Thursday, August 28, 2014
Healthy Eating Starts with Elephants and Pizza
Because we understand the essential role of parks and recreation in creating healthy communities, NRPA has worked tirelessly to promote initiatives that help our members implement top-notch programs for fitness and nutritious eating. Our Commit to Health campaign supports the implementation and evaluation of Healthy Eating, Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in park and recreation sites across the country, like Maryland’s Montgomery County Department of Recreation. Here, Manager of Youth Development Adriane Clutter gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how her agency took steps to implement HEPA standards in both public-facing programming and everyday activities among staff.
When facing a daunting task, high-stakes project or an attempt to change culture, I constantly hear the voice of my mentor and old supervisor asking, "How do you eat an elephant?” As the voice grows louder in my head, I begin to hear my usual reply, "I know, I know, one bite at a time."
Sometimes we have to present the “elephant” to our colleagues, staff and stakeholders in small pieces — where sweet success comes with every bite. The smallest changes can make the greatest amount of transformational gains. In youth development, we call this “motivation to mastery.” It is like the first time you learn to put your face in the water and hold your breath. The next thing you know, you are standing on the edge of the diving board contemplating the leap. With every little accomplishment, you get the courage to go further and further. That same thing applies here. We just needed to start with something small, like pizza!
The Montgomery County Department of Recreation (MCDR) in Maryland has been providing high-quality, affordable programs that are safe and enjoyable for years, and we have accepted a new challenge to earnestly evaluate policy in an effort to eliminate practices that contradict healthy behaviors. Food, more specifically pizza in large quantities, was often the hook used by many departments to get kids in the door and into safe places — an example of good intentions with inadvertent consequences. I once thought about putting out an RFP to all the local pizza places because we ordered such high volume!
NRPA’s Commit to Health initiative, forged in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Partnership for a Healthier America, highlights an important function of park and recreation agencies that goes beyond simply getting people in the door to register for our programs. It includes the introduction of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards, which offer guidelines for agencies seeking to provide healthier eating options to members, guests, campers and visitors. The HEPA standards challenged MCDR staff to put into practice the sort of positive lifestyle choices we advocate for the communities we serve. We see them as more than just standards — they are indicators that help to paint a clear picture of what success in healthier habits looks like.
Most appealing, HEPA standards won’t expire, unlike many other programs offered by recreation departments that typically have a beginning and end, run in life cycles, and ebb and flow as the political tides change. Often, healthy program initiatives are difficult to measure and staff members are likely to dismiss new efforts as just another good intention that eventually will fade away. This time, in Montgomery County, we decided things were going to be different.
The minute you mention the words “standards” or “policy,” people start to panic as if the aforementioned elephant just crashed into the room. We knew we were going to need a new approach. We knew that the language of management had to reflect the culture we wanted to create. We began to use words and phrases such as “quality,” “recognition,” “new approach” and “doing business differently.” Soon staff members started to associate themselves with higher standards of quality in both their personal efforts and in the programs they provide. Repetition has become a very important tactic — talking openly about the new standards at every opportunity, from staff meetings and business luncheons to personal conversations at the water cooler, has become an essential factor to success.
Small steps such as altering the snack inventory from greasy pizzas to fresh fruits and vegetables are indicative of MCDR’s progress toward becoming a department entrenched in the philosophy of wellness. We at MCDR are aiming to integrate HEPA standards in everything we do, and we began by assessing our current practices. We knew that we had to help ourselves first before we would be in a position to help others, like when a flight attendant says, "When the mask drops from the overhead bin, secure your mask first, and then assist the persons next to you." We adopted a Healthy Eating Standard to indicate staff should not eat unhealthy foods in front of participants. We also made sure healthy options were available at staff meetings whenever food was served. This was an easy way for management to set the tone.
The Food Fun & Fitness program offered this summer is an example of how HEPA standards were integrated into MCDR’s traditional public-facing programming. The program, offered in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), provided a balance of healthy activity to hundreds of children, while serving more than 14,000 healthy meals. The program was pivotal in ensuring that children had access to nutritious food and physical activity during the summer months. This new approach not only helped to tell our story, it also helped MCPS overcome the bias of the dreaded healthy school lunch. This Food Fun & Fitness video featuring children from the Fox Chapel neighborhood in Germantown, Maryland, is an example of MCDR’s public declaration that access to quality health and physical activity is our greatest priority. This program shows how policy changes translate into on-the-ground success.
The Food Fun & Fitness Site Director Brenda Barrera (L), and Youth Development Manager Adriane Clutter (R), modeling positive summer fun behavior for camp staff and participants
It has only been a few months since we began integrating HEPA standards into our programming and we are already seeing positive changes.
Here are five easy ways to introduce the HEPA standards in your department:
- Decide to Commit to Health and pledge sites — declare it publicly and in writing;
- Recruit others to join you;
- Create opportunities for small wins;
- Change your language; and
- Repeat and model your message everywhere you go, from the front desk staff to the board member
Learn more about Commit to Health, HEPA standards and how you or your agency can begin making healthier nutritional choices.
How can your agency make small changes to incorporate the HEPA standards? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on twitter with the hashtag #CommitToHealth.
Adriane Clutter is the manager of youth development for the Montgomery County Department of Recreation in Maryland. Judy Stiles, media and public relations specialist contributed to the development of this post.
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Monday, August 11, 2014
The Fall issue of the Montgomery County Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs is now available. Registration opens for programs and classes on Monday, August 18.
The guide features hundreds of activities and programs that make it easy to enjoy a healthier and more active lifestyle, inclu
ding sports, therapeutic recreation services and active adult senior programming.
Registration is available in one of four ways: online, by mail, fax or in person at the Montgomery County Recreation Administrative Offices at 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring.
Print copies of the guide are available at recreation centers, park facilities, aquatic and senior centers and public libraries. Residents who prefer receiving the guide by mail can pay an annual subscription fee of $5 and receive a full year of five issues (Summer, Fall, Winter, Summer Camps and Spring). To view the guide online, or to sign up for a subscription, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
For more information, call 240-777-6840.
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Friday, August 08, 2014
Montgomery County Recreation will reopen the Upper County Outdoor Pool, 8211 Emory Grove Road in Gaithersburg on Saturday, August 9 at noon. The pool was closed this past Wednesday due to a break in the main water line going into the pool. The necessary repairs have been completed.
“It is good news that we are able to get the Upper County Pool so that our residents can continue to enjoy the pool for the remaining summer season”, said Recreation Department Division Chief Robin Riley. “We are very appreciative to our Department of General Services Team for completing the repairs so quickly.”
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Yikes! The Upper County Outdoor Pool at 8211 Emory Grove Road in Gaithersburg has temporarily closed for emergency repairs on a main water line into the pool/facility. At this time, we don’t have an estimated timeframe for completion of repairs but will give updates and we learn more.
The Therapeutic Recreation Summer Swim scheduled for August 7 will be canceled. Interested participants are encouraged to register for Summer Swim scheduled at Martin Luther King, Jr. Pool on August 16
In the meantime, you may want to check out one of the other six outdoor pools.
Betheda Outdoor Pool
Little Falls Parkway and Hillandale Road, Bethesda
Germantown Outdoor Pool
18905 Kingsview Drive, Germantown
Long Branch Outdoor Pool
8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring
Martin Luther King, Jr. Outdoor Pool
1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring
Western County Outdoor Pool
20151 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville
Wheaton/Glenmont Outdoor Pool
12621 Dalewood Drive, Wheaton
POSTED: 2:40:00 PM
Monday, August 04, 2014
Seventy-five local young people recently completed a major first step toward defining positive goals for their futures when they graduated from the County’s 2014 Teen Works Program.
Introduced by the Montgomery County Recreation Department in 2012, Teen Works is a comprehensive youth development work program that aims to address the growing trend of youth who are challenged to find meaningful employment. It features an occupational component that provides opportunity for teens to develop work experiences and an education component that provides leadership training.
Teen Works is offered year round for Montgomery County high school students age 16 to graduation. Teens are placed in public-sector and non-profit jobs throughout the County. They can work up to four hours per day or eight hours on weekends during the school year, or 40 hours per week during the summer months, earning minimum wage, that is paid by the County.
The year-end ceremony for the Teen Works graduates, held at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington on July 30, was attended by Councilmembers Craig Rice and Nancy Navarro.
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Friday, August 01, 2014
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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Mark your calendar for the Silver Spring’s long-running, popular Thursday Night Concert! The free, outdoor concerts feature a wide range of musicians for the whole family to enjoy. The concerts are held Thursday evenings, June 26 – August 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., on Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building, Ellsworth Dr. and Fenton St. Performances are cancelled due to weather only if it is raining at 7 p.m.
A raffle, with prizes for children and adults, is held at each concert. Attendees may bring picnics or get food from one of the many nearby restaurants.
Following are the upcoming concerts:
July 10 – ROADDOG (R&B, Blues)
July 17 – Ocho de Bastos (Latin Rock)
July 24 – Moxie Blues Band (Blues)
July 31 – Second Wind (Rock & Roll Covers)
August 7 – Eddie Becker Band (Rock, Soul, R&B)
August 14 – Project Natale (Jazz)
The concerts are sponsored by Discovery Communications, Live Nation, Montgomery County, the Silver Spring Urban District, Montgomery County Recreation and the Foundation to Celebrate Downtown Silver Spring.
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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Montgomery County will host a free World Cup Soccer Final Viewing Party on Sunday, July 13 at Silver Spring Veterans Plaza at the corner of Fenton St. and Ellsworth Dr. The final match for the 2014 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. will be aired on a Jumbotron television.
Low lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome at the event. There are many good restaurants within close walking distance. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
“Soccer touches the lives of so many around the world, including myself,” said Recreation Department Director Gabe Albornoz. “I am very proud Montgomery County is able to provide this venue for everyone to come together to enjoy the culmination of this important sporting event that means so much to so many people.”
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Monday, July 07, 2014
Pools are a great way to keep cool during the hot summer months. The Recreation Department has seven outdoor pools that are open to keep you cool during the hot summer months!
Bethesda Outdoor Pool (BOP)
Facilities include a six-lane wide 50-meter long Z-shaped Main Pool with a six lane 25-meter course into the diving well, which features one half-meter and one-meter boards, and a "drop" slide; a separate Tot Pool; a shallow water Teach Pool, and a six-lane Lap Pool. Also included area a snack bar, bathhouse and lawn areas with shade structures.
Little Falls Parkway and Hillandale Road, Bethesda
Germantown Outdoor Pool (GOP)
Facilities include an eight lane, 25-meter Main Pool with one-meter and hald-meter diving boards, a separate Leisure Pool featuring two water slides and two cross walk features, Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse, and lawn areas.
18905 Kingsview Drive, Germantown
Long Branch Outdoor Pool (LB)
Includes a six lane, L-shaped 25-meter Main Pool, a Teach Pool, a Tot Pool, and a snack bar, bathhouse and lawn areas.
8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring
Martin Luther King, Jr. Outdoor Pool (MLKO)
This facility features a six lane, 50-meter L-shaped Main Pool, with an eight lane, 25-meter course into the diving area, which offers one half-meter and one-meter boards. The separate Leisure Pool consists of a shallow water lagoon with slides and water play features, surrounded by a circular "Lazy River" for riding inner tubes with the current. Als provided are a bathouse with showers and First Aid areas; a separate Tot Pool and lawn areas with shade structures.
1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring
Upper County Outdoor Pool (UC)
This facility includes an eight lane, 25-meter Main Pool with two one-meter diving boards; a separate shallow water Leisure Pool with a water slide, Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse and lawn areas.
8211 Emory Grove Road, Gaithersburg, MD
Western County Outdoor Pool (WC)
Facilities include a six lane, 25-meter Main Pool and an eight lane, 25-meter swim course, with one-meter and half-meter diving boards. A separate shallow water Leisure Pool has fountains, sprays and kiddie slides. An Activity Pool has two flume slides and crosswalks. A Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse, and lawn areas are also provided.
20151 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville
Wheaton/Glenmont Outdoor Pool (GL)
Facilities include a six lane, 50-meter Main Pool and an eight lane, 25-meter swim course, with one-meter and half-meter diving boards. A separate shallow water Leisure Pool has fountains, sprays and kiddie slides. An Activity Pool has two flume slides and crosswalks. A Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse, and lawn areas are also provided.
12621 Dalewood Drive, Wheaton
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Montgomery County Recreation is joining the Recreation departments in Gaithersburg and Rockville to host a free Water Safety Day event on Friday, May 30 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Water Park at Bohrer Park, 512 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg.
“I encourage families to participate in this free and educational event,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett. “This is an excellent opportunity for our residents to learn effective ways to protect themselves and their loved ones from unnecessary injury as the summer swim season gets underway.”
The free event will include information stations that provide resources on a variety of topics, including swim level testing, the importance of personal flotation devices, how to safely reach and assist someone struggling in the water and the importance of using sunscreen to prevent serious skin damage.
Anyone attending Water Safety Day who visits the various information booths is welcome to stay and enjoy a free swim. Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information about the event, call Carrie Headen at 240-777-8060.
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Monday, May 12, 2014
Spider-Man and Montgomery County Recreation have a lot in common? Sure, Spider-Man’s web is a powerful adhesive that allows the swinging from building to building, adherence to walls and ceilings, easy “wrap-up” of villains, and protects innocent bystanders from the likes of Green Goblin, Dr. Octopus, and Elektro. However, Montgomery’s RecWeb has a few powers, too. The power to discover creativity creativity, increase fitness, defeat boredom, and conquer the mundane., increase fitness, defeat boredom, and conquer the mundane.
RecWeb is our online registration, compliments of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and recreation department. Online registration for summer programs is open at at https://recweb.montgomerycountymd.gov/
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Friday, April 25, 2014
Montgomery County Recreation announces this year’s lineup for the 2014 Silver Spring Summer Concert Series presented by Discovery Communications and Live Nation. The popular series of free, outdoor concerts, expanded this year to eight weeks, features a wide range of entertaining musicians for the whole family to enjoy. The concerts will be held on Thursday evenings, June 26 – August 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., on Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building, Ellsworth Dr. and Fenton St. Performances are canceled due to weather only if it is raining at 7 p.m.
A raffle, with prizes for children and adults, is held at each concert. Attendees may bring a picnic or enjoy food from one of the many nearby restaurants.
Following is a schedule of concerts:
· June 26 – Bruce Ewan, The Red Harmonica King, featuring South African blues guitarist Willem Moller (Blues)
· July 3 – Little Red and the Renegades (Zydeco)
· July 10 – ROADDOG (R&B, Blues)
· July 17 – Ocho de Bastos (Latin Rock)
· July 24 – Moxie Blues Band (Blues)
· July 31 – Second Wind (Rock & Roll Covers)
· August 7 – Eddie Becker Band (Rock, Soul, R&B)
· August 14 – Project Natale (Jazz)
For more information, call 240-777-6821.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
April 2 is a day to get up and get going. Organized by the American Heart Association, this event focuses on the importance of regular physical activity. Don’t underestimate the power of walking as a healthy exercise choice. Get up, get going, and get healthy!
Walk your dog. Walk on a treadmill. Walk at the beach. Walk Walk Walk!
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Friday, March 28, 2014
Montgomery County will join the worldwide “Earth Hour” celebration on Saturday, March 29 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. by turning out most lights in the largest of its downtown Rockville government buildings. Residents, schools, businesses, community groups and organizations are urged to join the County in supporting Earth Hour to make a statement about reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
“One person turning out their lights for one hour is a small gesture, but millions of people around the world participating makes a powerful statement about our ability to reduce energy use and take action to address global warming,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “We can be part of the collective solution, not only on March 29, but also every day by taking simple steps to cut our greenhouse gas emissions on an ongoing basis.”
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Montgomery County Recreation gives a shout to Milena Vanous for her winning performances in the 2014 Maryland Special Olympics. Milena won a bronze and two Silver medals in the Alpine skiing events (Giant Slalom, Slalom, and Super G). Milena has been competitively skiing with Special Olympics for seven years and prior to this year’s events Milena won numerous medals in cross country skiing. In addition to skiing, Milena competes in track and field and sailing. When not on the slopes, you will find Milena working part time at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver Aquatic Center.
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Monday, March 17, 2014
The Department of Recreation Administrative Office will open at noon today. Community Centers will open at noon for drop-in activities only. Please call the facility directly before leaving home to ensure that staff were able to make it in to each facility. Senior Centers are closed. All regularly scheduled programs and activities are cancelled today.
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Thursday, March 06, 2014
Montgomery County Recreation and Sakura Educational Exchange USA will co-host a student-presented “Japan Fair” on Saturday, March 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bauer Drive Community Center, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville.
This wonderful event provides an opportunity to experience the richness of the Japanese culture and traditions. The free annual event is presented by students from Yokohama Hayato High School in Yokohama, Japan who will demonstrate and teach various Japanese arts, games and customs. Adults and children will be able to observe an informal Japanese Tea Ceremony and listen to Japanese songs. There will be a martial arts demonstration and traditional Japanese dances. Visitors will also learn how to create origami and calligraphy, play Japanese games and see Anime/Manga (Japanese cartoons).
For more information, call Alex Taylor at 240-777-6922.
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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Payment plans are available for Recreation Summer Camps to help families budget for summer programs. Signing up is quick and easy, and your payments can be automatically deducted from your credit card. There are no interest fees or other extra charges. When registering, make an initial payment of 25 percent of the total cost. After that, make three more payments that equal 25 percent of your total cost.
Payment plans can be set up online through RecWeb, which is available on-line at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec or in person at our Recreation Department Administrative Office, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring. For more information about payment plans go to: Summer Payment Plans
POSTED: 10:48:00 AM
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Think Sun! Think Summer! Think Fun!
Registration for Montgomery County Recreation’s summer camps and programs is continuing, Many programs and activities are filling so you want to register today to reserve the perfect summer fun for your child. Space is limited and signups are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Choose from hundreds of affordably priced offerings, including sports, nature, robotics, magic, swimming and theatre, listed in the Summer Camps Guide, available online at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
or in print at Recreation facilities throughout the County. Camps and summer programs are available for tots to teens and all skill levels at hundreds of locations around the County.
There are four ways to register: online at RecWeb
, by mail, by fax or in person at the Recreation Department Administrative Offices, 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring.
For more information, call 240-777-4980.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease claim the lives of about 600,000 Americans every year
and to raise awareness, February has become American Heart Month
. In 2011 the
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) started the Million Heartscampaign
, which aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 2017. One way to help reduce the risk is to exercise regularly, which can help you manage contributing factors such as weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
We have a wide variety of classes to help you get moving, build exercise into your weekly routine, and ultimately improve your heart health.
Dance and Fitness (20 sessions, $140)
This class offers a complete cardiovascular aerobic workout with a variety of music and choreographed moves that will keep all participants (women and men) engaged and entertained. The classes include flexibility and leg routines leading into a full aerobic workout, plus weights, abdominal work and cool down stretch. Experienced instructors are trained and certified in CPR. Bring a mat/blanket for floor work, and hand weights (optional). Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Sorensen’s Strong Step (10 sessions, $70)
This is a high-energy, low-impact fitness class that will get your heart pumping and put a smile on your face. We incorporate a blend of exercises, and resistance training to providea full body workout. Students can adjust step level to vary intensity. Participants provide own step, exercise mat, and 1-6 lbs. hand weights (optional). Limited steps available for class use. Call instructor to verify availability at (240)-207-3091.
Turbo Kick (11 sessions, $88)
This class is for participants ages 16 and up (14-15 if accompanied by parent or guardian). Cardio kickboxing is the perfect way to keep your heart healthy. This class also incorporates body-sculpting moves to help you get lean and toned. Put it all to dance music and you’ve got a high-intensity, fast-paced, class that is FUN and totally addicting! For more info, contact Jacki at: email@example.com
Knockout Workout (8 sessions, $64)
Participants must be age 16 and up (13-15 if accompanied by parent or guardian). Challenge yourself with a unique blend of non-stop intense cardio boxing and body sculpting combinations. We’ll do intervals of cardio and strength training to help you improve your muscle strength, speed, agility, flexibility and of course, your heart health! Bring weighted gloves (optional) and a mat for floor workout. Questions? Contact Jeanne@koworkout.com or visit www.koworkout.com.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Montgomery County Recreation is sponsoring a summer camp virtual outreach blitz on Saturday, February 22 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Staff will be waiting by the Customer Service Mailbox, “taking it to the tweets”, and keeping an active Facebook status to provide immediate responses to questions about summer programs. The Administrative Office, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring will also be open for in-person service.
