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Help Design the GHI Garden Contest

| November 24, 2014 | 1 Comment
Help Design the GHI Garden Contest

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 […]

Going out in Greenbelt, November 21 – 30

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Going out in Greenbelt, November 21 – 30

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 […]

Where Greenbelters Go Dancing

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Where Greenbelters Go Dancing

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 […]

How Greenbelters Talk Online

| November 11, 2014 | 4 Comments
How Greenbelters Talk Online

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 […]

I’m a Dancing Queen

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
I’m a Dancing Queen

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 […]

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

| November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
O’Malley Sings in Greenbelt and Urges us to Vote!

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 […]

Scenes from Halloween in Greenbelt

| November 1, 2014 | 1 Comment
Scenes from Halloween in Greenbelt

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 […]

Greenbelt’s Nature Photographers and How to Shoot Fall Foliage

| October 28, 2014 | 2 Comments
Greenbelt’s Nature Photographers and How to Shoot Fall Foliage

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 […]

Landscaping Choices in 1930: Formal or Naturalistic

| October 23, 2014 | 2 Comments
Landscaping Choices in 1930: Formal or Naturalistic

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 […]

Services for Greenbelt Seniors

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Services for Greenbelt Seniors

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 […]