Sen. Raskin Presents Green Community Award at Gala Fri June 24

MD State Senator Jamie Raskin to present 2016 “Green  Community Award” Winners

Green Community Award winners to be recognized at GreenWheaton’s 5th year anniversary Gala.  Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin will  present the award as GreenWheaton recognizes local citizens for their “green” efforts in the Wheaton community. For their support of Wheaton….

clean-&-safeGreenWheaton has recognized the dedicated efforts of the Wheaton Urban District’s Clean and Safe Team.  Joe Callaway and his team are being cited for their exceptional service and efforts in downtown Wheaton.
 

 

elizchaissonElizabeth Chaisson, a founding member of GreenWheaton has served as a founder, as the first president of the board and its first Executive Director, taking on many of the unglamorous but essential tasks of forming a new organization.  For her tireless and instrumental dedication to GreenWheaton and the Wheaton community she is being recognized.

VISIT THE DSCN1599 (2)PHOTO WINNERS EXHIBIT

Photography Exhibit capturing the beauty of nature in the Wheaton community sponsored in part by Joanne Miller Photography and the Montgomery County Arts & Humanities Council

Local Vendors, Food, Beer , Wine and More……..

Hollywood East Cafe
Green Plate Catering
The Limerick Pub
Los Chorros
Seoul Food DC
BeClaws
Java Nation
7 Locks Brewing
Knob Hall Winery

USE Code tasteofwheaton to save $15 off full ticket price


HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Help us continue our efforts and offer more educational outreach on the importance of living and working “green,”.  It is imperative that we raise funds at events like this annual fundraising gala.  Your contributions will be invaluable in these labors.  Listed below are many of the ways in which you can provide your assistance.

Exhibitors Participation:  We still have a few exhibitor tables available for vendors to exhibit their wares and products to an audience of like-minded people.  A table is only $200.  Vendors are encouraged to provide materials to be included in the free gift bags provided to the audience. Download the exhibitor application.

Sponsorship:   Download the sponsorship document which explains the value of each sponsorship level.

Donations:  We are in need of donations of food, items for our gift bags, greenery for decorations, items for raffle and door prizes as well as others services.  If you have other ideas how you can help we would love to talk!  Purchase an extra ticket and support one of the night’s volunteers.

Volunteer: Volunteers are always needed to help setup and breakdown, stuff gift bags as well as helping at registration or the bar.  Give us some time and we’ll discount your ticket.  Let us know at info@greenwheaton.org

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Early Bird Prices thru June 20

Celebrate 5 years of support to our Community and the Environment

Friday June 24, 2016

Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Reception Hall

1800 Glenallan Avenue Wheaton MD 20902

6PM to 9PM

Local Vendors, Food, Beer and Wine HollywoodEast

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Sample other local favorites ….
The Limerick Pub
Los Chorros
Seoul Food DC
BeClaws
Java Nation
7 Locks Brewing
Knob Hall Winery

Act fast!  EARLY BIRD PRICE EXTENDED Friday June 20

www.greenwheatongala2016.eventbrite.com

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information can be found here

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Talking about Free Trees at GreenDrinks

On Thursday, April 28, 2016 Evan Keto joined Green Wheaton at Hollywood East Café to explain Tree Montgomery, a local tree planting program.

Evan is an ISA-certified arborist and program manager for the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. His team is searching for places to plant shade trees, especially in the yards of single family homes, parking lots, and multi-family communities here in the downcounty, where development has been intense and many mature trees have died or been cut down.

Upon resident request, Evan and his team make a visit to  consult with a homeowner about best placement and best species to plant. They will later return with the tree, plant it, and then (if desired) provide up to TWO YEARS of FREE aftercare including watering, mulching, weeding, and pruning.

Funding for the program comes from the county’s tree canopy law, which charges developers who cut trees from building sites.

Trees for this program are only planted between November and May, and there is currently a short waiting list for planting. Residents can schedule the consultation at anytime of year, however.

(Please note: This is a different program from the one that provides trees along roads throughout Montgomery County, MD; Tree Montgomery trees plants within the yard — not the right-of-way near sidewalks. Information about that program can be found on the Department of Transportation website.)

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Evan Keto is a certified arborist with Tree Montgomery.

If you weren’t able to join us that night and you want more info or want to request a tree for your yard, visit Tree Montgomery’s website: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DEP/Tree/Tree-request.html#sthash.U3l3UCaK.dpuf

Evan also noted that two other programs are encouraging trees in our region:

Leaves for Neighborhoods offers a $40 coupon when you buy a tree with a retail value of $75 at participating nurseries

MD’s Department of Natural Resources also offers a $25 coupon for the purchase of one tree with a retail value of $50 or more at www.trees.maryland.gov.

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Its all about the trees.  Did you know  the Montgomery County Department of Protection (MCDEP)  has a program to plant Shade Trees for FREETREE MONTGOMERY  is looking for places to plant, especially in yards of single family homes, parking lots, and multi-family communities.

