designed to teach parents of the lower levels how to provide guidance, care, supervision, motivation, and support as their children participate in our swim lesson programs.

General Water Safety

(18+ years) ƒƒ One 90-minute session ƒƒ Free, Registration Required This FREE 90-minute presentation (60-minute lecture and 30 minutes of Q&A) focuses on the importance of water safety training and provides general information for keeping family members safe in, on, and around the water. The presentation is designed for rotary clubs, PTAs, home school networks, church groups, and other civic organizations and can be scheduled at their facility.

Reston Swim Team Association (RSTA)

The RSTA is an independent swim team working in cooperation with the Reston Association Aquatics Department. With nine teams in the community, swimmers of all levels are invited to participate. Ages: 6-18 years Information and Registration: 703-326-0526 or www.RSTA.org

Reston Masters Swim Team (RMST)

The RMST is an adult swim league for Reston area residents operating under the Potomac Valley Local Masters Swimming Committee which is part of United States Masters Swimming (USMS). Ages: 18 and older Information and Registration: www.restonmasters.com


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SCUBA Programs

Dogwood Pool Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

PADI Seal Team

Participants learn the fundamental skills to scuba dive and explore the underwater world at this oneweek camp. Developed by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), this program blends science and sport to develop safe diving skills for a lifetime of underwater adventure.

SCUBA Diving Certification Courses

These courses consist of three phases. Completion of all three phases will result in certification as a PADI Open Water SCUBA Diver. Phases 1 and 2 are completed over a weekend in both classroom and pool and phase 3 is a separate weekend at a different location for actual open water dives.

Information & Registration: Contact Frank Wilson, PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer at 571-437-5189 or deep_blue_scuba@excite.com.

Newly Renovated and Re-opening this summer. Please join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11 a.m. The renovated facility includes the following features: ƒƒ Additional parking ƒƒ Improved pathway for pedestrian circulation ƒƒ A picnic pavilion with grills ƒƒ Accessible spray & play water feature available AprilOctober outside the pool fence, with consideration for a commissioned art-piece fountain through the Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) process ƒƒ New ADA accessible bath house ƒƒ Exterior bathroom entrance for pavilion patrons ƒƒ Large shade structures ƒƒ Zero depth entry with spray features and small fountain. ƒƒ 25-meter lap pool with diving well and board ƒƒ Play pool with bench seating ƒƒ Required and enhanced landscaping with native materials

Dogwood Pool is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend. However, weather and construction delays may cause the pool to open later in the season. Please check the aquatics page of our website, www.reston.org for the most up-to-date information or subscribe to our weekly RA News e-mail publication.

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RA CAMPS

Tradition Friendships

Lasting

Forged

Memories

Generations of Restonians have grown up through the RA Camps tradition from campers to counselors and directors to managers, even to an Executive Vice President.

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Registration is available for members and nonresdents. Go to “Shop RA” at www.reston.org.

A True Camp Experience

Nature Tots

Build social skills through small group interaction and enjoy RA wading pool every Friday.

Monday - Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive $80/RA Members (Session 1A, 3A, 3B) $64/RA Members (Session 1B, prorated due to holiday) $105/Non-member (Session 1A, 3A, 3B) $84/Non-member ((Session 1B, prorated due to holiday)

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AGES 3-5 Campers must be potty trained.

Prehistoric Play

3, 2, 1…Blast Off!

Session 1A : June 25-29

Session 3A: July 23-27

Using your imagination, dinosaurs can still be found at the nature center. Romp through a forest of ferns in search of Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops. Swoop like Pteranadon and cool off in a pool like Elasmosaurus, an ancient reptile that lived in the ocean. Become a junior paleontologist and participate in a dinosaur egg hunt.

Get ready to stargaze in the middle of the day. Step into our star room and discover the wonder of the universe. Hear stories of Ursa the Great Bear and of Pegasus, the winged horse in the sky. Search for the moon and go on a moon walk. Launch a “rocket” and get ready to blast off to fun.

Nature’s Kaleidoscope

Animal Olympics

Session 1B: July 2-6 (No Camp on July 4th)

Session 3B: July 30-Aug. 3

Color is everywhere, and each day we will enjoy a different one. Make leaf rubbings while looking for all things green, and meet Dozer, the box turtle. Get your feet wet in blue water, and find shapes in white, puffy clouds. Look for bright red animals, and even make your own rainbow.

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RA Member registration begins Jan. 30 at 8:30 a.m. Non-member registration begins Feb. 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Choose Your Camps

Nature Tots (ages 3-5) Hug-A-Tree (ages 5-7) Mini Camp (ages 5-10) Sportsters (ages 6-8) Walker’s Rangers (ages 6-8) Skate Camp (ages 6-12) Day Camp (ages 7-11) Science Camp (ages 8-12) Adventure Links (8-13) Teen Camp (ages 11-14) Guard Start (ages 13-15) Counselor-In-Training (ages 14-16)

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SERVICES & REQUIREMENT

The icons will be listed for camps that meet that criteria. More information is provided on page 58.

RA CAMPS BY THE NUMBER

Transportation

Extended Care

Camp Shirt Require

NEED A SUMMER JOB? We’re looking for responsible, creative and enthusiastic people to work at RA Camps. Have fun, make friends, and make a difference in a kid’s life. We need good role models who want experience working with children and the outdoors. Our jobs are great experience for people interested in careers in Education, Parks & Recreation, and Science.

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Discover nature through science experiments, active games and creative craft making.

Reston Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a drug free workplace.

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of our 91 staff were former Counselors-In-Training at RA. Knowledgeable staff.

Walker's Rangers

Counselors must be at least 16 years of age. Senior Counselors must be at least 18 years of age. Also seeking college graduates for Specialist, Asst. Director, Mentor and Director positions. Jobs will be posted beginning Feb. 1. Camp positions fill up fast, so submit your application early.

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counselor for every seven campers.

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive Per Session: $80/RA Members $105/Non-members

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AGES 6 – 8

Nature Superheroes

Water Olympics

Sessions 2A: July 9-13

Sessions 4A: August 6-10

Some animals have powers that are superhuman. Test the strength of spider silk. Explore the supersonic hearing of bats. Discover which insect wears an iron coat. See what makes the mighty thunder roar. Find out what could make a black bear morph into an angry beast. Meet some of these amazing superheroes along the paths of the nature center.

If water competed in the Olympics, would it take a medal? Test the strength of water through a variety of fun experiments. Time a water droplet as it races through a special track. Discover animals that take the prize in backstroke, freestyle and diving. Use water to make special spray paint art and to tie dye a T-shirt. Participate in water relays.

It’s a Mystery

Nature Magic

Sessions 2B: July 16-20

Sessions 4B: August 13-17

Mysterious things are happening at the nature center. Follow a trail of clues to find out what’s going on. Locate hidden objects with the help of a GPS unit. Decode secret messages and use a magnifying glass to get a closer look at tracks and other signs. Meet some characters that may or may not help you along the way. Sharpen your observation skills and use your powers of deduction to find out what’s behind the nature center mysteries.

Abracadabra! Hocus-pocus! Magical things happen in nature all the time. Make a rainbow, turn two liquids into a solid and discover the magic of metamorphosis. Give a flower a new color, and design a bracelet that changes in the sun. Get some tools for your own magic kit and learn to dazzle your friends and family. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves.

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Mini-Camp

AGES 5-10

Its time to enjoy a lunch cookout and an end-ofsummer party

RA Camps Scholarship Program

Aug. 20 -24, one 1-week session, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Brown’s Chapel, 1525 Brown’s Chapel Road Per Session: $195/RA Members $220/Non-members

Scholarships are available for Reston

Sportsters

youth whose families have a demonstrated AGES 5-10

Motor skill development made fun builds confidence that leads to a lifetime of success. June 25-Aug. 17, four 2-week sessions, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon LIMIT: 2 sessions per camper Lake Anne Park, 11301 North Shore Drive (multipurpose court, practice wall, tennis courts, sand volleyball pit, spray fountain, playground, pavilion, minutes from baseball & soccer fields) $165/RA members (Session 2, 3, 4) $148.50 (Session 1 prorated due to holiday) $190/Non-members (Session 2, 3, 4) $171 (Session 1 prorated due to holiday)

financial need. To receive a scholarship application, visit www.reston. org or call the Camp Program Supervisor at 703-435-6567. Each year, donations from organizations, businesses and individuals make it possible for economically disadvantaged children of Reston to attend our valuable camp programs. Special Thanks to Our 2011 Camp Scholarship Donors Fairfax County Department of Social Services Friends of Reston for Community Projects, Inc. Reston Garden Club Long & Foster Herndon Long & Foster Reston

Sessions 1: June 25-July 6 Sessions 2: July 9-20 Sessions 3: July 23-Aug. 3 Sessions 4: Aug. 6-17

Bonnie Haukness Pam Tobey If you would like to make a donation to the 2012 scholarship fund, please contact CampAdmin@reston.org or call 703-435-6567.

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Brown's Chapel Park

The park was so renamed after the Chapel, originally built by Augustus Brown and his sons at the corner of Baron Cameron Road and Route 7, was moved there for its preservation. In 1967, although services were regularly attended, the chapel was closed in mid-July due to the Route 7 widening project. It was no longer being used as a church and the Virginia State Highway Department purchased the land. It was brought to the attention of Gulf Reston, Inc. — the new developers of Reston. They took on the $13,000 plus cost to move the structure to the Reston Park, today known as Brown’s Chapel Park. The building weighs 70 tons and was carried by tractor trailer to the new site —1.5 miles down the road at 4 m.p.h. There it was fitted with a new basement. Church services are still held in the building today as well as a music program during the school year and RA Day Camps in the summer. There are AA meetings, martial arts practice groups, and yoga classes also held in the building. It is also available for rental through Reston Association and has been a place for weddings, reunions, birthday parties and other celebrations. Brown’s Chapel Park is situated on 21.5 acres. RA is able to hold several different camps there — Hug-A-Tree at the concession stand, Day Camp and Mini Camp at the chapel, and Extended Care before and after care camp in the chapel. Lots of space, fields and woods to play in as well as the pavilion and chapel for cover. There are tables for art in the basement and an open room upstairs.

Hug-A-Tree

Building creativity and a sense of wonder with games, music, drama, crafts and swimming. June 25-Aug. 17, four 2-week sessions, Monday - Friday AM groups: 9 a.m.-Noon PM groups: 1-4 p.m. Full-day groups: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Brown's Chapel Concession Stand — past the chapel, at the top of the park, 1525 Brown’s Chapel Road Half-Day (AM or PM) $170/RA Members (Session 2, 3, 4) $153/RA Members (Session 1 prorated due to holiday) $195/Non-members (Session 2, 3, 4) $175.50/Non-members (Session 1 prorated due to holiday) Full-Day $380/RA Members (Session 2, 3, 4) $342/RA Members (Session 1 prorated due to holiday) $430/Non-members (Session 2, 3, 4) $387/Non-members (Session 1 prorated due to holiday)

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All About Reston

Amazing Animals

Sessions 1: June 25- July 6 (No camp July 4th)

Sessions 3: July 23-Aug. 3

Air, water, earth and fire. These are very important parts of our world. Let’s discover the treasures of each. Enjoy water games, sand art, making a flying craft and exploring the woods – just a few of the things we will do. What can we do to help keep Reston beautiful? Discover and learn to protect the wildlife of Reston. Have s’mores over an open flame at our cookout.

How many animals are there? Search distant deserts, untamed savannas, rasping rainforests, high mountain peaks and your own backyard to discover what animals live there. Can animals change colors, detect danger, predict weather or speak? We’ll make animal masks and fun finger puppets. Join us as we find out how truly amazing animals can be!

Captain Chris and His Lil’ Pirates

Olympics Under the Trees

Sessions 2: July 9-20

Sessions 4: Aug. 6-17

Ahoy lads and lasses! Let’s set out on our quest to the four winds of Reston. Look for treasures in the woods and along our lakes and streams. Set sail in our skiff on the waves of Lake Anne. Make some cool pirate art and enjoy a pirate meal! Ye better not be hangin’ the jib — we’re going to have a blast!

As the eyes of the world turn toward London, our attention is diverted to our own Hug-a-Tree Olympic Festival. Campers will receive tickets to daily games, which emphasize team-building. How about a boating derby, a walk-a-thon where compasses are used to find the trail, and synchronized swimming to music? Each group will create a flag for our Olympic Festival where there will undoubtedly be a few marshmallows roasted over our charcoal Olympic torch. Don't let the games begin without you.

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Skate Camp

Learn to skate in an environment where safety and skills are a top priority. Two 1-week sessions, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Lake Newport Soccer Field Parking Area Per Session: $225/RA Members $250/Non-members

Brought to you in partnership with American Inline Skating. Note: Instruction in different skate sports will run simultaneously during each session. Campers will receive instruction in only one skate sport per session. Indicate your choice on your registration form: skateboarding or rollerblading (inline skating). Skateboarders will be grouped separately from inline skills during instruction time.

Source: http://www.americaninline.com/ tipsandtricks.html

AGES 6-13

Extreme Fun For Skateboarders and Rollerbladers (inline skaters) Skateboarding Session 2B: July 16-20 Session 5: Aug. 20-24

Ready, Set, Go. An extreme camp for skateboard riders of all levels. Whether you have never been on a skateboard and want to learn or you are an experienced skateboard rider who wants to improve your skills, this camp is for you. Learn to push, olly, ride ramps, drop in, grind, stall and get air while skating with an American Inline certified coach. Camp is held in the mobile skate park designed for skaters of all levels. Includes a new 4-foot quarter pipe, 3-foot mini half pipe, bank ramp, fun box, fly box, grind box, launch ramps, grind rails and ledges. Participants receive a camp T-shirt and stickers. Required equipment: Skateboard, helmet, knee & elbow pads and wrist guards. Bring water and snack in labeled cooler.

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Rollerblading (Inline Skating) Session 2B: July 16-20 Session 5: Aug. 20-24

Skate, turn, stop and go! This exciting skate camp is for beginning through intermediate rollerbladers (inline skaters). No matter how long you’ve been skating or your level of skill, this camp is filled with extreme fun and plenty of action. Campers learn how to gear up, stand up, avoid falling down, three ways to stop, turn, cross-over, skate backwards, learn cool tricks, play fun skating games and ride over small ramps in a safe and positive environment. Participants receive camp T-shirt and stickers. Required equipment: Inline skates, helmet, knee & elbow pads, and wrist guards. Bring water and snack in labeled cooler.


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NOW? Betsy Goodman “Betsy Wetsy” attended RHOA camp from 1980-1984, "back when it was at the Round House and Vicky Wingert was director.” She remembers they camped in the woods and met at the "Circle of Stumps." “I remember, sometimes we would sit in the fields and pick blackberries all day.” In 1990, wearing her "blue staff shirt" she embarked on nine summers as a member of the staff. Betsy also served as the Arts & Crafts Specialist, CIT Mentor, and Day Camp and HAT Directors. She formed lifelong relationships with fellow counselors and campers. With the help of social networking, she has reconnected with many former campers. Betsy explains, "It always amazes me to hear what people remember about camp.... whether it is a counselor song, pie eating competition, or some kind of imaginative character we created." She adds that, "many former campers went on to become counselors or enter the education field. They always thank me for my influence." In 2000, Betsy married Matt Goodwin, who also worked at camp. Betsy is a licensed clinical social worker and from 19992005 was a school social worker with LCPS. Betsy is now in private practice with In Step, PC. She provides therapy to kids and their families; specializing in social skills, anxiety, depression and family/ parenting/behavior issues. Betsy has two daughters, Sarah, 9, and Hailey, 5, and has been a camper parent, sending her girls to RA Camps to enjoy the experiences she so fondly remembers.

Day Camp

Get ready to enjoy pool parties, daytime cookouts, festivals and guest entertainers.

June 27-Aug. 17, four 2-week sessions, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Brown’s Chapel, 1575 Brown’s Chapel Road $385/RA members (Session 2, 3, 4) $341.50/RA members (Session 1 prorated due to holiday) $435/Non-members (Session 2, 3, 4) $391.50/Non-members (Session 1 prorated due to holiday)

Avatar: The Day Camp Version

AGES 7-11

Critters & Characters Session 3: July 23-Aug. 3

Milk a goat, pet a lamb and watch as the pigs and the sheep play at Kidwell Farm. Investigate animal antics and track some wacky characters like Yogi Bear, Daffy Duck and Scooby Doo… Animal prints and masks are only a couple of the art projects we will make. We’ll meet the beautiful and the bizarre as we celebrate the wonderful world of animals.

Pirates of Reston

Let the Games Begin!

Session 2: July 9-20

Session 4: Aug. 6-17

Treasure in Reston? Aye, treasure abounds for our landlubbers. Hunt for the hidden jewels of the woods, create wonderful images of the sea and go on a pirate quest in our own backyard! Have a blast on the high seas of Lake Anne. Enjoy our version of a salmagundi and a nipperkin at our pirate feast. Make sure you are one of the Day Camp Pirates and weigh anchor on a great adventure!

Nations and campers unite for fun, challenges and celebration. An Olympic torch is coming through Reston. Track its progress and use your imagination to invent some far out Olympic events. Everybody has special talents. Come share your personal best and enjoy customs from around the world. You might even get your name or picture in the Day Camp Book of Records.

Session 1: June 25-July 6 (No camp July 4th)

Find out which nation you are in! Create a flag, map a journey to the water tribe, play field games, hike the woods in search of wildlife of Reston and create your tribe’s trinkets. Let’s discover ways to protect our world. Come help us find the avatar and unite the nations!

