July 2018 Newsletter

posted Jul 8, 2018, 5:35 PM by c traband   [ updated Jul 8, 2018, 5:36 PM ]

rsca logo
This newsletter is produced by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  County Board Meeting:  Saturday, July 14 – Regular Meeting

The Regular Meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. with public comment. View the agenda and read the staff reports for each agenda item. (Note: Some reports will be posted closer to the meeting date.)

2.  Cool Creek Critters:  July 28th - Lubber Run. 3-4:30 (registration info); August 8th - Windy Run 10-11 AM (registration info).  Families ages 5 and up. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Dress to get wet as we spend some time exploring waterfalls, trying to catch water striders, and taking a closer look at some creek critters. Must wear closed-toe shoes in water. For information: 703- 228-3403.

3.  The View of DC, the CEB Tower in Rosslyn.  The CEB Tower is the tallest building in the DC area and the 360-degree view from the top is awesome.  Tickets may be purchased at the website at a reduced price.

    4.  Have you been to the Marymount Farmer’s Market?         
It is open May 26 – November 17, Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm.  Parking is available in the parking garage from the Yorktown Blvd. side.  There is often entertainment.  Here is a brief description of the vendors available at the market.  For more information about each vendor and other market information, visit the market web site:

(From the Marymount Farmer’s Market Web Site)


Abyssinia Mart and coffee house
Alexandria , VA
Small coffee shop, beer & wine and international market.                      


Spriggs Delight Farm
Sharpsburg, MD
goat cheese

Sweet Twist of Ecuador LLC Ana's Twist
Alexandria, VA
artisan ice cream, in the Ecuador tradition, DAIRY FREE, and GLUTEN FREE ice cream

Fruit and Vegetables:

count pickula llc
Vienna, VA
Romanian pickled products made with love in the USA

Great Valley Farms, LLC
Mt. Jackson, VA
specializing in freshly grown produce, canned goods (pickles, pickled vegetables, jams, butters, jellies, sauces, and salsas), dried fruits and vegetables, and dried and fresh herbs.

J & W Valley View Farm
Montross, VA

freshest best tasting fruits and vegetables possible.

Penn Farm
Colonial Beach, VA

Fresh produce with great taste

Toigo Orchards

Shippensburg, PA
spectacular array of fruits and vegetables, as well as hydroponic production of tomatoes.


Cold Country Salmon
Zion Crossroads, VA

a small scale set net operation fishing the crystal clear blue waters of Bristol Bay Alaska

Hog Haven Farm
Columbia, VA
USDA packaged frozen pork and also offer an assortment of hot food

Holly Brook Farm
Berryville, VA
heritage pork (Large black X Herefords) , lambs (Kathadins and Dorpers),pastured chickens (broilers and egg layers), goats, rabbits (Flemish, NZ, Argents), heritage turkeys, ducks (eggs and meat) and rose veal

Pastries and Baked Goods:

Little Austria
Sterling, VA
Austrian pastry desserts with a main focus on strudels (Apple, Pear, Plum, Cherry, Chocolate)

Mechelle's Baking Company

Alexandria, VA
handcrafted pies with your sweetest indulgences in mind, includes sweet potato, apple, pecan, blackberry

Panorama  Loic Feillet Artisan Baker, LLC
Capitol Heights, MD
traditional French baguette, breads, and pastries along with scones and muffins

Prepared Foods:

Georgian Feast
Rockville, MD
Authentic Georgian Cuisine

Mesisam The Ethiopian Eatery
Washington, DC
Vegetable and mild or spicy meat dishes

Mormor Crepes
Arlington, VA

crepes serving a family original recipe for sweet and savory options

Ozfeka Catering
Arlington, VA
a small catering company which serves Mediterranean dishes





June 2018 Newsletter

posted Jun 17, 2018, 12:27 PM by c traband

rock spring civic association logo
This newsletter is produced by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.   Discovery Elementary New Outdoor Learning Space:  In May, Discovery Elementary’s principal sent a letter to Rock Spring neighbors bordering the woods and the school, describing the school’s 5th grade Design Thinking Challenge. Fifth grade students worked as experts, beside experts, to build a new outdoor learning space for Discovery “using the design thinking process and biomimicry.” On June 12th, the students, experts and staff showcased the process at Explorer Night on the Discovery Veranda. Some fourth-grade students had an opportunity to help out during the Community Build on June 13th.  Parents, experts and novice builders, were invited to be part of the project. Those involved in this project hope that future Discovery students will add to the outdoor learning space in the coming years.

2. County Capital Improvement Program (CIP):  The County Manager's proposed CIP lays out nearly $2.8 billion in investments for parks, transportation, community facilities, and more over the next decade.   The Proposed FY 2019-2028 CIP is now available for feedback!   Feel free to Share your thoughts.  

3.  Schools Capital Improvement Program (CIP):  The Superintendent of Schools has also proposed a CIP.  Find out more about it at:

Arlington Schools are closing for the summer:  High Schools on Friday, June 15; Middle Schools on Tuesday, June 19 and Elementary Schools on Wednesday June 20.  Schools within the Rock Spring Civic Association area will open in the fall on Tuesday, September 4.

4. Fight Against Prescription Drugs:  Arlington County has taken a proactive measure in the fight against prescription drug abuse by installing three permanent drug-take back boxes. The public can now safely and securely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 day a year. This disposal service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. The permanent drug take-back boxes are located at:

·       Arlington County Fire Station #2 – 4805 Wilson Boulevard

·       Arlington County Fire Station #9 – 1900 S. Walter Reed Drive

·       Arlington County Police Department – 2000 block of 14th Street N.

Items accepted at the drug take-back boxes are prescriptions, vitamins, prescription ointments, pet medications, prescription patches and over-the-counter medications. Items not accepted are needles, inhalers, aerosol cans, thermometers, lotions or liquids and hydrogen peroxide. This is a joint public safety project between the Arlington County Police Department and the Arlington County Fire Department.

