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Robert E. Simon Jr. 1914 - 2015

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CONTENTS

20 FEATURES Remembering a Community Visionary A special photo tribute and community remembrances of Reston’s founder Robert E. Simon Jr. Cover: A photo of Robert E. Simon Jr. when he was 95.

Photographer: David Madison

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Reston Town Center Celebrates 25 Years

Bundeswehr in Reston

RA’s Partnerships Make a Better, Brighter Community

BY CAROL NAHORNIAK

A look back at the history of RTC and the innovative and visionary open-air town center development concept.

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SGCC Enhances Our Community A Partnership That is a “Home Run” Lifelong Learning in Reston The Americans with Disabilities Act I Love Birthdays Equity Lens in the Community

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Rally for a Cause

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BY KELLEY WESTENHOFF

Reston-based German Armed Forces Command USA/CAN and their families give back to the local community with the annual Christkindlmarkt and other community service projects.

BY JESSICA BIGGER

Learn about Reston Association’s many community partnerships which make Reston a better place to live, work and play.

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Scholarship Enriches the Lives of Those Less Fortunate Wildlife-Friendly Certified Yard Reston Multicultural Festival


INSIDE MEMBER SERVICES 48 49 50 51

Welcome to Reston Update Your Account Covenants Workshop 2015-16 Schedule 2016 Pool & Tennis Passes

WINTER PROGRAMS & EVENTS 52 Aquatics 54 Camps 56 Nature

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GET INVOLVED 74 75 76 77 78 79

Winter Stream Monitoring MLK Day Habitat Heroes Projects APODCAA Goes Green in Service Corporate Team Building with a Difference Corporate Team Building Service Projects

BOARD AND GOVERNANCE 80 81

Board Actions Board of Directors

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INFO AND RESOURCES 82 Facility Rental 84 Reston Association Common Area 85 Fishing and Boating Guidelines 86 Facilities and Map

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RESTON VOLUME 6 | NUMBER 4

where healthy food comes naturally

PUBLISHER Ellen Graves, RA President, Board of Directors

DESIGN & PRODUCTION Long Nguyen long@reston.org

EDITORIAL Mike Leone mike@reston.org

PHOTOGRAPHER Sean Bahrami sean@reston.org

COPY EDITORS Jennifer O’ Connor Kathy Bush CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Amanda Lowe, Charles A. Veatch, David Madison, George Burke, Kristina Alcorn, LeRoy Wallin, Linda Rutledge, Lisa Barker, Rachel McCarthy RA CONTRIBUTORS Abby Stocking, Ashleigh Soloff, Brad Wilson, Cate Fulkerson, Claudia Thompson-Deahl, Ha Brock, Katie Shaw, Laura Kowalski, Lisa Delgado, Nicki Bellezza, Rob Tucker, Sabrina Tadele, Willa Whitacre

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Southgate Community Center Enhances Our Community L BY ELLEN GRAVES  PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEAN BAHRAMI

ocated along Glade Drive in South Reston, Southgate Community Center (SGCC) serves as an important community resource offering multicultural programs for families, adults, toddlers, children, teens, seniors and individuals with disabilities for members in the Southgate neighborhood and throughout Reston. As Reston Association board president and a member of the SGCC advisory council, I am particularly proud of the partnership between SGCC, Cornerstones and Reston Association. SGCC features some wonderful recreational facilities like a teen room, game room, computer room, a multi-purpose court that hosts basketball games and other sports. During the school year SGCC provides a safe, structured environment for after school activities and educational programs that serve over 22,000 youth annually in our community. Some of the after school programs includes kids enrichment programs, kids Café (afterschool supper and snack), and tutoring. In addition, for adults and seniors, SGCC offers a variety of programs including Zumba, yoga classes, ESOL classes, Citizenship classes, computer classes and Pro Bono Legal Clinics for individuals seeking US Citizenship or in need of other legal services. Most of the

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DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR SGCC PROVIDES A SAFE, STRUCTURED ENVIRONMENT FOR AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS THAT SERVE OVER 22,000 YOUTH ANNUALLY IN OUR COMMUNITY.

programs offered are free. One very special program offered to Dogwood and Hunters Woods Elementary students is the Potomac Arts Academy. Since 2009, Southgate has collaborated with Hunters Woods Elementary and George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy to provide weekly sessions in visual arts, music, theater, and science to 4-6th graders. The three month winter program is offered to nearly 50 students which culminate each year in a visit to George Mason in late March to expose students to the nearby university. Throughout the year, SGCC also offers a number of cultural events and special programs such as the

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annual Latino Festival, Teen Fest, Community Day and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (MLK) Birthday Celebration. Another resource SGCC is proud to have in the Reston community is The Mobile Marketplace. This is held at Southgate every second Saturday from 10 a.m. – Noon The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) provide low-income residents in the Reston community with access to seasonal fresh produce at no charge through the CAFB’s Mobile Marketplace program. This open-air market began on May 24 and continues on the 2nd Saturday of every month through November 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the SGCC. SGCC is built on RA Common Area site that once had a 25-meter outdoor pool. Seeing an opportunity to convert the underutilized facility to a vibrant community space, in 2002 the Reston Association held a referendum and obtaining member permission entered into a 99-year lease with Fairfax County who contributed the capital associated with installing the facility you see today. As a key partner in overseeing the success of the center, Reston Association holds four seats on the 18 member Advisory Council for SGCC. The purpose of the Council is to advise the director and provide input and feedback about the social, recreational and

educational programs and activities at the SGCC for residents of Southgate and surrounding neighborhoods. The Council also supports center policies and procedures, initiatives, programs, services and activities. They work with the director to develop policies and procedures to support the operation of the center. In addition, a number of Reston Association staff assist with programs throughout the year. At this time of year when we pause and give thanks, I am particularly thankful that we have SGCC here in Reston enhancing and enriching the quality of life for all of our members. Southgate symbolizes and embraces Reston founder Robert E. Simon Jr’s principle that all Restonians live, work, and have recreation in the community. Ellen Graves is the president of Reston Association.

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A Partnership That is a “Home Run” BY CATE FULKERSON  PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEAN BAHRAMI

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he Reston community is blessed to have a diverse number of non-profit organizations that help make our community “happen”. Reston Association is proud to partner with many of these organizations to ensure the fullest usage of the lands and facilities we manage, especially sports groups. Over the past three decades we have been working closely with one such organization to ensure that the recreational facilities they use in Reston are in the best condition possible to promote certain core values that are essential peace, health, comfort, safety and general welfare of the youth in our community. This organization is the Reston Little League (RLL) and serves as a stellar example of how a volunteerbased community organization can come together for the benefit of all regardless of economic standing or athletic skill level to teach important life lessons to the youth of the Greater Reston and Herndon areas.

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RLL offers a fun and competitive baseball experience for boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 12 no matter what their economic level, in the greater Reston and Herndon communities. The program focuses on the development of baseball skills, sportsmanship and a love of the game of baseball in a family oriented atmosphere. Specifically, the objective or mission of RLL is to infuse in the children of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens. To achieve this objective, RLL offers a supervised program under the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball, Inc. All Members of the organization believe that the attainment of exceptional athletic skill or winning of games is secondary, and the molding of future citizens is of prime importance. Over

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700 children participate in the RLL program annually. Additionally, RLL strives to reach out to all residents of Reston and Herndon with specific programs geared toward reaching minorities and low income families that might not otherwise be playing baseball. Cost is never a factor. RLL offers full scholarships to those who cannot afford the league fees, uniforms and equipment. Approximately 50 scholarships have been awarded over the past five years. RLL also runs the only Challenger program for children with physical and mental disabilities in the region which brings families from the surrounding areas together every Sunday to play baseball as a community. At the end of the spring season, RLL sponsors a Challenger team to participate in a National Challenger Jamboree held annually in Norfolk, VA. On a very basic level, RLL gives boys and girls of any play level, the opportunity to participate in outdoor

activities (and some indoor) for five months out of the year. Every child who registers to play in RLL is placed on a team. A unique aspect to the RLL program is the way in which RLL places children on teams. At the lower levels children are organized by neighborhood and school affiliation. At the upper competitive levels (AA-Majors 8-12 year olds), registrants are put into a “Common Pool” and then placed through a draft on teams at their appropriate skill level. This is fairly unique in the Little League community. Many regions organize their lower levels like RLL does, but at the upper levels once players are “drafted” onto a team they remain on that team for the remainder of their little league career, limiting their opportunity to mix with a variety of players and families. The implementation of the “Common Pool” placement process throughout the RLL program at all age levels enables players and families to meet and learn from one another. This is the key


to the community building aspect of the RLL program. By the time players have “graduated” from the RLL program they have played with over 100 different children and their parents have interacted with just as many families. RLL is an all-volunteer league. Over 450 parents devote their personal time to support and operate the league. In addition to the games and practices, RLL hosts many events thought the year which are also “staffed” by volunteers. These events/programs include the Opening Day Parade at Reston Town Center; end of the season picnic; the Thanksgiving Day Parade at Town Center; Winter Clinics, Minority Outreach programs; and the BlastBall! Program held in cooperation with the YMCA. RLL relies on fundraising to help support the operations of its organization as well as full scholarships for children who want to play baseball but cannot afford the registration fees or equipment. Player

registration fees account for only a portion of the needed operating capital required for equipment, facilities maintenance and repairs, uniforms, etc. RLL supplements player registration fees by attracting corporate sponsors and through fundraising. Each team is expected to participate in the league's annual fundraising activity; which typically brings in about $60,000 annually. RLL is an impressive group and one with which the Association is honored to partner with. RA’s Brown’s Chapel Ballfields in North Reston serve as RLL’s “home base” for their fall and spring programs. The Association’s grounds maintenance team works hard to make sure the fields are in pristine condition for the young players and their dedicated volunteer coaches that use them during the week and on weekends. Over $300,000 in capital improvements has been made to these fields over the past couple of years to improve field conditions and nighttime play.

THIS SUMMER, RLL SURPRISED THE ASSOCIATION WITH A $20,000 DONATION TOWARD THE MAINTENANCE OF THE FIELDS. As a collaborative relationship, the Association continuously confers with RLL on best field management practices not only at Brown’s Chapel, but at RA ballfields, community-wide. Many of the improvements that are made to the fields are done in consultation with RLL. This summer, RLL surprised the Association with a $20,000 donation toward the maintenance of the fields. This is not the first time this community partner has contributed to the betterment of RA facilities; they have made similar contributions over the years.

Like you, they are stakeholders who are willing to invest in the assets the Association is responsible for and want to be the best stewards of these assets for their children and their community. RA’s partnership with RLL is one that I consider a “home run” for us all. Cate Fulkerson is the CEO of Reston Association, a 38-year resident of Reston and 25-year employee of RA; committed to making Reston the best it can be and giving you the best value possible for your assessment dollars.

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Lifelong Learning in Reston R BY KEN PLUM  PHOTO PROVIDED BY KEN PLUM

eston is home to the best educated populace in one of the best educated counties in the United States. Population statistics clearly show that not only do members of our community over age 25 finish high school and college, but they go on for advanced and professional degrees. My personal experience has been that more people in our community have doctorate degrees but prefer not to be addressed as doctor than those who want to use the title in speech or after their written name. As an educator with 30 years of experience working for Fairfax County Public Schools, I know that a characteristic of well-educated people is that they value quality education. That value is obvious in the way they have lived their own lives, but it is also clear in their support for quality K-12 and higher education programs for young people. Another way that persons with educational credentials express the high value they give to education is in their support for and participation in lifelong learning opportunities. Few communities can match Reston and Fairfax County in the vast array of learning and fun opportunities available to persons of all ages. Of course there are many ways that continuing education can help individuals to advance in their careers and become more knowledgeable as citizens and consumers, but there are also many opportunities to study and learn for the fun of it! Research indicates that especially for those nearing or in advanced years of life learning can contribute to better mental and physical health. Opportunities for continuing education abound in our community, starting with the programs and

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RESEARCH INDICATES THAT ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE NEARING OR IN ADVANCED YEARS OF LIFE LEARNING CAN CONTRIBUTE TO BETTER MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH.

services of Reston Association (www. reston.org) listed in this magazine. The offerings at Reston Community Center (www.restoncommunitycenter. com) can be found in its quarterly, college catalogue-size publication. Develop and practice news skills, be entertained and learn to entertain, enrich and improve your life at the Center or one of its satellite locations. Also serving the lifelong learning interests of our community are the continuing education and enrichment opportunities at George Mason University (www.ocpe.gmu.edu) and Northern Virginia Community College (www.nvcc.edu/workforce) and their multiple locations. Enrollment in degree programs is not needed, nor is a long-term commitment necessary. The adult and community education program of Fairfax County Public Schools (www.fcps.edu/is/ace) has been offering classes and activities in the community for nearly 60 years, with my having been associated with the program for half its existence. Classes are inexpensive and held at local high schools like Herndon High School and many locations across the county, including the Plum Center for Lifelong Learning. It continues, I believe, to be the most extensive public school adult education program in the country. The Osher Lifelong Learning

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Institute at George Mason University (www.olli.gmu.edu), with which I was a part of its founding 25 years ago, offers numerous short-and longterm courses on a variety of subjects. While college-level-like, the courses do not offer credit nor do they require exams or homework. Members of OLLI who are well-educated with a wide range of experiences actually teach most of the courses in Reston and other locations. I have had the joy of teaching courses on Virginia’s history and government for many years. Add to the list of what makes Reston a great place to live, work and play the numerous opportunities

available for lifelong learning for the pure joy of learning, enriching life, expanding horizons, and meeting the exciting and interesting people who take part in lifelong learning opportunities. Delegate Plum represents the 36th District, including all of Reston, in the Virginia House of Delegates.


