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October 2019 Newsletter

posted Oct 15, 2019, 10:49 AM by c traband
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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  Rock Spring Civic Association Annual Meeting:  Thursday, October 24, 7 pm at Discovery Elementary School, Dining Commons.

Join us for our Annual Meeting!  The guest speaker is County Board Member Eric Gutshall, speaking about neighborhood traffic, safety and other neighborhood concerns.   Please bring your questions/concerns about our neighborhood or County. We will also elect our officers and executive board for the coming 2 years.  The ballot includes the following: *Incumbent

President:                     Mark Luncher
Vice President:              Judith Wheat
Secretary:                     Charlie Flickner
Treasurer:                     Vacant

Roy Gamse                              Rob Simcox
Mike Jensen                             Rob Topp*
Nedim Kirimca *                        Joan Trabandt*
Jerry Paull *                              Doug Wagley
Lynn Pollack *                           Kevin Scott*

Dues ($20) may be paid at the meeting. 

2.  Civic Federation Meeting:  Tuesday, October 15, 7 pm, Hazel Auditorium, Virginia Hospital Center.
TOPIC:  Multi-Family Housing Zoning in Single Family Neighborhoods: Upzoning: On the Civic Federation website there is a document which explains some of the proposed options for increasing density in single family neighborhoods.  The newsletter describes the panel discussion which will occur.  

3.  News From Arlington Public Schools
Stop by and see these new Arlington schools!

  • Alice West Fleet Elementary School Opening Celebration, Sat. Oct. 19, 10a.m.–2:30p.m.         115 South Old Glebe Road, 22204

  • Sat. Oct. 26, The Heights/H-B Woodlawn & Eunice Kennedy Shriver Program Open House,         10 -11:30 a.m., 1601 Wilson Blvd. 22201

College Fair, Tues, Oct 15, 6-8 pm, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. 22204     Beyond APS College Fair. Students register online to meet representatives from 100+ colleges, universities & trade schools.

School Safety Forum: Keeping our kids safe, sponsored by Arlington County Council of PTAs,
Tue. Oct. 15, 7 – 9:00 p.m., Jefferson Middle School Theater, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd. 22204

Cosechando Sueños para Nuestros Niños - Harvesting Dreams for Our Children. Fri. Oct. 18,
6 – 9:00 p.m., Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd. 22204.  RSVP at

Middle School Information Night for families of students entering middle school in Fall 2020, Mon. Oct. 28, 6 – 9:00 p.m., Washington-Liberty High School, 1301 N. Stafford St. 22201

Volunteer opportunities in Arlington Schools!  For information, see

APS Quick Facts and School Calendar, 2019-20 school year,,

4.  Marymount Farmers’ Market:  Until November 23, Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm

5.  Walker Chapel Octoberfest, October 26, 9 am – 3 pm, 4102 N. Glebe Road
In preparation for the actual day, Walker Chapel is accepting clean, gently used clothing; jewelry; boutique items; furniture; household goods; and small appliances to sell at the bazaar.  All sale proceeds will go to local and world-wide benevolence programs and charities. Tax forms are available. Donations may be placed on the stage in the Fellowship Hall, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm through October 22.  Access building by calling the church in advance.

Please no TVs, mattresses, computers or computer components, stuffed animals or broken items.  And, save your books for the church’s Aprilfest sale next spring.

Plan to join us for a fun day of shopping, good food, and kid’s activities, at the Octoberfest Sale, Oct. 26.

6.  E-CARE:   October 19, 8:30 AM - 3 PM.   The biannual Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) allows Arlington residents to safely dispose of household hazardous materials and electronics, plus recycle bikes and small metal items among other things. 

Location: 1425 N. Quincy St., formerly known as the Buck Property, directly across the street from Washington-Liberty High School and the David M. Brown Planetarium.

Commercial waste not accepted.   View a complete list of accepted items. Rain or shine.

7.  Invasive Plant Removal Events: 
Help protect our watersheds and keep Arlington County parks beautiful. There are several monthly invasive plant removal events sponsored by Arlington County Invasive Plant Program. For more information and to register, email Sarah Archer or call 703-228-1862. See a map of these locations. 

  • Second Saturdays @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

  • Third Saturdays @ Tuckahoe Park, 10 am – 12 pm

  • Fourth Saturdays @ Benjamin Banneker Park, 10 am – 12 pm

8.  Rosslyn Cider Fest :  Thurs., Oct. 17, 4-8 p.m. at Gateway Park
You've heard of wine and beer tastings, but do you know how to taste cider and distinguish varieties? Join us at the Rosslyn Cider Fest. Enjoy your tasting by the bonfire pit while making s'mores! Or if you really want to up your game, at 6 p.m. they'll host a pie eating contest! Admission is free. For $15, you can purchase 10 tasting tickets to sample from one of the many amazing cideries that will be attending

9. Fall Heritage Festival, Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 - 5pm, Gulf Branch Nature Center and Park, 3608 Military Rd,
Each fall we gather around the Walker Log House to celebrate our nation’s heritage. Join us this year for a family-friendly day of fun. Try your hand at some old-time games and crafts, make a corn husk doll, try on a coonskin cap, or work the cider press! Write with a quill pen, churn butter, and enjoy old-time music. Drop in anytime between 1 - 5pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration needed. Only $5 per person!
10. Halls Hill Events:  As Arlington Changes, One Neighborhood Looks Back at Its History.
The John M. Langston Citizens Association proudly announces two events, all funded by a grant award from Virginia Humanities. The project is an outgrowth of the Cigar Box Project, in which Arlington middle schoolers participated, incorporating Piedmont Blues music, Halls Hill neighborhood history and building cigar box guitars.

1.  The Panel and Performance event titled, “Learn from This Place: Bringing Arlington to Halls Hill” will be held Wednesday, November 13th at 6:30 PM at the Virginia Hospital Center’s John T. Hazel, M.D. Conference Center located at 1701 North George Mason Drive.
2.  The Walking Tour will be Saturday, November 16th from 10-12 PM at various locations in the neighborhood, including Langston Community Center, Fire Station 8, both once segregated facilities in the County, with a closing reception at the Community Center from 12 –1 PM.
Tickets are required. They are FREE – Please register  For more information about  the event contact:  John M. Langston Citizens Association at 

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