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Every third Saturday evening from September to May, Scandia DC, a Scandinavian folk dance group serving the Greater Washington region, meets in the Greenbelt Community Center’s dance studio for a dance party. Norwegian and Swedish couple turning dances are emphasized, and they are usually accompanied by live music. On December 15, I attended the group’s holiday dance program.
The monthly dance program takes place in the dance studio from 7 to 10 p.m. Usually lessons are offered during the first hour, but because this is a special holiday party, there is no teaching tonight.
Every Friday evening since 1997, a group of folk dance enthusiasts has been meeting at the Greenbelt Community Center’s dance studio and dancing folk dances from the Balkans, Scandinavia, and many other countries. The dance party starts at 8:30 p.m. with half an hour to 45 minutes of instructions at the beginning of the session. Then it is request dancing until 10:45 p.m. The first Friday of the month is live music night, and these photos are from a live music French dance party on November 30.
The dance instructor tonight is Lynn Baumeister (right) from Takoma Park. She will be teaching bourrees from central France and French versions of mazurka, schottische, and other dances.
Every Tuesday afternoon, children’s art classes are held at the Mowatt Methodist Church on Ridge Road. The program is produced by Greenbelt Association for the Visual Arts (GAVA), and the instructors are Barbara Simon and Ingrid Hass. There are both homeschool and afterschool classes for children between 5 and 14.
Classes are held in the social hall (room with lights on in this photo) of Mowatt Memorial United Methodist Church at 40 Ridge Road. Mowatt Church is also home to Greenbelt’s last Boy Scout troop (746).
Inside the Greenbelt Co-op, next to the Bank of America ATM machine is a green bin for “Food Pantry Donations.” Where will the donations go and what will be done to them? Last week I had a chance to find out.
“Food Pantry Donations: Please donate unopened, non-refrigerated food items here for distribution to less fortunate Greenbelt families in need of a helping hand. Thank you!”
Every Friday night since April 1996, a group of dancers have gathered at the Greenbelt Youth Center’s multipurpose room for an international folk dancing class led by Roland Forbes. Lessons are taught from 8 to 9 p.m. and then from 9 to 10 p.m. dancers can request their favorite dances. These photos are from an open house on September 14.
The instructor Roland Forbes writes down dance names and their countries of origin on the white board:
HORA DE LA MUNTE…ROM
These dances are from Israel, Macedonia, and Romania.
Pro-life prayer vigils have been held on the sidewalk in front of Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic on Greenbelt Road for many years.
The clinic is in Berwyn Heights, across Greenbelt Road from Beltway Plaza Mall.
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.”