Blog Roundup: Ceasefire Concert, Protect the Planet, and Plan a Picnic

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Ceasefire Concert 4/28; Gun Safety Forum 5/6; +more

Celebrate the passing of state gun control legislation with local Jewish youth artists.  The concert will take place at the Takoma Park Community Center on the corner of Maple Avenue and Philadelphia Avenue.

With Guest Speaker, Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin.

Maryland Lawmakers Inspire National Effort to Protect the Planet and Animals

For over 40 years, Earth Day—celebrated on April 22—has been inspiring people to take steps to help the environment. Did you know that perhaps the single most important action each of us can take to protect the planet is simply to choose meat-free foods? 

Partners in Preservation: Historical Characters, Free Preservation Pops at Farragut Friday

Come down to Farragut Friday tomorrow to get a Free Preservation Pop, courtesy of Partners in Preservation. We will be down in Farragut Square from 11-2 to spotlight historic preservation and encourage voting to give away $1 million in preservation grants. We’ve partnered with Pleasant Pops to hand out free Preservation Pops to anyone who posts about the program on Facebook or tweets using #preserveDMV.

MoCo Apartment Vacancy Rates Drop in 2012

The Department of Housing and Community Affairs recently released its 2012 survey of multifamily rental facilities with 12 or more rental units in Montgomery County.

Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus visits the Voice of America

Professor Muhammad Yunus, who won the Noble Peace Prize in 2006, visited the staff of the South Asian Division of the Voice of America on Friday, April 19. Professor Yunus who received the Congressional Gold Medal, the country’s top civilian award on the April 17, was invited by the Chief of Bangla Service, Roquia Haider, for a reception. Professor Yunus is the first Muslim to receive this prestigious award.

Put Some Punch in Your Picnic

Everyone loves a picnic, and National Picnic Day falls this week—April 23rd to be exact. Since that day falls on a Wednesday this year, I think it’s safe to celebrate a few days after the fact, unless you grab an after-work alfresco dinner on your patio or deck, or at a venue close to home. 

Washington Spirit responds to Open Letter from a Fan

Well, not directly, of course. But let's check the score card after the first home game:

  1. Keep ticket prices low and parking free. $12 and $15 tickets due to the voucher pack. Free parking. SCORE.
  2. Make it easy. Very easy. SCORE.
  3. Don't be gimmicky. Didn't see any gimmicks other than the little MSC Academy teams at half time but hey, that is fun for them. The game, however, was excellent. Good quality. SCORE.
Jeff Grolig April 29, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Can I bring my gun with my conceal carry permit to your event Mr Raskin? You are in my opinion, a horrible public servant. I may just make it my new purpose in life to unseat you. I look forward to meeting you May 6th. Dont worry, I will be sure not to bring any weapons with me....just a smile and a hand shake is allI need from you. I will be sure to ask any questions during your waste of time event. I certainly hope our valuable tax dollars are not going to waste on this event. Cannot wait to finally meet you.


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