The “Chattin’ It Up Summer” information session will assist families with selecting the perfect summer program, understanding the registration process, assist with setting up summer payment plans, and answer other questions about the Recreation Department’s hundreds of programs and activities. In addition to answering the questions the event will feature social media contests during the event.
To participate in Chattin’ It Up Summer:
· By Telephone: 240-777-6800
“Chattin’ It Up Summer” is provided as an opportunity for families that find weekends a little less harried, however, information and registration is always available on the website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec on our website. Full Service in-person registration is available at 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Many of us approach the New Year with a renewed commitment to becoming healthier. We are bombarded with new trends that claim to help us lose weight and get in shape, however, the most effective method has always been to choose healthier foods, control portions and increase physical activity. Often we take an all-or-nothing approach to fitness but sticking with activities and making small changes in our routine can yield positive health benefits.
Activities such as swimming, dancing, martial arts and fitness classes are fun and they burn calories. For those who prefer a less structured workout, the weight and exercise rooms at the Recreation Department’s community recreation centers are affordable and convenient ways to exercise.
Exercise is not only good for you but it can also increase work productivity and is an excellent way to manage stress and maintain a positive attitude. County career staff is reminded to take advantage of the employee discount for Recreation programs and memberships. For more information on the employee discounts, click here
Registration for spring programs opens on February 13. The spring Recreation and Parks Guide
will be available online at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
on February 3. The spring Guide has hundreds of programs and activities for all ages and interests.
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Thursday, February 06, 2014
In the midst of frigid winter temperatures, it may be hard to think about summer but many parents have already made plans for what their children will do during the summer out-of-school months. Montgomery Recreation has hundreds of summer programs to keep kids actively involved in activities. Sports, nature and art are the most popular camps, but there are also aquatics, engineering, magic and horseback riding.
Summer Fun Centers are a great deal for parents looking for safe, affordable recreation activities. The programs serve children ages 5 - 12 years and include sports, games, skits and drama activities, music and special events. The activities are well planned and supervised and kids love the fun. The one-time flat fee of $350 provides families with summer programming from June 23 to August 1.
To help families manage the cost of summer programming, the Recreation Department offers a convenient payment plan that can be set up through RecWeb, the online registration system. There is no need to worry with remembering to make payments as they are automatically processed from the customer’s credit card each month. Many families find this method helpful as it provides a way to budget incrementally rather than having to pay all up front. For more information on the payment plan, information on summer programs or to register, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.
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Monday, December 02, 2013
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Thursday, November 07, 2013
Sharing a story from The Gazette about a wonderful event took place at the Martin Luther King Swim Center. Congratulations to teachers Jacob Abrams, Serenity Moore and the Springbrook High School students! Special thanks to Carrie Headen, Carey Apple, Mark Hirrel and the Martin Luther King Swim Center crew for hosting such a great event!
by Aline Barros Staff writer
Some classes are pass-fail. For some physics students at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, a recent class was more of the sink-or-swim variety.
The Martin Luther King Swim Center in Silver Spring was the setting for their Oct. 30 lesson on Newton’s three laws of physics, as teacher Jacob Abrams wanted to offer them what he called “the right mix of challenging and stimulation.”
Abrams had 60 students from four different classes apply Newton’s laws to a boat race in the pool.
The project involved 12 boats, and students examined the use of force when paddling to move the boards.
“Newton’s three laws of physics can be applied to everything we do in life,” Abrams wrote in an email to The Gazette. The project’s goal “was to get them out of their seat, and apply what they had been reading and learning.”
Students built and raced their own boats, but were graded only on their analyses and explanations of how push, pull, gravity, buoyancy, static friction, sliding friction and Newton’s laws were at work.
Out of the 12 watercraft, two sank, six made it halfway and four made it across the pool.
“I figure anything that bores them will bore me, and if they are excited and enjoying my class, then it makes me a pretty happy person, too,” Abrams said.
The students’ feedback, he said, was “all the smiles while rowing their boats” during the race.
“They came right to class and wouldn’t even sit in their desks. The project was always greeted with excitement and wonder,” he said
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Tuesday, November 05, 2013
The top 4 ACC Men’s Soccer teams will face off
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Only 2 teams will advance to the Final Championship
match on Sunday, November 17th at 2pm.
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Friday, October 25, 2013
As temperatures continue to drop and the leaves fall, it’s a sure sign that Halloween is right around the corner. To get in the spirit, or since it is Halloween it may be safer to say, to join in the festivities, plan on attending the Halloween activities that the Recreation Department has planned this weekend.
October 25 -- Halloween Happening. Marilyn Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ages 12 and under. Includes games, crafts, D.J., dancing and treats. Free but parents are asked to donate unopened bags of individually wrapped candy.
October 25 -- Halloween Haunted House. Long Branch Community Recreation Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring. Free. 7 to 9:30 p.m. For elementary school-aged children accompanied by an adult.
October 26 -- Halloween Extravaganza. East County Community Recreation Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring. Free. Noon to 2 p.m. K-5th grade. Games, prizes, face painting, costume contest, crafts and more.
October 27 -- Clara Barton Halloween Party. Clara Barton Community Recreation Center, 7425 MacArthur Boulevard, Cabin John. 4 to 6 p.m. Ages two to 11 years.
And, don't forget the Haunted "Murkwood Forest" continues this weekend - October 25, 7:30 to 10 p.m. and October 26, 7 to 9:00 p.m.
Not recommended for children under eight years old; parents must accompany children under 12 years. Individuals with adverse affects to strobe lights, smoke machines, suddent noises, extreme darkness, or the sight of blood are adviced not to attend. this is an outdoor event and closed-toed footwear is recommended.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
While National Nut Day may be referring to the heart healthy nuts such as almonds and walnuts, that epidemiologist say aid in making us healthy, there is nothing to say that we can’t take advantage of this beautiful fall day (beautiful only by attitude, not weather) and practice the other heart healthy practice of being nutty!
In celebration of our good friends, the Maryland Macadamia Nuts…Let’s Be Active and Nutty Montgomery! Walk backwards, skip, dance, sing karaoke and get moving! Help us out and give us some advice on how to get whacky, creative, and moving in celebration of National Nut Day!
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Montgomery County Recreation is collecting coats through November 1 to support the Montgomery County Government/City of Gaithersburg Homeless Resource Day scheduled for Thursday, November 7. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg.
The coat drive is being coordinated by Interfaith Works, which provides shelter, clothing and food to community members in need. The goal is to collect more than 500 gently used women’s and men’s winter coats of all sizes. Especially needed are adult sizes XL – 3XL. Although there is a lesser need for children’s coats, they will also be accepted. The coats will be distributed free to needy residents during Homeless Resource Day.
“Our Recreation facilities are often the hub of community activities, and I am very pleased the Recreation Department has the opportunity to assist with this important outreach effort,” said Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz. “I encourage everyone to look in their closet to see if they have unused coats that could be donated to ensure that all of our neighbors in need have warm winter coats.”
Gently used winter coats can be dropped off at the following facilities through November 1:
- Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Dr., Rockville;
- Clara Barton Community Recreation Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd, Cabin John;
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd., N. Bethesda;
- Germantown Indoor Swim Center, 18000 Central Park Circle, Boyds;
- Jane Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow La., Chevy Chase;
- Long Branch Community Recreation Center/Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring;
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Swim Center, 1201 Jackson Rd., Silver Spring;
- Mid County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd., Silver Spring;
- Olney Indoor Swim Center, 16605 Georgia Ave., Olney;
- Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring;
- Upper County Community Recreation Center, 8201 Emory Grove Rd., Gaithersburg;
- Wisconsin Place Community Recreation Center, 5311 Friendship Blvd., Chevy Chase; and
- Wheaton Community Recreation Center, 11711 Georgia Ave., Wheaton.
For more information about the Interfaith Works Coat Drive, call D’Ivonne Holman at 301-525-2624. For information about the Recreation Department donation sites, call Judy Stiles at 240-777-6875. For information about the second annual Homeless Resource Day, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HRD
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Take a look at the latest edition of The Bottom Line featuring Recreation Director, Gabe Albornoz. Gabe shares inside information about the changes in the Recreation Department and information about the award he received from the National Football League earlier this month. Susan Kenedy and Mike Springith do a great job from the County Council Office do a great job with the interview.
As always, the Recreation Department is very proud of Gabe!
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Monday, October 14, 2013
From The RECord
By Janine Nickel
It's tempting to buy that three-pack of swim goggles at the warehouse store but what you save in cost will catch up to you later when you realize those goggles just don't fit the way they should. Whether you are looking for goggles for yourself or your children, the right style and fit can affect performance.
The first thing to consider is where you are swimming: indoors
? Will it be daytime or evening? You may need to purchase more than one set of goggles. Make note
: some people find the clear goggles are too bright even indoors and prefer slightly tinted goggles that work both indoors and out.
Second, don't try to size your child by an age group and don't grab the first adult size pair for yourself. Definitely try youth size goggles first for kids, but the best way to find the right size is to do the suction test that you will see in the video below.
For the best fit, head to a professional swim store where they have a large selection of goggles to try, and experts who can see how the straps will fit. If you swim regularly, expect to replace your goggles every 3-4 months because the chlorine can break down the material. When this happens people tend to pull the straps tighter but really this won't help with the suction. Once it is gone, it's gone. The good news is you can find a replacement pair in the goggle and cap vending machines located in the lobby area of all four Montgomery County indoor pools!
More more information on where to test out your new goggles visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov
and click on Residents, then Recreation where you will see Aquatics.
