Wednesday, June 29, 2011

AAA Trash/Monday July 4th, 2011 SERVICE

AAA Trash/Monday July 4th SERVICE Curbside Residential Trash and Recycling Services 
--- All Counties AAA will be closed -- 
Due to the majority of the disposal facilities being closed on MONDAY, JULY 4th AAA will not be running trucks and services.

If your regular service day is MONDAY, July 4th service will be as follows: 
Monday Trash will be serviced on Thursday, July 7th  
Monday Recycling will be serviced on Saturday, July 9th 

If you have questions please feel free to call AAA Customer Service Center at 703-818-8222. Please share with all involved. AAA appreciates your patience during this holiday week.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Relac Service 6/25/11

From Michael Poss:
Lake anne water levels are apparently low and within one inch of what is critical for proper relac a/c chiller operation. So the relac team has brought in an external auxilliary pump. They are now hooking it up to make sure adequate service is available to customers during this period of warm summer weather. The pump should be online within a few hours.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Hickory Cluster: Meet Your Neighbors...

Meet Your Neighbors at the Lakeside Café Saturdays at 9:15am

At Bob Anderson’s (Block II) suggestion some members of the HC Board gathered this past Saturday for breakfast and conversation at the Lakeside Café at Lake Anne Village.  Breakfast outside was good on a perfect morning.  It was such a pleasant time that it was suggested that it might be worth expanding the idea to include HC residents who would like to gather for a breakfast and to get to know one another a little bit better.  Bob has agreed to be there for the next two Saturday’s at 9:15 to greet all who are interested.

Please comment if you plan to join or just drop in.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Public Works of Art - Reston Inventory

The Reston Historic Trust, in conjunction with Initiative for Public Art - Reston (IPAR), is requesting help in compiling an inventory of all public works of art in Reston. This database will serve to educate and support appreciation of public art in the area.

To share any knowledge you may have about public artworks, please e-mail You may also call Reston Museum at 703-709-7700 for more information. Below is the list of artwork that IPAR is seeking information about. The information is needed by the end of June and will be used in an exhibition early next year.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fairway Apartments Proposal Before DRB Tomorrow 6/21 7pm

Restonian reports...
Fairway to Heaven: Redevelopment Proposal to Go to DRB for Review

DRB Meeting:  RA Headquarters on June 21, 2011, 7pm Agenda
Also on the agenda are stream restoration project updates.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Lake Anne Revitalization Restaurant Promotion

Lake Anne Plaza is launching a new program that rewards diners who embrace local living and enjoy the lakefront restaurants on the plaza. Lake Anne announced today the launch of  “Dine in the Neighborhood Program” – a rewards card that offers special deals and benefits for dining at participating restaurants.

Guests who dine at each restaurant twice will receive exclusive deals or a complimentary menu item.  Dine in the Neighborhood participating restaurants include:  Café Montmartre, Café Lakeside, 
G Sushi, Jasmine Café, Kalypso’s Sports Tavern, and Singh Thai. 

Dine in the Neighborhood Promotion Information

Selections From RA's eNews

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

For all projects:
Children under 13 must be supervised by an adult.
Please wear long sleeves and long pants if you are allergic to poison ivy. RA will provide tools, gloves, snacks and water. To volunteer, contact Ha Brock, RA community outreach specialist at or by phone at 703-435-7986.

Each season, we need at least one volunteer to help us monitor two sites in Reston. If you are interested, join our volunteer monitors’ e-mail distribution list for notices of upcoming monitoring dates. E-mail with the message, “add me to the stream monitors list” and you will begin receiving e-mails.

June 28, 2011. Free.
Reston Association Headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Guest speaker: Ivy Main, Sierra Club, Virginia Chapter.
Virginia has opportunities to harness clean, renewable energy to meet its growing demand for electricity and to replace its older, polluting coal-fired generating plants. This slide show presentation explores the opportunities and barriers to bringing solar and wind energy to Virginia consumers, and describes an aggressive campaign to build enough offshore wind capacity off our coast to power 700,000 homes by the end of the decade.
RSVP: or call 703-435-6503

Thursday, June 30, 2011
7-8:30 p.m.
Sign up by June 27, 2011
Location: Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person (Free for count participants)
To sign up, call (703) 476-9689 or e-mail


Saturday, July 2, 2011
9:30 a.m.-12:45
Sign up by June 29, 2011
Location: Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free. To sign up, call (703) 476-9689 or e-mail
Discover the colorful and diverse lives of Reston’s “flying flowers.” The butterfly class will focus on the basic identification and life cycles of our local butterflies. Through a combination of field guides, handouts and a Power Point presentation, learn how to identify Reston’s common butterflies, and get a basic introduction to their life history. Join staff and volunteers for the annual Butterfly Count through Reston’s natural areas. Meet fellow butterfly lovers, learn tips on identification and have fun while helping to collect important information on our fluttering friends.

Summer monitoring session is July 1-Aug. 31.
Reston Association is in need of volunteers to assist with stream monitoring at several locations throughout Reston during all seasons. If you are willing to learn, can work with a partner, enjoy data collection, insect identification, and are interested in the health of Reston’s streams, this is the job for you. Volunteering consists of four monitoring sessions of 3-4 hours each for a total of 12-16 hours per year. Training and practice are required and a two-year commitment is encouraged.

Saturday, July 9, 12:30-3 p.m.
Reston Museum
Meet at Reston Museum at 12:30 p.m. to join a tour of community garden plots and hear inside stories from Claudia Thompson-Deahl, RA Environmental Resources Manager. There are 270 garden plots, in four locations, many of which go back to the earliest days of Reston. Join a carpool to a few prime spots for a firsthand look at what Reston gardeners have in the ground and hopefully pick up a few gardening tips to take home. Naturalist Thompson-Deahl will also be available to sign copies of Nature of Reston, for which she wrote the text to accompany a series of superb full-color photographs of Reston’s natural areas by Charles A. Veatch.

At least eight (and probably more) Hickory Cluster residents (including myself) maintain a community garden plot.  This is an awesome RA program. If you are at all interested in gardening, check it out! -Sara
Saturday, July 23
The Weed Warriors will pull Japanese Stiltgrass and English Ivy that has spread throughout the natural area in south Reston. Japanese Stiltgrass threatens the native understory. The only chance native plants have is the protection provided by the Weed Warriors. We need as many hands as possible to remove this aggressive grass. Please meet at the natural area on Running Cedar Road, just past Foxcroft Way, next to 11425 Running Cedar Road. Look for the RA truck.

Win the new iPad 2 and help your community at the same time. Tickets are $10. Proceeds go to "Friends of Reston" for projects such as camp scholarships, green building initiatives and environmental education. The drawing will be July 11, 2011 at 5 p.m. You do not need to be present to win. A maximum of 500 tickets will be sold. For further details and online ticket sales, go to

Free wood chips are available Monday-Friday at Reston Association’s Central Services Facility, 12250 Sunset Hills Road, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The supply is currently unlimited.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lake Anne Plaza FREE Summer Concert Series

Every Thursday night from 7pm-9pm over the Summer, RCC-LA hosts their annual Take-A-Break concert series on Lake Anne Plaza.  Each week a different style of music is featured.  Check out the lineup here.

RELAC Service 6/16/11

Several residents have reported that there are grinding noises and vibrations coming from the RELAC plant, similar to what happened before the pump failure last month. I have notified Greg Odell at Aqua VA in Richmond but have not heard back. Hopefully this is not a precursor of another breakdown.

Fred Swartzendruber