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

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:

Also, An Evening at Broadview:  June 1, 5 – 8 pm
You are invited to Cocktails for Community, benefitting the Lee Highway Alliance

3.  It’s Farmer’s Market Time:  Marymount Opens May 25, 9 to 1pm
See locations, hours, and more at

4.  NEW!  "The Shop" Makerspace: A space open to beginning and advanced Makers for classes, one-on-one tutoring and open lab time.  See and 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

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.



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


Class registration for the summer session begins on Wednesday, May 15. See the full listing of class offerings for children and adults at


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

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.


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:

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   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 and

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:

10.  Some Fun Arlington Parks and Recreation Events:  For others see:

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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 Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email

10.  Parks and Recreation programs:  Spring programs for all ages, toddler to adults

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:

For more events and information, visit

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;  view the January 24 School Board meeting at

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 or on the LHA website at  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

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,

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 Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email

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 Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email

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 Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email

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:

Spring Registration for all Parks and Rec programs begins Feb. 12:  View the latest guide for all the fun nature & history activities available!

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.

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 .

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

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:

2.  SNAG highlights:  For all of the Arlington parks activities see the SNAG catalog:

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. 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    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:/

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,

7.  New ART bus 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

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

See 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

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

November 2018 Newsletter

posted Nov 12, 2018, 9:13 AM by c traband

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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for neighbors in the Rock Spring neighborhood.

From the Rock Spring Civic Association Board

1.  RSCA Annual Meeting Recap:    On Thursday, October 18, our annual meeting hosted two speakers, Noah Simon and Christine Winn.  Mr. Simon has been appointed the Chair of the 26th Street Task Force which will be studying the 7.5 acres property where the Salt Dome resides off Old Dominion Drive.  The committee will begin its meetings in November and send recommendations to the County Board by April 1. The County requires the property to include a new Salt Dome, a mulch site, the current trailhead and a 1-1.5 acre park (gardens, playground, or playing field). Where those four are located will be part of the committee’s recommendations. Rock Spring Civic Association has a seat on the committee and we will provide updates periodically.

Ms. Winn, Director, Business Investment Group, Arlington Economic Development (AED)gave an interesting presentation about the reasons for Arlington’s elevated office vacancy rate and the County’s plans to entice new business and retain current businesses in order to return to the 50/50 split in commercial and residential share of tax base.  Arlington is positioned well to market to and attract businesses. Some of its features include:

·       Concentration of federal research agencies

·       Highly-educated workforce

·       Among best schools in the nation

·       Globally-attractive location

·       High-tech/cybersecurity clusters

·       Transportation/accessibility/walkability

·       Small town charm and big city amenities

The AED office not only focuses on big business, but small businesses as well and provides many services to small business owners.  They have streamlined the process for small business owners to make it easier to get started and meet County requirements.

2.  Leaf Collection:  First Pass Nov. 27- Dec. 4

Second Pass Dec. 17-20

3.  Lee Highway Alliance Events:

Dec. 1, 11:30 - 2:30 pm, FREE Winter Festival of Lights

Lee Highway Corridor

Have FUN and celebrate a winter wonderland of 10,000 lights!    Holiday music, food, and performers at four venues!   Compete in the Amazing Passport Race

·       start at the Lee Arts Center to sing & do print and button making,

·       visit the Big White Tent at Lee Harrison for magic, music, puppies, & wreath making,

·       enjoy holiday music, heritage, and photos with fire fighters at Langston Brown CC,  and Shop Lee, Shop Local at the Holiday Market, Cherrydale Historic Fire Station!

·       For map and more information:

December 4, 6:30 pm:  ARTIS Senior Living proposal:  LHA’s Office, 4620 Lee Highway Suite 208.

You are invited to the third community meeting at LHA on the ARTIS Senior Living proposal. The meeting will be HELD JOINTLY with the Waverly Hills CA and the Cherrydale CA. ARTIS has responded to many of the community's concerns.