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The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25 Reston and Its Founder Were Ahead of Their Time BY GERRY CONNOLLY  PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE BURKE

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n the early 1960s, when Reston founder Bob Simon created the seven founding principles of Reston, the third item on the list stated “the importance and dignity of each individual would be the focal point for all planning, and take precedence for large-scale concepts.” As with many of Bob Simon’s visionary ideas, his concept of dignity for all was way ahead of its time. Two decades later, in March of 1990, scores of Americans from across the country gathered at the East Front of the U.S. Capitol to rally for passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which seemed hopelessly bogged down in four different congressional committees. As the rally was drawing to a close that day, dozens of people with disabilities cast aside their crutches, their walkers, their wheelchairs, and other mobility devices and began to crawl up the steps of the U.S. Capitol, with the crowd cheering them on. By all accounts, what is now known as the “Capitol Crawl of 1990” was a dramatic moment as the disabled advocates used their hands, their arms, and, when possible, their legs, to crawl up the 100 stone steps to the Capitol entrance. Those who were there recall the courage of the individuals who made that climb, like 8-year-old Jennifer Keelan of Denver, who rapidly moved up the stairs using only her elbows and knees; and a 33-yearold Chicagoan, Paulette Patterson,

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who slowly and painfully crawled up on her back one step at a time, proclaiming for all to hear, “I want my civil rights. I want to be treated like a human being.” That March day in 1990 was a pivotal moment in convincing Congress to pass legislation providing dignity and rights for the disabled. Shortly afterwards, Congress passed the ADA wide bipartisan margin and President George H.W. Bush signed it into law. This year marks the 25th anniversary of that landmark law, which provided comprehensive protections against disability discrimination in employment, public services, transportation, telecommunications, public accommodation, and services operated by private entities. The ADA has helped tens of millions of Americans lead fuller and more productive lives, but we still have more to do on behalf of the one-in-five Americans with disabilities. Just as the Civil Rights Act has failed to eradicate racism and the Voting Rights Act has failed to eliminate voter suppression, many Americans with disabilities still face discrimination in hiring, in the workplace, and in accommodations. We face an unprecedented influx of young servicemen and women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with debilitating injuries, lost limbs, traumatic brain injuries, and post traumatic stress disorder. In past wars many of those heroes would not have survived

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Congressman Gerry Connolly receives an award for his work on disabilities, presented by Fairfax County Deputy Sheriff Josh King and his daughter Josclyn.

their battle wounds. But advances in medical care on the battlefield and back home have given these veterans a second chance. It is our responsibility and our duty to make sure they have a fair chance of living the American dream. There are few among us who don’t have family members with disabilities. More than 57 million Americans — one in five — have a disability. And as we age, each of us will find that the probability of developing a disability rises exponentially. While our work is not yet done, we have made great strides in protecting and ensuring the rights of

those with disabilities, just as we have moved forward on civil rights, human rights, and LGBT rights. As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA, Restonians can be proud of the fact that this community — and its visionary founder Bob Simon — were advocating for equal rights for all, long before the ADA became the law of the land. Congressman Gerry Connolly represents Virginia’s 11th District, which includes Reston. A former chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, he serves on both the Oversight and Government Reform and the Foreign Affairs committees.


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I Love Birthdays W BY CATHY HUDGINS

hether individuals or institutions, the idea of a special day designated to commemorate the entrance into the world of a new person or a new idea with unimaginable potential is certainly ample justification to celebrate. One such idea — national healthcare insurance — grew into the medical reality of Medicare (federal funded program) and Medicaid (state-funded program). Amazingly, these programs have transformed medical access. Consider how Medicare has immeasurably benefited seniors and disabled Americans by enabling both to use home-care and communitybased services rather than experience the social upheaval of institutional facilities. Moreover, Medicaid currently provides maternity care

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I AM SO PLEASED TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON ANOTHER YEAR OF COVERAGE AND CARE FOR OVER 80 MILLION PEOPLE, MITIGATING MEDICAL COSTS AND MAKING ALL AMERICAN BENEFICIARIES, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, A SUBSTANTIALLY HEALTHIER SOCIETY.

for almost half of all pregnancies. But it wasn’t easy. In fact, there were dire predictions about

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the long-term effects. There was “opposition from Republicans, conservative Democrats, and organized medicine.” Sound familiar? As recently as 2010, similar rhetoric surrounded the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the ACA delivers on its promise of universal health care, just like Medicare has supported older Americans, the poor, and the disabled, then, as a nation we will achieve several of the major goals of the Constitution — We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. I am so pleased to congratulate you on another year of coverage and care for over 80 million people, mitigating medical costs and making all Americans beneficiaries, one way or another, a substantially healthier society. You have truly fulfilled your potential and more. 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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Equity Lens in the Community H BY LEILA GORDON  PHOTOGRAPHY BY LINDA RUTLEDGE

ow do you look at the world through an equity lens? A key to this perspective is in this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. (from “Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution”) It is this idea of mutuality and seeing ourselves in the lives of others — empathy — that is at the heart of living in a community that practices seeing the world through an equity lens. Equity is not the same as equality. Equality provides the same identical set of tools for everyone to succeed; equity is assuring that everyone has the actual tools they need to succeed. We want to explore the potential in our community for using an “equity lens” to assure that everyone here reaches their potential. When Anna Deavere Smith shared her work with the Reston community last year for the 2015 Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, it prompted such deep conversation among her audiences

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IT IS THIS IDEA OF MUTUALITY AND SEEING OURSELVES IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS — EMPATHY — THAT IS AT THE HEART OF LIVING IN A COMMUNITY THAT PRACTICES SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH AN EQUITY LENS. that it became imperative to have her return to continue and check in on our dialogs. Reston Community Center made a commitment to using a variety of events and experiences to look at issues reflected in national dialogs about disproportionality, the justice system, and other aspects of 21st century realities.

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In planning these, we have been working with many community partners. This past fall, with the Initiative for Public Art — Reston (IPAR), we launched that effort with We Make Reston — an action that is part of INSIDE OUT— a global art project that celebrates the intrinsic value of all individuals. In addition to the project exhibit sites in Reston, a community conversation about the diversity the portraits reflected occurred the weekend of the Reston Multicultural Festival. In January, Anna Deavere Smith returns to Reston for the Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration with a performance work, From Rodney King to Michael Brown. She will also engage with the audience in dialog as well as further the conversation the following day in her keynote address. Also in 2016, we will collaborate with Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, our colleagues in the Human Services System, and Cornerstones, among

others, to host a community engagement event featuring a nationally recognized speaker to discuss how communities can develop an intentional path toward equity. Our goal is to advance the vision of Reston as an inclusive, healthy, and productive community. We hope you will stay tuned for more details about these activities of course, but most importantly, we hope if you are interested or want to become more involved in them, you will reach out to us — RCCContact@ fairfaxcounty.gov — and let us know. Faith communities, neighborhoods, organizations, and individuals — everyone is welcome and needed. Dr. King’s dream of the beloved community is part of Reston’s DNA; let’s stay together on this journey and make that dream a reality. Leila Gordon has been the RCC Executive Director since 2008.


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January 16 – 18

The 31st Annual Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration planning is underway, and will also include Community Service Projects; the Reston Community Orchestra 10th Annual Memorial Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. concert; the Voices of Inspiration Program by the Reston Martin Luther King, Jr. Church hosted by the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation; and a community dialogue on disproportionality and the school-to-prison pipeline.

A complete schedule will be available December 1 at www.restoncommmunitycenter.com.

Back by Popular Demand:

Anna Deavere Smith Anna Deavere Smith will explore issues of race, identity and community in America. Join her to experience the intensity of recognition as she uses her artistic powers to prompt discussion, public debate and action in honor of Dr. King and his legacy.

Sunday, January 17 • 8:00 p.m. From Rodney King to Michael Brown $25 Reston/$35 Non-Reston • the CenterStage

Monday, January 18 • 12:00 p.m. Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Keynote Address and Community Lunch $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston • RCC Hunters Woods

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Remembering a Community Visionary  PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID MADISON

“A visionary, a builder, a wonderful supporter of early education, a man who understood that ‘how we live’ is more important than whether we live in a great mansion or a modest apartment.” - Bennett Marsh “Better than anyone I know, Bob Simon knew and appreciated community. His plan for Reston did not start with designing a government structure. Some land use laws had to be changed to accommodate his plan, but the governance of that place he named Reston was left to the community.” - Del. Ken Plum

“They say one becomes immortal for as long as one is remembered after death. I think he will live on in history.” - Judith Andersen “He said the secret of life is one martini a night.” - Lisa Merkel, Herndon Mayor “Bob enjoyed talking to people and wanted Reston to be a place that provided residents with ample public spaces to gather and socialize.” - Larry Butler, Reston Association Senior Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources

“Let's change the name of Washington Plaza to Simons Plaza in his honor. It was one of the first things built under his leadership, and he spent many years there in retirement (he never really retired from the community, though).” - Chris Centner

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“Bob Simon was not only the founder of Reston, he was the person who conceived and helped implement the way Reston was and continues to be governed. Bob Simon will be dearly missed, but his work and vision will continue on through the efforts of the association, its members and volunteers.” - Cate Fulkerson, Reston Association CEO “We came to Reston in 1975 for an 18-month stay – so we thought. We came to Reston because we heard it was a place to live where our children would meet people of different colors, income, faiths and places of origin. Three generations of Singers live in Reston, in the town Bob built.” - Linda Singer

“Bob did somehow seem like he’d just keep on going. I was fortunate to know him as a friend and a neighbor. He lived in Heron House on Lake Anne where my husband and I live and I frequently drove him to various Reston Association meetings.” - Eve Thompson, Reston Association Board Member “In 1965 a number of MIT architecture and planning students made the pilgrimage to Columbia (MD) and Reston. Upon seeing Reston's Lake Anne one of our group said: ‘This could be Switzerland.’” - Richard M. Titus, Ph.D.

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ON THE STREET | STORIES | CURRENT EVENTS | HIGHLIGHTS “Saddened by the passing of Reston founder Bob Simon. He was a true visionary and entrepreneur of his time.” - Gov. Terry McAuliffe “What foresight all these years ago to make this such a great town to live in.” - Sumeet Chawla “He built a community with the idea that anyone of any color, faith or income level could live. Bob made sure that we have a beautiful community with open space and places to live, work and play.” - Linda Ascher Singer “Always upbeat and funny. We'll miss his smile.” - Gloria Whitehead

“The Northern Virginia region owes much of its character and success to Bob. I feel this loss sharply and shall miss his dedication, his laugh and his friendship. A local giant is gone from our midst.” - Rep. Gerry Connolly “In meeting Robert, what we found most interesting was that even as a centenarian, he was always engaged, lucid and interested in what residents like us thought and did.” - Wissam Yafi “So wonderful when one person can make a difference.” - Holly Turner

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“Robert E. Simon taught us how to live, to achieve, and to dream.” - Sen. Janet Howell “Will miss seeing him on our walks around Lake Anne.” - Jane Blanchard “In my mind I see Bob Simon over 50 years ago, who set out to be different type of civil rights leader, who when it wasn’t yet illegal to practice housing discrimination, stretched out his hands of opportunity, developed a planned community full of rich green trees, that was the first racially integrated community in Virginia, welcoming to all people of color and economic backgrounds” - Amanda Andere, Former Reston Association Board Member “In Bob Simon, Virginia has lost a visionary who recognized all humans ought to be able to live together and be neighbors. I was honored to celebrate his 100th birthday in Reston last year and I know his legacy will live on in the community he created and loved.” - Sen. Tim Kaine “I will always remember how he would often visit my classroom at LAES and tell the story of Reston to my students. He was a great man to be admired.” - Nancy C. Blodgett Harris “Gone but not forgotten.” - Pamela Amdur Grant

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Reston Town Center Celebrates

BY CAROL NAHORNIAK  PHOTOS PROVIDED BY CAROL NAHORNIAK

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magine what Reston would be like without Reston Town Center, a remarkable project ahead of its time when the opening was celebrated on October 18, 1990. With the dedication of the Saint Clair Cemin sculpture of Mercury Fountain that day, a much planned, internationally hailed, model downtown was established as a forecast of the future.

The Beginning

In the early 1980s, dedicated planning for Reston Town Center began as Reston was growing, with more homes being built, an increase in the job market, and the opening of the Dulles Toll Road. Reston Land Corporation staged an architectural design competition for the creation of a “memorable, vital, urban place.” RTKL, the firm that also created the master plan for Reston Town Center, was joined by Sasaki Associates, Inc.

to bring the beautiful design of Phase I to completion, covering 20 of the 400-plus acres designated as the urban core of Reston. The New York Times took notice with a 1986 article, “Downtown Look for a New Town,” by Ben A. Franklin, who wrote: “Widely hailed as the most esthetically pure citysatellite settlement of the 1960s, this celebrated ‘new town’ in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington is preparing to shed its carefully nurtured urban-village cocoon and go assertively ‘downtown’.”

Events = Community Traditions

In the development of Reston Town Center, planning for public events was a top priority to make this cutting edge project a success. Signature, annual events that were established during the first years, like the Northern Virginia Fine Arts

Festival, Taste of Reston, Reston Concerts on the Town, Reston Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting and Sing-Along, plus the winter-long Ice Skating Pavilion, are staples of the community and renowned in the region. Hundreds of events of all sizes for all ages are hosted by Reston Town Center throughout the year that involve walking, running, cycling, art, tastings, pet celebrations, films, music, and more, many of which support local and national charities. With all of these activities, plus shopping and a wide variety of restaurants, thousands of visitors are drawn to the venue, in addition to the thousands who ‘live, work, and play’ here each day. Reston Town Center is a destination, and the gathering place that was intended by Reston founder, Robert E. Simon, Jr.

Reston Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting, Sing-Along, and More!

Friday, Nov. 27 Everyone is invited to greet the holiday season with a tradition held on the day after Thanksgiving since 1991. This year’s parade theme of “Home Sweet Home” will honor the 25th anniversary of Reston Town Center, the meaning of home, and everything else that’s sweet.

