- 1 Next Civic Association Meeting -- Thursday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.
- 2 County Board OKed Levine School of Music Permit
- 3 Spring Programs at Arlington’s Nature Centers
- 4 Canine Carnival
- 5 Arlington Meets Aachen
- 6 Free Lawn-Care Program
- 7 Arlington Reunion: Walker Chapel / Chain Bridge
- 8 Star Treks
- 9 The Rock Springer
- 10 Annual Dues
- 11 Picture Your Byline Here!
- 12 Rock Spring Civic Association Officers
The Rock Spring Civic Association will meet on Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be held in room 227 (the music room) at Williamsburg Middle School, 3600 N. Harrison Street.
County Board candidates: Michael Lane (Rep.) and Charles Monroe (Dem.)• Report on the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Task Force.
On February 6, the Arlington County Board approved a use permit for the Levine School of Music to operate a music school at Rock Spring Church. In granting the permit, the Board adopted conditions recommended by the County staff and the RSCA.
The RSCA had voted at its last meeting (Jan. 29) to support the Levine School’s request, with the following conditions:
• That the permit expire no later than July 31.
• That the conditions concerning parking and child drop-off recommended in the County staff report be adopted.
• That a neighborhood advisory committee be formed, with representatives from the RSCA, the church, Levine School, and the nearest neighbors, to provide a forum to discuss and resolve community concerns.
The RSCA also asked the County Board to:
• Consider the other requests for use permits at Rock Spring Church together at one hearing to more effectively evaluate their combined effect on the neighborhood.
• Direct staff to bring these other existing uses into compliance as quickly as possible.
Neighbors raised concerns about the increased traffic, parking and noise, especially because the church has no off-street parking. (It uses parking areas at Yorktown High school on Sunday mornings.)
Since the County Board meeting, the neighborhood advisory committee has been formed but has not met. The first meeting is scheduled for April 13. Rock Springers Ron Geigle, Jackie Prensky and Steve Rowland are committee members.
The Levine School plans to move its operations to Westover Baptist Church at Washington Blvd. and Patrick Henry Drive this summer. The County Board will hear the application for that permit on April 10.
In addition to Levine School, other non-church-related uses (a ballet school and a tai chi class) at Rock Spring Church also require use permits. The County Zoning Office reported that as of Friday, March 26, applications for those uses still had not been submitted.
Arlington has two great nature centers, Long Branch and Gulf Branch. Spring is a good time for a visit! Here is a list of April programs. They’re free unless otherwise noted, but reservations are required. Call for more information or to be on the mailing list. Ask about summer camps for kids, too.
Long Branch Nature Center (LB)
Gulf Branch Nature Center (GB)
Open House at the Walker Log House, Sun., April 11, 11am-1pm. All ages. $2 per craft. No reservations. GB
Amphibians of Arlington, Thurs., April 15, 4-5pm. Grades 3-5. GB
Birds and Blooms on the C&O Canal, Fri., April 16, 9-11:30am. Adults. LB
Peeper Prowl, Fri., April 16, 7:30-9pm. Families. LB
Wildflower Walk at Fort C.F. Smith, Sun., April 18, 2-3:30pm. Adults & kids grades 7+. LB
Birding Trip to Westmoreland Co., VA, Tues., April 20, 8am-5pm. Adults. $15. GB
Spring Plant ID Walk, Sat., April 24, 2-4:30pm. Adults. LB
May Baskets, Wed., April 28, 2:30-3:45 pm. Grades 2-4. LB
Bring your dog for a fun-filled afternoon at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Saturday, April 24, 2 pm. Enter one or more canine competitions: Obedience, Best Tricks, Best Costume, Pet/Owner Look-alikes. Prizes will be awarded to dogs and humans. All canine participants must be leashed. $2 per pet covers all competitions. Register at the event.
Other April events at Potomac Overlook:
For more information, call 528-5406 or visit the web site, www.nvrpa.org. Potomac Overlook is located at the end of Marcey Road, off Military Road.
Two Arlington arts centers will host works by six German artists as part of a sister city exchange. Opening receptions will be held on Friday, April 9, 6-9 pm, at the Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive (228-7710), and the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. (524-1494). Works will be on display at the Ellipse until June 12 and at the Arlington Arts Center through May 9. If you’d like to participate in the Sister City program, call John McCracken at 538-5685.
The Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a free, hands-on lawn care program. It’s part of a statewide Water-wise Gardener Program to teach people how to maintain healthy lawns while protecting local water quality. The program consists of three spring seminars, two fall seminars, and a visit from a local Master Gardener. If you are interested in participating, call Rebecca Mead at 703 228-7633.
Come share your memories at Arlington Reunion, Thursday, April 22, 10 am-noon, at the Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy Street. Guest moderator Howard Thorkilson will lead the discussion. It’s free, sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and the Virginia Room. A light lunch will be served. This is the last program this season. Reunions will resume in the fall. Call 228-5966 for details.
Learn more about the night sky at Arlington’s Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy Street.
"Stars Tonight," Mon., April 5, May 3, & June 7, 7:30 pm. Review the celestial events of the month with astronomer Steve Smith. Telescopic observing, weather permitting.
"Worlds in Motion," weekends, April 9-May 23 (Fri. & Sat., 7:30 pm; Sun., 1:30 & 3 pm).
Admission is $2.50 adults, $1.50 seniors and children 12 & under. Call 228-6070 for information or reservations.
The Rock Springer is published periodically by the Rock Spring Civic Association (RSCA) and is mailed to all dues-paying members. The RSCA comprises 1,150 homes and is dedicated to keeping residents informed of issues that affect the neighborhood. It also represents neighborhood interests before the County Board and the Planning Commission.
Once again, it’s time for dues. Your small annual contribution covers the cost of printing and mailing The Rock Springer to keep you informed of neighborhood issues. 1999 membership dues: $5 per household
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President - John McCracken
1st Vice President - Jack Sawicki
2nd Vice President - Paul Michl
Treasurer - Lou Ella Ingram
Secretary - Judy Wheat
Members at Large
Arlington Civic Federation Delegates