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July 26 -- Silver Spring Swings concert series: The Eddie Becker Band, Rock, Soul and R&B. 7 to 9 p.m. Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building, Ellsworth Dr. and Fenton St .  Performances canceled due to weather only if it is raining at 7 p.m. Performance features a mix of oldies, soul music, rock, R&B, jazz, blues and originals.  The band is a cooperative of musicians from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The series features a raffle that opens at 6:30 p.m. and is awarded during intermission. Also, prizes for adults, plus toys and gifts for kids. Presented by Discovery Communications, with the support of Montgomery County Recreation, the Silver Spring Urban District and The Gazette Newspapers. Call 240-777-6821 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

August 2 – Silver Spring Swings concert series: Big Sur, Traditional Rock and Roll. 7 to 9 p.m. Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building, Ellsworth Dr. and Fenton St.  Performances canceled due to weather only if it is raining at 7 p.m. Big Sur has been playing traditional rock and roll for more than 10 years.  The series features a raffle that opens at 6:30 p.m. and is awarded during intermission. Also, prizes for adults, plus toys and gifts for kids. Presented by Discovery Communications, with the support of Montgomery County Recreation, the Silver Spring Urban District and The Gazette Newspapers. Call 240-777-6821 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

Sunday, August 5 – Salvadoran American Festival, 2424 Reedie Dr., Wheaton. Noon – 6 p.m. The free event will include the 1st Annual Latino Health Fair, providing health screenings and information in Spanish on how to access state and community-based services. Renew a passport through the Salvadoran Consulate. Enjoy traditional foods, crafts, activities for children and live music. Contact Elizabeth Ortega at 240-777-6973 or 240-370-8351 (cell) or visit www.cotsa.org.

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POSTED: Friday, July 20, 2012 | 1:00:00 AM |

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Monday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. – Volunteer Information Sessions for Adult Literacy Tutors. Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. Hosted by The Literacy Council of Montgomery County for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write, or speak English  Once the orientation is completed, volunteers can select a two-part training session that fits their schedules.  No foreign language skills are necessary. Tutors work one-on-one or with small groups, and typically meet with students in libraries or community centers at mutually convenient times.  For complete details, call 301-610-0030, email info@literacycouncilmcmd.org or visit www.literacycouncilmcmd.org.

Thursday, June 21 -- Child Safety Seat Inspection at Fitzgerald’s Auto Mall, 5501 Nicholson La., Rockville. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free check of the condition and proper installation of child safety seats by nationally-certified car seat technicians from Fitzgerald’s staff, Fire & Rescue personnel and police. Every child under eight years old must be secured in a federally-approved and correctly used child restraint system (child safety seat or booster seat) when riding in a motor vehicle, unless the child is 4’9” or taller, or weighs more than 65 pounds.  All vehicle passengers under the age of 16 must be restrained by a seat belt.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 31, 2012 | 1:00:00 AM |

Taste of Wheaton: A Treat for the Senses

Downtown Wheaton will host the 17th annual Taste of Wheaton on Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grandview Ave. and Reedie Dr. 

This year’s line up of restaurants will include longtime favorites Hollywood East Café, Moby Dick Sushi, Los Cobanos and Marchone’s Italian Deli, plus newcomers The Limerick Pub and Green Plate Catering.  All will offer food samples at prices ranging from $1 to $5 per “taste.” Wine and cocktail pairings with menu items from selected restaurants will also be featured.

In addition to a variety of food, there will be live music and entertainment.

All of Triangle Lane and portions of Grandview Avenue will be closed during the event

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POSTED: Friday, May 18, 2012 | 7:00:00 AM |

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June 23 and 24 – Heritage Days Weekend.  Sites throughout the County. Noon to 4 p.m. Free.  Explore the history, culture and natural beauty of Montgomery County. Sponsored by Heritage Montgomery. Over the coming weeks, check the Heritage Montgomery website for more details.

June 25-July 1 – 2012 AT&T National marks the PGA TOUR’s return to the nation's capital. 120 top PGA TOUR professionals from around the world compete for their share of a $6.5 million purse. The event raises funds and awareness for the Tiger Woods Foundation while paying tribute to our armed forces. For information on tickets, parking, public transportation, etc., visit www.attnational.org.

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POSTED: Friday, May 18, 2012 | 1:00:00 AM |

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Saturday, May 19 -- Annual Disability Resource Fair.  Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.  Learn more about programs and services for children and adults with disabilities.  Free parking in the garage on Ellsworth Dr. adjacent to the Civic Building. More than 50 organizations and businesses will be on hand to share information about recreation, employment, and respite and other support services for individuals with disabilities and their families. Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Disability Services’ Community Support Network and Montgomery College. Those requiring special aids or services to participate in the event should call 240-777-1216 (voice) or 800-201-7165 (MD Relay) by Wednesday, May 2. For more information, call the Community Support Network, 240-777-1216.

Sunday, May 20 -- Taste of Wheaton.  Downtown Wheaton (Grandview Ave. & Reedie Dr.) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food samples $1 to $5 apiece. Musical entertainment, children’s activities, karaoke and live band.  Visit www.wheatonmd.org.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 1:00:00 AM |

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Saturdays, April-Sept. -- Free Walk-In Plant Clinics. Bethesda -- Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.;  Chevy Chase -- Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., 10 a.m.-noon.

1st and 3rd Saturdays, April-Sept. -- Free Walk-In Plant Clinics. Rockville -- Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

3rd Saturday, April-Oct. -- Free Walk-In Plant Clinics. Silver Spring -- FRESHFARM Market, Ellsworth Dr., between Georgia & Fenton. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesdays and Thursdays, April-Oct. -- Free Walk-In Plant Clinics. Wheaton -- Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave.1-4 p.m. Clinics also are held year round at the gardens. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sundays, 1- 4 p.m.

Montgomery County Master Gardeners answer questions during the gardening season. Bring your full and intact plant and insect samples, garden problems and questions and get answers. For further information call the Plant Helpline, 301-590-9650, weekday mornings or email mgmont@umd.edu.

Wed., Thurs., Sat., April 11, 12 and 14 -- Gilchrist Multicultural Center Registration for Spring Programs.  Midcounty Regional Services Center, 2424 Reedie Dr., Wheaton and the Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown. New this spring, and in partnership with the East County Regional Services Center, is a class called “Connecting With Your Community” to help immigrants better understand how County government works and promote civic participation. For more information about the spring session and registration times at the two centers, or to learn about other classes being offered, including non-registration-based ESL classes and pro bono legal clinics, call Dolores Ustrell-Roig, 240-777-4953.