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Science Camp

AGES 8-12

NOW?

Take science to the cutting edge of fun through experiments and exploration. June 25-Aug. 17, four 2-week sessions, Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. USGS Visitors Center 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive $385/RA Members & USGS Employees (Session 2, 3, 4) $341.50/RA Members & USGS Employees (Session 1 prorated due to holiday) $435/Non-members (Session 2, 3, 4) $391.50 Non-members (Session 1 prorated due to holiday)

Underwater Adventure Session 1: June 25-July 6 (No camp July 4th)

Strap on your goggles and flippers as we experience a close encounter of the wet kind. Follow a raindrop from a cloud to the sea. Where does the water we use end up? Meet hydrologists and find out what scientists are learning about the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about the animals that live underwater in the arctic and among the tropical coral reefs. Make an ocean in a bottle, enjoy water games and throw a Beach Blast party. Find out where our drinking water comes from on a trip to the Fairfax County Water Authority’s Reston facility.

Nature’s Power Session 2: July 9-20

Last summer, Virginia experienced an earthquake, hurricane and a tropical storm – all within one month’s time. Learn what tools scientists use to track hurricanes and tropical storms. Learn how last year’s floods affected the Reston area. Make your own rain gauge and hygrometer. What causes earthquakes? View a real seismograph and learn

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how it works. Find out what parts of the world experience the most earthquakes. What other problems can earthquakes cause? Make your own seismometer to detect vibrations. Take a field trip to the Great Falls Park to explore the power of the Potomac River with a ranger.

Invertebrates Rule the World Session 3: July 23-Aug. 3

About 95 percent of all animals do not have backbones. Learn what makes these animals so successful. Meet a scientist who uses invertebrates to monitor stream health here in Reston. Find out which invertebrates are the biggest, longest and most colorful. Go on an invertebrate safari with a naturalist. Make bug boxes, a terrarium, and dress up as your favorite invertebrate. Learn about cultures that depend on invertebrates for clothing and food. Visit the invertebrate exhibit at the National Zoo.

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Medal Mania Session 4: Aug. 6-17

The Olympics are a time when the world comes together. Where are the competing countries located on the globe? Learn mapping skills as you chart your Olympic favorites. Discover what mineralogy can teach you about those shiny gold, silver and bronze medals? How are they made and what makes them so precious? Become a member of the Science Camp Olympic team and join the gold rush. Pan for gold and drum up some “metal” magic of your own in the science lab. Take a field trip to the mineral exhibits at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Science activities supplement this recreational camp program, brought to you in partnership with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Camp is based at the USGS facility. However, campers will spend a good portion of their day outside and in traditional camp activities.

I worked at the local Reston Association Science Summer Camp. My first four summers, I worked as a counselor supervising campers ages 8-12 and leading activities. The job I loved the most though was working for three summers as Assistant Director of the science camp. As assistant director I was responsible for creating science curriculum in accordance with the session topic, planning and conducting science experiments and computer research sessions, supervising 60 campers, supervising and training a staff of ten counselors and 20 counselors-in-training, creating weekly schedules, coordinating transportation for each of five camp groups, and handling camper and employee problems as they occurred. I also collaborated with staff at the USGS to facilitate Guest Scientist seminars as well as tours of the map printing plant, water monitoring station, and local streams and wetlands. My enjoyment of working at science camp led me to join the US Peace Corps after completing my studies at Brandeis. For a little over three years, I worked as one of seven teachers for almost 600 underprivileged students in Tanzania.


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BACK?

Tim Taber I am looking forward to coming back as the Teen Camp Director at Reston Association. I now consider myself a local since I have lived in Reston for the last seven years. It is one of the best places I have EVER lived. My favorite things are the pathways, parks and pools – there are so many of them. My personal interests include hiking, watching the DC Nationals and Pittsburgh Steelers, playing my guitar and spending time with my two wonderful daughters. I graduated from Plymouth State (NH) University in 1995 with a BS in Physical Education. I have taught for 12 years — the last 7 at Langston Hughes Middle School as a Health and Physical Education Teacher. Since 1987 I have coached baseball, soccer and most recently basketball, including the 2011 South Lakes HS girls’ freshmen team. I have over 12 years of recreation experience including four at RA. Here I started as a Sports Camp Specialist in 2007 and then moved to Teen Camp Head Counselor the following year. During the summers of 2009 and 2010, I was the Teen Camp Director. I took the summer of 2011 off to spend some quality time with my children. I am happy to be a part of this wonderful community by working at RA Camps. Its good to be back and I am ready for an exciting summer this year.

Teen Camp

Take an extended road trip to a fun destination each session.

June 27-Aug. 19, four 2-week sessions, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., plus one extended road trip day each session (estimated dismissal time 10 p.m., see session schedule) Glade Room, 11550 Glade Drive, above Glade Pool bathhouse $425/RA Members (Session 2, 3, 4) $382.50/RA Members (Session 1 prorated due to holiday) $475/Non-members (Session 2, 3, 4) $427.50/Non-members (Session 1 prorated due to holiday)

Exploring Reston and Beyond Session 1: June 25-July 6 (No camp July 4th)

WOW! Reston is an awesome place. Visit the Walker Nature Education Center, explore the wilds of our woods, and check out the creeks for critters living there. We will go on a scavenger hunt of Reston highlights. Let’s see what we can do as stewards of our environment and help eliminate some of the invasive exotics in our area. Visit Great Falls Park to see the great power of the Potomac River. We will have a blast on our trip to the Waterpark of Massanutten.

Treasures of the Glade Session 2: July 9-20

Explore the swashbuckling world of Pirates. Visit the DC Aquarium to get a glimpse of real sea life. Make your own jewelry crafts to treasure. Challenge your teen mates to a game of miniature golf at the Perils of the Lost Jungle. Discover the riches of our own waterways. Steer your own vessel on some open water, and get wet at Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags, MD. Be there or be struck by the Curse of the Black Pearl!

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Surf and Turf Session 3: July 23-Aug. 3

Explore solid land as well as the ever changing world of water. Find your way around Reston's wildest spots using map and compass. Pan for gold and set up an aquarium. Highlights include a visit to the National Zoo, a trip to Annapolis where we will visit the Naval Academy and swim at Sandy Point State Park.

The Teen Team Session 4: Aug. 6-17

We’ll carry the Olympic torch as nations and campers unite for fun, challenges and celebration. Use your imagination and invent new Olympic events. Everyone is a winner at our games. You might even find yourself on the front of a cereal box. Just watch out for the gutters at our BowlA-Rama Tournament. The flame will be burning bright while we watch a baseball game. Note: On extended road trip days, all parents must pick up campers. No PM Transportation or Extended Care is available on these days.

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RA CAMPS Adventure Links Teen Expeditions

Adventure Links

Hit the summer running with this adventurepacked mobile day camp. Aug. 20-24, one 1-week session, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Pick-up and drop-off at Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive Per Session: $450/RA Members $500/Non-members

Brought to you in partnership with Adventure Links Camps. 55 Travel to a new destination outside of Reston each day. 55 Interact with Adventure Links’ mature, fun and professional staff. 55 Learn cooperative skills through small group interaction and team building activities. 55 Receive instruction for all activities, beginning at an introductory level and progressing with the group. No previous experience is necessary and equipment is provided.

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Session 5: Ultimate Adventures

AGES 8-10 & 11-13

Our teen expeditions are a critical step of integrating adventure and infusing confidence into your child’s life. We travel to the most breathtaking natural parts of the Appalachians, New England and North Carolina. These traveling summer teen expeditions allow the group to immerse themselves in the experience from the beginning with our team development course and to make friends that last a lifetime. The itineraries are limitless — backpacking in the Cranberry Wilderness, sea kayaking on the coast of Maine, rock climbing in the New River Gorge, spending the night on Mt. Washington in an AMC hut, rafting, caving, and so much more...These trips are two weeks in length and all gear, food and transportation are provided. Your camper will need to bring their own sleeping bag, toiletries, and clothing.

Aug. 20-24

Arrive at camp each day for a new adventure, including: team development course, rock climbing, caving, kayaking/canoeing/ rafting and outdoor living skills. Our activities are specially designed to be noncompetitive, to spark new perspectives and foster personal challenge. Youth discover the rewards of pushing beyond their self-imposed limits. Select sites are chosen for the caving and rock climbing adventures and three days are spent at the Adventure Links’ base camp which is located at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park. No previous experience is necessary and all technical equipment is provided.

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Guard Start AGES 13-15

Dive into summer by gaining the knowledge, attitudes and skills required for future lifeguards.

Counselor-In-Training (CIT)

Develop leadership and communication skills to gain experience for job and college applications. June 25-Aug. 17, four 2-week sessions, Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Mornings: CITs report to an assigned camp program (Nature Tots, Walker’s Rangers, Hug-A-Tree, Sportsters, Day Camp or Science Camp). Afternoons: CITs participate in skill building and recreational activities, then depart from Brown’s Chapel, 1575 Brown’s Chapel Road . $245/RA Members (Session 2, 3, 4) $220.50/RA Members (Session 1 prorated due to holiday) $295/Non-members (Session 2, 3, 4) $265.50/Non-members (Session 1 prorated due to holiday)

Camp Shirts: $10/shirt, required daily (CITs who attend a special June orientation will receive one FREE shirt.)

AGES: 14-16

You will have the opportunity to observe many counselors at work and get hands-on experience at the different camps.

Session 1: June 25-July 6 (No Camp July 4th) Session 2: July 9-20 Session 3: July 23-Aug. 3 Session 4: Aug. 6-17

CITs are selected based on an application and interview process. See www.reston. org or call 703-435-6530 for an application. No online registration. Limited space is available, so apply early.

CIT Applicants

The CIT program is fun but also goal oriented. The ultimate goal of the program is to prepare you to be a counselor. You will have the opportunity to learn skills that will not only help you in camp situations but also in life.

The skills that this program focuses on are: ƒƒ Communication ƒƒ Leadership ƒƒ Teaching ƒƒ Character Development ƒƒ Environmental Education ƒƒ Job Skills You are essentially going to be working as counselors under supervision. You will be taking on many responsibilities and mostly you will be interacting directly with the campers. You get out of this program what you put into it. If you are motivated and enthusiastic as a CIT, you will have a rewarding experience and also be prepared to shoulder the responsibility of being a counselor. Enjoy.

July 9-20, One 2-week session, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: TBA Per Session: $240/RA Members $265/Non-members

Brought to you in partnership with RA Aquatics. Staff ratio: At least one staff member for every five campers Teens will… ƒƒ Train side-by-side with American Red Cross certified instructors ƒƒ Develop communication and decision-making skills ƒƒ Gain valuable skills to help pass the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course ƒƒ Meet RA aquatics staff

Scuba Camp

To register for Seal Team for Kids, please stop by any of the Reston Association pools once they open and pick up a registration packet. After completing the registration packet contact PADI MSDT Frank Wilson at 571-437-5189 or deep_blue_scuba@excite. com to submit the packet and arrange payment. SEE MORE

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RA Member registration begins 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. Non-member registration begins 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. Register online at www.reston.org Save time and get immediate enrollment confirmation.

If you prefer not to register online, you may request a registration form and mail or bring in your forms to Reston Association. No faxed registrations are accepted.

Forms

Certain forms are required for participation in RA Camps. This is a Virginia Department of Social Services requirement. Campers without all required forms will not be permitted to participate in camp until they are received. All forms are due by June 1. They can be found on RA’s website at http://bit.ly/fh0PsQ An electronic version of the registration form is located on our web page at www.reston.org.

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A 24-hour drop box is located in front of the building on the side facing Sunrise Valley Drive. When mailing, use the following address: ATTN: Camps Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191

Confirmation Letters and Forms

In addition to your receipt, all registrants will receive a confirmation letter via e-mail within two weeks of their registration. With this letter, you will also receive a link to the Camp Handbook and camper forms on our website. Forms must be completed and returned by June 1. These forms include physical exam and proof of identification forms.

Waiting List

Internet Users — You may put your camper on a waitlist online if you are unable to enroll. To do so, click the waitlist option. Walk-in Registrations — If you drop off your registration forms and a requested camp is full, we will put your camper on a waitlist and contact you.

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Minimum age requirements must be met by Sept. 30, 2012. Maximum age requirements must be met by first day of the session.

Transportation

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A $75 non-refundable deposit per camper per session is required for all camps at registration time. Exception: Nature Tots and Walker’s Rangers deposit is $40. Deposits may be transferred as a deposit to another RA Camps session within the same camp season. They may not be used toward a camp balance. Deposits are credited toward the total cost of the program. Full payment for all sessions and services is required by May 1. Refunds, minus applicable deposits, may be recovered until June 1. See Camp Handbook, also available on-line, for complete refund policies and procedures. Transportation and Extended Care fees are refundable and transferable until two weeks before the start of the applicable session. Returned checks will result in a $36 fee.

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ƒƒ $45/Session 1-4, AM ƒƒ $45/ Session 1-4, PM Van transportation is available within RA boundaries only. Transportation is available for all camps with the following exceptions: No transportation for Nature Tots, Walker’s Rangers, Skate Camp, Adventure Links and Guard Start. One-way only transportation is available for Sportsters (to camp) and AM Hug-A-Tree (to camp) and PM Hug-A-Tree (home from camp). Transportation is not available between home and Extended Care. Campers may be picked up and dropped off at two different locations. Locations must remain the same throughout the session. Pick Up/Drop Off locations must be a home, place of employment or day care provider.

Camp Shirts

Campers at Hug-A-Tree, Sportsters, Day Camp, Science Camp, MiniCamp and CITs are required to wear an official camp T-shirt each day. Shirts are sold at the RA office. $8 for youth sizes, $10 for adult sizes.

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Extended Care

$45/Session, AM (7:30-9 a.m.) Exception: Science Camp and Teen Camp Extended Care is $50. $45/Session, PM (4-5:30 p.m.) Exception: Science Camp and Teen Camp Extended Care is $50. Extended Care is provided at our Brown’s Chapel facility. AM Extended Care is available for all camps, except Nature Tots, Walker’s Rangers, afternoon Hug-A-Tree, Mini Camp, Adventure Links, Skate Camp and Guard Start. PM Extended Care is available for all camps except Nature Tots, Walker’s Rangers, morning Hug-A-Tree, Mini Camp, Adventure Links, Skate Camp, Sportsters and Guard Start. As part of the service, RA will transport campers to their appropriate camps in the mornings and get them from camp to Extended Care in the afternoons as needed. These campers will ride the same vans that provide AM and PM transportation from and to private residences and workplaces within RA boundaries. If your child attends Science Camp or Teen Camp, please drop them off at Extended Care by 8:15 a.m., and pick them up no earlier than 4:15 p.m. These recommended times are subject to change. Extended Care activities are less structured and more independent than regular camp activities. They may include cards, board games, crafts, reading, videos, etc. A snack and drink will be served.

CAMP CALENDAR Jan. 30 Feb. 6 May 1 June 1

RA Member registration begins. Non-member registration begins. Camp balances are due. Camper forms are due. Last day for refunds.

Session 1: June 25-July 6 (No Camp July 4th) Session 1A: June 25-29 (Nature Tots) Session 1B: July 2-6 (Nature Tots) Session 2: July 9-20 Session 2A: July 9-13 (Walker’s Rangers) Session 2B: July 16-20 (Walker’s Rangers, Skate Camp) Session 3: July 23-August 3 Session 3A: July 23-27 (Nature Tots) Session 3B: July 30 – August 3 (Nature Tots) Session 4: August 6-17 Session 4A: August 6-10 (Walker’s Rangers) Session 4B: August 13-17 (Walker’s Rangers) Session 5: Aug. 20-24 (Mini Camp, Skate Camp, Adventure Links)


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RESTON ASSOCIATION

Conference Center HOLD YOUR NEXT MEETING CLOSE TO HOME CONFERENCE CENTER AVAILABLE FOR RENT Attractive Rental Rates Ideal for ƒƒ Corporate events ƒƒ Community meetings ƒƒ Workshops Can Accommodate ƒƒ Small groups of 35 or less ƒƒ Large groups up to 100 Features ƒƒ Flexible floor space ƒƒ Open Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Saturdays April–August Extras (for an additional fee) ƒƒ Pantry with microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator ƒƒ Audio visual equipment Attractive Rates: $30-$90 an hour. Please contact Member Services to make your reservation at reservations@reston.org or 703-435-6530.

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TENNIS

Quickstart

Quickstart

Quickstart implements the games-based approach to tennis, which means involving participants in tennis play within the first hour of the program. This exciting new format for learning tennis is designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring — all tailored to age and size. It’s all about the play.

Leagues Adults

Munchkins

Kids enjoy a fun, motivating introduction to tennis emphasizing fun and play. It’s the fast, fun way to get kids into tennis and keep them playing. Parents or guardians must be present and join in the fun.

Tennis Anyone?

Aces I

Quickstart Tennis

In this fun introduction to tennis children will learn the forehand, backhand and volley strokes. Activities to increase coordination and motor skills will be applied in each class. In general most students will take this class at least twice. Parent participation is required.