5.  June is National Rose Month:  Celebrate the rose at Bon Air Memorial Park, and enjoy the stunning rose garden conceived by Nellie Broyhill as a memorial honoring the many Arlingtonians who served and lost their lives in WWII.

6. Lots of Things to Do!:

Mosquitoes and Ticks: Identification and Control:  Tuesday, June 19th.  7-8:30 PM.  Learn the lifecycle and science of how best to control mosquitoes and ticks, keeping them away from you and your family.  Free. Advance registration requested at   Westover Branch Library. 1644 N. McKinley Road.  Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email

2018 Summer Solstice Cleanup and Picnic:  Thursday, June 21st.   6:30-9 PM. Join EcoAction Arlington for their Summer Solstice event. Celebrate the longest day of the year with a chance to enjoy beautiful Bluemont Park for service projects and a social.  There will be a picnic immediately following, so stay for food and a chance to meet like-minded volunteers interested in the outdoors and conservation. EcoAction Arlingon is asking for a donation of $5 for the picnic per person paid on site. There will be vegetarian food options available.  Register now!

Butterfly Identification Workshop:  Monday, June 25, 2018, 7:00 PM  9:00 PM,  National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive Reston, VA, 20190United States (map).    The sight of butterflies fluttering around on a warm day is one of the most iconic signs of summer.  These beautiful insects usually only live for a few weeks as adults, but they make quite an impression while they are in their full glory.  The classroom portion of the workshop is FREE and will be on Monday, June 25. More information.

Free Outdoor Movies: Fridays @ Arlington Mill Community Center & Gateway Park; Saturdays @ Penrose Square

Lubber Run Amphitheater Free Concert Series: starting Fri., June 15 @ Lubber Run

From Cumbia to Classical, starting this weekend you can enjoy FREE musical performances every weekend at the Lubber Run Amphitheater! See the season schedule, including a "Hamiltunes" sing-along on June 17.

Art Attack: Thurs., July 12 @ Lubber Run. The center will close to the public Fri., July 6. Save the date for a chance to leave your mark on the building before saying goodbye.

Arlington Events & Activities for all Ages & Interests:

Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt

May 2018 Newsletter

posted May 15, 2018, 4:37 AM by c traband

rock spring logo
This newsletter is produced by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  What improvements do you need in your neighborhood?

The Rock Spring Civic Association is large – running from Glebe Road to Kensington Street - with many smaller neighborhood groupings.  The Rock Spring Civic Association (RSCA) would like to know what you feel that our/your neighborhood needs so we can apply for funding from the County’s Neighborhood Conservation Program.  Please email your ideas titled Neighborhood Improvements to  More about the Neighborhood Conservation Program follows:

[Submitted by Jerry Paul, RSCA Board member and Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee representative]  The Neighborhood Conservation Program helps improve and enhance Arlington neighborhoods. The program was created in 1964 to empower residents by having them come together to discuss and share ideas for improving their neighborhoods. Today, the program provides funding for a variety of improvements including: installation of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, streetlights, signs, park improvements, neighborhood art and beautification. This program empowers citizens to identify and plan projects in their own neighborhoods.  RSCA has representatives on the NCAC who help to: suggest proposed projects; develop recommendations for improving the neighborhood conservation process; and participate in implementing County bond funds.

Neighborhood Conservation staff determines if a project request requires an amendment to the existing Neighborhood Conservation Plan and will work with the civic association to decide if the requested project should become a priority.

Approved projects go through a planning and design process. For each type of project, the process differs slightly. For example, new streetlights require a petition that is signed by 60 percent of affected residents, while park projects trigger a field study.

Funding for Neighborhood Conservation projects comes from voter-approved General Obligation Bond Referenda. Since 1996, the County has spent over $62.7 million on Neighborhood Conservation projects. The program has provided funding to assist every participating neighborhood in the County with such improvements as street, gutter and sidewalk repairs, beautification projects and better street lighting.

For more information, take a look at RSCA’s Neighborhood Conservation Plan

2.  Arlington Public Schools Capital Improvement Plan (From the Williamsburg Middle School PTA newsletter):  The School Board is considering the Superintendent's proposed APS Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for 2019-2028. The CIP is updated every other year to reflect major projects, such as new school construction and expansion. Every CIP decision affects all school levels!

At the School Board Work Session on May 7, an alternative CIP (for discussion purposes only at this time) was proposed. This proposal--if adopted--could impact WMS and some of the feeder elementary schools by potentially delaying the construction of Reed, 300 new middle school seats, and the Education Center HS seats in favor of full build-out of the Career Center site. Please see page 20 of this presentation for details: Lots of options are being discussed, so it is a good time to pay attention!!

Meetings this week! Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00-7:00 pm at Swanson MS (in the library).  In addition, there will be a School Board work session on the CIP Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 pm at Syphax Center (2110 Washington Blvd). At this work session, APS staff will be presenting alternative options for discussion. A third information session will be held May 21 at 6 p.m. at Patrick Henry Elementary School, 701 S. Highland St. School Board meetings and work sessions are open to the public, or can be viewed at:

3.  County Board Capital Improvement Plan: Tuesday, May 22.

The County Manager will present the proposed Fiscal Year 2019-2028 CIP to the County Board at the Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Recessed County Board Meeting.   .

The CIP outlines planned investments in building, maintaining, upgrading and replacing County facilities and infrastructure over the next 10 years. This includes investments in libraries; parks; community centers; technology systems; water, sewer, stormwater, and transportation infrastructure; and more.

The Manager’s presentation will mark the start of an intensive public review process. The Manager plans a virtual town hall in late May, the Board will hold four CIP work sessions with the Manager and departments between May 29 and June 26, and a public hearing will take place on June 27. The Board will adopt the CIP at its July meeting.