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Tuesday, October 08, 2013
For those who love for a good Halloween scare! Venture into the Murkwood Forest where ghosts fly, witches brews are made, Frankenstein and his bride play chase, the knight awaits your password, and zombies dance at a bonfire. Not for the squeamish, but perfect for those looking forward to a Halloween scare. Not recommended for children under eight years old; parents must accompany children under 12 years. Individuals with adverse effects to strobe lights, smoke machines, sudden noises, extreme darkness or the sight of blood are advised not to attend. An outdoor event; closed-toed footwear recommended.
The Damascus Community Recreation Center invites community members to get involved in the Haunted Forest. Many opportunities available, including acting and working behind the scenes. Student Service Learning (SSL) hours are available. For more information, call Linda Panagoulis at 240-777- 6930.
Fridays, October 11, 18 and 25, 7:30 – 10 p.m.; Saturdays, October 12, 19 and 26, 7 – 9 p.m.; and Thursday, October 24, 7 – 9 p.m. -- Haunted “MURKWOOD” Forest -- SCARY! -$13. Damascus Community Recreation Center, 25520 Oak Drive.
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Monday, October 07, 2013
It was a great day this at the Taste of Bethesda this past Saturday. A lot of our friends stopped by to say hello. The weather was great, the food was good, and the event was a smashing success! Check out one of our awesome friends wearing a T-Rec visor.
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Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Make a quick pit stop at your tool box before heading out. Duct tape definitely has its place in the world of recreation and impromptu fun. Here are a couple of ways to use duct tape to create a couple of fun-filled, “sticky” situations.
Use it as a weight – Carry one in each hand to add extra weight to your power walk or jog.
Create great outdoor play activities - Four square boards, Hop scotch boards, finish lines, etc.
Create colorful pennant flags for the tailgate. I recommend burgundy and gold (GO Skins and Hokies) but that’s just me, you can use any team sport colors you want.
Make a pair of nifty gym shorts... you will likely be the only one trending at the gym wearing them!
Drag out and renew your old sports equipment – duct tape makes a great fix’er and patch’er up’er tool for tents, canoes, footballs, bikes, etc…
Limbo low with a duct tape limbo pole
Get a move on with an old-fashioned game of Tag - “It” or in this game will be known as “Duct Tape It” chases the others and tries to get a piece of duct tape stuck onto their backs.
And of course, you don’t want to forget the tried and true…Duct, Duct, Goose…but please keep the tape off the hair…ouch!
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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Montgomery County Recreation Department Director Gabriel Albornoz has received the National Football League’s (NFL) Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. The award is presented by Courtyard by Marriott during Hispanic Heritage Month in all 32 NFL markets nationally. The prestigious Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards were created by The White House to honor notable Latinos who have distinguished themselves in various fields and made an impact on America and beyond.
Albornoz was recognized onstage during a star-studded 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was introduced by NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz. Additionally, Albornoz was recognized on the field and the Washington Redskins vs. Detroit Lions game on September 22.
Albornoz has dedicated most of his career to fighting for children, youth and families across the Washington Metropolitan region. In addition to serving as director of the Recreation Department, Albornoz has also been appointed by the County Executive to serve as co-chair of the County’s Positive Youth Development Initiative and co-chair of the Senior Sub-Cabinet. He was appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to serve on the Commission for State Parks, as well as the Maryland Partnership in Nature Initiative. Albornoz also serves on the board of directors for the Collaboration Council for Children Youth and Families, St. Anne’s Home for Children, Youth and Families, and currently serves as Chairman for the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee.
Albornoz has earned a reputation for being steadfast and determined to safeguard services for the most vulnerable Montgomery County residents, including programs serving youth identified to be at a greater risk for academic failure and services to ensure that senior adults have ample opportunities to live independent and healthier lives. The award not only reflects the ongoing hard work of Albornoz but is a testament to the commitment and value that Montgomery County places on the richness of all cultures.
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Monday, September 23, 2013
Robots, flying machines, interactive art, and so much to do and see –KID Museum is hosting the Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, September 29th at the Silver Spring Civic Building from 12:00-5:00p.m. The Silver Spring Faire will feature free family activities and innovative projects created by inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and do-it-yourselfers of all kinds. There is food, entertainment, and fun for children and adults of all ages. For more information visit makerfairesilverspring.com
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Wednesday, September 04, 2013
A Story from WTOP Reporter Kate Ryan
WASHINGTON - It's a real doggie downer. This year's annual end-of-summer swim for four-footed friends in Montgomery County has been cancelled.
The organizers at the Montgomery County Department of Recreation say they're not party poopers as they hate to let down your Labrador and bum out your Bichon. But they're acting out of an abundance of caution due to the recent outbreak of canine influenza.
As of Aug. 29, there have been 20 cases reported in the county and two fatalities. Canine influenza is highly contagious and close contact in kennels, dog parks and doggie daycare could spread the disease.
Mild cases of canine flue mimic kennel cough, and dogs may have nasal discharge. Severe cases can quickly lead to pneumonia and prove fatal. State officials are working to identify the exact subtype of virus they are dealing with, but that may take two to three weeks.
More information on canine flu is available online from Maryland's Department of Agriculture.
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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
As a precautionary measure – in response to the recent spread of canine influenza (dog flu) in Montgomery County, the Recreation Department has cancelled its popular Pooch Pool Party scheduled for September 7 and 8.
“In light of the canine flu that has shown up in Montgomery County, we are canceling the Pooch Pool Party scheduled at the Wheaton – Glenmont Pool,” said Gabe Albornoz, Recreation Department director. “It is disappointing to have to cancel this popular event, but we feel it is the right decision to proactively protect our pets from the potential spread of the virus.”
While County Animal Services Division officials confirm there have been cases of the canine flu in the County, they believe that with precautions, such as dog owners limiting dog-to-dog contact with dogs other than their own, the spread of the virus can be minimized. County officials recommend that dog-owners contact their veterinarians with any concerns or questions.
According to a report issued by the Maryland departments of Agriculture, Health and Mental Hygiene, and Natural Resources, the Canine Influenza was reported in Montgomery County on August 21. Initially, six cases and two fatalities were recorded. A week later, up to 20 cases had been reported in the County.
The Centers for Disease Control and Protection indicates that that this virus is not a threat to humans. The symptoms of this illness in dogs are cough, runny nose and fever. However, a small proportion of dogs can develop severe disease. For more information on the virus go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu/canine/.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The Fall Guide features hundreds of activities and programs that make it easy to participate in a healthier and more active lifestyle. Montgomery County Recreation offers programming that includes aquatics, art classes, sports, therapeutic recreation services and active adult senior programs.
Registration is offered in one of four ways: online, by mail, fax, or in person at the Montgomery County Recreation Administrative Offices at 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring.
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Friday, August 09, 2013
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Don’t miss out on the Montgomery County Recreation free Summer Concert series presented by Discovery Communications. The free concerts will be offered each Thursday evening through August 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., on Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building, Ellsworth Dr. and Fenton St. Performances are canceled due to weather only if it is raining at 7 p.m.
Concerts feature a raffle with prizes for children and adults. Attendees can bring a picnic or enjoy food from one of the many nearby restaurants.
July 18 – David Bach (World Jazz)
July 25 – Elliott Levine (R&B, Funk)
August 1 – Second Wind (Rock & Roll)
For more information, call 240-777-6821.
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Monday, July 15, 2013
Join us for a dedication ceremony celebrating the grand re-opening of the Plum Gar Community Recreation Center
in Germantown, Maryland! Montgomery County Executive, Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Council Members, Department of Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz, and Department of General Services Director David Dise invite the community to join them in a ribbon cutting ceremony July 20th
at 11:00 am at the center located at 19561 Scenery Drive in Germantown.
The brand new structure boasts features that will expand programming in the East Germantown community including a social hall, game room, activity room, expanded lobby, expanded gymnasium, catering kitchen, conference room as well as a weight and exercise room. The building now meets the Montgomery County building/sustainability goal of LEED Silver rating.
The community will benefit from open gym programs, summer camps and activities, fitness memberships, Club Friday for middle school students, Teen Cafés and Club Rec, and a center with programs for residents age 55+.
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Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
South Germantown Recreational Park
18041 Central Park Circle, Boyds
7 p.m. – Concert by Bobby and the Believers
9:15 p.m. – Fireworks
(Rain date is Friday, July 5 for fireworks only)
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Einstein High School
11135 Newport Mill Road, Kensington
7:30 p.m. – Concert by Quiet Fire Soul
9:15 p.m. – Fireworks
There will be no parking onsite, except for handicapped parking. Shuttle buses will pick up passengers, beginning at 6:15 p.m. at Westfield Wheaton Metro Station Parking Garage adjacent to JC Penney Department Store.
(Rain date is Friday, July 5 for fireworks only. No shuttle service.)
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, recently received the prestigious Project Excellence Award from the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) for their Vision 2030 Strategic Plan and the 2012 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan.
The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the field of outdoor recreation research, planning, management and policy.
The Vision 2030 Strategic Plan and the 2012 PROS Plan include an innovative, long-term vision and a practical, analysis-based implementation component to guide the two agencies in meeting the needs of Montgomery County, one of the fastest growing communities in the country.
For more information about recreation and parks in Montgomery County, contact Judy Stiles, Montgomery County Recreation at 240-777-6875 or firstname.lastname@example.org
; or Melissa Chotiner, Montgomery Parks at 301-650-2866 or email@example.com
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
One of Baltimore's best retro bands will be coming to the Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring. Enjoy The Retro Rockets on Monday June 24 at 1:00 p.m., and experience some of the best music from the 50's, 60's, and 70's with music from artists like Elvis, Chuck Berry, Etta James, The Drifters, and more! You are sure to have a blast!
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Monday, June 10, 2013
Plan to join Montgomery County Department of General Services, Montgomery County County-Wide Advisory Board, Montgomery County's Commission on People with Disabilities and Montgomery Parks for a public meeting to address accessibility at recreational facilities and parks throughout the county.
