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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