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Silver Anniversary — Silver Line

Along with the silver anniversary, the promise of the Silver Line Metrorail is fulfilled. It won’t be long before the new Reston Town Center station will be just a short walk away for visitors, the workforce, and residents of Reston’s urban core. In the meantime, the nearby Wiehle-Reston East station is busy with passengers, just an eight-minute bus ride away. The walkability score is high for Reston’s urban center, which is also adjacent to the W&OD Trail that makes cycling a feasible transportation option. Reston Town Center condos, apartments, and Class A offices are in an ideal location for commerce and connection, just seven miles east of Washington Dulles International Airport and eighteen miles west of Washington, D.C.

A Model of Success

RTC TRIVIA TIME

As indoor malls were in vogue at the time of its development, skep1. In what year did Reston tics questioned the viability of an Town Center Pavilion outdoor shopping area, but now open? many malls in this region and beyond are being torn down to be re2. At Fountain Square placed with open-air town centers. is a sculpture of Tours of Reston Town Center are Mercury. What does he requested by groups from nearby and represent? around the world who want to learn more about this accomplishment. 3. Back in the day, which The magnificent, mixed-use Reston store sold records and Town Center set a new standard tapes at Reston Town when it opened in 1990, and twenCenter? ty-five years later it has proven to be an unequivocal success. 4. Before Davelle Clothiers, what was the Carol Nahorniak, creative director name of the shop in at Myers PR, lives, works, plays, that location? and gets involved in Reston.

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1. 1993 2. Mercury is the mythical Roman god of commerce, communication, and more. 3. Sam Goody 4. Timeless Ties

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Reston's Rally for a Cause Raises $4,500 A BY RACHEL MCCARTHY  PHOTOGRAPHY BY RACHEL MCCARTHY fter a warm, summerlike Saturday, and a cooler, fall Sunday, it was the perfect weekend for the 4th Annual Rally for a Cause tennis tournament on September 19 and 20 at Reston's Lake Newport tennis courts. A new record of ninety-six players, ranging from 3.0 to 4.5 in men’s and women’s singles and doubles, helped to raise money for two organizations: USTA Foundation Warrior Tennis Program and Cornerstones Laurel Learning Center. Courtney Park-Jamborsky, Director of Laurel Learning Center, was on hand Saturday to experience the excitement of this event. This year's champions included: Jang Han (women’s 3.0 singles), Rebecca South and Jang Han (women’s 3.0 doubles), Pablo Perez (men's 3.5 singles), Jennifer Ocampo (women's 3.5 singles), Pablo Perez and Jing Gu (men's 3.5 doubles), Nhan Le and Amanda Tran (women's 3.5 doubles), Nate Stone (men’s 4.0 singles), Amy Reichart (women's 4.0 singles), David Clawson and Yadiel Bisrat (men’s 4.0 doubles), Cindy Zettersten and Sonia Valdes (women's 4.0 doubles), Steve Myers (men's 4.5 singles), and Joshua

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Bochner and Jagannath Chakravarty (men’s 4.5 doubles). Dr. Hani Thariani, the presenting sponsor since the tournament’s inception, competed in the 4.5 men's singles and doubles tournament and finished second in the men’s singles draw. It is through the generosity of Dr. Thariani that 100 percent of the entry fees and raffle ticket proceeds went directly to the two organizations. Several local restaurants and businesses also donated raffle prizes, food and refreshments. In total, $4,500 was raised for the two causes, making it not only the most successful year to date but also nearly $1,000 more than last year’s tournament. Rachel McCarthy, member of Reston's Tennis Working Group.

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Bundeswehr in Reston

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n occasion, Reston residents who use the paths throughout our delightful treescape happen upon soldiers dressed in uniforms. The soldiers are unfailingly polite and friendly, and if one lives here long enough, one realizes that they are one of the best-kept secrets in the Washington D.C. area. We have German military personnel in our neighborhood. The German Armed Forces Command, United States and Canada, is located on Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston. It could be any other office building, but the colorful large piece of the Berlin Wall bears witness to the perseverance of the relationship between the United States and former West Germany. This friendship between the two countries, established after World War II and maintained throughout the Cold War, came to full fruition with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the reunification of Germany. Our German friends were here on September 11, 2001, when the world itself watched tragedy unfold. They grieved with us, and have worked with us in the wake of that attack towards a safer world. Deep friendship requires time. In November, the Command will celebrate 50 years of presence in the United States. The anniversary will be observed with a ceremony between the military commands and State Department personnel closer in to D.C. Lucky for us, their headquarters is in Reston, where they’ve been able to live, work, play and get

involved since 1991. But why are they here? The Command oversees approximately 1,100 military personnel scattered throughout 22 of the United States and Canada, along with their families. German officers and non-commissioned officers volunteer for these assignments, usually three years in length. While here, they do not live in small compounds, away from the ‘real’ America. Their commander, Colonel Joachim W. Bohn, says, “They want to be part of whatever community they live in.” Colonel Bohn emphasizes that one very important reason for the presence of so many German military personnel in the United States is to ensure a high quality working relationship between the personnel of the two countries when they are deploying troops to trouble spots around the world. “Wherever we go we meet our American brothers in arms. Everyone knows everyone else’s procedures,” he states. The second important reason to have a headquarters here is to encourage and support bilateral exchange programs. This includes cadets and instructors at each of the United States military academies as well as more technical matters such as flight training and use of military equipment that the two countries both operate. The third reason for their presence is, of course logistics. Supporting 1,100 soldiers and their families, as well as embassy and consulate needs, requires someone to coordinate the efforts. The members of the local

THE MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL HEADQUARTERS EXPRESS THEIR APPRECIATION TO THE RESTON (AND LARGER DC) COMMUNITY WITH THE ANNUAL CHRISTKINDLMARKT, SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 3 THIS YEAR. headquarters express their appreciation to the Reston (and larger D.C.) community with the annual Christkindlmarkt, scheduled for December 3 this year. All of the craft items sold at the Christkindlmarkt are handmade by the German military spouses, and they’ve just about reached their capacity in preparing enough to satisfy the many people who travel from all over the D.C. region to celebrate this open house. All proceeds from the event are donated to local charities, primarily Cornerstones and ECHO, both addressing the needs of Northern Virginia’s most underserved communities. They emphasize that none of the funds raised go back to Germany or even larger national or international charities — the families and command consider this their opportunity to thank their hosts for our hospitality to them.

Another important event the German military personnel are involved in is the laying of the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery during the holidays. As part of Wreaths Across America, wherever German military personnel are assigned across the U.S., they participate in similar acts of respect and reverence in our national cemeteries. Members of the command who live in and around Reston are particularly appreciative of the RA paths, the new Wiehle-Reston East metro station, and Reston’s proximity to the W&OD trail and mountain bike trails at Lake Fairfax. Many of them enjoy riding bicycles, a common form of transportation and recreation in Germany. The question has arisen — what can the local Reston community do to express our support and appreciation in return? Colonel Bohn says there are always some of the spouses who are not confident about their English, but who want to learn. Befriending them in your neighborhoods is the first step. Letting Reston Association know your ideas for more interaction is the second. As long as there is a need for military personnel from other countries to be stationed here in the United States, Reston Association and residents are fortunate indeed that we get the Germans. Kelley Westenhoff lives, bikes, plays, and gets involved in Reston. She is currently chair of the Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee.

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Scholarship Enriches the Lives of Those Less Fortunate E BY JESSICA BIGGER  PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEAN BAHRAMI

very year Reston Association (RA) gives out a number of scholarships to Reston youth whose families have demonstrated financial need, offering them an opportunity to participate in a multitude of programs they would normally not have a chance to be a part of. The RA Camp Scholarship Program offers scholarships for several RA day camps; teen camps, nature camps, science camps, sportsters, swim camp, Counselors in Training (CIT), Junior Lifeguard Camp, etc. RA includes transportation to and from each camp, as well as aftercare. All of RA’s camps are full day and each session is two weeks long. There is also a Tennis Scholarship Program for kids interested in building up their tennis skills. Although Reston is one of the wealthiest communities in Northern Virginia, many children living here qualify for the free or reduced price lunch program at school. Without a scholarship to RA’s camp program, these kids would never be able to experience what many fortunate children in Reston take for granted. Some of the children who live in [certain] areas of Reston, are not exposed to different experiences,” said Chalise Johnson-Kidd. Each child gets exposed to a whole new world, meeting new friends, finding

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WITHOUT A SCHOLARSHIP TO RA’S CAMP PROGRAM, THESE KIDS WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE WHAT MANY FORTUNATE CHILDREN IN RESTON TAKE FOR GRANTED.

support and just having a good time. It costs $450 to send one child or teenager to camp. This will cover two-week's tuition, T-shirts and transportation. To qualify for a scholarship, children must live in section 8 housing, be on government assistance or part of the free lunch program. Cornerstones, a school psychologist or counselor, or a pastor can also refer them. RA’s scholarship program has improved the lives of many less fortunate children and teenagers in Reston. It has also made a difference for many working parents, who would otherwise have to give up certain working opportunities to tend to their own children. There are numerous success stories that have come out of RA’s scholarship program. Many children have benefitted from the RA camp experience. One child was scared of

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water and couldn’t swim. After attending swim camp, this camper became a competent swimmer. When he was old enough, he secured a job as an RA lifeguard, which benefitted his family financially. Some children on scholarship have gone on to become counselors after attending the CIT program. They learned how to interview for a job and how to supervise children. Once they completed the program and received good marks from RA’s

camping staff, these children went on to become counselors the following summer. Many sports camps have turned away children with disabilities. So RA included scholarships for these children to attend its Sportsters camp. After attending Sportsters, many of these kids felt accepted, and flourished because of the experience. Some parents have mentioned how much Sportsters has enriched their children’s lives. For many, it


was the first time their kids had a chance to make friends. One of RA’s biggest supporters for its scholarship program has been the Long & Foster Reston sales office, one of the largest real estate brokers in the area. The brokerage has raised a total of $24,861 over the past five years and given many children and teenagers in need an incredible camp experience. Bonnie Haukness has headed up Long & Foster Reston sales office’s fundraising efforts for

RA’s Scholarship Program each year. Haukness recently met one of RA’s scholarship recipients during Reston’s Home Tour. This individual recognized Haukness and her fundraising efforts for RA’s Camp Scholarship Program. As a young immigrant, this Reston resident had limited opportunities, unlike most children in the community. He received a tennis scholarship from RA’s scholarship program, which made a huge impact on his life. This Restonian went on to study at a wellknown university on a tennis scholarship. Today he owns a home right on Lake Anne. “Hearing stories like this makes you feel good about giving back to those in our community who are less fortunate,” mentioned Haukness. “I only hope that those who are fortunate enough in our community will give to those who have so much less.”

If you would like to sponsor a child or teenager in need to attend one of RA’s two-week camp sessions next summer or one of its tennis programs, you can send a donation to the Friends of Reston at 11450 Glade Drive, Reston VA 20191. Please make checks payable to Friends of Reston and write "Camp Scholarship" in the memo section. All donations are tax-deductible. You can also donate online with a credit card or PayPal account. Donations in any amount are appreciated. A donation of $450 will cover two-week's tuition, T-shirts and transportation. Jessica Bigger is a freelance writer who lives in Reston.

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Wildlife-Friendly Certified Yard M BY FREYA DE COLA ď Ž PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEAN BAHRAMI

ike Sanio, at-large member of the RA Board of Directors, is helping Reston remain wildlifefriendly by getting his yard certified by the National Wildlife Federation. He says he originally learned about the program when his employer in Reston, the American Society of Civil Engineers, went through the process. When he heard that Reston was celebrating 15 years as a Certified Wildlife Habitat Community, he decided to take the plunge. Sanio lives on a cul-de-sac in North Reston. His house is surrounded by many typical non-native landscape plants, a lawn and a wooded backyard. "It's a work in progress," he says. "I'm transitioning to more native plants." But he already has enough elements to complete the fairly easy NWF certification application process. His back deck is shaded by a large native honeysuckle plant that attracts humming birds. He has a compost pile. There is a birdbath on the ground,

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WHEN HE HEARD THAT RESTON WAS CELEBRATING 15 YEARS AS A CERTIFIED WILDLIFE HABITAT COMMUNITY, HE DECIDED TO TAKE THE PLUNGE.

kept filled by an underground pipe system that, as an engineer, he was able to build. He has mature native trees, a couple of bird houses, a bat house and the family puts out bird feeders in the winter. Their cat stays indoors. He says he's doing this to bring more attention to the certification program. "There are a lot of folks who are interested but don't have the knowledge. What resources can we provide as an organization to help people develop more wildlifefriendly yards? We could do more and it doesn't have to cost money;

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it could save money. I spend more time taking care of the grass than of the native plants in my yard." Freya De Cola served for 10 years on RA's Environmental Advisory Committee and continues to do environmental volunteer work in Reston.


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RA’s Partnerships Make a Better, Brighter Community BY JESSICA BIGGER  PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEAN BAHRAMI

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eston Association has worked with several community partnerships over the years collaborating to maintain and improve Reston community’s quality of life. A few of the organizations that have been working closely with the Reston Association include the Reston Community Center, Southgate Community Center, Initiative for Public Art-Reston, YMCA Fairfax County Reston, and Cornerstones. These partnerships have enhanced the community experience, maintained the aesthetics of Reston’s neighborhoods, and contributed to retaining home values.

RESTON COMMUNITY CENTER (RCC)

In 2011, Reston Community Center (RCC) began to reach out to several community organizations to form collaborative partnerships like the Reston Association (RA). Before its inception, the Reston community felt strongly that there was a need for a public community space that encompassed a performance center, art and music classes, a pool and more. The RCC and RA have spent a significant amount of time to maximize the output so it is affordable for all to participate in RCC’s activities and classes. “The alignment between the two organizations’ missions and the kinds of activities we pursue to support the community makes it a natural fit and [it] makes sense for the two organizations to work together,” explained Leila Gordon, RCC Executive Director.