Tuesday, April 17 -- Voter Registration Volunteer Evening Training Session.  Montgomery County Board of Elections, 18753 North Frederick Ave., Suite 210, Gaithersburg. 6:30 - 8 p.m.  Anyone who has not taken the training within the last year is encouraged to attend to be updated. Non-Montgomery County residents may take the training. To confirm attendance, contact Pauline G. Johnson at Gemini8855@hotmail.com or call 301-460-7858.

Thursday, April 19 -- “When a Marriage Ends: Financial, Property and Practical Issues Both Wife and Husband Must Consider.” Seminar on the legal process of separation and divorce in Montgomery County. Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Suite 330. 7 to 9 p.m. Topics to be covered include grounds for divorce; types of divorce; what to expect in court and alternatives to court; alimony; property division; domestic violence; and role of the attorney. Presented by Montgomery County Commission for Women in partnership with the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Family Law Section; the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Association; and the Montgomery County Divorce Roundtable. $10, pre-registered; $15 at the door.  Pre-register at  http://divorcelawseminar.eventbrite.com/.

Saturday April 21 -- Celebration of Baisakhi Honoring Sikh Heritage. Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville. 3-5 p.m. Cultural performances, family activities and light refreshments. Baisakhi is one of the most important and transforming events in Sikh history. (Sikhism is the fifth largest faith in the world.) Baisakhi marks the beginning of harvest time in Punjab, northern India and is one of the most joyous and colorful festivals of India. Learn about surrounding communities, nurture ties and enjoy traditional folk performances. The first video in the Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee’s “It Takes A Village” movie series, entitled The Cultural Safari, will be shown.  RSVP to diane.vu@montgomerycountymd by April 17.

Thursday, April 26 -- “What About the Children?” Seminar on the legal process of separation and divorce in Montgomery County. Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Suite 330. 7 to 9 p.m. Topics include parental responsibilities during and after divorce; powers of the court; family property; child custody and support; and tips for divorcing parents. Presented by Montgomery County Commission for Women in partnership with the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Family Law Section; the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Association; and the Montgomery County Divorce Roundtable. $10, pre-registered; $15 at the door.  Pre-register at http://divorcelawseminar.eventbrite.com/.

Saturday, April 28 -- 12th Annual Montgomery County Housing Fair and Financial Fitness Day. Bohrer Park Activity Center, Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For County residents with questions about housing resources and programs. There will be loan modifications offered on site, plus free foreclosure prevention counseling, free credit reports and analysis, guidance for people looking for affordable rental properties, information on avoiding housing scams and information on the legal implications of housing problems. Presented by the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs in partnership with the Montgomery County Housing Fair Committee. For more information, call 240-777-3602 or visit the Housing Fair and Financial Fitness 2012 webpage.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 1:00:00 AM |

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March 27 -- Absentee ballot deadline.  Written requests must reach the Elections Office by 8 p.m. or, if already registered, may be faxed to 240-777-8560 or e-mailed to absentee@montgomerycountymd.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. The absentee ballot application may be found online at the Board of Elections website at www.777vote.org or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/elections.  Follow all instructions, and return the completed, signed application by mail, fax, or e-mail.  Ballots will be mailed within three business days.  For more information, call 240-777-8550, or e-mail absentee@montgomerycountymd.gov.

April 23 – Town Hall Meeting with County Executive Ike Leggett. 7:30 p.m.  Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase.  For more information, call 240-777-6507. 

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 1:00:00 AM |

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Sunday, March 11 – Sister Cities Reception and Soccer Match -- Maryland Terps vs. El Salvadoran Olympic Team. Maryland Soccerplex, 18031 Central Park Circle, Boyds. Reception at 1 p.m.; kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Tickets include food, music and the game.  For tickets and more information, contact Karla Silvestre at 240-777-2525 or karla.silvestre@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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POSTED: Thursday, March 01, 2012 | 1:00:00 AM |

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March 3 -- Community Clean Water Summit. Silver Spring Civic Building at Veteran’s Plaza, One Veteran’s Pl., Great Hall, Room 1; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Hosted by the Department of Environmental Protection. Learn about the challenges of improving water quality, how your habits impact local waters, initiatives happening in your communities to improve stream health and how you can become involved. Become a part of the growing Clean Streams Movement and meet local watershed groups comprised of community members who are improving the quality of their local streams. Also learn about County-sponsored programs, such as RainScapes Rewards, that provide financial incentives to stop stormwater pollution at its source. To register, visit: http://cleanwatersummit.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Ryan Zerbe at Ryan.Zerbe@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-7744.

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POSTED: Friday, February 03, 2012 | 1:00:00 AM |

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Saturday, February 4 -- “Bullying in Schools: A Community Symposium on Prevention and Intervention Strategies.” Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, One Veterans Place. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Presented by Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights and the Committee on Hate/Violence. Moderated by County Councilmember Valerie Ervin. Keynote speaker, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chair Martin Castro. Panelists include representatives of Montgomery County Public Schools, National Association of School Psychologists, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Gay-Straight Alliance of Walt Whitman High School. Youth advocate Johnnie Williams will also join the panel discussions. A reception will follow. Sign language interpreter services provided only upon request with notice as far in advance as possible, but no less than 72 hours prior to the event. To request these or other services or aids needed to participate or to receive more information, call 240-777-8450 or email human-rights.administration@montgomerycountymd.gov.
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POSTED: Friday, January 20, 2012 | 1:00:00 AM |

County’s Holiday Schedule

Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays:

  • County Offices – closed on Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2
  • Public Libraries – closed December 24, 25, 26 and 31 and January 1 and 2
  • County liquor stores – all stores closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1 and 2; On December 24 and 31, all stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Ride On – Sunday schedule on December 26 and January 2 (regular weekend service except Christmas Eve, December 24, service ends early with last trips departing terminals around 10 p.m.)
  • TRiPS Commuter Stores (Silver Spring and Friendship Heights) – closed on December 26 and January 2
  • Refuse/recycling pickup – regular collection on December 26 and January 2
  • Transfer Station – open on Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2. Closed on December 25 and January 1.
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – free on December 26 and January 2
  • MCPS Administrative Offices – closed Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2
  • State offices & courts – closed Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2
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POSTED: Friday, December 16, 2011 | 9:00:00 AM |

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Monday, December 12 at 1:15 p.m.—Congressman Chris Van Hollen at Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. The congressman from Maryland's 8th District will discuss the fight to preserve America’s promise on Social Security, Medicare, and economically vulnerable families and communities. He will also present the recommendations of the Congressional Super Committee, a bipartisan group of 12 charged to produce a plan for debt and deficit reductions in federal spending. Presented by the Montgomery Chapter of OWL, the Voice of Midlife and Older Women. Call 240-777-4966 for directions. RSVP for lunch at noon, by calling Helen Horton by 10 a.m. on December 10, 240-777-4961.

