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September 2019 Newsletter

posted Sep 16, 2019, 2:22 PM by c traband


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

1.  Rock Spring Civic Association Annual Meeting:  Coming in October at Discovery Elementary School Dining Commons

Elections for officers and board members will take place at the meeting.  The Board generally meets once a quarter, plans the annual meeting, and helps residents coordinate with the County on any pending issues.  If you are interested in serving as Officer/ Board Member please contact the president of RSCA, president@rockspringcivicassoc.org or one of the editors whose emails are at the end of this newsletter.  

2.  Civic Federation of Arlington:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6.30pm, Virginia Hospital Center: Topics include Multi-Family Housing Zoning and Community Environmental Program.  http://civfed.org

3.  County Items of Interest
County Glass-Recycling Policy https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/release/arlington-shifting-glass-residential-recycling-cart

Permit Arlington:  The first phase of Permit Arlington, a new online permitting system.  Permit Arlington is a Countywide initiative to improve the customer experience for permitting, building and land development services. More than 30 permits will move from paper applications and in-person payments to the virtual system, eliminating the need for customers to visit County offices to complete these transactions.  View details at the Permit Arlington website.

Joint Facilities Advisory Commission: (JFAC) Scoping Committee will meet on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting location is the Bozman Government Center, Room 311 (2100 Clarendon Blvd.). 

 

  • The Scoping Committee will discuss the content that the upcoming Public Facilities Plan will cover and the public engagement process for developing the plan.

  • More information about the meeting (directions, add to calendar, etc.)

  • The Bozman Government Center is located near the Court House Metro Station (Orange/Silver Lines); free parking is available in the Courthouse Plaza Garage after 5:00.

The following meeting of the Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC) will be on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Syphax Education Center, Room 424 (2110 Washington Boulevard).

 Please contact Matt Ladd if you have any questions prior to the meeting. 

Tree Giveaway:  Arlington residents can now register to receive a free tree for their homes, thanks to Arlington’s Department of Parks and Recreation’s annual giveaway of 400 native trees.  One tree is allowed per residence.


Native Plants:  Want to improve your yard for local birds and butterflies? Then it’s time to Grow Native. A great selection of plants that are accustomed to local climate and wildlife will be available for purchase. We have natives for sun to shade, even deer resistant plants. Pre-order your favorite plants so you don’t miss out!  We’ll also have a wider selection to choose from on the day of the sale. 

 

Pre-order deadline is 4 p.m. Wed., Sept. 18.

Pre-Order Pickup: Fri., Sept. 27 from 3-6 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Native Plant Sale: Sat., Sept. 28 from 1-4 p.m. (purchase in person)

Where: Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd

Free Art Bus:  On Thursday, Sept. 19, everyone can ride the ART Bus for FREE as part of Try Transit Week! And all throughout the week, the ART Prize Patrol will be riding various routes, handing out giveaways!

4.  Arlington Public Schools:
Bike/Walk to School Day:  Wednesday, October 2.  Please be cautious when driving as a large number of children and parents will be walking and biking to our schools.

Yorktown Half -Time Show:  Friday, October 4
Yorktown High School’s Color Guard invites all 4th – 8th graders to join the YHS band for the halftime show when Yorktown plays Edison on Friday, October 4th!  Help cheer on the YHS football team on to victory in the stands and be part of the Yorktown Marching Band halftime performance.  SIGN UP BY SEPTEMBER 27TH!  For details see www.yorktownband.org.  For Yorktown’s athletic schedules, go to https://yorktownsports.org/

Get Involved! How to Volunteer with Arlington Public Schools (APS)
APS appreciates the many parents and community members who volunteer their time to support our schools. This year, APS has simplified the application process to make it easier for volunteers and chaperones to get involved. The new online application is tied to the new Visitor Management System and is designed to ensure student safety and to better manage and track volunteers. The two-step process includes the completion of the online application and a State-mandated Safe Schools module. Once completed, the application is valid for two years and allows volunteers and chaperones to volunteer in multiple locations.

See https://www.apsva.us/volunteers-partnerships/volunteer-application-form/application-process/ to learn more about the process and to access the application in English and Spanish. To see the current volunteer opportunities posted by APS, see https://www.apsva.us/volunteers-partnerships/volunteer-opportunities/.

Upcoming APS Community Engagement opportunities:
School Board Meeting*.  Thu, Sept 19:  Hispanic Heritage Student RecognitionsFull agenda
Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd.

School Board Work Session, Tues. Sept 24, 7 pm  Arlington Facilities and Student Accommodation Plan (AFSAP)  Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd.

*Watch Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.
**Watch School Board Work Sessions live online. Work sessions are open to the public but no public comments are accepted.

5.  Things to Do
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden AutumnFest!   Sunday, September 15, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, 300 South Kensington Street, Arlington 22204
Come visit the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden for AutumnFest, a lively celebration of fall, herbs and nature. There’s much to learn during three educational presentations starting at 11 am with “Grow Your Own Herbal Teas,” in which participants will learn about plants and recipes to create the most soothing and tasty libations. At 12 noon will be “Succulents for Small Spaces,” a look at how to hop on board with one of the hottest trends in home and garden décor; and at 1 pm is “Container Gardening Made Simple,” an introduction to bringing beauty and food into your life using pots. AutumnFest also offers native and other plants perfect for fall planting; autumnal décor; the opportunity to consult with Extension Master Gardeners, Tree Stewards and Audubon at Home Ambassadors; a chance to visit the Colonial Ball-Sellers House; vendors selling hand-made pots, hand-crafted jewelry, reusable recycled bags and herbal treats with recipes to try at home. Free. Questions? Contact Extension Master Gardeners at telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com

Clarendon Day! Sat., Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (rain or shine!)
Clarendon Day is one of Arlington’s best loved and most diverse street festivals, with several music stages, a large kid’s area, arts and crafts vendors, and business and nonprofit exhibitors from Clarendon and the region. You'll also find plenty of great food from local and regional restaurants, craft beers and Virginia wines, and more!

Fall Seed Collection for Reforestation Projects:   Saturday, September 28, 2019, 1-3 p.m.
Lubber Run Park, 200 N Columbus St.
Join EcoAction Arlington in collecting acorns and other tree seeds in coordination with the Potomac Conservancy’s Growing Native Program. Collected seeds are sent to the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) nurseries to be grown into tree seedlings which are then used in native forest restoration projects.

We will identify trees and their seeds as we collect them and then bag and label them for transport to the VDOF. This is a wonderful project for families, children, and anyone interested in trees and replenishing our forests. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. Registration may be found here.