The results of the traffic study are not yet available, but will be presented at the meeting.

4.  Arlington Public Schools:

Check out results from YOUR VOICE MATTERS, a new survey of Arlington Public Schools (APS) 5th – 11th grade students, parents and school staff at  The survey was a collaborative effort by APS and the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, with the goal of providing the Arlington community with “a snapshot of school climate, staff engagement, and student and family well-being.”  The survey focused on bullying, communications, safety and quality of instruction.

Monday, November 26, 7 pm, in the YHS auditorium: YHS hosts third annual CREATING A YORKTOWN COMMUNITY OF CARING:  A PROGRAM ON SUBSTANCE USE

This year's featured speaker will be Arlington parent Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, whose son attended Washington-Lee High School and died of an opioid overdose last fall at the age of 20.  In addition to sharing his son's story and the science behind addiction, he will be accompanied by a student recovering from addiction. Admiral Winnefeld has spoken to some members of our school athletic community and has been well very received by students and adults alike.   He and his wife founded SAFE, Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic, last year and has been sharing his son's story nationally.

Research indicates addiction almost always starts with experimentation with alcohol or marijuana.  While this year’s event will highlight the fatal effects of opioid addiction, the stories will show the progression of addiction as well as the science behind it.  Admiral Winnefeld will speak about his son’s journey and the many resources available to our community.

Community resources such as The Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, Arlington Public School’s Substance Abuse Counselors, READY Coalition, Arlington Police, SAFE and Arlington Assistance and Recovery Initiative (AARI), will be available before and after the event.  YHS welcomes all parents, students and community members to attend.

More information on SAFE can be found at

Williamsburg Middle School Events:

·       December 5-12 - WMS Book Fair

       December 6 - 7:00 WMS Band Concert

·       December 11 - 7:00 WMS Chorus/Orchestra Concert

Yorktown High School Events:

·       December 13, 14, 15 - Theatre Arts Musical

·       December 17 – Band Concert

·       December 17 – Choir Concert

5.  E-CARE:  November 17, 8:30 -1 pm.  The biannual Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) allows Arlington residents to safely dispose of household hazardous materials and electronics, plus recycle bikes and small metal items among other things.  Talk to neighbors and combine loads, saving extra trips to the collection site.

New location: 1425 N. Quincy St., formerly known as the Buck Property, directly across the street from Washington-Lee High School and the David M. Brown Planetarium.

Commercial waste not accepted.  View a complete list of accepted items. Rain or shine. E-CARE Fall 2018 printable brochure

6.  Bounce over to Madison beginning November 3

Have an active child 3-9 years old who loves to bounce? Bounce on over to Madison Community Center for Open Bounce Saturday mornings. Hop to it: choose a session (9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.) and join in the fun for just $3 per child. Details here. You can even schedule a birthday party at the Bounce!

7.  Family Skate Night:  Live DJ, moon bounces and fun. What else could a family need for an adventurous Saturday night? Thomas Jefferson Community Center hosts Family Skate Night Saturdays, 6:15-9 p.m. Only $2 to enter and $3 to rent skates (don't forget: cash only). Details here

8.  Families Unplugged: Printed Cards and Calendars:  Sat., Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-noon
Come by Arlington Mill Community Center to get ready for the holidays at this fun and exciting Families Unplugged. The experts from our Community Arts team will guide you and your family through a fun project for each upcoming holiday: a wooden turkey craft perfect for Thanksgiving decor, winter holiday cards, and a 2019 calendar. Only $8 per person. Details and registration

9.  Holiday Wreath Workshop

Adults. Using all-natural items, we’ll create some delightfully decorative crafts you can use to spruce up your home or give as special gifts. We’ll provide music, refreshments, basic instruction and enough materials for each participant to make at least two wreaths. Participants should bring hand pruners or wire cutters (if you have them) and any extra materials or special decorations you may wish to add. Teens ages 12 and up are welcome, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road  Event # 622949-A

