GreenWheaton / Silver Spring Green

Joint Holiday Gathering

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

at AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring

GreenWheaton planted the Rainscapes Garden near the Welcome to Wheaton sign.



Kids Leading the Way...

Students & Staff participating in a multitude of "eco" practices.  Could your school be next?    Read more...

Don't Be A Grasshopper...
In Aesop's fables, the Grasshopper wasn't prepared for winter... are you?  Here are 5 easy tips... Read more...

Tired of the same old gifts?  Want to be more thoughtful? Interested in buying local and/or sustainable?  Here are some resources...

HOLIDAZE Pop-Up at Pyramid Atlantic
Dec. 4 - 23

Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair
Dec. 6, 12p-4p

Fenton Street Holiday Market
Dec. 20, 9a-3p

Ten Thousand Villages
Bethesda, MD

Sister Eden's Green Gift Guide

Green America's Good Green Gifts

Goodwill Online


ReUse It Network

Better World Books

Getting ready for holiday company? Cleaning like a fiend?

Try some simple ingredients and tools that are safe and effective:

1) Scouring powder: Baking soda and salt with a hot water rinse.

2) Disinfectant: Borax or soap and hot water.

3) Drain cleaner: Boiling water and a rubber plunger or plumber's snake.

4) Furniture polish: Mineral oil or olive oil mixed with a little lemon juice,

5) Floor cleaner: Castile soap and hot water.

6) Oven cleaner: Be proactive and line your over with foil. WIpe up spills after each use.

7) Tile / tub cleaner: Baking soda, with a cut lemon for removing stains.

8) Air freshener: Open windows periodically to allow air flow.

9) Window cleaner: White vinegar (grandma was right!)

10) Antibacterial soap: Generally not needed, but tea tree oil or borax have  mild antibacterial properties.

Lemon-Mint Window Wash
Juice of 2 lemons.
4 cups water.
1 tsp peppermint essential oil.
2 tsp cornstarch

Mix well, pour into plastic spray bottle. Shake well before using. Best with newspaper to scrub and shine windows.

Lavender & Tea Tree Oil Cleaner
1 tsp borax.
2 Tbsp white vinegar.
2 cups hot water.
1/4 tsp lavender essential oil.
3 drops tea tree oil.

Mix well, until fully dissolved. Pour into spray bottle. Shake well before using.  Disinfects surfaces, wipes out / discourages mold. Scrub and rinse with a clean, damp cloth. Avoid glass.

(source: Natural Home magazine, April 2000)

In This Issue...

Joint Holiday Happy Hour
Angels for Children Toy Drive
Spotlight on Wheaton
Walk off that Turkey...
Job Opportunity

Green in the News
Greening Your Holidays
Green Your Cleaning (with recipes!)

Calendar of Area Events

(shred day, alternative gift fair, eco-movie showing, webinars, local meetings, green gatherings, and more!)

Joint Holiday Green Drinks

Celebrate a year of good works with both Silver Spring Green and Green Wheaton for our 2nd annual joint holiday gathering.

Tuesday, December 16
Time: 5:30p-8:00p
Location:  AFI Theater - Upstairs Room
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring

Free Appetizers • Raffle & Prizes • Cash Bar

Celebrate the holidays, connect with local green professionals and enjoy delicious food and drink in the Upstairs Room at the iconic AFI Theater in downtown Silver Spring.

RSVP by December 14th on our Eventbrite page.

We'll be collecting items (clothing, food, etc.) for Shepherd's Table, a local non-profit that provides basic services including meals, social services, medical support, clothing and other assistance to the homeless in Silver Spring. Find a list of accepted donation items here.  Admission $10  or FREE with a  donation for Shepherd's Table of a new unwrapped toy or non-perishable food items.
Cash donations also accepted.

"Angels for Children" Toy Drive

Have Fun, Do Good!

WRAP TOYS. Visit Santa’s Workshop in December to help sort and wrap gifts.  
The dates for the SuperWrap Days start December 13th and will be posted  on

DELIVER GIFTS on Christmas Eve. 
After all the gifts are collected and wrapped, you can help Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with the Wheaton Volunteer  Rescue Squad, to deliver the gifts door-to-door in Wheaton on December 24th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. 

MHP conducts one of the largest toy drives in Montgomery County in partnership with the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce and Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad.  In its 16th year, the Angels for Children Toy Drive collects, wraps and delivers 1,200 new toys, books and games to children at Pembridge Square, Amherst Square and Amherst Gardens apartments in Wheaton.

