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August 2017 Newsletter

posted Aug 9, 2017, 6:51 AM by c traband

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

Reminder:  Rock Spring Civic Association (RSCA) Annual Meeting is going to be at Discovery Elementary School on Thursday, October 19.  The invited speakers from the Lee Highway Alliance will be sharing the latest developments for Lee Highway and its future direction.

Executive Board Candidates.  The Rock Spring Civic Association is soliciting candidates for its Executive Board.  The term of office is two years.  The Executive Board election will be held at the Association membership meeting in October.  Anyone who is interested or has questions should contact Jerry Paull at

Arlington County Fair:  Don’t miss this year’s Fair!  The Fair runs from Wednesday, August 16th, through Sunday, August 20th!  See for hours, events, entertainment, exhibits, food vendors, and much more.

Solar Eclipse:  August 21, 2017: ACE is Watching the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Please join ACE to watch this rare event. Here in Arlington, we will be able to view a partial eclipse with about 80% of the sun covered at mid-eclipse. The eclipse will begin at 1:17 p.m. and will be over at 4:01 p.m. We have invited an astronomer to help in the observation.

Kids and (big kids) of all ages are welcome. We'll meet at the restroom/refreshment building near the baseball fields. Please bring a reusable water bottle and dress for the August weather. Bring your NASA-approved solar viewing glasses. We will have a few extras on hand.

When:   Monday, August 21, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
Where:  Barcroft Park, 4200 S Four Mile Run Drive, Driving Directions

Public Invited to Attend Police, Fire and Sheriff Block Party:  Saturday, August 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to join Arlington County public safety personnel at the third annual Police, Fire and Sheriff Block Party! This free, family-friendly event will take place at Kenmore Middle School located at 200 S. Carlin Springs Road. The Police, Fire and Sheriff Block Party provides residents an opportunity to get to know the men and women who protect and serve Arlington County while enjoying interactive stations, safety demonstrations, entertainment, food and much more!  View this release in our newsroom.

Lee Highway Alliance's September Forum on Housing Choice:  Sept 9, 2017: 9:15 - 11:30 am

You are invited to participate in this forum of speakers addressing a better understanding of how/why investors & developers make their decisions and challenges to meeting LHA's Guiding Principles.  Speakers include Katie Cristol (Arlington County Board Member), Mark Franceski (Director of Research, The Bozzuto Group), Laura London, (LHA Board, Assoc. Dir. Real Estate Dev., APAH), Goodwin House Inc. (Senior Executive – to be determined), and Paul Holland, (LHA CAC & President WHCA).  For more information look at the Lee Highway Alliance web site.  Currently nothing is posted, coming soon.

Williamsburg Boulevard Green Streets:  A green street has a planted area in the public right of way that reduces the volume of stormwater runoff and pollutants that enter our local streams, Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Stormwater runoff is collected in a planted area — also known as a bioretention area — then filtered through the layers of soil and plants. Green streets are an important tool to address environmental and regulatory stormwater needs.

The County has combined two green street projects on Williamsburg Boulevard to facilitate procurement and construction, and limit disruption to residents and commuters who use this arterial road.  Construction between 33rd Road North and 35th Street North will add bioretention areas, a new median curb, new canopy trees in three median sections and will require new asphalt paving. Construction between North Harrison Street and North Kensington Street will complement recent Neighborhood Conservation Program improvements, adding four biorentention areas to the newly reconfigured median. Together, both projects will manage stormwater runoff from 2.2 impervious acres in the Little Pimmit Run watershed.

Only Rain Down the Drain!  Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in Northern Virginia. Please pick up the dog stuff, recycle used motor oil, and don’t over fertilize your lawn. Visit Clean Water Partners at

Bat Fest:  August 27, 6:30-9:30.  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 the riveting 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. Registration Required.

Keeping Fido Cool!  We love dogs and we have a cool place for them to explore during the summer months. Bring Fido to James Hunter Dog Park for a cool-down unlike any other -- with water features designed for our canine friends. Check out all eight of our dog parks here. (Should your dog play in an Arlington stream?)

Preschooler Program Openings for Fall:  Space is still available at Carlin Hall, Gunston, Lubber Run and Madison! Half-day preschooler programs provide children ages 3-5 with their first social group experience outside the home. Emphasis is placed on experiencing age-appropriate recreation activities, being part of a group, cooperating, listening, sharing, developing play and movement skills, and discovering nature. The Creative Preschoolers Program is a nine-month program, running from September to May. Details available here.

Arlington Public Schools Start:  Tuesday, September 5 while Fairfax Public Schools start on Monday, August 28.

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