YOUTH TENNIS 10 AND UNDER

Munchkins (ages 3-4) Session 1: April 10-May 19 Session 2: May 29-July 7

Once a week for six weeks with no classes on Memorial Day weekend. Tuesdays, 3-3:45 p.m., 4-4:45 p.m. 5-5:45 p.m. Hook Road Tennis Courts $90/RA Members $100/Non-members Fridays, 3-3:45 p.m., 4-4:45 p.m. 5-5:45 p.m. Hook Road Tennis Courts $90/RA Members $100/Non-members Saturdays, 9-9:45 a.m. 10-10:45 a.m.,11-11:45 a.m. Hook Road Tennis Courts $90/RA Members $100/Non-members

Aces I (ages 5-7) Aces II (ages 7-8)

Aces II Advanced with Rod (ages 6-8)

Session 1: April 9-May 19 Session 2: May 29-July 9

Session 1: April 10-26 Session 2: May 1-17 Session 3: May 22-June 7 Session 4: June 28 Session 5: July10-26

Once a week for six weeks with no classes on Memorial Day weekend. Mondays Aces I 3-4 p.m. Aces II 4-5 p.m. Hook Road Tennis Courts $96/RA Members $103/Non-members Fridays Aces I 4-5 p.m. Aces II 5-6 p.m. Hook Road Tennis Courts $96/RA Members $103/Non-members

Aces II

Children who have mastered the basic skills in Aces I are ready to move and hit. Parent participation is required in this class. In general most students will take this class twice.

Twice a week for three weeks with no classes on Memorial Day weekend. Tuesday & Thursday Aces II 4:30-5:30 p.m. Aces II 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hook Road Tennis Courts $96/RA Members $103/Non-members

Champions I

This is the next step for children who are committed to improving their tennis skills. A certificate from Tennis Aces II is required for enrollment into this class. The main focus will be on forehand and backhand stroke production so that students can consistently hit the ball over the net.

Saturdays Aces I 9-10 a.m. Aces I 10-11a.m. Aces II 11a.m.-Noon Hook Road Tennis Courts $96/RA Members $103/Non-members

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Champions II will concentrate on movement to the ball and preparation to hitting. Serve and volley will be introduced.

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What's Your

FOREHAND GRIP

Champions I (ages 7-8) Session 1: April 9-April 27 Session 2: April 30-May 18 Session 3: May 21-June 8

Twice a week for three weeks with no classes on Memorial Day weekend. Monday & Friday, 5-6 p.m. Hook Road Tennis Courts $96/RA Members $103/Non-members Session 1: April 14-May 5 Session 2: May 12-June 9

Once a week for four weeks with no classes on Memorial Day weekend. Saturday, 9:30-11 a.m. Hook Road Tennis Courts $96/RA Members $103/Non-members

Champions II (ages 7-8) Session 1: April 9-April 27 Session 2: April 30-May 18 Session 3: May 21-June 8

Twice a week for three weeks with no classes on Memorial Day weekend.

EASTERN FOREHAND

SEMI-WESTERN FOREHAND

Learn, Practice & Play for Juniors

AGES 8-16

Level One

This class is for players with little or no tennis background.

Level Two

This class is for students who have taken Level One.

Level Two Advanced

This class is for students who have taken Level Two multiple times. A certificate from instructor required.

Court Locations

Level One Teen Tennis Saturday, Noon-1 p.m. Autumnwood Tennis Courts

Level Two Saturday, 10-11 a.m. Autumnwood Tennis Courts

Level Two Advanced Saturday, 11a.m.-Noon Autumnwood Tennis Courts

Juniors Tennis Weekdays Level One & Two (ages 8-12)

Lake Newport Courts 11452 Baron Cameron Avenue

Session 1: April 9- April 26 Session 2: April 30-May 17 Session 3: May21-June 7

Autumnwood Courts 11950 Walnut Branch Road

Twice a week for three weeks with no classes on Memorial Day weekend.

$114/RA Members $117/Non-members

Level One

Level One

Monday & Wednesday, 5-6 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts

Monday & Wednesday, 6-7 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts

Level Two

Juniors Tennis Weekends Level One, Two & Two Advanced (ages 8-12)

Session 1: April 14-May 5 Session 2: May 12-June 9

Once a week for six weeks with no classes on Memorial Day weekend.

Tuesday & Thursday, 5-6 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts

$114/RA Members $117/Non-members

Level Two

Level One

Monday & Wednesday, 5-6 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts

Saturday, 11-12:30 p.m. Hook Road Tennis Courts $96/RA Members $103/Non-members

Session 1: April 14-May 19 Session 2: June 2-July 7

Saturday, 9-10 a.m. Autumnwood Tennis Courts

Teen Tennis (ages 13-16)

Teens will enjoy tennis with their peers and learn the fundamentals of tennis techniques and strokes. Emphasis is on fun, fitness and play. In addition, we will have a Team Tennis event at the conclusion of each session on the last day of the session. In the event of rain the Team Tennis Event will be held on Friday. Class size limited to six. Twice a week for three weeks with no classes on Memorial Day weekend. Session 1: April 9- April 26 Session 2: April 30-May 17 Session 3: May21-June 7 $114/RA Members $117/Non-members

Monday & Friday, 6-7 p.m. Hook Road Tennis Courts $96/RA Members $103/Non-members

Once a week for four weeks with no classes on Memorial Day weekend.

WESTERN FOREHAND

Tuesday & Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts

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USTA Reston Junior Team Tennis

JTT strives to provide a cooperative team environment that fosters integrity, selfreliance, positive self-esteem, and promotes social skills while developing lifelong tennis players. It is a great entry point into competition and match play. (Six Week Spring Program)

BENEFITS: ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

Fun Leadership Match Play Opportunities to advance to Kastles Play Day, Districts and Sectionals MAS ranking points are awarded at Districts (L4) and Sectionals (L3)

Tryouts Monday, April 9, 6-8 p.m.

Match Saturdays, April 14-May 18, 4-6 p.m.

Practices Mondays, April 16-May 14, 6-7 p.m.

Location Autumnwood Tennis Courts 11950 Walnut Branch Road

Fee

10 & Under Team

Minimum: Three boys & three girls

8 & Under Team

Minimum: Four players (nongender specific)

To Register:

1. Go to website: http://tennislink.usta.com/TeamTennis/ Main/Home.aspx 2. Click on “Register to Play” 3. Enter Team ID #: 3029167424 (10 AND UNDER INTERMEDIATE) 3029167425 (8 AND UNDER OPEN) For more information, please contact Mary Conaway at mary@reston.org

TENNIS BIRTHDAY PARTIES Call the tennis office at 703-435-6502 to schedule your party. Let one of our professionally trained tennis pros lead the group in funfilled instructional activities. Group size can range from six to 12 children. You supply the refreshments and we will supply the courts for 90 minutes, racquets, balls, staff and a prize for each child plus a free lesson for the birthday child to be arranged at a later date. Cost range from: $185-$225, depending on size of the group. Call the tennis office at 703-435-6502 to schedule.

$75 (Reston League Fee) + $3 (TennisLink Fee) = $78

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Futures & High School Tennis

AGES 8-16

Futures Level I (ages 8-10) Session 1: April 9-April 25 Session 2: April 30-May 16 Session 3: May 21-June 6

Private Tennis Instruction For those who prefer more individual instruction or for the player needing a flexible schedule. PRIVATE $62-68 hour/RA Members $64-70 hour/Non-members

SEMI-PRIVATE $34 person/hour/RA Members $36 person/hour/Non-members

Book a series of six private lessons or semi-private lessons and receive a five percent discount.

Tennis Scholarship

RA Tennis provides scholarships to Reston youth whose families have demonstrated financial need. (This includes residing in subsidizing housing or participating in a school meal program.) To learn more about the scholarship program, call 703-435-6502.

Futures Program For Junior Player with Chume Bertrand (ages 8-12)

This program is for junior players previously involved in Reston junior tennis. Participants in this program must have the skill and desire to continue to improve their level of play. It is intended that these groups will develop over the years so that they are able to enter sanctioned USTA tournaments and be competitive once they reach high school. Players will be placed in a class with juniors of similar experience and ability. Players will play on the right size court with the right size equipment. Meets twice a week for three weeks.

(No classes on Memorial Day) Each session will include: stroke analysis, instruction, drills, tactics, footwork, conditioning, doubles and singles strategy. Monday & Wednesday, 4:30-6 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts 11452 Baron Cameron Avenue $171/RA Members $175/Non-members

Futures Level II (ages 10-12) Session 1: April 10-April 26 Session 2: May 1-May 17 Session 3: May 22-June 7

(No classes on Memorial Day) Each session will include: stroke analysis, instruction, drills, tactics, footwork, conditioning, doubles and singles strategy. Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts 11452 Baron Cameron Avenue $171/RA Members $175/Non-members

High School Tennis Innovations Development Program with Rob (ages 12-17)

This is Reston Association’s highest level of play for juniors. This program is for rising high school players and those already in high school. This match play program will develop competitive skills for both singles and doubles play under actual match conditions. Emphasis will be on strategy, conditioning and footwork. Players must already be competitive to enter this program. Session 1: April 10-April 26 Session 2: May 1-May 17 Session 3: May 22-June 7

(No classes on Memorial Day) Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m. Autumnwood Tennis Courts 11950 Walnut Branch Road $171/RA Members $175/Non-members

The Visual

VOLLEY

A successful volley requires two objects in sight. One object being the tennis ball and the other being the racket.

Reston tennis stickers: $1 All proceeds go to the Reston children’s tennis scholarship fund.

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Perfect Gift

Tennis gift certificates are available at the Reston Association Tennis Office. Please call 703-435-6502 or visit our Website at www.reston.org

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Adult Tennis

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AGES 17 YEARS AND OLDER

Twice-A-Week Adult Group Lesson

Tennis Courts Locations

Groups of three to five students meet with one instructor twice a week for three weeks.

One-Day-A-Week Adult Group Lesson

Groups of three to five students meet with one instructor once a week for 4 weeks. Note: We cannot guarantee court preference. On some occasions, classes may be combined at one location or students may be asked to move from one level to another to maximize the ability for congenial class instruction.

Autumnwood Tennis Courts 11950 Walnut Branch Road Hook Road Tennis Courts Fairway Drive and Hook Road Lake Newport Tennis Courts 11452 Baron Cameron Avenue Newbridge Tennis Courts 11718 Golf Course Square

Beginners

Introduces serve, volley, forehand and backhand strokes, court positions and tennis terms.

Advanced Beginners

Intermediate

For those wishing to perfect their strokes through drills with an emphasis on consistency, singles and doubles strategy and match play.

One-Day-A-Week Adult Group Lesson

Session 1: April 9-April 26 Session 2: April 30-May 17 Session 3: May21-June 7

Session 1: April 14-May 5 Session 2: May 12-June 9

(No classes on Memorial Day weekend )

$120/RA Members, $126/Non-members

Beginners Tuesday & Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts Monday & Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts Monday & Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. Newbridge Tennis Courts

Advanced Beginners Tuesday & Thursday, 8-9 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts Monday & Wednesday, 6-7 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts Monday & Wednesday, 11-Noon Newbridge Tennis Courts

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Dial-a-Match

This list will give you the names, level and availability of players along with their phone numbers. The list is updated once a month, so if you would like to add your name to the list, e-mail tennis@reston.org. RA members only.

Reviews beginners’ strokes with an emphasis on stroke execution. Introduces lob and overhead, scoring and rules. Students must know the basic strokes and forehand rallying.

Twice-A-Week Adult Group Lesson

$120/RA Members, $126/Non-members

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RTT Score Board www.restontennis.org Tennis Ladder www.tennisengine.com USTA Tournament & Entry Forms www.usta.com

(No classes on Memorial Day weekend )

Tennis Advisory

The Tennis Advisory Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Reston Association. All comments and suggestions are welcome. Send an e-mail to tennis@reston.org. To call or e-mail a committee member with suggestions, look them up on our website www.reston.org

Best Tennis Courts

Intermediates

We have some of the best community tennis courts in the Northern Virginia area. We are calling on you to help keep our courts in tiptop condition. If you see a broken net strap or a light out, please e-mail tennis@ reston.org or call the tennis office at 703-435-6502. Court locations are on page 103.

Saturday, 9-10:30 a.m. Autumnwood Tennis Courts

Key Tags

Beginners Saturday, Noon-1:30 p.m. Autumnwood Tennis Courts

Advanced Beginners Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-Noon Autumnwood Tennis Courts

Great for easy identification and your convenience. Key tags are available for $2.50 Come to RA to purchase one.

Intermediates Tuesday & Thursday, 7-8 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts Monday & Wednesday, 8-9 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts

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Reston Association tennis professionals will give free ratings. Please call 703-4356502 to arrange a convenient time. These are Reston ratings and apply for play in the Reston Team Tennis League.

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K-SWISS BigShot (Black)

NEW Biomimetic 400 $169.99

NEW Biomimetic 400 Tour $179.99

K-SWISS Tennis Tube (Womens)

NEW Biomimetic 400 Lite $159.99

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Give them that

MONSTER SERVE A successful serve requires a controlled high toss and a great amount of racket speed in order to put your opponent off the run.

Adult Drop-In Tennis Tuesday, 7-10 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Court

Stage 1: Control the Toss

Stage 2: Reach for the Ball

Stage 3: Lots of racket speed

Stroke Enhancement

AGES 18 YEARS AND OLDER

Stroke Of The Week

Three to eight players. Must register at least one week in advance. Tuesday Day, 10-11:30 a.m. Shadowood Tuesday Nights, 7-8:30 p.m. Hook Road Tennis Courts

Book four strokes and receive a five percent discount. $22/RA Members, $24/Non-members

Adult Serve & Return Lesson

Groups of up to four students meet once a week for four weeks to become masters of their serve. The serve is the most important stroke in tennis. It starts the game. Without being able to serve, you cannot play the game of tennis. In this class you will learn a kick serve, a slice serve and increase the pace and velocity of your flat serve. Let the games begin. Session 1: April 14-May 5 Session 2: May 12-June 9

(No classes on Memorial Day Weekend) DATE April 10 April 17 April 24 May 1 May 8 May 15 May 22 May 29

STROKE Serves Volleys and half volleys Serve and volley-attack the net Forehands Backhands: one and two handed Overheads and lobs Approach shots Doubles strategy

Saturday, Noon-1 p.m. Autumnwood $80/RA Members, $88/Non-members

Improve and enhance your Tennis Stroke of the Week with a coordinating and complimentary Exercise of the Week provided by Pfifer Fitness. When you register for the Stroke of the Week, come out at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a warm-up exercise to develop better skills for your tennis game!

How it works: You must have your RA pass with you to participate. Bring a can of balls and your game. Doubles will be the format when people are waiting to play. Teams will play best of five games using NO-AD scoring. The winning team will stay on the same court but will split and no longer be partners. Losing team will slide to the next court down where a winning team will have split and will accept one player each. If the court next to you has not finished, you are asked to wait outside the court or on a bench. This format will continue until nobody is waiting to play. Once people are waiting to play, you are asked to go back to the five game NO-AD matches. Courts 1 and 2 should be used by players 3.5 and below when no line is present. Courts 5 and 6 should be used for 3.5 and above when no line is present. If court 3 has no lessons at 9 p.m., it will be reserved for drop in tennis. Call the tennis office at 703-435-6502 for details. *Drop-in tennis is for Reston Association Members and tennis members only. Non-members must purchase an RA tennis membership to participate.

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Tournaments

SPRING

USTA/MAS Men’s and Women 35/45 Championships Singles (SE)

April 13-16 Entry $45 (April 10 Deadline)

Register at www.usta.com

USTA/MAS Men’s and Women Open Singles Championship Singles (SE) Cash Prize May 18-21 Entry $50 (May 8 Deadline)

Register at www.usta.com SUMMER

Rally for a Cause Singles and Doubles June 23-24 Entry $45 (June 19 Deadline)

Register at www.active.com Register at www.usta.com

GAME ON

Get your Game On and get back into Tennis Match Play Shape. Phifer Fitness and Reston Tennis will offer a free two-hour clinic for Reston Tennis League players.

Monday, April 16 6-8 p.m. Lake Newport Courts Free for players registered in Reston Tennis Leagues.

Registration required. Please e-mail mary@reston.org to register.

Adult Tennis Leagues

AGES 18 YEARS AND OLDER

Mixed Doubles Flight

If you are looking to play more tennis with your partner, we invite you to join our Mixed Doubles Flight. All levels of play are welcome. Match results are used to sort the flight so everyone has a good, competitive match each week. You must have a partner to play in this flight; partners are not assigned. You are also responsible for finding a substitute to play with your partner when you cannot play yourself. (All substitutes must be RA residents or members.) However, if both team members must miss a week, you are not responsible for a substitute team if you notify the flight coordinator in advance. This flight runs into the summer, so we expect that many teams will miss a week or two due to vacations and other activities. Specific guidelines on the flight are e-mailed to all registered participants before the first night of play. If you have any questions before then, please contact the tennis office or send an e-mail to tennis@reston.org. There will be two flights that will run for six weeks each.

Flight I: May 4-June 15 Flight II: June 22- July 27

Deadline to sign up is April 27. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. Lake Newport Tennis Courts $20 per person/RA Members $22 per person/Non-members

Greater Washington Tennis League ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Women’s competitive league All levels of players Daytime doubles league Plays in spring and fall

Reston Association sponsors four women’s teams in this league. (Teams: B-2, B-3, C-1, C-2 ) Women play at Lake Newport, Hook Road and Autumnwood on weekday mornings or travel to other area clubs. $17/RA Members $20/Non-members

*Non-members must purchase an RA tennis membership to participate.

Reston Team Tennis

Reston Team Tennis, formally known as World Team Tennis, is one of our most popular leagues. There are 24 teams that play on Wednesday and Thursday nights. This is a social, yet competitive league. Please call the tennis office at 703-435-6502 if you would like to join a team or start your own. FORMAT ƒƒ Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles ƒƒ Matches can be played with as few as four players or as many as ten players per team Start April 13 Wednesday 3.0-3.5 Thursday 4.0-4.5 7-10 p.m. Locations: Glade, Lake Newport, Hook Road, Shadowood, North Hills and Autumnwood Courts. $70/RA Members $75Non-members

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Tennis Rules and Regulations

Men & Woman Singles Ladder

Reston Association Tennis Court Rules

Upon completion of registering, you will receive a password to the online ladder. Available at Shop RA under Adult Tennis Leagues. Fee: $10 per person.

