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Interested in discovering your artistic side? The Greenbelt Association for Visual Arts (GAVA) is a great place for an artistic education as they offer various classes for children ages 8-18. GAVA was first founded in 1997 by Barbra Simmons and offers painting classes, comic book classes, and animation classes in the Greenbelt Art Center. Scholarships are available for children above the age of eight.

GAVA offers classes throughout the week to different kinds of students and has partnered with the nonprofit Pathways Organization to provide classes for special needs children twice a week. With all these classes, the children need a place to display their art. Every Labor Day weekend GAVA has their largest art show of the year where they present artists of all ages in a large variety of categories. This past Labor Day was a huge success and many children received ribbons and prizes for their work.

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Music Program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Walking through Eleanor Roosevelt High School one can hear the faint sound of music drifting through the halls coming from the music room. At different times of the day one can find music director, Kevin Hawk, busy at work with one of many groups that the high school has. This will be Hawk’s fifth year at the high school as he continues to help the music program develop.

Hawk is in charge of the three main groups – band, choir, and orchestra – which all perform both within and outside of the school. Within the school, the groups have their seasonal festivals which fall in November and December this year as well as in school holiday assemblies. Hawk also provides the students with opportunities to spread music beyond the school and into the community. One upcoming event is the Best of Coffee House on Friday, October 7th, 7:00 to 9:00 PM. This event features any combination of students to perform with a wide variety of music for the public to showcase musical selections students have worked on in their own time.

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An Oasis of Resources: the GCF

The Greenbelt Community Foundation (GCF) was established to help worthwhile projects in Greenbelt. Since its founding, it has reinvested over $150,000 into 50 projects in the community. Projects include helping organizations such as the Greenbelt Farmers Market, the Lady Angels Basketball team, Our Ladies of Chariy Food Bank, and many more. Their vision is “for a thriving, engaged community that is socially responsible, environmentally conscious and supports education, the arts and sciences.” Their vision is achieved by providing support to local community organizations around Greenbelt- through financial assistance and providing other resources.

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Singing the Blues: Year 12

The New Deal Cafe’s 12th annual Greenbelt Blues Festival is themed “Women Sing the Blues”. It will take place on September 10, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Center. Bring your festival chairs and dance shoes to enjoy the Blues from day to night. It is a free and family-friendly event. You can catch a preview of the Festival the day before the event at the Beltway Plaza. Every year, Beltway Plaza hosts a performance in the mall the day before the festival in order to further promote the event.

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Greenbelt Community Lives at Beltway Plaza

From an initial dozen stores to approximately a million square feet of retail space, Beltway Plaza has grown tremendously in its 50 years. Now Beltway Plaza is an anchor for the local residents, not only because of its quantity of restaurants, retail stores, and entertainment opportunities, but for its embrace of the Greenbelt community.

Beltway Plaza, along with the Greenbelt News Review and Paradyme Management, is a sponsor of the Greenbelt Community Foundation’s (GCF) 10th anniversary celebration campaign, Explore Your Greenbelt. To celebrate, Beltway Plaza is hosting a Back-to-School Community Family Day, Saturday, August 27 from 2 to 6 p.m. on the upper level in front of Big Lots. WKYS Radio will entertain the crowd, the plaza’s own Balloon Clown and Plaza Woman will give away keys to the popular Beltway Plaza Treasure Chest, and free raffles will feature other prizes, including a trip to Ocean City. All Greenbelters are invited to attend to have fun and to learn how GCF lives out its mission of “nourishing all of Greenbelt’s neighborhoods.”

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