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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“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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Going out in Greenbelt, July 25 – August 3

Going out in Greenbelt, July 25 – August 3

| July 24, 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, July 25, 2014 At the New Deal Cafe: - Jazz and blues piano by Takoma Park’s own John Guernsey (6:30 to 8pm) - The Bachelor & the Bad Actress - indie with a […]

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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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Greenbelt Live’s Nominee (s) for Outstanding Citizen of 2014

Greenbelt Live’s Nominee (s) for Outstanding Citizen of 2014

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Now’s the time when Greenbelters get to nominate someone to receive the high honor of being named Greenbelt’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year.  Applicants must be contributing to the community as a volunteer, and here’s a bit more about the person from the Labor Day website page about the process: Describe in your own words […]

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Li’l Dan on Exercising in the Water

Li’l Dan on Exercising in the Water

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Li’l Dan Celdran The Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center has been a special place for me. Before the facility was remodeled 20 plus years ago, I used to play with friends (in the outdoor pool) and take swimming lessons in the early morning. Man, was that water cold! As a young adult I was […]

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Pools Galore, and a Hot Tub, Too

Pools Galore, and a Hot Tub, Too

| July 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Since writing about the fitness side of Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center I’ve wanted to learn more about the other part – all things aquatic – and now it’s hot enough to dive into that topic, too. Outdoors Aquatic Events/Activities Outdoors, the pools seem to always be busy with an assortment of activities, starting with […]

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Mark Opsasnick, Local Rock Historian, on Greenbelt’s Famous Rockers

Mark Opsasnick, Local Rock Historian, on Greenbelt’s Famous Rockers

| June 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

Here’s a familiar face to many Greenbelters – Mark Opsasnick at his favorite hang-out – the New Deal Cafe.  Mark’s a life-long Greenbelter, so can tell stories about the teen scene here back in the ’60s. The action was at the Youth Center, which held dances up until ’76 when they, along with similar teen […]

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Roosevelt Democratic Club Picnic, with Candidate Drop-Ins

Roosevelt Democratic Club Picnic, with Candidate Drop-Ins

| June 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

While early voting is going on in Maryland’s primaries and with the June 24 voting day fast approaching, I decided to check in with the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club of Greenbelt.  They were having a cook-out over at Schrom Hills Park.  Sitting ducks for candidates to stop by and press the flesh. Club members […]

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Happy Pride, Greenbelt!

Happy Pride, Greenbelt!

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

To help celebrate Pride Month, I set out to learn more about Greenbelt’s very own Pride group, with its locally-appropriate spelling:  GreenBeLT Pride. In the beginning.  Frank DeBernardo told me that he noticed rainbow stickers and other friendly indicators around town, but in his first year here he wasn’t meeting other LGBT people.  So in […]

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Greenbelt Day in Photos

Greenbelt Day in Photos

| June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

June 1 is Greenbelt’s anniversary – its 77th – so Greenbelt Day celebrations were all over the place.  What a fabulous day, with gobsmackingly beautiful weather, to boot. The Greenbelt Museum-sponsored Roosevelt Ride began the day, with riders in period and regular attire. Folks from Proteus Bicycles were on hand. Nice touch of still more period […]

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No-Cost Garden Make-Over on Ridge Road

No-Cost Garden Make-Over on Ridge Road

| May 28, 2014 | 2 Comments

One reason I moved to Greenbelt was to downsize, especially in the garden, and with my small townhouse property new, mission accomplished.  But I soon realized I needed more, more, more outdoor spaces to make-over, make-overs being the most fun gardening projects there are, right? So here’s a nearby spot of land I’ve tackled this […]

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Greenbelt Concert Band Looking for a Few Good Musicians on the Young Side

Greenbelt Concert Band Looking for a Few Good Musicians on the Young Side

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Greenbelt Concert Band caught me by surprise the first time I ever heard it, in a good way, because they sound nothing like the community bands I’ve heard before.  Sadly, that’s especially true of Takoma Park’s, which is almost painful to listen to. But OUR band, Greenbelt’s, sounds so good it had me wondering […]

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Free Public Gardens near Greenbelt

Free Public Gardens near Greenbelt

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

We’re lucky to have so many amazing gardens to visit near us, most of them for free.  (And boy, can public gardens be expensive to see.)  I’m visiting all 16 gardens in the DC area that are open to the public and making videos showing what they look like, by month. So first up, the […]

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Lessons from a Plant Swap

Lessons from a Plant Swap

| May 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

Yesterday’s Plant Swap was easy to organize, fun to be part of, and really helpful to gardeners.  People with established gardens found homes for their extra plants, and people with bare yards got freebies to take home.  So I say let’s make Plant Swaps a Greenbelt tradition, with two every year, spring and fall.  To […]

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Greenbelt Woodlands on Flickr

Greenbelt Woodlands on Flickr

| May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m happy to report a growing resource documenting the natural parts of Old Greenbelt, from the GHI’s Woodlands Committee.  Or to be exact, from member Rachel Channon.  She’s photographed and then uploaded to Flickr these subjects: Animals and Insects in GHI.   My favorite photos of the lot, including the one above.  Gorgeous! Then there are […]

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Greenman Festival Coming Soon – May 10 and 11

Greenman Festival Coming Soon – May 10 and 11

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Greenbelt’s beloved Green Man Festival is almost here, and here’s what’s new and fabulous about it this year, the 10th annual! The theme!  This year we celebrate the beauty and importance of the pollinators… especially the Monarch Butterfly. Because there there are fewer wild fields and open natural spaces where they feed and lay their […]

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Greenbelt Kids Hunt Eggs by Land and Sea!

Greenbelt Kids Hunt Eggs by Land and Sea!

| April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

First, by sea.  Once again the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center is where the action is, and this time it’s diving for eggs, some of which prizes of some kind. And there’s more… Lifeguard on duty, with appropriate headgear.  (Name to be supplied.) Aquatic Center staffers’ names to be supplied, though I do know that’s […]

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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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