The Board work sessions and public hearing will be live-streamed on the County website and broadcast on Comcast and Verizon by ATV, the County’s cable channel. For more about the CIP, visit the County website

4.  Lee Highway Alliance’s (LHA) Education Forum on Heritage:  Saturday, May 19.

Learn about the Stratford Middle School’s renovation and interpretive plan regarding civil rights history in the corridor.  Pastries at 9:30 am, followed by the forum from 10-11:30 am. LHA is located at 4620 Lee Highway, Suite 208 (second floor), above Long and Foster in the Russell Building

5.  How should Arlington grow?  Arlington County is inviting the community to engage in a broad conversation around this question.  In June, the Arlington County Board, in partnership with citizen commissions, will host a series of Big Idea Roundtables—discussions that move beyond a specific project or proposal to big-picture conversations about our County’s future. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from one another, identify differences, and find common ground.

Space is limited. Participants should only register for one roundtable to allow everyone who is interested to participate. Register online for one of the Big Idea Roundtables, scheduled in different locations, at different times of the day, across the County.

  • Saturday, June 2, 2–4 p.m., Langston-Brown Community Center Rooms 108 and 109, 2121 North Culpeper St.

  • Monday, June 4, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Drew Community Center Room 118, 3500 23rd St. S.

  • Saturday, June 9, 9–11 a.m.; Arlington Mill Community Center Rooms 411 and 413, 909 S. Dinwiddie St. Translation services available for Spanish-speaking residents at this session.

  • Monday, June 11, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Ellen M. Bozman Government Center Room 311, 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

  • Wednesday, June 20, 9–11 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center Multipurpose Room, 300 N. Park Drive.

6.  Marymount Farmers Market:  Opening day is Saturday, May 26, 9 am to 1 pm.

We have seasonal and local fruits and vegetables, pies, pastries, and strudel.  

New this year:

  • Count Pickula - Romanian style fermented pickles

  • The Ethiopian Eatery - Vegetable and mild or spicy meat dish, usually in the form of wat ( also W'et or Wot), a thick stew served atop injera, a large sourdough flatbread made out of fermented teff flour

  • Mormor Crepes - Both sweet and savory crepes available every other week

  • Ozfeka Catering - Mediterranean dishes. Try the borek, it is like a Turkish reimagining of lasagna.

  • For more information, see

7.  Taste of Arlington:   May 20, 2018 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Taste of Arlington is the biggest and best family-friendly, food+beer+music street festival in Northern Virginia!  The outdoor festival is located on Wilson Boulevard between N. Randolph Street & N. Lincoln Street.
Taste of Arlington

8.  Arlington’s Beautiful Outdoors:  Enjoy the beautiful weather and explore Arlington’s many walking and biking, and hiking trails.  Whether you want to take a walk or bike ride, or you’re looking for a vigorous workout, you can easily find the right trail on the Arlington County website.  Complete details, including trail maps, type of trail and features, and much more information for each of the 17 off-street trails is available at

9.  Free summer outdoor movie nights!  Mark your calendar and don’t miss the fun!  Whether you’re looking for a fun night with the family, or a great night with friends, check out the wide range of movies and, in some cases, food, drink and games for kids and adults.   For details, see the CPRO Friday and Saturday Movie Nights and Rosslyn Cinema Outdoor Movie Festival information and websites below.   

10.  Free Shade Trees Planted for You:   June 11 Deadline
Concerned about the declining tree canopy in Arlington? In 2009 the Tree Canopy Fund (TCF), was launched after Arlington County Board approval in 2007 with the goals of arresting the decline and restoring and increasing the County’s tree cover over time. Administered by EcoAction Arlington and the Arlington County Urban Forestry Commission (UFC), the fund provides grants to individuals and community groups to plant and maintain trees on private property.  To apply for a free tree, see:

11.  Rain Barrel Workshops:   Rain barrels can be placed under your downspouts to capture runoff from the roof.  Reduce runoff from your house and reuse your rain water! The fee per barrel is $55 for build-your-own workshops, $65 per barrel for distribution events. Registration closes 3-4 days prior to the event.   Only two rain barrels will fit in most vehicles.  Learn more and sign up at

  • Saturday, May 19, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Dr, Reston.

  • Saturday, June 9, 10-12:00. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington

12.  Jamestown 4th and 5th Grades Spring Concert:  June 11

Enjoy some free music.  Contact the school to confirm the time.

13.  County Nature and History Programs:  Registration Begins May 15

View the latest Snag for all the fun nature activities available. Click here to view.

Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt

April 2018 Newsletter

posted Apr 12, 2018, 5:41 PM by c traband

This newsletter is produced by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  School Events

Join in a morning of community building & fun! Registration is now open. Sign-up by April 17th to receive your official 5K race day t-shirt. Please note that students (and children) under 5th grade must be accompanied by a registered parent (or adult) runner. Strollers are welcome!

2.  Elementary School Boundaries: APS has gathered community input on elementary school walk zones to support a determination whether to relocate any option or neighborhood elementary schools before considering boundary revisions this Fall. There will be a community meeting where APS staff will present draft recommendations and answer questions on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm at Yorktown HS (in the cafeteria). More information about the process is at:

3.  Arlington Outdoor Lab Seeking New Board Members:  The Arlington Outdoor Education Association (AOEA), which owns and maintains the Outdoor Lab used exclusively by Arlington County

students, is looking for new Board members. The AOEA is a non-profit group run by an all-volunteer board. We meet monthly, have an annual retreat, and run two open houses, in addition to other fund-raising and advocacy efforts.  We work closely with Arlington Public Schools to support their science-based curriculum. The AOEA has a particular need for a treasurer, in addition to other board members who are interested in and committed to the mission of the Outdoor Lab for our students.

