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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Going out in Greenbelt, April 18 – 27

Going out in Greenbelt, April 18 – 27

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is a weekly preview of fun, interesting things happening in Greenbelt: music, theater, talks, guided tours, and more.  Only fun events are listed – no meetings! This list covers the next nine days. Friday, April 18, 2014 At the New Deal Cafe: – Jazz and blues piano by Takoma Park’s own John Guernsey (6:30 […]

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Straight from Nashville (Drumroll) it’s Betty Ladas!

Straight from Nashville (Drumroll) it’s Betty Ladas!

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Singer-songwriter Betty Ladas made the move from Nashville to Greenbelt just a year ago, and seems to be settling in just fine.   Now she can see plenty of her grandchildren, and perform at the New Deal on the third Thursday of the month.  Nice life!  I heard her perform at a recent Open Mic hosted […]

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The Tiny House Documentary

The Tiny House Documentary

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Researching smaller homes recently put tiny houses on my radar, so when I noticed the documentary “Tiny” at DC’s Environmental Film Festival I made a point to see it. The film follows Christopher Smith and his girlfriend and fellow filmmaker Merete Mueller, as they built a 124-square foot home in the countryside outside Denver.  Because […]

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Greenbelt’s 1st Mini-Maker Faire – Wow!

Greenbelt’s 1st Mini-Maker Faire – Wow!

| April 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Big congrats to George, Eva, and everyone else at Club 125 and beyond who made this a terrific event. So in response to George’s call for photos, here are most of mine, to do with as he wishes.     \                

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The Blogs of Greenbelt

The Blogs of Greenbelt

| April 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

To start with the question “What ARE blogs?,” they’re simply a type of website that’s updated frequently, with the newest articles at the top of the home page, and comments allowed.  They’ve become ubiquitous because of their ease of use, and the more conversational and casual writing style that most bloggers use. When blogs began […]

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Welcome the Greenbelt Girl to the Blogosphere

Welcome the Greenbelt Girl to the Blogosphere

| April 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

There’s a new Greenbelt blogger on the Interwebs, and it’s Heather Brooks, the GreenbeltGirl!  I asked Heather to tell us why the blog, why now, more info please!  She obliged: Blogging to Connect with Greenbelt I started Greenbelt Girl out of a desire to integrate myself with the Greenbelt community.  I first dated my fiance, […]

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Lake Signage Needs Help!

Lake Signage Needs Help!

| March 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

There are two signs at Greenbelt Lake about the wildlife there, funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and they’re terrific.  There’s a sign for fish and the one for other animals – foxes, beavers, Mallards and snakes.  They may well be a sign about birds that I missed. The first one I saw, about “Wildlife,” […]

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Deadheads in Greenbelt

Deadheads in Greenbelt

| March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a regular patron of the New Deal Cafe, I’ve noticed a pattern of Grateful Dead cover bands playing there, and was tipped off by New Deal fixture Bill Barber that there’s a whole culture around those bands, one that I should look into.  Love an assignment like that!  So here’s what I’ve learned, and […]

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Kids Do Open Mic

Kids Do Open Mic

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

I stopped by Kids Open Mic at the New Deal Cafe and found it a low-key, friendly place for families to gather and do music.   Also, very cute, like these Suzuki violin students.  Or another little girl singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Kids Open Mic has been a monthly feature at the New Deal for five […]

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Call for Makers, Crafters & Performers for Greenbelt’s 1st Annual Mini-Maker Faire

Call for Makers, Crafters & Performers for Greenbelt’s 1st Annual Mini-Maker Faire

| March 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s a Deadline:  Makers, Performers and Crafters must sign up before March 31! I love what Geroge Boyce and Eva Fallon and their pals are doing over at Club 125.  Like, the upcoming Maker-Faire!! Greenbelt Mini-Maker Faire Hosted by Club125, Greenbelt’s Makerspace, the 1st Annual Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire will be a family-friendly celebration featuring […]

