- Are you anxious for some Vancouver Olympics action? You should go curling at the National Capital Curling Center, located Just Up The Pike in West Laurel. As a generally unathletic person, I found this sport - in which you sweep ice to guide a large stone - not only easy to learn but quite engrossing as well. The NCCC is having an open house tomorrow from 9am to 8pm, but you might want to sign up for a time slot, because they're "expecting large crowds."
- Don't forget: Kensington Arts Theatre's production of the musical Rent opens tonight! There are not one but two graduates from my alma mater, including my old friend Mayumi Baker, who's in the ensemble. The show starts at 8pm Friday at the Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell Street; there will be eleven performances between then and March 7. For more info, check out KAT's website.
- East County transit riders could see some commuting relief soon now that a $58 million package of bus service improvements was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation for TIGER grants, part of President Obama's stimulus plan. Locally affected corridors include Veirs Mill Road and University Boulevard between College Park, Wheaton and Rockville, and 16th Street and Georgia Avenue between Downtown Silver Spring and D.C.
The improvements, outlined in some detail on awesome blog The Transport Politic, would include building dedicated transitways or jump lanes so buses don't get caught in traffic, and rigging stoplights to stay green when buses go through an intersection, also known as "signal priority." Having seen these features in action when I rode Los Angeles' spectacular Metro Rapid system (at right) last year, I know it'll be a huge improvement for local bus riders.
- Speaking of design, Metro's approved designs for a new mural in the underpass beneath the Takoma Metro station. That's all good and well, but do they know when the Penguin Mural at the Silver Spring Metro, taken down for restoration nearly six years ago, is coming back?