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POSTED: Friday, December 09, 2011 | 1:00:00 AM |

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Tuesday, November 29 – Bikesharing Initiative Public Open House. Executive Office Building, Lobby Auditorium, 101 Monroe St., Rockville. 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) invites the public to provide comments on a bikesharing initiative proposed for an area stretching from the District of Columbia line to the Beltway along the Metrorail Red Line, including Forest Glen and Wheaton.  Staff is seeking input on bikesharing locations as part of a grant application to the Maryland Department of Transportation for a bikesharing system. The building is a short walk from Metrorail’s red line Rockville Station. 

Sunday, December 4 – Montgomery County Executive’s Ball,  “One for the Books,” at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd., North Bethesda. 6 p.m. Funds raised from this year’s Ball will go towards supporting Montgomery County Public Libraries.  Individual tickets are $125 each and can be purchased online until December 1.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.mocoexecball.org

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Monday, December 12 -- Councilmember Riemer's Solutions Forum -- Richard Montgomery High School Cafeteria, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville. 7 p.m. The focus of the town-hall style event will on solving problems. Councilman Hans Riemer will discuss agenda items for the coming year, review milestones from 2011 and present some early information about the budget and fiscal situation. Residents are invited to come prepared to talk about issues of concern.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | 9:54:00 PM |

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Wednesday, October 5 –Fraud Prevention Workshop for Seniors. Would you recognize fraud if it happened to you? Join Deborah Zuckerman from the Montgomery County State’s Attorney Office, along with Ralph Vines from the County’s Office of Consumer Protection, at a Conversation and Lunch with the Experts at Riderwood Village. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Performance Hall at 3150 Gracefield Road in Silver Spring. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call 240-777-1262 or 240-777-4575 (TTY) to attend.

Wednesday, October 5 – "Snapshot: One Day in the Life of Montgomery County Public Libraries." Public Libraries throughout the County will compile statistics, comments from customers, photographs and other data chronicling a typical library day. The results collected from all areas of the state will be combined to show how libraries provide invaluable services to their respective communities. Special activities will include VIP Read activities at the Bethesda, Germantown, Little Falls, Long Branch, Potomac, Rockville Memorial and Twinbrook libraries. Visit your local library and share your comments on why libraries are important to you and your family. For more information, visit http://www.mdlib.org/snapshot.

Tuesday, October 11 -- "Snapshot: Capture…Connect…Create." A free event celebrating Maryland Disability History and Awareness Month and National Disability Employment Awareness Month. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Pl. Remarks by Cathy Raggio, secretary of Maryland's Department of Disabilities; plus, presentations on Maryland's Senior Health Insurance Program and a hot topics panel discussion. A resource area will feature information on employment, housing and transportation options. To register, call 240-777-1262 or 240-777-4575 (TTY).

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POSTED: Friday, September 30, 2011 | 1:00:00 AM |

September 11, 2001: Montgomery County Remembers

Community Remembrance, September 9

The public is invited to attend a “September 11 Community Remembrance” ceremony on Friday, September 9 at 12:30 p.m. in Courthouse Square Park in Rockville. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and the ceremony is planned as a time for remembrance and tribute to the victims, their families, emergency responders and members of the military.

Local elected officials, including County Executive Ike Leggett, County Council President Valerie Ervin and Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio, will participate in the program that will include remarks by a family member of one of the Montgomery County victims.

Musical selections by the Montgomery County Police Gospel Choir will complete the program. Members of Montgomery County’s Fire and Rescue Services (MCFRS) and the Montgomery County and City of Rockville Police will also participate. The MCFRS Pipe and Drum Corps will perform.

For more information about the memorial park or the ceremony, call Judy Stiles in the Department of Recreation at 240-777-6875.

Interfaith Prayer Service, September 11

An interfaith prayer service will be held on Sunday, September 11 at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr. The service is open to the public and to all faith groups, churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, as well as secular groups.

 For more information about the interfaith prayer service, call Rev. Lynn Strauss at 301-762-7666.

Germantown Remembers…, September 12

“Germantown Remembers … A Commemoration of 9/11” will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. at BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr.

The program will feature remarks by County Executive Ike Leggett and Ground Zero survivor Peter Ahearn.

The National Anthem will be performed by the Seneca Valley High School Chamber Choir, under the direction of Michelle A. Searle. The colors will be presented by the Montgomery County Police (MCPD), Sheriff’s Office, Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, and Fire Rescue Service color guard. The Invocation will be presented by MCPD Volunteer Chaplain Sean Libby and other faith leaders of the community.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 08, 2011 | 7:00:00 AM |

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Wednesday, September 21 – Thanksgiving Parade Community Meeting. Residents and businesses are invited to attend and hear about volunteer opportunities, marketing opportunities for local businesses and how to participate in the parade.  All questions welcome. 7-9 p.m. Silver Spring Civic Building, at the corner of Ellsworth Dr. and Fenton St.

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July 23 --U.S. Navy Cruisers, a specialty unit of the United States Navy Band and a high-energy group of eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers, will provide contemporary rock entertainment. BlackRock Center, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 7 p.m. on the lawn. Free. 301-528-2260.

July 30 --Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Melanie Mason will perform her soothing sounds of folk and indie-rock. BlackRock Center, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 7 p.m. on the lawn. Free. 301-528-2260.

Daily through September 18 -- “Wings of Fancy” Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens, 1500 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the South Conservatory. Surround yourself with hundreds of African, Asian, Costa Rican and North American species of butterflies flying freely inside the conservatory. Learn about their life cycles and how you can attract native caterpillars and butterflies to your backyard. Adults, $6; ages 3-12, $4. Purchase the Frequent Visitor Pass at Brookside Gardens and enjoy unlimited return visits. Individual, Dual and Family Passes on sale in the gift shops at the gardens. Groups of 15 or more by appointment only, call 301-962-1467 for reservations. For more information, call Wings of Fancy information line: 301-962-1453 or visit www.brooksidegardens.org.