Spotlight: Wheaton's Clean and Safe Team

Did You Know?
Take a walk through downtown Wheaton and you'll see a variety of “special touches” provided by a dedicated team of Urban District staff. The Clean and Safe teams (recognizable by their red shirts) provide landscaping, maintenance and concierge services to the businesses and patrons in the Urban District. They make Wheaton a better place to live, visit and do business by improving the appearance of the downtown and fostering a safe and inviting environment.

Clean & Safe Team Members:

Patrol downtown Wheaton to ensure a clean and safe environment.
Offer 'buddy" escorts to and from parked vehicles and other locations.
Provide information and directions.
Administer emergency First Aid & CPR.
Respond to emergency situations and contact the appropriate agencies.
Provide jump starts and vehicle assistance.
Maintain landscaping and planters.
Clear sidewalks of snow and debris
Remove building graffiti.

Clean Team members are available Mon-Fri, 7:00am to 3:30pm. 

Safe Team Members are available Mon-Sat, 1:00pm to 11:30pm, and Sun 10:00am to 8:30pm. 

Contact the Clean & Safe Team during operational hours: 240-777-8120 

Walk off that turkey dinner... try Walkabout Wheaton!

Need to get more exercise? Want to explore downtown Wheaton?  Like to meet other people interested in walking to stay fit?

Whether you live, work, or are just visiting downtown Wheaton, try out one of our specialized walking routes to get some fresh air and quick exercise.  Plus - you may find some unique gifts at local shops during your Walkabout

Each map is labeled with the distance and the estimated time it will take to walk the entire route.  And some of Wheaton’s best shops and eateries are located along the way.  So what are you waiting for?  Get out and WALKABOUT WHEATON!

Job Opportunity

GreenWheaton is seeking a Bookkeeper for approximately 10-20 hours per month. This position is open to all.

Candidate must have excellent computer skills, including a background working with spreadsheets, accounting systems and database experience, as well as a keen attention to detail to ensure integrity of reporting.

Duties include (but are not limited to):
  • Maintain accuracy and integrity of the general ledger accounts.
  • Responsible and timely completion of the month end general ledger transactions
  • Preparation of reports and backup, as needed, for the annual external audit.
  • Preparation and filing of tax annual returns
  • Assist the Treasurer in the creation and presentation of quality effective accounting training for staff
  • Reporting to the Treasurer monthly
IF THIS MAY APPEAL TO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW.... contact Kira or Wendy for more details. and

Calendar Highlights

Click on Event Title for Detials

Bethesda Green Happy Hour
Thurs. Dec. 4
5:00p to 8:00p

Rapid Transit Open House
Thurs. Dec. 4
7:30p to 9:00p

Shred, Donate & Dump Day
Sat. Dec. 6
10:00a to 1:00p

Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair
Sat., Dec. 6
12:00p to 4:00p

Winter Nature Tales at Brookside Gardens
Sun. Dec. 7
3:00p to 3:30p

Recycling 2.0 Webinar
Tues. Dec 9
1:00p to 2:00p

Wheaton Urban Development Advisory meeting
Tues. Dec 9
6:30p to 8:30p

Offshore Wind for MD conference
Wed. Dec. 10
3:00p to 5:00p

Symphony of the Soil movie
Wed. Dec. 10
6:30p to 8:30p

TP/ SS Solar Co-op Info meeting
Wed. Dec. 10
7:00p to 8:30p

Fun with Firs - Family Hike
Thurs. Dec 11
10:30a to 11:30a

Author Event - Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Thurs. Dec 11
7:00p to 9:30p

Bird Walks at Brookside
Sat. Dec. 13
9:00am and 11:00am

Silver Spring Green / Green Wheaton Holiday Gathering
Tues. Dec. 16
5:30p to 8:00p
AFI Silver Theater

Rachel Carson Greenway Walk
Fri. Dec. 19
10:00am  to 12:00p

Fenton Street Holiday Market
Sat. Dec. 20
9:00a to 3:00p


Planing Ahead - Jan. 19, 2015

Does your organization need help with a special project?
Your participation in the 2015 MLK Day of Service is a wonderful way to get it done! MCVC may even be able to cover your supply costs.   Fill out an INTEREST FORM
Locations throughout Montgomery County include:
  • Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center, from 1 pm - 3 pm - Service Projects and Volunteer Fair.
  • Silver Spring Civic Center, from 10 am - 12 pm - Service Projects.
  • Seneca Creek Community Church, from 9 am - 11 am - Service Projects.
Volunteer Fair
You can also sign up to participate in the Volunteer Fair at the Marriott.


For information and questions, email or call Kimberly Hodges at (240) 777-2613.


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