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

August 2019 Newsletter

posted Aug 8, 2019, 7:57 AM by c traband


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

1.  Neighborhood Car Break-Ins: Submitted by Judy Hadden after speaking with Arlington Police.

Protect your car and home from thefts – Rock Spring and other neighborhoods throughout Arlington have been hit hard by nighttime thefts from cars parked in driveways and on streets.  Arlington County Police describe the majority of incidents we’re experiencing as individuals “car shopping” – moving from car to car looking for unlocked doors and quickly stealing items left inside, such as cash, cell phones, laptops, packages, and other valuables.  Last month an unlocked car in Lyon Park was stolen when the keys were left in the car.

Arlington Police are investigating reported incidents and thefts, reviewing home security camera footage, and encouraging residents to report suspicious activity by calling the Arlington Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222, or 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Because it’s easy for any of us at some time to forget to lock car doors or roll up all the windows, Arlington Police are asking each of us to be part of the 9 P.M. Routine, a public safety campaign also being used in communities throughout the country.  It’s easy, doesn’t cost anything, and can prevent thefts in our neighborhoods. Here’s how to participate:

9 P.M. Routine
Set a reminder/alarm/timer to alert you at 9 P.M. each evening, to make sure the following have been done:

  1. Vehicles, residences, garages, windows, gates, sheds have been locked

  2. Exterior lights, security cameras, alarm systems have been activated

  3. Valuables from vehicles (including keys), yards, patios have been brought inside

For more information, see https://police.arlingtonva.us/9pmroutine/.  And print out the 9 P.M Routine flyer and keep it where all your family will see it:   https://arlingtonva.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2019/07/9PM-ROUTINE-FLYER.png.

Note:  There has been much conversation on Next Door about thefts of locked cars and keyless entry fobs.  If you have a keyless entry fob, check with your dealer about how to break the signal when your keys are in the house.  Suggestions include wrapping in aluminum foil, placing keys in freezer or any steel box. You can join Next Door at https://nextdoor.com/ and choose Rock Spring as your local area to see and follow the conversation.

2.  Old Dominion Drive and Little Falls Intersection:  The County has determined that this intersection is dangerous because of the high number of accidents, so starting in September, this intersection will have restricted turning during rush hours.  For more information see, https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAARLINGTON/bulletins/256a2ff

3.  Rock Spring Civic Association Annual Meeting:  Coming up in October. Please look for details in the September newsletter.
Elections for officers and board members will take place at the meeting.  The Board generally meets once a quarter, plans the annual meeting, and helps residents coordinate with the County on any pending issues.  If you are interested in serving as Officer/ Board Member please contact one of the editors whose emails are at the end of this newsletter.  

4.  Neighborhood Conservation Capital Improvement Projects:  Do you have an idea for a way to beautify your neighborhood or make it safer?  Rock Spring Civic Association has 1 project on the list to place streetlights on a needy street, but we are looking for additional ideas of other projects that would serve your portion of RSCA.  Please send your ideas to one of the newsletter editors (email at end of newsletter). Here is an expanded description of Neighborhood Conservation Projects.

Submitted by Jerry Paull, RSCA Executive Board member:  The Neighborhood Conservation Program helps improve and enhance Arlington neighborhoods. When the program was created in 1964, the goal was 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:  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.

There are two ways to initiate these projects:

1.Work with the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC) to submit a priority project    that is identified in your Neighborhood Conservation Plan to the County Board for funding approval

2. Submit a resident request to your Civic Association and Neighborhood Conservation Representative,

Neighborhood Conservation staff determine 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.

After the County Board approves projects for funding, they go through a planning and design process. For each type of project, the process differs slightly. For example, new streetlights require a petition is signed by 60 percent of affected residents and park projects trigger a field study.

There are two funding cycles throughout the year.

5.  Arlington County Fair: August 14 - 18 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School on South 2nd Street.
Tasty treats, thrilling rides and FREE admission.  See the website for more information and the schedule.  http://arlingtoncountyfair.us/

6.  Help Fill the Cruiser with Back-to-School Supplies:  Thursday, August 15 from 6-8 pm Help Arlington County students start the school year prepared to succeed by donating new school supplies and other classroom materials during the Fill the Cruiser Back-to-School Supply Drive. All donated supplies will be provided to Arlington County Public Schools for distribution to teachers and students.

Arlington County Police Department’s Community Outreach Teams and School Resource Officers will be collecting donations at:

  • The Westover Shopping Center – 5800 block of Washington Boulevard

  • The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City – 1100 S. Hayes Street (main entrance)

Suggested items for donation include:

  • Pens

  • Pencils (#2)

  • Markers

  • Dry Erase Markers

  • Crayons

  • Colored Pencils

  • Highlighters

  • Erasers

  • Glue

  • Folders

  • Notebooks

  • Binders

  • Dividers

  • Loose Leaf Paper

  • Construction Paper

  • Post-it Notes

  • Index Cards

  • Pencil Cases

  • Zip-Lock Bags

  • Tissues

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Disinfectant Wipes

  • Backpacks

Those wishing to donate supplies but unable to attend the Fill the Cruiser events can drop off donations at Police Headquarters located at 1425 N. Courthouse Road on the 2nd Floor at the Administrative Support Unit between August 1 – August 15.

7.  Arlington County Schools: See the most recent information and updates from Arlington Public Schools and sign up to receive future updates:  https://www.smore.com/kcua8-school-board-update?ref=email.  Arlington Public Schools also stays in touch with parents and community members through “School Talk” messages.  See https://www.apsva.us/schooltalk/ for directions on signing up for School Talk, and additional APS School and Community Relations information.
REMINDER:
  School starts on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

8.  Arlington Parks and Recreation:  Don’t miss all the summer and fall activities and events in Arlington parks, community centers, and nature centers!  See https://parks.arlingtonva.us/events/

For example:
Cool Crayfish Campfire
Saturday, Aug. 10, 7 - 8pm #642859-F
The whole family is invited to join us at the Gulf Branch amphitheater for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, S’mores! We'll find out where to look for the earliest signs of spring this evening while keeping warm around the fire.
$5.

Bat Fest:  August 24th, 6:30-9:00.   Adults, teens, families ages 4 and up. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Enjoy a thoroughly batty evening and add to your knowledge of local night life! Live bat shows are presented by Leslie Sturges, director of The Save Lucy Campaign, established to protect and conserve bats in this region. Registration for one of our live bat talks is required. All other activities are on-going from 6:30 thru 9pm; habitat walks, games, crafts and much more! For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. 
 Register online or call 703-228-4747. Activity #: 642859-I

 

 

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

 


July 2019 Newsletter

posted Jul 14, 2019, 6:17 PM by c traband

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

1. Storm Damage Information:  We hope you survived Monday’s storm and none of you need this information.


2.  A Plea for New RSCA Executive Board Members:  In our fall meeting, elections for the Executive Board of Rock Spring Civic Association will be held.  Some of our current board members have moved and others are retiring.  We are in need of interested Rock Spring residents to join us. We usually meet once a quarter, unless there is a pressing issue affecting Rock Spring.  Please consider how you can help our neighborhood moving forward to 2020. Send your name and contact information to one of the newsletter editors, email below.