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POSTED: Friday, July 15, 2011 | 3:57:00 PM |

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Saturday, June 18 – Third Annual Blues Block Party in downtown Silver Spring. An all-day, family-friendly party stretching from the Fenton Street Market on Veterans Plaza to the fountain on Ellsworth Drive. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Two stages will feature 13 live acts, including a noon-time Blues storytime with Ayaba Bey. A musical instrument petting zoo, harmonica workshops, and 50 exhibitors round out the offerings. An afternoon Margarita Garden and late-night after-parties rock the ‘hood for grown-ups. The event is the result of the partnership between the Fenton Street Market, Downtown Silver Spring, and Blues Festival organizers D.C. Blues Society and Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 1:00:00 AM |

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Sunday, June 12 -- WHARFF (Wellness, Aging, Retirement, Financial Freedom) Interactive Seminar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd., Rockville. Free. Co-sponsored by Montgomery County, WHARFF focuses on getting the most out of life. Visit the WHARFF website and register for a one-on-one session with a financial, legal or health issue counselor; sign up for a quick massage or blood press screening; donate blood and help share life; or just walk around and visit the many vendors on hand with interesting and useful products and services. http://bethami.org/wharff/wharff2011/

Wednesday, June 15 -- World Elder Abuse Day, Asbury Methodist Village, 201 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. 1:30 p.m. Free. The Montgomery County Elder/Vulnerable Adult Abuse Task Force will host an event to honor World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. County Councilmember Phil Andrews will present a proclamation and members of the multi-agency Task Force will be on hand to share resources and information. Montgomery County agencies participating include the Montgomery County Police Department, Family Crimes Unit; Department of Health and Human Services, Adult Protective Services and the State’s Attorney’s Office. Other co-sponsors are the Maryland Office of Healthcare Quality and Asbury Methodist Village.

For more information, call 240-777-3350.

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POSTED: Friday, May 06, 2011 | 1:00:00 AM |

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Tuesday, April 12 – Recreation Department Public Budget Briefing, Marilyn Praisner Community Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. 7 p.m.; Thursday, April 14 – Recreation Department Public Budget Briefing, Ross Boddy Community Center, 18529 Brooke Rd., Sandy Spring. 7 p.m. Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz will brief residents and answer questions about the department’s portion of the recommended budget. The meetings will take place as part of the recreation area advisory board meetings. Call Judy Stiles at 240-777-6875.

Friday, April 13 – Open House to introduce new Arts for Life and Learning Program. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Program for persons ages 50 and above to encourage them to engage in and explore the arts. Attendees will sample workshops in creative movement, watercolor painting, cabaret and drama, engage in a performance by ClancyWorks Dance Company, listen to a talk by area photographers exhibiting in the gallery and enjoy a catered lunch.The program is the result of a partnership between BlackRock and Asbury Methodis Village. $10 advance admission for open house, including lunch and events. $15 at the door. For details or to registers, visit www.blackrockcenter.org or contact Rene Schecker at 240-912-1053.

Thursday, April 14 – Online Chat with County Executive Ike Leggett. Noon – 1 p.m. The interactive forum allows Montgomery County residents to send questions directly to County Executive Isiah Leggett before or during the chat.Answered questions will be availableat the beginning ofthe live session andselected questions will be answered during the scheduled discussion time.

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POSTED: Monday, April 11, 2011 | 1:00:00 AM |

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Sunday, March 20 -- “Japan Fair.” Bauer Drive Community Center, 14625 Bauer Dr., Rockville. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. Presented by high school students from Yokohama Hayato High School in Yokohama, Japan. Students will demonstrate and teach various Japanese arts, games and customs. Observe an informal Japanese Tea Ceremony and listen to Japanese songs. Also, a martial arts demonstration, dancing and a Japanese play. Learn how to create origami and calligraphy, play Japanese games and see Anime/Manga. Co-hosted by the Department of Recreation and Sakura Educational Exchange USA. Call 301-468-4015.

Wednesday, March 23 -- “Financial Fraud: Seniors Fight Back.” Charter House, 1316 Fenwick La., Silver Spring. 6 - 8 p.m. Free public forum hosted by County’s Advisory Committee on Consumer Protection that will examine financial issues facing seniors. Montgomery County Council President Valerie Ervin will welcome attendees. Moderator Beacon Newspaper publisher Stuart Rosenthal will lead a discussion with experts from the County’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP), the Maryland Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, attorneys in the field and audience members. Light refreshments served. Pre-registration not required but recommended; seating is limited. Sign language interpreter services provided by request at least 72 hours in advance.To register or request sign language or other services or aids needed to participate in the forum, call 240-777-3636 or MD Relay at 1-800-735-2258, or email consumerprotection@montgomerycountymd.gov. For more information, call 240-777-3636 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/consumer.

Saturday, March 26 -- 5th annual Let’s Get It Started, Montgomery County’s job fair for youth, ages 16-21. Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, One Veterans Place. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. One-on-one opportunities for young job seekers to connect with local businesses looking to hire. Businesses can conduct on-site interviews and offer information about jobs and career track. Sponsored by the Department of Economic Development. Visit www.letsgetitstartedyouthjobfair.com.

Sunday, March 27 -- SCRABBLE® SCRAMBLE fund raiser hosted by the Literacy Council of Montgomery County for its adult literacy programs. Manor Country Club, 14901 Carrolton Rd., Rockville. 6-9 p.m. All proceeds go to the Literacy Council. Four-player teams will compete to achieve the highest total score. Players will be able to purchase extra letters, buy a peek at a dictionary, and play cooperatively with other team members. Prizes will be awarded to the three top scoring teams. Tickets are $200 for a table of four; dinner included. Contact Martha E. Stephens at 301-610-0030 or info@literacycouncilmcmd.org.

Thursday, March 31 -- SuperWoman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore interactive workshop. Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Theatre 2. 12:30 p.m. Barbara Talley, renowned author, motivational speaker and poet will provide strategies to manage life, stress and your time. Discussions  will motivate you to become your best self; create a life of contentment; develop support networks; increase productivity, create balance and experience less stress; manage and handle chaos, guilt, and competing priorities; and set realistic expectations. College, County and community personnel will provide services and resources information. Book-signing will follow the presentation. Contact Yvonne Stephens, 240-567-4203, yvonne.stephens@montgomerycollege.edu or Prof. Patricia Ruppert, 240-567-5242, patricia.ruppert@montgomerycollege.edu. For more on the author/workshop, go to http://thepoetspeaks.com/index_files/Super_Woman_Page.htm. For disability services, call Prof. Cathy Wilson, 240-567-1475.