SOUTHGATE COMMUNITY CENTER (SCC)

The second organization, Southgate Community Center (SCC), was initially established to provide a safe haven for kids to congregate after school, specifically in the heart of South Reston and Glade Corner. From a large donation, SCC was able to provide a computer lab for kids and adults who don’t have access to a computer at home, a variety of afterschool activities, and senior

THESE PARTNERSHIPS HAVE ENHANCED THE COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE, MAINTAINED THE AESTHETICS OF RESTON’S NEIGHBORHOODS, AND CONTRIBUTED TO RETAINING HOME VALUES. programs for seniors 55 and older, such as Zumba and ESL. RA has worked with SCC to improve the quality of the South

Reston community. It has been present at and sponsored several large SCC events and programs; provided t-shirts for Community Day, and supported the Latino Festival. SCC returns the favor by sponsoring many of RA’s events as well. “RA has gone above and beyond to help us. We run a summer camp where RA helps by waiving fees or any other processes for kids to use RA pools, like Dogwood. When Dogwood was under renovation, we moved to another pool and RA provided transportation,” said SCC Executive Director Richard Caballas.

INITIATIVE FOR PUBLIC ART — RESTON (IPAR)

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community. Founder Joe Ritchey believed that public art would help build a community and improve the aesthetic value of Reston, which was in line with RA’s mission, so the partnership made sense from the very beginning. RA was approached in 2007 and Milton Matthews, then RA Executive Director, felt public art displayed in key places throughout Reston would have a huge impact on the community. One of the first IPAR projects RA supported was a mural under the Glade Drive underpass. RA helped with choosing the artists and presenting the concepts to IPAR’s board of directors. Key RA staff also participated in the selection process. In addition, RA provided equipment and volunteers for a variety of projects. “Working in the collaborative spirit…I’ve felt privileged, because it doesn’t always happen. I sense that from anyone I work with in [RA], they are really open and willing to listen and see how we can work together…to make what I hope to be a better Reston,” stated Anne Delaney, IPAR Executive Director. Some of the artwork IPAR has contributed to the community includes, The Sun Boat at the Washington Plaza in Lake Anne, The Orbs and Reston Rondo at The Reston Town Center, and the Book of Love at the Reston Library.

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YMCA FAIRFAX COUNTY RESTON

Another important partnership has been with the YMCA Fairfax County Reston, which just celebrated its 14th year serving the Reston community. Before 2010, the YMCA wasn’t as involved with the community. That soon changed when several new YMCA board members reached out to RA to form a collaborative relationship that would benefit both organizations and Restonians. Larry Butler, Senior Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources at RA, was recruited to the YMCA board shortly after. “The collaboration of the Y and RA, it’s paramount. We are geographically located and 75% of whom we serve is from Reston. Everything we do is all about relationships. It connects real people doing good work in the community,” explained YMCA Executive Director Joseph Crawford. Shortly after their partnership, YMCA and RA put on their first event together, the Reston Kid’s Triathlon. YMCA continued to have a bigger presence in the community, participating in Bike to Work Day, RA’s Relay Triathlon (for adults) and its increased involvement with the local Chamber of Commerce. Fundraising has been a major part of the YMCA’s focus, enabling the

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lower income community to participate in many YMCA programs, like its preschool, camp programs, and general membership.

CORNERSTONES

Cornerstones has worked to identify and provide affordable housing for the lower income residents in Reston and has partnered with RA to provide better resources to this community. Both organizations have built a healthy partnership that has benefited Reston as a whole. “It recognizes that we do live in a very diverse community and people have very different needs. [Both Organizations] want people to be healthy and our housing and neighborhoods to look nice, which keeps home values [stable],” said Cornerstone CEO Kerri Wilson. RA has also offered reduced prices for its pools and recreational facilities, as well as helped find money and grants to improve the Cedar Ridge community garden, where funds were used to install fencing and find water for the garden. The help that RA has provided has improved the lives of many lower income families who would otherwise not be able to experience many of the benefits RA offers its residents. RA has continued to find ways to improve the lives of its lower income residents, as well as maintain the

quality of Reston’s neighborhoods and home values. To understand how to improve the living situation of this community, RA has approached Cornerstones for several years to survey its townhome residents to get a better sense of their needs. Both organizations have collaborated to solve any neighborhood concerns about homelessness and crime. There was a recent concern in Hunter Woods where residents reported an increase in criminal activity. They also noticed more panhandlers and homeless people in the area. Cornerstones, RA, and the local church worked together to come up with solutions that would benefit Hunter Wood’s lower income community and its other residents. “We see Reston Association, like our work, go deeply into the neighborhood,” said Wilson. These partnerships have contributed to the values that Reston was founded upon and have been in line with RA’s mission, “to preserve and enhance the Reston community through outstanding leadership, service and stewardship of our resources.” RA looks forward to continuing to work with these partnerships to provide a better Reston for all to enjoy. Jessica Bigger is a freelance writer who lives in Reston.


Year-End Giving Support the Works of Community Partners in Reston

Before the year comes to an end, take the opportunity to give tax-deductible donations in support of Reston’s non-profit organizations that help make our community tick with culture and charitable works. They’ll gladly receive monetary gifts, by check or online, all year round.

Cornerstones

Initiative for Public Art – Reston

Friends of Reston

The Reston Chorale

Giving Circle of Hope

Reston Community Orchestra

Global Camps Africa

Reston Historic Trust

Greater Reston Arts Center

YMCA Fairfax County Reston

Herndon-Reston FISH

Your Grateful Nation

www.cornerstonesva.org www.friendsofreston.org www.givingcircleofhope.org www.globalcampsafrica.org www.restonarts.org

www.herndonrestonfish.org

www.publicartreston.org www.restonchorale.org

www.restoncommunityorchestra.org www.restonmuseum.org

www.ymcadc.org/reston

www.yourgratefulnation.org

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AROUND RESTON | HOT SPOTS | LOCAL INTEREST | TRENDING

2015 Reston Multicultural Festival  PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTINA ALCORN AND LEROY WALLIN

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MEMBER SERVICES

Welcome to Reston

We’re glad you’ve joined us to Live, Work, Play, and Get Involved in Reston. The Reston Association is here to help you get the most out of your community and start enjoying all Reston has to offer.

New to Reston and have questions, contact Member Services. We look forward to serving you. Reston Association 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191 Email: member_services@reston.org Phone: 703-435-6530 HOURS OF OPERATION Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions I just moved to Reston. When will I receive the next assessment and how can I pay it? The next assessment will be mailed to homes in midDecember. There are many convenient ways to pay, including check, credit card or you can pay online through your www.reston. org account. When do the tennis courts close for the season? The tennis courts are open yearround, weather permitting. I want to repaint my house. Can I use any colors I want? RA’s Design Covenants specify homes to be repainted in the approved cluster or neighborhood colors. Contact Member Services to be put in touch with the Covenants Advisor for your property. They have specific information on all of Reston’s homes and will be happy to assist you in obtaining the correct color guidelines. Does RA rent facilities for parties, workshops, or meetings? RA offers a conference center and two community buildings (Brown’s Chapel and the Glade Room) for rent as well as pools, tennis courts, and picnic pavilions seasonally. Contact Member Services to check on availability. The Walker Nature Center also has space available for rent. For details and reservations, call 703476-9689 or email naturecenter@ reston.org.

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Where is the Walker Nature Center and what’s there? The Nature Center is located at 11450 Glade Drive. It provides a variety of educational and recreational programs and amenities. This beautiful, 72-acre wooded site features one mile of loop trails, picnic tables and trailside benches, a picnic pavilion, a campfire ring, outdoor displays and interpretive signs, a pond, on-site naturalists, and much more. Parking is available year round. For more information, go to our website.

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Does RA offer special events? RA offers over 100 events for all ages each year. Events include trips to local places of interest, monthly movies for seniors, a fun Halloween event, and wine tasting events. Email Ashleigh@ reston.org to be added to her email distribution list announcing upcoming events. For upcoming events, go to our website and search “calendar.” How do I get a job with RA? All available positions are posted on RA’s career page at careers. reston.org. To apply for a position, visit our career page and complete an online application. Lifeguard positions open in late November.

Who maintains the pathways and sidewalks in Reston? RA maintains 55 miles of pathways throughout Reston. Sidewalks are maintained by clusters if they are alongside cluster roads or by VDOT if they are along main, statecontrolled roads. A few sidewalks are part of the pathway system.


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You can pay your 2016 Assessment online and get a 20% discount on Pool & Tennis passes when you purchase them online as well (starting in mid-December). It’s not too early to start thinking about 2016 Camps. Registration for RA members begins Monday, January 25, 2016. Make sure your household information is up to date including email addresses and phone numbers, especially if you have recently moved or changed your contact information.

UPDATING YOUR ACCOUNT

Please take a moment to update your online profile so we can contact you about upcoming classes, registration dates, and notify you directly if there’s a change to a program for which you are registered.

To edit your account, please follow these simple steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Go to www.reston.org. Click on ‘login’ in the top right corner of the screen. Enter your username and password. If you forgot either one, click the appropriate link to have it sent to you via email. Once logged in, click on "My Account" in the upper right hand corner of the web page, then, click on the "My Profile" link in the right menu. Within your profile, you can add household members, edit phone numbers, and edit email addresses. In order to edit a birthdate, please contact our Member Services department. Many of our programs and classes are only available to individuals within a certain age bracket, so this must be filled in correctly in order to register.

If you have questions about your account or need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Member Services via email at member_services@reston.org or by phone at 703-435-6530. We look forward to serving you.

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COVENANTS WORKSHOP 2015-16 SCHEDULE Attend free monthly workshops concerning homeownership and Design Review Boardrelated issues. Updating Cluster Standards Hands-On Workshop

November 12, 2015 Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hands on workshop when cluster boards will have an opportunity to work with staff and contractors to actively work on updating their cluster standard.

Preparing Your Home for Winter

December 10, 2015 Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m. Contractors will provide information on winterizing the home, home inspections, etc.

Round Table Discussions January 14, 2016 Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Variety of topics and participants.

How to Select Quality Contractors

February 11, 2016 Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m. Contractors will provide tips on how to identify reputable and trustworthy contractors who will provide owners with quality repairs at a reasonable price.

Landscaping and Composting Workshop

March 10, 2016 Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m. RA staff, Fairfax County Representative and Landscaping Contractor will discuss best practices for landscaping and composting and maintaining RA natural areas.

Realtor Luncheon

April 14, 2016 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Home and Garden Expo April 30, 2016 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Community Safety and Crime Prevention

May 12, 2016 Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m. Fairfax County Crime Prevention Specialist will discuss safety and crime prevention in the community.

Round Table Discussion and Legal/Legislative Update

June 16, 2016 Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Legal update provided by RA Legal Counsel; round table discussions on a variety of topics.

Parking, Pets, and People

September 15, 2016 Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m. Fairfax County Crime Prevention Specialist and RA Legal Counsel will answer questions on parking, pets and people.

Preparing Your Home for Winter

November 3, 2016 Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m. Contractors will provide information on winterizing the home, home inspections, etc.

Holiday Open House/ Round Table Discussion December 8, 2016 Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Variety of topics and participants.

To register for a workshop, please email covenantsworkshops@reston.org

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It's not too early to save money on your

2016 Pool & Tennis Passes ON SALE MID-DECEMBER RESTON ASSOCIATION Pool & Tennis pass

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Contact Member Services: 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191 Email: member_services@reston.org Phone: 703-435-6530 HOURS OF OPERATION Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

There’s still time to play tennis. The courts are open year-round, weather permitting. Passes are still available for the 2015 season.

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AQUATICS

Just Keep Swimming Reston Swim Team Association (RSTA)

Winter and Spring Programs for Youth All practices held at the Reston Community Center.

Sunday Night Ages 6-10

Jan. 10-May 15 (13 sessions, no practice Jan. 17, Feb. 14, March 20 or 27) 6-7 p.m. Program fee: $143

Tuesday and Thursday

Ages 9+ (exceptions made for 8 year olds legal in all four strokes) Jan. 5-March 15 (19 sessions, no practice Jan. 19 or Feb. 4) 7-8 p.m. Program fee: $190

Stroke and Turn Ages 6+

Jan. 10-May 15 (13 sessions, no practice Jan. 17, Feb. 7, 14, March 20 or 27) 9-10 a.m. Program fee: $143

For more details and registration: www.rsta.org/winter-swim

Reston Masters Swim Team (RMST)

Indoor Swim Program for Adults All practices held at the Reston Community Center. Sept. 15-Dec. 29 (No practice Dec. 24 or 31) Tuesday/Thursday, 8-9:30 p.m. Sept. 19-Dec. 26 Saturdays, 6:50-8:50 a.m. Sept. 20-Dec. 27 Sundays, 7-8 p.m.

All abilities welcome. See website for dues information. For more details and registration: www.restonmasters.com

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CPR & First Aid Training Reston Association is proud to be a Licensed Training Provider of American Red Cross Health and Safety courses. All courses are taught by certified instructors and the fee includes all class materials. Registration now open online at www.reston.org or in person at our Member Services desk.

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December 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. $75 $95

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How Was Your Summer? Please feel free to contact us to share your experiences from last summer and make suggestions for future years. You can email us directly at aquaticsinfo@reston. org or call our Member Services department at 703-435-6530. We appreciate your feedback.

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Now Hiring Great People Reston Aquatics is in need of lifeguards, pool operators, swim instructors and fitness instructors for the 2016 pool season. Certification classes are available through RA and other local agencies, but feel free to apply early. Applications will open December 1 at https://careers.reston.org

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CAMPS

Camp Registration Registration and related forms are available online at www.reston.org. If you prefer to register in person and bring in your forms, our address is: ATTN: Camps Reston Association 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191 Faxed registrations are not accepted. A 24-hour drop box is located in front of the building on the side facing Sunrise Valley Drive.