3.  Arlington Public Schools Information:  Below are the names of the new or remodeled schools with clickable links.

 

 4.  School Board Meetings:

Thu. July 25

School Board Meeting*. Full agenda posted one week prior.

 

7:00 p.m.

Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd.

 


 

 



 

Thu. Aug. 22

School Board Meeting*. Full agenda posted one week prior.

 

6:30 p.m.

Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd.


 


5.  Visit www.apsva.us/Engage for current opportunities to engage with Arlington Public Schools.

 

6.  New Restaurants in our Neighborhood:
Maya Bistro:  5649 Lee Hwy,
https://bistromaya.com/

Chicago Pizza with a Twist, 5645 Lee Hwy, https://www.facebook.com/ChicagospizzaArlington

Café Colline:   Below is a link to an ArlNow article about the planned opening of a Café Colline restaurant in the Lee Heights Shopping Center, replacing Cassatt’s.

https://www.arlnow.com/2019/07/09/hilton-brothers-bringing-cafe-colline-to-lee-heights-shops/?mc_cid=21149149b0&mc_eid=262b373539



7.  Recreation and Parks Programs:

Cool Creek Critters - Gulf Branch, Saturday, July 20, 3 - 4:30pm 

Ages 5 to 10. 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. Free. #642829-B

Campfire Evenings

The whole family is invited to join us at the Gulf Branch amphitheater for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, S’mores! We'll find out where to look for the earliest signs of spring this evening while keeping warm around the fire. $5.

Slithering Snakes Campfire 

Saturday, July 20, 7 - 8pm  #642859-C

 

 8.  Peruvian Festival of Arlington, Sunday, July 21, 11am – 7 pm at Long Bridge Park,
Festival Peruano de Arlington



 

 

 

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

 


June 2019 Newsletter

posted Jun 13, 2019, 6:59 PM by c traband   [ updated Jun 13, 2019, 7:08 PM ]


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

1.  Judge Judith Wheat – Yes, on June 6th our Rock Spring Civic Association vice president, neighbor, active Arlington volunteer, highly respected trial lawyer and friend was sworn in as Judge for 17th Judicial Circuit Court which includes Arlington and Falls Church!  When her eight-year term begins on July 1, Judge Wheat will join Judges Louise Di Matteo and Daniel S. Fiore II and Chief Judge William Newman Jr. on the bench of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court.  For more information on this Circuit Court Judge position and Judge Wheat’s career, see https://www.insidenova.com/news/arlington/general-assembly-elects-fourth-circuit-court-judge-for-arlington/article_3b4f8f9e-32ca-11e9-b7ec-8361a87b2eec.html.  For more on the 17th Judicial Circuit Court, see http://www.courts.state.va.us/courts/circuit/arlington/home.html.  Please join us in thanking and congratulating Judge Judith Wheat!

2.  Last School Board Meeting:  Tuesday, June 18, 7 pm at the Syphax Ed Center, 2nd Fl School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd.

*View Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

**Watch Work Sessions live online. Work sessions are open to the public but no public comments are accepted.

3.  Arlington Community Events:

Fri. Jun. 14: 7 – 9:00 p.m.      

Dream Project Scholarship Awards Ceremony. RSVP here.  Wakefield High School, 1325 S. Dinwiddie St. 22206

Sat. Jun. 29: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit hosted by Edu-Futuro.  Wakefield High School, 1325 S. Dinwiddie St. 22206

Save-the-date:  Fri. Oct. 18

Edu-Futuro's 21st anniversary celebration, "Legacy of the Future".


4.  Career Center Building Level Planning Committee:  online application by June 24, 2019.  

APS invites community members to apply to serve on the Arlington Career Center Building Level Planning Committee (BLPC), a diverse group of stakeholders appointed by the School Board to provide input and help guide the next steps in planning for the Arlington Career Center Expansion. The BLPC will start to meet in September 2019. If you’d like to be part of the BLPC, complete your online application by June 24, 2019.

Visit www.apsva.us/Engage for more community engagement opportunities. General APS calendar, School BoardDocs and/or School Board calendar. Arlington County’s Engage calendar.


5.  Passion Into Action Challenge: Volunteer Arlington is offering a NEW challenge for students in grades K-12! This is an opportunity for students to lead through service by creating a meaningful way for students to increase awareness of the needs of our community. Visit our website to learn more and begin the challenge!


6.  Change in ART Bus Schedule:  The ART 53W extension to Westover will be eliminated starting on Monday, July 1. ART 53A/B service will still operate, but mid-day service will be eliminated. ART 53A/B service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:00 am – 9:14 am and 2:35 pm – 7:39 pm. View the new ART 53 schedule (PDF).


7.  Arlington County Water and Sewer Cost of Service and Rate Study:  The county is embarking on a Utility Rate Study and is looking for someone to represent single family/townhome dwelling residents that would be interested in serving on the Rate Study Advisory Group. The county would like to identify two potential candidates so that the facilitator of the group could briefly interview the two candidates and select one which would best complement the group dynamics. The selected individual would be asked to represent “Residential Customers: Single-Family/Townhome Dwelling” interests as they pertain to the

  • Two of the core environmental services that Arlington County provides are water delivery and wastewater collection and treatment. In 2019, the Department of Environmental Services is commencing a Study to evaluate the rate and fee structures for these services.  The Study will help ensure that Arlington County recovers sufficient revenues through its rates and that our rate and fee structures are aligned with the County’s financial objectives and the community’s values.

  • A wide variety of methods will be used for communication and engagement (e.g., briefings for commissions and neighborhood associations, open-houses, etc.), including the formation of a Rate Study Stakeholder Advisory Group (RSSAG). The RSSAG will serve in a representative and advisory capacity to staff.  RSSAG members will be selected to represent various segments of the County’s water and sewer utility customer base and encouraged to offer feedback on the Study, as it progresses.

  • County staff are actively seeking recommendations for RSSAG members.

If any of you are interested in participating in the study please contact Lisa Wilson, who is a staff person in the communications sections of DES. Her email is llwilson@arlingtonva.us.