If you have further questions or interest, please contact Todd Parker, AOEA President, at  Thank you for any support.

4.  The Art and Science of Talking with Your Kids, featuring Dr. Wendy Mogel, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Temple Rodef Shalom in McLean

Buy your tickets here ( for this essential guide to the art of talking with children of all ages. Learn how to cultivate the art of conversation - from infancy to adulthood - in an age of hurry, worry, and digital distraction. Presented by the Safe Community Coalition, Dr. Mogel is known for combining cutting-edge psychological research with timeless wisdom in guiding parents through the rough waters of child rearing in today's competitive world. Find more information at the Safe Community Coalition website (

5.  Free Fraud Event Saturday, April 28, 2018

To strike back against scammers, AARP Virginia and Fairfax County Government’s Silver Shield Task Force are bringing together top experts and law enforcement officials to present at a free informational Scam Jam:  Join us for a free fraud fighting event.

The presenters will discuss scams targeting Virginians, such as fake solicitor schemes, bogus investment deals, lottery scams, email fraud, a grandparent ruse and the latest identity theft shams.

6.  Prescription Drug Take Back Day:  
April 28, 10 AM - 2PM.
The Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will help the public prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This disposal service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Please note: The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. Only pills or patches will be accepted.
  More information.

The Arlington County Police Department will be collecting prescription drugs at:

Langston-Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper Street, Arlington, VA 22207

7.  Roundtable on Honoring History and Legacy of Fire Station No. 8:  April 14
The Fire Station 8 History and Legacy History Work Group, established by Arlington's County Manager, is hosting a community roundtable discussion to share memories, perspectives and ideas on how to recognize, emphasize and honor the history and legacy of the Hall’s Hill/High View Park Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Station No. 8.

8.  Civic Federation Events:  Friday, May 4, 2018, Civic Federation Banquet, Holiday Inn, Rosslyn

Topic:  Arlington's Growth Express:  Still on track...or off the rails?  A discussion on Arlington’s challenge as it transitions from a suburban environment towards a mixed urban-suburban community trying to accommodate an additional 63,000 people by 2040 when the estimated population is projected to be 283,000.

Joining us for a candid conversation:

·         Alan Ehrenhalt, Former Executive Editor, Governing Magazine

·         Michelle Winters, Executive Director of the Alliance for Housing Solutions

·         Peter Rousselot, ArlNow columnist

To register:

May 2 General Meeting Agenda:  (tentative):

7:00 Regular Business

7:10 Report, Panel Discussion, and Vote on the ERA Resolution

7:40 Government Transparency

8:25 Introduce R&E Resolution on FY2019 Budget

8:35 Update on Incorporation revised New Bylaws

8:45 Old Business

8:40 New Business

9:00 Adjourn

The Civic Voice:

9.  April is Earth Day Month in Arlington:

Check out all the great events happening in Arlington in April for Earth Day.

10.  2018 Arlington Palooza: Saturday, April 18, 1-4 pm, Alcova Heights and fun Arlington events:

11. ENCORE Concert:  May 4, 7pm at Kenmore Middle School
The concert is sung by chorales from the
Alexandria, Fairfax, Goodwin House (Baileys Crossroads) and Langston Brown Encore Chorales, adults ages 55 and over, who are mostly grandparents and welcome children as well as adults.  The concert will include a medley from West Side Story.  The concert will also include music that many members of Encore will be singing in cathedrals in Montreal and Quebec, Canada, at the end of May.   

For specific questions, email Mary Cottrell, second-soprano, and choral master for LB rehearsal group,

Editor’s Note:  Their December concert was wonderful fun.

March 2018 Newsletter

posted Mar 13, 2018, 6:08 AM by c traband

RSCA logo
This newsletter is produced by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  Fire Station No. 8 History and Legacy Working Group: 
The Fire Station No. 8 History and Legacy Working Group is being established and charged to develop and recommend strategies to recognize, emphasize and honor the history and legacy of the Hall’s Hill/High View Park Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Station No. 8. Read the 
Final Charge.

The working group will submit recommendations by the end of May. This timeline will allow adequate time for the County to review and consider how the recommendations may be incorporated and funded in the design of the station.

All meetings will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Langston Brown Community Center and are open to the public.  See for meeting dates.

 For more information and future updates about the working group, please visit the Project Page.

2.  Williamsburg Blvd Green Streets Project:  From the County:
The contractor is on schedule and everything should be completed by June 2nd.  There is some concrete curb work that still needs to be completed at the first location, and therefore some barrels and wood are in place to cover a hole in the median until that work is complete.  This concrete work will be completed at both sites at the same time. Typically the project signs remain in place until the project is fully complete and the project is “Accepted,” in the case that any additional work is necessary.  The repaving and marking is scheduled to be completed in the spring.

3.  Multiple Opportunities to Share your Thoughts and Concerns for the County and APS.

  • ·        County Budget Input – by April 21  Share your feedback on Arlington’s FY 2019 Proposed Budget which includes a combination of spending reductions and fee and tax increases to close a $20.5-million budget gap.  Your input will be shared with the County Board as they review the proposal before adopting a final budget on April 21:   
  • ·         Arlington Public Schools (APS) Input:  There are several very important initiatives and processes currently underway where your thoughts and comments are needed – whether you’re an APS parent or you don’t have children in the schools.  The APS website has one page, “Engage with APS,” where there are links to all the items where input is needed, as well as many other links such as advisory committees, volunteering with APS, community meetings and events, and much more.  Please take a look at

4.  Lee Highway Alliance Petition for Adequate Funding:  The following petition will be sent to the County Board.  If you are interested in signing the petition, contact the Lee Highway Alliance at

Under the FY 2019 Budget, we urge the Arlington County Board to increase funding for the Lee Highway Alliance from $60,500 to $85,000. 

