Friday, September 27, 2013

It's a Green Day in the Neighborhood

I've been living in the great state of Maryland three years this December and there is one major difference from my years of Virginia living that I keep noticing: the "green" and recycling initiative is much more prevalent here. 

I like that in my past few years of living in Downtown Silver Spring, it has been ingrained in me to properly recycle and to feel really bad if I forget to bring my bags. I've created a better way of living where I incorporate my bike or walk whenever possible and a neighborhood like Downtown Silver Spring really allows for that with ease. It's not just a "greener" lifestyle, but also a healthier one. I really like that Montgomery County does a great job of fostering that community awareness of recycling and green consciousness. Although we could definitely use more bike lanes, but that's for another blog post...

Saturday, October 5, Downtown Silver Spring is hosting the 2nd annual GreenFest from 10am - 5pm. Presented by Silver Spring Greenthey are promoting activities to help make Silver Spring greener and cleaner while encouraging an environmental way of thinking in our developing and fast changing community.  
Local partners in the event include The Blairs and Fenton Street Market in addition to the Department of Environmental Protection.

The day will feature activities for the whole family, environmentally themed vendors, non-profits, activities, and games. There will also be educational sessions and speakers.  More info on the schedule of events here.

last year's GreenFest set up

Local to Downtown Silver Spring green vendors include:

Sweet Green (love me some Guacamole Greens), Whole Foods, Clean Currents, Elysian Energy, Think Outside the Store (custom sewing), and Zipcar. The vendors will be giving out samples and there will be food demos over the course of the day. Hopefully through the years of green awareness to our neighborhood, we'll see the list of local vendors grow.

You'll also have the opportunity to play the game Catan: Oil Springs, an environmentally themed game based on the Settlers of Catan.

I was excited to hear that a local will be displaying his privately owned Tesla (Model S). Other electric vehicles we can expect to see are the Nissan Leaf and hopefully the Chevy Volt.
You'll never hear it coming

Also in related to "green" news (but not attending GreenFest), our three Capital Bikeshare stations are up!  Sign up today so you can have access as you need it. 

Lastly, don't forget that the MD 355 Rapid Transit Roundtable will be next week, October 3 from 6 - 9 pm at the Executive Office Building Cafeteria 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD (Metro: Rockville). Please RSVP and for the event. This is your chance to speak up and meet some of our neighbors while doing so. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

AFI's 75th Anniversary, Jazz Fest, Beer Dinner, Hearing for Transit System, & More

1938 was a busy year. Howard Hughes set a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the word. Looney Tunes animated short Porky & Daffy was released. The Silver Theatre’s grand opening took place. Sunday, September 15, 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the Silver Theatre’s grand opening in 1938.

Special screenings will be hosted September 13 through 18 in honor of their 75th anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, AFI Silver is requesting DC Metro area moviegoers to share their own memories of the Silver Theatre. Was there a memorable first movie, a special outing with friends, or a hot date that took place anytime from when the doors opened in 1938 or even yesterday? They want to hear about those memories. The community and anyone who has had the pleasure of experiencing AFI, please send your stories to with your email address, name, phone number, and date of your special memory. AFI will be compiling a sample of the Silver Theatre audience memories from across the years and will continue to collect stories throughout the year. For more info, visit AFI's website.

Other happenings in September

September 7, 4:30pm – 10pm
Silver Spring Jazz Festival
Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award-nominee Branford Marsalis will headline the 2013 event. This is a free event.

September 9, on or around
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will begin construction activity at North Four Corners Local Park and construction will continue through the fall of 2014.
The renovated North Four Corners Local Park will feature the following amenities when it re-opens:
  • A new rectangular sports field and adjacent parking area with direct vehicular access from University Boulevard
  • A bikeway from University Boulevard to Southwood Avenue
  • Paved loop walkways
  • A plaza with seating areas and amenities
  • Portable toilets, fencing, landscaping, improvement pavement and storm water management facilities
  • An open landscaped space including accessible paths, paved seating areas and a relocated playground
For more information about this project, please visit or call 301-495-2595.

September 8, 12pm – 5pm
Jackie's Block Party BBQ
Kids under 10 eat free
$30 per person for an all-you-can-eat feast of American BBQ classics. They are closing down Selim Road. If you missed last year's BBQ, this is a must attend. I hope they have the Mexican corn again -that deliciousness shall forever live in my memory!

September 24, 6:30pm
Flying Dog Beer Dinner at The Daily Dish
5 Beers, 5 Courses, $60
Serving special, limited production beers with a Flying Dog Brewmaster.
Roggen (German Hefeweizen), Brewhouse Rarity
Snake Dog IPA, Brewhouse Rarity
Belgian Devil Ale, Brewhouse Rarity
The Truth Imperial IPA
The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale (brewed only once)
8301 Grubb Road

September 24 & 26, 7:30pm
Hearing for Rapid Transit System
Recently you may have seen Dan Reed's blog post and his cameo in the clip on Rapid Transit System. If you live in Montgomery County, it is likely this would have an impact on your day today commute whether you see it as positive or negative. If you have an issue with RTS or you have questions or concerns if it may affect you or your neighborhood, now is the time to say something. The Planning Board will host a public hearing. They want to hear what you have to say. Show up and speak up!
Council Hearing Room – 100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850

September 28, 12pm – 6pm
South Silver Spring Street Fest
If you missed this event last year, it was a lot of fun. They had a good line up of local banks, great food, and good people watching. It’s a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and shop local vendors. 

September 28
Brazilian Night
Live Brazilian music on the patio with TRIO MOMO. Feijoada dinner special, $10. Caipirinhas $5, $3 Heineken and Corona, TIKI BAR drinks $5. Note: Rain Date TBA

Adega Wine Cellars is having a Pumpkin Release party. They will re-open their doors at midnight and their Pumpkin beer will go on sale for the season. Support the neighborhood and check them out!

September is National Oyster Month. Stop by Crisfield for oysters on a half shell or oyster stew or 8407 Kitchen Bar for local oysters on the half shell $2.50 each.

Hoping also opens in September

Urban Butcher (8226 Georgia Avenue) & Kaldi's Coffee (918 Silver Spring Avenue) coming soon. 

Republic (Black Restaurant Group) restaurant opening in downtown Takoma Park fall 2013.