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Fitness at the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center

Fitness at the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center

| March 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t taken full advantage of my membership at the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center, much less blogged about it.  But when I received an email announcement some new fitness equipment I jumped on the chance to ask for a tour of the facilities, and Aquatics Coordinator Cheryl Conrad volunteered […]

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New on Youtube: “Beavers Attack” Animation, and Sligo Creek Stompers

New on Youtube: “Beavers Attack” Animation, and Sligo Creek Stompers

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

New videos on the Greenbelt Maryland Youtube Channel! From GAVA/GATE (Greenbelt Access Television and the Greenbelt Association for the Visual Arts) is this animated account of the beaver problem at Greenbelt Lake: And I took the next two videos of one of my favorite groups – the Sligo Creek Stompers – in their recent visit […]

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In Homes, Smaller is Smarter

In Homes, Smaller is Smarter

| March 6, 2014 | 7 Comments

Finally we’re seeing a trend toward smaller homes being built in the U.S., after decades of increasing square footage.  For example, the U.S. Census reported that from 2007 to 2010 the average size of a new, single-family home in the U.S. fell from 2,504 square feet to 2,381 square feet.  The figured does not include […]

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Launch and Launch Party Report

Launch and Launch Party Report

| February 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

As promised in an earlier story here, I attended Goddard’s Launch Party today for the extremely important new precipitation-monitoring satellite, and it was exciting!  Here’s what visitors saw on huge screens everywhere at the Visitor’s Center, and on more huge screens across Goddard for their employees, especially the team who worked so long to make […]

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Big NASA Launch this Week!

Big NASA Launch this Week!

| February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

I was hoping to post this article as an invitation to join Goddard’s Launch Party this week, but it turns out that space is limited, and they’re full up.  Fortunately they’re making room for this blogger and I’ll do my best to convey the excitement, and maybe a bit of the science behind this historic […]

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Bolting from Greenbelt to New York City

Bolting from Greenbelt to New York City

| February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Taking the bus from DC to New York City became unbelievably cheap and therefore popular with college students a few years back, though the trips, leaving from Chinatown, were reportedly noisy and rowdy. Since then, more adult-friendly competitors for that high-traffic route have sprung up, and there’s even a trip to DC leaving from the […]

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New Chicago Dance Studio Q&A

New Chicago Dance Studio Q&A

| February 11, 2014 | 2 Comments

Here’s the first of a new series on Greenbelt Live – Q&As with dance and fitness teachers!  First up, Samantha Fitschen, owner and director of the New Chicago Dance Studio on Greenway Center Drive. Q:  What IS the New Chicago Dance Studio? A:  The studio began in 2010. I had a large student following from […]

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Greenbelt in the Age of Youtube

Greenbelt in the Age of Youtube

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

I discovered a fun winter project, and am ready to show off the result: the Greenbelt Maryland Youtube Channel!  So far, it has just 22 57 videos but surely there are more Greenbelters making videos. Greenbelt Videographers, Where are You? If you know of any videos about Greenbelt or by Greenbelters, email me (gardenersusan@gmail.com) or […]

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Greenbelter Speaks up for Atheism

Greenbelter Speaks up for Atheism

| February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

For Greenbelt Live’s series of articles about religious communities in Greenbelt, I’ve been asked to reminded not to forget the atheists!  Of course atheists are harder to find, as almost by definition they don’t band together and meet regularly.  (Though in my experience, the Ethical Society and Unitarian churches are welcoming places for nonbelievers who […]

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Tree Protection doesn’t have to be Anti-Beaver

Tree Protection doesn’t have to be Anti-Beaver

| February 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

The tree-protection project at Greenbelt Lake was in full force today, with 26 volunteers coming out to install wire around trees to protect them from beaver damage.  This fun community/eco project will be repeated next Saturday Feb 8, from 9-12:30.  (Details below.) This joint project of Greenbelt Public Works and CHEARS was directed by Brian […]

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