8.  Columbia Pike Blues Festival  

Swing to the blues at the 24th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival Sat., June 15, 1-8:30 p.m. on the corner of Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive. Presented by Arlington Arts and the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, the Blues Festival features the best in contemporary blues and blues-inspired genres in the heart of Arlington. Fun for the whole family, the Festival has an array of kid's activities, food trucks, curated craft vendors, the Arlington Art Truck, and beer provided by New District Brewing Company.  


9.  Free Movies + Music at our Parks

Beginning June 7, free outdoor movies can be seen on Fridays at Arlington Mill Community Center and Gateway Park, and Saturdays at Penrose Square. And starting June 14, enjoy the 50th Anniversary season of free live music at Lubber Run Amphitheater.


10.  Turn Your Yard into a Wildlife Sanctuary!  Would you like to turn your garden into a welcoming space for birds, butterflies and other native wildlife and help enhance the value of our urban green spaces?  Get free advice on how to make your yard more wildlife friendly! The Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary certification program assists homeowners in restoring their home’s natural habitat by providing information on sustainable gardening practices. These practices include using native plants, removing invasive species, reducing use of pesticides and fertilizers, and creating space for native flora and fauna.

Audubon at Home ambassadors will visit and consult with you on suitable native plants, landscaping, water retention, or other best practices. To learn more about the program in Arlington or Alexandria, please visit audubonva.org to learn more.  If you have additional questions, please contact Alda Krinsman or Alyssa Ford Morel. Volunteer ambassadors will arrange a site visit and talk with you about ways to enhance habitat in your garden.


11.  Campfire Evenings:  Friday, June 28, 7 - 8pm

The whole family is invited to join us at the Gulf Branch fire ring for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, S’mores! We'll find out where to look for the earliest signs of spring this evening while keeping warm around the fire. $5.

Skittering Skinks Campfire:  #642859-B

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


May 2019 Newsletter

posted May 14, 2019, 3:22 PM by c traband

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

 1.  Arlington County Civic Federation:  Tuesday, June 4, 6.30pm, Virginia Hospital Center
The June meeting will highlight cultural affairs in Arlington with a panel discussion moderated by Mary Hynes and provide an update on what the Lee Highway Alliance is doing. There will be a status report on the Arlington County Scholarship Fund for Teachers
.    http://civfed.org

2.  Lee Highway Alliance Design Studio:  May 17 and May 31, 12 – 3:30 pm
The Plan Lee Highway Design Studio is open every other Friday, 12 – 3:30 p.m. as a drop-in format.  The studio is an informal opportunity for residents, business owners, community members and other Lee Highway stakeholders to view the latest study materials, meet with project planners, ask questions and share ideas. We hope to see you there!

Signup for notification of upcoming Focus Groups:  https://projects.arlingtonva.us/plans-studies/land-use/lee-highway/plan-lee-highway-focus-group-meetings/

Also, An Evening at Broadview:  June 1, 5 – 8 pm
You are invited to Cocktails for Community, benefitting the Lee Highway Alliance
https://www.leehighwayalliance.com/evening-at-broadview.html

3.  It’s Farmer’s Market Time:  Marymount Opens May 25, 9 to 1pm
See locations, hours, and more at
https://topics.arlingtonva.us/farmers-markets/

4.  NEW!  "The Shop" Makerspace: A space open to beginning and advanced Makers for classes, one-on-one tutoring and open lab time.  See https://library.arlingtonva.us/explore/for-makers-and-crafters/the-shop/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/arlib/sets/72157679700839808 for more information and photos.

 5.  Free Paper Shredding & Inert Material Drop-Off, Saturday, June 1st, 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Earth Products Yard, 4300 S. 29th St, Arlington.  Free!  See more information at https://recycling.arlingtonva.us/events/free-paper-shredding-inert-material-drop-off-2019-06-01/

6.  Bike To Work Day:  Friday, May 17

Keep your car parked, hop on a bike, and celebrate bicycling as a fun, healthy, and sustainable way to get around on Bike to Work Day! Meet up with your neighbors, coworkers, and first timers at one of the 115 regional pit stops to jump start your Friday with some fun.

 Bike to Work Day is a FREE event and open to all area commuters whether you’re new to riding or ride every day. Arlington hosts a bustling 10 pit stops around the County (morning and afternoon) to make it easy for you to join the fun no matter which route you ride. Register at the pit stop most convenient to you and receive the infamous Bike to Work Day t-shirt.  http://www.bikearlington.com/bike-to-work-day/

 

7.  MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC:

May 23 - Yorktown Jazz Band on the Lawn, 7:00 pm

June 6 - Yorktown Orchestra Concert, 7:00 pm


June 6 -
WMS Band POPS! Concert, Auditorium 7:00 pm 

June 12 - WMS Orchestra Spring Concert, Auditorium 7:00 pm

June 13 - WMS Chorus Spring Concert, Auditorium 7:00 pm

 

8.  ENJOY ARLINGTON:
Class registration for the summer session begins on Wednesday, May 15. See the full listing of class offerings for children and adults at https://web1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/vaarlingtonwt.wsc/search.html?display=detail&module=AR

 

9.  Campfire Evenings:  Queen of the Forest Campfire Saturday, May 25, 7 - 8pm
The whole family is invited to join us at the Gulf Branch fire ring for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, S’mores! We'll find out where to look for the earliest signs of spring this evening while keeping warm around the fire. $5.  #632859-E

Arlington Nature & History Programs - Registration at https://web1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/vaarlingtonwt.wsc/splash.html

Contact
Gulf Branch Nature Center: 3608 N. Military Rd. Email, 703-228-3403.
Long Branch Nature Center: 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Email, 703-228-6535.
Nature Centers Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sun. 1 - 5pm. Closed Mondays.

Fort C.F. Smith: 2411 N. 24th St. Email, 703-228-4775.
Visitor Center Hours: Sat. & Sun. 10am - 2pm.

Arlington Park Hours: Everyday sunrise to sunset.

April 2019 Newsletter

posted Apr 15, 2019, 4:34 PM by c traband

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

1.  Agenda Highlights for the April 2019 Arlington County Board Meeting:
The Arlington County Board will adopt the FY 2020 Budget and set the 2019 property tax rate; hold public hearings and vote on the Public Spaces Master Plan and the Bicycle Element of the Master Transportation Plan; consider a resolution asking that the Commonwealth Transportation Board rename the portion of Jefferson Davis Highway that lies within Arlington’s boundaries, and more at its April 2019 Meeting. The Regular Meeting will begin with public comment at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, and the Recessed Meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

The Board meets in Room 307 on the third floor at the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. All County Board Meetings are open to the public. Visit the County website for information on speaking at a Regular County Board Meeting.


