Archive for February 2012
The Greenbelt Community Foundation’s mission is to “maintain, improve and enrich the quality of life in Greenbelt.” Since its founding in 2006, the non-profit foundation has since received about $190,000 in contribution from individuals and businesses and distributed about $80,000 to community organizations. Grants are given out twice a year. On Sunday, February 26, the foundation held its annual tea at Greenbelt Marriott, and two more Greenbelt organizations received grants.
Pat Warren (left) and Leslie McLaughlin (administrator for the foundation) work at the registration table.
The Astronomical Society of Greenbelt (ASG) is an organization of people interested in astronomy in and around Greenbelt. The group started in 1992 and holds regular meetings on the last Thursday of the month at Owens Science Center and star parties on selected Saturday nights at Northway Field and Observatory. To celebrate Greenbelt’s 75th anniversary, the ASG’s February meeting is devoted astronomy in 1937, the year of Greenbelt’s founding.
The meeting is held at the Howard B. Owens Science Center which is a facility operated by Prince George’s County Public Schools. The planetarium dome is the largest in Maryland and in the center is a Minolta Viewlex Series IV star projector.
The George Washington Birthday Marathon and Relay is held every year on the Sunday morning of the Presidents’ Day weekend. It is organized by DC Road Runners Club and is one of the longest continuously held marathons in the United States. (Last year, the race celebrated its 50th anniversary.) The runners start and finish in Old Greenbelt, at Crescent Road and Northway and run along Beaver Dam Road, Springfield Road, and Powder Mill Road in a loop three times.
Greenbelt Youth Center serves as the headquarters for the marathon. Here Jay Wind (right) of Arlington, Virginia receives his bib and T-shirt from the organizers. Wind, 62, tells me that he has run the GW Marathon every year since 1979 and this is his 141st marathon. (He will finish today with a gun time of 4:06:55.)
Mowatt United Methodist Church in Old Greenbelt hosts two spaghetti dinners each year, one early in the year and one in the fall. Local boy and girl scouts help out at the dinner, and the mayor often attends. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the church and select charities. The year, the church is donating a cow through the Heifer Project.
All you can eat spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 pm.
On Sunday while I am taking photos at the George Washington Birthday Marathon and Relay, I run into Don Comis who is on a walk to count birds for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. He tells me about the birds he has seen and a few other related things.
Three Brave Men is a 1957 movie about a McCarthy era witch hunt which takes place in a cooperative community just outside of Washington, D.C. The movie is based on the story of Greenbelt’s own Abraham Chasanow who was suspended as a security risk from his job at the Navy and had to hire a lawyer to fight the charges. The Greenbelt community rallied to his support, and eventually he was able to get his job back. This was a significant chapter in Greenbelt’s history, and this movie showing is an official event of the Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Committee.
About fifty people are in attendance at today’s movie showing at Room 201 of the Community Center.
The Greenbelt Co-op Supermarket and Pharmacy is housed in Roosevelt Center and is one of seven cooperatives active in the city today. (The other six are Greenbelt Homes, Inc., Greenbelt Federal Credit Union, Greenbelt News Review, Greenbelt Nursery School, New Deal Café, and Rapidan Camps, a vacation retreat in the Blue Ridge mountains.) The store has an active wine and food tasting program, and on Wednesday, February 8, a red wine and chocolate tasting is held just ahead of Valentine’s Day.
Ellen Siegel (left), the Co-op’s produce department manager, and Kim Rush Lynch, the outreach and education specialist are behind today’s wine and chocolate tasting table.