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Thursday, December 20, 2018

It Could be YOU! Blessed

I was reminded this morning about how cold it is outside.

In the reminder, I was asked to pray for the homeless, and that made me think about where I was and my present condition.

In my own home.

Warm and comfortable.

I control the heat.

Food in the cabinets.

A stove to cook it on.

Dishes and silverware to use.

Clean water to drink.

Glasses in the cabinet.

The list just kept growing, and I just could not list everything for which I’d been given and continue to be provided.  One word came to mind – BLESSED!

When we have so much, we are often lulled into thinking that everybody else has what we have. We forget that there are those who have nothing not because they are lazy, shiftless, uneducated, or some other reason, but because they have lost their jobs, hospital bills, fires, and, yes, bad choices and so on.

Pray, yes.  Prayer does change things.  We are admonished to pray without ceasing.  Many of us do, and many of us do not believe in prayer, but one thing for sure, all of us are human, and prayer will not keep us warm in 32 and below temperatures.  The truth of the matter is we need clothing.  When we are hungry, prayer will give us hope, but it will not stop the hunger pains, food will do that.

What is the point?  We should always pray, but we should also take action to eliminate basic human needs – hunger, homelessness, available health care, job opportunities, and livable wages.  None of us are in a position to take the high road and look down on those that are less fortunate.

But for grace and mercy, many of us would be in their condition. Let's not only pray but share some of our blessings with them. So, today, buy a bag of groceries and give it to someone in need. Buy two donuts and two cups of coffee and share one with a homeless person. There are lots that we can do, and no one needs ever know that you did -- well not everyone will not know because God is always watching.

Christmas Baskets Donation Due TODAY!

Good morning, Mount Rainier and surrounding areas as well as the rest of the world. LOL

Today is D-Day for our Christmas Baskets. If you are donating perishables (turkeys, hams, chickens, beef, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, butter, etc.), can goods, or other items for our Christmas Baskets please bring it to the Mount Rainier Police Station between 9:00 a.m and 8:30 p.m tonight.

If you wish to volunteer, do not hesitate to come and be a part of this demonstration of love for our community and our residents. The feeling you will get and carry for the rest of the holidays, and maybe even 2019 will be worth it. You also get an opportunity to interact with neighbors, see our police department and our officers in another light. So, come on out, every minute is not just working, but we will get the job done.

FORGOT WHAT TO DONATE? That's okay, here is the basic list:
Cranberry sauce -- lots
Jiffy mix -- lots
Stuffing mix -- lots
Green Beans, corn, black beans, red beans, mixed vegetables, etc. (CAN GOODS all kinds are welcome-
Elbow macaroni
Cake mix
Potatoes (white and sweet)
Can milk
Roast (beef, pork, lamb, etc.)
Beverages (water, juice, ice tea, lemonade, etc.)
Whatever you wish to give, I will distribute.

Just remember its Christmas, and the food is going to homes that are barely making it, need a hand UP, may not have a job, and just NEED A LITTLE KINDNESS!

Thank you to everyone in and around the community (including my friends and former Mount Rainians) for always helping to make this season brighter in Mount Rainier. Your love and caring are appreciated.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018


DOUBLE DUTCH performance by the Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars May 19, 2018, at 1:00 pm.

The Double Dutch competition will follow:

First prize $100

Second prize $75

Third prize $50

Honorable mentioning $25 -- may have more than one, if the money is right, AND if the performance warrants it!


Remember to sign up for the competition at the Mount Rainier Day Festival. Sign up will start at 10:00 am.

Mr. "C" there are some challenges out there waiting to take YOU ON! Hope you plan to show up for this marvelous event.


May is National Bike Month/Bikeshare in Prince George’s County

Good morning!

May is National Bike Month, and Friday, May 18, 2018 is Bike to Work Day!

That day, there will be 12 registered pit stops throughout Prince George’s County.
Please join us at the first-ever Prince George’s County-hosted pit stop at the Wayne K. Curry Administration Building on McCormick Drive in Largo.

There will be giveaways, snacks, bicycle-related demonstrations, and more!

The Largo pit stop will be open from 6:30am-8:30am, and everyone is welcome – whether you’ll be biking or not.

Plus, at 9am at the Largo pit stop, a special announcement will be made regarding bikeshare in Prince George’s County!

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

We hope you’ll plan to stop by, and don’t forget to spread the word!