TO WATCH COUNTY BOARD MEETINGS ONLINE OR ON TV, SEE https://tv.arlingtonva.us/watch/.


2.  Plan Lee Highway Information:  The Kick-off Meetings Summary Report is now available. The summary includes feedback provided during January/February kick-off meetings, where over 200 community members reviewed principles from 2016 Visioning Study and preliminary goals for the planning process. Visit the study website to view the report and learn more.


The Working Group met with County staff on March 21 and discussed a variety of topics, including the roles of the Working Group and Community Forum during the planning process, the community engagement strategy and upcoming schedule for Phase 1 of the planning effort. A meeting summary has been posted to the study website.


Focus group meetings will be held throughout the process to foster small group discussions on specific topics, issues, geography, or neighborhood areas. Let us know if you would like to be invited to a future focus group and which Plan Lee Highway goals are of most interest to you.


3.  National Drug Take Back Drop-Off:  Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

The Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 17th opportunity in eight years to 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.


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

Fire Station #2:  4805 Wilson Boulevard

Fire Station #9:  1900 S. Walter Reed Drive

Courthouse Parking Lot:  14th Street N. at N. Courthouse Road

For additional collection sites across the region, visit the site locator


Please note: The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. Only pills or patches will be accepted. To safely dispose of sharps, Arlington County recommends placing the item in a hard-plastic container, such as a detergent bottle, securing the contained and placing it in your trash cart.


Permanent Drug Take-Back Locations in Arlington County:  To provide residents with year-round opportunities to safely dispose of prescription medications, Arlington County installed permanent drug take-back boxes in 2018. Residents who are unable to attend the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events can dispose of potentially dangerous unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with no questions asked at the following locations:


Fire Station #2:  4805 Wilson Boulevard

Fire Station #5:  1750 S. Hayes Street

Fire Station #9:  1900 S. Walter Reed Drive

Arlington County Police Department Headquarters:  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.


4.  Free Shredding Event:  Saturday, May 4th at McEnearney Associates, Realtors in the parking lot at 4720 Lee Highway. For details go to:  mcenearney.com/Arlington-recycles


5. A free showing of, ANGST, a film about teen anxiety: Monday, April 29th, 7 – 9 pm (doors open at 6:30), in the Yorktown High School auditorium.  The film tells the stories of young people who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope.  The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety, as well as solutions and resources, and following the film there will be a Q and A discussion with local mental health experts.  Both teens and adults are invited to this showing of Angst. Please RSVP at WWW.APCYF.ORG.


Beginning at 6:30 pm., local organizations and information will be available to teens and families, outside the auditorium.  For more information about the ANGST film, visit www.angstmovie.com.   Please see the flyer for this screening of Angst and share it with others.


6. The ARLINGTON TEEN SUMMER EXPO 2019:  Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 11 am to 1 pm, at Wakefield High School (1325 S Dinwiddie Street, Arlington).  The Arlington Teen Summer Expo, sponsored by the Arlington Employment Center, is offered free to teens, young adults, age 14 – 21 and there are no fees or registration required to attend the Expo.  Find summer jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and career resources.   See more information at https://aec.arlingtonva.us/draft/youth-services/teen-summer-job-expo/ and https://arlingtonva.s3.amazonaws.com/wpcontent/uploads/sites/27/2019/02/teenexpo19reg.jpg.


7.  New Arlington Community Reports:


8.  Jamestown Chorus/Band/Orchestra Concert:  May 8, time - To Be Determined


9.  Arlington Home and Garden Show:  Saturday, April 27, 2019 10am-4pm, Kenmore Middle School.  Information:  https://arlingtonhomeshow.org/

10.  Some Fun Arlington Parks and Recreation Events:  For others see:  https://parks.arlingtonva.us/programs/

Defending Chain Bridge Hike:  Saturday, April 20, 10 - 12:30pm

Families ages 10 and up. Explore the remnants of Forts Marcy and Ethan Allen, built by the Union Army to defend the Chain Bridge, to learn the stories of the forts and their defenders at this important junction between north and south. This is a three-mile loop-hike over occasionally rocky and steep terrain. Meet at Fort Ethan Allen Park, 3829 N. Stafford Street, Arlington. Free. #632759-F


Let's Go Camping!  Saturday, April 27, 4:30pm - Sunday, April 28 9:30am

Families ages 5 and up. Your family is invited to join us at Bluemont Park for this introduction to camping OUTDOORS OVERNIGHT! Set up your tent (our tent-elves can assist) then enjoy some unplugged free time for relaxing or exploring the park. Bring a picnic dinner. Later nature center staff will lead you in songs, stories and S'mores around the campfire and provide breakfast before breaking camp. B.Y.O.T. (tent) if you have one. If not, we have family-sized loaner tents available for an additional $25, paid in cash on-site. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Bluemont Park, 601 N Manchester Street, Arlington. $15. #632859-I


11.  Local Native Plant Sales


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


March 2019 Newsletter

posted Mar 15, 2019, 12:46 PM by c traband

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


1.  26th Street Task Force:  from Rob Topp, RSCA representative:  At the March 7 meeting, the task force eliminated three potential site layout concepts.  This process will continue into the March 21 meeting. The task force hopes to reach agreement by the March 28 meeting regarding its recommendations to the County Board on what should be located on the site and where.  A vote on a final report is scheduled for April 11.

At this point, there are three competing visions for the site: (1) County operations personnel want to expand the snow removal/road salting capabilities on the site, by adding brine tanks, a shift-change building and chain shop, and parking spots for 24 trucks.  (2) Marymount University is pushing for a NCAA-sized soccer field to be located on the site. (3) The various neighborhood civic associations want as much green space as possible, preferably by not disturbing existing green space.

Task Force meetings are open to the public.  The next meeting will be on March 21 from 7 to 9:30 pm at Marymount University, Rowley Hall, Rm. G127.  Additional information regarding the Task Force’s work can be found on the County website at https://projects.arlingtonva.us/projects/26th-street-north-old-dominion-drive-site-master-plannning-task-force/.

2.  Lee Highway Alliance:  Educational Forum: Shared Mobility Devices:  E-scooting/E-biking on Lee Highway: On March 30, 9:45-11:45, the Lee Highway Alliance will host an educational forum on E-scooters and E-bikes at the LHA offices, 4620 Lee Highway, Suite 208.

LHA's objective in hosting the forum is to explore this new mode of transportation with discussion about both the pros and the cons - including safety issues.   In addition, presenters will discuss how E-scooters and E-bikes can help to connect the Lee Highway Corridor and contribute to a complete street, and how the County and the State can implement good regulations which enhance safety.  LHA welcomes robust participation from the community in this educational event.

