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Alessandra Schneider teaches a Suzuki violin program in Greenbelt. She began about five years ago at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and now teaches at Greenbelt Baptist Church. Recently I visited her studio and observed two individual lessons.
Ian is 4 years old. He started violin a year ago.
Every Tuesday night, staff members of the Greenbelt News Review meet at their office in the Greenbelt Community Center to make final selections on this week’s paper. All articles, photos, and ads are sent to the paper’s layout contractor Lynn Eppard. On Wednesday night, the layout is checked and corrections are made. The final version of the paper is sent electronically to the printer, and on Thursday morning it is posted to the paper’s public website. On Thursday afternoon, the print copies are delivered to Greenbelt, and the paper’s circulation manager Ian Tuckman delivers the paper to each carrier’s home. The carriers are supposed to deliver the paper to residences by Friday night. Last Friday, I followed Sophie as she delivered the Greenbelt News Review to GHI homes.
Sophie is a freshman at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Her route includes 9 and 12 courts of Ridge Road, Westway, and all GHI homes west of Westway. Here she is at 8 Ridge Road.
On Saturday, November 17, Greenbelt’s Mishkan Torah Synagogue celebrated the 80th birthday of its long-time member Frank Pearlman and the City of Greenbelt’s 75 anniversary with an evening gala program. The title of event was “Frank & Greenbelt, Aging With Grace,” and it was attended by members of the synagogue, the City Council, and Greenbelt residents.
Saul Oresky (center) leads the Havdalah service which is a Jewish ceremony marking the end of Shabbat and is performed on Saturday night. Holding the Havdalah candle on the left is Rachel White Greenfield and on the right is Jeffrey Rosen, tonight’s master of ceremonies.
On the third Saturday of each month, kids are invited to come to Greenbelt Library to participate in the Read to Rover program. “Children build their reading confidence by reading aloud to specially trained therapy dogs that are glad to listen.”
Sign for Read to Rover at Greenbelt Library
Scouting for Food is an annual food drive of the Greenbelt Cub Scout Pack 202 and Boy Scout Troop 746. On a Saturday in November, the scouts distribute bags to homes in central Greenbelt, and a week later they come back to pick up the donations for a local food pantry. Non-perishable packaged food in non-glass containers are accepted. Last Saturday, I followed Cub Scout Pack 202’s Tiger Den during their door-to-door collection.
Before setting out to collect donations, Greenbelt Cub Scout Pack 202 members and parents take a group photo in front of the Greenbelt Community Church, where they meet regularly.
Inside the Greenbelt Library is a bookstore operated by the Friends of the Greenbelt Library. Who are the Friends and what do they do? On a recent Friday afternoon, I met up with Marsha Voigt, treasurer of the Friends of the Greenbelt Library, to find out more about the group.
The bookstore is on the first floor of the library, next to the children’s area.
Greenbelt Tennis Association (GTA)’s annual David Craig Singles and Doubles Tournament took place over several weekends in September and October. On Saturday, October 13, I observed the final match of the tournament, the men’s doubles final.
The Greenbelt Tennis Association started in 1966, and brothers James and Thomas Harbaugh were two of the founders. The association organizes tennis playing socials (the first one is in May and the last one during Labor Day weekend), tennis ladders, and several tournaments each year. The first tournament takes place around Memorial Day and the last is the David Craig Tournament in September and October. Currently GTA membership is free for Greenbelt residents, but there is a $5 entry fee per tournament for members.
In 2001, Montgomery College donated a Celestron 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT) and an observatory dome to the Greenbelt Astronomy Club. The club, now named the Astronomical Society of Greenbelt, raised money which was matched by Gil and Jaylee Mead, NASA scientists and founders of Mead Family Foundation. With contributions from the City of Greenbelt, the City of Greenbelt Observatory was dedicated in 2009. Every two weeks on Saturday nights, the Astronomical Society of Greenbelt holds star parties at the observatory.
The observatory is by Northway Fields and is connected by an unpaved road to Ridge Road.
The Greenbelt Writers Group meets every month on the third Friday evening in the Greenbelt Community Center. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. and it includes speakers, open readings, spontaneous writing, critique sessions, and group discussions. Authors, literary agents, teachers, and journalists have all spoken at the meeting.
Carol Griffith, treasurer of Greenbelt Writers Group, introduces tonight’s speaker, her friend and co-worker Edward Belfar. Belfar’s new book Wanderers was published in June, and he will read from it tonight. “His fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, Tampa Review, Confrontation, Natural Bridge, and other publications. His short story ‘Errors’ was chosen as the winning entry in the Sport Literature Association’s 2008 fiction competition.”
The Golden Age Club is for Greenbelt seniors ages 60 and over, and the group meets every Wednesday morning from the Community Center. The club’s activities include speakers, birthday lunches, field trips, and, once a year, a yard sale and bake sale at Roosevelt Center. This year’s Golden Age Club yard sale and bake sale took place on a pleasant late September Saturday morning.
Solange Hess (left), who is a member of the Golden Age Club volunteering at the yard sale, shows a plate to a shopper.