Senior Round Robin

SESSIONS 1: April 20-May 25 (Rain date June 1) $15 for six weeks of play per person. The format will be doubles. Join the senior inter-Reston league on Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Lake Newport Tennis Courts. Register in advance at the tennis office 703-435-6502.

RA Tennis Advisory Committee Announces

ADOPT-A-BENCH

Help increase seating capacity at Reston’s tennis courts. Select the bench’s court location, based on availability on a first-come, first served basis. Cost: $235 per bench, includes brass name plate, if desired. Make checks payable to Friends of Reston. “Adoptions” are 100 percent tax deductible.

Challenge Ladder Rules The initial ranking of players on a ladder is random. New players are added to the bottom of the ladder. The challenger must contact the player challenged. The challenged player may select the time and location of the match; however, the time and location should be mutually agreeable to both players. The challenger is responsible for providing new tennis balls and reserving the court according to Reston Association Tennis Court Rules. The standard rules of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) apply to ladder matches. The usual method of scoring is based on winning two of three sets, with a tiebreak at the end of any set that reaches a score of six games each. In the tiebreak, the first to win seven points wins the set, but must win by at least two points. The winner of the match is responsible for recording the results online at tennisengine. com within 24 hours of the match. The ladder listing is updated each time a new challenge match score has been entered. The rules will be interpreted and disputes between members will be settled at the sole discretion of the ladder coordinator, Rob Tucker, at 703-435-6502.

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Usage ƒƒ RA Members with their membership cards. (Guests must have a guest pass and be accompanied by the host member.) ƒƒ Players must show membership cards and guest passes on the changeover. ƒƒ RA instructors are the ONLY persons permitted to give lessons on a fee-paying basis. ƒƒ Only tennis shoes with nonmarking soles allowed. No jogging or running shoes permitted. Reserving a Court ƒƒ Players must place their membership card and a racquet (or racquet cover) on the numbered hooks on the courtside bulletin boards. Failure to display the racquet/cover and the membership card or key tag means the court is not reserved. ƒƒ Players reserving courts must remain courtside while waiting to play. ƒƒ One member may reserve a court to use a ball machine or ball hopper. ƒƒ Players may not reserve a court while playing. ƒƒ RA may reserve courts for lessons, tournaments, league play and court rentals.

Priority of Play ƒƒ Court changes are made on the hour. Please show your pass when entering the court. ƒƒ Play is limited to one hour for singles and two hours for doubles when other people are waiting. Players who have used the court for a fraction of the hour must vacate on the hour when others are waiting to play. Enforcement of the Rules ƒƒ RA court monitors and staff will enforce the rules of court play. ƒƒ Failure to adhere to these rules will result in loss of court privileges. ƒƒ Membership cards and guest passes are available at the RA tennis office, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191-3404. Guest passes are also available from a court monitor.


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2012 RESTON ASSOCIATION TENNIS STAFF

MARY CONAWAY RA’s Tennis Manager has been involved in Reston since 1987. In 1998, Mary became certified as a PTR Instructor and taught lessons for Reston Association. Mary currently serves as chair of the USTA National Learning and Leadership Committee.

JILL GRAHAM RA Tennis is excited to have Jill on staff again for the 2012 season. Jill teaches tennis to children of all ages and will be heading up the Friday and Saturday Munchkin classes for 3- and 4-year-olds.

ROD PAOLINI Rod particularly enjoys working with young children. He employs various activities and games that develop the skills needed for tennis. He invites parents to be involved in the lesson in order to learn and play together. Rod is a PTR-certified instructor.

KEITH GONZALES Keith has been a serious tournament player since age 16, and has been nationally ranked, and also ranked top 15 in Florida men’s open division. He particularly enjoys training and pushing junior tournament players to maximize their potential.

JIM ELDER Jim has been a USPTA-certified pro since 1997 and co-chairs the USTA Mid-Atlantic Adult-Senior Ranking Committee. He is the VP for the men’s division of the Northern Virginia Tennis League. In 2010, Jim was ranked in singles as high as number 16 nationally in his age group, won the MAS Clay doubles, and was the finalist in one national and two MAS singles championships.

CHUME BERTRAND Chume is a PTR-certified associate instructor. She has been involved with tennis since she moved to the Reston area in 1991. Chume has been very active with USTA junior tennis. She plays tennis competitively in many local tennis leagues.

PETE STAPLES A native of Australia, Peter is a PTR-Certified Instructor, now living in Reston. He is passionate about tennis and loves to share his love of the game with high energy instruction. His other passion is tennis photography. Peter photographs the pros at the Legg Mason Tournament, as well as many other ATP tour events.

JESSICA KEENER Jessica is a recent graduate from the Top 50 Division I tennis program, Marshall University, where she played on a full scholarship for her collegiate career. She loves to work with upcoming juniors, helping them to develop their game.

SMASH HIT

ROBERT TUCKER Robert is a certified PTR tennis instructor who lives in Reston. With two decades of experience in tennis sales, he is the “go to” guy when you’re trying to find the right equipment for your game.

DYANNA DELANEY Dyanna loves to inspire younger children through tennis. She teaches them games that make them want to learn tennis and sportsmanship.

With 48 outdoor tennis courts, 26 lighted for night play, Reston Association offers one of the most extensive tennis programs in the Washington metropolitan area. Court locations are on page 103.

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REGISTER FOR TENNIS PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

ADULT REGISTRATION Session Number:

Location: Day:

Time:

ADULT CLASSES

Cost:

o Beginner o Advanced Beginner o Intermediate o Serving Class

Name: DOB:

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Sex:

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NTRP Rating

COURT LOCATIONS

Street Address: City: State:

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E-Mail: Phone: (Home)

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DIAL-A-MATCH AVAILABILTY: o Weekdays o Evenings o Weekends o Anytime Level

STROKE OF THE WEEK Date:

Stroke:

Cost:

JUNIOR REGISTRATION Parent/Guardian’s Name: Street Address: City: Phone: (Home)

State:

Zip:

E-Mail:

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Session Number:

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Grade:

Sex:

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Location: Day:

o Male o Female o Singles o Doubles

DOUBLES

o Female

Time:

Cost:

LEVELS: o Munchkin o Aces I o Aces II o Champions I o Champions II o Level 1 o Level 2 o Level 3 o Junior Futures I o Junior Futures II o Teen L1 o Teen L2 o HS Development Child’s Name (2): DOB:

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Session Number:

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Location: Day:

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Time:

ADULT LEAGUES

o Wed o Thurs o RTT League Captain’s Name o Greater Washington Tennis League o Northern Virginia League o MENS o WOMENS o MIXED o Senior Round Robin

TENNIS LADDER

(Work) (Mobile)

Child’s Name (1): DOB:

Lake Newport Hook Road Shadowood Newbridge Autumnwood North Shore

o Mixed Doubles Flight Doubles Partner (Name) o MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO OUR CHILDREN’S TENNIS SCHOLARSHIP FUND $

Cost:

LEVELS: o Munchkin o Aces I o Aces II o Champions I o Champions II o Level 1 o Level 2 o Level 3 o Junior Futures I o Junior Futures II o Teen L1 o Teen L2 o HS Development

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Payment can be made by personal check, cash or credit card. Please make checks payable to Reston Association. If mailing registration form, please send to: Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191-3404. No faxes will be accepted. AMOUNT: $

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SIGNATURE:

*Typically a 3-digit code located on back of credit card, to the right of the signature strip.

I hereby release the Reston Association (RA), and any of its directors, officers, employees and agents from all claims for bodily injury, death or property damage arising out of my and my child’s participation in the above event(s), except for claims caused directly by the negligence or willful misconduct of RA. I assume full responsibility for all liability in connection with such claims, and for having insurance for me and my child. I agree to indemnify RA and hold RA harmless against any such claims and related costs, including claims by any minor which may be brought after attaining majority. I also hereby grant permission for Reston Association to photograph and videotape my child and to use such photographs and videotapes for promotional and advertising purposes and for trade purposes. I promise to abide by the rules and regulations of RA’s tennis courts and exercise care and caution for my and/or my child’s personal safety and that of my fellow participants. I acknowledge and agree that my and my child’s participation in any program sponsored by RA or presence at its tennis courts or other areas under RA’s control, may be an activity where injury can occur and shall be undertaken at my and my child’s sole risk. I hereby certify that I and my child are physically fit and have not been otherwise informed by a physician. I understand that RA employs no physicians, and its staff cannot and does not diagnose medical problems.

SIGNATURE OF PARTICIPANT (or parent/legal guardian if participant is under 18 years of age): DATE: PRINTED NAME:


2012

Spring Fling Open to Reston Association's Neighborhood Association Board Members

Wednesday March 28, 7 p.m. Reston Association,12001 Sunrise Valley Drive

See if your association wins one of the new award categories »» »» »» »»

Volunteer of the Year Event of the Year Neighborhood Association of the Year Years of Service Award

RSVP: Arlene Whittick, 703 435-6503 E-mail: arlene@reston.org

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Walker Nature Education Center Eco Fun for

Eco Fun for

All Ages

Adults Walker Nature Education Center, located at 11450 Glade Drive, provides a variety of educational and recreational resources, programs and facilities.

Eco Fun for

Children Nature Programs

All Ages

Home Hunting is for the Birds Saturday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m.-Noon Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by Jan. 25 $4/person RA Members $6/person Non-members

The best time to spot bird nests is in the winter when the leaves are gone. Learn how birds select a location and make their nests. Examine some real nests up close, then go on a short hike to see if we can find some along the trail.

Nature programs may be cancelled in the event of severe weather, severe weather warnings, or low enrollment. Advance reservations are required for all fee-based programs.

CHILDREN UNDER 12 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

Owl Prowl Friday, Feb. 24, 7-8:30 p.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by Feb. 21 $5/person RA Members $8/person Non-members

Meet a wildlife rehabilitator from the Raptor Conservancy for an up close look at some live owls of Virginia. Then prowl along the trails in search of the nature center’s resident owls. It will be a hootin’ good time.

Track Lab

March Migration

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-Noon Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Sunday, March 4, 2-3 p.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by Feb. 1

Reserve by March 1

$5/person RA Members $8/person Non-members

$4/person RA Members $6/person Non-members

Animals are all around us, but we don’t always see them. Discover the clues that animals leave behind. Learn how to tell the footprint of a fox from that of a raccoon. Make a track bandana, and go on a hike to look for signs of wildlife.

Spring is on the way, and it’s time for bird migration to begin. Discover which birds will return from southern locations and which birds will be heading north. Learn about flyways and what you can do to help migratory birds.

Amphibian Idol Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m.-Noon Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by March 7 $4/person RA members $6/person Non-members

Frogs and toads sing in the spring, but they are hoping for mates instead of recording contracts. Learn about which amphibians are making which sounds, and make noise as part of a frog chorus right here in the nature center.

The mission of the center is to foster an environmental stewardship ethic in the community. The center enhances people’s awareness, knowledge, appreciation, and enjoyment of the environment. The 72-acre wooded site features: ƒƒ One mile of trails, including an ADA Native Plant Trail ƒƒ Nature House Interpretive Building ƒƒ Picnic pavilion ƒƒ Picnic tables and trailside benches ƒƒ Campfire ring ƒƒ Outdoor displays and interpretive signs ƒƒ Demonstration gardens and meadows ƒƒ Pond ƒƒ Glade Stream Valley ƒƒ Snakeden Branch stream’s entrance to 44-acre Lake Audubon

NATURE HOUSE HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday, Wednesday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays: Closed Saturday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday: 1-4 p.m.

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Free parking, restroom and trail access dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. Check holiday schedule for additional closings.

FOR NATURE PROGRAM RESERVATIONS, CALL 703-476-9689 AND PRESS 5 OR E-MAIL NATURECENTER@RESTON.ORG.

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All Ages

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Gather Round the Campfire Friday, March 23, 6:30-8 p.m. WNEC Campfire Ring Soapstone Drive, between Glade Drive and Lawyers Road

Reserve by March 20 $5/person RA Members $8/person Non-members

Welcome the spring with some fun around the campfire. Sing silly songs and be a part of a frog chorus. Make popcorn in the fire and roast a yummy s’more, too.

Nature Unmasked Friday, April 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by April 10 $4/person RA Members $6/person Non-members

Superstitious? Then don’t miss this Friday the 13th night hike! Bring your flashlight to shine some light on the truth about bats, snakes, spiders and other misunderstood creatures.

How to Make a Solar Oven Sunday, April 29, 1-4 p.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by April 26 $5/person RA or RCC Members $8/person Non-members

Solar ovens use sunlight as an energy source to slow cook or warm foods outdoors without the aid of electricity or other fuel source. They are primarily used in regions where there is no fuel available or a serious threat of a fire already exists. Solar ovens are also used to sterilize water and can be useful on camping trips. Participants will learn how to build a solar oven and will receive a simple recipe to prepare. Supplies will be provided. Brought to you in partnership with Reston Community Center.

Spring Festival Saturday, May 5 (rain or shine), 1-5 p.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

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Entertainment Live Animals Fishing Activities Craft Making for Kids Displays and Information from Environmental Groups Canoe and Kayak Rentals on Lake Audubon ($3) Native plants will be available for purchase by NATURE BY DESIGN

FREE

Festival volunteers needed. Contact Ha Brock at ha@reston.org or call 703-435-7986.

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Babes in the Woods

AGES 18-35 MONTHS. CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

Cheeky Chipmunks Monday, Feb.13, 10-11 a.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by Feb. 10 $5/child RA Members $8/child Non-members

Chipmunks emerge from their winter dens this month. Join us to read Chipmunk Song, make a chipmunk mask, and then go looking for our chipmunk friends who have just woken up!

Spring Peepers Monday, March 12, 10-11 a.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by March 8 $5/child RA Members $8/child Non-members

Frogs called Spring Peepers are among the first animals to make their way out of their winter hibernation and welcome the new spring season. Listen to the call of these little frogs and discover where they live. Feel some slime and make a froggy craft.

Life Under a Log Monday, April 16, 10-11 a.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by April 13 $5/child RA Members $8/child Non-members

Fallen trees are homes to many creatures. Learn about who lives under logs, make a bug craft, and take a short hike to see who we can find living under logs.

Planning a Birthday Party? Bring the kids and the cake to a fun-filled, creative party at the nature center. Thematic parties include a two-hour facility rental, 45 minutes of staff-led activities, and party favors. Choose from the following themes:

Nature Detectives Ages 3-7

Learn to be a good nature detective by using your eyes, ears, nose and hands. Play sensory guessing games, find what doesn’t belong on our “unnature” trail, and follow clues to solve a mystery animal’s trail. Favors include a magnifying hand lens, a mini-notebook and a nature center pencil. The birthday child receives an Earl the Squirrel stuffed toy.

Dinosaurs Ages 3-9

Share what you know about these amazing animals. Uncover bones and shells like a paleontologist, and make your own fossil imprints in clay. Go on a dinosaur egg hunt that will lead you to a nest full of eggs. Favors include a dinosaur egg, a dinosaur sticker and a fossil imprint. The birthday child gets a Myrtle the Turtle key chain.

Nature Crafts Ages 3-12

Learn new skills and nature facts as you make a variety of crafts to take home. Younger crafters will make bug boxes, rock insects, nature picture frames, and wildlife masks or puppets. Older crafters will try their hands at leather craft, building a bird feeder and making beaded accessories.

Campfire Fun Ages 7-12

Parties are held at the campfire ring off of Soapstone Drive. Program includes nature jokes, stories, songs, and games around the campfire. S’mores provided. Favors include a glow stick and red hot candies. The birthday child gets a nature center flashlight. How To Book ■■ Parties may be booked up to three months in advance. ■■ Weekend dates are limited and fill quickly.

$175/RA Members, $200/Non-members Consider a weekday afternoon or evening party. Call 703-476-9689 and press 3 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org. MAXIMUM: 15 children per party.

Preschool Happenings

AGES 3-5 YEARS. CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

Stinky Skunks Monday, Jan. 23, 10-11 a.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by Jan. 20 $5/child RA Members $8/child Non-members

Despite their smelly reputation, skunks are very neat. Find out what skunks like to eat (besides garbage), why they are black and white, and if they are active during the cold winter months. Make a cute craft and sing a silly, smelly song!

Groovy Groundhogs Saturday, Feb. 11 10:30-11:30 a.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by Feb. 8 $5/child RA Members $8/child Non-members

Groundhogs are rodents with many names who can do more than just dig holes. Learn about their other names, how deep they can dig, and what else they can do besides dig. Make a groundhog puppet to take home, and enjoy a snack and story.

Reptiles Rule Monday, March 5, 10-11 a.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by March 2 $5/child RA Members $8/child Non-members

Learn about the cold-blooded animals that live in Reston. Meet and learn about the nature center’s live reptile friends. Make a reptile craft and sing a reptile song.

SEE MORE

FOR NATURE PROGRAM RESERVATIONS, CALL 703-476-9689 AND PRESS 5 OR E-MAIL NATURECENTER@RESTON.ORG.

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Cheery Chickadees Saturday, April 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

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Reserve by April 25 $5/child RA Members $8/child Non-members

Learn about some of our smallest and most energetic birds. Make a bird craft, and then become a chickadee to see the forest through their eyes.

