Author Archives: Kira Austin

This Saturday, 10/3, 11am – Free Family Theater Show!!

InterAct Family Theatre starts their 2015-16 season, with the highly acclaimed

“The Hero of Everything!”

Saturday, Oct. 3, 11:00am

Free – Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902

An interactive play for young superheroes and heroes of all ages about teamwork, respect, and the perils.of trying to be the Captain of Everything!

Post-performance talkback where kids can meet the actors  and get a sneak peek at the how the theatre magic works!


This project is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery  County Government and the Arts and Humanities  Council of Montgomery County. With additional funding and in-kind support provided by: To request ADA program accommodations or to request this information in an alternate format, at least five work days in advance, contact the library hosting the program.

Celebrate Walk to School Day on October 7th!

Calling Students & Parents – Stretch your legs, Enjoy your neighborhood, Walk To School!

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East Silver Spring Elementary School


Highland View Elementary School

Sligo Creek Elementary School

It’s Fun!   Walking and bicycling bring a sense of joy and independence.

Healthier Habits  The trip to school is a chance for children (and adults!) to get the physical activity they need.

Cleaner Environment  Replacing car trips to school with walking or bicycling can reduce congestion and air-polluting emissions.

Promoting Safety  Building sidewalks, providing education programs and adding traffic calming measures are some of the ways to improve safety. Encouraging walking and bicycling to school   can help build support for infrastructure improvements in the broader community.

Community Benefits  Reducing traffic congestion, boosting a sense of community, and improving neighborhood connections benefit the community.

Artist Walking Tour – Photography in Sligo Creek

This Sunday!  Enjoy Beauty, Protect Nature

Sunday, September 27, 2015,  12:30p – 2:30p
Meet at Kemp Mill Shopping Center

Intersection of Arcola Avenue and Lamberton Drive – look for GreenWheaton table between Shalom Kosher Mart and foot path.

GreenWheaton, Friends of Sligo Creek and photographer Joanne Miller invite you to an artist walk while FOSC volunteers sweep the creeks on Sunday, 9/27.  Come for one, Come for both!

ENJOY –    Join artist Joanne Miller on a photographic journey exploring Sligo Creek’s beauty and unique attributes. Bring your camera and walk along with Joanne to photograph the nature in Sligo Creek. The walk is an opportunity for photography and conversation about personal vision and creative practice.
RSVP on Eventbrite Today!

Free and open to the public. All levels of ability encouraged to participate!

PROTECT –  Friends of Sligo Creek asks for your  help with Sunday’s stream cleanup (#9 on the map).  Volunteers will meet at the same location as the Artist Walk ( Kemp Mill Shopping Ctr, intersection of Arcola Ave & Lamberton Drive… between Shalom Kosher Mart and foot path)

The Artist Walk project is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Walking Tour: Photography, Art & Nature in Wheaton, Sunday 8/23


Sunday, August 23, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Meet at: Wheaton Veterans Park
11200 Amherst Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Join artist Joanne Miller on a photographic journey through urban Wheaton. Bring your camera and walk along with Joanne as you photograph the 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.  RSVP on EVENTBRITE is encouraged, but walk-ups are welcome.

Dress appropriately for the weather – comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, etc.  In the event of rain, the date will be rescheduled.

Exciting News: The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County has awarded a Wheaton Culture Grant to Joanne Miller to collaborate with GreenWheaton on a year-long series of arts and nature community photography programs. Please check our website for updates on artist walks and community events.

This project is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Wishing You a Happy, Safe, Relaxing & “Green” August

As the summer continues and you may be trying to beat the heat,  we at GreenWheaton wish you an enjoyable and refreshing August.   We will not have our monthly networking Happy Hour, but do have some outstanding updates to share with you soon.  Be on the lookout for our monthly newsletter, as well as posts on Facebook and Twitter.!

We look forward to seeing you on *Wednesday* Sept. 16th at Los Chorros restaurant, for a Special Green Drinks  event in partnership with Silver Spring Green.

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GreenWheaton Green Drinks Happy Hour – 7/23/15

Join your neighbors and friends on Thursday, July 23rd for Green Drinks!
Montgomery County DEP works across all sectors of environmental sustainability and is a leader not only in our region, but across the nation, with progressive action action measurable results.
Michelle Vigen, Senior Energy Planner (and others TBA) will share updates on the County’s energy and environmental efforts and first-in-nation policies!  Learn how you, neighbors, businesses, places of worship and community groups can participate and benefit from these programs and resources.
This month’s Green Drinks will be held in partnership with Silver Spring Green, at the Limerick Pub in Wheaton (11301 Elkin Street), 5:30p-8:00p.

GreenWheaton Anniversary Gala – June 25, 2015

What to Expect:   Mouth Watering Appetizers, Local Beer & Wine, Delicious Refreshments, Informational Green Vendors, Fun Door Prizes!

Enjoy selections from Wheaton favorites Hollywood East Cafe, Limerick Pub, Green Plate Catering and Los Chorros.   The Gala, sponsored in part by IHOP Restaurant, The George Apartments, M&T Bank, and Theresa Testoni, celebrates our successes in four years of non-profit educational work and green initiatives in the Wheaton community, and serves as a fundraiser for our continuing efforts of living and working “green” into the future.

June 25, 2015
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The George Apartments Penthouse Lounge
11141 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902

Directions and Parking

Tickets:  $60 a person

For Sponsorship Information contact Wendy or Kira,


Save The Dates!

GWGreenDrinksWeb The May monthly GreenWheaton GreenDrinks will be Thursday, May 28th from 5:30p-8:00p at Hollywood East Cafe , 11160 Veirs Mill Road, at the Wheaton Mall.

Plan ahead –  GreenWheaton Annual Gala Thursday, June 25th!  More details to come soon.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies Conduct Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On SaturBanner2day, May 2 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., there will be a Prescription Drug Take-Back day at 10 drop-off locations throughout Montgomery County. This is a safe, free and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. This initiative is part of an effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continues to occur nationwide.   Click here for the full article and tips on disposing of medications.

Wheaton:  MCP 4th District Station – 2300 Randolph Rd.

Silver Spring: MCP 3rd District Station – 1002 Milestone Dr.

Takoma Park: Takoma Park Police Station in the Takoma Park Community Center Building Lobby – 7500 Maple Ave.

These locations will accept prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications only. Liquids, illicit drugs, needles, sharps and syringes cannot be accepted as part of the take-back program. Officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots of the following facilities or in their lobbies.

The Montgomery County law enforcement community is particularly interested in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any medications brought for disposal. All sites will take pills and medication patches of all kinds. If possible, prescription labels should be removed or personal information should be blacked out; however, pill bottles will still be accepted if the labels are attached. No questions will be asked. This is an opportunity to safely empty out a medicine cabinet of drugs that are no longer needed.

ll the returned medications on Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be incinerated by the Montgomery County Department of Police according to state and local regulations.

If you miss the May 2nd event, the Rockville City Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a Drug Take day on May 30.

OriginallyPublished on April 15, 2015 by in Press Releases


Earth Day, Every Day

Here in April, the popular news and events seem to focus on making an impact on one day, at one event, with one action.  But we all know making a real difference takes time, effort, consistency and community.

We at Green Wheaton were delighted to see such a tremendous turnout at the joint April networking / happy hour with Silver Spring Green.  Approximately 45 attendees heard from Kelly Blynn, with Communities For Transit, about the progress and opportunities in Maryland and the region regarding Bus Rapid Transit and more effective options to reduce vehicular congestion and improve public transit.  Red Maple restaurant was an outstanding venue and we appreciated their generosity in hosting.   We look forward to the continued community commitment to sustainability, in all it’s forms, not just on Earth Day, not just in Earth Month, but rather Every Day, Every Month.

We’ll continue to work towards a Green Wheaton and hope you’ll join us.   We look forward to seeing you at some of the activities listed on the Events Calendar and at our upcoming Green Drinks events.