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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.