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Ages 6-11 by December 31, 2015 December 21-23 & December 28-30 (six days) 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (includes extended care), Brown’s Chapel, 1575 Brown’s Chapel Road. $200/session $225/session

It's the holiday season, there is no school, and the kids are home. What to do? We have the answer. You thought RA only offered camps during the summer? Well no more. New this winter, enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing where your child is and that he or she is having a memorable day making new friends, learning a new craft, or playing fun sports and games. Registration for this inaugural holiday break camp will begin October 5, 2015. Spaces are limited, so be sure to register early.

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Spring Break Camp

Spring, of course, brings spring break and those springy young bodies looking for exploration and fun after being cooped up for four months or more. How about a camp that lets your kids have a ball while diving into an enriching activity that they might not encounter during the average school day? New this spring we are offering such a program for your kids to get outside and explore Reston, while thinking summer is just around the corner. Not sure Ages 6-12 by June 1, 2016 if your child will like summer March 21-25 and 28 (six days), camp? Try this version of camp 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (includes extended and see if RA Summer camps care), Glade Room,11550 Glade Drive might be in your future. $200/session $225/session PRICES ARE LISTED FOR BOTH

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Youth Fitness The following classes are new to the RA program calendar. Reston Association is adding more programs and activities year

round for families and especially our youth. Please see two new classes below that we will be offering this winter. If you are interested in seeing additional programs being offered, please contact the Camp Program Manager at dmerenick@reston.org.

Fit Beginnings Ages 2-3

Mondays & Wednesdays, 11-11:30 a.m. Brown’s Chapel

Join your child at Brown’s Chapel for a variety of activities as they begin their healthy lifestyle. This class is led by certified personal trainers who will instruct your child in interactive games to improve and develop hand-eye coordination and to develop motor skills and coordination. We ask that a parent or caregiver participate in this class as well.

November Dates: 11/4, 11/9, 11/11, 11/16, 11/18, 11/23 ($48 – November Session)*

Fit 4 Tots

December Dates: 12/2, 12/7, 12/9, 12/14, 12/16 ($40 – December Session)*

Fit 4 Tots features exercise, fitness, and the opportunity to learn about healthy living. This program begins with warm-up exercises followed up with group activities led by certified personal trainers. Each class will be spent learning how the body moves, playing interactive games while gaining self-confidence, and hopefully improving balance and cooperative skills. We ask that a parent or caregiver participate in this class as well.

January Dates: 1/4, 1/6, 1/11, 1/13, 1/20, 1/25, 1/27 ($56 – January Session)* February Dates: 2/1, 2/3, 2/8, 2/10, 2/17, 2/22, 2/24 ($56 – February Session)*

*If Fairfax County Public School classes are cancelled, this class will also be cancelled. Make-up date will be the Friday of the same week. school delays occur, class is on as scheduled.

Ages 4-5

Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:45-12:15 p.m. Brown’s Chapel

November Dates: 11/4, 11/9, 11/11, 11/16, 11/18, 11/23 ($48 – November Session)* December Dates: 12/2, 12/7, 12/9, 12/14, 12/16 ($40 – December Session)* January Dates: 1/4, 1/6, 1/11, 1/13, 1/20, 1/25, 1/27 ($56 – January Session)* February Dates: 2/1, 2/3, 2/8, 2/10, 2/17, 2/22, 2/24 ($56 – February Session)*

*If Fairfax County Public School classes are cancelled, this class will also be cancelled. Make-up date will be the Friday of the same week. school delays occur, class is on as scheduled.

Get Ready in 2016 for the Best Summer Ever Summer Camp just ended and you are thinking about school and the year ahead. However, we want to remind parents and campers about the 2016 RA Summer Camp Season. Check the spring issue of RA’s magazine for complete details and steps to register.

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CAMP OFFERINGS Nature Tots (ages 3-5)

Camp on Wheels (ages 6-13)

Junior Lifeguard (ages 13-15)

Walkers Rangers (ages 6-8)

Day Camp (ages 7-11)

*Engineering w/ Legos (ages 6-9)

Junior Day Camp (ages 5-7)

Science Camp (ages 8-12)

*Lego Robotics (9-12)

Sportsters (ages 6-9)

Teen Camp (ages 11-14)

* Wilderness Camp (ages 8-12)

Triathlon Camp (ages 7-12)

Counselor in Training (14-16)

*New in 2016 Check out the camps section of the website for further details in December.

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NATURE

Reston Reston is a community founded on the preservation and

appreciation of natural areas. To this day, a strong environmental stewardship ethic is nurtured in the community. Over 1,300 acres of open space are maintained by Reston Association, including more than 800 acres of woodlands, four lakes, three ponds, four wetlands, 50 meadows, and 20 miles of streams. Environmental education programs are provided by the Walker Nature Center, and ample opportunities exist for volunteers to help care for our local environment. Explore, protect and enjoy the nature of Reston.

Walker Nature Center Located at 11450 Glade Drive, the Nature Center provides a variety of educational and recreational programs and amenities.

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 loop trails ƒƒ An education building known as Nature House ƒƒ A picnic pavilion ƒƒ Picnic tables and trailside benches ƒƒ A campfire ring ƒƒ Outdoor displays and interpretive signs ƒƒ Demonstration gardens and meadows ƒƒ A pond ƒƒ The Glade Stream Valley ƒƒ Snakeden Branch stream’s entrance to 44-acre Lake Audubon

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NATURE HOUSE Free parking, restroom and trail access dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.

Winter Stream Monitors Help monitor local stream health by inventorying macroinvertebrates, see page 74. Habitat Heroes Help protect the trees and other native plants in our natural areas, see page 76. Storm Drain Marking Help mark storm drains that flow to local streams and the Chesapeake Bay, see page 77.

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9 a.m.-5 p.m.

TUESDAY Closed SATURDAY

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

SUNDAY 1-4 p.m. Check holiday schedule for additional closings.


RENT SPACE AT THE WALKER NATURE CENTER WALKER NATURE CENTER 11450 GLADE DRIVE

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 $35/hr. Non-member or Non-Reston not-for-profit fee $55/hr. For profit/corporate fee $80/hr.

Nature Center Pavilion

576-square-foot pavilion with picnic tables and bench seating in a beautiful woodland setting. Parking and restroom access. RA Member or Reston not-for-profit fee $25/hr. Non-member or Non-Reston not-for-profit fee $35/hr. For profit/corporate fee $55/hr.

Campfire Ring

Campfire pit with bench seating, small pavilion and picnic tables. Roadside parking. No restroom. Renters must supply their own wood and water to extinguish the fire. RA Member or Reston not-for-profit fee $15/hr. Non-member or Non-Reston not-for-profit fee $20/hr. For profit/corporate fee $25/hr. PRICES ARE LISTED FOR BOTH

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For details and reservations, call 703-476-9689 and press 3 or email naturecenter@reston.org.

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All Ages All ages welcome. Children

Winter Wreaths

Fall Weenie Roast

Get started on your holiday decorating by making festive wreaths for your home. Listen to seasonal music and enjoy mulled cider and cookies. All supplies provided. When making reservations, please include the number of people in your party and how many wreaths you would like to make.

under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Friday, Nov. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. WNC Campfire Ring on Soapstone Drive between Glade Drive and Lawyers Road. Reserve by Nov. 3. $7/person $10/person

Enjoy an evening in nature singing and eating around a crackling fire. Make campfire popcorn and roast your own hot dog. Sweeten things up with s'mores, and wash it down with some hot apple cider. Bring a flashlight. All supplies provided.

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Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Friday, Nov. 20, 7-8:30 p.m. Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Nov. 17. $20/centerpiece $25/centerpiece

Start your holiday season with this festive workshop. Make a beautiful centerpiece with native materials and some simple napkin rings for your Thanksgiving table ($1 per additional ring). Enjoy mulled cider and seasonal treats as we work. All supplies provided. When making reservations, include the number of people and how many centerpieces you wish to make.

Turkey Trail

Saturday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m.Noon.Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Nov. 23. $5/person $7/person

Let's get moving after your big Thanksgiving meal. Sharpen your skills of logic as you follow the clues left from a "wild" turkey to see where they lead you. Discover more about these fascinating birds.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m.Noon or 1-2:30 p.m.Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Dec. 2. $20/wreath $25/wreath

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Moon Walk

Friday, Jan. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Jan. 5. $7/person $9/person

Join us for a moonlit walk through the forest. Find out how the moon moves, what happens during the phases of the moon, and how the moon affects life on Earth. Hear strange legends and lore about the moon. Finish the evening with a warm drink and a moon pie.

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Creatures of the Chesapeake Bay

Sunday, Jan. 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m. or 3-4 p.m.Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Jan. 21. $8/person $12/person

Reston is in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Join a marine biologist from Under the Sea to meet and touch live creatures native to the bay such as a horseshoe crab, a flounder and an American eel. Learn about bay ecology and how the way we treat water at home affects the water quality and wildlife found in the bay. Under the Sea specializes in lively, entertaining programs and has presented at the Smithsonian Discovery Theater and the National Theater.

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Holiday Open House Sunday, December 6, 1-3 PM Bring your family, bring a friend for… Free refreshments Live holiday music Ornament making with natural materials On sale items in the Nature Center’s gift area Handmade, reusable shopping bags from the Virginia Baggers Photo opps with Walker the Woodpecker and Myrtle the Turtle There will be a special sing-a-long at 2:30 p.m. to show our holiday spirit.

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Babes in the Woods

Preschool Happenings

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18-35 months. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Turkey Feathers

Monday, Nov. 2 or Tuesday, Nov. 3, 10-11 a.m.Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Oct. 28. $7/child $9/child

Come shake your tail feathers with the rest of us turkeys! Learn about turkeys, read a turkey story, make turkey noises, and strut around in your own turkey tail feathers.

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Winter Greens

Monday, Dec. 7 or Tuesday, Dec. 8, 10-11 a.m.Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Dec. 4. $7/child $9/child

Evergreen plants add color to the winter woods. Go on a walk to look for pines, hollies and evergreen ferns. Learn why these plants are important to animals. Smell the scent of pine and make some evergreen crafts.

Who Goes There?

Monday, Jan. 11 or Tuesday, Jan. 12, 10-11 a.m.Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Jan. 8. $7/child $9/child

Tracks tell us when animals are nearby, even if the animals are long gone. Listen to a story, take a short hike in search of tracks along the trail, and make a track craft to take home.

3-5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 10-11 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Nov. 8. $7/child $9/child

Make a raccoon mask and tail craft, then dress up like a raccoon to go in search of what a raccoon needs. Explore the forest to look for food, water and shelter that is just right for this furry, forest creature.

Winter Woodpeckers

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 10-11 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.Walker Nature Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Dec. 13. $7/child $9/child

Woodpeckers love to search the trees for food, even during winter. Learn about Reston’s Official Bird, the Pileated Woodpecker, and all of its woodpecker friends. Take a short hike to look for their homes and make a fun bird craft.

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Footprints in the Snow

Saturday, Jan. 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m.Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Jan. 13. $7/child $9/ child

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People and animals make footprints everywhere they go. Compare your footprint to that of a fox, rabbit or squirrel. Read a story, make a stamping craft, and weather permitting, look for animal tracks and leave some footprints of your own.

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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 mininotebook 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 receives a dinosaur coloring book (ages 3-5) or sticker book (ages 6-9). PRICES ARE LISTED FOR BOTH

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, and wildlife masks or puppets. Older crafters will try their hands at leather crafts, bird feeders and beads.

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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.

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$175/RA member $200/Non-members Call 703-476-9689 and press 3 or email naturecenter@reston.org.

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Puppet Show: A Wild Winter Break

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 10-10:45 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.-Noon. Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Dec. 27. $6/child $8/child

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Candle Making

Friday, Dec. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Dec. 8. $7/child $9/child

Bring a little glow to your winter. Learn where wax comes from and discover how candles are made. Dip a pair of candles and decorate a pillar candle with natural materials. Keep your candles for yourself or give them away as gifts. There will be music and refreshments while we work. All supplies provided.

Enjoy a creative puppet show about how the animals at the Nature Center are spending their winter break. Create an animal puppet of your own to take home.

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Attention Scout Leaders The Walker Nature Center can help your scouts earn patches and badges.

Make a Date with a Naturalist Education Programs

Fun and educational programs in a variety of achievement areas include: Fun, Feathers and Ferns, Into the Wild, Into the Woods, Wildlife, Eco-action, Earth Connections, Earth is Our Home, Earth and Sky, Water Everywhere, Senses, Animals and more. $5/scout (min. charge $50)

$7/scout (min. charge $70)

Campfire Programs

Campfire Fun and Campfire Cookery programs are available. $6/scout (min. charge $60)

$8/scout (min. charge $80)

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Community Service Project

Community service project can be arranged such as trail maintenance, stream cleanups and plantings. FREE. Activity kits are also available on loan for Birds, Trees and Watershed requirements. Call 703-476-9689 and press 3 or email naturecenter@reston.org for details and reservations. Fees subject to change. PRICES ARE LISTED FOR BOTH

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Adult Programs 16 years to adult

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Home Energy Efficiency

Thursday, Nov. 5, 7-8 p.m. Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Nov. 2. $5/person (RA or RCC Members) $7/person

Cold weather is on its way. Do you want to improve your home’s energy use to make it more efficient, comfortable and cost effective? Learn how from an energy coach. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center.

Breakfast with the Birds Saturday, Dec. 12, 7:30-10:30 a.m.Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Dec. 9. $10/person $15/person

Enjoy a winter morning of birding at the Nature Center. Search for year-round residents and winter specialties like yellow-bellied sapsuckers, white throated sparrows and brown creepers. Then, warm up with a hot breakfast at Nature House.

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Mondays, Jan. 25-Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m.Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Reserve by Jan. 11. $32/ person (RA or RCC Members) $42/person

Join this five-session discussion course to identify positive adjustments that can be made in daily living as a response to today’s complex dilemmas. Learn to embrace, partially or totally, the tenets of frugal consumption, ecological awareness and personal growth. Explore the distractions that prevent us from caring for the earth, and acknowledge the connection between our lifestyle choices and the condition of

the planet. Participants receive a book of readings that form the basis of each discussion. You will be contacted when the materials are ready for pick up, approximately one week before the first session. Facilitator: Anne Strange. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Reston and Reston Community Center.