This will allow LHA to successfully operate with a full time Executive Director. 


We also urge that the County fully fund and implement the Lee Highway Planning Initiative.   The County promised that the planning effort would start in 2017.

The recently approved Housing Conservation Districts (HCDs) policy makes planning even more urgent. 


Each delay results in a missed opportunity to shape revitalization and to increase the quality of life and tax base in Arlington’s last unplanned corridor.

5.  Arlington Children’s School:  Below is the link to an ArlNow article concerning the possibility of The Children’s School moving from the Reed School into the Alpine Restaurant site on Lee Highway, just south of Glebe Road.

6.  Elementary School Boundaries: APS has gathered community input on elementary school walk zones to support a determination whether to relocate any option or neighborhood elementary schools before considering boundary revisions this Fall. APS is holding a series of meetings on "what we heard" about walk zones for the different elementary schools: the meeting tonight (7 pm at the Education Center) will include Taylor ES, and Thursday's meeting (7 pm at Yorktown HS) will include Discovery, Nottingham and Jamestown. More information about the process and how to provide input is at:

7.  Internal Modifications at Yorktown High School: The School Board has approved a design for internal modifications at YHS to add 310 seats beginning in Fall 2018. More information is at:$file/F-2 Final Design for Yorktown Internal Modifications.pdf

8.  Yorktown Theatre:  March 15 and 16,  7 pm.  March 17, 2pm and 7 pm.
Almost, Maine, by John Cariani is one of the country's most performed high school plays!  General admission tickets can be purchased for $10 at or Don't miss it!

9.  County Potholes:   To report potholes that need to attention, fill out a report :  The County does a good job of taking care of those reported. 

10.  Pollinator Plant Sales:  Want to improve your yard for local birds and butterflies? Check out the Long Branch Native Plant Sale for a list of great pollinator friendly plants to try. You can pre-order your plants online thru April 24 or attend the one-day sale on May 5 from 1-4 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center.  See  Information on the benefits of planting native plants is included on that site.

11.  Register for Spring Nature Programs and view available activities.





To contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Traband t 

February 2018 Newsletter

posted Feb 16, 2018, 9:03 AM by c traband

This newsletter is produced by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood

1.  Arlington Civic Federation meeting:  Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 pm, Hazel Auditorium, Virginia Hospital Center hosts the Arlington Public Schools Board.  Each Board member will have three or four minutes to address issues they feel are important and then answer questions from delegates, alternates and APS students.  All are welcome.

2.  Tell Us Your Priorities for Arlington:  The County is in the process of developing the 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) – and need your help! Take 5 minutes to share what your priorities are for County investments in libraries, parks, transportation, schools, and more. Weigh in now.

3.  Arlington’s Independent Auditor Seeks Public Input:  Arlington County Auditor Chris Horton is looking for suggestions from the public of County departments, programs or services they feel could benefit from an independent audit this year or in the future.

“I’m developing both my 2018 Work Plan and my longer-term Work Plan Horizon,” Horton said. “I would like to hear from the public about which areas of County government they believe I should focus on both in the coming year and in the future.”

While all suggestions are welcome, Horton said that he is particularly interested in those areas that have a broad community impact, a significant financial impact or both. The goal, he said, “is to improve County government efficiency, effectiveness and transparency.”

The public can submit suggestions on the County website. You can submit as many times as you would like, but Horton asks that each submission include only one suggested audit topic. Anonymous submissions are not accepted. In addition to our email address, the auditor asks that you include your neighborhood, for tracking.

About the County Auditor  Chris Horton has been the County’s auditor since November 2016. He was hired by, and reports directly to, the Arlington County Board, with additional guidance from the Audit Committee, appointed by the County Board.

His work supplements the work of the Internal Audit Program, which exists within the Department of Management and Finance. The Internal Audit Program focuses on assessing the County’s internal controls and implementing the Financial Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline, while the County Auditor focuses on whether County activities are effective in accomplishing their purpose, and whether they are providing overall value for money.  The auditor develops his draft Audit Work Plan at the beginning of each year, with input from many sources, including County management, the Audit Committee and the public. The County Board approves his Work Plan.

The Audit Horizon identifies audit areas and objectives that may not be addressed in the current year, but are worthy of careful consideration for inclusion in future Work Plans.

“While the number of audit topics I can include in this year’s Work Plan is limited,” Horton said, “I will review and catalogue every suggestion, and consider them for future Work Plans.”

4. Talking Transportation:  Presented by Arlington County's Transportation and Planning Commissions, County Board, and Transportation Division, Mon, February 26, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST, Navy League Building, 2300 Wilson Boulevard

For decades Arlington’s investments in its transportation network have allowed the County to accommodate new homes, jobs and services while decreasing traffic on its main roads. Can Arlington continue to serve as a model for managing growth? Will the future bring new transportation challenges requiring new solutions?

Join us for a conversation about transportation and planning, with local experts providing their perspective on the Arlington experience. Our keynote speaker will be Christopher Leinberger, a land use strategist and author and chair of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University School of Business.

Following the presentations, there will be a panel discussion with audience Q&A and time for networking.  This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged! RSVP at

5.  Music in the Schools

·         Williamsburg Choral Concert:  February 28, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

·         Yorktown Choral Concert:  February 28, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

6.  Celebrate Black History Month:  Feb 24, 1-6, Charles Drew Community Center,

Enjoy live music (including GRAMMY® Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon), dance (including Joy of Motion Dance Center), dozens of vendors, delicious food, free kids’ activities and more next Saturday at Charles Drew Community Center. Check out the program here. Even better?  Enter the 1st Annual Soul Food Cookoff! Looking to volunteer at the event? Contact to get involved.

