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Common-Space Makeover

| August 13, 2014 | 2 Comments
Common-Space Makeover

Time to show off another garden make-over!  Unlike the earlier street-side make-over at the end of a back yard, this one’s in the common area adjacent to the parking lot for my GHI court – 5 Ridge Road. Here’s a couple of “before” shots that show some lovely plants contributed by neighbors over the years – […]

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Chris Cherry and the Making of Message to Tomorrow

| August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Chris Cherry and the Making of <em>Message to Tomorrow</em>

Chris Cherry’s newest play, which debuted at Creative Kids Camp this summer, mixes New Deal values and modern misbehavior in a retro-futuristic adventure.   Lore Rosenthal was so struck by the themes in the play – Message to Tomorrow  – that she decided to interview Chris about it for Greenbelt Live.  They sat down to […]

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Greenbelt Featured in Book about Alternatives to Retirement Communities

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
Greenbelt Featured in Book about Alternatives to Retirement Communities

There’s a terrific new book I recommend to Greenbelters and anyone looking for a place to live, especially in their retirement years.  It’s Beth Baker’s  With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as we Grow Older.  The book covers an array of alternatives to traditional retirement communities, some quite affordable (like us).  Featured […]

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“Growing” Bluebirds in the Beltsville Ag Research Center

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
“Growing” Bluebirds in the Beltsville Ag Research Center

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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What I Learned from Nutrition Counseling

| July 22, 2014 | 1 Comment
What I Learned from Nutrition Counseling

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

| July 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
Destinations on my 7-Minute Walk

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

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
How to Improve your Posture

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

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Greenbelt Live’s Nominee (s) for Outstanding Citizen of 2014

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

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Li’l Dan on Exercising in the Water

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

| July 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
Pools Galore, and a Hot Tub, Too

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

| June 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
Mark Opsasnick, Local Rock Historian, on Greenbelt’s Famous Rockers

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

| June 18, 2014 | 1 Comment
Roosevelt Democratic Club Picnic, with Candidate Drop-Ins

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!

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Happy Pride, Greenbelt!

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

| June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Greenbelt Day in Photos

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

| May 28, 2014 | 3 Comments
No-Cost Garden Make-Over on Ridge Road

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

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Greenbelt Concert Band Looking for a Few Good Musicians on the Young Side

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

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Free Public Gardens near Greenbelt

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

| May 4, 2014 | 1 Comment
Lessons from a Plant Swap

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

| May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Greenbelt Woodlands on Flickr

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

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Greenman Festival Coming Soon – May 10 and 11

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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