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Evan Keto, Program Manager in the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and ISA Certified Arborist, will join us to talk about the county’s Tree Montgomery program, and provide details for those who want to request FREE TREES for their yards. We’ll also have some info on how to take care of the trees you already have.

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https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DEP/Tree/Tree-request.html

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Volunteers Needed this Saturday to Move Wheaton Garden

We need help re-planting our native garden!

Saturday April 23, 2016
2 PM to 6 PM
as we move the Rainscapes Garden from Parking Lot 13 in Reedie Triangle to Veterans Park.
After 5 years the Rainscapes Garden will have a new home during re-development.
(For more about the location, please see the Eventbrite link, below.)
Please come out and help us plant natives!
Even if you only have an hour to help, stop by and dig in.
“Native plants provide ecosystem services such as sequestering carbon, cleaning air and water by filtering pollutants, capturing storm water, stopping erosion, building topsoil, providing diversity for insects and pollinators, and connecting humans to their natural world”. 
 
STUDENTS SSL Hours available!
Refreshments will be provided. 
If you have gloves and/or digging tools we encourage you to bring them.
We will have a limited number available as well.
 

photo by Joanne Miller

Artist Walking Tour in Wheaton, MD this Sunday

Sunday
April 17, 2016

1:30 – 3:30pm

Join artist Joanne Miller on a photographic journey through urban Wheaton, MD. Bring your camera and walk along with Joanne as we photograph nature in the downtown Central Business District (CBD).

The walk is an opportunity for photography and conversation about personal vision and creative practice.

Free and open to the public – all levels of photographers are welcome.

Meet at Wheaton Veterans Park – 11200 Amherst Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland 20902.

In the event of rain, artist walk will be rescheduled.

Please visit the Wheaton Arts and Culture gallery of community photographs at www.joannemiller-community.com.

This project is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. To learn more about the project and upcoming events go to the www.greenwheaton.org/greenarts

 

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A honey bee makes 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey over the course of its life.  (Photo by Madeline Rooney. )

Talking about BEES at GreenDrinks

There are a many things in cities that make life challenging for pollinators.  But if the conditions are right, lots of different bees can thrive in urban spaces.

A good time was had by all at the Limerick Pub for March GreenDrinks! (photo by Ed Murtagh)

A good time was had by all at the Limerick Pub for March GreenDrinks! (photo by Ed Murtagh)

This was just one of the facts discussed on March 24 during our GreenDrinks happy hour at the Limerick Pub in Wheaton, MD.

Author Alison Gillespie – who also serves at Green Wheaton’s Communications Manager – was on hand to give everyone there some basic tips for helping both native bees and non-native European honey bees in urban areas like Wheaton.

Some who came sampled honey from a MD beekeeper, while looking at a necklace containing the life’s work of a single honey bee: one 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey (pictured at the bottom of the top photo, here).

Bees — Gillespie reminded the crowd who assembled to network, eat yummy appetizers and get a happy buzz going about pollinators — provide about 75% of the foods we eat every day.  Many of the most nutritious and delicious things on our plates are provided to us via the work of bees, including many common fruits and vegetables.  And beer, too!

Here are some of the tips Gillespie gave for helping the bees:

  • Plant a variety of flowers that will bloom throughout the season to provide a variety of forage for the bees.
  • Avoid using pesticides in your yard. Even the chemicals commonly used for lawn care can cause harm to bees. Plant organic flowers as much as you can manage, and avoid using “treated” seeds; seeds coated or treated in neonicotinoids (systemic pesticides used to make plants toxic to pests) can also be deadly to lots of beneficial insects including many pollinators. Plants that grow from treated seeds can be toxic for many years after they have sprouted. Trading plants and seeds with friends is one way to do this economically.
  • Buy from local farms who practice good land stewardship when you can. When possible, buy produce from organically-certified farms.
  • Support bee-friendly policies – including the proposed Pollinator Protection Act. If enacted, this proposed piece of legislation will make MD the first state to restrict neonic use by homeowners, something that many beekeepers say will go a long way to helping the bees.
  • Plant native plants as much as possible. Many native bees have co-evolved with the plants which have been found here for centuries, and have special relationships with particular species of flowers.  Many nectar-rich natives are also valuable to the generalist bees — who will forage from lots of different flowers.  And those same nectar-rich natives provide rich nectar sources for European honey bees that live here, as well.
  • Be careful about how you battle mosquitoes.  Many of the common sprays used to treat backyards are very detrimental to the beneficial insects, and can kill bees. Montgomery County has produced a very helpful handout on mosquitoes.
  • Bee a BEE CHAMPION. Tell others about the importance of bees. Teach children about the role bees play in our landscape and our diets.  Don’t own your own yard?  Tell your landlord you’d rather have more clover and fewer chemicals around the apartment building.  Together, these messages can help promote pollinator success.
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Alison, talking about bees at the Limerick Pub on Mar 24 for GreenDrinks. (Photo by Madeline Rooney.)

For more info check out:

Native Plants for Summer and Fall Honey Bee Forage

Bee Basics: An Introduction to our Native Bees

Wildflowers for Wildlife Diversity in Conservation Plantings 

Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in An Urban World