Speakers will include -

*  Libby Garvey, Vice Chair of the County Board,

*  EVGO Charging Network,

*  Bird (private sector operator), and

*  County staff from Commuter Services who are running a nine-month demonstration program.  

3.  Arlington County Civic Federation: Next meeting:  April 2, 7 pm, Hazel Auditorium, Virginia Hospital Center.  The central focus of the April 2 Arlington County Civic Federation membership meeting will be the proposed FY2020 Arlington County and Public Schools budgets, which were released in late February (more information below).  If you are interested in serving as an RSCA delegate or alternate to the Civic Federation, please advise the newsletter editor of our interest.  http://www.civfed.org


4.   Arlington County and Arlington Public Schools’ FY 2020 Budget:  Information and opportunities to provide input:

 

5.  Summer Employment Opportunity:  Interested in a summer position with Arlington County?  Go to the website for job descriptions, expectations, requirments, requirements, and application instructions. https://parks.arlingtonva.us/employment-opportunities-parks-recreation/


6.  Barbecue Anyone?
 The Williamsburg area is losing one barbecue restaurant, but gaining another in short order.  Smoking Kow BBQ now plans to take over the space once occupied by Backyard BBQ and Catering Company, located at 2910 N. Sycamore Street at the Williamsburg Circle.

7.  We Stand Ready - Tribute to the Modern American Soldier, March 23 and 24, 3pm, Conmy Hall, Fort Myer.   Join in a special musical tribute to our post 9/11 Soldiers hosted by The United States Army Band and US Army Military District of Washington.  The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" will perform music that captures the determination, patriotism, and esprit de corps found in today’s Army.  This concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. https://www.facebook.com/events/574906223012185/

8.  The Union Army Reenactment:  Sat., March 30, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Fort C. F. Smith

Reenactors from the 3rd United States Regulars and 54th Massachusetts will come to Arlington and set up camp at Fort C.F. Smith Park.   Join in a day of living history that will include drilling, activities, specialized fort tours and more. Come learn about Civil War life in Arlington County and beyond at this free event.    For more information, visit  www.fortcfsmith.com


9.  Planning your Perfect Small Space Garden, Monday, March 25, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205.  What’s the big deal about small gardens? Small gardens can yield big results in food production, color, function, recreation, and aesthetics. Knowing your goals is essential. Learn to identify your objectives for your unique small space; get ideas on maximizing your space, learn the steps to evaluate your existing conditions and the basics of choosing plantings that will both meet your goals and thrive.  We will consider container gardening, balcony gardening, vegetable gardening, and small in-ground gardens. This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


10.  Parks and Recreation programs:  Spring programs for all ages, toddler to adults https://parks.arlingtonva.us/programs/

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

February 2019 Newsletter

posted Feb 15, 2019, 10:49 AM by c traband

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

1.  Arlington Public Schools Celebrate Black History Month:  Arlington: Past, Present and Future Excellence, February 20th from 6-8 pm at Washington-Liberty High School  

At APS, the story of the African American experience comes from the heart. From music and arts, to education and family, discover the trailblazers and legacies that make Arlington great, and come to hear the stories of courageous students and community members who have been change agents in the local community. This event will feature Jazz Musician, Rick Franklin, musical and dance selections from several APS schools, poetry, student, and community recognitions and Author Wilma Jones.


"My Halls Hill Family: More Than a Neighbor" by Wilma Jones.

Arlington resident and acclaimed author, Wilma Jones, recently published this historic memoir, which tells the story of the Halls Hill neighborhood along the Lee Highway corridor from the perspective of her family.  Her parents, George Mason Jones, Sr. and Idabel Greene Jones were born in the Halls Hill community and lived their entire lives there. Scott Taylor, President of the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington writes: “’My Halls Hill Family’ … tells a compelling story of a one-time plantation that became a thriving and now historic African American neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia.  The neighborhood is also famous for having the first all-black volunteer fire department (Fire Station 8) below the Mason-Dixon line.….”

A must read for those interested in Arlington’s history, the book is available at the Arlington County Public Library, and is also available for purchase.


Ms. Jones also has a YouTube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_Wq1f12HRs


For more events and information, visit https://www.apsva.us/black-history-month/


2.  Superintendent's Annual Update Report with Ten-Year Enrollment Projections:  In a follow-up to the presentation of the Superintendent's Annual Update at the January 24 School Board meeting, staff has published a report that includes 2019-28 enrollment projections and the methodology used to develop these. For more information, visit  www.apsva.us/statistics/enrollment-projections/;  view the January 24 School Board meeting at  www.apsva.us/school-board-meetings/view-school-board-meetings/


3.  26th Street/Old Dominion Task Force:  Submitted by Rob Topp, RSCA representative

The 26/Old Dominion task force has started sub-committee work.  In the next four weeks, the two sub-committees ((1) Parks/Open Spaces and (2) Operations) will start narrowing the choices of what to put on the site.   If anyone has views on the 26/Old Dominion site or wants to discuss in more detail what is going on, please notify a newsletter editor with a phone or email address and we will put you in touch with Rob.


4.  Lee Highway Alliance:  submitted by Judy Wheat, RSCA representative

The Lee Highway Planning Study has officially kicked off.  The Community Forum, chaired by Paul Holland, had its first meeting on January 30.  On February 8, the County held a number of focus groups with representatives of various civic associations, including RSCA, property and business owners, and special advocacy groups, for an initial listening session regarding community needs and wants for the corridor.  Among the issues discussed were difficulties with parking and traffic, pedestrian safety, the lack of community open space, affordable housing, and retail diversity. On February 12, a community kick off was held at Washington-Lee High School. This was the first of many planned events designed to obtain public input into the Lee Highway Planning process and was widely attended by many in the community.  Additional information regarding the planning study, as well as other planned events, can be found at projects.arlingtonva.us or on the LHA website at www.leehighwayalliance.com.  In addition, the County expects to host a number of Open Studio events at the LHA offices at 4620 Lee Highway every other Friday, beginning February 22.  This will provide another vehicle for community members to engage in the Plan Lee Highway study process. For more information, contact planleehighway@arlingtonva.us.


5. Arlington Civic Federation Meeting, March 5, 7pm at Virginia Hospital Center

The meeting topic for March is the “challenges facing Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and how it impacts Arlington (including the arrival of Amazon). Feature speakers include Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey, who represents Northern Virginia jurisdictions as a principal member of the board of WMATA, plus a representative of the Federal City Council which has been instrumental in advocating for modernization of WMATA in the region.  The meeting is open to the public.” (from the Civic Federation newsletter)

To read the newsletter or see more about February’s meeting or any previous meeting go to the Civic Federation website, http://www.civfed.org


6.  FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 9am-5pm

Sequoia III Room 423, 2300 Washington Blvd. 22204.  Registration required. Hosted by Arlington County Department of Human Services.