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POSTED: Friday, March 18, 2011 | 1:00:00 AM |

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March 10 – Public Meeting on the Draft Countywide Coordinated Implementation Strategy designed to protect local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.6 to 9 p.m. Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. The Department of Environmental Protection invites the public to attend and provide comments. There will be a presentation on the strategy and watershed implementation plans, an opportunity to review maps and figures for the individual watersheds, and a formal public comment period. In addition to commenting at the meeting, residents have 30 days to submit comments, with a deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25. All comments presented at the meeting or submitted by email or in writing will become part of the public record. Comments may be emailed to: MS4permitplans@montgomerycountymd.gov or sent to Meo Curtis, DEP, 255 Rockville Pike, Suite 120, Rockville MD 20850.Electronic versions of the strategy and individual watershed implementation plans are available on the DEP website . A reference copy is also available at the Rockville Memorial Library Reference Section.

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February -- Library Lovers Month. Stop by your local public library branch to pick up a bookmark or pencil and a postcard to let everyone know why you love libraries. Stop by any of the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County’s three bookstores to pick up a customizable amount gift card as the perfect book-lover’s present. Let the book worm in your life find new titles to devour and support Montgomery County Public Libraries at the same time. For more information, visit www.folmc.org.

February-April – Job Hunting Workshops featuring High Impact Resumes, Interviewing for Success, How to Apply for a Federal Job and Effective Strategies for the Internet Job Search. Various branches of Montgomery County Public Libraries. Workshops are free but registration is required. Visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library (Spotlight section).

February 20 -- County's Black History Month Celebration. "Conversations Across the Middle Passage: Dialogue and Music of the African Diaspora." BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 4-7 p.m. Dialogue among local African American, African and Caribbean leaders. Music of the diaspora by The Washington Revels Jubilee Voicesand lyric soprano Abiodun Koya. Black History Month proclamation presentation by County Executive Ike Leggett. Diaspora-inspired hors d'oeuvres served. Presented by the County Executive's African American, African Affairs and Caribbean American Advisory Groups. Contact Rev. Tim Warner or Daniel Koroma at 240-777-2570 or visit www.blackrockcenter.org.

February 26 -- Community Clean Water Summit. Presented by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection for watershed groups, the general public and anyone interested in the health of Montgomery County’s streams.Silver Spring Civic Building at Veteran’s Plaza, One Veteran’s Place, Great Hall, Room 1. 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about challenges to stream water quality, what environmental groups are doing to prevent pollutant impacts and how to get involved in the Clean Streams Movement. To register, visit: http://clean-water-summit.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Ryan Zerbe at Ryan.Zerbe@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-7744.

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January 24 - Online chat with County Executive Ike Leggett. Noon to 1 p.m. This online interactive forum allows residents in Montgomery County to send questions directly to County Executive Leggett. You may submit questions anytime. Answered questions will be available at the beginning of the live session and selected questions will be answered during the scheduled discussion time.

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Some dates to note on those new 2011calendars.

FY2012 Budget Forums – Sponsored by County Executive Ike Leggett, five budget forums will be held throughout the County to solicit input from residents about FY2012 Operating Budget priorities. The forums will begin at 7 p.m., on the following dates:

  • January 10, Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown
  • January 13, Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring
  • January 18, Crossway Community, 3015 Upton Dr., Kensington
  • January 20, Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring
  • January 24, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor La., Bethesda

Check montgomerycountymd.gov/townhall for more information and schedules.

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Through January 1, 2011 -- 2010 Winter Lights Festival hosted by the City of Gaithersburg at Seneca Creek State Park to benefit local charities. More than 380 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays in a 3.5 mile drive through the park on Clopper Rd. Theme areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, North Pole, Toyland, and Penguin Cove. Sunday to Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.  Closed on Mondays and December 25. Admission, cash only as follows: Tuesday to Thursday $12 per car; Friday to Sunday $15 per car; $20 for 15-19 passenger limousines and vans; $30 for 20-passenger vans; $70 for buses. More information at http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/winterlights/10_main.html.

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Friday, December 10 -- Human Rights Day program. Presented by the Office of Human Rights. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place. The event is part of OHR’s year-long commemoration of the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission’s 50th anniversary. See News Release for more info.

Sunday, December 12 -- Holiday celebration with the U.S. Navy Band Brass Quintet.   BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown.  3 p.m. Free. Musical selections from the 16th to 20th centuries. Following the concert, attend the first annual Germantown Town Center Tree Lighting on the front lawn. Guests are asked to bring a canned good or clothing item to donate to local families in need. Tickets are required and will be available starting December 1. Tickets not available online. Call 240-912-1058 for reservations (limit 4 per person).

Monday, December 13 – “What’s in Your Loan?”  Home loan forum, presented by the Office of Human Rights and Civil Justice, Inc. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Council Office Building, First Floor Auditorium, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. The program will feature a panel of attorneys from Civil Justice, Inc., a coalition of volunteer attorneys with expertise in foreclosure prevention, refinancing, reverse mortgages, short sales, buying foreclosed properties and many other real estate issues. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and set up appointments for individual consultations. Informational materials will be available. To request ADA program accommodations, at least five working days in advance, contact Cecelia Hatton in the Office of Human Rights at 240-777-8468.

Through January 9 -- "Garden of Lights" at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Close to one million twinkling colorful lights shaped in imaginative displays throughout the gardens. Enjoy the four seasons illuminated as giant summer sunflowers, autumn leaves, winter snowflakes, spring flowers, rain showers, and more. Walk along the easily accessible paths and you’ll see what sets this light show apart from others; it’s the hundreds of wrapped trees and shrubs, beautifully lighted gazebos, cascading fountains, and the individually formed displays in the shapes of blooming flowers and wild animals. Look for moving displays such as a flock of geese, or an 11-foot giraffe covered with 9,000 lights. For hours, admission, etc. see Information about Garden of Lights.  
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Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day program and Dedication of Veterans Plaza @ the Silver Spring Civic Building, corner of Ellsworth Dr. and Fenton St. Dedication Ceremony and Proclamation 11 a.m. – noon; Panel Discussions and Workshops, 12:30-4 p.m.; Reception 6-7 p.m.;  “A Tribute to America’s Veterans” Concert 7-10 p.m. Free. See flyer at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/veterans.

