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October 2020 Newsletter

posted Oct 19, 2020, 8:03 AM by c traband   [ updated Oct 23, 2020, 1:38 PM ]

This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  Voting Locations:
There are several ways you can vote this year:   in person, drop box and by mail.

Courthouse Plaza  NEW LOCATION

2200 Clarendon Blvd. (Former Wells Fargo Space by Starbucks)

September 18 – October 31

M-F 8am-5pm

Extra Hours

Sat Oct 17, 24, 31 9am-5pm

M-F Oct 19 – Oct 30 8am-7pm

Madison Community Center

3829 N Stafford St

October 17 – October 31

M-F 2-7pm

Sat Oct 17, 24, 31 9am-5pm

For information about Drop Boxes, please see:

To vote By Mail, please see:

2.  Lee Highway Alliance:  The Working Group On Renaming Lee Highway met (via Zoom) for the second time on Wednesday, September 30. The Group voted on a set of rules and criteria to be used to narrow the list of suggested names and decided upon a process for selecting their top choice and 2-4 alternatives for Lee Highway's new name. There are currently 159 name suggestions! To see the list of suggested names in full click here. It will be updated every Friday.  The next Working Group meeting in October will focus on narrowing the long list of names down to 20.

3.  Avoid Contact Tracing Scams
Protect yourself and others against contact tracing scams. If you are suspicious of any call or form of contact that you believe isn't from Arlington County Government, write down the caller’s information, hang up, and call the County's COVID-19 hotline at 703-228-7999.

4.  County Information:
Solid Waste Credit:  The County will issue a $10.77 credit to the Household Solid Waste Rate after a temporary yard waste suspension due to contractor staffing issues related to COVID-19.

Arlington Community Resources:

Arlington County offers food, financial and medical assistance resources. For food, call 703-228-1300. 

SCAN of Northern Virginia shares Covid-19 resources for families.

5.  Arlington Public Schools Information:

Read about the Phased Return Plan:

Meetings of Interest:

Tu. Oct. 27  School Board Work Session on Instructional Program Pathways (IPP)

6:00 p.m.     Watch School Board Work Sessions live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

Th. Oct. 29  School Board Work Session on Elementary School Boundary Process

6:30 p.m.    Watch School Board Work Sessions live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.


Th. Nov. 5   School Board Meeting: Superintendent presents School Year 2020-21 Update. Staff presents Elementary School Boundary proposal.

7:00 p.m.    Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.


Fri. Nov. 6    Facebook Live videos on Elementary School Boundary Process (English and Spanish)

Tu. Nov. 10   School Board Work Session on Budget Status Update / Capital Improvement Plan Framework

6:30 p.m.      Watch School Board Work Sessions live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

Th. Nov. 17   School Board Meeting : Superintendent presents School Year 2020-21 Update. Information on 2022 School Year Calendar.
7:00 p.m.
Watch School Board meetings  live online  or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41 .

6.  Arlington Historical Society:
Due Nov. 6.   The Arlington Historical Society challenges K-4 students to create virtual exhibits about Arlington County. Directions, in English & Spanish, can be found at

7.  Halloween Guidelines:  While Halloween typically represents a time of fun and excitement for children and adults alike, the current Halloween season will be different than prior years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virginia Department of Health has put together interim guidelines for participating in Halloween events. Read all about it here.


Get in the Halloween spirit with the Library's Pumpkin Decorating Contest


 8.  Parks and Recreation: For a full listing of offerings, please see:

Free Redbud Trees!  Thanks to Dominion Energy’s Project Plant It!, EcoAction Arlington is pleased to offer free redbud seedlings. The seedlings will be available between October 24 and October 31 while supplies last. Each seedling will be about 12″ long and will be bare root and wrapped in plastic. To get one of these free trees, you need to fill out an online reservation form and pick up your tree at the designated site.

Trees are available at five events at the dates and times detailed below.

There are two pick-ups being held in conjunction with the Arlington County Tree Distribution Program coordinated by Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation:

  • Saturday, October 24, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm at Barcroft Park.

  • Tuesday, October 27, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Bon Air Park.

Reservations for the above two sites must be made online through this link. At these two events, you can only get a redbud as part of a tree whip reservation.


Redbud seedlings are also available at the following events. We ask you to limit yourself to one redbud per household.

  • Westover Farmers Market: Sunday, October 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1644 N McKinley Rd, Arlington.

  • Ballston Farmers Market: Thursday, October 29, 3 to 7 p.m., 901 N Taylor St, Arlington.

  • Courthouse Farmers Market: Saturday, October 31, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1401 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington.

Please reserve your redbud seedling for the three farmers markets through this link . This distribution is first come, first served.  Questions? Please contact us at

Foundational Planting:  Wednesday, November 11, 12:00-1:00pm
Are the shrubs and other plants next to your house or business looking tired? Landscape Designer Adele Kuo will address questions about creating a good planting design with native plants for foundation plantings. Register and learn more.

Invasive Plant and Native Alternatives:  Friday, November 13, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE. Invasive plants in the home garden like English Ivy, Bamboo, Porcelainberry, and Mimosa, can spread from cultivation to our natural areas where they out-compete beneficial native plants.  Learn how to rid your yard of some common invasive plants and substitute alternative native species that have similar ornamental qualities and which also support our local wildlife. Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills, a creative force behind the resource Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic, serves as a co-coordinator at the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, a Virginia Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden in Arlington, Virginia. Free. RSVP at to receive link to participate.



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