7.  From the Department of Environmental Services:


Sustainable Landscaping: Selecting Native Plants, Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington 22204

There’s a palette of plants that is just right for you and that will thrive in your site’s conditions. Learn how to select appropriate plants for your site, what is meant by a native plant versus a cultivar, and some best management practices for installation and maintenance of your planting bed designs. This is the final class in a series on sustainable landscaping offered by Extension Master Gardeners to be held at Columbia Pike Branch Library in January/February 2019. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


Urban Agriculture - Grow What You Eat: Starting Your Own Vegetable Garden, Monday, February 25, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

Learn easy-to-implement practices for selecting a site, and evaluating and improving your soil. Find out which plants grow best locally, which are best planted directly via seeds and which are typically transplanted as seedlings. Discover how to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects. Learn to identify and manage pests, weeds and diseases. Get free seeds and a vegetable garden calendar customized for our region. This is the third class in a series on urban agriculture offered by Extension Master Gardeners to be held at Burke and Westover Branch Libraries in Winter/Spring 2019. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Plot Against Hunger 6th Annual Spring Garden Kick-Off, Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Arlington Central Library

Come learn how to support our partner Arlington Food Assistance Center with fresh produce from your garden or community plot. There will be presentations on seed starting, composting, and lasagna & container gardening; exhibit tables on winter gardening and edible landscapes; and demonstrations of fruit tree pruning.  Also, free vegetable and herb seeds will be available!

Spring Lawn Care and Turf Alternatives:  Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Westover Branch Library

Make your lawn a more environmentally sustainable part of your home garden. We will discuss the best types of grasses for our area, specific springtime turf management practices, nutrient management and soil testing, and basic pest and disease management. If, however, you’ve grown tired of the time and cost to mow, water, and fertilize your lawn, we’ll also discuss turf alternatives to the traditional lawn.

Urban Agriculture – Planning your Perfect Small Space Garden:  Monday, March 25, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Westover Branch Library

What’s the big deal about small gardens? Small gardens can yield big results in food production, color, function, recreation, and aesthetics. Knowing your goals is essential. Learn to identify your objectives for your unique small space; get ideas on maximizing your space, learn the steps to evaluate your existing conditions and the basics of choosing plantings that will both meet your goals and thrive.  We will consider container gardening, balcony gardening, vegetable gardening, and small in-ground gardens.


These classes are offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.


8.  From Arlington Parks and Recreation:

Even though it is Winter, there are lots of activities from Arlington Parks and Recreation for toddlers, preschooler, school-aged, and adults: https://parks.arlingtonva.us/parksfacilities/nature-centers-programs/


Spring Registration for all Parks and Rec programs begins Feb. 12:  View the latest guide for all the fun nature & history activities available!  http://arlingtonparks.us/snag/mobile/index.html


27th annual Feel the Heritage Festival, Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 1-6pm, Drew Community Center:
This Black History Month event celebrates Arlington's rich African-American history with an afternoon full of engaging programming. Hosted by Arlington County's Department of Parks & Recreation.


Family Skate Nights:  You and your family will enjoy a live DJ, moon bounces and fun on wheels at Skate Night. Café open for snacks; no outside food, drink or impromptu parties permitted. Saturday evenings through March 30 from 6:30-9 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Only $2 per person (cash only). Rent skates for $3.


C.F. Smith Park Walking Tour:  Sat., March 2, 9 - 10 a.m. #632759-A

Fort C.F. Smith was one of the last Union forts built to protect Washington during the Civil War. We'll learn about the park's history, the role of the fort and the soldiers stationed there in the Civil War. Dress for the weather. Terrain will be uneven and possibly muddy. Fort C.F. Smith. Families ages 7 and up. Free.


Sat., March 2, 9 - 10 a.m. #632759-A

Sat., April 6, 9 - 10 a.m. #632759-B

Sat., May 4, 9 - 10 a.m. #632759-C

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

January 2019 Newsletter

posted Jan 16, 2019, 4:21 AM by c traband



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

1.  26th Street Task Force:  Submitted by Rob Topp, RSCA’s representative to the Task Force.

In September 2018, the County Board created a task force to provide a recommended master plan for the future use of the 7.6-acre site located at 26th Street N. and Old Dominion. The site currently contains the County’s salt dome and mulch distribution/leaf storage facilities. The task force is comprised of representatives from the four neighboring civic associations (including Rock Spring), St. Mary’s Church, Marymount University, and various country commissions. Meetings began in November and the task force plans to provide its report to the Board in April 2018. The meetings are open to the public and take place at Marymount University.


The Board’s charge to the task force mandates that the site contain at least the four following components: 1) salt storage capacity; 2) mulch distribution and leaf storage facilities; 3) a trail head for the Donaldson Run area; and 4) an open space or park. The location of these components within the site are not mandated. In addition, the task force can recommend how to construct these facilities as well as additional uses for the site.


If you are interested in further information, all materials provided at the meetings are also available to the public on the Arlington County website. (An internet search for “26/OD Task Force” will provide appropriate links.)

2.  Arlington Civic Federation:  Members voted to support a resolution questioning the Level of Service (LOS) methodology in Arlington County's draft Public Spaces Master Plan, also referred to as “Plan Our Public Spaces” (POPS).


An excerpt:

Because this methodology will determine future park and recreational investments, the resolution seeks to

  • withdraw the specific LOS athletic field recommendation, and

re-examine the LOS calculation method

  • incorporate best practices for LOS, to include the use of validated County data to verify its conclusions

  • explore additional measures to more efficiently allocate existing athletic field time among user groups, to include the replacement of the existing reservation system with a more reliable, accessible, user-friendly online database, and

  • ensure that the Department of Parks and Recreation prioritizes funding to

improve athletic field operation and maintenance ahead of building more athletic fields or devoting substantial funds into expensive infrastructure improvements such as synthetic turf and field lighting.


To read the full resolution, please see the Civic Federation Newsletter, scrolling down to page 4.  http://www.civfed.org/newContent/2019-01/CivicVoice%202019-01.pdf


Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 5 at 7 pm in the Hazel Auditorium at Virginia Hospital Center.  The Arlington School Board will be the featured program

3.  Plot Against Hunger 6th Annual Spring Garden Kick-Off:  Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington 22201

Come learn how to support our partner Arlington Food Assistance Center with fresh produce from your garden or community plot. There will be presentations on seed starting, composting, and lasagna & container gardening; exhibit tables on winter gardening and edible landscapes; and demonstrations of fruit tree pruning.  Also available, free vegetable and herb seeds!

