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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