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September 2019 Newsletter

posted Sep 16, 2019, 2:22 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 Annual Meeting:  Coming in October at Discovery Elementary School Dining Commons

Elections for officers and board members will take place at the meeting.  The Board generally meets once a quarter, plans the annual meeting, and helps residents coordinate with the County on any pending issues.  If you are interested in serving as Officer/ Board Member please contact the president of RSCA, or one of the editors whose emails are at the end of this newsletter.  

2.  Civic Federation of Arlington:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6.30pm, Virginia Hospital Center: Topics include Multi-Family Housing Zoning and Community Environmental Program.

3.  County Items of Interest
County Glass-Recycling Policy

Permit Arlington:  The first phase of Permit Arlington, a new online permitting system.  Permit Arlington is a Countywide initiative to improve the customer experience for permitting, building and land development services. More than 30 permits will move from paper applications and in-person payments to the virtual system, eliminating the need for customers to visit County offices to complete these transactions.  View details at the Permit Arlington website.

Joint Facilities Advisory Commission: (JFAC) Scoping Committee will meet on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting location is the Bozman Government Center, Room 311 (2100 Clarendon Blvd.). 


  • The Scoping Committee will discuss the content that the upcoming Public Facilities Plan will cover and the public engagement process for developing the plan.

  • More information about the meeting (directions, add to calendar, etc.)

  • The Bozman Government Center is located near the Court House Metro Station (Orange/Silver Lines); free parking is available in the Courthouse Plaza Garage after 5:00.

The following meeting of the Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC) will be on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Syphax Education Center, Room 424 (2110 Washington Boulevard).

 Please contact Matt Ladd if you have any questions prior to the meeting. 

Tree Giveaway:  Arlington residents can now register to receive a free tree for their homes, thanks to Arlington’s Department of Parks and Recreation’s annual giveaway of 400 native trees.  One tree is allowed per residence.

Native Plants:  Want to improve your yard for local birds and butterflies? Then it’s time to Grow Native. A great selection of plants that are accustomed to local climate and wildlife will be available for purchase. We have natives for sun to shade, even deer resistant plants. Pre-order your favorite plants so you don’t miss out!  We’ll also have a wider selection to choose from on the day of the sale. 


Pre-order deadline is 4 p.m. Wed., Sept. 18.

Pre-Order Pickup: Fri., Sept. 27 from 3-6 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Native Plant Sale: Sat., Sept. 28 from 1-4 p.m. (purchase in person)

Where: Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd

Free Art Bus:  On Thursday, Sept. 19, everyone can ride the ART Bus for FREE as part of Try Transit Week! And all throughout the week, the ART Prize Patrol will be riding various routes, handing out giveaways!

4.  Arlington Public Schools:
Bike/Walk to School Day:  Wednesday, October 2.  Please be cautious when driving as a large number of children and parents will be walking and biking to our schools.

Yorktown Half -Time Show:  Friday, October 4
Yorktown High School’s Color Guard invites all 4th – 8th graders to join the YHS band for the halftime show when Yorktown plays Edison on Friday, October 4th!  Help cheer on the YHS football team on to victory in the stands and be part of the Yorktown Marching Band halftime performance.  SIGN UP BY SEPTEMBER 27TH!  For details see  For Yorktown’s athletic schedules, go to

Get Involved! How to Volunteer with Arlington Public Schools (APS)
APS appreciates the many parents and community members who volunteer their time to support our schools. This year, APS has simplified the application process to make it easier for volunteers and chaperones to get involved. The new online application is tied to the new Visitor Management System and is designed to ensure student safety and to better manage and track volunteers. The two-step process includes the completion of the online application and a State-mandated Safe Schools module. Once completed, the application is valid for two years and allows volunteers and chaperones to volunteer in multiple locations.

See to learn more about the process and to access the application in English and Spanish. To see the current volunteer opportunities posted by APS, see

Upcoming APS Community Engagement opportunities:
School Board Meeting*.  Thu, Sept 19:  Hispanic Heritage Student RecognitionsFull agenda
Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd.

School Board Work Session, Tues. Sept 24, 7 pm  Arlington Facilities and Student Accommodation Plan (AFSAP)  Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd.

*Watch Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.
**Watch School Board Work Sessions live online. Work sessions are open to the public but no public comments are accepted.

5.  Things to Do
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden AutumnFest!   Sunday, September 15, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, 300 South Kensington Street, Arlington 22204
Come visit the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden for AutumnFest, a lively celebration of fall, herbs and nature. There’s much to learn during three educational presentations starting at 11 am with “Grow Your Own Herbal Teas,” in which participants will learn about plants and recipes to create the most soothing and tasty libations. At 12 noon will be “Succulents for Small Spaces,” a look at how to hop on board with one of the hottest trends in home and garden décor; and at 1 pm is “Container Gardening Made Simple,” an introduction to bringing beauty and food into your life using pots. AutumnFest also offers native and other plants perfect for fall planting; autumnal décor; the opportunity to consult with Extension Master Gardeners, Tree Stewards and Audubon at Home Ambassadors; a chance to visit the Colonial Ball-Sellers House; vendors selling hand-made pots, hand-crafted jewelry, reusable recycled bags and herbal treats with recipes to try at home. Free. Questions? Contact Extension Master Gardeners at telephone 703-228-6414 or email

Clarendon Day! Sat., Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (rain or shine!)
Clarendon Day is one of Arlington’s best loved and most diverse street festivals, with several music stages, a large kid’s area, arts and crafts vendors, and business and nonprofit exhibitors from Clarendon and the region. You'll also find plenty of great food from local and regional restaurants, craft beers and Virginia wines, and more!

Fall Seed Collection for Reforestation Projects:   Saturday, September 28, 2019, 1-3 p.m.
Lubber Run Park, 200 N Columbus St.
Join EcoAction Arlington in collecting acorns and other tree seeds in coordination with the Potomac Conservancy’s Growing Native Program. Collected seeds are sent to the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) nurseries to be grown into tree seedlings which are then used in native forest restoration projects.

We will identify trees and their seeds as we collect them and then bag and label them for transport to the VDOF. This is a wonderful project for families, children, and anyone interested in trees and replenishing our forests. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. Registration may be found here.

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