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Archive for May, 2011

Silver Spring Swimming Pools and Swim Clubs – Keep Cool in a Neighborhood Pool Near You

Memorial Day Weekend is here and the neighborhood pools in Silver Spring are opening for the summer season.  With school out and the mercury rising, a neighborhood swimming pool is the perfect place to while away those hot, humid summer days we have here in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Oakview Pool Silver SpringCommunity spirit, the roar of the crowd and the excitement of youthful competition all combine at a neighborhood swim meet. What better way to spend a summer evening than gathering around your local pool in a group effort to be part of an event that promotes fellowship and fun.  Swim Teams in Community Pools of Silver Spring , compete as division members of the Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL).  Being a member of a swim team in Silver Spring is a great way for kids to make friends at the pool, share a teambuilding experience, and compete in a healthy, active sport over the summer.  Some of the pools also have Dive Teams that compete in the Montgomery County Diving League.

Most of the Pools in Silver Spring  offer great Family Oriented Social Events such as Pool Camp Out night, Ice cream socials, pizza night, teen night, family movie night, float night, talent shows and more.

Check out this list of links to some of the best Silver Spring Neighborhood Pools and Swim Clubs:

Northwest Branch Pool – Home of the Northwest Branch Dolphins Swim Team
Glenwood Recreation Club – Home of the Glenwood Tigers Swim Team and Twin Farms Pool Fairland Road Silver Spring MdDive StTeam  
Calverton Swim Club – Home of the Calverton Chargers – Also has a Dive Team, Volleyball League, Horseshoes and Basketball Court
Forest Knolls Pool – Home of the Seahawks Swim Team
Daleview Pool – Home of the Daleview Swim Team
Franklin Knolls Pool – Home of the Gators Swim Team
Hillandale Swim and Tennis Association – Home of the Hillandale Hellcats Swim Team – Also offers 2 Lighted Tennis Courts, a practice wall and Tennis Camp

Oakview Pool – Home of the Oakview Octopi Swim Team – The Oakview Pool was the first community pool in Montgomery County and celebrated  its 50th year in 2007
West Hillandale Pool Silver Spring, MdWest Hillandale Swim Club – Home of the Dolphins Swim Team
Twin Farms Swim & Tennis Club – Home of the Twin Farms Tigers Swim Team, Dive Team, Tennis Team and Tennis Camp
Robin Hood Swim Club – Home of the Robin Hood Swim Team – Also has a Dive Team and Tennis Team
Kemp Mill Swim Club – Home of the Kemp Mill Kangaroos

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The Backyard of Backyard Bounty – Downtown Silver Spring

Backyard Bounty along alley in Silver Spring

This backyard backs to an alley in  McNeill’s neighborhood of Silver Spring,   It was a cool thing to watch this small back yard space transfomed into such an abundant oasis, in a neighborhood that is just 2 blocks from the Downtown Silver Spring CBD. 

This was really a bare small backyard just a few years ago.  Every inch of space has been used cleverly, (even part of the alley) for the landscape and plantings.  Even though there is a lot of space used for gardening, there is still a driveway Alley Behind Backyard Bounty Silver Springto the garage and a large gazebo used for outdoor dining and fun.

It is still early in the growing season and I love watching Edamarie’s garden grow, fill in and florish through the spring, summer and into fall for the past couple years.

Backyard Bounty is a local Silver Spring  Business that designs, builds and maintains kitchen gardens and sustainable landscapes.

Check out the Backyard Bounty Website with more photos including the Front Yard of Backyard Bounty

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FREE Outdoor Event in Downtown Silver Spring Tomorrow – Indonesian Street Festival

This Indonesian-themed event will take place on Ellsworth Drive in Downtown Silver Spring from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  Admission is FREE 

The festival will have a range of demonstrations and activities. Meant for all ages, children will have their own section where they can make arts and crafts, including puppets.

Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay

Food vendors will offer dishes such as many different versions of satay (meat skewers) and a lot of other Indonesian food.

A fashion show by Batik Boutique will show of a line of brightly colored traditional clothing.

Indonesian music will be heard throughout the day. House of Angklung, an all-bamboo orchestra, will play alongside more modern sounds.

Dancers will accompany music from groups like Gamelan Wrhatnala USA. Started in Bali in 1965 by dancer composer and choreographer I Gusti Agung Ngurah Supartha.

Indonesian dance derives some of its movements from martial art forms. Martial arts schools such as Pencak Silat Al-Azhar will take part in the festival.  At the festival on Saturday, students will give a demonstration, followed by a free clinic.

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Azalea Peak in Silver Spring and Takoma Park – Best Viewed in Sligo Park Hills

Coral azalea in Silver Spring MdAzaleas are native to Silver Spring and Takoma Park, Maryland.  Right now they are at their blooming best.   In the older mature neighborhoods close to Downtown Silver Spring, the azalea cover is like no other.   If you take a drive or walk during azalea season you’ll see about 8 of every 10 homes sporting at least one or two of these beautiful blooming shrubs.

The older sections of the neighborhood of Sligo Park Hills (sections 1 & 2) that run from Sligo creek up to Piney Branch Road might have the best displays, due to a resident that worked with the Director of the National Arboretum to hybridize azaleas.

Stuart Armstrong lived on Park Crest Drive in Sligo Park Hills from 1938 till his death in 1970.   Armstrong was  an avid amateur horticulturalist who served as pink azaleas in Silver Spring, Mdpresident of the American Horticultural Society between 1957 and 1960.

He was said to have given plants to his neighbors in Sligo Park Hills as gifts.   There is an azalea named “Stuart Armstrong” grown mostly in the mid atlantic and the south.

Over a period of more than 30 years, Armstrong amassed a sprawling collection of  azaleas in his yard overlooking Sligo Creek Park.

Homes for Sale Now in Sligo Park Hills, Silver
Spring, Maryland 20910

Sligo Park Hills Entrance Sign on Piney Branch Road

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