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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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 | 4 Comments

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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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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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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Those Crazy Polar Plungers!

Those Crazy Polar Plungers!

| December 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

Today, under clear skies and with temperatures in the high 30s, the third annual Polar Plunge was ON!  It started with Aquatics Coordinator Mitch Kallemyn giving the safety instructions, which I found interesting.  No jumping in the deep end because when you jump in cold water – and water temp today was 37 degrees – […]

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Circus Camp Coming to Town!

Circus Camp Coming to Town!

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’m putting this on my calendar – performances by the 2013 Greenbelt’s Youth Circus, entitled “Legend – Myths and Legends from Around the World Told Through Circus.”  I missed it last year but after seeing Erik Zhang’s photos of it on his Greenbelt 2012 blog, that won’t happen again. WHEN AND WHERE: Four performances, all […]

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Kale-a-Rama was Awesome, and so is Veganism

Kale-a-Rama was Awesome, and so is Veganism

| May 9, 2013 | 1 Comment

I was soooo impressed with the “first-ever” Kale-a-Rama Festival that was a major happening recently in Roosevelt Center, I had to find out who or what was behind it.   Here’s what I found out via organizer Cam MacQueen. Who Made it Happen There were four organizers of the event, all vegans and active the animal […]

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The Green Man Cometh!

The Green Man Cometh!

| May 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

If proof were ever needed that Greenbelters 1), care about Mother Earth and 2), know how to have fun, one need look no farther than the Green Man Festival, scheduled to return for the 9th year this coming weekend.  This year it’s dedicated to our forests (didn’t someone proclaim this Greenbelt’s Year of the Forest?) […]

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Not just a Walk in the Woods

Not just a Walk in the Woods

| October 29, 2012 | 3 Comments

Michele Owens, my blogging partner in Upstate New York, recently showed off the wonderful woodland path where she walks with her “big handsome alpha dog” every day.   Her story is that it took having a dog that needed walking for her to discover a place she enjoys as much as her own voluptuous vegetable garden. […]

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