Posts Tagged ‘Friends of Guy Mason’

Whole Foods (2323 Wisconsin Ave.) will donate 5% of its net proceeds for Tuesday, February 11, to three local service organizations: Glover Park Village, which seeks foster intergenerational volunteer support among neighbors; Healthy Living, Inc., which teaches classes in cooking simple, nutritious meals; and Friends of Guy Mason, which helps maintain and enhance the Guy Mason Recreation Center (3600 Calvert St.). Volunteers for all three agencies will be on hand at the store all day to share information and answer questions.

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The Guy Mason Recreation Center (3600 Calvert St.) playground will soon be renovated, the Northwest Current reports. On November 15, Mayor Vincent Gray announced that one million dollars in city funds had been allocated for upgrades to the tot lot. The effort is part of a District upgrade initiative called “Play DC”; a total of 40 playgrounds either have been or will be renovated under the program, the Current reports.

Though plans for Guy Mason’s play area have not yet been created, Dan Melman, president of the nonprofit Friends of Guy Mason booster group, told the paper that improvements might include equipment for older kids and better physical accessibility for all.

DPR will hold three community meetings to gather citizen input into the playground’s design, according to a notice posted on the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup. The first of these is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Guy Mason.

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Like all city rec centers, Guy Mason (3600 Calvert St.) is closed on Sundays. But a move by a Guy Mason pottery instructor and the Friends of Guy Mason booster club may change that, The Georgetown Current reports. Pottery teacher John Kerr first suggested the extended schedule, and FOGM president Dan Melman told the Current that the move wouldn’t cost the city any extra money. “The air conditioning is on whether anyone is in the building or not,” he told the paper. “Why not use these services that are provided?” A meeting between advocates of the idea and the director of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is scheduled for next month, Kerr told the Current.

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This just in from the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup:

Saturday April 13th!

Friends of Guy Mason Rec Center and Playground is hosting an afternoon EXTRAVAGANZA on Saturday, April 13th from 12:30pm to 3pm.

Featuring (for kids and adults):

— A high-flying, board-breaking, karate-chopping, black belt enter-the-dragon type demonstration by KICKS KARATE
— Little girl manicures by HEADS AND NAILS
— Free MAX’s ICE CREAM (while supplies last)
— And a DC FIRETRUCK with DC’s Finest Firemen (and maybe a water canon demonstation, too!)


Also on Saturday the 13th, we are having a small park and playground cleanup at 8am with coffee and bagels…if you like the park, use the playground, stop by for a little light work to help keep the playground clean. We hope to see you then!

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On October 11, the Savoy Suites Hotel (2505 Wisconsin Ave.) will host a cocktail reception and fundraiser for Friends of Guy Mason, the nonprofit group that helps maintain the Guy Mason Recreation Center (3600 Calvert St.).

Although Guy Mason is a city-run facility, Friends of Guy Mason augments what the government’s stretched budget is able to provide. In the past, the group has maintained the center’s tree canopy and fragrance garden; installed new playground equipment; and led community cleanup days. “We promise to continue to be strong advocates for the interests of students, faculty, and guests inside the building as well as all the outdoor users,” writes FOGM president Dan Melman in a statement to Glover Parkers. “As we build upon our past successes, we ask you to support us in our efforts to steward and improve our local treasure. We cannot do it without you.”

The October 11 event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $60 each and can be purchased at the Friends of Guy Mason website.

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