Author Archive: Susan

Susan Harris has been writing online since 2005 - about gardening. (currently Garden Rantand theLawn Reform Coalition.) In 2012 she started this community blog for and about her adopted hometown. She also created and curates the Greenbelt Maryland Youtube Channel and does digital promotion for several Greenbelt organizations.

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Going out in Greenbelt, October 24 – November 2

Going out in Greenbelt, October 24 – November 2

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is a weekly preview of fun, interesting things happening in Greenbelt: music, theater, talks, guided tours, and more. This list covers the next nine days. Friday, October 24, 2014 In Roosevelt Center: - Community Carve-Off! Music and a whole lot of pumpkin carving. The whole community is invited to join in carving jack o’lanterns that […]

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Landscaping Choices in 1930: Formal or Naturalistic

Landscaping Choices in 1930: Formal or Naturalistic

| October 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

In Old Greenbelt we see an unusual amount of hedges, mainly of privet or euonymus, most of them installed in the early days before fences were allowed.  (That happened in the ’50s after the homes became owner-occupied and and pets first permitted.)  I’m told by one historian that hedges were used to demarcate the land […]

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Going out in Greenbelt, October 17 – 26

Going out in Greenbelt, October 17 – 26

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is a weekly preview of fun, interesting things happening in Greenbelt: music, theater, talks, guided tours, and more. This list covers the next nine days. Friday, October 17, 2014 At the  Greenbelt American Legion: -   Rexford  Revue! Don’t miss this popular fund-raiser for the Greenbelt Museum.  If inspired, break out a favorite vintage—or vintage-inspired—outfit and […]

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Services for Greenbelt Seniors

Services for Greenbelt Seniors

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hearing Beth Baker talk about Greenbelt as a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community with terrific city services for seniors inspired me to find out what exactly they are. Here’s a round-up of Greenbelt Senior Services and Programs thanks to input from Christal Batey and Karen Haseley, and some noncity help for seniors, too. GAIL - Greenbelt Assistance in […]

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Join Rafael’s Race to support Greenbelt  Elementary School

Join Rafael’s Race to support Greenbelt Elementary School

| October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Bernard Kelly GES Parent and Race Director On Saturday, October 25, 2014 the PTA at Greenbelt Elementary School is hosting the 4th annual Rafael’s Race, a 5K walk/run and fun run. The race is powered by teachers and families who were moved by the unstoppable spirit of Rafael Martins. Rafael was a student at […]

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Super-Easy Neighborhood Parties

Super-Easy Neighborhood Parties

| October 9, 2014 | 3 Comments

Neighborhood parties are the easiest of all parties to organize, I’m here to report.  For the recent party shown here, I printed and distributed the invitations a month before.  Then Noah in 2 Westway distributed most of the reminder notices a week before the party, and people took care of everything else – bringing food, […]

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1st Contra Dance in Greenbelt is a Hit!

1st Contra Dance in Greenbelt is a Hit!

| October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Great turn-out, great music and calling, and hopes are high that this will become a regular event in the Community Center gym – on first-Saturday nights every month. Due to scheduling conflicts and gym-floor renovations, the dances won’t start up again until February but after that, it should be a regular event.  A natural for […]

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Help Green the GHI Landscape

Help Green the GHI Landscape

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Common Area Gardens This post is for you GHIers out there – especially the ones who’d like to see more plants, more biodiversity, more sustenance and shelter for pollinators and birds, and of course more beauty around their neighborhood.  Another benefit from additional perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees will be retaining more stormwater in the soil […]

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Lipbone Redding at the New Deal Cafe

Lipbone Redding at the New Deal Cafe

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

I walked into the Cafe on a Tuesday night not knowing what to expect but within seconds became a fan of Lipbone Redding here.  The small crowd (Tuesday!) obviously agreed.  He’s one singer-songwriter-entertainer with gobs of stage presence.

