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300 lbs. of Trash to be Picked up at Park in Rockville

300 lbs. of Trash to be Picked up at Park in Rockville


ROCKVILLE, MD – On Saturday, July 16th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., United By Blue will partner with Hudson Trail Outfitters in hosting a cleanup of Lake Needwood at Rock Creek Regional Park. The cleanup taking place in Rockville, MD is expected to remove approximately 300 pounds of trash. Over 70 volunteers are expected to show and will be supplied with gloves, trash bags, food and drinks. Our cleanups are equal parts work and play, throughout the day we will be hosting contests and giveaways.

Hudson Trail Outfitters has been providing high quality gear and equipment to outdoor enthusiasts since 1971. They help people throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to experience the outdoors through mountaineering, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, biking, skiing, snowboarding, and fishing.

Local "Silent" Beverage Company Makes National Noise

North America’s Largest Specialty Food & Beverage Event came to D.C. July 10th, 11th, and 12th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  The Fancy Food Show had 2,400 exhibitors, 180,000 products, but only one Silence Tea.

Silence Tea, originated in Gaithersburg as an all-natural tea beverage with a unique line of relaxation and calming ingredients including Chamomile and Theanine. These elements were infused with essential vitamins and antioxidants for children and adults to experience a balanced, calm, and relaxed existence.

“We have four flavors: Pomegranate Peace, Peach Chamomile White Tea, Black Tea with Lemon, and Honey Green Tea with Ginseng but plan on more.

C&O Canal Wants Feedback on Turf Farm Water Access Project

Washington County, MD. – The National Park Service (NPS), Chesapeake and

Ohio Canal National Historical Park, is conducting a public review of the

Summit Hall Turf Farm Water Access Project, Montgomery County, Maryland,

July 2011.

The National Park Service will be accepting public review comments

beginning July 11, 2011 through August 12, 2011.  The draft Environmental

Assessment presents information on projected impacts to park resources.

The project proposes to respond to a request from Summit Hall Turf Farm to

install/modify raw water intakes across the park between Mile 28 and Mile


In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Park

Service invites public comments regarding this project.  Comments received

will be used to evaluate this project.  The National Park Service will be

Grazing Goats to Eradicate Invasive Plants

Grazing Goats to Eradicate Invasive Plants

The City of Gaithersburg provided the following info:

Eco-Goats are making their Montgomery County debut July 12th at the Izaak Walton League, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg. 

The Izaak Walton League has partnered with the City of Gaithersburg Environmental Services Division, in a new program to improve wildlife habitat without damaging local water quality.

The League’s 33-acre property is home to deer, fox, beavers, turtles, and a variety of other animals and birds. Much of this property has been overrun with invasive plants, including Japanese honeysuckle, Garlic Mustard, Autumn Olive, and Oriental Bittersweet. These plants provide no value as food or shelter for wildlife. Instead, they crowd out and kill trees, shrubs, and other plants these animals need to survive.

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Be A Friend to Montgomery County Parks

Be A Friend to Montgomery County Parks

The Montgomery Parks Foundation, announced the launch of a park wide friend’s group- Friends of Montgomery Parks. Friends will receive an e-newsletter and invitations to members-only events. An introductory rate of just $35 is offered through the end of 2011. Memberships and donations can be made on the Foundation website at: www.montgomeryparksfoundation.org/donate

As the grassroots organization for identifying community support for the parks department, Friends of Montgomery Parks is just one aspect of the fundraising plan of the Montgomery Parks Foundation. The Foundation will focus on several additional strategies including encouraging support through donations of trees and benches, and Legacy Naming Rights for Park amenities.

Bethesda Fresh Farm Market This Saturday!

Bethesda Fresh Farm Market This Saturday!

Start your weekend right by visiting The Bethesda FRESHFARM Market, Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm. The market returns for its second season, featuring meat, artisan cheeses, breads, pastries, pies and all the fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers and producers on Norfolk Ave. at Veteran's Park. Enjoy live music and cooking demonstrations by the area's top chefs. Located within walking distance of the Bethesda metro stop, this farmers market is the perfect start to your Saturday morning. 

 The market is run in partnership with the Bethesda Urban Partnership.

Farmers/Producers include:

Black Rock Orchard, Four Season's Nursery, Garden Path Farm, Gunpowder Bison and Trading Company, Knouse Fruitlands, Mocks Greenhouse, Praline Bakery, Spiral Path Farm, The Zahradka Farm