Published on: Thursday, September 1, 2016 Takoma Park Newsletter

Takoma Tidbits

The first meeting of the Friends of Takoma Park Recreation Center will be held at the Recreation Center (7315 New Hampshire Ave.) on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7:30–8:30 pm. The group will start with support from the Takoma Park Recreation Committee. “And we hope to gain more strength from neighbors near the Rec Center and from all Takoma Park residents,” said Committee Chair Jay Keller via email. According to Keller, the friends group will begin by improving current conditions at the center and then will involve residents in both short- and long-term planning for the facility.

Keller described Committee Member Priscilla Labovitz (Ward 1) as “the positive driving force in this budding movement.” Labovitz listed upgraded lighting and painting internally as initial improvements that are needed at the Rec Center. “I don’t have a master plan,” she said, “but we need to have a meeting where people can realistically say what they want from the facility beyond what was reported in the [recreational needs] study.” For more information about the Friends of Takoma Park Recreation Center, contact Priscilla Labovitz at

Silver Spring Takoma Park Restaurant Week

Hosted by Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker, this event returns for the second year with a new name! This year’s Silver Spring Takoma Park Restaurant Week will take place Sept. 6-11 at participating restaurants. For a complete list of participating restaurants, check the web page for updates:

Keep Takoma Park clean and green and earn SSLs

MCPS middle- and high-school students can now earn student service learning hours by volunteering for the Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup sponsored by the Takoma/Langley CDA on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 8:30–10 a.m. Volunteers will pick up trash and recyclables along the sidewalks of a onemile section of New Hampshire Avenue between Ethan Allen Avenue (MD410) and University Boulevard (MD193). The cleanup will begin at 6900 New Hampshire Avenue. To volunteer, please email

5th Annual Takoma Park Farmers Market Pie Contest

Bakers are invited to join the fun and enter their favorite recipe on Sunday, Sept. 18. Pies will be judged by celebrity judges, and prizes will be awarded. At the conclusion of the contest, all pies will be sliced and offered to the public for a donation. Non-bakers are encouraged to come and eat. All donations received will go to the Takoma Park Farmers Market SNAP (food stamp) Match Program. For contest rules and more information, visit 11 a.m. for pie delivery; 1 p.m. pie slices for sale.

Bringing Nature Home to Takoma Park

On Saturday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m., noted author and ecologist Doug Tallamy will speak at the Takoma Park Community Center. Dr. Tallamy is professor and chair of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, and his book Bringing Nature Home has become an important guide for helping citizens take action to strengthen biodiversity in their own yards and communities. Copies of Dr. Tallamy’s book will be available for sale and signing after his talk. This event is being co-sponsored by the City of Takoma Park and members of Natural Takoma, a collaborative effort including the Friends of Sligo Creek, Historic Takoma, the Takoma Horticultural Club and the Takoma Park Tree Commission. This event is free and open to the public.

This article appeared in the September 2016 edition of the Takoma Park Newsletter. The Takoma Park Newsletter is available for download here.