Saturday, November 13 – Preparing for Success. A seminar for high school girls planning to attend college or enter the workplace. Montgomery College, Rockville campus, 51 Mannakee St. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Topics include Life After High School and How to get a Job and Keep It. Also The “Right Look” Fashion Show. Free. Registration in the Theatre Arts Bldg. Free bus service from seven high schools around the County. For details, and/or to register, go to www.preparingforsuccess.org.

Saturday, November 13 – Celebrate America Recycles Day Shredding and Recycling Event. Bring confidential papers for shredding and recycling and/or donate clothing and household goods in working condition.  Gaithersburg High School, 314 S. Frederick Ave. Noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine.  Sponsored by the Division of Solid Waste Services (Dept. of Environmental Protection). For more details and guidelines, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/recycling or call 311

Sunday, November 14 – Celebrate America Recycles Day Shredding and Recycling Event. Bring confidential papers for shredding and recycling and/or donate clothing and household goods in working condition.  Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd. E. (Colesville Rd. parking lot), Silver Spring.  Noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine.  Sponsored by the Division of Solid Waste Services (Dept. of Environmental Protection). For more details and guidelines, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/recycling.

Tuesday, November 16 – Veteran’s Day Program -- “A Conversation with Everett Alvarez Jr.” @ Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. 7 p.m. A Rockville resident, Alvarez was the first American aviator shot down over North Vietnam and was held as a prisoner of war for eight and a half years.  Hosted by Montgomery County Public Libraries, in partnership with the County’s Commission on Veterans Affairs.  Read more.

Wednesday, November 17 -- Online chat with County Executive Ike Leggett. Noon to 1 p.m. This online interactive forum allows residents in Montgomery County to send questions directly to County Executive Leggett. You may submit questions anytime. Answered questions will be available at the beginning of the live session and selected questions will be answered during the scheduled discussion time.

Wednesday, Nov. 17 – Wheaton Redevelopment Community Workshop @ Crossway Community, Inc., 3015 Upton Drive, Kensington. 7 to 9 p.m. For local residents and business leaders who want to learn about the development team’s process for creating a concept plan and provide their personal input. Share ideas for redevelopment of downtown Wheaton in small-group, breakout sessions covering topics such as small business retention, uses of public space and sustainable development. For more about the County’s overall plans for Wheaton redevelopment, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/wheatonredev.

Wednesday, November 17 – Public Meeting re Olney Manor Skate Park @ the Olney Indoor Aquatic Center, 16605 Georgia Ave. 6:30 p.m. Information will be provided on the transition from the Recreation Department to Montgomery Parks (Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission) scheduled to take place in 2011. Also included will be operational information such as fees and park hours. To request ADA program accommodations as far in advance as possible -- but no less than three full business days prior to the day of the meeting -- call 240-777-6875, or email judy.stiles@montgomerycountymd.gov.  Other information, call 240-777-6870.

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October 24 – Blood Drive, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in memory of Montgomery County firefighters Carlos Alfaro Jr. and Sr. Fire Station 16, 111 University Blvd. E., Silver Spring. To confirm an appointment, call Steve Mann at 301-440-9294.

October 24 – Human Rights Hall of Fame Induction, 2 p.m., BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Common Drive, Germantown. The 2010 inductees are: Esther R. Delaplaine, Warren Fleming, Dr. Suresh K. Gupta, MD, and Henry Hailstock, Monsignor Ralph Kuehner and Betty L. Valdes. Hosted by the Office of Human Rights. Musical program, plus keynote speaker, Carl O. Snowden, director of the Office of Civil Rights for the State of Maryland. Program is free, but seating is limited. To RSVP, call 240-777-8467.

October 31 -- Master Gardener Plant Clinic, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. @ the Olney Farmers Market, Rt. 108 and Prince Philip Dr. (the Old Hospital parking lot). Free person-to-person clinics offered by Master Gardeners trained and supervised by the University of Maryland's Agriculture Department.  Residents can seek advice on many gardening questions.  Master Gardeners will examine samples of plants and insects, identify names and problems, and propose treatments.  Soil preparation, garden layouts and choosing plants suitable for sunny or shady areas are among other possible subjects. Call 301-590-9650, visit www.extension.umd.edu/local/Montgomery  or email mgmont@umd.edu.

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POSTED: Friday, October 15, 2010 | 1:00:00 AM |

Beat the End-of-Summer Blues

If you’re disappointed that summer is coming to an end and you have to say goodbye to vacations, trips to the outdoor pool, and cook-outs – here’s how to beat those end-of-summer blues.

Start the fall with a rousing good time at the Department of Recreation’s Back to Recreation fun-filled Open House on September 12, from noon to 4 p.m. There will be activities, demonstrations, games, prizes and tours for all ages. 

This sneak preview of all the fall activities offered by the Department of Recreation will be held at the following community centers: Bauer Drive, Damascus, Germantown, Longbranch, Marilyn Praisner and Potomac. 

Once you’ve seen everything that’s being offered this fall, you should register early to make sure you have your space reserved in the class or program of your choice. Registration is now open and it’s as easy as finding the Recreation and Parks Programs Guide online at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec. Or, pick up a copy at community centers, aquatic centers, senior centers and County libraries.  

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Friday, September 17, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  -- Effective Resume Writing presented at the Commission for Women’s offices, 401 Hungerford Dr., First Floor, Rockville.  Learn how to design a resume that is best suited to your skills, experience and employment goals. Topics will include various resume formats, using transferable skills, references and valuable tips to make your resume a successful marketing tool. Presented by Elena Chiru, M.Ed. Register and pay the $20 fee online using VISA and Mastercard. Since seating is limited, this is the fastest way to reserve a place in the seminar. To register and pay online, click here. To register and pay over the phone by credit card, call 240-777-8300. Print out the brochure, fill out the registration form and mail it to us along with your payment. Click here to print form

African Heritage Month Activities – Throughout September. Sunday, September 5, 10 a.m. – African Heritage Month Labor Day Event at the Viking Center, 15212 Dino Drive, Burtonsville; Saturday, September 18, 4 to 9 p.m. – Pan African Cultural Festival at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring; and Tuesday, September 21, 5 to 10 p.m. – Africa Leadership Congress, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. Montgomery County was the first in the nation to proclaim the month of September as African Heritage Month.  For more information, contact the Office of Community Partnerships at 240-777-2584.