Bird16 years Walks to adult

Free. No reservations required. Beginning and expert birders are invited to search for birds in some of Reston’s most beautiful natural areas. We will visit a variety of sites. Our collaborative efforts usually produce a good variety of local birds, and we always have a great time. These walks are jointly sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and The Bird Feeder store. In December and January, we encourage you to participate in one of the area’s bird counts.

November Bird Walk: Brown's Chapel Park & Lake Newport Sunday, Nov. 8, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Brown's Chapel, 1575 Brown’s Chapel Road Leader: Jean Tatalias

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Join us for a half-day annual bird count throughout Reston's natural areas. Meet local bird experts, learn tips on identification and have fun while helping obtain important information about our feathered friends. Volunteers are invited to enjoy a free lunch, tally results and swap stories back at Nature House following the count from Noon-12:30 p.m.

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8 Prohibited Plants in Reston Invasive plants are non-native to our region. They spread quickly and outcompete our native vegetation. Often, invasive 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 depend on native plants for food and shelter. Many invasives overtake native shrubs and trees that are a signature of the Reston community. 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 plants and educate our members about their harmful effects. 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

Brush Chipping

to include a ban on these eight invasive plants. If you would like to learn more about invasive 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 email at habrock@reston.org. Please direct questions to our environmental resource staff at 703-437-7658. Thank you for your cooperation in not planting any of these species in Reston.

Banned Invasive Plants

ƒƒ Flowering Pears (Pyrus calleryana cultivars) ƒƒ Burning Bush (Euonymus alata) ƒƒ Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) ƒƒ Bush Honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.) ƒƒ Bamboos (Bambusa spp.) ƒƒ Wisteria (Wisteria spp.) ƒƒ English Ivy (Hedera helix) ƒƒ Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

THE NATURE OF RESTON Photos by: Charles A. Veatch Text By: Claudia Thompson-Deahl An art photography, nature and informational book and guide to Reston’s habitats all in one beautiful hard-bound volume. ON SALE for $20 at Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive All proceeds from the book sales go to the Walker Nature Center.

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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. PLEASE: Brush only (Branches should be less than 4 inches in diameter.) No leaves, 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 November 14-15 Lake Audubon Pool December 19-20 Central Services Faciity January 16-17 Lake Audubon Pool


Yard Debris Disposal & Remote Strip Inspections

Do you have a Green Thumb?

It’s that time of year when fallen leaves are everywhere. Reston’s woods, streams and meadows need your help. If you still need a plan for your yard debris, our staff is happy to speak with you about proper disposal methods. Contact pgreenberg@reston.org or 703-435-6552. As a friendly reminder, Reston Association will begin conducting inspections of remote strips and other RA lands in November. Reston Association’s environmental staff will be walking the property lines and natural areas in search of hazardous trees, invasive exotic plants and encroachment on the common natural area by residents. We are also looking for litter and erosion. Every year, RA conducts these inspections to ensure the health of the ecosystem and wildlife habitats. We appreciate your help and cooperation in following the RA guidelines for proper yard

debris disposal and preventing dumping violations. Reston residents, in partnership with RA, are responsible for protecting an irreplaceable community asset. Keeping Reston’s open space healthy and useful for everyone is easier if we all do our part. Encroachment can include the dumping of yard debris such as leaves, branches, grass clippings, potted plants, Christmas trees, or pruning remains. Dumping damages these natural areas and violates both Fairfax County laws and the Code of Virginia.

A Unique Way to Recognize Someone or Something Make a lasting community enhancement. Donations are appreciated in any amount and are tax-deductible. Sponsoring a needed item for one of our park facilities is a great way to memorialize a loved one, promote your organization or commemorate a special occasion. Full donation amounts include an engraved plaque, if desired. Locations are based upon community need as well as your preference. After a location has been agreed upon with RA staff, donations are gratefully received by its 501(c)(3) supporting organization, Friends of Reston, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston VA 20191. Please make checks payable to Friends of Reston, and write the item you are donating towards in the memo section of your check. Contact CSFstaff@reston.org or call 703-437-7658.

Adopt-A-Bench

Help to increase seating along Reston’s pathways and at recreational areas such as tennis courts. Pathway benches are recycled plastic with heavy duty steel supports and in-ground installation. Tennis benches are lighter weight and surface mounted.

Reston Association’s garden plots are available for members to rent on an annual basis. Reserve early. The plots rent quickly. Plant flowers and vegetables at one of our four convenient locations. Contact CSFstaff@reston.org or 703-437-7658.

Pathway/ Recreation Area Bench: $850

Tennis Bench: $235

Adopt-A-Recycling Bin

Help Reston increase recycling in the community. Bins are especially needed at picnic pavilions and tennis courts. The bins are made from recycled plastic lumber and fastened to a sturdy, recycled, cast-aluminum frame.

Recycling Bin: $1000

Adopt-A-Bike Rack

Help promote bicycling as an alternative form of transportation by providing a convenient way for patrons to secure their bikes at our recreational facilities. The racks have a heavy duty frame and a 4-loop design.

Bike Rack: $750

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SPECIAL EVENTS Reston Association has something for everyone, including trips to local places of interest, monthly movies for seniors, and a fun winter event for kids, just to name a few. 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 receive email notices, contact Ashleigh@ reston.org, call 703-435-6577, or visit the Parks, Recreation & Events section at www.reston.org.

Children’s Events

Ages 3-5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Thursday, Dec. 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. $8 $12

The weather outside may be frightful, but a winter wonderland party is most delightful. Come and enjoy creating two fun holiday crafts to take home, activities and a snack. Registration is required. Must cancel 72 hours in advance to receive a refund.

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Tuesday, Feb. 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. $8 $12

Ahoy, me Hearties! Ye all be invited fer a pirate parrrrrty! This Pirate Adventure will transform your child into a pirate, complete with dress-up, and allow them to take part in a real treasure hunt on land. Enjoy crafts, games & fun activities. Registration is required. Must cancel 72 hours in advance to receive a refund.

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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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Reston Presents… ”Alive Inside”

Monday, November 9, 7-9 p.m. Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza. FREE

This month GraceFul Care will sponsor a showing of Alive Inside, a 78-minute film which received a 2014 Sundance Film Festival award. The film is a cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls. It chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized by the simple act of listening to the music of their youth. There will be time for discussion following the film. This program is for educational purposes only. There will be no solicitation or obligations of attendees. Registration required.

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Start a new family tradition and begin your Thanksgiving Day with a family bike ride. Join the South Lakes Village Center ride to Reston Town Center (meets at 8:30 a.m.) or organize your own neighborhood ride. All rides converge at Starbucks at Reston Town Center. Contact cyclinginreston@gmail.com or call 703-966-6182 for more information and to connect with a ride coordinator in your neighborhood.

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Saturday, Dec. 19, 4:30-6 p.m. Starting Point: Lake Anne Plaza parking lot. FREE

All Ages Welcome (Children must be accompanied by an adult who will ride with them.). You are invited to join Reston Association’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee for our fourth annual Reston Tour de Lights. An evening bike ride to view some of Reston's best holiday lights. We will travel approximately 10 miles. Riders are required to have a front light and red, rear light. Helmet strongly recommended and required if under 15 years old. Cancelled if rain/snow or temperature below 35°F and/or wind over 12 mph. Registration required as space is limited. To register, contact Craig Clark 703689-0152, ccbike@verizon.net or Burton Griffith, 408-705-2652, burtoncg@yahoo.com.

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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.

Reston Presents… “Say the Right Thing”

Monday, Feb. 8, 7-9 p.m. Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza. FREE

This month features Restonian Pat Williams and her book, “Say the Right Thing.” This instructive session teaches how to say the right thing in any of 40 challenging situations. What do you say at a party where you don’t know anyone, when you are visiting someone in the hospital, or you are talking with a friend who is grieving? Pat's book is a guide for college graduates, shy people, and adults who want to demonstrate kindness and support of others. There will be a book signing following the lecture. Books will be available for sale. This program is for educational purposes only. There will be no solicitation or obligations of attendees. Registration required.

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Events 55+ 55 years and older Senior Movie Day

Wednesdays: Oct. 28, ‘Age of Adaline’ *Nov. 18, 'Far From The Madding Crowd' *Dec. 16, 'A Walk In The Woods' Jan. 27, 'Bridge Of Spies' (*one week early due to the holiday) Doors open at 9:15 a.m. Showtime is at 10 a.m. Reston Town Center Bow-Tie Cinemas

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. Movie titles are posted at www.reston.org.

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CPR Class for Seniors

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m. Tall Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 12052 North Shore Drive. $10 $14

Consider taking advantage of the American Heart Association’s CPR course. It could save the life of your spouse, your best friend or your neighbor. From assessing needs and making quick decisions to providing care, this program provides the skills you need through discussion, video and hands-on training based on real-life rescue scenarios. You will receive a card within two weeks upon completion of the course. Registration is required, as space is limited. Course covers adult CPR only.

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Saturday, Nov. 14,1:30-4:30 p.m. Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road. FREE

Want to learn how to Skype or just use the basic commands of your personal technology device? Stop by the 55+ Technology Fair to have questions answered about any device, new or old. There will be volunteers at stations to assist attendees with technology questions from flip phones to iPads and computers. Come learn the basics or advanced tips from the experts — Reston’s very own teens. Registration requested. Contact Ashleigh@ reston.org or 703-435-6577 to register.

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Wednesday, Dec. 9,1:30-3:30 p.m.Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. $22 $33

Join us to create a beautiful seasonal decoration. We will have many options for you to choose from to make your floral decoration unique and an instructor to guide you along the way. Registration required as space is limited.

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Whether you are just beginning or already writing your memoirs, this eight-week class focuses on turning life experiences into an engaging story. You will discuss different writing topics each week in a supportive and lively setting. All you need is a serious desire to write, the willingness to share your personal journey and the ability to put your thoughts on paper. At the end, your stories may be bound as a

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book for you to keep. Give the priceless gift of legacy to your children, grandchildren and future generations. Class size is limited to eight. Registration required. Registration form is available on our website at www.reston.org.

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Thursday, Feb. 4,1:30-3 p.m. Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road. FREE

Let the good times roll. Join RCC and RA for a Carnival celebration with good times, friends and fun. Plan your calendar, socialize and enjoy light refreshments while learning about upcoming 55+ trips, classes, and events. Wear your favorite Mardi Grasthemed attire and be entered to win the Best Dressed contest. This event is co-sponsored by Reston Community Center and Reston Association. Registration required.

55+ 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 55+ Advisory Committee firsthand. 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. Where: Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive When: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 2-3:30 p.m.

55+ Trips and Tours 55 years and older

Reston Association’s 55+ 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 703435-6577.

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Consider yourself invited to the theatrical event of the holiday season. Charles Dickens’ unforgettable characters burst to life in this classic Tony Award-winning musical about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of doubledealing thieves and conmen of 19th-century London. Bursting with jubilant songs, including “You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,”“Consider Yourself,”“Where is Love?” and the scrumptious “Food, Glorious Food,” director Molly Smith (Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!) will serve up a musical feast for the eyes and ears that will have every theater-lover calling out for “More!”. Registration required. All sales are final. Registration form can be found on our website at www.reston.org.

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Parks & Recreation Paid Internship Provides administrative support and customer service to the Parks and Recreation Department. Assists the Events Supervisor in planning, implementing and evaluating a variety of events and programs for all ages throughout the Reston community. Makes cold/warm calls to market private pool rentals. Assists Aquatic staff with filing and seasonal staff database management. Assists with calendar template for Aquatics scheduling software. Performs data entry for both the Aquatics and Camp departments. Assists in planning activities,

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Position from mid-January through midApril (start and end dates are flexible). Minimum Qualifications: 55 Candidate must be working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in Parks & Recreation or related field. 55 Must be at least 18 years old with a good driving record and valid driver’s license. 55 Must be able to lift 20+pounds. 55 Must be able to work 10–20 hours per week. 55 Applicant should be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook and enjoy working with the public. $1,000 stipend paid ($500 at half way point and $500 at the end).

trips, and supplies for a variety of camps.

Application available on our careers website at https://careers.reston.org in November. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577 for more information.

Want a great summer job in 2016? Apply for Special Events Assistant Position Mid-May to Mid-August Assist the Events Supervisor in planning, implementing and evaluating a variety of programs throughout the Reston community. This is a great job for a college student who is comfortable working independently and available to work some evenings and weekends and July 4th. Must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license, good driving record and able to lift 20 lbs. This job will be open for applicants to apply online beginning in January under Careers 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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RTT Score Board is listed at www.restontennis.org Tennis ladder is listed on www.tennisengine.com USTA Tournament and entry forms are listed on www.usta.com

Tennis Key Tags

Great for easy identification and your convenience. Key tags are available for $3. Come to RA to purchase one.

Tennis Lesson Gift Certificates

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

TENNIS COURTS Lighted Courts

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Get Involved Winter 2015

Volunteer Reston seeks to build a strong, healthy and engaged community by connecting volunteers of all ages with opportunities to serve in Reston. Our volunteers make an immeasurable impact, not only on RA, but to our community as a whole. The mission of Volunteer Reston is to enhance Reston Association’s services and programs by matching the varied talents of individuals and groups of all ages, interests and skill with a variety of engaging and challenging projects and endeavors. RA volunteers come from all walks of life and include high school, middle school and college students, retirees, scouts, individuals, families and businesses. Some of these volunteers have been involved in Reston for many years. They participate in one-time events, serve on the Board of Directors or advisory committees, while others return to the same events each year. Our volunteers all have one thing in common — they care about the Reston community.

This past year's projects included cleaning our streams, lakes and natural areas; assisting at our trout fishing event; spending workdays at the Walker Nature Center; removing invasive plants, planting native species and monitoring streams.

Winter Stream Monitoring Saturday, Nov. 14, Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, Noon-3 p.m.

Winter is chilly and there is snow on the ground, but that doesn’t mean that we take a break from the cold. We continue monitoring the health of Reston Streams throughout the winter. RA welcomes new volunteers to assist with stream monitoring at several locations throughout Reston. Get involved with a small team during all seasons to collect data and identify insects with the goal of assessing the health of Reston’s streams. Not only do you get to learn about Reston’s streams, it also provides an opportunity to make new friends. If you are interested in assisting with stream monitoring for more than one or two sessions, training and practice opportunities are offered by joining seasoned volunteers and RA staff. You can earn a stream monitoring certificate after successfully demonstrating your ability to identify macro-invertebrates. Each monitoring session consists of 2-3 hours. Any interest and commitment level is appreciated. For more information, contact Ha Brock at 703-435-7986 or email habrock@reston.org.

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What Will You Be Doing MLK Day Weekend? Saturday, January 16 9 a.m. - Noon Southgate Community Center 12125 Pinecrest Road Reston, VA 20191-1658

Volunteers will gather for lunch in the gym at noon. All ages are welcome, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you're interested in volunteering please sign up at: http://bit.ly/1ii31Jx For more information on the MLK Day of Service at Southgate Community Center contact Ha Brock at habrock@reston.org.

Join us at Southgate Community Center for a Day of Service. On this day we will engage youth and adults in honoring the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and focus on ways to build our local community. Join friends and neighbors in honoring Dr. Kingšs legacy by serving your community. As Dr. King said, "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve." Join us for the MLK Day of Service. Reston Community Center is partnering with Reston Association on several service projects at Southgate Community Center. Several organizations involved include Cornerstones and the Closet, Inc. All projects below are held at Southgate Community Center:

Cornerstones Bagged Lunches

The Embry Rucker Community Shelter, known as ERCS, is a 70-bed residential shelter in Reston sponsored by nonprofit social services organization Cornerstones. ERCS provides safe emergency housing for families, single men and women and helps its residents transition to stable housing. Volunteers will help prepare bag lunches for the Embry Rucker Community Shelter or families participating in their Supportive Housing program.

The Closet, Inc.

Must be 13 years old or older. The Closet is a nonprofit thrift shop in the heart of historic downtown Herndon. The Closet donates clothing without charge to needy persons, after referral by an authorized social service agency, the homeless shelter, or by a sponsoring congregation. Most important to their mission is utilization of their profits for projects that will directly or indirectly benefit low income families. Volunteers will help organize and sort toy items that have been donated to the Closet.

Southgate Community Center (SGCC)

The Southgate Community Center staff offer multicultural programs for families, adults, children, teens, seniors and individuals with disabilities. The programs and services are based on the needs and requests of the community as communicated through the Southgate Advisory Council. Indoor Projects at SGCC: Volunteers will be prepping and painting program rooms. Supplies will be provided. Please dress appropriately. Outdoor projects at SGCC – weather permitting: Pruning, removing invasives, trash pickup and clearing debris in the natural areas, basketball court and pathways. Tools and supplies will be provided. WWW.RESTON.ORG | WINTER 2015

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Restore Native Habitat & Trails in Reston

Help preserve biodiversity in Reston’s natural areas Our native trees, ferns and wildflowers are under attack by invasive plants like English ivy, Japanese honeysuckle and bamboo. We need heroes like you to join us in rescuing Reston’s beautiful parkland. These fast-growing, aggressive plants escape from people’s yards and threaten local ecosystems, taking away vital food and habitat from already stressed wildlife populations. Please join us and spend a couple of hours in our parkland protecting the natural areas. You don’t need to be an expert to assist in protecting and restoring Reston’s woods. Our volunteering opportunities each month provide you with all the training you need to become an honorary Habitat Hero! We do a lot of invasive removal yearround. In the fall, we also focus some of our efforts on replanting of shrubs and trees, as it is the best time of year to plant for maximum survivability and site restoration. For all projects: Please wear insect repellant, a long sleeve shirt and pants to reduce scratches from plants, biting insects, thorns, and exposure to poison ivy. RA will provide pre- and post-poison ivy block, tools, gloves, snacks and water. Youth aged 10 to 13 are welcome but require parent or guardian supervision at the project site. For more information or to volunteer, contact Ha Brock, RA volunteer supervisor, at habrock@reston. org or 703-435-7986.

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PROJECT SITE Stop the Choking Hazard and Plant Natives Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-Noon The Turquoise Trail

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Volunteers will meet at the Hunters Woods Pool parking lot and walk to the natural area to remove English ivy that is choking out the native trees and groundcovers. Volunteers will dig roots and pull vines until the English ivy is removed. Then we will plant native trees, shrubs and groundcovers to help restore the woods. Volunteers will see a difference as they restore the natural area to a healthy wildlife habitat.

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APODCAA Goes Green in Service: The Storm Drain Marking Project The Alpha Phi Omega District of Columbia Alumni Association (APODCAA) is a non-profit charitable organization with members across the DMV region. A volunteer team led by Joel Carbon, APODCAA president and Reston resident, supported a request from the Reston Association to perform storm drain inspections and install storm drain markers. APODCAA embarked on its first of three planned "marking" runs on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Two APODCAA teams worked by walking a five-mile stretch of major streets in South Reston (starting from South Lakes Drive and Colts Neck Drive, then north on Soapstone Drive to Ridge Heights Road, back to South Lakes Drive and Twin Branches Road, west on Glade Drive, and completed the circuit at Soapstone Drive and South Lakes Drive). The teams inspected close to 100 storm drains and applied 40 markers on the drains that needed to be marked. The markers are currently funded by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Service, and co-sponsored by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. The storm drain marking project is an outreach campaign to improve the water quality of Reston’s streams and lakes by alerting people that storm water entering the drains DOES NOT go to a waste treatment plant but empties DIRECTLY into Difficult Run, the stream that receives most of the water from Reston, to the Potomac River, and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. The markers are just one way to prevent

APODCAA thanks the following volunteers who participated in last April's Storm Drain Marking project: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

trash and pollution from entering Reston’s streams and lakes, by reminding us all to keep storm drains and our streams clean. There are roughly 4,000 drains in Reston. Reston Association has received a Permit from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to accomplish the Storm Drain Marking project on all VDOT maintained drains. The goal is to mark each one. APODCAA is one of the volunteer teams that this little slice of Northern Virginia, named in 2012 as the “7th Best Place to Live in the United States,” relies upon to meet this goal.

The Storm Drain Marking Project is an enduring project for APODCAA. Future "marking runs" are scheduled in the summer and fall. So, for those who missed out on the first one, there will be other opportunities for you to join APODCAA in its service to the community.

Pol Alvarez Di Aquino Danrem Balino Geraldine Balino Elaine Balino (our youngest volunteer at 6 y/o) 6. Joel Carbon 7. Lourdes Carbon 8. Paul Carbon 9. Rhadee Cayman 10. Mar Deyto 11. Dennis Gawat 12. Marivic "Kay" Gawat

What you can do?

To get your project started or for more information, contact Nicki Bellezza at 703-4356560, Nicki@reston.org.

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Corporate Team Building with a Difference Corporate Volunteer Program

Our Corporate Volunteer Programs offer expertise in community service to corporations by creating customized, hands-on group volunteer projects that complement team building, leadership development, and philanthropic initiatives. Through this program, Reston Association staff will fully develop and coordinate all aspects of your company’s community service volunteer project.

Who We Are

Reston Association is one the largest community associations in the U.S. We serve over 60,000 residents in Reston. Even though we’re not a “town” per se, we provide services and programs similar to a town or city government. We own and maintain over 1,300 acres of parkland, 15 outdoor pools, 48 tennis courts, a 72-acre Nature Center, 55 miles of pathways and four man-made lakes. Living in Reston is like living in a park. Your project will go through the Friends of Reston, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999 to support the Reston Association in bringing valuable projects to the community. The Friends group allows the association to tap into other resources to bring great community projects to fruition on our land, at our facilities and within our programs.

Why Partner With Us

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 will have a long shelf life. ƒƒ Your company’s name will be listed on the event flyer which is distributed throughout Reston prior to the event, if time permits. ƒƒ RA’s volunteer supervisor will work with you to design a volunteer experience that will have a major impact on those you serve while also making sure we stay aligned with your corporate philanthropic mission.

UNLIMITED OPPORTUNITIES

Should you have something specific in mind, we would love to hear your ideas.

Boards & Committees

Serve on our Board or Committees. Our Advisory Committees are where you can really immerse yourself in a cause or area that suits you. Advisory Committees are comprised of RA members who provide advice on Association matters and perform such duties as may be requested by the Board of Directors. Advisory Committees exist for a term of one year from the annual or initial meeting of the Board of Directors and may be renewed at the discretion of the Board of Directors. The Board currently has seven such committees: ƒƒ The Community Engagement Advisory Committee ƒƒ The Environmental Advisory Committee ƒƒ The Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee ƒƒ The Pedestrian and Bicycling Advisory Committee ƒƒ The 55+ Advisory Committee Each committee is comprised of up to 15 members, includes a Board member 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 OPPORTUNITIES Special Project Donations

Donate funds towards the purchase of plants and supplies or engage employees to participate in special service projects during the work week.

Habitat Heroes

Help restore Reston's natural areas by clearing invasive species and increasing biodiversity. Participate in a half-day or fullday event during the week or join a scheduled Saturday event March through November.

Annual Events

Sponsor and engage employees in a one-day special event such as MLK Day of Service (January), 5K Fund Run (April), Spring Festival (May), Reston Multicultural Festival (September) or the Halloween House & Trick-or-Treat Trail to benefit the Nature House (October).

Adopt-a-Recycling Bin Donate funds towards the purchase of recycling bins to increase recycling in Reston.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Ha Brock at habrock@reston.org or 703-435-7986.

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Corporate Team Building Service Projects We offer smart, easy and impactful ways for your employees to get involved in the community, while building team camaraderie. We can do half- or full-day volunteer projects for your employees. We can even build custom projects tailored specifically to your company’s needs. We take care of everything from A-Z; all you need to do is show up with your employees.

Small Group Project (3-10 People) Lake Cleanup with immixGroup

Medium Group Project (10-15 People) Habitat Heroes Project with CST-CPA

Large Group Project (25+ People) Restoration & Certified Wildlife Habitat Project with Deloitte

MLK, Jr. Day of Service (January) Community members can make their “day off” a “day on” by celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through meaningful service. Reston Association will partner with multiple local nonprofits, including the Closet, Southgate Community Center and Cornerstones, offering volunteer opportunities that address critical community issues.

Earth Day (April) Earth Day is celebrated around the world, and Reston Association observes it with volunteer projects that focus on preserving and beautifying Reston's environments. Take an active role in preserving natural habitats and making Reston a cleaner and greener place to live.

National Volunteering Days of Service

National Volunteering Day of Service are national volunteer days that unite individuals, families, service clubs, businesses, schools, and faithbased organizations in volunteerism throughout the year. Join us for one or more signature volunteer events.

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BOARD & GOVERNANCE | ORGANIZATIONAL GOALS | DIRECTORS

BOARD ACTIONS JUNE-AUGUST 2015 The following actions were taken by the RA Board of Directors at meetings held in the months of March 2015 through May 2015. Please note that some of the motions below are abbreviated. To access the full motions, please see the board meeting minutes found in the Governance section of www.reston.org.

June 25, 2015 Regular Meeting

ƒƒ Adopted the June 25, 2015 Consent Calendar, including motions on the following: • Adoption of Regular Meeting Agenda • Approval of Regular Board Meeting Minutes – May 28, 2015 • June 2015 Legal Committee Report • Committee Appointments • Approved the request of the 2015 Lake Thoreau Boat Party Committee to play amplified music on Lake Thoreau during its lake neighborhood event to be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7-11 p.m. (with a rain date of Sunday, August 30, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) under specific restrictions. • Approved the 2015-2016 work plan of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee. • Approved the request for placement of bee hives near the Golf Course Island garden plots and entered into a maintenance covenant agreement with Martha Lappin, including a 3-hour emergency removal provision, as well as an emergency backup beekeeper provision. ƒƒ Authorized the CEO to finalize and execute, on behalf of the Association, the Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Comstock consistent with the RA Board’s discussions and the public hearings held. ƒƒ Approved the addition of the “Comstock Residential Property” to the Reston Association, subject to a Supplemental Declaration, drafted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the MOU.

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ƒƒ Accepted the recommendations of the Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee and directed the committee to: 1. Partner with the Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) to hold a bike rack design competition; and 2. Partner with South Lakes High School to hold a student design contest for artistic bike racks, which would be open to all high school students, including those who reside in Reston. ƒƒ Directed the Friends of Reston for Community Projects, Inc. to establish a Bike Parking Sponsor Program and a fenced Bike Parking Fund that enables Reston residents, developers, retail businesses and other sponsors to “adopt-a-rack.”

July 30, 2015 Regular Meeting

ƒƒ Adopted the July 30, 2015 Consent Calendar, including motions on the following: • Adoption of Regular Meeting Agenda • Approval of Regular Board Meeting Minutes – June 25, 2015 • July 2015 Legal Committee Report • Committee Appointments • Struck from the record existing policy resolution Common Area Rules & Regulations Resolution 10; Facility & Program User Fees and replaced with the new Assessment & Finance Resolution 13; Service, Program, & Facility User Fees. • Approved the request of the Reston Triathlon Association (“RTA”) to use Lake Audubon and Lake Audubon Pool Facilities for the swim portion of the 32nd Annual Reston Triathlon

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to be held on Sunday, September 13, 2015 under specific restrictions. • Approved the request of PetMAC, subject to an agreement approved by Reston Association’s Legal Counsel, to use Lake Anne for a dock diving demonstration on Saturday, September 12, 2015 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and on Saturday, October 17, 2015 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ƒƒ Amended the proposed description of the Tetra Working Group by removing the word “programming” from line 1, and approved the amended description. ƒƒ Approved the recommendations of the Board Operations Committee to: • Indefinitely defer approval of the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Work Plan covering the period for March 2015 to December 2015; and, • Put the activities of the TAC on hold until further notice, including but not limited to, representation of the Reston Association; and, • Evaluate, in coordination with the Board Governance Committee, what options are available regarding restructuring the committee, including but not limited to, the establishment of a Multimodal Transportation Advisory Committee.

