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June 2018 Newsletter

posted Jun 17, 2018, 12:27 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.   Discovery Elementary New Outdoor Learning Space:  In May, Discovery Elementary’s principal sent a letter to Rock Spring neighbors bordering the woods and the school, describing the school’s 5th grade Design Thinking Challenge. Fifth grade students worked as experts, beside experts, to build a new outdoor learning space for Discovery “using the design thinking process and biomimicry.” On June 12th, the students, experts and staff showcased the process at Explorer Night on the Discovery Veranda. Some fourth-grade students had an opportunity to help out during the Community Build on June 13th.  Parents, experts and novice builders, were invited to be part of the project. Those involved in this project hope that future Discovery students will add to the outdoor learning space in the coming years.

2. County Capital Improvement Program (CIP):  The County Manager's proposed CIP lays out nearly $2.8 billion in investments for parks, transportation, community facilities, and more over the next decade.   The Proposed FY 2019-2028 CIP is now available for feedback!   Feel free to Share your thoughts.  

3.  Schools Capital Improvement Program (CIP):  The Superintendent of Schools has also proposed a CIP.  Find out more about it at:

Arlington Schools are closing for the summer:  High Schools on Friday, June 15; Middle Schools on Tuesday, June 19 and Elementary Schools on Wednesday June 20.  Schools within the Rock Spring Civic Association area will open in the fall on Tuesday, September 4.

4. Fight Against Prescription Drugs:  Arlington County has taken a proactive measure in the fight against prescription drug abuse by installing three permanent drug-take back boxes. The public can now safely and securely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 day a year. This disposal service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. The permanent drug take-back boxes are located at:

·       Arlington County Fire Station #2 – 4805 Wilson Boulevard

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

·       Arlington County Police Department – 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. This is a joint public safety project between the Arlington County Police Department and the Arlington County Fire Department.

5.  June is National Rose Month:  Celebrate the rose at Bon Air Memorial Park, and enjoy the stunning rose garden conceived by Nellie Broyhill as a memorial honoring the many Arlingtonians who served and lost their lives in WWII.

6. Lots of Things to Do!:

Mosquitoes and Ticks: Identification and Control:  Tuesday, June 19th.  7-8:30 PM.  Learn the lifecycle and science of how best to control mosquitoes and ticks, keeping them away from you and your family.  Free. Advance registration requested at   Westover Branch Library. 1644 N. McKinley Road.  Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email

2018 Summer Solstice Cleanup and Picnic:  Thursday, June 21st.   6:30-9 PM. Join EcoAction Arlington for their Summer Solstice event. Celebrate the longest day of the year with a chance to enjoy beautiful Bluemont Park for service projects and a social.  There will be a picnic immediately following, so stay for food and a chance to meet like-minded volunteers interested in the outdoors and conservation. EcoAction Arlingon is asking for a donation of $5 for the picnic per person paid on site. There will be vegetarian food options available.  Register now!

Butterfly Identification Workshop:  Monday, June 25, 2018, 7:00 PM  9:00 PM,  National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive Reston, VA, 20190United States (map).    The sight of butterflies fluttering around on a warm day is one of the most iconic signs of summer.  These beautiful insects usually only live for a few weeks as adults, but they make quite an impression while they are in their full glory.  The classroom portion of the workshop is FREE and will be on Monday, June 25. More information.

Free Outdoor Movies: Fridays @ Arlington Mill Community Center & Gateway Park; Saturdays @ Penrose Square

Lubber Run Amphitheater Free Concert Series: starting Fri., June 15 @ Lubber Run

From Cumbia to Classical, starting this weekend you can enjoy FREE musical performances every weekend at the Lubber Run Amphitheater! See the season schedule, including a "Hamiltunes" sing-along on June 17.

Art Attack: Thurs., July 12 @ Lubber Run. The center will close to the public Fri., July 6. Save the date for a chance to leave your mark on the building before saying goodbye.

Arlington Events & Activities for all Ages & Interests:

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