Santa will ride through Green Valley, Columbia Heights, and Douglas Park – on Saturday, December 16th – Time and Route

Hi neighbors,

A little elf recently let me know that Santa plans to visit Fire Station #9 in Douglas Park again this year, and that he’s looking forward to another cruise around the neighborhood to check up on all the neighborhood girls and boys! Starting at 11:30 AM on Saturday, 12/16, Santa will ride through Green Valley, Columbia Heights and Douglas Park for an hour, ending back at the fire station at 12:30PM.

The route is nearly identical to last year’s with two small changes. Santa will circle John Robinson Jr Town Square during the Green Valley Community Holiday Fellowship event, and he will ride down 17th Rd in east Green Valley as opposed to 17th St. See planned route here:

Santa’s Route

The following is an estimated timetable of Santa’s ride:

11:30 – Santa leaves FS #9
11:40 – John Robinson Jr. Town square in Green Valley
11:50 – Through Eastern Green Valley near OLQP
11:55 – Columbia Heights
12:05 – 16th St in Douglas Park
12:10 – Barcroft Apartments
12:15 – Quincy by Abingdon
12:20 – 14TH and Oakland
12:25 – Santa returns to FS #9.

Note that upon returning to the station, Santa may have some time to meet with kids provided he and the fire crew are not called upon. I will provide additional updates on that and any other info as his return nears.

As a reminder, the members of ACFD Station #9 are excited to share their holiday cheer, so please, let’s show them how much we appreciate them! If you can, spread the word to any local listservs, message groups or social media pages you can to ensure a big turnout for both Santa and our neighborhood protectors!

Invitation to Columbia Heights Civic Association Annual Meeting with Alfonso Lopez

CHCA Membership Annual Meeting, Monday, December 4, 2023 7 pm – 9 pm

Hello South Arlington!

We are thrilled to extend an invitation to you for the upcoming annual meeting of the Columbia Heights Civic Association on Monday, December 4. This year, we have the honor of hosting Alfonso Lopez, and we sincerely hope that you will be able to join us for an engaging and informative evening.

Given the recent flip of the State House, this meeting holds particular significance as we look forward to gaining valuable insights from Alfonso Lopez regarding the anticipated developments over the next year. Your perspective and input as a valued member of our community will contribute to the depth of our discussions.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: Monday, December 4

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Sarah McKinley’s home, 2811 13th Road South

We are delighted to inform you that we will be providing a delectable spread of food and drinks to enhance your experience during this special event. From savory bites to refreshing beverages, we have curated a menu that promises to satisfy both your taste buds and your appetite for community connection.

In addition to our local community members, we are extending invitations to civic association leaders from the Pike’s President’s group. This collaborative effort aims to foster a sense of unity among approximately 10 civic associations up and down the Pike, creating a platform for shared insights and collaboration.

Your presence will be highly appreciated, and we believe your participation will add to the richness of our discussions. We look forward to an evening of fruitful dialogue and community building.

As we gear up for the annual meeting of the Columbia Heights Civic Association on Monday, December 4, we extend a special invitation to you to not only attend the event but also consider becoming a member of our vibrant community.

Now, more than ever, community engagement plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of our neighborhood. With the recent changes in the State House, your voice and active participation are crucial in navigating the path ahead.

Why join the Columbia Heights Civic Association?

  • Community Strength: By becoming a member, you contribute to the strength and unity of our community. Together, we can address local concerns and work towards positive change.
  • Informed Participation: Membership grants you access to exclusive updates, information, and events. Stay informed about issues that matter most to you and your neighbors.
  • Collaborative Advocacy: Joining our civic association allows you to participate in collaborative efforts with neighboring civic associations through initiatives like the Pike’s President’s group. Together, we can make a greater impact.

We look forward to your presence at the annual meeting and hopefully, as a valued member of the Columbia Heights Civic Association. Should you have any questions or require assistance with the membership process, feel free to reach out to

Please RSVP by December 2nd to confirm your attendance. If you have any questions or require additional information, feel free to contact Ron Haddox at

Thank you for your continued support, and we eagerly anticipate your presence at this significant community event.

Warm regards,

Ron Haddox, President – Columbia Heights Civic Association