More details are below and at on their website
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Friday, June 07, 2013
By Melissa Chotiner, Media Relations Manager for Montgomery Parks
This Saturday, June 8, Montgomery Parks is serving as the host site for the county’s inaugural Be Active Montgomery! . It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Germantown Recreational Park, one of our biggest parks, and will feature lots of free games and activities, including
The event kicks off Montgomery County’s new Be Active Montgomery! campaign to encourage residents to lead healthy, active lifestyles. This is an important goal and one Montgomery Parks has at the center of its mission. With such a comprehensive park system, residents really don’t have to go far, spend a lot of money, or even plan very hard to find ways to be active. There are 418 parks in our system, so it’s easy to find a place to get outdoors. We have over 200 miles of trails (paved and natural surface) for hiking, biking, riding and running. We have hundreds of tennis courts, basketball courts and athletic fields. There are also opportunities for more organized / structured exercise / fitness activities at our ice rinks, tennis centers, and boating facilities. You can find and search for ways to get active in our parks at www.MontgomeryParks.org. If you want to just go out in your backyard, the county has that covered too with a new summer calendar of ideas as simple as playing tag, jumping rope or dribbling a ball.
The point is that there’s really no excuse not to get out this summer and be active. We are looking forward to the launch of the campaign this weekend, and we hope you’ll take time to join us. You can find out more about the initiative and a host of ways to be active on the county’s Be Active Montgomery! website.
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Friday, May 31, 2013
As you and your family prepare to beat the heat with a day at the pool this summer, don’t forget to stay safe! Learn all about staying safe at the pool or lake at Water Safety Day, happening Friday, May 31, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The free swimming event will take place at the Gaithersburg Water Park, 512 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Presentations will be available every 30 minutes on such topics as drowning prevention, proper use of life jackets, water rescue skills, skin cancer prevention and even swim lesson evaluations. Food will be available for purchase. The event is co-sponsored by the City of Rockville, the City of Gaithersburg and Montgomery County
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Saturday, May 25, 2013
There are still options available for summer programs. This video featuring Recreation Department Director, Gabe Albornoz tells you what the Recreation Department has planned to keep the kids active and involved this summer.
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Montgomery County Recreation has discounted tickets to local amusement parks including Busch Gardens, Kings Dominion, Sesame Place, Six Flags and more. The discounted tickets are available for any day the park is open to the public.
Tickets are available at the Recreation Administration Headquarters 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring.
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Monday, May 13, 2013
It is the time of year to shift thoughts from snow shovels to sand shovels, heavy boots to flip flops, and hot chocolate to lemonade. Summer is coming and it is the perfect time to plan summer fun for the whole family.
The summer issue of the Montgomery County Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs is filled with activities such as aquatics, arts, sports, therapeutic recreation services and active adult senior programs for all abilities and ages.
Registration for summer classes opens today, May 13 and for swim lessons on May 15. To see everything the Recreation Department has planned go to: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
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Friday, May 03, 2013
Now that our charming, superhero Tony Stark has returned to save us, again, from the dastardly evil doers who aim to overthrow our world with riotous intentions of worldly destruction, we are reminded that Iron Man rocks! And, what also rocks is that Montgomery County has its own Iron Man…a.k.a. as Jonathan Smink. Jon spends his working hours, along with his colleagues Jeremy and Larry, keeping the Germantown Indoor Aquatic Center running smoothly.
However, outside of work, Jon is the Montgomery County Recreation Ironman! Becoming an Ironman is not a simple feat; in fact, the rare athlete that makes it to the finish line has trained hard, remained dedicated and persevered to become Ironman. Spoken plainly, becoming an Ironman is real hard work! Ironman is a grueling intense competition only accomplished by the most dedicated athlete. An athlete that completes the Ironman Triathlon will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles. Worth mentioning, is that this takes place in a meager 17 hours, not a full day, not a full year.
Jon achieved the ultimate goal of becoming Ironman in November 2011. Now that Jon has reached the goal, accomplished the intense training regiment, and pushed himself to exceed normal limits, when asked what Jon is working toward he said, “I am going to try for it again.
All of the luck to Jon as he trains for the Lake Placid Ironman competition in July 2013!
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Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Please join us at one of the year-end celebrations featuring activities that highlight the year-long student accomplishments, a proclamation presentation, and a recognition and award ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Germantown Community Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Drive, Germantown and the Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring on Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Laugh. Learn. Achieve.
“When science, English and math subjects are connected to exciting and entertaining after school programs, such as Excel Beyond the Bell, the sky is the limit,” according to an 8th grader at Argyle Middle School and Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB)participant. Through a public-private partnership of Montgomery County Recreation Department, Montgomery County Public Schools and the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc., EBB is committed to creating an exemplary out-of-school time (OST) system that sets standards of excellence, advances professional development, creates and recognizes quality programming and secures sustainable funding investment. Considerable emphasis is placed on assisting students with engagement in positive youth development activities that increase academic and community successes, and build positive relationships within the school and communities.
Excel Beyond the Bell was introduced in Fall 2011 as part of the County Executive Isiah Leggett’s Positive Youth Development Initiative. EBB is currently located in five County Middle Schools: Argyle in Wheaton, Roberto Clemente and Neelsville in Germantown. County Executive Leggett has proposed that the program be extended to include summer programming and an additional school in fiscal year 2014, and is looking forward to eventually expanding it to all middle schools in the future. Here are just some of this year’s EBB highlights:
· 767 youth from these five middle schools participated in out-of-school time activities such as designing and building cars and lie detectors, drawing their favorite heroes and heroines, participating in cooking contests, performing on stage through dance and theatre, developing team spirit through sports and more.
· On February 7th, in recognition of providing quality STEM afterschool programming in Maryland, two Argyle Middle School students involved with EBB were invited to be youth ambassadors and present on Capitol Hill about the importance of after school at the “Breakfast of Champions” hosted by the Afterschool Alliance. our Excel Beyond the Bell program to be their special guest and youth ambassadors at the “Breakfast of Champions” at the Russell Senate Office Building--an annual event celebrating Afterschool Champions from across the country and highlighting the importance of afterschool program.
· Over 100 families from Clemente Middle School recently participated in the IBM sponsored Family Night for children and families to learn more about cyber bullying.
· 36,810 hot meals have been served so far this year to these and other students participating in out-of-school time programs.
Another major component of the EBB out-of-school time system is the professional development of youth workers. Research shows that the professional development of staff leads to better practice with youth, improves program quality, and increases the positive outcomes of youth. From August 2012 to April 2013, 624 youth workers participated from over 30 organizations in 29 trainings such as structure and clear limits, reframing conflict, cultural competency, and a 30-hour Advancing Youth Development (AYD) certificate program. Regular networking sessions for youth workers have been established, and a sub-committee is working with Montgomery College to initiate a youth worker credential or certificate program that will begin in Spring 2014.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
With summer just around the corner, the Recreation Department continues to work hard preparing programs to ensure that kids have plenty of adventures, activities and fun this upcoming summer camp season. The Recreation Department’s summer programs are always a hit with working parents because they offer affordable, extensive programming options throughout the summer.
In addition to the ever popular arts, sports and nature camps, Recreation has added some new choices this year, including Lego engineering camp and “Let’s Move” camp.
Another great option is the Summer Fun Centers. The programs serve children ages five to 12, and include activities such as sports, games, skits and drama, music and special events. Activities are well planned and supervised. The one-time flat fee of $350 per child provides families with summer programming from June 24 to August 2.
Registration is limited and programs are beginning to fill, so parents are encouraged to consider the summer camp choices for their children now. To see all of the summer camp offerings, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec or pick up a Summer Camp Guide at any County public library or Recreation department facility.
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Thursday, March 07, 2013
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Montgomery County Recreation and Leisure for Individuals with Disabilities and their families and friends can have fun together on Saturday, March 2nd at the POLAR BEAR FAMILY SWIMMING POOL PARTY at 7:30 pm. All are invited.
Swim a few laps, streak down the water slides, shoot baskets or relax in the leisure pool/hot tub at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center
. $4.00 per person; $6.00 for non-residents, bring your swimsuit, towel and backpack to keep your belongings in. All attending must register and come in swim attire. Register under course #344096. The Germantown Swim Center is located in the South Germantown Recreational Park, 18000 Central Park Circle, Boyds. Pick up time is 9:30 pm.
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Thursday, February 07, 2013
Hard to believe, but it’s time to start thinking about summer camps and programs. Aquatics, dance,nature, robotics and sports are just a few of the summer camp options available for tots to teens and all skill levels at hundreds of locations around the County.
Choosing the perfect summer camp can sometimes be overwhelming, with so many factors to consider, and having a strategy can make things easier. A good way to begin is to determine programs that will be interesting and stimulating for your child and that work in the scheduling for the whole family. The following checklist may make it a little easier when determining the summer camps that best fit your family’s needs.
Determine your child’s preferences for summer programs
- Loves outdoors or indoors
- Thrives in small group or large groups
- Likes structured activities or prefers unstructured free-play
- Prefers active sports or less physical
- Outgoing and enjoys the spot-light or quieter, more reserved
- Has multiple interests or focused interest
Sports, creative arts, history, computers, science, math, or traditional camps and summer fun centers are a just a few of the options.. Does it fit the family schedule?
Morning and afternoon rush hours can cause havoc when traveling in Montgomery County, so it is important to have drop-off and pick-up locations that are convenient. Some factors to consider:
- Work schedule
- Carpooling schedule
- Siblings’ schedules
Montgomery County Recreation has locations throughout the County. Extended hours can be a lifesaver for families with scheduling challenges and offer supervised play activities before and after camp hours.Does the program fit the family budget?
- Consider the number of children you will be sending to camp
- Determine a budget for the entire summer
- When looking at costs, it is often helpful to weigh the benefits of a more expensive program. The quality of a program is not determined by the cost of the program, but rather by the staff training, staff-to-participant ratios and adherence to guidelines and safety standards.
Summer Fun Centers are a great option for budget-minded families. The $350 registration fee covers six weeks of summer programming at locations throughout the County.
Registration for Recreation Department camps and programs opened on January 22. Early registration is encouraged, as many programs will fill early. The new 2013 Summer Camp Guide is available at: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
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Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Montgomery County Recreation participants may have the secret to living a full and vibrant life! Just ask Rita DiLazzara who celebrated her 103rd birthday with a special party given by the Clara Barton Community Recreation Neighborhood Senior Program on January 23.