August 5, 2015 Special Meeting

ƒƒ Adopted the August 5, 2015 Special Board Meeting Agenda. ƒƒ Authorized Reston Association’s Board President, Ellen Graves, to send the

letter discussed during executive session to Fairfax County Hunter Mill District Board Supervisor Catherine Hudgins and Planning Commissioner Frank de la Fe requesting that the Jefferson Apartment Group include in its redevelopment plan for Tall Oaks Village Center a public plaza that meets the Urban Land Institute's defined standards for successful public plazas and meeting areas. ƒƒ Directed RA’s counsel to inform Fairfax County and INOVA that various deeds recorded by the Reston Master Developer, Gulf Reston, Inc., in 1974 and 1986 subjected all but 16,500 sq. ft. (parcel 5A) of the land that is included within the Fairfax County/ INOVA Reston Town Center North Redevelopment Project (RFP #20000001682) to the Reston Deed declaration of covenants. ƒƒ Directed RA’s counsel to assist Fairfax County and INOVA in working around a restrictive covenant on a 10-acre portion of the land within the Fairfax County/INOVA Reston Town Center North Redevelopment Project RFP, but only in a manner which preserves and/or enhances natural open space within Reston.


MEET THE BOARD & OFFICERS | BOARDOFDIRECTORS@RESTON.ORG

Ellen Graves, President Apartment Owners’ Representative BODgraves@reston.org

Michael R. Sanio, Vice-President At-Large Director BODmichaelsanio@reston.org

Eve Thompson, Secretary Lake Anne-Tall Oaks District Director BODthompson@reston.org

Dannielle LaRosa, Treasurer North Point District Director BODLaRosa@reston.org

Ken Knueven At-Large Director BODKnueven@reston.org

Lucinda Shannon Hunters Woods/Dogwood District Director BODshannon@reston.org

Julie Bitzer South Lakes District Director BODbitzer@reston.org

Ray Wedell At-Large Director BODwedell@reston.org

Jeff Thomas At-Large Director BODthomas@reston.org

Cate Fulkerson Chief Executive Officer cate@reston.org

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INFO & RESOURCES | GUIDELINES | FACILITIES | MAP

RA Picnic Pavilions

Plan outdoor private parties or weddings, group and corporate gatherings, or family picnics at one of our six affordable pavilions. Available for rent seven days a week from April through October. Available for general use from November through March. To reserve, contact Member Services at reservations@reston.org or by calling 703-435-6530.

It's not too soon to reserve space for 2016. Contact Member Services today.

Rental Fees: $155/RA Members, $310/Corporate and Non-members

DOGWOOD PICNIC PAVILION 2460 Green Range Drive, near Reston Parkway and Glade Drive Size: 1,200 square feet

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Spray and play water feature and restroom facility available April through October, 10 a.m. to dusk. Water feature is a mosaic-clad fountain, a commissioned public artwork Four picnic tables under cover and a large built-in grill Features ADA-accessible parking lot and pavilion area Water fountain, including doggie fountain feature, located outside pool Parking shared with pool facility or at curbside

LAKE ANNE PICNIC PAVILION

NORTH HILLS PICNIC PAVILION

TEMPORARY ROAD PICNIC PAVILION

11301 North Shore Drive Size: 900 square feet

Center Harbor Road and North Village Road Size: 1,024 square feet

Corner of North Shore Drive and Temporary Road Size: 892 square feet

Located near historic Lake Anne, this pavilion offers a wide variety of activities for fun-seekers of all ages. ƒƒ Water spray fountain available April through October ƒƒ Seven picnic tables under cover and two large grills ƒƒ Restroom facility ƒƒ Water and electricity ƒƒ Tot lot, benches, and ample parking, including curbside ƒƒ Basketball court, tennis court, and sand volleyball court nearby; however, not included in private reservation

BROWN’S CHAPEL PICNIC PAVILION

HUNTERS WOODS PICNIC PAVILION

11300 Baron Cameron Avenue, near Brown’s Chapel

Corner of Steeplechase Drive and Reston Parkway Size: 842 square feet

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Four picnic tables and one grill under cover Restroom facility Near a basketball court, ball fields, an exercise trail and a tot lot Lake Newport also nearby for fishing off the dock/dam Available on a first-come, firstserved basis at no charge

Great space for a small group picnic while enjoying the nearby park’s soccer/football field or basketball courts. ƒƒ Four picnic tables under cover (two are ADA accessible) and one grill ƒƒ Ample parking (shared parking at Hunters Woods Pool or Hunters Woods Park)

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Lovely setting year-round for larger gatherings, from parties to wedding receptions to troop/ scout meetings. ƒƒ Eight picnic tables under cover and three large brick barbecue grills ƒƒ Two portable restrooms ƒƒ Electricity, water, lights, and a water fountain ƒƒ Tot lot, ample parking and green space

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

The perfect spot for a family picnic, scout gatherings, or other group meetings. Visitors have easy access to nearby Glade Stream Valley Park. ƒƒ Eight picnic tables and one large grill ƒƒ Two portable restrooms ƒƒ Water fountain ƒƒ Wood-chipped tot lot equipped with swings and a jungle gym ƒƒ Parking limited to 11 vehicles

Situated in a wooded, park-like setting, this pavilion has a large, level field, excellent for activities such as croquet, horseshoes, and badminton. This is a great space for larger group gatherings. ƒƒ Seven picnic tables and one large grill ƒƒ Two portable restrooms ƒƒ Two swing sets and four benches situated throughout the park ƒƒ Water fountain ƒƒ Parking available in 16 marked spaces or at curbside


RA Community Buildings The Glade Room and Brown’s Chapel are frequently used for: ƒƒ Group & business functions ƒƒ Classes, workshops & training programs ƒƒ Community meetings ƒƒ Birthday parties and wedding ceremonies & receptions ƒƒ Cluster meetings ƒƒ Troop/Scout meetings ƒƒ Faith group meetings ƒƒ Club functions

Rental Fees: $20-$70 per hour (security deposit required). Available for members and non-members year-round.

BROWN’S CHAPEL

GLADE ROOM

11300 Baron Cameron Avenue Size: 914 square feet

11550 Glade Drive Size: 881 square feet

A very cozy and affordable facility close to home. Its tall ceilings provide excellent acoustics and its park-like grounds offer a lovely setting. The facility has chairs to seat 50 people, three tables, restroom facilities, heating, air conditioning and ample parking.

This facility is equipped with chairs to seat 75 people, four tables, restrooms, heating and air conditioning. Enjoy nearby facilities, including tennis courts, a tot lot, and the Glade Pool (seasonally). Pool and tennis court access not included in private reservations.

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Reston Association Common Area 1. 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. 2. 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. 3. RA meadows in the Common Area shall be mowed annually by RA staff only. 4. 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 Ballfields, Multi-purpose Courts, Garden Plots or Garden Plot Areas; and on or within Tot-Lots or TotLot Areas. This smoking ban is also in effect within a fifty (50)-foot-wide perimeter around the exterior of any building or the boundary of any facility, to the extent that such fifty (50)-foot area, or any portion thereof, comprises RA Common Area. The utilization of electronic cigarettes is also prohibited on these RA common areas. On those Association Common Areas where smoking is not prohibited by this resolution, RA strongly discourages smoking and requests that all persons refrain from smoking.

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5. Horseback riding shall be confined to designated bridle paths. 6. 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. 7. 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).] 8. No invasive exotic plants or animals (especially invasive plants such as bamboo and English ivy) shall be introduced to the RA Common Area. 9. 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).] 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

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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. 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. 14. 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.


Fishing and 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. Species of fish that may be caught include: largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, blue gill and sunfish. ƒƒ ƒƒ

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nglers 16 years and older A must have a VA fishing license. Residents may fish from RA-owned property, which includes the dams on each lake. Much of the shoreline around each lake is private. Please respect the “No Trespassing” and “Private Property” areas indicated by signs. Please do not remove or damage shoreline vegetation. Please do not litter. Please do not feed ducks, geese or other waterfowl. Help protect people and wildlife. Please take all lines, lures and hooks with you when you leave.

Places to Fish

Lake Newport: Along the dam (Park at Brown’s Chapel Park.) Lake Anne: Along the Lake Anne Plaza steps and public docks, along south shore of the canal and along the dam. Lake Thoreau: Along 80 feet of shoreline and the public dock near Lake Thoreau pool, along dam by Lake Audubon, along bridge near

golf course, and along timber wall at Purple Beach. Lake Audubon: Along dam by Lake Thoreau, at boat ramp by Lake Audubon Pool off Twin Branches Road, and along shoreline for 150 feet near Nature Center. (Docks are private.)

Boating in Reston

Reston’s four lakes are also available for boating. Whether you want to launch your own craft or rent a boat at Lake Anne (inseason only), ample opportunities exist to get on the water. We suggest taking your favorite book out, having a floating picnic or fishing for largemouth bass. ƒƒ

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to launch boats from trailers. (Electric motors only) Access points are monitored between April and October.

Other general access points for hand-carried boats include: ƒƒ On Lake Thoreau, the grassy area by the underpass at the intersection of South Lakes Dr. 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.

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oats (jon boats, canoes, B deck boats, sailboats, etc.) may be up to 18 feet long and no more than 10 feet wide. Inflatables must have three separate compartments and sidewalls. All boats are required to have a wearable flotation device for each passenger on board.

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All boats left in the water between November 1 and March 31 require a permanent mooring permit. Only lakefront owners may permanently moor a boat on Reston’s lakes. Individual clusters or condo associations, which own lakefront property, have specific rules regarding mooring boats consistent with RA rules and regulations. For more information, see Resolution 2: Lake Use Access in the Governing Documents. If you see an abandoned boat floating around or you have lost your boat on our lakes, call Watershed Specialist Will Peterson at 703-435-6535 to help track it down.

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INFO & RESOURCES | GUIDELINES | FACILITIES | MAP RESTON ASSOCIATION HEADQUARTERS (14)

NEWBRIDGE TENNIS COURTS (17)

BROWN’S CHAPEL PARK (4)

RESTON ASSOCIATION CENTRAL SERVICES FACILITY (10)

WALKER NATURE EDUCATION CENTER (30)

12001 SUNRISE VALLEY DRIVE 703-435-6530

11718 GOLF COURSE SQUARE

BARON CAMERON AVENUE

NORTH HILLS POOL (1)

SHADOWOOD TENNIS COURTS (23)

HUNTERS WOODS PICNIC PAVILION (25)

12250 SUNSET HILLS ROAD 703-437-7658

11450 GLADE DRIVE 703-476-9689

1325 NORTH VILLAGE ROAD

2201 SPRINGWOOD DRIVE

STEEPLECHASE DRIVE

TEMPORARY ROAD PICNIC PAVILION (11)

NORTH HILLS TENNIS COURTS (1)

LAKE ANNE PICNIC PAVILION (6)

TEMPORARY ROAD/NORTH SHORE DRIVE

WALKER NATURE EDUCATION CENTER CAMPFIRE RING (31)

AUTUMNWOOD POOL (2) 11950 WALNUT BRANCH ROAD

1325 NORTH VILLAGE ROAD

11301 NORTH SHORE DRIVE

DOGWOOD POOL (24)

HOOK ROAD TENNIS COURTS (9)

NORTH HILLS PICNIC PAVILION (1)

2460 GREEN RANGE ROAD

FAIRWAY DRIVE/HOOK ROAD

1325 NORTH VILLAGE ROAD

GLADE POOL (29)

AUTUMNWOOD TENNIS COURTS (2)

PONY BARN PICNIC PAVILION (28)

11950 WALNUT BRANCH ROAD

TRIPLE CROWN/ STEEPLECHASE DRIVE

11550 GLADE DRIVE

GOLF COURSE ISLAND POOL (12) 11301 LINKS DRIVE

BARTON HILL TENNIS COURTS (20)

HUNTERS WOODS POOL (26)

SUNRISE VALLEY DRIVE/ BARTON HILL ROAD

2501 RESTON PARKWAY

LAKE AUDUBON POOL (22)

COLTS NECK TENNIS COURTS (27) COLTS NECK ROAD

2070 TWIN BRANCHES ROAD

LAKE NEWPORT POOL (3)

GLADE TENNIS COURTS (29) 11550 GLADE DRIVE

11601 LAKE NEWPORT ROAD

LAKE THOREAU POOL (19) 2040 UPPER LAKES DRIVE

NEWBRIDGE POOL (17) 11768 GOLF COURSE SQUARE

TALL OAKS POOL (13) 12025 NORTH SHORE DRIVE

UPLANDS POOL (7) 11032 RING ROAD

LAKE ANNE TENNIS COURTS (6)

NORTH SHORE POOL (8)

11301 NORTH SHORE DRIVE

11515 NORTH SHORE DRIVE

RIDGE HEIGHTS POOL (21)

NORTH SHORE QUICKSTART 36 FT TENNIS COURTS (8)

11400 RIDGE HEIGHTS ROAD

11515 NORTH SHORE DRIVE

SHADOWOOD POOL (23)

UPPER LAKES TENNIS COURTS (18)

2201 SPRINGWOOD DRIVE

UPPER LAKES DRIVE/SUNRISE VALLEY DRIVE

LAKE NEWPORT TENNIS COURTS (5) 11452 BARON CAMERON AVENUE

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UPLANDS TENNIS COURTS (7)

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11032 RING ROAD

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