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Discovering Patuxent’s North Tract

Discovering Patuxent’s North Tract

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Greenbelt Live has previously reported on the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge (here and here) but little did I know that I had only seen the South Tract of the Refuge, the part that’s just outside of Greenbelt.  Finally last month I discovered the North Tract when I visited for what was billed as their “Wildlife Conservation and […]

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Wonderful Walking Tour of Old Greenbelt

Wonderful Walking Tour of Old Greenbelt

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

A highlight of the Labor Day Festival for me was taking the Walking Tour of Greenbelt with the very knowledgeable Steve Oetken, docent at the Greenbelt Museum. Steve’s degree in historical preservation was evident and much appreciated. Here’s just some of what I learned. Greenbelt was built for three reasons:  to provide low-income housing, to provide […]

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Greenbelt turns out for “The Roosevelts”

Greenbelt turns out for “The Roosevelts”

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Greenbelters are rightly excited about the new Ken Burns documentary about The Roosevelts that will start its 7-night airing this Sunday night at 8 (and repeating at 10) and follow for the next 6 nights.  The entire 14 hours will also be available streaming beginning Monday the 15th. Reviews are calling it Ken Burns’ best yet! […]

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What Management by the Friends of Greenbelt Theatre would Mean

What Management by the Friends of Greenbelt Theatre would Mean

| September 9, 2014 | 3 Comments

Greenbelt’s City Council is holding the first of three work sessions to consider management of the under-renovation Greenbelt Theatre this Wednesday – whether to turn the theater over to the new nonprofit Friends of Greenbelt Theatre or to contract again with PandG Theaters in D.C.  I can’t attend (a GHI Committee calls) but I hope […]

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Pooch Plunge 2014

Pooch Plunge 2014

| September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s the scene at the opening of the event, with dogs figuring out how to get in and out of the water and their humans deciding how much to plunge themselves. Thanks to hot and humid weather, that turned out to be quite a lot.

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Scenes from a Labor Day Festival

Scenes from a Labor Day Festival

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Another fabulous Labor Day Festival has come and gone and here are just a few highlights – for this blogger. Someone told me that the PTA’s Book Sale is where Greenbelt’s intellectuals hang out, so I stopped by to see the crowd at the very beginning of the sale, Friday evening.  I mingled, bought some […]

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How to Support the Greenbelt Elementary School

How to Support the Greenbelt Elementary School

| August 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

By Li’l Dan Celdran, a parent of a kindergartner at Greenbelt Elementary School. Programs Greenbelt Elementary School (GES) offers full day Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten-5th grade classes.  The school is in session from late August through mid-June. The school offers before care and after care for a fee. How can our community support Greenbelt Elementary School? […]

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How to Support the Greenbelt Nursery School

How to Support the Greenbelt Nursery School

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Li’l Dan Celdran, former member of Greenbelt Nursery School History Greenbelt Nursery School (GNS) was founded in 1942 and is one of the oldest cooperatives in Greenbelt. The school depends upon parent participation with every part of the School’s operation: governance, finance, administration, assisting in classrooms, publicity, fundraising, maintenance, and housekeeping. Parents accept specific […]

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Labor Day Book Sale, with Midway

Labor Day Book Sale, with Midway

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Greenbelt Elementary PTA runs a used book sale every year as part of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival. There are more than 20,000 books for sale, all donated during the month of August by members of the community. Hours for the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival: Friday, August 29, from 6 to 10pm Saturday, August 30, from […]

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Ken Kesey Bus and Mammatus Clouds at Roosevelt Center

Ken Kesey Bus and Mammatus Clouds at Roosevelt Center

| August 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Wednesday, August 20 was an amazing night in the Roosevelt Center parking lot, where the gang from the New Deal Cafe awaited the arrival of Ken Kesey’s Magic Bus.  It was made famous by Kesey’s Merry Pranksters and then chronicled by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.  We all read or at least watched the movie of […]

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Greenbelt Animal Shelter 101

Greenbelt Animal Shelter 101

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Li’l Dan Celdran, pet guardian to 4 sweet kitties (3 from the Greenbelt Animal Shelter) The Greenbelt Animal Control program was established in 2002. Greenbelt is the only municipality in Prince George’s County to have and operate its own shelter and adoption program. The Animal Control Division prides itself on being ethical and humane […]

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