The birthday celebration included residents of the community, members of Clara Barton Senior Sensations and invited guests including County Executive Ike Leggett and Montgomery County Recreation Director Gabe Albornoz. The County Executive wished Ms. DiLazzara a happy birthday and presented a commemorative certificate honoring her special day. Rita spiritedly reassured Leggett that she was looking forward to many more birthday celebrations.
The Clara Barton Community Center Senior Neighborhood Program is one of the 11 Montgomery County Recreation Active Adults Programs across the County. The Department also features five Senior Centers which offer dynamic, five day-a-week programming dedicated to serving the interests and needs of active adults ages 55 and older.
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Friday, February 01, 2013
It is often a struggle to balancing all of our responsibilities with the importance of taking time to keep healthy. Recreation is extremely important to health and well-being and should be on the “must do” rather than the “get around to it” list.
According to research from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), health care costs are the largest single expenditure in the United States. Numerous studies substantiate the correlation between active involvement in recreational activities and increased health benefits. It may be that a healthy dose of art, dance or swimming should be shelved right next to the other prevention products found at your local pharmacy.
Aquatic facilities, community recreation and senior centers are located conveniently throughout Montgomery County to provide easier access to programs and activities. The Spring Recreation and Leisure Guide, which is available on line at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec has hundreds of programs and activities for all ages, abilities and interests. Find your passion today!
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Monday, January 14, 2013
Montgomery County Recreation and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Montgomery Parks announce a diverse line-up of summer camps and programs for 2013, featuring hundreds of affordably priced offerings, including aquatics, ice skating, tennis, theatre, overnight nature camps, robotics and golf, among many other options. Camps and summer programs are available for tots to teens and all skill levels and take place at hundreds of locations around the County. Registration for Recreation Department camps and programs opens on January 22. Montgomery Parks began accepting registrations on January 9.
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Friday, December 28, 2012
County employees may find it a little easier to purchase healthier snacks from Montgomery County vending machines. On October 17, the County unveiled its sleek new healthful snack vending machine, 2bU in the Executive Office Building in downtown Rockville. This premium all-natural vending program is a reflection of the County’s efforts to offer healthier choices to employees. 2bU was introduced during an exciting press event that included County Executive Isiah Leggett, Councilmember George Leventhal, Department Directors Gabe Albornoz, David Dise and Uma Ahluwalia, and County Health Officer, Dr. Ulder J.Tillman. This is an important first step to increase healthier vending machine choices in all County facilities.
Many people are initially attracted to the colorful, fancy, interactive computer on the machine that provides on the spot nutritional information about the foods. What will likely keep people coming back for more are the tasty healthier foods and beverages.
Nutritious food choices and exercise and fitness activities are natural partners for individuals aiming to live a healthier lifestyle. Recreation Department Director, Gabe Albornoz, led the way in an invigorating walk following the vending machine unveiling. He was joined by Councilmember George Leventhal, DGS Director David Dise and HHS Director Uma Ahluwalia.
The Vending Machine Project was developed by the Obesity Prevention Strategy Group, a public-private coalition dedicated to reversing the obesity trend, in keeping with the County’s goal to make Montgomery County the healthiest County in the nation. By doing more to prevent and reduce obesity and promote good health by improving the health habits of employees, the County can set an example for the community.
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Monday, December 24, 2012
SwiMontgomery is a developmental program for kids 12 and under who are interested in swimming competitively or who compete in the summer but aren’t ready to swim year round competitively. This 8-week program is held twice a week and helps to develop a foundation of skills. Participants are evaluated and assigned to groups based on their previous knowledge and demonstrated skill.
For young summer swimmers, this program will help them retain the skills they developed during the summer months. It will also help with conditioning so when it is time to start back to a daily swim routine they will be ready to go!
SwiMontgomery is offered at all four indoor swim centers: MLK, Germantown, Kennedy Shriver and Olney. Fee is $190 for 16 sessions. For more information and course numbers see page 13 of The Recreation and Leisure Programming Guide.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Staying home this holiday season and afraid the kids will complain of boredom? Sign them up for one of our Winter Break Camps where they are sure to have fun! Extended before and after care is available in some instances.
Karate Clinics Winter Break -
Ages 6-12: This clinic provides diversified and intensive Tang Soo Do style Korean karate and jujitsu instruction for all ability levels.
It includes basic motion, kata, one-step sparring, falling, take downs, throwing, exam preparation, and more. Students are grouped by belt level and age where appropriate. An optional exam will be offered for an additional $35, payable to TKA.
4 Sessions $53
337428 Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center 12/26 W-M 9:00am -11:30am
Coach Doug Club Holiday
Ages 3 -5 Half Day, Ages 5 -13 Full Day.
Kids will enjoy age appropriate sports, games, arts & crafts plus time to hang out with friends. Campers will participate in organized activities as well as special events and can choose their activities based on their own needs. Sports include socc
er, basketball, kickball and others. In addition, there will be games as well as non-competitive activities designed for everyone's enjoyment. Bring a bag lunch. Price includes all materials.
Note: Ages 3-5 will rotate through age appropriate activities and may only register for the half-day session!
Half Day Program: 3 Sessions $60 (course 336991)
Cabin John Middle School 12/26-12/28 9:30am -12:30pm
Full Day Program: 3 Sessions $113 (course 336992)
Cabin John Middle School 12/26-12/28 9:30am - 3:30pm
Coach Doug Club Holiday Extended Day
Ages 3-12: Children registered for Club Holiday, are eligible
to register for an extended day program for an additional
fee. The extended program provides supervised informal
recreational activities for participants before and after Club
Holiday. Half day participants are eligible for AM sessions
3 Sessions $20
Instructor: Coach Doug Academy, Inc.
337025 Cabin John MS 12/26 W-F 3:30pm - 6:00pm
337477 Cabin John MS 12/26 W-F 7:00am - 9:30am
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Monday, December 17, 2012
Whether it’s a teacher, a grandmother, or a teenager, everyone loves to try something new. A Gift Certificate for Montgomery County Recreation would give everyone on your list the opportunity to try a new sport, art class, dance class, or more. Help them achieve their fitness goals with a gym or pool membership, or gift them that day trip they always talk about!
Certificates are good for up to one year and can be applied to any program or activity including classes, clinics, trips, and fitness and pool memberships.
Two easy ways to GIFT Recreation:
Pay by Mail: attach a check for the amount you want to purchase along
with a note of explanation and mail to 4010 Randolph Road, Silver
Spring, MD 20902
Pay in Person: bring a check or credit card and stop into the main
office at 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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Thursday, November 08, 2012
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Thursday, November 08, 2012
For many, memories of middle school may conjure up thoughts of being last in the lunch line, fear of being squished in a locker, or not being picked for a team. However, the Excel Beyond the Bell program is giving many Montgomery County middle students different kind of memories such as scuba diving robots, building remote control cars, warm apple muffins, and creative arts programs and activities. The Montgomery County Recreation Department (MCRD), Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the Collaboration Council for Children, Youth, and Families (Collaboration Council) have worked together to build an inclusive after-school program that makes kids want to stay at school.
Excel Beyond the Bell is an innovative after-school program developed as a unique partnership between MCRD, MCPS and the Collaboration Council. The award winning Excel Beyond the Bell is identified as the state-of-the-art out-of-school programming model that will likely be adopted for all Montgomery County afterschool programs as resources become available. Afterschool hours have been identified as the time when middle school students are the most at risk.
Excel Beyond the Bell is a second year pilot program that serves A. Marion Loiederman, Argyle, Forest Oak, Neelsville, and Roberto Clemente Middle Schools. Early qualitative and quantitative data analysis indicates the partnership efforts are highly successful and offer substantial benefits supporting the collaboration as effectively and positively engaging the students both academically and socially. The program also passes the middle-school student standards – it offers good food, is fun, and you do not have to dress up.
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Friday, November 02, 2012
Youth basketball leagues are available for all school-aged children. Whether a beginning player interested in an instructional program or an advanced player looking for a competitive league, Montgomery Recreation has a league for every child.
Assorted leagues serve kids in kindergarten through high school. For more information on the adult or youth basketball programs and other recreation programs, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.
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Monday, October 22, 2012
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Friday, October 19, 2012
Whether looking for not-so-scary activities suitable for young children or for Halloween horror, the Recreation Department is the Halloween happening place. Registration, required for all activities, is available at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.
Halloween Happenings -- Marilyn Praisner Community Recreation Center, October 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for ages 12 and under. Includes games, crafts, D.J., dancing, moonbounce, & treats.
Halloween Extravaganza - East County Community Recreation Center, October 27, noon to 2 p.m. for K-5th grade. Includes games, prizes, face painting, costumes, crafts, candy counting contest & more!
Halloween Magic Show – Mid County Community Recreation Center, October 26, 7 to 9 p.m. for all ages. Experience the high-energy magic and comedy of Speed, a premier entertainer. Refreshments and craft activities follow the show.
The following activities have a nominal fee:
Halloween Hoot Dance - $2 at the door. Holiday Park Senior Center, October 31, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m., ages 55+. Music by the Night and Day Band; costumes welcome but not required.
Fall Harvest Fest - $3 per person (5 and under free). Wheaton Community Recreation Center, November 3, 3 to 6 p.m. for all ages. Family fun activities to celebrate autumn.
Haunted Forest - SCARY! -- $12. Damascus Community Recreation Center, October 26 – 31, 7 to 9 p.m. This activity, not for the squeamish, is perfect for those looking for a Halloween scare! (This activity is not recommended for children under eight years old. Parents must accompany children under 12 years.)
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Registration Deadline is November 9 for Instructional K-2 and Youth Leagues
The instructional basketball league is for boys and girls in grade K-2. To register a pre-formed team, you must call 240-777-6870 for a coach’s packet, or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec to download the appropriate forms. Team registration requires full payment for a minimum of 8 players (12 max) from the same school or district, player forms, and a volunteer coach. NOTE: MCRD reserves the right to add players to rosters. Fee is $75 per person and practices begin the weekend of January 5-6 2013.