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Monday, August 30; 10 a.m. -- Silver Spring Library Groundbreaking – Local officials will participate in the ceremony marking the beginning of construction for the building to be located at the corner of Wayne Ave. and Fenton St.

Monday, August 30; 5 – 8 p.m. -- Rescheduled Literacy Council of Montgomery County’s (LCMC) fundraiser at the Silver Diner, 11806 Rockville Pike (originally scheduled for July 26, was canceled because of a power outage at the restaurant). Treat yourself to dinner or order a take-out meal. LCMC volunteers will be on hand to greet diners, serve and share information about the organization. LCMC will receive a percentage of all sales. No RSVPs necessary. For more information, visit http://www.literacycouncilmcmd.org/what'snew.html.

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Monday, July 26Dine Out for Literacy. Treat yourself to dinner or take-out from the Silver Diner, 11806 Rockville Pike, between 5 and 8 p.m. and the Literacy Council of Montgomery County will receive a percentage of all sales. LCMC volunteers will be there to greet, serve, and hand out information to diners. This is a great way to show your support for the LCMC, so bring your family and friends and help raise money for literacy programs.

Thursday, July 29 -- Silver Spring Swings Summer Concert Series 2010 & Community Celebrations features a Latin/rock program by Patrick Alban and Noche Latina. Come and show your appreciation of the community’s Business and Entrepreneurial spirit. 7-9 p.m. Veterans Plaza @ the Civic Building, Fenton St. and Ellsworth Dr. in downtown Silver Spring. www.silverspringdowntown.com.

August 5 -- Silver Spring Swings Summer Concert Series 2010 & Community Celebrations presents a program of world jazz by The David Bach Consort. Celebrate the arts and nonprofits/charities/faith community. 7-9 p.m. Veterans Plaza @ the Civic Building, Fenton St. and Ellsworth Dr., downton Silver Spring. www.silverspringdowntown.com

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POSTED: Friday, July 23, 2010 | 1:00:00 AM |

Celebrations to Light Up July 4

Montgomery County will again this year host two Independence Day fireworks displays on Sunday, July 4. 

Germantown Glory will be held at the SoccerPlex in the South Germantown Recreational Park, 18041 Central Park Circle. A concert by Bobby and the Believers will begin at 7 p.m., with fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. 

 For soccer fans, an added treat -- at 5 p.m. the Washington Freedom will play the Chicago Red Stars. Residents are advised to plan ahead and expect heavy traffic around the park.

Mid-County Sparkles will be held at Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Rd., Kensington. Pre-fireworks activities will include children’s activities and a musical concert with Groove Killers beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. 

There will be no on-site parking at either school or at adjacent properties, except for handicapped parking. Shuttle buses will pick up passengers, beginning at 6:15 p.m., at Westfield Wheaton and the Wheaton Metro Station.

More information on the Germantown Glory and Mid-County Sparkles celebrations, including directions, is available on the County home page at www.montgomerycountmd,gov.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 01, 2010 | 9:00:00 AM |

The Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale -- A Great Family Outing and Educational Experience

 

Montgomery County will celebrate its agricultural heritage, promote local farms and indulge in seasonally fresh food during the 21st Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale. 

Fourteen farms will participate this year on Saturday July 24, and 10 will reopen for a second day on Sunday, July 25.  The farms will be open both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place rain or shine; however, if it rains, some events and activities scheduled at the farms may be delayed or cancelled.  This year, the tour also coincides with the Buy Local Challenge which encourages people to eat locally grown food.

Residents can purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and other local products. Several farms have hayrides, pony rides, music, demonstrations and other fun and educational activities planned for people of all ages.  

See The Farm Tour and Harvest Sale brochure at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/farmtour or for additional information, call
301-590-2823.   

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Saturday, June 26 – Special Civil Rights History Programs at Glen Echo Park, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Part of the 13th Annual Montgomery County Heritage Days program.  Featured will be a panel discussion from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on “Summer of Change: 50th Anniversary of the Integration of Glen Echo Park,” including County Executive Ike Leggett as a panelist. There will also be a book signing, a reading of an original play and a Civil Rights Tour. An exhibit entitiled “A Summer of Change: Civil Rights at Glen Echo Park may be viewed in the Glen Echo Park Partnership Office Gallery from noon to 6 p.m.  Get more details at www.glenechopark.org, click on Calendar.
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Wednesday, May 26 – Live Call In Show with Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and County Council President Nancy Floreen. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., the officials will answer residents’ questions on any topics of local concern. Hosted by Alisa Parenti, the show will be broadcast live on County Cable Montgomery, Channel 6 for RCN and Comcast cuastomers and Channel 30 for Verizon subscribers. Residents can call in to 240-777-6540 during the show. The show can also be viewed live on the County’s website; go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov  and click on County Cable 6.

Sunday, June 6 -- Paws in the Park, a 1K 3K, 5K dog walk benefitting homeless animals through the Montgomery County Humane Society. Registration at noon, walk begins at 1 p.m. Wheaton Regional Park, 11751 Orebaugh Ave.  Rain date, June 13.  Pet games, demos, off-leash dog park, a "flealess" market for pet-friendly vendors, food, music, prizes, etc.  Register online.

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Sunday, May 2, noon to 4 p.m. – Eighth Annual KidFest. A free, fun-filled afternoon of interactive recreational activities and events for children at the East County Community Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring. Sponsored by the Department of Recreation, the festival will feature games and activities, clowns, finger and face painting and live entertainment. Food available for purchase. Call 240-777-6821, or visit the Recreation Department website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 to 9 p.m. –  Free Forum on Civil Rights in Post 9/11 World. Executive Office Building, Lobby Level Auditorium, 101 Monroe St., Rockville. Residents, students, government leaders and area civil rights organizations are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights, Commission on Hate/Violence and the Commission on Human Rights. Call the Office of Human Rights at 240-777-8450.

Tuesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. -- Frank Lloyd Wright’s granddaughter discusses her book about “…Love and Marriage During the Depression” at the Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Elizabeth Wright, who grew up in the Silver Spring and Bethesda area discovered her parents’ letters while clearing out their Bethesda home, which was designed by her grandfather. She found the letters, written when they were trying to create a financially stable marriage in the midst of terrible economic conditions, to be witty, sassy and poignant. The book also contains the family background which sets the scene for the romance. Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Silver Spring Chapter as part of its 12-year-old Speaker Series. Copies of the book will be available for sale, and light refreshments will be served. Contact the Silver Spring Library at 240-773-9420.

Wednesday, May 12, Noon-1 p.m. -- Online chat with CountyExecutive Ike Leggett. This online interactive forum allows residents in Montgomery County to send questions directly to the County Executive. You may submit questions anytime. Answered questions will be available at the beginning of the live session and selected questions will be answered during the scheduled discussion time.

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April 11-17 – National Library Week 2010 – “Communities thrive @ your library.” A week designated for the celebration and appreciation of the contributions that libraries and librarians make to our communities and to our lives. For activities/programs scheduled at your local library in April and May, visit Check Us Out! on the Montgomery County Public Libraries’ website.   

Thursday, April 15, 2-3:15 p.m. -- “The Advancing Roles of Women in the Criminal Justice Field” featuring Chief Cathy Lanier of the DC Metropolitan Police Department and Chief Deputy Attorney General of Maryland Kay Winfree who will  share their experiences. Q&A period will follow, plus light refreshments. Montgomery College, Music Building Recital Hall, Rockville Campus. For disability accommodations, call 240-567-7446.

 

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Monday, March 15 – Release of FY11 Recommended Operating Budget by County Executive Ike Leggett. Noon. Executive Office Building Auditorium. Live on County Cable Montgomery, Ch. 6 for Comcast and RCN subscribers; Ch. 30 for Verizon customers.

Wednesday, March 17 – Budget discussion. Department of Health and Human Services’ FY11 Recommended Operating Budget. 6 p.m. Children’s Resource Center (auditorium), 332 West Edmonston Dr., Rockville.  Free parking.  HHS Director Uma Ahluwalia and senior leadership staff will brief residents and interested parties. To request sign language interpreter services or other assistance to participate in this meeting, call Karen Ricucci at 240-777-1211 (voice), 240-777-1245 (TTY) or email Karen.Ricucci@montgomerycountymd.gov by March 12.

Monday, March 22 – Town Hall Meeting with County Executive Ike Leggett, 7:30 p.m., Ridgeview Middle School, 16600 Raven Rock Dr., Gaithersburg.  During the meeting, residents can call or text their questions to 301-525-2229.  Or, residents can email their question to publicinformation@montgomerycountymd.gov before 5 p.m.  Also broadcast live on County Cable Montgomery, Ch. 6 for Comcast and RCN subscribers; Ch. 30 for Verizon customers. More information, call 240-777-6507.

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Dates to keep in mind.

March -- Christylez (“Chris-styles”) Bacon, a 2010 Grammy nominee, with Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, for “Best Musical Album for Children,” will perform his eclectic blend of classical, jazz and hip-hop arrangements on various dates at several Montgomery County Public Libraries between March 4 and 11. Made available by a grant from Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Maryland Inc. Check out dates and locations

March -- Lunar New Year celebrations at Montgomery County Public Libraries for all ages welcome the Year of the Tiger. Music, dance and special performances will feature sights and sounds of the Asian culture, plus, hands-on art activities, storytelling, shadow puppet shows, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese yo-yo, workshops and the traditional Chinese lion dance to chase away evil and usher in a year of good luck. Check out the schedule.

Monday, March 15 -- County Executive submits FY2011 Operating Budget. Noon. Live on County Cable 6 (channel 6 for Comcast and RCN subscribers and channel 30 for Verizon customers).

Wednesday, March 17 -- Online Chat with County Executive Ike Leggett. Noon - 1 p.m. Submit your questions now.

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  • Wednesday, January 27 – County Budget Forum presented by County Executive Ike Leggett at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center,  4805 Edgemoor La., Bethesda. 7 to 8:30 p.m.   Open to residents from any part of the county. Staff and the County Executive will be available for questions. Televised live on County Cable 6 -- channel 6 for Comcast and RCN subscribers; channel 30 for Verizon customers. Watch the Germantown forum held earlier.
  • Saturday, January 30 – Library Lovers Month Kickoff at the Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. 11 a.m. Dress as your favorite literary character and come celebrate the contributions of Montgomery County Public Libraries in our lives at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Arts, crafts, refreshments for children accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by Friends of the Library Montgomery County. For more on LLM, visit www.folmc.org or “Check Us Out!” on the library’s homepage.
  • Tuesday, February 9 – Montgomery County Public Libraries Black History Month Keynote Program. A’Lelia Bundles, great-great granddaughter of philanthropist, social activist and pioneer of the black hair care and cosmetics industry, Madam C. J. Walker, will discuss “Black Economic Empowerment” at the Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. 7:30 p.m. Call 240-777-0140.
  • February – Lunar New Year and Black History Month programs at Montgomery County Public Libraries. A variety of programs of interest to all ages will be held at branches throughout the county. Or “Check Us Out!” on the library’s homepage.
  • February dates remaining for H1N1 flu shots – check the H1N1 website for available times at local public libraries.
 
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  • Tuesday, January 12County Council returns from holiday recess.
  • Friday, January 15 – County Executive releases his recommended six-year Capital Improvements Program.
  • Monday, January 18 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute and Celebration. A day of community service projects throughout the county and a tribute and celebration with musical entertainment at the Musical Center at Strathmore. For volunteer project information, contact the MC Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteer. For tribute information, call 240-777-2570.
  • Wednesday, January 20 – Online Chat with County Executive Ike Leggett. Noon to 1 p.m. 
    Montgomery County residents have the chance to send questions directly to the County Executive. Submit questions anytime. Answered questions will be available at the beginning of the live session and selected questions will be answered during the scheduled discussion time.
  • Sunday, January 31County's 30th Annual Women’s Legislative Briefing. Keynote speaker: Lilly Ledbetter, pay equity advocate. Contact MC Commission for Women, 240-777-8330 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw.
  • Wednesday, February 3 – County Council Youth Town Hall Meeting for MontgomeryCounty middle and high school students.  Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. 6:30 reception; 7 to 8 p.m., Town Hall Meeting. Aired live on County Cable Montgomery. Ch. 6 for Comcast and RCN subscribers and Ch. 30 for Verizon customers. For information, call 240-777-7931.
  •  Monday, March 15 – County Executive releases his recommended Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2011.
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