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Christmas Tree Lots in Silver Spring – Buy Local and Support Good Causes

There is nothing like picking out a “fresh cut” tree for your house at a tree lot.
There is also nothing as wonderful as the smell, when you get it inside your house for christmas treesthe Holiday season.

Silver Spring Boy Scout Troop 466

Continuing a 40 plus year tradition, Boy Scout Troop 466 will be selling Christmas trees, wreaths and rope (garland).
The Troop’s Christmas Tree Lot is located at St. John the Evangelist Church (parking lot) on Georgia Ave. and are open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 9pm.
During the week, the lot is open from 5pm to 9pm.

The bulk of these funds goes to support the troop’s Big Trip Out West every
three years. In 2011, the troop spent two weeks at Grand Teton and Yellowstone
National Park.

St John the Evangelist Church
10103 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Md 20902

.St Bernadette Catholic Church

St B'sChristmas Trees, wreaths, and greenery for sale at St.Bernadette Catholic Church. Trees range from 5 – 9 feet in height and prices range from $30 – $65. Balsam firs and Fraser firs are available, as well as small and large wreaths and greenery.
Proceeds from these sales benefit the CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) sports program at the parish, which sponsors soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, and softball for St. Bernadette students and parishioners.
Sales run on weekdays from 3:30 – 9pm and weekends from 9am – 9pm. Cash, check and credit (MC & VISA) will be accepted.

A Landmark – Located in the heart of Four Corners
St Bernadette Catholic Church
70 University Blvd. East
Silver Spring, Md  20901

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Sligo Creek Golf Course – Help Save Sligo Annual Fall Golf Event October 5th

Sligo Golf Course 1st Hole - Silver SpringSligo Creek Golf Course was the original 18 hole course for the Argyle Country Club in the late 1930’s.  The course was designed by Percy Walborn LeDuc (a Silver Spring Resident) in 1937. In the mid 1940’s Argyle Country Club relocated to another area of Silver Spring (out Layhill Road) and the county through MNCPPC took the golf course over as a public course.

When the Capitol Beltway (495) came through Silver Spring in 1964 it sliced the golf course in half.  Check out this cool overlay map of the course as it was laid out in 1937 and what was left after the Beltway went through the property.   Until 2010, the County ran the (now 9 hole) course as a public course.  In 2009 the county wanted to do away with the property as a golf course. There have been proposals of everything from put put golf, recreation center, driving range to plowing it under to use as soccer and ball fields.

The citizens from the surrounding communtiy and beyond do not want this to happen – so we have Preserve Sligo Golf Course. – Save Sligo is a 501C3.
Sligo Creek Golf Course is an oasis of green space, home to many species of wildlife, plants and just plain beautiful in our rather urban “inside the beltway” area of Silver Spring.  Even if you don’t golf – Sligo Golf Course is very worthy of preservation! They are having their Annual Fall Golf Gorgeous Mature Trees - Sligo Golf Course Silver SpringChallenge on October 5th.
Please support!


Players of All Levels are Welcome! Friday, October 5 (Rain or Shine)
Check-in 3:30pm – Shotgun Start 4:00pm
Prizes, Raffle, Food & Drinks
• Best Team: All Men Team, All Women Team, and Mixed Team
• Women:
** Longest Drive in the Fairway on No 5
** Closest to the Pin on No. 2
• Men:
** Longest Drive in the Fairway on No. 3
** Closest to the Pin on No. 4
• Best Putter: Person with the lowest number of putts
Fee: $75 per person / $280 per foursome
Game Format will be “Scramble” — ? Tee off in any order your team desires ? Each team must use the drive of each player at least twice ? Keep track of best ball score for your team for each hole ? Mulligans can be purchased

Sligo Creek Golf Course
9701 Sligo Creek Parkway, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Contact: Rebecca Howland @ 301-233-6330 or

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Chompie Returns to Downtown Silver Spring!

sharkThe Giant Inflatable Shark that seems to swim right through the Discovery Headquarters Building in Downtown Silver Spring is BACK!

Nick named “Chompie”, the beloved attraction first appeared in 2006 during Shark Week.  The shark was missing until Chompie Returned in 2010 !

Today he is back for Shark Week 2012, the 25th Aniversary of discovery’s first showing of Shark Week in 1987. Shark week – 25 yrs premires on August 12th at 9pm on the Discovery Channel

I saw Chompie today, he’s a little beat up – but as cool as ever!

The best place to view Chompie is from Silver Spring’s Red Line Metro Platform, looking up Colesville Road.  You would be staring right into his huge open mouth.

This is a great attraction to see in Downtown Silver Spring, whether you view Chompie after dark (he’s lit up) or during the day.  Kids love seeing this.  It is definitely worth the drive or a trip on the Metro, if you don’t live nearby

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Flags are In for Memorial Day 2012

flagsYesterday Afternoon Soldiers placed more than 200,000 small U.S. Flags on grave markers at ARLINGTON National Cemetary to mark the start of Memorial Day weekend activities.

Since 1948, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard, has been carrying out this tradition called “Flags In”.

The flags are placed with “military” like precision, one foot and centered in front of each grave marker.  The effect is spectacular and worth the short trip to Arlington Cemetery to see this weekend!

All the flags will be removed after Memorial Day.

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Paczki and Pancakes – Fat Tuesday in Silver Spring

Woodmoor pastry shopTomorrow is Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday and Paczki Day, the time we all Fatten ourselves up before tightening our belts and giving up things for Lent begining on Wednesday.  

A couple of  ways to do Fat Day in Silver Spring: 

For Paczki or King Cakes

Head  to the WOODMOOR Pastry Shop in the Woodmoor Shopping Center for some of their famous, divine, decadently outrageous Paczki.   It is the very best, or maybe the only place to get real homemade Paczki in Silver Spring. 
apple paczki -apple filling maple icing Check out reviews of the Bakery and the Paczki at the Woodmoor Pastry Shop

They also make fantastic King Cakes.

 For All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes
There are several Silver Spring and Takoma Park Churches with Pancake pancakes goodSuppers tomorrow night:

Church of the Ascension on Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring

Grace Episcopal Church on Grace Chruch Road and Georgia Avenue

Takoma Park Presbyterian Church on Tulip Avenue in Takoma Park

Woodside United Methodist Church on Georgia Ave

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Annual Silver Spring Boy Scout Pumpkin Patch in Downtown Silver Spring

Boy Scout pumpkins in Silver SpringThere are 6 more days to get a Pumpkin and carve it out and or display it for Halloween.  

The  Annual Pumpkin Patch has a good selection of Pumpkins and some pretty chrysanthmums at Woodside Methodist Church in the Woodside area at the edge of Downtown Silver Spring. 

Boy Scout Troop 209 is Silver Sprng’s Oldest Boy Scout Troop.  Boy Scout Troop 209 has been in existence since the 1930’s at this same Silver Spring Location.

Buy a pumpkin or some mums and Support  your Local Silver Spring Boy Scout Troop 209.   All proceeds go to the troop’s financial aid fund to make sure that all scouts can participate in the troops many activities and it’s more fun than just picking up a pumpkin at the local grocery store!

truck troop 209Woodside United Methodist Church
8900 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Located at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Ballard Street,

1 block north of Spring Street. Google Map

Look for the Boy Scout Troop 209 Truck.

Make your pumpkin last much longer this year:   Check out these tips for preserving your pumpkin and prevent it from rotting out in the yard or on the porch.

*Also some advice from plumbers and the roto-rooter people  –  Never, Ever put the guts (pulp), rinds or any other part from your pumpkin in the garbage disposal or down any of the drains in your house.  This could cause a real Halloween nightmare in you home!

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Huge Silver Spring Shark will be a NO SHOW this Year

Chompie the Shark Silver SpringIn Silver Spring, we have a summer  attraction that causes a lot of excitment. During Shark Week the Discovery Building has an enormous inflatable shark swimming through it.  It is quite a sight to see in the skyline at the corner of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue at the heart of Downtown Silver Spring.  The Shark has been nicknamed “Chompie”.  

I heard a rumor on Twitter today, which was confirmed by Silver Spring Patch, that Silver Spring’s Jaws will not be in the sky this summer. 

Apparently Chompie is going to be given a rest this year, but the big shark will be back in all it’s glory, for next year’s 25th Anniversary Celebration of Shark Week.

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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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Purim Festival FREE Outdoor Event Sunday in Downtown Silver Spring

Come to Downtown Silver Spring this Sunday March 20th for a Purim Festival  This Family and kid friendly FREE event will be on Ellsworth Drive from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.  The event was such a big hit last year it’s back again this year!

HamentashenThe centerpiece of the festival will be Mordechai’s Royal Horse Parade with live horses and everyone in costume.

There will be Delicious Traditional Hamentashen

At 2:15 pm a performance of “Magic in Disguise” – A Purim magic show with Magician Benjamin Corey

Inflatable Moonbounce & Obstacle Course

Pony Rides

Games and Prizes
Eco Arts & Crafts

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