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

October 2018 Newsletter

posted Oct 9, 2018, 3:02 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 (RSCA) Annual Meeting:  Thursday, October 18,
7 pm at Discovery Elementary Cafeteria

Our guest speaker will be Christina M. Winn, Director, Business Investment Group,
Arlington Economic Development.  The topic will be Economic Development and Arlington’s Future.  We will discuss recent successes, challenges facing the County in the next 5-10 years particularly with expansion of metro into the outer suburbs, what employers are looking for in a community, how initiatives like the Lee Highway Association planning process fit into the economic development picture, impact of growth on schools, transportation, facilities, etc. and how that is being assessed in the economic development framework, and if there are any economic development initiatives focused on aging in place.   

Please join us and bring your questions.  Don’t forget to bring your $20 annual dues.

2.  Rock Spring Civic Association (RSCA):   Seeking new members for the Executive Board.  If you are interested is serving our association for a 2-year term, please talk with us at the Annual Meeting.  The Board meets quarterly to discuss issues concerning our neighborhood.

3.  New W&OD Trail Bridge over Lee Highway: Oct 11, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Yorktown High School.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is hosting a community meeting to present the final design and aesthetic details for the Washington & Old Dominion Trail Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge over Lee Highway (Route 29). The design reflects input received during workshops held last year.  They will answer some lingering questions from community members.

4.  Lee Highway Alliance Oktober Fest:  October 13th, 9:30-12:30
Come to the 2nd annual Marymount Farmer’s Market Oktoberfest! (and bring your neighbors!) Come for German sausages, live German music and more activities.  

5.  Roller Skating at Thomas Jefferson Community Center:  Starting this Saturday, October 13, the Thomas Jefferson Community Center offers roller skating for families from 6:30-8:30 PM and teens only from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM.   Enjoy a live DJ, moon bounce, and fun on wheels. Café open for snacks (cash only).

6.  Virtual Town Hall with the County Manager:  Wednesday, October 17, 7 pm
Discuss the County’s budget, via Facebook Live.  The Manager is forecasting significant budget pressures this year and wants to learn more about the community’s priorities.  Tune in to participate in the live online chat. See for more information and to sign up for the chat.

7.  Neighborhood Conservation Program Review:  Seeking feedback by October 18.
County Staff presented a draft charge for a future working group to help guide the Neighborhood Conservation Program effort during a status report to the County Board in Sept 2018.
Provide feedback to the draft charge on the web site or by emailing Anthony Fusarelli.

8.  Fall Heritage Festival:  October 20, 1 – 5 pm, Gulf Branch Nature Center & Park
3608 North Military Road,

9.  APS Middle School Information Night:  Monday, October 22, 7 - 9:00
For families of students entering any Arlington Public Schools middle school in Fall 2019.  Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St.

APS High School Information Night:  Monday, October 29, 7 - 9:00
For families of students entering any Arlington Public Schools high school in Fall 2019.  Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St.

10.  Tree ID Hike:  October 27.  11:15-12:30. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center.
Adults. The leaves are just starting to fall but we can still identify trees without using the leaf shape as a clue. We’ll learn to identify the trees of Arlington parks by their bark and shape. Dress for the weather. Teens ages 14 and up welcome, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. For information: 703-228-6535. Registration Required.

11.  Plan Lee Highway: Seeking members of the Lee Highway Community Forum.  The application deadline is October 31.
The purpose of this application is to seek “at-large” representatives from faith-based organizations, private schools, service organizations, advocacy groups, and/or other special groups to serve on the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum.  Please see the website for information.  forum-application/

12.  Arlington County’s Child Care:  The County is working with the community to develop solutions to address the accessibility, availability and quality of childcare in Arlington.  This issue is a key element if Arlington is to remain competitive as the preeminent place to live, work, and play in the region. Please share your input by taking a 5-minute survey at  For more information, see  Input from parents, interested community members, childcare staff/workers, etc. is welcomed and encouraged.

