A previous Montgomery County meet-up by Greater Greater Washington used with permission.

Can you believe it’s been a year since our last GGWash meetup in Montgomery County? Let’s fix that. Join us this Thursday, May 25 outside at Denizens Brewing Company in Silver Spring for a happy hour from 5:30 - 7:30 pm to celebrate our new Planning Board appointments, other local wins, and future plans for MoCo.

If you’re looking to connect with other folks—especially in Montgomery County—who think neighbors are nicer than neighborhood character and that cities should be for people, not for cars, join us this Thursday rain or shine. Learn more about the event and register to attend here.

  • Date: Thursday, May 25, 2023
  • Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Location: Denizens Brewing Company, 1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD

Monday, May 22:

Provide feedback on how the city of Alexandria can increase its stock of safe, affordable housing: Safe and affordable housing is still a challenge for many Alexandrians due to a lack of supply and the institutional barriers to equitable access. The City of Alexandria is bundling efforts to address the housing crisis by combining two initiatives: Zoning for Housing, and Housing for All. The Zoning for Housing program aims to expand housing production and affordability through reforming City regulations, while the Housing for All program will help Alexandrians learn the history of past discriminatory housing policies and how these can be countered today.

Join the city of Alexandria for their hybrid Zoning for Housing Community Meeting on Monday, May 22. Learn more about the housing initiatives and how to attend the meeting here.

  • Date: Monday, May 22, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Location: Virtual or Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St, Alexandria, VA

Wednesday, May 24:

Learn from leading experts about the best Complete Streets policies across the US: Since the beginning of the Complete Streets movement in the early 2000s, more than 1,700 Complete Streets policies have been adopted in jurisdictions of all sizes and contexts across the United States. Adopting Complete Streets policies is a crucial first step to reducing traffic violence, improving health equity, responding to the climate crisis, and rectifying a long history of inequitable transportation practices.

Join Smart Growth America (SGA) for a webinar this Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 12:30 pm ET to hear from the advocates and practitioners who helped pass some of the strongest policies included in SGA’s latest report, “Best Complete Streets Policies 2023.” Learn more about the event and register to attend here.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2o23
  • Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
  • Location: Virtual

Join a virtual conversation with Jonathon Stalls about his experience walking across the United States: Jonathon spent 242 days walking across the United States in 2010 and has continued to move alongside thousands of people for thousands of miles. While most of us won’t walk or roll across the country, the deep wisdom and insights that Stalls receives from the people, land, and animals he meets on his pilgrimage have profound impacts on each of us. In his book WALK: Slow Down, Wake Up, and Connect at 1-3 Miles Per Hour, he shares how walking deepened his relationship with himself as a gay man, offering deep and clarifying emotional medicine. He confronts the systemic racism, classism, and ableism that shape and reshape the communities he walks through. And he invites readers to become awakened activists, to begin healing our culture’s profound separation from the natural world.

Join America Walks for a virtual conversation with Jonathon Stalls about his book and his lived experience walking across the US this Wednesday. Learn more about the event and register to attend here.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Location: Virtual

Thursday, May 25:

Discuss the history of jazz at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Rock Creek Park: From Duke Ellington to Ella Fitzgerald and many more, the Carter Barron was a hub of jazz music that helped shape the local jazz community in the DMV area.

In collaboration with the DC Jazz Festival, join the Rock Creek Conservancy for a panel discussion with local musicians and community leaders to discuss the history of jazz at the Carter Barron Amphitheater and what it meant for performers to play at the iconic venue. Learn more about the event and register to attend here.

  • Date: Thursday, May 25, 2023
  • Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Location: Virtual

Learn about the cycling habits of older adults ages 50 to 85+ and how they impact policy: Most people learn to ride a bike as a child, but when do they stop cycling? May is National Bike Month, and Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) is investigating the habits of older adults who cycle with the nationwide 50+ Cycling Survey. Carol Kachadoorian, and the MTI Research Associate and founder of dblTilde CORE, Inc., initiated the survey in 2018, and it has since examined the cycling habits and preferences of thousands of adults ages 50 to 85-plus. How can our growing understanding of older cyclists affect policy, programs, design, and practice?

Join MTI’s webinar to discuss health and mobility and to dig into ways this information can be used by engineers, planners, advocates, and more. Learn more about the event and register here.

  • Date: Thursday, May 25, 2023
  • Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Virtual

Saturday, May 27:

Volunteer to restore Rock Creek Park: Invasive plants are a major threat to our fragile forests, and stopping their spread helps allow for a thriving native understory. Join Rock Creek Conservancy (RCC) and the National Park Service for this invasive plant removal restoration event in Rock Creek Park at either of the two locations: Reservation 630 West or Fort Slocum. Learn more about RCC and register for the restoration events here.

  • Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: Reservation 630 West, 3031 Sedgwick Street NW, Washington, DC OR Fort Slocum, 5800 Kansas NW Ave, Washington, DC

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Karly Meyer was an Engagement Fellow at Greater Greater Washington. She was a student at George Washington University majoring in Public Health with minors in Sustainability and Biology. Karly discovered her interests in urban planning and active transportation while studying sustainable development in Copenhagen, Denmark. She grew up in Exeter, New Hampshire and used to live in Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC.