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Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Annual Farm Tour & Harvest Sale

Annual Farm Tour & Harvest Sale


Montgomery County will celebrate its agricultural heritage, promote local farms, and indulge in seasonally fresh food during the 22nd Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale.  All farms will be open Saturday July 23, with most also participating on Sunday July 24, 2011.  Farms will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This event will take place rain or shine.  However, if it rains, some events and activities scheduled at the farms may be delayed or cancelled. 

Safety, Health and Survival Week

 Monday June 20, 2011, through Saturday June 25, 2011, is the annual Firefighter/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week.

A Dose of Nature


Wow.  I just got back from working out outside…talk about something nourishing for the mind and soul.  Now that the weather is consistently warmer it has been wonderful to work out in the fresh air and amongst nature. 

Walking, running, stretching is a great way to clear the mind…just what the doctor ordered.  My schedule has been extremely busy and although I am good at balancing work and life, the life piece has recently kicked in between a long distance elderly mother, the kids, and the everyday stresses of life.  So what’s the best medicine…exercising out in nature is top on my list!  Natural endorphins are released into your body when you exercise and you feel better…mentally and physically.

So here’s what you can do if you’re feeling stressed and you want to clear your head:

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Earns Gold Medal



Rockville, MD – Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is the only hospital in Maryland to earn the Gold Medal award for quality care provided to critically ill newborns from the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) Neonatal Collaborative.

Twenty-six hospitals in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia participate in the Neonatal Collaborative, which strives to


MCFRS is Accepting Applications for Firefighter/Rescuer

MCFRS is Accepting Applications for Firefighter/Rescuer

                                                                                                  Candidates Must Possess Specific Levels of Training/Certification

Favorite Fridays: What's Your Favorite Lunch Spot in Bethesda? Take our Poll!


Every Friday I will feature a favorite place or item of mine and then have a poll to get your feedback.

On June 10th, I stopped by my preferred lunch spot, Sweetgreen on Bethesda Avenue, for a quick and healthy Santorini Salad (440 calories).

I have tried a few of their signature salads including: The Bondi, Curry Gold, and the most popular Guacamole Greens, but for summer I feel that the Santorini, with chopped romaine lettuce, roasted shrimp, feta cheese, grapes, fresh mint, chickpeas; topped with a fresh lemon squeeze is by far the best. The mint and lemon create a zesty flavor with no added sugar for the calorie conscious.

I occasionally get the cucumber basil yogurt dressing on the side in case I want to liven it up a bit; but trust me the lemon squeeze is all you need and you will save 100 calories!