I am planning to go to the showing at the Hoffman Theater in Alexandria, if anyone is interested in meeting up. Other area theaters participating include:
MarylandColumbia Mall 14
St Charles Town Ctr 9
White Marsh 16
Hoffman Center 22
Potomac Mills 18
Tysons Corner 16
Washington DCGeorgetown 14
The tractor-trailer is the second one to do so early Friday. The other is near Md. 355 on the Inner Loop.
Traffic is diverted off the Inner Loop onto Old Georgetown Road.
The Patuxent River 4-H Campground
18405 Queen Anne Rd • Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
The final KarmaFest of the season and this is what you’ve been waiting for: a location near DC, Annapolis and Baltimore WITH camping! We’ve got all the great KarmaFest stuff: hooping, bellydancing, drumming, dancing, yoga, holistic products, lectures and workshops. We’ve got reiki, reflexology, massage and readings. We’ve got great music featuring TELESMA, DYNASTY ELECTRIC and Raa Djarsi (plus much, much more when it comes to entertainment, including my new favorite: David London, The Magician). We’ve got camping on Friday and Saturday nights OR you can just come for the day.
Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
Friday, October 5, 2012, 8:00 pm
The Plateau at National Harbor, Maryland
Order form for Benefit Tickets
Zip Zap Circus USA ( a 501(c)(3) charitable organization run entirely by volunteers, dedicated to supporting and conducting training in circus arts and performance as a powerful tool for social transformation, youth empowerment, team-building and community uplift. )
FREE 24th Annual DC Blues Festival
featuring Sista Monica Parker ~ Sugar Ray & The Bluetones ~ Lionel Young Band ~ Clarence "The Blues Man" Turner ~ DC Blues Society Band with Dr. Ayaba Bey
Family-Friendly Fun * Workshops * Instrument Petting Zoo
Followed by a fund-raising afterparty, featuring the Lionel Young Band
8:30 pm - Midnight
American Legion Post 41
905 Sligo Avenue (entrance on Fenton by parking lot)
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Day of Show:
DCBS Members $15 / All Others $17
Dignity Players, Bay Theatre Company, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, and the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland present a staged reading of Dustin Lance Black’s new court room drama “8″ based on transcripts and interviews from the federal case for marriage equality. “8″ demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Join us on Sunday, July 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis. A reception and Q&A with representatives from the Maryland General Assembly, Equality Maryland, Marylanders for Marriage Equality, Standing on the Side of Love, and Maryland Faith for Equality follows the performance. $10 Admission. All proceeds benefit American Foundation for Equal Rights, the organizational sponsor of the federal lawsuit for marriage equality. For tickets or reservations, please visit dignityplayers.org.If anyone is going, I'd love to hitch a ride up to Annapolis. I'll meet you at any Metro station. If you drive but don't have a car, I'll split the zipcar rental.
Fri, Jun 1, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT
Updated Jun 1, 2012, 1:50pm EDT
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 333 IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS
THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
IN MARYLAND THIS WATCH INCLUDES 10 COUNTIES
IN CENTRAL MARYLAND
ANNE ARUNDEL HOWARD MONTGOMERY PRINCE GEORGES
IN NORTH CENTRAL MARYLAND
IN NORTHERN MARYLAND
IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND
CALVERT CHARLES ST. MARYS
IN VIRGINIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 7 COUNTIES
IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA
KING GEORGE ORANGE SPOTSYLVANIA
IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
ARLINGTON FAIRFAX PRINCE WILLIAM STAFFORD
IN MARYLAND THIS WATCH INCLUDES 1 INDEPENDENT CITY
IN NORTHERN MARYLAND
IN VIRGINIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 5 INDEPENDENT CITIES
IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA
CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG
IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
CITY OF ALEXANDRIA CITY OF FAIRFAX CITY OF FALLS CHURCH CITY OF MANASSAS
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF... ABERDEEN... ANNAPOLIS... ARLINGTON... BEL AIR... CHANTILLY... CHESAPEAKE BEACH... COLUMBIA... DAHLGREN... EDGEWOOD... FALLSTON... FALMOUTH... GAITHERSBURG... HAVRE DE GRACE... JOPPATOWNE... LAUREL... MCLEAN... ORANGE... RESTON... SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE... ST MARYS... TOWSON... WALDORF... WASHINGTON... WESTMINSTER AND WOODBRIDGE.
Montgomery County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Sunday, March 11th at 6 p.m.
Takoma Park Presbyterian Church
310 Tulip Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Prince George’s County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Tuesday, March 13th at 6 p.m.
UFCW Local 400 Building
4301 Garden City Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20785
(2 blocks up from New Carrollton Metro Station)
Baltimore City: Next Steps Community Meeting
Tuesday, March 13th at 6 p.m.
Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB)
241 West Chase Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Baltimore City RSVP
Howard County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Wednesday, March 14th at 7 p.m.
Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way, Room 116
(Downstairs Conference Room)
Columbia, MD 21045
Eastern Shore: Next Steps Community Meeting
Thursday, March 15th at 6:30 p.m.
Henson Hall, Room 243
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
Eastern Shore RSVP
Anne Arundel County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Sunday, March 18th at 3 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis
333 Dubois Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Anne Arundel RSVP
Frederick County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Thursday, March 22nd at 7 p.m.
Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Baltimore County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Wednesday, March 28th at 12 p.m.
