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The spring weather for 2017 is upon us EARLY! That means as we try to check what to wear and how to prepare for our days, our landscape is probably going nuts doing the same thing. Do we leaf out or do we put flowers out? Many plants react to longer days indicated by more sun, and others react to the changes in temperature. Phenology is the study of blooms and plant growth. Essentially it asks what do you see blooming, budding or turning with respect to plants.  The US National Phenology Network tracks this information throughout the growing season. And this site tracks phenology along the Appalachian Trail. You can check their website out and see what is growing now. You can even join their efforts to provide data in your landscape too. What’s starting to grow in your garden?
27 Feb – 03 Mar 2017 is also National Invasive Species Awareness Week. What is an invasive? Well it’s typically any species intentionally or accidentally introduced by human activity into a region in which they did not evolve and cause harm to natural resources, economic activity or humans. This goes for any species in a floral or fauna category.  You can see some of the activities around what this week is all about here:  To learn more about what are considered invasive species for Virginia, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VA-DCR) has a website dedicated to this very topic.  You can review it here:
Garden Tips:
Spring is a great time to assist newly emerging native bees, many of which have been dormant over the winter months hiding in leaf litter, logs, bricks or in the ground as many are solitary ground dwellers–best part is they are not aggressive and have no stingers. Bonus! As they emerge they are looking for some food to make up their caloric stores they’ve expended. Some great spring flowers that many of our native bees are seeking are things like-Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon media), Spring beauties (Claytonia virginica), Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), Yellow Trout Lily. (Erythronium americanum), Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides), Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) just to name a few. If you are like me, I am just itching to watch the new growth on my plants that look dull and dreary right now. But if you can hold out a little longer–the leaf litter and “untidiness” of your yard will help all the beneficial insects and perhaps even a few dormant caterpillars who’ve nestled in for the winter. As the weather warms and the spring rains come you can begin to spruce up a bit but leaving things be for a few more weeks will bring a great benefit to your soil and the beneficial critters who may be waiting for the temperature to stabilize a bit.
See you in the garden. Let’s get dirty!
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February 2017 Newsletter Available

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Two quick reminders for October:

  • The Strathmeade Square Community Association Annual Meeting on October 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the pool house.
  • Halloween Parade begins on October 31 @ 5:30 pm, with a Group Photo at 6:00 pm.
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Website Under New Management

Good news, everyone! Administration of the official SSCA website has been taken over by new management (me). I will be making updates and changes over the next month.

Thank you for your patience as I bring the site up to date. Stay tuned!




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No newsletter this month. Here is an update on all things happening.
A. Upcoming Community & Local Events
Sat 4/27 — Accontik Creek Cleanup
Mon 5/6 — Camelot Kindergarten Orientation 2-3:30pm

Sat 5/11 — SSCA Spring Cleanup (rain date 5/18)

B. Reminders
Community Parking District
Trash Regulations
Pool Pass Applications

C. Classified Ads

Sat 4/27 — Accontik Creek Cleanup
Saturday, April 27, is Fairfax County’s Springfest/Earth Day/Arbor Day. You can help keep the Accotink Stream in Eakin Park clean!

Friends of Accotink Creek (FACC) will meet at the following locations/times:
9 to 11 a.m. at Pickett Road bridge (Thaiss Park)
12 to 2 p.m. at Barkley Drive bridge
3 to 5 p.m. at Woodburn Road bridge

You will want to wear old jeans/pants, sturdy/closed shoes, and long-sleeve shirt. Don’t forget gloves and sunscreen/bug spray if you need them. Look for the canopy and FACC cleanup signs. Register with FACC and pick up trash bags. Visit for more information.
Mon 5/6 — Camelot Kindergarten Orientation
  • Children who are five by September 30 are eligible to enter kindergarten in September.
  • A child who will be 6 years old on or before September 30 must attend school unless a qualifying parent elects to provide home instruction.
Kindergarten Orientation for Camelot Elementary School will be helpd on Monday 5/6 from 2-3:30pm. Children are welcome too!
Camelot Elementary School (703) 645-7000 is located at 8100 Guinevere Dr Annandale, VA 22003. Office hours are 8am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
For more specifics on kindergarten registration, visit: For general information on public school registration, visit:
——————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Sat 5/11 — Strathmeade Square Spring Clean-up
This year’s community spring clean-up will be held on Saturday 5/11 with a rain date of Saturday 5/18. Mark your calendars to help improve our community!!
If there are particular areas that should be dealt with during the spring cleanup, please mention it to a board member or email Dale Edwards <>. Please indicate “SSCA Spring Cleanup” in the subject of your message and provide the exact location, with court name and house number if applicable.



REMINDER: Community Parking District
The Community Parking District is now in effect! You should know the parking rules to avoid fines.
REMINDER: Trash Regulations
Know the trash regulations to make sure you know when to take out your trash, what is collected on which days, and when to bring bins/cans back inside.
REMINDER: Pool Pass Applications
The pool will open over Memorial weekend at the end of May. The 2013 Pool Registration forms have been mailed to all Strathmeade Square owners. Owners who did not receive the forms should contact Dale Edwards <>.  Renters who wish to use the pool should arrange with your landlords. Please complete and mail the appropriate forms/payments to Sequoia Management. You must have a valid 2013 Pool Pass to use the pool; the life guards CANNOT accept applications or issue pool passes.
An electronic copy of the pool pass will be added to the website shortly at



AT&T NEW DIGITAL ANSWERING SYSTEM. 2-Handset Answering System with Extra Large Display and Keypad. Valued at $47.50. Selling for $25. George 703-573-2010. 05/2013
I live in the neighborhood and can provide house cleaning services, ranging from individual rooms or specific cleaning services, such as vacuuming, to whole house general cleaning. Call Madga at (301) 412-7214. 05/2013
Panasonic VIERA 46″ 1080p Model No -TC-P46G10 THX Certified. $400 OBO. Yamaha YPG-235(76 keys) keyboard for $125. Call Meena at 603-721-1821 or 703-560-4794. 06/2013

Please send newsletter materials and ad requests to ASAP if you want them included in the May newsletter. If you need this message translated, you can use for translation.
Hope everyone is enjoying the nice spring weather!
Alice Wang
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