Day Tripping to Sandy Point

I’d seen the beach at Sandy Point State Park many times as I glanced quickly to the left while crossing the Bay Bridge on my way to the ocean, but had never seen this view – up close, looking back at the bridge – until recently. This is just 35 minutes from Greenbelt (off-rush). It cost me just $4 to ...
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New Deal Cafe News – June 2017

Greenbelt’s New Deal Cafe now has a monthly e-newsletter and I’m posting them here, too – because the Cafe is our Living Room and Night Spot. Selfishly, it’s very important in my life. So I teamed up with manager Heather Brooks to create e-newsletters and it’s been fun – the perfect volunteer gig for me. More jobs they need volunteers for ...
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Movie Review: “My Cousin Rachel”

Now playing at Old Greenbelt Theatre: Women appeared everywhere in my college introduction to art history course. The professor and most of the students were women, and we even studied a few women artists such as Berthe Morisot, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Frida Kahlo. But mostly women were the subjects of the art. We viewed idealized images of a nurturing Virgin ...
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Wildflowers and Pollinators at Buddy Attick Park

Greenbelters, have you noticed the serious blooming and buzzing action going on at Buddy Attack Park right now? It’s happening in the fabulous “Wildflower Area and Pollinator Garden, which is nicely sited between the open lawn and the woodland picnic area. It’s high-visibility, but protected by simple post-and-rope barrier and the signage. Thank you, City of Greenbelt!! But here’s my ...
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1st New Deal Cafe News and Alert

Click here and subscribe to receive these e-newsletters directly via Mailchimp. Greetings from Greenbelt’s New Deal Cafe To members and fans of the New Deal, welcome to your first e-newsletter! With new management and kitchen teams in place, we’re coming up for air and launching regular updates – because there’s LOTS going on. Alert! The Café Needs your Help NOW ...
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Where Greenbelters go Dancing, 2017 Edition

Here’s a round-up of social-dancing opportunities IN Greenbelt and where Greenbelters go dancing nearby, focusing on social dancing – not jazzercize, zumba, or other workout-focused dancing. The information is up to date as of May 2017 but if you spot an error or omission, please tell us in a comment. Scottish Country Dancing happens every Tuesday from 8 to 10 ...
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Scottish Country Dancing at the Community Center

by Ellen Ternes Looking for fun exercise with super music and nice people? Then try Scottish Country dancing at the Greenbelt Community Center, every Tuesday night from 8 to 10, with the St. Columba’s Scottish Country dance group. Just stop by any Tuesday night to take a look or give it a try. Your first time on the floor with us is ...
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How to Go Car-Less in Greenbelt

Up to date as of May 1, 2017. If you spot an error or have an something you’d like added, please describe it in a comment. In compiling this information I surveyed users of public transportation I happen to know and the 3,500+ members of the Greenbelters Facebook Group for help, and gotten lots of it. Bottom line, living car-less ...
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Greenbelt’s Very Own Silver Diner

Silver Diner restaurants have been popular in our area since they first opened in Rockville back in 1989. They now have 14 local locations, including – thankfully! – one on Greenbelt Road. See, because of the company’s emphasis on local sourcing and healthy food, I’d long been a fan but had never lived close enough to a Silver Diner to ...
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Movie Review “Beauty and the Beast”

Now playing at Old Greenbelt Theatre. At the end of Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête, a famous actress—either Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich—cried out, “Where is my beautiful Beast?” Cocteau’s poetic black and white film, although made in 1946 under post-war deprivation and scarcity, has defined all other film versions of the French fairy tale, including Disney’s 1991 ...
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Discovering How-To Videos at the Greenbelt Library Online

For at least 15 years I’ve been turning to the instructional videos at Lynda.com to tackle the many, many technical challenges coming at us seemingly nonstop. At Lynda I’ve learned photo and video editing, Windows in its many iterations, ditto for iPhone versions, and most recently, how use social media for nonprofits. But high-quality instructional videos like the ones at ...
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How Greenbelters Talk Online

Back in November of 2014 I wrote a blog post called “How Greenbelters Talk Online” and boy, is it ever out of date! So here’s the latest on how we Greenbelters are communicating among ourselves online, in 2017. The info is up to date as of 3/29/17. Corrections and additions are welcome – just leave a comment. The Move to Facebook ...
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What to do in the Garden this Spring, in 400 Words

Island garden in 5 Court Ridge, newly created. I was asked to write a short article for the GHI Communicator about what to do in the garden, for their April issue. So I enlisted help from the gardeners in GHI’s Yard Solutions Task Force, and then boiled it down to the requested 400 words. Here’s what we came up with: ...
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Video: Support a Coffee Shop at the New Deal Cafe

Another great video by Andy Zmidzinski, this time to raise money for the New Deal’s much-awaited coffee shop. The pitch is short; the quick tour of Roosevelt Center and the Cafe are great, but for this Cafe regular, the best bits are the shots of the folks behind the scenes at Cafe. Thanks to all of of them and to ...
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Who Knew Karaoke would be a Great Fit for Greenbelt?

I was one of those Karaoke scoffers, having only seen snippets of it in movies and TV, where the singers are often portrayed as drunks. But when Karaoke recently made its Greenbelt debut – at the New Deal Cafe – I had an open mind. Turns out, it’s one of the most fun things you can do with your clothes ...
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Compost and other Creative Uses for Popcorn at Old Greenbelt Theatre

Ever wonder what happens to the unsold popcorn at the Old Greenbelt Theatre? This being Greenbelt, it’s composted, naturally. I’m not sure I even knew popcorn could be composted, though a quick Googling of good sources confirmed that it can, as long as it’s not drenched in flavor-enhancers. Not a problem. Unsold popcorn at the OGT is fine to compost because ...
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Video: Todd Turner Listening Session

Next up from Andy Zmidzinski, a “Greenbelt Minute” about County Councilman Todd Turner’s recent listening session for Greenbelt residents. Topics include: tax increases, repeal of TRIM and possible Lakeside North development ...
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A Toasty Marathon through Greenbelt

With temperatures in the 70s this year, the DC Road Runners George Washington’s Birthday Marathon through Greenbelt challenged runners still weeks away from getting acclimated to heat. In times of the year when temperatures are predicted in that range, races start hours earlier than this race’s 10:00 gun. But hey, they could have been trudging through snow. Not to mention that ...
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Next Laugh-in is “All for Aleppo”

Chris Lawrence, organizer of monthly Laugh-ins at the New Deal Cafe, got the idea to produce a benefit for Doctors without Borders in Aleppo by following Virginia-based comedian Rahmein Mostafavi on Facebook. There he learned that Rahmein is touring touring the comedy circuit, raising money for that cause. Rahmein explains that “I’ve done other fundraisers in the past, like for ...
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New Video: Council Votes against High-Rise

The latest Greenbelt Minute news report from Andy Zmidzinski ...
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