Author Archive: Susan

Susan Harris has been writing online since 2005 - about gardening. (E.g., Garden Rant, Lawn Reform Coalition, and Behnkes Nursery.) 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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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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Going out in Greenbelt, September 19 – 28

Going out in Greenbelt, September 19 – 28

| September 19, 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, September 19, 2014 - Jazz and blues piano by Takoma Park’s own John Guernsey (6:30 to 8pm) - The Wharf Rats - fun and lively Grateful Dead Jam band!(8 to 11pm)   Saturday, […]

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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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Scenes from the Greenbelt Farmers Market

Scenes from the Greenbelt Farmers Market

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

It was a gorgeous day at the Greenbelt Farmers Market yesterday, so I snapped a few iPhone shots to post here. Above is the heart and soul of the market (at least in our minds) – the Info Booth. Left to right are Market Master Nancy Solomon and volunteers Katy Pape and Sophia (last name?). […]

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Common-Space Makeover

Common-Space Makeover

| August 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

Time to show off another garden make-over!  Unlike the earlier street-side make-over at the end of a back yard, this one’s in the common area adjacent to the parking lot for my GHI court – 5 Ridge Road. Here’s a couple of “before” shots that show some lovely plants contributed by neighbors over the years – […]

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Chris Cherry and the Making of <em>Message to Tomorrow</em>

Chris Cherry and the Making of Message to Tomorrow

| August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chris Cherry’s newest play, which debuted at Creative Kids Camp this summer, mixes New Deal values and modern misbehavior in a retro-futuristic adventure.   Lore Rosenthal was so struck by the themes in the play – Message to Tomorrow  – that she decided to interview Chris about it for Greenbelt Live.  They sat down to […]

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Greenbelt Featured in Book about Alternatives to Retirement Communities

Greenbelt Featured in Book about Alternatives to Retirement Communities

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s a terrific new book I recommend to Greenbelters and anyone looking for a place to live, especially in their retirement years.  It’s Beth Baker’s  With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as we Grow Older.  The book covers an array of alternatives to traditional retirement communities, some quite affordable (like us).  Featured […]

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“Growing” Bluebirds in the Beltsville Ag Research Center

“Growing” Bluebirds in the Beltsville Ag Research Center

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last Friday I rode shotgun through the Beltsville Ag Research Center in Marcia van Horn’s Ranger as she checked on some of her 175 nesting boxes for bluebirds, tree swallows, chickadees, titmice, wrens and nuthatches – but mainly bluebirds.  (Marcia’s a former Greenbelter who returned for our garden tour last September and made this fabulous video of it.) Nest […]

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What I Learned from Nutrition Counseling

What I Learned from Nutrition Counseling

| July 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

By Li’l Dan Celdran, ACSM Health Fitness Specialist After years of having a love/hate relationship with food, I decided to treat myself to a nutrition consultation a few years ago with Kim Rush Lynch of Cultivating Health, which “provides coaching, education and support for individuals and organizations to learn and practice healthy eating, playing and […]

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Destinations on my 7-Minute Walk

Destinations on my 7-Minute Walk

| July 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Recently I was wondering how long it takes me to walk to Roosevelt Center, so I timed the walk and got an unexpected answer:  just 7 minutes.  That means that when I drive I’m saving what – 3-4 minutes?  That thought has led to my walking more, and to this photo set of places I regularly […]

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How to Improve your Posture

How to Improve your Posture

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Li’l Dan Celdran, ACSM Health Fitness Specialist Having poor posture can lead to problems like neck pain, back pain, reduction in air supply, muscle weakness and imbalance.  Just one cause demonstrates why.  When one’s shoulders are forward and upper back rounded, muscles become overworked to counterbalance the pull of gravity on the forward head. Some […]

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