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Sunday, Oct. 15 at 4pm"Bringing Nature Home to Takoma Park"
Natural Takoma coalition presents Prof. Doug Tallamy of University of Delaware, whose book, Bringing Nature Home, has become an important guide for helping citizens take action to strengthen biodiversity in their own yards and communities. Book available for sale and signing. Co-hosted by Friends of Sligo Creek, Historic Takokma, Takoma Horticultural Club and the Takoma Park Tree Commission.
Free and open to the public. Held at Takoma Park Community Center.
Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 pm.What County Land Records Can Tell You About Your House.
What County Land Records Can Tell You About Your House. Local historian, Pierre Perrolle, explains how to explore the records.
Free, at Historic Takokma.
Saturday, October 22 from 1-4 pmLand Records Hands-on Workshop.
Pierre provides stepe-by-step guidance to a small group willing to tackle Land Record research in detail.
Free, but limit of 5 students.
Sunday, October 23 (time to be announced)"Dedication of "Dorothy's Woods."
Join longtime resident Dorothy Thomsen Barnes and neighbors to celebrate the official naming of the 2.5 acre woods adjacent to McLaughlin School in Dorothy's honor. Gather at intersection of Woodland and Circle Avenues.
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TALES OF TAKOMA
Dorothy Thomsen Barnes was born in 1922, soon after her parents bought a small house at 419 Elm Avenue. Dorothy and her friends grew up playing in the woods behind their house. She described those years in an oral history recorded in 2001
“We raced and ran through the woods behind our houses. We walked to school through a meadow of daisies and grasses and little tiny trees. Now it's a wooded area, of course, with houses built after they cut [Woodland Avenue] through.”
The school was J. Enos Ray Elementary, named for the influential Prince George's politician and long-time chair of the Democratic State Central Committee. It opened in 1929 as the first school on the Prince George's side of Takoma Park. Local parents considered it a blessing in the days when the next nearest county school was in Mt. Rainier and there were no buses. “I don't know how we would have gotten there,” Dorothy explained.
But the woods was more than the shortcut to school, it became the favored play space...