Children’s Programs

AGES 5-12 YEARS. CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

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Owls have 14 bones in their neck, which is twice the number humans have. This allows them to turn their head 270 degrees (but not in a complete circle). Owls have bones in their eye sockets which restrict the movement of their eyes. Instead of moving their eyes, owls move their whole head. Owls swallow smaller prey whole. An owl cannot digest bones or hair, so these are regurgitated, or coughed up, in pellets.

Join us on January 19 to see for yourself what is inside one of these pellets.

Attention Scout Leaders

Make a date with a Naturalist to...

Lead a fun and educational program in an achievement area such as: Forester, Naturalist, Wildlife, Eco-action, Earth Connections, Earth is Our Home, Earth and Sky, Water Everywhere, Senses, Animals and more.

Owl Pellet Investigation Thursday, Jan. 19, 7-8 p.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by Jan. 16 $5/child RA Members $8/child Non-members

Owls eat a variety of small animals. Learn how owls catch their prey, which owls live in Reston, and what they like to eat. Become a nature detective and dissect a real owl pellet.

Earth Day Fun Sunday, April 22, 2-3 p.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by April 19 $4/child RA Members $6/child Non-members

$4 per participant (minimum charge $40)/RA Members $6 per participant (minimum charge $60)/Non-members

The Walker Nature Education Center can help your organization to earn patches & badges.

Lead a Campfire Fun or Campfire Cookery program

$5 per participant (minimum charge $50)/RA Members $8 per participant (minimum charge $80)/Non-members Campfire Ring Rental: $10/hr./RA Members, $15/hr./Non-members

Note: The Campfire Ring can also be rented for self-use. You bring the wood and the water.

Lead a Community Service Project with your group. FREE, Activity kits are also available on

loan for Birds, Trees and Watershed requirements.

Celebrate Earth Day at the nature center. Make nature journals from recycled supplies. Participate in a "recycle relay." Plant a seed in a pot made from newspaper that you can put in the ground near your own home. Call 703-476-9689 and press 3 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org for details and reservations.

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Adult Programs

YEARS TO ADULT 16

Menu for the Future

Living With Wild Neighbors

Mondays, Jan. 23-Feb. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Thursday, March 29, 7-8 p.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by Jan. 9

Reserve by March 26

$25/person RA Members $30/person Non-members

$5/person RA Members $8/person Non-members

Join this facilitated discussion course about modern food systems and our role as consumers in a global food marketplace. Participants will receive a book of readings that form the basis of each of the six discussions. The readings consider food from cultural, economic, ecological, health and social perspectives. Coordinator: Diane Blust, Sustainable Reston Local Foods Working Group. Brought to you in partnership with Reston Community Center. (Pay your fee when you pick up course materials approximately two weeks before the first session.)

Ever have a coyote saunter down your street, a woodpecker drum on your house, a snake slither in your garage or a squirrel nest in your attic? These are just a few of the issues we may have living in close proximity to wildlife. Join Fairfax County's Wildlife Biologist, Victoria Monroe, for a discussion of wildilfe issues and what you can do to live harmoniously with our wild neighbors.

The Mating Game Friday, Feb. 10, 7-8 p.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by Feb. 7 $4/person RA Members $6/person Non-members

Join a naturalist for an enlightening exploration of our local wildlife’s weird, wild and wonderful mating scene. Find out which male fish wants to appear as a female, which amphibians can “hug” too much, and the hidden costs of being too attractive.

Container Planting

Ages: 55 years and older Tuesday, April 17, 1-2:30 p.m. Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reserve by April 13 $8/person RA Members $12/person Non-members

See details on page 86 in Special Events section.

Environmental Film: Taking Root – The Vision of Wangari Maathi Friday, Jan. 20, 7-9 p.m.

Environmental Film Walker Natu re Education Center 11450 Glade Drive $5 suggested donation

Adults, Reservations required by Jan. 17. Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy — a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. After the film, there will be a short discussion.

Bird Walks 16 YEARS TO ADULT FREE. NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Beginning and expert birders welcome. Co-sponsored by Reston Association, Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and The Bird Feeder store.

February Bird Walk: Reston’s LakesWaterfowl and Raptors Tour Sunday, Feb. 12 7:30-10:30 a.m. 2070 Twin Branches Road. Meet at the Lake Audubon Boat Ramp. Participants are invited to gather at the South Lakes Shopping Center Starbucks later in the morning to warm up, and then check for birds on Lake Thoreau. If the birding is especially good, we may caravan or carpool to other Reston sites. Leader: Kevin Munroe

March Bird Walk: Snakeden Stream Valley Sunday, March 18 7:30-10:30 a.m. 11450 Glade Drive. Park at the nature center. We will walk down to the Snakeden Stream valley and head upstream to the west. Leader: Carolyn Williams

April Bird Walk: Brown's Chapel Park Sunday, April 15 7:30-10:30 a.m. 1575 Brown's Chapel Road. Drive past chapel to parking lot near basketball court. Leader: Bill Brown

Late April Bird Walk: Twin Branches Sunday, April 29 7:30-10:30 a.m. Park near intersection of Twin Branches and Glade Drive. Leader: Matt Bender

Brought to you in partnership with Sustainable Reston. FOR NATURE PROGRAM RESERVATIONS, CALL 703-476-9689 AND PRESS 5 OR E-MAIL NATURECENTER@RESTON.ORG.

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CALLING VOLUNTEERS OF ALL AGES

Reston’s Arbor Day Monday, April 9 (rain or shine) 9:30 a.m.-Noon Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive Reston is a Tree City USA as certified by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Join us as we: ƒƒ Help plant an Arbor Day tree, plus a variety of native shrubs, ferns and wildflowers. ƒƒ Learn about Reston’s trees and shrubs as well as proper tree and shrub planting and care. ƒƒ Make tree crafts to take home. ƒƒ Show our appreciation for trees.

Rent Space at the Walker Nature Education Center Looking for the perfect spot for a community meeting, family gathering or business retreat? Affordable and attractive rentals are available at the nature center. Nature House Multipurpose Room

664 square feet of space, capacity 94 people, seats 44 people with tables and chairs. Parking and restroom access. RA Member or Reston not-for-profit fee $30/hr. Non-member or Non-Reston not-for-profit fee $50/hr. For profit/corporate fee $75/hr.

A special Arbor Day presentation and flag raising ceremony will take place at 11:45 followed by a free pizza lunch for volunteers. Special guests will include Jim McGlone of the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Nature Center Pavilion

Contact Ha Brock at habrock@reston.org or 703-435-7986 to sign up. Perfect for gardeners, seniors, scout groups and students who need community service hours.

Campfire pit with bench seating, small pavilion and picnic tables. Roadside parking. No restroom. RA Member fee $10/hr. Non-member fee $15/hr. For profit/corporate fee $25/hr.

576 sq. ft. pavilion with picnic tables and bench seating in a beautiful woodland setting. Parking and restroom access. RA Member fee $20/hr. Non-member fee $30/hr. For profit/corporate fee $50/hr.

Campfire Ring

Renters must supply their own wood and water to extinguish the fire. For details and reservations, call 703-476-9689 and press 3 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

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Eight Prohibited Plants in Reston Efforts to control these species on RA property are ongoing and costly. We are grateful for the many volunteers who have worked diligently to remove invasive exotic plants and educate our members about their harmful effects. Invasive exotic plants are nonnative to North America. They spread quickly and outcompete our native vegetation. Often, invasive exotic plants get their start in yards and gardens where they can become a serious problem for the property owner and adversely affect neighboring private property as well as RA natural areas. The proliferation of these plants decreases plant diversity and harms the wildlife that depends on native plants for food and shelter. Many invasive exotics overtake native shrubs and trees that are a signature of the Reston community.

By resolution of Reston Association's Board of Directors, the Use and Maintenance Standards for all properties that fall under the Reston deed were amended in May of 2008 to include the prohibition of eight invasive exotics. If you would like to learn more about invasive exotic plants, visit “Plants” on the “Natural Resources” page in the “Nature” section of our website, www.reston.org. If you would like to volunteer to help control invasive plants in Reston, contact Ha Brock via e-mail at habrock@reston.org.

Thank you for your cooperation in not planting any of these species in Reston.

The Banned Invasive Exotics  Flowering Pears (Pyrus calleryana cultivars)  Winged Burning Bush (Euonymus alata)  Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)  Exotic Bush Honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.)  Exotic Bamboos (Bambusa spp.)  Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)  Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda)  English Ivy (Hedera helix)  Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

PLEASE DIRECT QUESTIONS TO OUR ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE STAFF AT 703-437-7658.

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Kids'

Trout Fishing Day March 31 8 a.m.-Noon

Ages 2-12 Snakeden Branch Stream between Soapstone Drive and Lake Audubon

Snakeden Branch will be well stocked with hundreds of trout. All necessary equipment will be provided to make your day a success. Plus, Trout Unlimited members will help clean the fish you catch. For more info see page 91.

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Environmental Volunteers Needed

9TH ANNUAL

Fund Run\Walk TO BENEFIT NATURE HOUSE Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m.

Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive Adult Fee: Children’s Fee:

$25 prior to April 1, $30 regular $15 prior to April 1, $20 regular

Register at www.active.com. Funds go to Friends of Reston, a 501c3 organization, to benefit Nature House. Donations above and beyond the race entry fees are tax deductible. See page 93 to volunteer.

Arbor Day

Help plant an Arbor Day tree, plus a variety of shrubs, ferns and flowers, see page 89.

Weed Warriors

Help combat invasive exotic plants in our natural areas, see page 89.

Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

April 14, 9 a.m. to noon with pizza lunch, see page 90.

Storm Drain Marking

Help mark storm drains that flow to local streams and the Chesapeake Bay, see page 91.

Kids' Trout Fishing Day Volunteers are needed to help kids learn how to fish and to help filet the fish caught, see page 91.

Spring Festival Volunteers

Help out at the nature center festival, May 5, 1-5 p.m., see page 93.

5K Fund Run\Walk

The Walker Nature Education Center needs volunteers to help with the 5K Fund Run & Walk, see page 93. SEE MORE

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Select the court location (based on availability on a first-come, first serve basis). Cost includes an engraved plaque if desired. For more details about tennis benches, contact tennis@reston. org or call 703-435-6534.

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Locations based upon need and your preference. Benches are made of recycled plastic with heavy duty steel supports. Cost includes an engraved plaque if desired. For more information about pathway/recreation facility benches, contact CSFstaff@ reston.org or call 703-437-7658.

January 21-22 Lake Audubon Pool 2070 Twin Branches Road February 18-19 Central Services Facility 12250 Sunset Hills Road March 17-18 Lake Audubon Pool 2070 Twin Branches Road April 21-22 Central Services Facility 12250 Sunset Hills Road

ADOPT A RECYCLING BIN

Donation Amount: $475

Make checks payable to “Friends of Reston” and write “Adopt-A-Recycling Bin” in the memo section. Mail to: Friends of Reston, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20191. For more information, contact CSFstaff@reston.org or call 703-437-7658.

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Brush only (Branches should be less than 4 inches in diameter.) No grass clippings, dirt, trash, paper, vines, thorns or other debris. Brush may be dropped off at any time during the days listed. No contractors.

CHIPPING DATES & SITES

Please make checks payable to the “Friends of Reston” and write “Adopt-ABench” in the memo section. Mail to: Friends of Reston, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20191.

Help Reston increase recycling in the community. Attractive recycling bins are needed at Reston’s tennis courts. Select the court of your choice. Reston Association will manage the recyclables. The bins are made of 100% recycled plastic lumber, fastened to a sturdy, recycled, cast-aluminum frame. The cost includes an engraved plaque if desired.

Dispose of Brush

RA’s brush chipping program offers you a place to bring your brush for chipping at no cost. RA Guidelines state that no brush may be dumped on RA property. Just drop off your brush at the locations listed below, and RA crews will chip it for use on RA open space.

Tennis Benches

Donation Amount: $750

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ADOPT-A-BENCH PROGRAM

Adopt-A-Bench is a program of Friends of Reston, which seeks to increase seating along Reston’s pathways and at recreational areas. Donations are appreciated in any amount and are taxdeductible. Sponsor a bench in someone’s honor for the donation amounts below.

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Nature Online Photos by: Charles A. Veatch Text By: Claudia ThompsonDeahl An art photography, nature and informational book and guide to Reston’s habitats all in one beautiful hardbound volume. ON SALE FOR $20 at Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive All proceeds from the book sales go to the Walker Nature Education Center.

Join the Walker Nature Education Center’s electronic mailing list. Receive the quarterly newsletter, Branching Out, as well as announcements of upcoming special events. To subscribe, e-mail naturecenter@reston.org. You can also e-mail nature questions to this address.


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COMMUNITY BUILDING RENTAL

MEETING FACILITIES RA’s Glade Room and Brown’s Chapel are frequently used for group functions, including cluster meetings, scout meetings, wedding ceremonies and a variety of classes.

RENTAL FEES: $15–$70 per hour (security deposit required) Contact Member Services to reserve a community room by calling 703-435-6530 or emailing member_services@reston.org.

BROWN’S CHAPEL, 11300 Baron Cameron Avenue Size: 914 square feet Its tall ceilings provide excellent acoustics and its parklike grounds offer a lovely setting. The facility has chairs to seat 65 people, three tables, restroom facilities, heating, air conditioning and ample parking. It is perfect for church services, small meetings or classes. GLADE ROOM, 11550 Glade Drive Size: 881 square feet Located above the pool bathhouse at the intersection of Glade and Soapstone Drive. This facility is equipped with chairs to seat 65 people, four tables, restroom facilities, heating and air conditioning. It is an ideal facility for preschool groups, dance classes, small meetings and club functions.

PICNIC PAVILIONS

Available for rent 7 days a week April through October, a perfect place for private parties and group gatherings. RENTAL FEES APPLY: $150/RA Members, $300/Corporate & Non-members HUNTERS WOODS PICNIC PAVILION (James “Jimmy” Wright Memorial Pavilion), at the corner of Steeplechase Drive and Reston Parkway. Size: 842 square feet The pavilion offers four picnic tables, one grill and ample parking (shared parking at Hunters Woods Pool or Hunters Woods Park).

NORTH HILLS PICNIC PAVILION Center Harbor Road and North Village Road Size: 1,024 square feet North Hills Picnic Pavilion offers electricity, water, lights, three large brick barbecue grills, two portable restrooms, six picnic tables (under cover of pavilion), tot-lot and ample parking.

BROWN’S CHAPEL PICNIC PAVILION Located next to Brown’s Chapel, 11300 Baron Cameron Avenue

PONY BARN Corner of Steeplechase Drive and Triple Crown Road Size: 2,006 square feet

This pavilion is equipped with four picnic tables, two grills, and restrooms. The pavilion is near a basketball court, ball fields, an exercise trail and a tot-lot. Lake Newport is close by for fishing off the dock/ dam. Brown’s Chapel Picnic Pavilion is available on a firstcome, first-serve basis at no charge.

A wood-chipped tot-lot, equipped with swings and a jungle gym, is an inviting place for youngsters to romp and play. The Pony Barn contains seven picnic tables, two grills and two portable restrooms. Water available.

LAKE ANNE PICNIC PAVILION 11301 North Shore Drive Size: 900 square feet Lake Anne Park includes a tot-lot, two large grills and a restroom facility. Six picnic tables are situated under cover. Basketball court, tennis court, sand volleyball court, water, electricity, and ample parking also are available. Recreational courts are not included in private reservation.

TEMPORARY ROAD PICNIC PAVILION Corner of North Shore Drive and Temporary Road Size: 892 square feet The pavilion is equipped with ten picnic tables (Eight of which are under cover), one large grill, two portable restrooms, swing set and four benches situated throughout the park. Parking is available in 16 marked spaces or at curbside. Water fountain available.

WALKER NATURE EDUCATION CENTER: See page 77 for more information on rental space. WWW.RESTON.ORG | SPRING EDITION 2012

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Just For You Just for

Just for

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Seniors Just for

Reston Association has something for everyone, including trips to local places of interest, monthly movies for seniors and a bicycle safety rodeo, just to name a few. Join us at one of Reston Association’s many facilities and see what’s in it for you.

New or not so new to Reston?

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Something for Everyone Bicycle

Safety Rodeo Saturday, April 28, ongoing from 1-4 p.m. 5-12 YEARS (CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT) Lake Newport Pool Facility, 11601 Lake Newport Road FREE Join the Reston Association, State Farm Insurance Co., and The Reston Bicycle Club for our Annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo. Children will complete eight safety stations and earn their bicyclist’s license. Children must bring their own bicycles and helmets. No registration required. This event is cancelled in the event of rain. The course takes 20 minutes to complete.

Newcomers’ Night Thursday, March 29 7-9 p.m. Reston Association 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive

Come learn more about Reston Association (RA) and its many services, amenities and programs. Meet RA Board members and staff and find out how you can get involved in Reston. Light refreshments will be available and door prizes will be awarded. Please RSVP to Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577.

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Local Talents

Reston Presents is a bimonthly lecture and presentation series that highlights the multifaceted talents of local residents. Topics include anything from cooking demonstrations to stories from war veterans and book signings with local authors. Reston Presents… is sponsored by the Reston Association and the Reston Community Center.

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Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Call 703-435-6577 to register.

Yard Sale

Reston Presents Series Monday, Feb. 13, 7-9 p.m. Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza FREE

Saturday, May 12, 2012 (Rain Date: Sunday, May 13)

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive $26/RA Members, booth space, $33/Non-members, booth space Registration for vendor space opens March 1st. Ninety-five families will be selling a variety of items, so this event is a great opportunity to find things for a new home or a college dorm. Sign up to have a booth or stop by to browse for great bargains. Booth space = two parking spaces. Tables are not provided. Space is limited. Vendors must pre-register with payment to secure space. All sales are final. No refunds unless cancelled due to rain. Registration form can be found at www.reston.org after March 1. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for more information. All registration forms are available online at www.reston.org.