4.  Did you Miss the Christmas tree pick-up? Learn what to do (click underlined link)

5.  APS 2019 Kindergarten Information Night

Arlington Public Schools will hold Kindergarten Information Night on Monday, Jan. 28 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St. (Snow Date: Feb. 4).  For more details, see  https://www.apsva.us/post/2019-kindergarten-information-night/ .

6.  Winter activities for all ages at Arlington nature centers and parks!

Find out what Gulf Branch, Potomac Overlook and Long Branch Nature Centers and Fort C.F. Smith have planned for kids and adults this winter.  For information, see https://parks.arlingtonva.us/parksfacilities/nature-centers-programs/.


7.  BEWARE:  Of increased phone and email scams since the beginning of the year.  From the Arlington County Police.

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


December 2018 Newsletter

posted Dec 16, 2018, 9:43 AM by c traband


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

from the Rock Spring Civic Association Executive Board


1.  Secret Santa:  By December 21, help some of our Arlington neighbors by donating gift cards from area stores – grocery stores, drug stores, clothing stores and Target all work great – and the Department of Human Services distributes them to more than 1,000 needy individuals in the community in the holiday season. You can also send a check made out to “Arlington County Treasurer – Secret Santa.”  For donation information: https://publicassistance.arlingtonva.us/secret-santa/


2.  SNAG highlights:  For all of the Arlington parks activities see the SNAG catalog:  http://arlingtonparks.us/snag/mobile/index.html

For example:  Gifts for Wildlife:  December 22, 2:30-4pm.   Families ages 4 and up. This time of year is the giving season! With food being scarce the local birds and wildlife could use some kindness too. Join us as we make edible garlands and ornaments to hang on trees outside. You can even make an ornament to take home for the wildlife in your backyard. We’ll also learn other ways to help wildlife year-round. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Registration Required: children must be accompanied by a registered adult.  622959 – L


3.  ENCORE Concert:  December 26, 6 – 7:30 pm at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St.

Enjoy this FREE concert by the nation’s largest choral program for singers 55+ from Alexandria, Arlington Fairfax and Reston.  Some of our neighbors will be singing.  www.encorecreativity.org or 301-261-5747

4.  Arlington Civic Federation’s Look at Amazon:  Next Meeting: January 8, 7pm at the Virginia Hospital Center auditorium

The December meeting included a discussion with several Arlington officials about the impact of Amazon.  You will soon be able to view the December meeting video Amazon discussion at http://www.civfed.org/.    The Civic Federation will hold a special meeting on January 8 to continue a discussion of the establishment of a second headquarters as part of Amazon in Arlington and Alexandria.  Additionally, there is also an In-Person Community Listening Session on Amazon, January 12, 9:30 am.  https:/www.arlingtonva.us/events/community-listening-session-amazon-2/

5.  Report on the Winter Festival of Lights/Shop Lee Shop Local Campaign  
Thanks to all who participated in the December 1 Winter Festival of Lights sponsored by the Lee

Highway Alliance.  Despite the weather, the festival was a tremendous success.  In addition to lighting the

trees in the medians along Lee Highway from Veitch Street to Route 66 with solar lights, the festival

hosted four venues of activities.  Activities included a Holiday Market featuring local artisans and

musicians at Cherrydale Fire Station, heritage exhibits, a portrait unveiling, music, and a book signing at

Langston-Brown Community Center, wreath-making, and a Christmas tree and gift raffle featuring

donations from dozens of Lee Highway businesses at Lee-Harrison, and a host of children’s arts and

crafts activities, along with ice cream from LaMoo Creamery, at the Lee Arts Center.  Joe’s Pizza, Peter

Chang’s, Heidelberg Bakery, Randolph’s, Harris Teeter, Starbucks and others donated food and

beverages to each of the venues.  More than 30 Lee Highway businesses participated in the event which

was attended by more than 1000 people.  Kudos to LHA and all of its volunteers for pulling this together.

6.  Lee Highway Planning Process
The contract has been awarded for the consultant who will be leading the Lee Highway Planning study,which is expected to kick off in January.  Arlington resident Paul Holland has been appointed as Chair of the Community Forum. Comprised of approximately 50 representatives from civic associations within the study area, as well as other interested groups, the Community Forum will play a leading role in the public engagement process for the planning study.  Unfortunately, the County did not include a Rock Spring Civic Association representative on the Community Forum as the study area does not fall within our civic association boundaries. There will, however, be numerous opportunities for citizen engagement in the process and we encourage everyone who has an interest in the future of Lee Highway to participate.  We will continue to coordinate with LHA to ensure that information is disseminated to RSCA members. You can also find additional information about the study process, and sign up for LHA’s list serve, by visiting the LHA website, www.leehighwayalliance.com

7.  New ART bus Route:  Will connect North Arlington to Ballston and Shirlington.
https://www.arlingtontransit.com/pages/news-events/arlington-transit-blog/new-art-72-route-will-connect-north-arlington-to-ballston-and-shirlington/

 

8.  Rock Spring Final Leaf Collection:  Second Pass Dec. 17-20


9.  Williamsburg Middle School Science Fair Looking for Judges:  January 12, 2019

This year's Williamsburg Middle School science fair will be held on January 12, 2019.  Please volunteer as a science fair judge to encourage student interest in science, technology, engineering and math fields!  Having a successful science fair depends on the help of people in the community coming to review our students' hard work.  Contact Stephanie Japec if you are interested.   


Want to help out at the science fair, but not as a judge? There are many other important roles.  Contact Stephanie Japec.


10.  Have questions about all the rental scooters and bicycles you see all around Arlington (and beyond)?  
Here’s some helpful information:

“Shared mobility devices (SMDs) have arrived in Arlington County and have been popping up all over the County. What is a shared mobility device? It's a pedal bike, an electric-assist bike (e-bike) or an electric-assist scooter (e-scooter) that can be parked and picked up anywhere (unlike Capital Bikeshare, whose bikes must be returned to permanent bikeshare stations).  In October 2018, Arlington County launched a nine-month pilot demonstration project to "provide structure to the operation and use of SMDs within the County and to evaluate their impacts."

For more information, including where these scooters and bikes can be ridden,  who can rent them, how much it costs, and more, see https://www.rosslynva.org/feature/shared-mobility-devices.


11.  Stay up-to-date on County news and services!

See https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/connect/ to find the best ways for you to stay connected and informed whether that’s online, through the County television station, or in person.

12.  The Rock Spring Civic Association website is in dire need of updating.  Anyone interested in assisting with this effort, please contact Judith Wheat by email at rscivic@comcast.net



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

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