Monthly archive - March 2014

StyleSurrender Brings Contemporary Fashion Downtown

Earlier this week Downtown College Park saw the opening of an independent clothing store at 4513 College Avenue in the former On Cloud 9 space. StyleSurrender is a contemporary clothing store that delivers fun, fresh, and easy to wear styles for young ladies. Beyond clothes, merchandise includes handbags, jewelry, accessories, and even swimwear.

To celebrate their opening, StyleSurrender is hosting a Grand Opening event on Saturday, March 29th. The event features a special 20% off the entire stock, plus an additional 15% off with a University of Maryland student ID. For those spending over $75, the shop is giving away a free gift. Refreshments will also be available while they last.

Ride 4 Eco

Event: Ride4ECO Fundraiser for ECO City Farms

Event Date: May 3, 2014, 10am-2pm

Location: Cole Fieldhouse at University of Maryland to ECO City Farms, 4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston, MD  20781

Contact: Susan Shuller, 513-478-2386

 Ride event flyer v4

Ride4ECO to promote sustainable farming, Healthy Eating and Active Living in Prince George’s County 

5 mile fun bike ride to raise funds for a bike stop at ECO City Farms @ Edmonston along the Anacostia River Trail 

Edmonston, MD—On Saturday, May 3rd, residents in Prince George’s County and students of University of Maryland will come together for the Ride4ECO, a fun 5 mile bike ride to raise funds for a bike stop at ECO City Farms in Edmonston along the Anacostia River Trail.  The bike stop will offer interpretive signage, highlighting the story of African American farmers that cultivated the area, directional trail signs, a picnic table, a tire fill station, a water fountain and a bike rack.  “The goal is to connect the farm and urban farming more generally with the imaginations of users of the adjacent Anacostia trail,” says Margaret Morgan-Hubbard, CEO of ECO City Farms.

The Ride4ECO will be held on May 3, 2014 starting at the Cole Fieldhouse at the University of Maryland at 10am.  Riders will ride along the Anacostia River Trail to ECO City Farms in Edmonston at 4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston, MD  20781 where they can celebrate at a Farm Open House from 12pm-2pm.  The Farm Open House, which features farm tours, healthy snacks, a silent auction and other fun activities is expected to draw more than 200 people.  Attendees can try out ECO’s famous ‘Smoothie Bike’, which allows them to pedal their way to a fruity treat, see how food is grown at ECO City Farms, and taste healthy food samples.

Many neighborhoods in the Port Towns of Prince George’s County, Maryland (Colmar Manor, Edmonston, Cottage City and Bladensburg) are considered to be ‘food deserts’: areas where there is very limited access to fresh and affordable food.  ECO City Farms and Port Towns Community Health Partnership–a collaboration of community residents, organizations and funders–are all working together in the Port Towns to break down the barriers to food access and promote HEALing (healthy eating and active living).

ECO City Farms is a food oasis in an area largely made up of strip malls, car repair shops, fast-food restaurants and processed food minimarts. “More than 70% of residents in the Port Towns are overweight or obese, with health issues, such as diabetes, related to poor eating habits,” notes Morgan-Hubbard. “We are working to make healthy eating an easy choice for all.”

Located in a working class neighborhood on the Anacostia River, in Edmonston, Maryland, ECO City Farms is adjacent to the new Anacostia bike trail.  This trail, which connects Prince George’s County to Washington, DC and Montgomery County, is not only used by recreational bicyclists on the weekends, it is also used as a transportation corridor by people in the Edmonston community.  The bike stop will bring more people to ECO City Farms and orient them to the farming history of the area.  Founded by free blacks who established farms here and prospered, Edmonston has had strong roots in farming since before the war of 1812. This project aims to illuminate and connect riders to the stories of people, past and present, who live and work here.