Community Yard Sale - May 12, 2012 Please complete the form below and return this portion with payment to: Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191-3404 in order to secure your space.

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This month features Buckley Fricker speaking on empowering yourself to plan ahead for informed decisions on Care Options for the Elderly — including varieties and costs of housing (Independent, Assisted and Skilled Nursing Facilities, Village Models and CCRCs), varieties and costs of home health (CNAs, Geriatric Care Managers, Companions, Rehab at home), what is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and Long Term Care Insurance regarding housing and professional care assistance and tips on locating and screening services and facilities.

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This month features “Cooking for Two: Spring Favorites” by Chef McKeon from Tall Oaks Assisted Living, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He will demonstrate how to make a heart healthy seasonal entrée for two in thirty minutes or less.

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Reston Festival 2012 2012

Saturday & Sunday, July 14 & 15 , Reston Town Center Four different areas, within the Reston Town Center, will be colorcoordinated to represent the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and finally Today and Beyond. The festival celebrates Reston’s birthday and hosts a variety of games, crafts, kids’ activities, musical entertainment and great festival food. For details and information about volunteering to help plan the festival or sponsorship opportunities, please visit us at www.restonfestival.com, email info@restonfestival.com or call 703-435-7989.

Vendor applications to participate in the festival will be available online from Feb. 1-April 30, 2012.

We Invite You

Reston Association’s Seniors Advisory Committee will take a variety of trips this year to locations such as the Kennedy Center, DC museums, theatres and local places of interest. Join us as we have fun visiting the area’s hot spots. For upcoming trip dates, details or to get on our trip mailing list, contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577. SEE MORE

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Want a Great

Summer Job? SPECIAL EVENTS ASSISTANT POSITION

Mid-May to Mid-August Assist in planning, implementing and evaluating a variety of programs throughout the Reston Community. ✓✓ Must be comfortable working independently ✓✓ Available to work evenings, some weekends and July 4th ✓✓ At least 18 years of age ✓✓ Good driving record ✓✓ Able to lift 20 lbs

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This job will be open for applicants to apply online beginning in January under Jobs at RA at www.reston.org. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 to find out details on this great summer job.

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Senior Movie Day

Seniors Advisory Committee This committee, established by the Reston Association, is charged with developing and implementing programs to benefit Reston’s senior adults. If you have visited Reston Town Center’s theater recently to see a movie and enjoy coffee and pastries with friends, then you have seen the work of the Seniors Advisory Committee first-hand. We are looking for NEW ideas and FRESH perspectives. Give something back to your community by volunteering your time and join this active senior committee. Reston Association 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive 2nd Tuesday of each month from 2-3:30 p.m.

Wednesdays: Jan. 25, Featuring, The Help Feb. 22, TBD March 28, TBD April 25, TBD Doors open at 9:15 a.m. Showtime is at 10 a.m. Reston Town Center Bow Tie Cinemas FREE

The Reston Association, in cooperation with Reston Town Center Bow-Tie Cinemas, presents, "Meet Me at the Movies". Join us on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Refreshments are provided and door prizes are distributed prior to the movie. Movies follow Fairfax County Public Schools winter weather cancellation. Movie titles are posted at www.reston.org.

For more information or to register for events and programs, please contact ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577.

AGES 55 YEARS AND OLDER

CPR Class for Seniors

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1-3 p.m. Tall Oaks Assisted Living Facility 12055 North Shore Drive $10/RA Members $14/Non-members

Consider taking advantage of the newly revised training programs and materials now being implemented by the American Red Cross for CPR emergencies. It could save the life of your spouse, your best friend or your neighbor. Registration is required as space is limited. Payment due at the event.

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Jigsaw Puzzle Event for Seniors

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive $8/RA Members $12/Non-members

Do you like to put together jigsaw puzzles? Join us as an individual or as a couple for this new event. Each team will be doing the same 750-piece puzzle to see how much they can finish in the time allotted. Enjoy coffee and conversation

while doing one of America's favorite past times. Lunch will be provided. Registration required as space is limited. Payment due at the event. Contact Ashleigh@ reston.org or call 703-435-6530 to register.

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Senior Social: St. Patrick’s Day style

Wednesday, March 14 Noon-2 p.m. Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road FREE

It's never too early to celebrate the luck o' the Irish. The Reston Community Center and Reston Association social event is switching gears in March to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Spend the afternoon with friends while enjoying traditional Irish fare and beautiful Irish music and entertainment. Plan your social calendar while you learn about upcoming trips, classes, and events. This event is cosponsored by Reston Community Center and Reston Association. Registration required. SEE MORE

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Container Planting

Tuesday, Apr. 17,1-2:30 p.m. Nature House, 11450 Glade Drive $8/RA Members $12/Non-members

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Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

Thursday, April 5, 3:30-11:30 p.m. Bus pick-up times & locations: 3:30 p.m. Hunters Woods Shopping Center (Ledo’s Pizza) 3:45 p.m. Thoreau Place, 1951 Sagewood Lane 4 p.m. Lake Anne Fellowship House, 11450 North Shore Drive $32/RA Members $38/Non-members

Have the perfect window sill or patio to enjoy a container plant? Join the Nature House staff as they show you what plants/herbs grow best in this environment. Listen to a brief presentation then create your own container plant to take home. Registration required as space is limited. Payment due at the event.

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Join us for an evening at the race track to enjoy live thoroughbred horse racing, play the new table games including blackjack and poker or just come to enjoy a nice dinner overlooking the horses. Participants will receive $10 worth of free play. Registration required.

Lifelong Leisure & Resource Expo

Tuesday, May 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Reston Community Center 2310 Colts Neck Road FREE

The thirst for knowledge never ceases. Visit with exhibitors and attend short workshops to learn more about technology, home modifications, accessible design, nutrition and cooking, leisure and recreation activities, transitioning into retirement, encore career options, financial and estate planning, and much, much more. Reston Hospital Center will also provide free health screenings. In honor of Older Americans Month, and in cooperation with the Reston for a Lifetime initiative, this event will educate and delight attendees. Co-produced by Reston Community Center, Reston Association and Reston Hospital Center.

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New York City Day Trip

Wednesday, May 16, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Bus pick-up times & locations: 7 a.m. Hunters Woods Shopping Center (Ledo’s Pizza) 7:15 a.m. Thoreau Place, 1951 Sagewood Lane 7:30 a.m. Lake Anne Fellowship House, 11450 North Shore Drive $43/RA Members $49/Non-members

Join us for a chartered bus trip to the Big Apple. Participants will be dropped off at Bryant Park on 40th Street and will be on their own to catch a Broadway matinee or to explore the city. Registration required.

All registration forms are available online at www.reston.org. MORE INFO . QUESTIONS . REGISTRATION . CONTACT ASHLEIGH@RESTON.ORG OR CALL 703-435-6577.

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Reston Association’s Events Coordinator, Ashleigh Soloff, is busy planning something for everyone including ice cream socials, movies at the pool and a community yard sale, just to name a few. RA will also take a variety of trips this year to locations such as museums, New York, Charles Town and other local places of interest. Join us as we have fun visiting the area’s hot spots or join us at one of Reston Association’s many facilities and see what’s in it for you. For more information on these or upcoming events, or to get on our event mailing list contact Ashleigh@reston.org, call 703-435-6577 or visit the Parks, Recreation & Events section at www.reston.org.

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Get Involved in the

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Committees Do You Need Service Hours for School?

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What's Your Passion? Getting Involved and Suiting Your Own Style You could say the ways to get involved in Reston are as unique as you are. For example, if you have a special knack for gardening and like to beautify natural spaces, then the Weed Warriors program might be for you. This group is out and about in Reston, removing invasive exotic plants from our forested areas, which can grow rapidly, eventually taking over the native ferns, wildflowers and tree seedlings. Or, maybe you like to slosh around in a streambed, checking water quality, identifying wildlife and collecting data on your findings. As a stream monitor, you can actively help to assess the health of our local watersheds. There are several monitoring sessions per year, with training given by the watershed staff. A two-year commitment is encouraged for this project.

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But there are also shorterterm endeavors that will allow even the busiest person the opportunity to make a difference in the community they live. These include festivals or events such as Halloween House or Potomac Watershed Clean Up Day.

Each committee is comprised of up to 15 members and includes a Board and at least one staff liaison and generally meets once per month. More information on the committees and an application can be found at www.reston.org.

Volunteer for Your Passion

What’s the Program About?

Our advisory committees are where you can really immerse yourself in a cause or area that suits you. These include: ƒƒ The Reston Neighborhood Advisory Committee ƒƒ The Environmental Advisory Committee ƒƒ The Parks and Planning Advisory Committee ƒƒ The Pedestrian and Bicycling Advisory Committee ƒƒ The Seniors Advisory Committee ƒƒ The Tennis Advisory Committee ƒƒ The Transportation Advisory Committee ƒƒ The Communications Advisory Committee

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The RA volunteer program consists of about 500 active volunteers working in a variety of capacities and settings. Ha Brock, RA’s community outreach specialist II, takes special care to make sure that there is a good match with the volunteer and the job. To volunteer or learn more about how you can get involved, call Ha Brock at 703-435-7986, or via e-mail to habrock@reston.org. You can also visit the RA website at www.reston.org and click on the “Get Involved” tab for more information or to complete the online volunteer application.

Oftentimes we find that individuals (such as middle and high school students) are required to perform a specified number of community service hours. If this is the case, then you may be able to complete up to 8 hours of community service by working one of our department's special events, such as festivals, Weed Warriors, and watershed cleanups, to name a few. We cannot guarantee that you'll be able to complete all of the hours you need during one special event. Each special event will have a limited number of spots available for volunteers, so it is very important you notify us well in advance of your desire to work a special event.

Our Volunteers Really Dig Us

Some say it’s the tree planting they like the best, some like the fact that they can cultivate an idea and watch it flourish. In some cases, RA volunteers actually do “dig” into the dirt to plant a few seedlings. You can make a difference in your community, be involved in something you like, and meet some interesting people and learn some new skills in the process. Planting trees may not be what you’re into, but there are plenty of other areas in which to “grow.” RA is seeking volunteers to help enhance the community in a variety of areas. There are many opportunities available in such areas as environment and ecology, the Walker Nature Education Center, recreational programs and facilities, special events and many more.


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Reston’s Arbor Day Monday, April 9 (rain or shine) 9:30 a.m.-Noon Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

Reston is a Tree City USA as certified by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Join us as we: ƒƒ Help plant an Arbor Day tree, plus a variety of native shrubs, ferns and wildflowers. ƒƒ Learn about Reston’s trees and shrubs as well as proper tree and shrub planting and care. ƒƒ Make tree crafts to take home. ƒƒ Show our appreciation for trees. A special Arbor Day presentation and flag raising ceremony will take place at 11:45 followed by a free pizza lunch for volunteers. Special guests will include Jim McGlone of the Virginia Department of Forestry. Contact Ha Brock at habrock@reston.org or 703-435-7986 to sign up. Perfect for gardeners, seniors, scout groups and students who need community service hours.

Weed Warrior Projects

Our native trees, ferns and wildflowers are under attack by invasive exotic plants like English Ivy, Japanese Honeysuckle and Bamboo. That is why we need warriors like you to join us in rescuing Reston’s beautiful parkland from these aggressive plants. These fast growing, invasive plants escape from people’s yards and seriously threaten local ecosystems, taking away vital food and habitat from already stressed wildlife populations. Please, spend a couple hours in our parkland protecting our forests every fourth Saturday of each month as we help restore Reston’s forests to their natural state.

Protect Trees Remove English Ivy

Protect the Trees at North Village Road

Saturday, March 24

Saturday, April 28

Join RA environmental resource staff to help restore the natural area between Hunters Woods Plaza and Hunters Woods Condominiums. This is a great opportunity to help beautify the community. Volunteers will remove English Ivy that is quickly spreading down the hill further into the woods threatening trees and reducing biodiversity. Please meet next to Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, which is located next to the Hunters Woods Community Center. We’ll be working along the asphalt path between the church and Hunters Woods Condominiums off Breton Court, which can be accessed from Glade Drive. Please look for the Weed Warriors signs and the RA truck. Come out in March and help protect the trees. There is some poison ivy at this site.

Did you know that some trees in Reston are being threatened by English Ivy? This aggressive vine has spread from landscape beds into the Reston natural area and is wreaking havoc in the woods. English Ivy will reduce biodiversity and can diminish the health of trees that it takes over. This April, the Weed Warriors will remove the English Ivy from the trees around the stream valley at North Village Road between Lake Newport Road and Greenwich Point Road. Please park along North Village Road behind address 1565 Old Eaton Lane. Look for the RA truck.

With new RA guidelines stating that certain invasive exotic plants may not be installed on Reston Association member property, we have more support than ever in this rigorous battle. Please join us. All projects: 10 a.m.-Noon

Please wear long sleeves and long pants if you are allergic to poison ivy. RA will provide tools, gloves, snacks and water.

Old Trail Restoration Continues Saturday, May 19

Help restore the Old Trail Drive natural area and remove the Garlic mustard that has invaded the Snakeden Stream watershed. The 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 Glade pool at the corner of Soapstone and Glade Drives. There is poison ivy at this site.

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Virginia Invasive Plant Removal Day

Watershed Program

May 5, 2012 9 a.m. – Noon

Glade Pool Parking Lot 11550 Glade Drive Reston, VA 20191 The Reston Association Weed Warriors, in conjunction with the Virginia Master Naturalists and the Virginia Native Plant Society invite you to the 3rd Annual Invasive Plant Removal Day. Groups all over Virginia will be doing their best to remove invasive exotic plants in their communities.

Activity Volunteers will pull garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) in the woods near Snakeden Branch stream in the natural area surrounding Old Trail Drive. Volunteers will start along the asphalt path at the Glade Pool and loop around the Old Trail Drive horseshoe, reaching the stream banks of Snakeden Branch. Garlic mustard is an invasive exotic species that produces allelopathic chemicals that alter the soil chemistry and prevent native plants from thriving. Each plant may produce thousands of seeds. The plant is easy to spot and remove at this time of the year. We need your help to remove as much garlic mustard as possible.

Directions

Please park at the Glade Pool parking lot or along Glade Drive. We will meet near the tot-lot next to the pool and head down the asphalt path behind the pool into the woods behind the houses. From Fairfax County Parkway 7100: From the south, take the Sunrise Valley exit heading east. Make the first right onto Glade Drive. Cross over Reston Parkway and approximately 2 miles, the Glade Pool will be on your left hand side. Meet near the playground. From Dulles Toll Road 267: Take the Wiehle Avenue Exit #13, heading south (make a left at the light if you are coming from the east). From Wiehle Avenue, make a right onto Sunrise Valley Drive and a left at the next light onto Soapstone Drive. Make a right onto Glade Drive and Glade Pool will be on your right. Please wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. There is poison ivy at this site. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Ha Brock, RA community outreach specialist II, at habrock@reston.org or 703-435-7986.

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24th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup Coordinated by the Alice Ferguson Foundation and Reston Association

Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.-Noon (rain or shine) Rain date: under extraordinary circumstances - Sunday, April 15

Please sign up by April 6, 2012. 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, Colvin Run, and the Glade Stream, all tributaries to the Potomac River. Come learn about our watersheds and see what "interesting" artifacts end up in our streams. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring work gloves. Come prepared to get a little wet and dirty. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Join us at the Walker Nature Education Center afterwards for a pizza lunch. For more information or to volunteer, contact Ha Brock, RA community outreach specialist II, at habrock@reston.org or 703-435-7986.


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Watershed Program

Storm Drain Marking Project

Our storm drains prevent flooding of roads and neighborhoods by carrying rain and snowmelt away from streets and sidewalks. Unlike water from our taps and tubs, water flowing into our storm drains is not treated. Trash, pet waste, motor oil, paint and other materials dumped or washed into storm drains pollute our watersheds and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. Markers on each storm drain remind all of us to keep storm drains and our streams and lakes clean. Since there are over 4,000 storm drains in Reston, many volunteers are needed. Everybody is encouraged to participate. Many storm drains in Reston are on private roads. Contact your local cluster board member and get your neighborhood involved today. To get your project started or for more information, contact Nicki Bellezza at 703-435-6560, Nicki@reston.org.

Kids' Trout

Fishing Day March 31, 8 a.m.-Noon

Snakeden Branch Stream between Soapstone Drive and Lake Audubon. Park along Soapstone Drive, Glade Drive, in the Glade Pool parking lot, and at the Nature Center.

Snakeden Branch will be well stocked with hundreds of trout. All necessary equipment will be provided to make your day a success. Plus, Trout Unlimited members will help clean the fish you catch. Volunteers will be on hand to teach you how to bait, cast, hook and cook your freshly caught dinner. Please wear shoes that can get wet and muddy. No sandals. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Teens and adults, ages 16 & up, who are helping must have a Virginia State Fishing License, available online at www.dgif.state.va.us. Adults are not permitted to fish during kid’s fishing time. Reston’s Kids’ Trout Fishing Day is made possible by a partnership with Reston Association, Northern Virginia Trout Unlimited, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Wetland Studies, and Solutions, Inc. Volunteers are needed to help kids learn how to fish and to help filet the fish caught.

To reserve a fishing rod for your child or to volunteer, contact Ha Brock at 703-435-7986 or e-mail ha@reston.org.

