The Mini Nut

Enjoying our first trip to the Maryland Youth Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker. It’s a shortened version for kids. Still, lots of wiggles in the rows and kids getting caught in those folding theater seats! ­čÖé

The venue is Montgomery College‘s performing arts stage and it couldn’t be more spectacular.

A Wider Circle

I volunteered today at A Wider Circle, a great nonprofit based in
Silver Spring. We built this bed and tomorrow morning it will be out
the door with a family. I hope having a decent bed for the kids to
sleep on instead of the floor helps this family move more quickly to
self sufficiency.

Walk To School Day

This is the spectacular view from my seat at the county’s Walk To
School Day, where I joined superintendent Starr, County Executive
Leggett, and Councilmember Craig Rice. Craig fired up the crowd of
students at James Daly Elementary and I tell you, the sound of
hundreds of kids screaming is something to behold (in a very good
way).

Asked to speak I told the students how when I was a kid I walked 1.2
miles each way almost every day (I biked some too). It was always an
adventure. Eating plums, splashing puddles, making friends,
bickering with them, and trying desperately to get home before I peed
my pants. I think that formative experience of walking hours each day
helps explain why I’ve always preferred to walk to my job (can’t any
more tho) and why to this day I put such an emphasis on walkability in
our community planning.

Good times.

At Bethesda Library

Today I read to a group of second graders at the Bethesda Library. I
had a blast. The event was organized by the library system as part of
a statewide effort. I was excited to join up as I worked hard (and
successfully) this year to restore cuts that had been proposed to the
library system in the budget.

The Bethesda Library shows why libraries matter. As I said to the
kids, they can spend time in the library their entire lives. There is
a kids reading room and a teen reading lounge. A quiet study area for
students and a computer bank where you can job hunt. A room where you
can meet with colleagues or community groups. At every stage in our
community life, the library is a backdrop.

The kids seemed to enjoy the reading, especially the book Stone Soup,
one of my favorites that my parents read to me.