Ride4ECO needs to raise $5,000 to match a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to construct the bike stop.  This means that every dollar donated generates $2 in support!  Registration for the Ride4ECO and donations can be made at    However, the Ride4ECO is not just a day-long fundraiser.  It is an opportunity to support a more sustainable and healthy future for the Prince George’s County Community.

A Taste of Spring

The Board of Directors of the College Park Community Foundation invites you to A Taste of Spring, a fundraising event featuring a unique array of beer, wine, and fine food selected by celebrated local chef Ferhat Yalcin.

Sample from a special selection of wine and beer and enjoy the chef’s special menu of appetizers. Connect with friends and neighbors while supporting charitable projects in the College Park community.

The event will also feature a prize raffle and a survey of guests to award the distinction of Best Wine and Best Beer of the evening.

A Taste of Spring is brought to you by the College Park Community Foundation,Fishnet, and the Berwyn District Civic Association.

Individual tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets for $40.

We are also celebrating the successful 2013 change to Maryland law that allowed Fishnet to obtain its license to serve beer and wine, boosting economic development in the historic Berwyn neighborhood. The 21st District delegation to the Maryland General Assembly – Senator Jim Rosapepe and Delegates Barbara FrushJoseline Peña-Melnyk, and Ben Barnes – sponsored this new law.

Business sponsorship information is available, please contact Richard Morrison at

Please note that 50% of the ticket price is tax-deductible.

Thanks to our growing list of event sponsors, including the Clarice Smith Performing Arts CenterPongos Interactive, and Keane Enterprises, who have all joined us asPartnering Sponsors. In addition, our raffle will feature gift cards generously donated by Ledo Restaurant and Hard Times Cafe.

College Park Development Update – March 2014 Edition

The latest edition of the College Park Development Update features news on the building permit applications of the Courtyard Marriott and Monument Village developments, as well as the release of a Request for Applications by Prince George’s County for the redevelopment of 8+ acres of property near the College Park – University of Maryland Metro Station.

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Good Neighbor Day
Returns March 29th

Good Neighbor Day 2014 is coming, and you won’t want to miss this day of action in service to the City of College Park!

This is the third annual event and it’s all about developing relationships between the University, the City, businesses & non-profits  and the city’s residents, rolling up your sleeves, doing some beautification projects, and having a good time while doing it!

On Saturday, March 29, 2014 you can join in from 9:00am to 1:30pm to give back to the larger community as a part of Good Neighbor Day 2014.  Good Neighbor Day is a chance for everybody to give back: whatever your skill set, your age, or your level of physical mobility, there are a variety of different service-learning projects and there’s guaranteed to be a project with your name on it!

+ Neighborhood clean ups.  Tackle trash-clean up routes throughout north College Park.

+ Invasive plant species removal.  Calling all naturalists!  Uprooting non-indigenous plant species that threaten the balance of our local ecosystem.

+ Garden at a local elementary school.  College Park’s Al Huda Elementary School invites you into their school’s garden to do mulching and planting.

+ Tackle food scarcity in College Park.  During the month of March, campus and off-campus partners are collecting non-perishable goods to benefit the College Park Meals on Wheels Program and the College Park Food Bank.  The day’s efforts will help low-income members of the community who face food insecurity during the spring months and are at risk of going hungry after the surge of food donations during the winter holiday season dies down. (open flyer for box location) – Now to March 29th.

+ Get a free health check-up.  Doctors Community Hospital will provide free blood pressure  and cholesterol screenings on site.

+ Participate in a free workshop hosted by University and Community experts.  Interested in reducing your home’s carbon footprint?  Want to learn about promoting better physical and mental health for yourself and your loved ones?  Or how about participating in a discussion about how your ethnic, religious, or humanist culture practices the value of being a good neighbor?  Youth participants will be able to receive service-learning credit for workshop participation.

Register online today to guarantee your spot on the team—and your free t-shirt, light breakfast & lunch!  Visit  to register.

Good Neighbor Day 2014 will be held at the site of the College Park Meals on Wheels Program located at College Park United Methodist Church (9601 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD 20740).