The Community College of Baltimore County
7201 Rossville Boulevard
L Building, Room 209/210
Rosedale, MD 21237
Baltimore County RSVP
Building a successful and attractive transit system takes more than drawing lines on a map and buying snazzy vehicles. In addition to the many technical issues, one of the most important factors is values. Who is the system for, and why will they use it?
International transportation consultant Jarrett Walker, who writes the blog Human Transit, has a new book by the same title about the values behind transit, transit's limits and opportunities, and why people do and don't ride.
Greater Greater Washington is cosponsoring an informal chat and question/answer session with Jarrett next Thursday, February 9th, at 6:30 pm. Jarrett is also giving 2 public lectures on Tuesday evening in Silver Spring and Thursday afternoon at the National Building Museum.
Our evening event will be at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) offices at 1666 K Street NW, Suite 1100, starting at 6:30. Young Professionals in Transportation, Women's Transportation Seminar, the American Planning Association, and APTA are also cosponsoring the event.
Our event does require an RSVP. Additionally, there are a limited number of books available at a discounted rate. You can reserve one when you RSVP.
On Tuesday, February 7, the Montgomery County Planning Commission is hosting Jarrett as a part of their speaker series. The talk will start at 7:30 pm in the Planning Board auditorium at 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.
On the 9th, Jarrett will speak at the National Building Museum from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. The National Building Museum is located downtown at 401 F Street NW. It may fill up so RSVP to reserve your space.
For those of you who live or work in the Baltimore area, Jarrett has also announced a lunchtime talk at Penn Station. It will run from noon until 1 pm on Tuesday the 7th.
All of the events are free.
Jarrett's book, like his blog, is full of insightful commentary. I was particularly interested in his discussion of the relationship between connections and frequency in enabling transit to be a more feasible mode. It was especially poignant for me, since the Metrobus and Prince George's County bus routes in Greenbelt were restructured around these principles just last year.
Prior to the change, we basically had a "direct service everywhere" design, which meant either long waits for the right bus or long rides on the wrong bus. Jarrett talks about how good design (both frequency and connections between routes) can mean that transferring might get you there more quickly and more reliably at the same cost to the agency. My experience on the ground backs that up, and the book explains why transit works that way.
Anyone who has ridden transit on a regular basis will appreciate the points Jarrett makes. Especially his matrix showing the seven demands of useful transit service. Transit designers must take these demands into consideration if they hope to compete for riders.
I saw a presentation by the Mental Health Association of MD the other week, and thought I'd pass this along. The MHAMD folks are a nonprofit advocating for increased mental health care, public policy changes, outreach, and education about mental health issues. The MHAMD is currently actively looking to help folks on behalf of the Maryland Parity Project.
The Maryland Parity Project "works to educate insured Marylanders of their new rights in accessing mental health and addiction treatment under The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008."
Recently there have been changes in the laws regulating how insurers cover mental health services as opposed to other health services. From the presentation I saw, the idea is that if your insurer covers mental health care, then it cannot treat mental health services any differently (in treatment caps, copays, etc.) than any other kind of health service. You'll need to contact someone for help or read the fine print in the documents linked below to determine if your insurance is covered by the new laws.
The presenter specifically told us that if we knew of anyone who was having problems getting the mental health benefits they were entitled to under their insurance that we send them their way. For more information, here are some handouts with more detailed info. Also, you can contact the MHAMD and the Maryland Parity Projects through their websites.
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ease and flow in your interactions with people
talking about subjects you've avoided or fought about in ways that bring you closer
kindness for yourself and others
empowerment to live your values and have more of what matters to you
This six-hour experiential workshop introduces key ideas to help you start realizing these sorts of benefits in your life.
Please join CNVC-Certified Trainer Bob Wentworth for this enlivening learning experience.
Crossings, 8505 Fenton Street, Suite 202, Silver Spring MD 20910, near Silver Spring Metro
The requested contribution for this workshop is specified as a range, to make this learning available to people in varying financial situations, while supporting Bob in his ability to do this work. Please choose an amount to pay that honors both your own circumstances and your desire to support this work.
Several cities in Maryland and Virginia have issued already evacuation orders, both mandatory and voluntary. Here in the Springfield area, I have already noticed increase business at grocery stores. In CostCo today, many shoppers were buying only cases of bottled water. CostCo also sold out of portable generators.
Today, not tomorrow, is the time to take actions to prepare for the worst your region can expect. Both the National Hurricane Center and The Weather Channel offer suggestions on building a survival kit:
The Weather Channel's current information on Hurricane Irene can be found here: http://www.weather.com/weather/
The National Weather Service's information can be found here: http://www.noaawatch.gov/2011/tc_at09.
For those of you who can support others, consider checking with friends and family in threatened regions and making sure they are taking proper precautions. If you have elderly or special-needs neighbors, check on them to see if they need anything. If you are planning to evacuate, make sure friends and family know where you are going. If you are in a safe area, consider offering crash space to friends and family who need it.
Stay safe out there.
The curator of the exhibit, artist Stephen Boocks said, "The artists I have selected for this show make work that must be taken on its own terms. The work is not about the material or technique, and yet they are integral to the experience of the work. While the viewer will inevitably wonder how these pieces where made, with appreciation for the craft involved, in the end, one is left to contemplate these works on their own merits."
Artists exhibiting include: Michael Janis, Marie Ringwald, Matthew Langely, JT Kirkland and Sherrill Anne Gross.
March 12 - April 3, 2011
artdc Gallery at The Lustine Center
5710 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781