7.  Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo 2018, Saturday, April 14th ~ 10:00am - 4:00pm Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Spring Road

"Arlington's Best Remodeling Event!”  Free admission and parking

►14 Educational Seminars!

►Accessory Dwelling Seminar!

►More than 80 Exhibitors!

►Home remodelers, architects, energy auditors, realtors, master gardeners, banks, nonprofit organizations and Arlington County housing, zoning and inspection representatives!  

Come get GOOD tips on how to make your home more beautiful, valuable, and energy efficient!

8.  Other Recreation and Parks Happenings: for all ages, including teens and summer camps info:

January 2018 Newsletter

posted Jan 12, 2018, 11:25 AM by c traband

This newsletter is produced by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood

 1.  Williamsburg Boulevard Update:  We would like to provide an update on the construction of the green streets on Williamsburg Boulevard. Construction on the first green street from Old Dominion Drive to 35th Street N is nearly complete.  The contractor is starting construction on the second location, N Harrison Street to N Edison St, and the work at that location will last through April, 2018.  Both green streets are scheduled to be planted in April, and construction will be complete in June, 2018.

The east crosswalk at Williamsburg Boulevard and Harrison St. will be closed during construction at the second location.  The sidewalk on the north side of Williamsburg Boulevard between N. Harrison Street and N. Emerson Street will also be closed intermittently. The contractor will post signage with a detour for any sidewalk closures.  We have notified staff at the schools about these closures.

If you are interested in what is happening at the Cherrydale intersection or at the corner of Lee Highway and Glebe, here is a report on each.

Lee and Glebe:

2.  Arlington Civic Federation:  Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7.00pm:  The topic for the meeting will be a discussion concerning redistricting and the need to eliminate gerrymandering. This should be a fascinating session to include participation by OneVirginia2021, on a panel discussing the issues and challenges that are involved in redistricting. This will be followed by a vote on the Fair Redistricting Resolution presented in October by the Legislative Committee.

3.  Theatre Comes to the Schools: You Are Invited

to Williamsburg:  January 18 and 19, 7pm in the Auditorium
Our very own 37th Street neighbor, Sydney Inserra, and her classmates will perform Cheaper by the Dozen, by Christopher Sergel from the book by Frank B Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.  The play “recounts the authors' childhood lives growing up in a household of 12 kids in Montclair, NJ.”  Admission:  Adults $5; Students $3; Senior Citizens $1

To Yorktown:  January 19th at 7:00pm in the Auditorium – FREE!
The Yorktown Theatre III & IV class will be performing Voices Out of Chaos, an original play developed by the students in response to current events. The show follows a young girl’s journey as she attempts to make sense of the chaos created by the barrage of daily headlines.  The free performance will be followed by a Q&A session. On January 20th, the group will perform the show at the Virginia High School League competition.  Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this compelling show! The performance is free and open to the public.  Bring friends!

 4.  Schools and County Looking for Your Input:

a. Arlington community members are asked to review the Arlington Public Schools’ 2018-24 Strategic Plan draft.  Please review the potential options for this section of the 2018-2024 Strategic Plan and provide your input by 9 a.m. on Jan. 19 using a brief questionnaire available at

b. See Arlington Public Schools’ Engage With Us! webpage at for links to several important APS initiatives where your thoughts and input are needed.

c. Arlington County leadership and staff also need your input and guidance on several significant County projects.  See for current projects and information on how to share your thoughts, knowledge, and expertise.

d. The draft Public Engagement Guide for Capital Projects is up for public comment through Jan. 18 and County staff are interested in your feedback. The County will be using this guide to plan, implement and assess future public engagement measures surrounding capital projects

5.  Family Skate Night!  Bring the whole family to Thomas Jefferson Community Center for Family Skate Night Saturday evenings 6:30-9 p.m. through March. With a live DJ, moon bounces and snack bar, this is a crowd-pleaser for the entire family. Only $2 to skate and $3 to rent a pair of wheels (moon bounce and concessions are additional). Cash Only. Hint hint...a skate party is a great idea for your 4-11 year old's birthday.


If you prefer ice skating and the canal’s not frozen, try the Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Ballston, for their free skate sessions:  http:/

5.  Gardening Preparations:  It’s almost time to plan that garden and buy those seeds. Two master gardening sessions may help.

a. Vegetable Gardening Part 1: Seed Selection, Starting and Saving:  Saturday, January 27, 10:30 – noon, Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road.
Start your garden early this year by getting the scoop on seed selection, hybrid vs. heirloom, what seeds to start indoors, germination tips, and best bets for seed saving. Find out how to make your own starter pots, and easy-to-create lighting systems to bring the sunlight inside. Free. Advance registration requested at Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email


b. Landscape Design Basics, DIY Sustainable Yard Series

Tuesday, January 30, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road 
Learn how to create a sustainable landscape, building on the unique conditions of your own site and situation. This class will focus on how to make a base map and introduce you to basic design principles you can use to transform your property.  Free. Advance registration requested at Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email



To contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Traband t 

December 2017 Newsletter

posted Dec 10, 2017, 10:00 AM by c traband

Happy Holidays!

The Rock Spring Civic Association Executive Board wishes you a Very Happy Holiday Season.

1.  Free concert by Encore Creativity:  Yorktown HS auditorium, Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3pm.

Free admission, donations accepted.  Encore is a 10-year old local organization of 1000 singers throughout the metropolitan area.  This concert will have about 200 singers from the Northern VA area, including Arlington.  This will be a seasonal concert, running about 70 minutes.  Families welcome…after all, most Encore singers are grandparents and love to have the kids join in the sing along part!

2.  Yorktown and Williamsburg Concerts:

Yorktown Winter Band Concert with Blackburn HS from Melbourne, Australia:  Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 6:30 PM in auditorium

Yorktown Orchestra Concert:  Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Williamsburg Orchestra and Chorus Concert:  Monday, December 11 @ 7:00 pm.