Courtney Ward
Community Liaison
Prince George’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation
Office of the Director
9400 Peppercorn Place
Suite 300
Largo, Maryland 20774
Main: 301-883-5600

E-mail: cnward@co.pg.md.us

Gateway's Open Studio Tours on Mount Rainier Day May 19, 2018

Gateway CDC is pleased to collaborate with Mayor Miles and the City of Mount Rainier, on May 19, for the culmination of the 14th Open Studios Tour on Mount Rainier Day.

Festivities will include:

Pan Masters Steel Band will Kick-off our festivities to welcome visitors to both events.

Creative Edge Cinema Lounge at the Mediterranean Café will feature film shorts, by local filmmakers

"The Collective," an exhibit of ArtWorks by local artists will be on display at the Gateway's 39th Street Gallery.

The Menkiti Group will open up the Historic Singer Building for performance art, and family fun activities.

Gateway's Media Arts Lab will be the home base for artists located at 3311 Rhode Island Ave.

Visitors, artists, tourists, please pick up all maps guides and all other promotional materials at 3311 Rhode Island Ave., or visit GatewayOpenStudios.org


Monday, May 07, 2018

The Mount Rainier Day Festival 2018

It is TIME to get excited about the Mount Rainier Day Festival and the Gateway Art District Open Studio Tours!

At the Committee meeting tonight, it was awesome just sitting and listening to all of the things that will be happening on Mount Rainier Day.

STAY TUNED. Start watching for the next BIG THING that will be happening in Mount Rainier on May 19, 2018.

Double Dutch is coming.

Northwestern's ROTC

Largo Marching Band

Live performances -- throughout the day at the old Urban Eats location and in the Singer Building as part of the Open Studio Tours!

There will be van transportation to all of the events all day long for the young and old!
YES, we have VENDORS -- food, jewelry, clothes, and much much more!

Did I mention that there will be a PARADE? There will be a parade, and it is growing every day.

LOOKING FORWARD to seeing all of you on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

VENDING OPPORTUNITY will close at 4:30 p.m. May 11, 2018.

NEXT MEETING OF the MOUNT RAINIER DAY FESTIVAL COMMITTEE: May 14, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Rainier Manor 1 3001 Queens Chapel Road. There is still time to volunteer.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Snow Emergency Announcement for Mount Rainier, MD

March 21, 2018, 1:00pm

Mount Rainier Declares SNOW EMERGENCY. PLEASE act accordingly.

Due to the winter weather event, The City of Mount Rainier has declared a Snow Emergency to be in effect beginning 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
Parking on Emergency Routes is prohibited during a Snow Emergency.

Emergency Routes are as follows:

1.    34th Street from Eastern Avenue to Arundel Road
2.    Chillum Road from Arundel Road to the City boundary at Queens Chapel Road, MD Rt. 500
3.    Rainier Avenue from 34th Street to Upshur Street
4.    Upshur Street from Rainier Avenue to 28th Place
5.    28th Place from Upshur Street to Russel Avenue
6.    Russel Avenue from 28th Place to Arundel Road
7.    Varnum Street from Russel Avenue to Eastern Avenue
8.    Arundel Road from Russel Avenue to 34th Street

Wednesday trash collection is suspended until Thursday, March 22, 2018. Public Works Crews are out plowing during the snow emergency.

For questions or concerns, please contact:
Mount Rainier Snow Emergency Lines are 301-674-9175

In case of emergency, call 911

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Free Health Resources Provided by Doctors Community Health System

Monday, March 05, 2018
Free Health Resources Provided by Doctors Community Health System
Throughout the year, Doctors Community Health System offers numerous screenings and support groups. Some of the upcoming events include:

Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings
Doctors Community Hospital
Professional Office Building, Suite 110
Lanham, MD 20706
301-552-8524 | DCHweb.org/breast
Women who reside in Prince George’s County may qualify if they have a photo or picture ID, are ages 40 or older, are uninsured or underinsured or have a limited income.  Appointment required.

Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Program
Doctors Community Hospital
North Building, 4th Floor
Lanham, MD 20706
301-552-7705 | DCHweb.org/prevention
Colon or colorectal cancer is often preventable and curable.  If you’re a Prince George’s County resident you may qualify for a no cost colonoscopy if you are ages 50 or older, ages 50 or younger with a family history of colorectal cancer, or uninsured or underinsured.  Appointment required.
Join this American Lung Association club to get support, education and socialization with people who have chronic lung disease as well as their family members and caregivers.

