Archive for April 2012
“The Greenbelt Elementary School Parent and Teacher Association is holding a yard sale on April 29th Sunday from 9am-noon on the grass in front of the library and the community center. We have toys, children’s items, clothes, household items and books. There is something for everyone! Stop by and pick up a gently used item, all funds will go directly towards technology at Greenbelt Elementary School! I look forward to seeing you there!” — Gretchen Schock’s email to the Greenbelters Yahoo Group.
Gretchen Schock has two sons in the Greenbelt Elementary School, and she is also a yoga teacher (see my visit to her yoga class here). For this sale, she collected items (many of them were stored in her car) and obtained a permit to use the Community Center lawn. Here, at 8:35 am, she is setting up.
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is observed every year on the last Saturday in April. At 10 am local time, practitioners all over the world gather and celebrate the health and healing power of Tai Chi and Qigong. In Greenbelt, for a number of years, students of Taj Johnson have celebrated this day with a group practice in front of the Greenbelt Community Center.
Taj Johnson has practiced Tai Chi and Qigong for thirty years. He practices Yang, Wu, and Chen style Tai Chi and Wu Dang Qigong, and he has studied under Xiaoling Liu, a Wu Dang master originally from Shanghai and Dr. Lee Guotin, originally from Hong Kong. Both now live in Maryland. Johnson has also been teaching Tai Chi and Qigong for more than two decades and on Saturday mornings he teaches in the Greenbelt Community Center. For today’s World Tai Chi and Qigong Day celebration, he has brought his students from Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland to join his Greenbelt class members.
On Saturday, Greenbelt’s Department of Public Works hosted an open house at its facility on Crescent Road by Buddy Attick Park. Visitors toured the facility, climbed into tractors, saw exhibits by the department and local organizations, and enjoyed hot dogs and other refreshments.
An open house sign by Buddy Attick Park points to the Public Works facility.
GHI manages nearly 86 acres of forested woodlands, and one of the biggest problems these woodlands face is invasive plants. These non-native plants can crowd out native ones and disturb wildlife habitat, causing a great deal of damage to the ecological system. On Saturday, April 21, GHI’s Woodlands Committee organized an Earth Day invasive species removal. Committee members and volunteers trimmed vines and branches between 58 and 62 courts of Ridge Road.
Matt Berres, GHI’s Director of Maintenance Operations and staff liaison to the Woodlands Committee, comes with gloves and tools. On the left are Woodlands Committee members Kathie Java and Richard Olsen.
“Girl Scouting in the United States of America began on March 12, 1912 when Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia” (Wikipedia). This year, Girl Scouts all over the country are celebrating their 100th anniversary. In March, I visited a celebration by two Greenbelt troops (4128 and 5859), and in June, Girl Scouts from across the country will be on the National Mall in D.C. for a singalong. On Sunday, April 15, scouts from Greenbelt and surrounding areas gathered in front of the Greenbelt Community Center for an afternoon of activities and celebration.
Girl Scouts check in at the welcome tent. Second from right is Maggie Boyden, field director at Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC). The 100th anniversary patches are 75 cents each.
Poetry Night Open Mic is held at the New Deal Café once a month on the third Tuesday. It was started in 2011 and on March 20, it celebrated its one-year anniversary: “Poetry Night Open Mic!!! – in celebration of Poetry Night’s 1-year anniversary, we will be having a retrospective of your favorite poems that you’ve read at the cafe over the course of the last year!! Sign up starts at 6:30pm. Please limit your set to 5 minutes or three poems, whichever is shorter.”
Amethyst Dwyer is the founder of Poetry Night Open Mic and the emcee this evening.
Greenbelt’s first artists studio tour took place on Sunday. It was produced by the New Deal Café and sponsored by the city’s 75th Anniversary Committee and Friends of New Deal Café Arts (FONDCA). Thirteen artists opened their studios to visitors.
Julia Wade, art coordinator for the New Deal Café, works at the welcome table in the café. She hands out maps for the studio tour and answers questions.