2.  Arlington Insider:  The Insider is a bulletin posted by Arlington County Government with a host of events happening in Arlington.  This edition includes a new tool, My Arlington — Projects map for finding out what is happening by neighborhood.

To subscribe to a multitude of County Newsletters:

3.  Microgreens: What Are They, Why They Are So Fabulous, and How to Grow Them: Saturday, January 13, 10:30 - noon, Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, 22205.

Microgreens – You’ve likely seen them, but what makes them so good for you?  Join us to learn their many benefits, and some simple ways to grow these delicious, nutritious and inexpensive baby plants and sprouts in your own home.  Plus, we provide supplies for you to plant your own container, so come prepared to get a bit dirty while you make your own microgreen garden in class!  Free. Advance registration requested at Questions: telephone 703-228-6414 or email

To contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden, or Joan Trabandt,

November 2017 Newsletter

posted Nov 15, 2017, 3:38 PM by c traband

This newsletter is produced by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  RSCA Annual Meeting Recap:  On October 19, Sandra Chesrown, President of the Lee Highway Alliance, spoke at the RSCA Annual Meeting at Discovery Elementary School.  The Alliance is composed of neighborhoods along Lee Highway from Rosslyn to East Falls Church and neighborhoods adjacent to them.  Chesrown discussed the current activities taking place leading to the ultimate goal: “ the development of a new Generalized Land Use Plan (GLUP) for Lee Highway to guide future rezoning and development applications”.  For information about current activities, check out LHA’s website at  Stay tuned for more information about the Lee Highway planning process, which is expected to kick off in early 2018.

The Executive Board candidate slate was approved for the next 2-year term.  Three new members joined the team:  Nedim Kirimca, Rob Topp and Dana Weng.  Special thanks to Bruce Dodd, Aaron Feit and Gregg Kurasz for their service to the Board.

2.  Break-ins in RSCA Area:  As previously reported, there have been a number of daytime burglaries in the Rock Spring area. The police are saying that the burglaries remain under investigation; there have been no arrests and if you have additional information please report it to the police.  There are crime prevention tips at:

3.  TRAFFIC ALERT: 2017 Jennifer Bush-Lawson Memorial 5k, Saturday, November 18.

The Arlington County Police Department will conduct the following road closures from approximately 8:30 AM until 11:00 AM to accommodate this event.  For additional information, please visit their website.

Main Closures:

  • Little Falls Road: N. George Mason Drive to Yorktown Blvd.

  • Yorktown Blvd.: N. George Mason Drive to Williamsburg Blvd.

  • Williamsburg Blvd.: Yorktown Blvd. to N. Emerson Street

  • 33rd Street: N. Emerson Street to N. George Mason Drive

  • George Mason Drive: N. 33rd Street to Yorktown Blvd.

  • Smaller closures exist within the race area

4.  Leaf collection:  November 28-December 5.  The County’s annual leaf collection for RSCA is scheduled to begin the week after Thanksgiving, A second pass will be made later in December.  Recyclable bags are available at the Madison Community Center.  Or just rake the leaves to the street.  For the schedule:

5.  Nature Center Programs:  Winter Registration Opens November 15.  Chilly days and long nights mark the winter season but don’t let the cold and the dark keep you inside this winter. Come out and discover the joys of the season.  Take advantage of the long nights with our family night hikes and campfires. Try your hand at identifying trees without the leaves or spot some winter birds.  You can find all these programs and more in the winter issue of The Snag.   For Parks and Recreation activities for all ages, please see:

6.  Rock Spring Garden Club 7th Annual Holiday Floral Design Event:  November 16th Please join us for our Floral Design Event Featuring Exquisite Designs by SUSIE PONEMAN of Heavenly Hydrangeas of McLean, this Thursday, Nov 16th, at National Rural Electric Cooperative Assoc Building, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, starting at 6:30 pm - Tickets are only $30.00 each - in addition to fabulous pumpkin designed arrangements for sale, there will be refreshments, tools of the trade, door prizes, silent auction of Susie's designs, free parking. Only a few tickets left! All proceeds benefit our community outreach programs. Please visit or let me know if you're interested.

7.  Local Turkey Trots:  Want to get out and get some exercise before the big dinner? The options:

8.  Arlington Public Schools Events:

9.  Police Host Fill the Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive:  Tuesday, November 28, 6-8 pm at the Lee Highway Shopping Center.  Help make the holidays bright for Arlington County children in need by donating to the third annual Fill the Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive. The Arlington County Police Department is asking community members to donate new, unwrapped toys to bring holiday cheer to children ages newborn  to 17. Donations will be distributed by the police department throughout the month of December.

Those wishing to donate toys but unable to attend the Fill the Cruiser events can drop off donations at Police Headquarters located at 1425 N. Courthouse Road until December 15, 2017.

10.  Help Arlington County’s Secret Santa program reach our most vulnerable residents:  Donate $25 gift cards from area stores – grocery stores, drug stores, clothing stores, Target, etc. (or write a check) and the cards will be purchased for you – and the Department of Human Services will distribute them to more than 1,000 needy children in foster care, people with disabilities, low income seniors, and low income families in our community. Gifts cards should not exceed $25 each, but you can submit as many as you like. Donations are generally tax deductible.  Please remember to include a return mail address or e-mail address so we can send you a thank you note and a tax receipt!  Mail or hand deliver gift cards or checks. They must be mailed or delivered to the Arlington Secret Santa program by December 15th.  See or call 703-228-1775.