For Youth League
The youth league is for boys and girls in grades 3-8. To register a team call 240-777-6810 or download the appropriate forms at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec Players who register as individuals will be assigned to a team closest to their school or neighborhood as space allows. Players may not register in a league below their grade level, but they can play up a grade. Teams may not have more than 3 players on their roster who participate in a select team. Fee for teams in grades 3-5 is $80 per person. Fee for teams in grades 6-8 is $95 per person. Coaches will contact players on or before December 3rd to announce practice schedules and locations.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Damascus Community Center invites community members to be involved in building the Haunted Forest. There are a variety of opportunities including acting and behind the scenes. Student Service Learning (SSL) hours are available. For more information, call Linda Panagoulis at 240-777- 6930
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Monday, October 15, 2012
Missing those warm summer days? Montgomery County Recreation is the perfect place to capture a bit of summer on cold dreary days. You can enjoy splashing with the kids under the tumble buckets, sliding down one of the many water slides, practice your swan dive, or just relaxing in the hot tub.
Both children and adults love Montgomery County Recreation pools. Facilities schedules vary so be sure to check each location for their open swim schedule. Below is a summary for each location.
Germantown Indoor Swim Center - 240-777-6830
Leisure Pool and Slide Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Evening Rec Swim: Monday 7 – 8:30 pm, Friday 7 – 9 pm
Weekend Rec Swim: Saturday 2 – 4 pm and 5 – 7 pm, Sunday 1 – 3 pm and 4 – 6 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Swim Center - 240-777-8060
Noon Rec Swim: Monday – Friday 11:30 am– 2 pm
Evening Rec Swim: Monday and Wednesday 7 – 8:30 pm, Friday 7 – 9 pm
Weekend Rec Swim: Saturday 2 – 6 pm, Sunday 1 – 5 pm
Kennedy -Shriver Aquatic Center - 240-777-8070
Noon Rec Swim: Monday – Friday 11:30 am– 2:30 pm
Slide & Dip: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Evening Rec Swim Monday – Thursday 7 – 8:30 pm and Friday 7 – 9 pm
Weekend Rec Swim: Saturday 2 – 4 pm and 5 – 7 pm, Sunday 2 – 5 pm
Olney Swim Center - 240-777-4995
Noon Rec Swim: 11:30 am– 2:30 pm
Splash Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:30 – 5:30 pm and Tuesday, Thursday 3:30 – 5 pm
Evening Rec Swim: Tuesday, Thursday 7 – 8:30 pm and Friday 7 – 9 pm
Weekend Rec Swim: Saturday 2 – 4 pm and 5 – 7 pm, Sunday 12 – 2 pm and 3 – 5 pm
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Saturday, October 13, 2012
Montgomery County Recreation has opened its fifth senior center located in the White Oak Community Recreation Center. Sharing state-of-the-art amenities with the community center, the senior center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and beginning in January will extend its hours to Monday through Friday.
The new senior center will offer programming that emphasizes fitness, socialization and wellness.
For information about programs at the White Oak Senior Center, call Dianne Smith at 240-777-4924 or the Active Adult Line at 240-777-6944.
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Friday, October 12, 2012
You Are Invited to an Open House
Celebrating Lights On Afterschool
Roberto Clemente Middle School
18808 Waring Station Road, Germantown Maryland
Thursday, October 18th – 3:45 pm until 5:15 pm
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Friday, August 31, 2012
Club Rec is the happening place for kids to be after school. Kids lovthe sports, games, and special events and parents love the affordable fee and extended hours. ClubRec is available for elementary age students at these Community Recreation Centers. For additional information, please go to the website at: www.montgomerycountymd.gov
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Friday, August 10, 2012
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012
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Monday, June 25, 2012
County Executive Isiah Leggett officially opened the White Oak Community Recreation Center at a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 23. The new center is located at 1700 April Lane in Silver Spring.
The new 33,000-square-foot center sits on 10 acres and provides a spacious social hall with full-service kitchen, community rooms and an expansive arts and crafts studio. The exercise and fitness amenities include a full-size gymnasium, state-of-the-art exercise and fitness room, outdoor athletic courts and playgrounds, skate spot, multiple purpose athletic fields and Montgomery County Recreation’s first rock climbing wall. An additional unique feature of the center is the dedicated space that will serve as the White Oak Community Senior Center.
The White Oak Community Recreation Center is environmentally friendly and conserves energy, meeting the standards for a LEED Gold Building. The architect for the $16 million project was Grimm and Parker Architects and construction was done by EE Reed Construction, LP.
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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Teens are encouraged to share their experiences, insights and solutions to problems with County Executive Ike Leggett, members of the County Council and representatives from Montgomery County Public Schools at a Teen Forum to be held on Thursday, May 31 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veteran’s Place, Silver Spring.
Members of Leggett’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) that provides Montgomery County teens the opportunity to develop leadership skills while serving their communities are organizing the free event. Appointed by the County Executive, YAC members represent youth from across the County. The committee works to strengthen students’ voices in the schools through “speak outs” and contact with County government. Another part of the committee’s mission is to help eliminate violence, alcohol and other drug use, and help fight racial discrimination through multicultural education.
Space is limited so pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec, click on Registration and sign up for course number 334874
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The seven outdoor pools are opening for the summer season at noon on Saturday, May 26. Each pool has unique and amazing features such as water slides, a lazy river, tumble buckets, and kiddie pools.
The outdoor pools are:
Bethesda Pool, 301-652-1598, Little Falls Parkway and Hillandale Road;
Germantown Outdoor Pool, 301-601-1690, 18905 Kingsview Road;
Long Branch Pool, 301-431-5700, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring;
Martin Luther King Jr. Outdoor Pool, 301-622-1090, 1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring;
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool, 301-929-5460, 12621 Dalewood Drive, Wheaton;
Upper County Outdoor Pool, 301-840-2446, 8211 Emory Grove Road, Gaithersburg; and
Western County Outdoor Pool
, 301-349-2217, 20151 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville.
For information about pool amenities or hours of operation at all swimming pools, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
, and go to Aquatics. If capacity is reached during peak times, it may be necessary temporarily to halt admission to pools. Swimmers will be admitted as soon as space becomes available. Maintaining public safety is the priority at all of the County’s pools.
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Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Classes, summer sports, camps, and all things Aquatics!!! The Montgomery County Recreation 2012 Summer Guide contains all the answers to “WHAT’S TO DO THIS SUMMER?” Registration begins May 14, 2012 and the most popular offerings always go first.
There are four convenient ways to register. For the quick registration from the comfort of your own home, you can register at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
. You can also fax, mail, or drop off your registration form in person at any of our facilities. Get into the summer fun!
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Spring is the perfect time of year for a festival and the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is one of the area’s favorites. Join us Saturday, April 28, for the Bloomin’ Wine Fest that takes place during the festival. You’ll be able to sample local wines from numerous Virginia wineries in two “wine gardens” set up along the Loudon Street Walking Mall in historic Winchester, Virginia.
In between sips, enjoy live music and entertainment on two stages, sample delicious specialties from food vendors, then stroll and shop the local merchants offering a variety of goods including clothing, jewelry, crafts, and more.
We’ll be leaving at 9:15 AM for the day and will return at 6:15 PM. Cost is $72 per person and covers a motor coach and one ticket to the wine festival. For more information see page 91 of the Spring Guide or call (240) 777-6870.
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Monday, April 16, 2012
The weights may be lighter, and the moves are modified, but these active residents are staying strong and fit with Senior Fitness classes offered around the county!
From stretching and strength training to yoga, seniors can find a range of fitness classes that are perfect for any level. As they say, it’s never too late to get fit. As 93-year-old Chevy Chase resident Joe Holmes explained, “I feel stronger since I started taking classes. I now work out 3 times a week and I have arm muscles again!”
We stopped into the Holiday Park Senior Center recently to check out a weight training class.
Participants use light weights to build strength, and use the wall and chairs for stretching and balance moves - including holding a plank position! Trained instructors can help participants modify moves when necessary so they feel comfortable.
For more information on fitness classes for seniors and specifically those held at the Holiday Park Senior Center visit the website http://holidaypark.us/ or call 240-777-4999.
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Friday, April 13, 2012
Spring weather can wreak havoc on both the game schedule, and the fields. How can you find out if your outdoor game or class has been cancelled due to weather or field conditions? Follow these three steps:
1. Use the weather hotline for current conditions: 240-777-6889
2. Subscribe to e-alerts where you will receive updates on park or facility closures direct to your mobile phone. https://alert.montgomerycountymd.gov/index.php?CCheck=1
3. Contact the coach, instructor or activity provider. Before the season gets underway, make sure the instructor or coach has established a procedure for alerting participants (or their parents or both) to field conditions. Many times the coaches or instructors have the most updated information and the decision to cancel or postpone is up to them.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Montgomery County Recreation is the perfect place for parents who are creatively thinking of ways to keep their children actively engaged this summer. Whether kids love the tried and true traditional camp activities such as games, sports, skits, and swimming, or the less conventional summer camp activities such as magic and math, Montgomery County Recreation is the place to find the perfect camp. From building robots, to twirling batons there are plenty of amazing activities to ensure that children have oodles of fun this summer!
Summer camp is a time for friendships, fun, and being a kid. In the past, summer camp meant going away from home to spend a week in the woods at a sleep-a-way camp. However, as family dynamics have changed, so have summer camps. To effectively serve today’s families, most municipal recreation agencies offer summer day camps. Everyone knows that summer camps are fun, but a well-kept secret is that summer camps are quite educational. The valuable life lessons learned at camp will not be found in textbooks or classrooms, but rather on playgrounds, swimming pools, and art studios. Conflict resolution, teamwork, and development of interpersonal skills are a few of the important lessons children actively learn while involved in summer camp programs.
Summer camp is the perfect place for children to learn life skills lessons that parents desperately try to teach. Miracles seem to happen at summer camp, as the kid who seems incapable of picking up clothes off the floor, can astonishingly put their things away and keep their clothes off a swimming pool locker room floor. Picky eaters that won’t eat anything other than macaroni and cheese, will often inhale eyeballs, worms, brains and blood, the foods that adults commonly refer to as grapes, gummies, cauliflower, and tomato juice. There is something magical for a child that rounds third base and heads for home plate, after working hard to hit a homerun. The life lessons may not help the math grades, but I bet if you ask most 11-year-old girls to add the number of humps on Camel Alice, the age of Justin Bieber on March 1, and the number of days that kids are out of school on summer break, they will quickly come up with sum of 98.