The Storm Drain Marking Project in Reston is sponsored by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, the Virginia Department of Transportation — Northern Virginia District, and Reston Association.

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Businesses and Corporations

Making an Impact in Reston Thank you CA Technologies, GMAC and Advanced Systems Engineering Corporation (ASEC) for making a positive environmental impact in the Reston community, in which you live, work, play and get involved.

2012 Reston Festival Planning Committee PHOTO BY CARLOS RODRIGUEZ

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Volunteers Needed

GMAC Volunteers

CA Technologies Volunteers

ASEC volunteers, Volunteers for Change and Weed Warriors volunteers

Give Back To Your Community Reston Association (RA) is a not-for-profit corporation that is initially empowered by the developer, further authorized by the state and responsible to its members. Reston’s attractiveness and the amenities provided by the Association play an important role in attracting and retaining environmentally friendly commercial enterprises. The Association maintains and nurtures over 1,350 acres of open space, including four manmade lakes, 55 miles of paved and natural surface pathways, 800 acres of parkland in woods, meadows and wetlands, as well as a 72-acre Walker Nature Education Center and Nature House. Perhaps the best metaphor for RA is that of a “steward” responsible for maintaining the quality of life in Reston by caring for and administering the use of one of the community’s most precious assets – its real property. There’s no better way to raise your profile in the community and make employees feel proud than by giving back to the community where they Live, Work, Play and Get Involved. Perhaps dedicate a

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day of service. Close your office for a day (or a half day) and let your employees use that time to give back. Research shows that the most successful companyrun volunteer programs allow employees to select the causes they support, so you pick the day and let your people pick their cause.

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Companies can get involved in many ways: Get involved with the Reston Association and give back to the community. ƒƒ Join the Adopt-a-Spot Program – Adopt an area around your business and call it your own by keeping your site litter free. A sign with your business name will be posted at your adopted location. ƒƒ Sponsor a Reston Association project or event ƒƒ Share your company’s expertise. ƒƒ Work with our environmental resource staff on a habitat restoration project. ƒƒ Staff a booth at the Reston or Multicultural Festival.

Be recognized in your support. ƒƒ An article and photos of your "give back” project will be printed in RA’s Reston Magazine, mailed to 22,000 households and have a long shelf life. ƒƒ Your company’s name will be listed on the flyers that are distributed throughout Reston prior to the event if time permits.

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Donate your company’s products. Post our volunteer opportunities in your lunch room or post it on your internal website. Encourage employees to volunteer during business hours (if applicable) or during their personal time.

For more information about RA’s Volunteer Program, please contact Ha Brock, RA’s community outreach specialist II, at 703-435-7986 or e-mail habrock@reston.org.

If you Live, Work, Play and Get Involved™ in Reston, then this is the committee on which you will want to serve. The 2012 Reston Festival committee is looking for energetic volunteers to help plan this great community event, which will be held at Reston Town Center on Saturday, July 14 & Sunday, July 15, 2012. This committee offers you the opportunity to make a difference in your community and have a lot of fun in the process. Volunteer for one of the following sub-committee: Children’s Entertainment – This committee is responsible for recruiting quality entertainers, shows, and activities for children, while providing a safe area for them to operate. They work with and act as liaisons between the groups managing the children’s area. Food – This committee is responsible for recruiting a variety of quality food vendors. They work with the Health Department and Fire Marshall to ensure the food vendors are in compliance with all the rules of setting up an off-site food booth. Publicity Sponsorship – This committee is responsible for all pre-event sponsorship and must work in advance of the festival to acquire the funds needed to put on this event. Festival committee meets at the Reston Association office. Contact Ha Brock, community outreach specialist II, at 703-435-7986 or e-mail habrock@reston.org for more information. For more information, visit www.restonfestival.com.


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Volunteers Needed

9TH ANNUAL

Fund Run\Walk Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m.

Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive

TO BENEFIT NATURE HOUSE

Spring Festival

Volunteer Hours for 5K Fund Run\Walk 7:30-9:30 a.m. The Walker Nature Education Center needs volunteers to help with the 5K Fund Run & Walk. We need at least 15 race marshals for the race. Race Marshals are positioned along the trail/pathway. Volunteers direct runners and walkers through the course, assist runners, and shout encouragement. There will be a mandatory volunteer orientation for Race Marshals on Friday, April 20 from 6-7 p.m. at the Walker Nature Education Center.

Saturday, May 5 (rain or shine) Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive, Reston, VA Volunteer Shifts: 12:30-3 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. FREE

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Concessions Carnival games Simple crafts for children Canoe and kayak rentals Face painting

The festival will feature entertainment, displays and information from environmental groups, handson nature activities, carnival style games, canoe and kayak rentals on Lake Audubon, fishing activities, food and a whole lot of fun. Contact Ha Brock, community outreach specialist II, at 703-435-7986 or e-mail habrock@reston.org for more information

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO VOLUNTEER Contact Ha Brock, RA community outreach specialist II, at 703-435-7986 or e-mail habrock@reston.org.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Ed Robichaud

Making A Difference In The Community

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEAN BAHRAMI

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How long have you lived in Reston? I have lived here 26 years, since 1985.

Q: Where are you from originally? A: I am orginally from Plymouth, Massassachusetts

Q: What do you do as a volunteer for

RA? What sort of projects have you worked on? A: I have be a part of the Reston Festival committee, the vice-chairperson of the RA Election Committee, worked on the Annual Bike Rodeo and I have stocked the dog bag boxes and participated in seasonal one-day events.

Q: How long have you been an RA

volunteer and what is it that you like about volunteering? A: I’ ve been volunteering since 1990. I enjoy helping to make Reston an even better place to live, work and play.

Q: What is one of your proudest

accomplishments as an RA volunteer? A: I’d say it has been restoring used bicyles for give-aways to local youth, many of whom had never had a bike or even riden one.

Q: Do you volunteer with other

organizations in Reston? A: I volunteer for Traveler’s Aid at Dulles Airport, and also serve on the boards of Reston Bike Club, Reston Community Orchestra, Reston Museum, Fairfax Airports Advisory Committee and the W&OD Trail Patrol.

Q: What do you do for fun? A: I enjoy cycling, kayaking in the local waters and working with some of the local astronomy groups.

Q: Aside from what you do now, what would be your ultimate dream job? A: I’m a retired airline captain, and there aren’t many better jobs than that.

Q: What would you say to someone

who was considering volunteer opportunities with RA based on your experiences with RA? A: Jump in and try it. Our community needs your help.

Do you know someone who has given much to the Reston community through volunteering with Reston Association? Send your nominations to Ha Brock at habrock@reston.org.

Q: What’s the last book you read and

last movie you saw? A: Patrick O’nan’s Last Night at the Lobster. The movie - Moneyball.

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Fire Lanes Awareness

Community Association Fundamentals

In accordance with the Fairfax County Public Facilities Manual (PFM) and Chapter 5 of the Fire Prevention Code, the Fire Marshal makes fire lane designations. Fire lanes are designations on public streets and private property to prevent parking in front of or adjacent to fire hydrants to provide access for fire fighting equipment. Marking of fire lanes by the owner or agent of the property is required for all sites regardless of the building code occupancy or use classification. Fire lanes are designated by both sign and curb delineation according to the street width. Obstructing these marked areas is prohibited. Parking is specifically prohibited within 15 feet of a fire hydrant located along the curb line or edge of any public or private roadway, and no special curb marking is required for enforcement.

Even though we live in an association, you might be surprised how many of our neighbors — owners and renters alike — don’t really understand the fundamental nature of common-interest communities. And we know that many others, including the media and government officials, lack a true understanding of the community association (or condominium) concept.

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Community Associations Institute (CAI), a national membership organization that represents the best interests of common-interest communities like ours, developed ten basic principles that answer three essential questions: ƒƒ What is the basic function of a community association? ƒƒ What are the essential obligations and expectations of homeowners? ƒƒ What are the core principles that should guide association leaders? We’re confident you’ll recognize our community while reading these principles. 1.

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Top: Lake Anne Plaza in its early years. Right: Vibrant present day Lake Anne with its abundant of shops and restuarants.

Cluster Nights at the Museum

The Reston Museum (Reston Historic Trust) is sponsoring a series of “Cluster Nights” to inform residents about their neighborhood’s history and role in contributing to Reston’s unique sense of place. The “Cluster Nights at the Museum” program will provide residents an opportunity to: ƒƒ Hear about your cluster or condo from original developers, sales agents and architects ƒƒ Visualize the history of your cluster through original sales brochures and old photographs ƒƒ Discuss the early days and issues surrounding your cluster ƒƒ Learn how your cluster fits within the larger history and fabric of Reston.

Reston’s founding principles are unique. Many new residents of Reston do not know about the original vision of Reston or understand their rich community heritage. When Robert E. Simon, Jr., founded Reston 50 years ago, he envisioned an active and vibrant community, not just a place to live. He wanted Reston residents to take ownership of their community through the creation of neighborhood clusters, village centers, and volunteer organizations. To schedule a meeting date, contact: Loren Bruce, Reston Historic Trust/Reston Museum 703-709-7700 or restonmuseum@gmail.com For more info visit www.restonmuseum.org

Associations provide services and amenities to residents, protect property values and meet the established expectations of homeowners. 4. Associations succeed when they cultivate a true sense of community, active homeowner involvement and a culture of building consensus. 5. Association homeowners have the right to elect their community leaders and to use the democratic process to determine the policies that will protect their investments. 6. Association homeowners choose where to live and accept a contractual responsibility to abide by established policies and meet their financial obligations to the association. 7. Association leaders protect the community’s financial health by using established management practices and sound business principles. 8. Association leaders have a legal and ethical obligation to adhere to the association’s governing documents and abide by all applicable laws. 9. Association leaders seek an effective balance between the preferences of individual residents and the collective rights of homeowners. 10. Association leaders and residents should be reasonable, flexible and open to the possibility — and benefits — of compromise.

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Cluster Pride

Hunters Square Cluster Participates in 2011 National Night Out Celebration

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If your Cluster, Condo or Single-Family Detached development would like to highlight your event please contact Arlene Whittick, Neighborhood Outreach Specialist at 703-435-6503 or arlene@reston.org.


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Pesticide and Fertilizer Board Passes Resolution on Common Area Pesticide and Fertilizer Use BY CLAUDIA THOMPSON-DEAHL

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Reston Association’s Environmental Advisory Committee worked to create a policy on pesticide and fertilizer use on our common areas. The RA Board passed the resolution in June 2011. It can be found on the RA Web site or by using this shortcuthttp://bit.ly/resolution14 The purpose of this policy is to minimize or eliminate the need for the use of pesticides and fertilizers, whenever feasible and to promote good environmental stewardship. RA manages ball field turf grass areas with the intent of providing healthy public recreational opportunities without the unnecessary use of pesticides and fertilizers. RA uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs that include identifying the pest, determining acceptable levels of the nuisance and the promotion of the use of disease resistant plants. Fertilizers are used only after a soil test confirms any nutrient deficiencies or a need for amendments. Slope, location, and intended use of the area are also considered before any fertilizer is applied. This policy also covers pesticide and fertilizer storage, disposal, handling and accidents. It may be helpful for cluster boards to review this policy for their own common areas.

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Homeowners with turf areas should also do a soil test before randomly applying fertilizer, if at all. The best time of year to fertilize depends on the kind of grass you have. Most residents here have cool season grasses which mean that fall is the best time to fertilize. Warm season grasses such as Bermudagrass or Zoysiagrass are fertilized in the spring. For more information go to the website TreesPlease, click on Articles you may find useful, and then click on Lawns. The abundance of spring rains often causes extra nutrients from fertilizers to run off from the land into our streams, which contributes to pollution and algae blooms.

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Reston Community Center Hunters Woods 2310 Colts Neck Road Reston, VA 20191

What Can I Do To Help?

Grass clippings contain the same nutrients that fertilizers do so keeping the clippings on the lawn reduces fertilizer use. Many studies have shown that returning clippings to the lawn does not contribute to thatch accumulations. Mowing your grass high, about 3 inches, is preferable. High mowing heights results in a more competitive grass and more shading of the soil, which reduces weed competition and herbicide use.

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INFO & RESOURCES RA MEMBER SERVICES

12001 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191-3404. HOURS OF OPERATION Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Extended summer hours are Saturdays, April 21-July 28 from 9 a.m.-Noon.

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A current Reston Association pool and tennis pass is required for every member (age 1 or older) visiting the pool & tennis courts. To protect your member privileges, adults may also need to present a current photo ID proving Reston residency. You must present your pass for entry to the pool or tennis courts. Sorry, we cannot accept an online receipt. RA Members may purchase pool and tennis passes online or in person at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191-3404. RA MEMBERS Pool/Tennis Pass Price Adults 18 years & older $20 Children under 18 $10 Season Long Guest Pass $35 Prepaid Pool Guest Pass $25 Prepaid Tennis Guest Pass $25 ƒƒ

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Members can receive a 20 percent discount when the 2012 Assessment is paid through the RA website by March 1, 2012. The discount will only be applied to online purchases completed prior to April 30, 2012. Tennis key fobs are available at the Reston Association Member Services desk for $2.50 with the purchase of a Member or non-member tennis Pass. Replacement passes can be purchased at the Reston Association Member Services desk at a discounted rate.

1. Online — www.reston.org 2. Walk-In — Come to the Reston Association Member Services desk and RA staff will be happy to assist you. Passes are available online at the “Shop RA” link on www.reston.org or in person at RA’s Member Services desk, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191-3404. Replacement passes can only be purchased in person at the Member Services desk. Requirements RA Members may purchase passes for themselves, one adult household member and immediate family members under the age of 18 online at www.reston.org or at RA. Two additional passes may be purchased for family members 18-22 years of age in person at the Member Services desk. Passes can be purchased at Member Services if: 1. You are 18 years or older 2. Bring a current photo I.D. or 3. Bring proof of owning or occupying a Reston residence where the RA Annual Assessment account is current.

NON-MEMBERS Non-resident pool and tennis memberships are also available. If you don’t live in Reston you’re still invited to come play. SPECIAL FOR NON-MEMBERS: $50 off if purchased prior to April 30, 2012., excluding corporate memberships. NON-MEMBERS Pool/Tennis Pass Family Pool & Tennis Family Pool Only Family Tennis Only Couple Pool & Tennis Couple Pool Only Couple Tennis Only Individual Pool & Tennis Individual Pool Only Individual Tennis Only Zipcode Pass Season Long Guest Pass

Price $610 $580 $345 $525 $510 $300 $435 $350 $240 $515 $50

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP Must be employed in Reston. Proof required. Corporate memberships are limited to weekday use only and available for purchase at the Reston Association Member Services desk only. E-mail member_ services@reston.org for more details. CORPORATE Pool/Tennis Pass Individual Pool & Tennis Individual Pool Only Individual Tennis Only

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To Purchase Non-resident passes are available online at the “Shop RA” link on www.reston.org or in person at RA’s Member Services desk, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191-3404. Corporate memberships can only be purchased in person at the Member Services desk with proof of employment. Requirements Non-members may purchase passes for themselves and immediate family members (1–17 years of age) online at www.reston.org or at RA. Passes can be purchased at Member Services if: 1. You are 18 years or older 2. All non-members are required to have a picture taken to obtain passes. If you have not taken the picture for 2012, you must come into the office to get your picture taken. Only then will the pass be issued to you. 3. Non-members who order passes online and have taken pictures in 2011 will NOT have to come into the office for a new picture.

To Purchase REFUND POLICY: ALL POOL AND TENNIS PASS MEMBERSHIPS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

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Guest Fun

Two Easy Ways to Register

GUEST PASSES Please remember that the host member or non-member must accompany all guests at all times while visiting the pools or tennis courts. UNLIMITED GUEST PASS RA Members (18 years or older) may purchase an unlimited guest pass for $35 (limit one per household). New this year, non-members can also purchase an unlimited guest pass for $50. The pass is good for one (1) guest only per visit. The unlimited guest pass and the host's pass must display the same address. Host must accompany guest to pools or tennis courts at all times.

AQUATICS ONE-DAY GUEST PASS The option of a $5 one-day guest pass is also available at your local RA pool for additional guest(s). The pool only accepts cash for guest passes. PRE-PAID GUEST PASS RA Members and non-members may purchase a pre-paid guest pass good for five pool entries. The pass is available for $25 online or at our Member Services desk. This convenient pass can be used for one or more guests at a time and eliminates the need to carry cash to the pools. TENNIS ONE-DAY GUEST PASS A five-dollar tennis guest passes can be purchased during Reston Association normal business hours in packs of five. You also have the option of paying the court monitor $5 at the tennis court. For more information, please refer to the Aquatics and Tennis sections, or e-mail Member Services at member_services@ reston.org.


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Owners, including owners of property adjacent to the Common Area, shall not attempt to nor improve, alter, landscape or mow Reston Association (RA) Common Area.

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No invasive exotic plants or animals (especially invasive plants such as bamboo and English ivy), shall be introduced to the RA Common Area.

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Owners, including owners of property adjacent to the Common Area, shall confine all fencing (including invisible fencing), sheds, or any other development to their own property.

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RA meadows in the Common Area shall be mowed annually by RA staff only.

Unless specifically authorized by the Association, the use of any motor vehicles or other motorized vehicle, other than governmental police, fire and rescue vehicles, on walkways or other Common Area is prohibited. [Also see Amended Deed Section VI.2(db)(10)]

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Smoking is prohibited within all RA Community Buildings, and is also prohibited in all Pool facilities; on and within all Tennis Court facilities and Picnic Pavilions; on all Ball fields, Multi-purpose Courts, Garden Plots or Garden Plot Areas; and on or within TotLots or Tot-Lot Areas. This smoking ban is also in effect for up to a 25-foot perimeter around these buildings or facilities, to the extent that the 25 feet, or any portion thereof, comprises RA Common Area.