If you’re interested in exploring other ways to help those in need this holiday season, visit the Arlington County Volunteer Center website at:

11.  Arlington’s Farmers Markets:  Open through the winter.

  • Westover Farmers Market:  Sundays, 8 am to 12 pm May thru November (9 am to 1 pm December thru April).  The Market is located at the corner of Washington Blvd. and N. McKinley Rd.  The street address is 1644 N. McKinley Road.  For details, including vendors, see

  • Arlington Courthouse Farmers Market:  Saturdays, 8 am to 12 pm.  The Market is located at N.14TH and N. Courthouse Rd.  For details, including vendors, see

  • Columbia Pike Farmers Market:  Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm.  The Market is located at Columbia Pike and South Walter Reed Dr.  For details, including vendors, see

To contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden, or Joan Trabandt,

October 2017 Newsletter

posted Oct 16, 2017, 12:06 PM by c traband

October 2017.jpg
This newsletter is produced by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  Reminder:  Rock Spring Civic Association (RSCA) Annual Meeting, at Discovery Elementary School Thursday, October 19, 7 pm.  Sandra Chesrown, President of the Lee Highway Alliance, will be featured at the RSCA Annual Meeting to talk about initiatives and the County planning process for Lee Highway, which is set to kick off later this year or in early 2018.  Come with your questions about how Lee Highway will look, commercial versus residential, housing options, traffic, how Rock Spring neighbors can help, etc.

We will also vote on the Executive Board candidates for the next 2-year term.  Those running include:

Executive Board Officers:  President: Mark Luncher, Vice President: Judy Wheat, Secretary: Charlie Flicker; Treasurer: Alan Geralnick

Executive Board Members:  Mary Cottrell, Jerry Paull, Steve Pearson, Lynn Pollock, Kevin Scott, Larry Suiters, Nedim Kirimca , Rob Topp,  Joan Trabandt, Lillian Ullmen, Dara Weng

2.  Speaking of Lee Highway:   Lee Highway Alliance Officially Open for Business

In September, the Lee Highway Alliance opened its new headquarters at 4620 Lee Highway, Suite 208.  Donations from LHA Board members helped furnish the new offices and recently LHA welcomed its new executive director, Lucia deCordre.  Lucia is an urban planner and designer who came to LHA from the Rosslyn BID.

LHA hosted a number of events this past year, including two community forums, one in July on Transferable Development Rights, and the other on Housing Choice.  LHA has also been actively involved in the new bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Lee Highway at East Falls Church and the VDOT toll road signage in Cherrydale and Lyon Village.

Upcoming events include:  State of Place ForumSaturday, October 21, from 10 -12:  LHA was one of five finalists in the National State of Place competition, an evidence-based urban design initiative that helps cities achieve their urban design priorities, including livability and economic development.  Join us at the LHA Offices to review the results and continue the discussion about how to make Lee Highway more walkable, liveable and SMARTer!

3.  “ENGAGE WITH US!”  Arlington Public Schools hopes the new ENGAGE webpage, at, will help APS families and other community members find exactly what they need to stay informed and participate in the many APS initiatives, events, advisory groups, learn about schools and register children, become an APS volunteer or learn about job opportunities, and so much more, including providing online feedback to APS.  The site also includes a calendar of upcoming meetings and events, and links to background and updates on 11 current and future Arlington Public School initiatives.

4.  County Government’s Community Engagement Initiative:  “ENGAGE ARLINGTON” at is Arlington County’s new initiative to help community members stay informed and up-to-date on County services, events, community groups and organizations, volunteer opportunities, advisory groups and commissions, and projects and planning by neighborhood.  The webpage includes a link to an expansive “A to Z Directory of Departments and Services,” each with a link to the department, organization, service, etc. and the phone number and address.

5.  Long Bridge Design Concepts:  Thurs, October 19, 7-10 P.M, 2011 Crystal Drive, 11th Floor

Come see the top four design concepts for the new Long Bridge Park Aquatic & Fitness Center and park expansion. Watch the presentations, ask questions and let us know what you think! Light refreshments will be served. Free parking is available in underground garage.

Can't attend? Between Oct. 19-27, stop by the Courthouse Plaza lobby or visit, search Long Bridge Park Project.

6.  Fall Heritage Festival:  Saturday, Oct. 21, 1-5 pm.  Each fall we gather around the Walker Log House to celebrate our nation's heritage.  Join us this year for a family- friendly day of fun.  Step back into history and try your hand at some old-time games and crafts, make a corn husk doll, try on a coon-skin cap, or work the cider press!  Write with a quill pen or churn butter and enjoy old-time music. Bring your old pants and shirt to make a scarecrow - child sizes work best!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  3608 N. Military Road, Arlington, VA.  For information:  703-228-3403.  Only $5 per person.

7.  Discovery Elementary School PUMPKINFEST, Sunday, October 22, 11:30 am – 3pm (children’s costume parade at 11:30), on the Discovery/Williamsburg soccer fields.  Stop by to enjoy the fun whether you do or don’t have children at Discovery.  All are welcome!

8.  Election Day 2017 is Tuesday, November 7th.  The ballot will include Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Virginia House of Delegates, County Board, and School Board candidates.  Election Day 2017 is Tuesday, November 7th.  Polling Place Hours on all Election Days is 6 a.m.-7 p.m.   For complete information on absentee voting, voter registration, photo voter ID requirements, and more, see

9. Capital Steps at Yorktown:  Yorktown High School Theatre Arts is once again sponsoring The Capitol Steps ( on Sunday, November 19th at 7:00pm, in the YHS auditorium.  Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave all sides of the political spectrum laughing. Tickets are just $39 and can be purchased online at  Enjoy DC entertainment without leaving the neighborhood!  Get your tickets while they last -- this show sells out!  Enjoy a spectacularly funny show and support Yorktown Theatre at the same time!

10.  Looking for other fun things to do in Arlington this fall?  See for an easy way to find events and activities for all interests and ages, throughout the county.

To contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden, or Joan Trabandt,

1-10 of 46