Friday, November 20, 2009

what's up the pike: into the woods

Tree Preservation Zone
- Of course, tomorrow is the annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade in Downtown Silver Spring. (Hoping the mounted horses don't pee everywhere this time.) The parade kicks off at Georgia and Sligo at 9:30am and ends around 12pm. Once again, I'll be driving the Councilmember Leventhal SUV Big Important Float. Better grab some sidewalk early, or watch it live on Channel 8.

- On Sunday from 1pm to 4pm, students and local environmentalists will pick up trash on land next to Northwood High School left unmaintained after plans for a road there connecting Route 29 and University Boulevard were shelved. Northwood, along with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Friends of Sligo Creek and Neighbors of Northwest Branch, received a grant to install a nature trail there. The school's at University Boulevard and Arcola Avenue. For more info, call Jennifer Chambers at 240/893-1347.

- A photography exhibit featuring the woods in Wheaton Regional Park (and called "Woods") premiered in the District last week. Post art critic Blake Gopnik likes the work but suggests it's too good for Wheaton. "The no-place-ness often bred by bad suburban planning somehow seems to infect the woods in this show," he complains. Remember, if it's not in D.C. (really New York), it's not art. See "Woods" through December 19 at Civilian Art Projects, located at 1019 7th St NW.

- From the listservs: the Park Hills Civic Association is holding a meeting about the Purple Line and its proposed stop at Wayne Avenue and Dale Drive, which has caused contention among neighbors. Several politicos from the county and state will be there, along with the principals of nearby Sligo Creek Elementary and Silver Spring International Middle School, and Mike Madden from the MTA. The meeting will be at 7:30pm Monday at the middle school, located at the corner of Wayne and Dale.

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