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Horseback riding shall be confined to designated bridle paths.

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Dogs are to be walked on a leash in accordance with Fairfax County regulations. Cats, while on Common Area, must also be walked on a leash. Except for service dogs, no pets are permitted on active recreation areas, including but not limited to, such areas as playgrounds, picnic and multi-purpose courts, and play fields.

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Dumping of any refuse, including but not limited to grass clippings, leaves, Christmas trees, appliances, old sofas, crank case oil, etc. is prohibited. [Also see Amended Deed Section VI.2(b)]

10. Loitering, as defined by Fairfax County Code Article 1 Section 5-1-2, is prohibited. Specifically, it shall be unacceptable for any person to loiter at, on or in RA Common Area in the following manner: a. To interfere, impede or hinder the free passage of pedestrian or authorized vehicular traffic; b. To threaten or do physical harm to another member or members of the public; c. To threaten or do physical damage to the Common Area; or d. To breach the peace or engage in disorderly conduct by the use of words, or acts or other conduct that clearly threaten, intimidate or present a danger to others. Except where 10 a-d apply, before contacting local law enforcement, Reston Association, in its sole discretion, may contact an appropriate organization(s) to assist in the intervention with or removal of individuals from the Common Area.

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11. Unless specifically authorized by the RA Board of Directors, the following actions are prohibited in the RA Common Area: a. Carrying or discharging of firearms, air guns, archery equipment, including but not limited to bow and arrow, and B-B guns; b. Hunting, trapping, harvesting or collecting of any wildlife, including but not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians; c. Feeding of nondomesticated wild animals (except songbirds); d. Practices that attract non-domesticated wild animals or those that may be vectors for infectious diseases, including, but not limited to, leaving pet food out of doors overnight in a location accessible to nondomesticated wild animals; e. Fires or burning; f. Overnight camping; g. Harvesting or collecting plant life, except as authorized by the Association. 12. Fishing in the Association’s Lakes and Ponds is permitted as per Section 8(i) of Common Area Rules & Regulations Resolution 2 on Lake Use & Access.

13. Geocaching (use of Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS) to locate a cache of materials is permitted only by Members under the following rules: a. Members interested in performing geocaching must notify the Association of all cache sites. b. Cache sites located on the Common Area must be completely hidden from view. c. Cache sites are not permitted near wildflowers, a wildlife nest or den. d. Cache sites located in the Association’s Common Area, known as the Walker Nature Education Center, must be no more than ten feet from a pathway or trail edge. e. The Association shall not be held liable for any injuries or personal property damage incurred by those participating in geocaching on the Common Area. The Board of Directors may, for specific management purposes on certain properties, amend these rules or implement additional rules to meet land and resource management objectives.

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Fishing & Boating Guidelines

Reston’s four man-made lakes — Anne, Thoreau, Audubon, and Newport — along with Reston’s two ponds, Bright and Butler, cover 125 acres and provide recreation and stormwater management for the community. While swimming and ice skating are not permitted, fishing, boating, wildlife watching, and lakeside picnicking are available to RA members and their guests.

FISHING IN RESTON Fishing is allowed on all of Reston’s lakes and ponds from designated areas. ƒƒ Much of the shoreline around each lake is private. Please respect the “No Trespassing” and “Private Property” areas indicated by signs. ƒƒ Please do not litter. ƒƒ Please do not feed ducks, geese or other waterfowl. Lake Newport: Along dam (park at Brown’s Chapel). Lake Anne: Along Lake Anne Plaza steps and dock, along south shore of the canal and along dam. Lake Thoreau: Along 80 feet of shoreline and dock near Thoreau pool, along dam, along bridge near golf course, and along timber wall at Purple Beach. Lake Audubon: Along dam behind Brenton Point Drive, at boat ramp and dam at Twin Branches Road and along shoreline for 150 feet near Nature Center. Docks are private.

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Species of fish that may be caught include: Large mouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, blue gill and sunfish. Please release grass carp. To support the large mouth bass population, please fish out large mouth bass four to twelve inches from Lake Aududon, Thoreau and Newport. Catch and release all species at Lake Anne. ƒƒ Anglers 16 years and older must have a VA fishing license. ƒƒ Residents may fish from RA-owned property, which includes the dams on each lake.

BOATING IN RESTON Reston’s four lakes are also available for boating. We suggest taking your favorite book out, having a floating picnic or fishing for large mouth bass. ƒƒ Electric motors only ƒƒ A free permit for general access to the four lakes is available at the RA main office,12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, during regular office hours. Proof of boat size is required. ƒƒ The concrete boat ramp at Lake Audubon, off of Twin Branches Road, is available to launch boats from trailers. ƒƒ Access points are monitored between April and October.

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Other general access points for hand-carried boats include: ƒƒ On Lake Thoreau, the grassy area by the underpasses at the intersection of South Lakes Drive and Ridge Heights Road. ƒƒ On Lake Anne, the area at the north end of the dam at the intersection of Wiehle Ave. and Inlet Court. ƒƒ On Lake Newport, at the east end of the dam at the wooden dock. Boat Reminders ƒƒ Boats (jon boats, canoes, deck boats, sailboats, etc.) may be up to 18 feet long, and no more than ten feet wide. ƒƒ One electric motor (no gas motors) up to three horsepower may be used. ƒƒ Inflatables must have three separate compartments and sidewalls. ƒƒ All boats are required to have a wearable flotation device for each passenger on board. ƒƒ All boats left in the water between November 1 and March 31 require a permanent mooring permit. ƒƒ If you see an abandoned boat floating around or have lost your boat on our lakes, call Watershed Specialist Brian Petty at 703-435-6535 to help track it down. ƒƒ Only lakefront owners may permanently moor a boat on Reston's lakes. Cluster or condo associations who own lakefront property have specific rules regarding boat mooring, consistent with RA rules and regulations. For more information, see Resolution 2: Lake Use Access in Governing Documents.

Directory & Facilities RESTON ASSOCIATION HEADQUARTERS (14) 12001 SUNRISE VALLEY DRIVE 703-435-6530 NORTH HILLS POOL (1) 1325 NORTH VILLAGE ROAD 703-707-9367 AUTUMNWOOD POOL (2) 11950 WALNUT BRANCH ROAD 703-437-3847 DOGWOOD POOL (24) Dogwood Pool will be closed for renovation this summer. Please visit www.reston.org for up to date information. Additional amenities will include a zero-depth entry, outside water play area and picnic pavilion. We will host a Grand Re-opening in May 2012. GLADE POOL (29) 11550 GLADE DRIVE 703-860-9765 GOLF COURSE ISLAND POOL (12) 11301 LINKS DRIVE 703-437-9792 HUNTERS WOODS POOL (26) 2501 RESTON PARKWAY 703-860-9763 LAKE AUDUBON POOL (22) 2070 TWIN BRANCHES ROAD 703-620-9801 LAKE NEWPORT POOL (3) 11601 LAKE NEWPORT ROAD 703-689-9862 LAKE THOREAU POOL (19) 2040 UPPER LAKES DRIVE 703-860-9843 NEWBRIDGE POOL (17) 11718 GOLF COURSE SQUARE 703-860-9713 TALL OAKS POOL (13) 12025 NORTH SHORE DRIVE 703-437-9854 UPLANDS POOL (7) 11032 RING ROAD 703-437-9784


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LAKE ANNE PICNIC PAVILION (6) 11301 NORTH SHORE DRIVE NORTH HILLS PICNIC PAVILION (1) 1325 NORTH VILLAGE ROAD PONY BARN PICNIC PAVILION (28) TRIPLE CROWN/STEEPLECHASE DRIVE

TEMPORARY ROAD PICNIC PAVILION (11) TEMPORARY ROAD/NORTHSHORE DRIVE

WALKER NATURE EDUCATION CENTER CAMPFIRE RING (31) SOAPSTONE DRIVE & LAWYERS ROAD

WALKER NATURE EDUCATION CENTER (30) 11450 GLADE DRIVE 703-476-9689

POLO FIELDS RECREATION AREA (15) THUNDER CHASE DRIVE RESTON ASSOCIATION CENTRAL SERVICES FACILITY (10) 12250 SUNSET HILLS ROAD 703-437-7658

NORTH HILLS TENNIS COURTS (1) 1325 NORTH VILLAGE ROAD HOOK ROAD TENNIS COURTS (9) FAIRWAY DRIVE/HOOK ROAD AUTUMNWOOD TENNIS COURTS (2) 11950 WALNUT BRANCH ROAD BARTON HILL TENNIS COURTS (20) SUNRISE VALLEY DRIVE/BARTON HILL ROAD COLTS NECK TENNIS COURTS (27) COLTS NECK ROAD GLADE TENNIS COURTS (29) 11550 GLADE DRIVE

LAKE ANNE TENNIS COURTS (6) 11301 NORTH SHORE DRIVE NORTH SHORE TENNIS COURTS (8) 11515 NORTH SHORE DRIVE UPPER LAKES TENNIS COURTS (18) UPPER LAKES DRIVE/SUNRISE VALLEY DRIVE UPLANDS TENNIS COURTS (7) 11032 RING ROAD BROWN’S CHAPEL PARK (4) BARON CAMERON AVENUE HUNTERS WOODS PICNIC PAVILION (25) STEEPLECHASE DRIVE

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Board of Directors Actions September 2011 - December 5, 2011 September 2011

Approved the “Statement of Environmental Consideration for Future Development in Reston”, as presented by the Environmental Advisory Committee and sent a letter containing the statement to the Association’s Design Review Board and Reston Planning & Zoning Committee. Directed the Tennis and Communications Advisory Committees to further refine the “Tennis in Reston – An Overview” for review by the Board of Directors during its October 27, 2011 regular meeting. Granted to Fairfax County conservation easement on Reston Section 36, Block 5 as depicted on September 2011 Dogwood Pool Renovation Record Plat -1950; to dedicate to the Virginia Department of Transportation, for public street purposes, 0.0431 acres of Reston Section 36, Block 5; to grant to Fairfax County the 10’ storm drainage easement on Reston Section 36, Block 5; to vacate that portion of the storm drainage easement on Reston Section 36, Block 5, previously conveyed to Fairfax County; to vacate that portion of the sanitary sewer easement on Reston Section 36, Block 5, previously conveyed to Fairfax County; to vacate that portion of the Fairfax County Water Authority easement on Reston Section 36, Block 5, previously conveyed to Fairfax County. (Full motion can be viewed on www.reston.org under the Board Minutes section of the site.) Approved the report of the Legal Committee and authorize action to be taken on the cases reviewed during its meeting of September 7, 2011. (Full motion can be viewed on www.reston.org under the Board Minutes section of the site.) Appointed: • Sam Stalcup as the Chair and Ed Robichaud as the Vice Chair of the Elections Committee for a term of one year, ending October 2012.

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Irwin Flashman to the Environmental Advisory Committee whereby he shall serve for a term of three years, ending September 2014.

Nicole Wynands to the Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee whereby she shall serve for a term of three years, ending September 2014.

Approved the changes made to Assessment & Finance Resolution 2; Assessment Rates & Collection Procedures which clarifies language used in the resolution, specifies the date the Annual Assessment is due; and delineates the Association’s collections processes, as amended.

October 2011 Meeting I

Approved the 2012 Board of Directors Election Schedule, which includes setting the Record Eligibility Date for Members to participate in the Election as January 30, 2012, and the deadline for returning the Elections Ballots to the Counting Agent’s office and online voting booth closes, which is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2012. Approved changes to Elections & Referendum Resolution 2; Candidate Filing Procedures & Orientation, thereby permitting the Elections Committee to hold Forums at least ten (10) calendar days prior to, and no more than 10 calendar days after, the mailing of the Elections Ballots to the Members, as amended. Approved Use and Maintenance Standards Resolution 15; AirConditioning Units/RELAC HVAC System, which establishes administrative procedures to be implemented with respect to Member requests for approval from the Covenants Committee to supplement their RELAC HVAC systems, as amended.

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Appointed: • Sridhar Ganesan as the Chair of the Tennis Advisory Committee for a term of one year, ending October 2012. Directed the Fiscal Committee to examine and provide the Board of Directors with an analysis by November 17, 2011, on the long-term management of the Association’s Capital Assets. (Full motion can be viewed on www. reston.org under the Board Minutes section of the site.) Denied Reston Association staff to charge a flat rate, per square foot, for all Garden Plot leases in the amount of $0.20 per square foot in 2012 and $0.20 per square foot in 2013. Authorized staff to charge a flat rate, per square foot, for all Garden Plot leases in the amount of $0.20 per square foot in 2012 and $0.25 per square foot in 2013.

October 2011 Meeting II

Amended the 2011 Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee Work Plan adding the task of identifying and recommending to the Board grant opportunities for pedestrian and bicycling initiatives in Reston. Approved the document entitled “The State of Tennis in Reston — An Overview," as amended. Directed the Tennis Advisory Committee to revise the proposed document entitled “Indoor Tennis In Reston – An Overview” for the Board’s consideration on November 17, 2011. Approved staff’s request to expend approximately $12,000 in FY 2011 to improve Brown’s Chapel Park Baseball Field 3 by: 1) skinning the infield to address drainage issues; and, 2) reconfiguring the field to a convertible 50/70 – 46/60 to accommodate a variety of baseball league levels.

Directed staff to work with Legal Counsel to draft a letter requesting that all off-site recreational amenities and/or cash contributions to be proffered by developers as part of any rezoning in or adjacent to the boundaries of Reston Association should be designated by the Board of Supervisors for delivery to Reston Association as the adjacent homeowners association. Appointed: • Director Knueven to serve as Reston Association’s representative on the Reston Planning & Zoning Member Selection Committee.

November 2011

Approve the 2012-2016 Strategic Action Plan, as amended. Approved the proposed operating and capital budgets for fiscal years 2012 and 2013, thereby setting the planned Revenues, Operating Expenses, and Capital Expenditures. (Full motion can be viewed on www. reston.org under the Board Minutes section of the site.) Denied elimination of $15,000 for the compensation study and addition of $15,000 to employee merit increases. Approved amendments to Exhibit A of Assessment & Finance Resolution 2; Assessment Rates & Collection Procedures to reflect the proposed Annual Assessment Rates, Installment Plan Fees, Collection Fees, and respective due dates for 2012. Agreed to reduce the Fairfax County Tax Reduction Rate from $280 per unit to $260 per unit.


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Board of Directors Directed staff to publish on the Association’s website, after legal counsels, review to determine whether any legal impediments would prevent such publication and the Board’s review on December 15, 2011: 1) the spreadsheets used to calculate the estimated revenues contained in the indoor tennis pro forma budgets; and 2) all estimates for construction costs, including backup data, for the indoor tennis facility obtained by staff. Approved the letter, as amended, to Fairfax County Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins requesting that all off-site recreational amenities and/or cash contributions to be proffered by developers as part of any rezoning in or adjacent to the boundaries of Reston Association be designated by the Board of Supervisors for delivery to Reston Association.

December 2011 Meeting I Approved the 2012 Board Meeting Calendar.

Reappointed: • Bob Stein and Dan McGuire to the Transportation Advisory Committee whereby each shall serve for a term of three years, ending December 2014. •

Kathryn Martin and Patty Nicoson to the Transportation Advisory Committee whereby each shall serve for a term of three years, ending January 2015.

Directed staff to install at least one “no-smoking” sign at each Reston Association facility where smoking is prohibited under Common Area Rules & Regulations Resolution 1, Paragraph 4.

Elected to the Board of Directors of the Friends of Reston for Community Projects, Inc., Aurelia Dinoso, who shall serve for a term of three years, ending November 2014.

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Board of Directors Election Important Dates

March 5, 2012- Ballots mailed/online voting begins www.reston.org March 14, 2012 7 p.m. Candidates' Forum, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive March 30, 2012, 5 p.m. Deadline to Return Ballots to counting agent Three seats open: One South Lakes District Director Two At-Large Directors Residential property owners and renters are eligible to vote in the election. Results will be announced at the Annual Members' Meeting, Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Kathleen Driscoll McKee, President South Lakes District Representatives Kathleen.driscoll.mckee@gmail.com Paul Thomas, Vice President At-Large Representative pabloreston@gmail.com

Joe Leighton, Secretary At-Large Representative Joe_Leighton@comcast.net

John Higgins, Treasurer Reston Association Member john.higgins@fairfaxcounty.gov

Amanda Andere Apartment Owners’ Representative amanda.andere@gmail.com

Cheryl Beamer, Board Director Hunters Woods/Dogwood District Representative cherylbeamer@verizon.net

Andrew “Andy” Sigle, Board Director At-Large Representative awsigle@gmail.com

Tom Vis, Board Director At-Large Representative tvisrasoc@hotmail.com

Ken Knueven, Board Director Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District Representative kknueven@hotmail.com

Mike Collins, Board Director North Point District Representative mike4ra@gmail.com

Milton Matthews, Chief Executive Officer matthews@reston.org

Details or Questions: Cate Fulkerson cate@reston.org or 703-435-6512. WWW.RESTON.ORG | SPRING EDITION 2012

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SAVE THE DATE

2012 Annual Members' Meeting Honoring and Recognizing Members of the Community

Tuesday, April 10 Reston Association 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, 20190 Details: 703 435-6530

Learn the results of the

2012 Board of Directors Election. www.reston.org

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