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

September 2018 Newsletter

posted Sep 16, 2018, 3:08 PM by c traband

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

1.  County Board Candidate Debate:  Oct 1 at Yorktown Civic Association: Patriot Room, Yorktown High School.  The meeting will start at 7:30 pm, with the 1-hour debate starting around 7:45 pm.

2.  Rock Spring Civic Association Annual Meeting:  Mark your calendars:  October 18, 7 pm.

3.  Stone Monument at Old Dominion Drive and Rock Spring Road:  submitted by Deirdre Donahue, member of RSCA.

Jewell Station

Longtime residents of RSCA will recall that a stone monument used to stand on the SW corner of Rock Spring Road and Old Dominion Drive. The original purpose of the monument, which is over 100 years old, has not been discerned despite many hours of research of historical records. (However, it has been determined that the monument most likely did not designate a stop on the Great Falls and Old Dominion Railroad.). Residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood have enjoyed the mysterious monument for years, and have developed their own ideas about its origins and purpose.

The monument was toppled during a car accident about 12 years ago. Nearby neighbors asked the County to store the monument while its history could be researched, with the intent of asking the County to restore the monument and place a plaque on it commemorating the neighborhood’s origins. The County was eager to assist. The monument has been restored and a plaque (donated by a neighbor) has been installed, explaining the origins of the Rock Spring neighborhood. 

new monument
You can view the monument, and read the “origin story” of the Rock Spring neighborhood, at its new location on the SE corner of Rock Spring Road and Old Dominion Drive. And it’s easy to walk to see the monument, thanks to the new sidewalks!

4.  Don’t’ miss out!  Take a look at the multitude of upcoming and ongoing Arlington event, activities and services available to you!

Start here: to find a park, fitness centers and programs, Arlington’s amazing and free library resources and programs, learn about volunteer needs/opportunities throughout the county, find county events, read current county news, report a neighborhood or county problem and so much more!

And whether you’re a parent or not, make sure you take a look at for Arlington Public Schools’ events, activities, advisory and other volunteer opportunities, a directory of all of our schools and programs, as well as School Board meetings and opportunities for input and involvement.

If you are wondering why, at a particular time, there is additional traffic around the schools (meetings, plays, concerts), check out their calendars.

Discovery Elementary:

Jamestown Elementary:

Williamsburg Middle:

Yorktown Senior:

Speaking of our schools:  Please help keep Arlington children safe in the Rock Spring neighborhood and throughout the county   We’re fortunate to have Discovery Elementary, Jamestown Elementary and Williamsburg Middle School right here in our neighborhood.  We see the happy children walking, biking, on their scooters, in school buses, and being dropped off and picked by their families each school day.  In the evenings and on weekends, the very popular soccer fields are filled with young players and their families.

These children are being asked to be careful, stay safe, look before crossing and are given many more messages to keep them safe.   What children, their families and their schools need from us, RSCA members, is cautious, careful driving whenever you see a child is nearby.  And, stopping for those school buses picking up and dropping off children. Watch for children and others as you drive up our hills, approach traffic lights and intersections where children and others may be crossing.  We all know how busy Williamsburg Blvd. has gotten with many drivers who are in a hurry. Albemarle St., Delaware St., Harrison St. and 36th St. are also busy during school hours.   Many Arlington children cross these very busy streets.  Thank you for watching out for all of our wonderful and loved Arlington children.

5.  Other Items of Interest:

Arlington Hospital Update:

Salt Dome Update:

Lee Highway & Glebe Road Intersection Improvements:   View the project page

Cherrydale Five Points Intersection Improvements:  View the project page

Old Dominion Drive Missing Link:  View the project page  

Permanent Drug Take-Back Boxes: The County installed three permanent drug take-back boxes to address a crucial public safety and public health crisis facing communities across the country.   In 3 months, the public safely disposed of 407 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications.  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.