Free Breast Cancer Support Group
Third Tuesday of Each Month, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Doctors Community Hospital
North Building, 4th Floor, Room 415
Lanham, MD 20706
240-542-3034 | DCHweb.org/breast
Join women who are newly diagnosed with or are recovering from breast cancer.

Free Diabetes Support Group
Third Monday of Each Month, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Doctors Community Hospital
North Building, 5th Floor, DSE Room
Lanham, MD 20706
301-552-8661 | DCHdiabetes.org
Join people who have diabetes as well as their families during engaging and interactive discussions about coping with this disease.

Free Drop-In Grief Support Group
Second Monday of Each Month, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Doctors Community Hospital
Critical Care Conference Room, 2nd Floor
Lanham, MD 20706
This group provides supportive listening, sharing and psycho-educational resources to grieving.

Free Post-Bariatric Surgery Support Group
Second Friday of Each Month, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Doctors Community Hospital
North Building, 5th Floor
Lanham, MD 20706
240-965-4405 | DCHweightloss.org
Meet other post-bariatric surgery patients while learning and sharing within a compassionate and professional environment.

Free Stroke Support Group
Second Wednesday of Each Month, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Bowie Senior Center
301-552-8114 | DCHrehab.org
Join stroke survivors and caregivers to explore resources as well as learn about stroke prevention, healthy lifestyles and empowerment strategies.

Free WomenHeart Support Group
Tuesdays: March 27, May 22, September 25 and November 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Doctors Community Hospital
North Building, 5th Floor, DSE Room
Lanham, MD 20706
301-552-8058 | DCHrehab.org
Join heart disease experts who provide educational information to women while encouraging them to make well-educated and heart-healthy decisions. 

Free Screenings on Mobile Health Clinic
Visit the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) mobile health clinic to receive free screenings (diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure) as well as medication reviews and education.  For updated care locations, call 301-324-4968 or visit DCHweb.org/WOW.  (Most times are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) 

March 2 – Megamart Supermarket, 1101 University Blvd E, Takoma Park, MD 
March 5 – Shoppes at New Carrollton, 7898 Riverdale Road, New Carrollton, MD
March 6 – Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
March 7 – Beltway Plaza Mall, 6000 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD
March 8 – Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel MD (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
March 9 – Prince George’s Community Federal Credit Union, 15201 Hall Road, Bowie, MD
March 12 – Shoppes at New Carrollton, 7898 Riverdale Road, New Carrollton, MD
March 13 – Langley Park Senior Activity Center, 1500 Merrimac Road Hyattsville MD (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
March 14 – Oxon Hill Village Apartments, 2260 Alice Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD
March 15 – Laurel Town Center, 13320 Laurel Bowie Road, Laurel, MD 
March 19 – Shoppes at New Carrollton, 7898 Riverdale Road, New Carrollton, MD
March 20 – John E. Howard Senior Activity Center, 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights, MD (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
March 21 – Powder Mill Village Apartments, 3625 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD
March 22 – Laurel Town Center, 13320 Laurel Bowie Road, Laurel, MD 
March 26 – St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 410 Addison Road South, Capitol Heights, MD  (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
March 27 – City of Glenarden Nutrition Center James R. Cousins, Jr. Municipal Center, 8600 Glenarden Parkway, Glenarden, MD 
March 28 – Beltway Plaza Mall, 6000 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD
March 29 – Harmony Hall, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD
March 30 – Shops at Iverson, 3737 Branch Avenue, Temple Hills, MD


Doctors Community Health System is a network of medical and surgical services provided throughout Prince George’s County and in Anne Arundel County.  At the heart of this network is its flagship – Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland.  To complement the hospital’s high-quality and comprehensive services, the system has more than a dozen centers of care in Bowie, Camp Springs, Crofton, District Heights, Hyattsville, Lanham, Largo, Laurel, Riverdale and Temple Hills.  Also, the hospital has been rated as a high-performing facility for heart failure by U.S. News & World Report in 2017-2018 and designated as a primary stroke center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.  The system has experienced physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who specialize in:

Ambulatory Surgery
Breast Health
Diabetes Care
Digestive Disease Care
Emergency Services
Imaging Services
Infusion Care
Orthopedic Services
Primary Care
Radiation Oncology
Rehabilitation Program
Sleep Care
Surgical Services
Transitional Care
Wound Care

For more information, visit DCHweb.org or call 301-DCH-4YOU (301-324-4968).