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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Dying Green at the Reel and Meal

Dying Green at the Reel and Meal

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

I recently attended the Reel and Meal viewing and discussion of Dying Green, a short documentary about conservation or “green” burial, which I’d never heard of before.  Here’s the trailer. I’d always thought cemeteries had to look like this: During my lifetime, in the U.S., they did, though much earlier in history they looked more like the […]

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How about Murals in Greenbelt?

How about Murals in Greenbelt?

| December 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

Here’s a mural I came upon in an out-of-the-way restaurant parking lot while visiting Pittsburgh last summer.  Funded by a Pittsburgh’s public art program, it made me long for murals right here in Greenbelt. Here’s where I’d love to see murals instead of blank concrete – on our iconic underpasses. Murals have recently been popping up across America, […]

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Columbia Heights, Easy Metro Destination from Greenbelt

Columbia Heights, Easy Metro Destination from Greenbelt

| December 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

I’ve taken Metro’s Red and Blue Lines since they opened in ’76 and only began discovering the Green Line since moving to Greenbelt three years ago.  Now with both Green and Yellow Lines coming all the way to us, the possibilities have doubled.  Choices! But back to Green, and where that line can take us […]

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Help Design the GHI Garden Contest

Help Design the GHI Garden Contest

| November 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

Garden writers and reformers of all types are always going on about those terrible Homeowners Associations and their crazy, backward-looking rules against growing edibles, eliminating lawn, growing wilder-looking plants (horrors!) and more. But what if a condo or coop association used its collective power and authority to improve the yards under its jurisdiction? Could get […]

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Going out in Greenbelt, November 21 – 30

Going out in Greenbelt, November 21 – 30

| November 21, 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, November 21, 2014 At the Greenbelt Arts Center: - Death by Design by Rob Urbinati, directed by Ann Lowe-Barrett. What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with […]

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Where Greenbelters Go Dancing

Where Greenbelters Go Dancing

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s a round-up of social-dancing opportunities IN Greenbelt and where Greenbelters regularly go dancing nearby.  This list doesn’t include jazzercize, zumba, or other workout-focused solo dancing.  Leave a comment if I left anything out or if you spot an error; let’s keep this up to date. Goddard Dance Club: is perhaps the largest dance event IN […]

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How Greenbelters Talk Online

How Greenbelters Talk Online

| November 11, 2014 | 5 Comments

Ever wonder how Greenbelters communicate these days? Thankfully people are still talking over beers at the New Deal Cafe, over the fence and on the phone – the old-school communications that will always be popular here.  But increasingly, Greenbelters are relying on online or social communications, so here’s an overview of how and where that […]

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I’m a Dancing Queen

I’m a Dancing Queen

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Li’l Dan Celdran, ACSM Health Fitness Specialist I had been looking for another exercise modality and found a dance class on Saturday mornings at New Chicago Dance Studio in Greenbelt. Having taken dance in high school, I was thrilled to find an adult dance class so close to home. It’s called “Goddess” and it […]

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O’Malley Sings in Greenbelt and Urges us to Vote!

O’Malley Sings in Greenbelt and Urges us to Vote!

| November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Halloween Night was great fun at the New Deal Cafe, with Governor Martin O’Malley and State Senator Paul Pinsky stopping by to urge us to vote.  O’Malley had scheduled 30 minutes for the new Deal but was having such a good time, he stayed 3 hours and performed 3 songs.  New Deal music-booker Amethyst Dwyer […]

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Scenes from Halloween in Greenbelt

Scenes from Halloween in Greenbelt

| November 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

First up, the Costume Parade and Contest.   Above, the judges are Council members Leta Mach and J Davis and Mayor Emmett Jordan.  Here they’re asking the kids about their costumes. Next, on Halloween night, 5 Court Ridge was a fun place to be. From left, Sara and Matt Wolfe threw a Mad Hatter Party; Lindsey […]

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Greenbelt’s Nature Photographers and How to Shoot Fall Foliage

Greenbelt’s Nature Photographers and How to Shoot Fall Foliage

| October 28, 2014 | 2 Comments

I’ve been following some of Greenbelt’s photographers, especially when they post nature shots online somewhere.  Michael Smallwood’s photos are exhibited at the New Deal Cafe.  Harold Anderson shoots both stills and video, most often at the lake. Bill Cornett does videos here on Vimeo,  And Steve Skolnik’s photography and darkroom work will forever grace the home page of the fabulous […]

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Landscaping Choices in 1930: Formal or Naturalistic

Landscaping Choices in 1930: Formal or Naturalistic

| October 23, 2014 | 2 Comments

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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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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