Permanent take-back boxes are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 day a year with no questions asked at the following locations:

1.     Arlington County Fire Station #2 – 4805 Wilson Boulevard

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

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

The Police Department will once again participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Event locations will be announced on a future date.

Marymount Farmers Market:  Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm, Open until November 17.

6.  Learn about Magnificent Monarchs, Saturday, September 22, 1-3pm, National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA

Monarchs and their amazing migration to Mexico are in peril for many reasons.  Learn about the mysterious monarch life cycle and migration at an ASNV class September 22, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the National Wildlife Federation Building in Reston at 11100 Wildlife Center Drive.  Also learn how you can attract them to your home garden or favorite public space and how to raise them to send them on their fall journey. Resources for milkweed and garden design also included. The class will be taught by Georgina Chin, an instructor with Monarch Teacher Network.  For more details on signing up, check out the ASNV website.

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

August 2018 Newsletter

posted Aug 11, 2018, 6:41 PM by c traband

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

1.  Arlington County Fair:  Food, exhibits, and entertainment!

Indoor Hours

Outdoor Hours

Wed., August 15


5 pm – 10 pm

Thurs., August 16


5 pm – 10 pm

Fri., August 17

4 pm – 10 pm

2 pm – 11 pm

Sat., August 18

10 am – 9 pm

10 am – 11 pm

Sun., August 19

11 am – 7 pm

11 am – 10 pm

2.  Arlington Civic Federation Candidate's Forum:  Tuesday, September 4, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Hazel Auditorium, Virginia Hospital Center,
Candidates for County Board, School Board and others will debate.
3.  Arlington Public Schools:  School starts for most K-12 students on Tuesday, September 4.

For the school calendar:

4.  Fill the Cruiser with School Supplies:  Thursday, August 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Westover Shopping Center – 5800 block of Washington Boulevard.

5.  1812 Overture Concert:  Saturday, August 18 at 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM, 247 Sheridan Ave, Fort Myer.

The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" presents its annual family-friendly, end-of-summer concert on historic Fort Myer's Summerall Field in Arlington, Va. A late-summer tradition in the Washington area for over 50 years, this concert features the Concert Band, Herald Trumpets, the Army Chorus, Army Voices, and members of Downrange. Program highlights include selections from the hit Broadway show Hamilton, and music honoring Vietnam Veterans by the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, and Simon & Garfunkel.

The concert concludes with a bang - literally! The Presidential Salute Battery of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) lends its special talent to the performance of Tchaikovsky's inimitable masterpiece with 5,775-pound World War II era anti-tank guns. The adopted soundtrack of summer in America, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture is one of the finest examples of storytelling through music, written to commemorate the Russian defeat of Napoleon's army.

The concert is FREE and tickets are not required. Bleacher seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and there will be plenty of grass seating for blankets and low-chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place at the same time inside Conmy Hall, adjacent to Summerall Field. Stadium seating in Conmy Hall is available.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to enter Fort Myer via the Henry Gate on Pershing Drive and Rt. 50, just steps from Summerall Field and a convenient drop off point for ride sharing services like Uber or Lyft. Patrons 18 years or older must present valid photo ID, and bags will be searched. Food is permitted; however, no coolers, alcohol, or glass containers.

6.  2018 Wednesday Library Garden Talks:  Arlington Central Library,1015 N Quincy St, 7 pm,

August 15 - The Joy of Pickles and Sauces from the Garden

August 22 - Cover Crops for Healthy Soil

September 5 - Making Teas and Using Herbs from your Garden

See the schedule of talks for the rest of the year.

7.  Family Campfire Outdoor Fun!  Saturdays from September through November.

The whole family is invited to join in our campfires, for lots of old fashioned fun. You’ll hear campfire stories, may meet some animal guests, play games, sing songs and, of course, enjoy S’mores! Each campfire has a nature theme and promises to entertain.  See for more information.

View the latest Snag for all the Arlington County fun nature activities available.

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

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