Montgomery County Recreation offers hundreds of affordable programs throughout the summer. The Summer Programs Guide is available on the Montgomery County Recreation website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec. Families have the option of half-day, full day, and extended day. Convenient on-line registration is available. Register today, after all, you don’t want to be the parent of a kid that has missed out on the annual summer renditions of Duck Duck Goose, Doggy Doggy, Where is Your Bone, and Little Bunny Foo Foo!
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
This unseasonably warm winter has left snow lovers clinging to the hope of at least one big storm, but many others are keeping fingers crossed that the mild winter will continue. Numerous adults see snow synonymously with shoveling, scraping, slippery roads, messy floors, and pinches with childcare arrangements. Many of us yearn for a simpler time when snow meant school is closed so we can sleep late and then hit the sleigh-riding hill! The snow reminds us that sometimes it is hard for highly achieving adults to balance all of the “have to do” responsibilities with taking time to relax and have fun.
Truth be told though, recreation is an extremely important to health and well-being and should be on the “have to do” list rather than on the “get around to it” list. According to research from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), health costs are the largest single expenditure in the United States. Numerous studies substantiate the correlation between active involvement in recreational activities and increased health benefits. It may be that we need to include our local Recreation Community Centers right along with our local pharmacy when looking for relief from our ailments.
For find out more information about County Community Centers, or any Montgomery County Recreation program please go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
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Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Montgomery County Recreation will begin accepting registrations for its spring classes on Monday, February 13. Registration for swim lessons opens on February 15.
The Spring Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs offers a wide variety of classes and programs designed to help participants stay active and have fun. Among the many programs are aquatics, classes, sports, therapeutic recreation services and active adult senior programming.
Registration is available in one of four ways: by mail or fax, online or in person at the Montgomery County Recreation Administrative Offices located at 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring.
Copies of the Spring Guide are now available at public libraries and community, recreation, aquatic and senior centers around the County. To view the Guide online, and/or to register, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Millions of people have identified getting healthier as their New Year’s resolution. Weight loss is a primary objective for many when working to achieve optimal health and fitness. Research tells us that the most effective weight loss method is to increase physical activity and cut calories. We know that exercise is important, but it can easily get lost among the countless other responsibilities and demands that we face. However, remember, even small changes that increase physical activity can have positive benefits.
Finding physical activities that are enjoyable can be an important first step to improving physical fitness. Dancing, swimming, and playing outside with your kids are all activities that can burn calories. Having an exercise program that is fun will ensure that you will look forward to your activities.
Did you know that activities such as basketball and high-energy dancing could burn off upward of 422 calories per hour? If calmer activities such as yoga and ballroom dancing are more to your liking, they have great benefits too. Ballroom Dancing can burn off 211 calories in an hour. Whether you are looking for structured programs such as dancing, step aerobics or yoga, or are looking for a facility with cardio machines and weights, you will find that Montgomery County Recreation has a number of premium fitness choices. Find your passion today at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
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Friday, December 16, 2011
As the holidays get nearer, so does the excitement. Any teacher can tell you that the decibels in the school hallways intensify exponentially as winter break approaches. Whether it is the celebrations, presents, decorations or family gatherings, excitement abounds. Almost as predictable as the holiday magic, is the certainty that holiday boredom will soon follow. Every parent dreads the “I’m bored!” that follows the holiday squeals and giggles.
Montgomery County Recreation has a plan to help families defeat the “school is out” boredom. The Department offers two convenient winter break programs that will keep the fun going after the holidays. The Potomac Community Center Club Holiday programs offer arts & crafts, sports, games, special themed activities and time to hang out and play with friends. Having fun with other kids is the perfect solution to the after-holiday let down. Kids are divided into groups based on their age and there are activities that are planned for children 3 to 12 years old. The program is available in half day or full day sessions with extended care available until 6:00 pm.
Course # 313624 12/27 Tu-F 9:30am -12:30pm
Course # 313625 12/27 Tu-F 9:30am - 3:30pm
Club Holiday Extended Day
Course # 313632 12/27 Tu-F 3:30pm - 6:00pm
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Montgomery County Recreation has many festive family holiday activities for families to celebrate and enjoy this holiday season!
Friday, December 16, 2011
Holiday Magic Show at Coffield Community Center – 7:00 to 9:00 PM – This is a high energy, holiday-themed magic show for all ages with a special performance by the Coffield jump rope team.
Winter Wonderland at Club Friday, Praisner Community Center – 6:30 to 8:30 PM – Celebrate the holidays with games, crafts, food and fun. Note: you must be a member of Club Friday to participate.
Santa’s Workshop, Damascus Community Center - December 16 - 6:30 pm to 9:30pm & December 17 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm is a festive weekend of holiday cheer including a cookie exchange, craft show, holiday music and special visitor from the North Pole. To participate in the cookie exchange, bring 6 dozen cookies (4 to swap, 2 to share).
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Breakfast with Santa at the East County Community Center – 9:00 to 11:00 AM – Kids will be delighted to enjoy breakfast, games, crafts, gifts and of course, a very special visit from Santa.
Open House with Santa’s Secret Workshop and Puppet Show at Good Hope Community Center – 12:00 to 2:00 PM – Bring the family to visit with Santa’s elves and enjoy a unique puppet show.
Holiday Puppet Show at Ross Boddy Community Center – 1:00 to 3:00 PM – Come celebrate the holidays with Popcorn and Puppets.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Holiday Magic Show at Mid County Community Center – 1:00 to 3:00 pm – You won’t want to miss this high-energy magic with a holiday theme. The forecast is calling for Holiday Snow – INSIDE the Building!
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Monday, December 12, 2011
Santa’s Workshop is a festive weekend of holiday cheer including a cookie exchange, craft show, holiday music and special visitor from the North Pole. To participate in the cookie exchange, bring 6 dozen cookies (4 to swap, 2 to share).
For more information please call 240-777-6930.
Damascus Community Center
25520 Oak Drive
December 16 - 6:30 pm to 9:30pm
December 17 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
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Thursday, December 08, 2011
Having a hard time finding the perfect gift this holiday season? Montgomery County Recreation offers a unique holiday gift idea that makes creative gift easy. Imagine giving an amazing week of summer camp, relaxing yoga experience, a unique wine and dine experience, or a pool or fitness membership. Whatever the interest a Montgomery County Recreation gift certificate is a gift of fun!
Gift certificates are available for any amount and can be used for any MontgomeryCounty program. For more information on how to purchase a Montgomery County Recreation gift certificate please call 240-777-6840.
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Monday, December 05, 2011
It’s a well-known fact that Montgomery County Recreation swim lessons fill up fast! One way to help secure a spot the morning of December 7is to make sure you have your registration information handy (your customer number and pin), and credit in your family’s account!
Here are steps to add money into your RecWeb account in advance of December 6 to speed up the registration process:
1. Go to: https://recweb.montgomerycountymd.gov/
2. Login – click on the login button
3. The user login pop-up box appears - Enter your Customer Login ID and PIN
4. After you login, the screen below appears telling you that you’re logged in
5. Click on the Make a Payment button
6. Select the Pay a Specific Amount button
7. Enter prepayment amount, and credit card info
8. Click on the Apply Payment button
NOTE: if an account has an outstanding balance – the customer must pay the balance in addition to the prepayment amount
9. The transaction screen can be printed for your records using the print button at the bottom
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Create a lasting holiday memory and help the Manna Food Center during the 11th Annual SCUBA with Santa. Anyone 10 years and up is eligible to use SCUBA and sit with Santa under water for a holiday photo that will wow your family and friends! Bring a non-perishable food donation (or $5.00 cash donation) for Manna and join the Olney Scuba Adventure Dive Club who will deliver safety instructions for those eligible for SCUBA. If you aren’t eligible or don’t want to SCUBA, feel free to take a photo with Santa at the surface level, or underwater holding your breath!Join us Sunday, December 4, 2011, noon – 4:00 pm, Olney Swim Center, 16605 Georgia Ave., Olney, MD 20832. For more information email ScubaSanta@ScubaAdventure.com
or call 301-938-6220.
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Monday, November 21, 2011
Every Thanksgiving there are those of us who relentlessly declare that pumpkin pie is a vegetable. The good news is one doesn’t have to rationalize or make excuses to enjoy a bountiful dinner with all of trimmings. Thanksgiving is a time that Americans should enjoy the traditional meal, including the pumpkin pie with whipped cream, without any guilt.
Thankfully, one day of celebratory eating does not have to be a major set-back. In fact, scheduling an extra hour of aerobic exercise may be all you need to stay healthily on track after a day of feasting. There are many ways to exercise and have fun, whether it is an hour on the basketball courts, working out at the gym, or swimming. Scheduling one of these activities in additional to your regular fitness program can easily burn off that pumpkin pie!
Montgomery Recreation has exercise rooms, gymnasiums, and indoor swimming pools to make fitness during the winter easier than ever. Check out www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec to find a MontgomeryCountyCommunity Center or AquaticsCenter close to you.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Saturday, November 19
The parade route starts at VeteransPlaza on Ellsworth Drive and travels to Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue.
Emcee Brian van de Graaff, ABC7/WJLA-TV's Meteorologist
The parade will be televised LIVE on News Channel 8 and replayed on Thanksgiving Day.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Don’t forget registration for winter programs is now open! Check out the latest issue of the Montgomery County Guide that is filled with dynamic activities and programs. Terrific programs such as family trips and outings, energetic fitness programs, awesome senior activities, or aquatics programming are just some of the programs that are available for registration. To view the Guide online, please go to: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
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Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Start the holiday season off with the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade. The 14th annual parade will be held Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 am starting at the intersection of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Streets and heading south on Georgia to Silver Spring Avenue. The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade will also be televised live on NEWS Channel 8 and repeated Thanksgiving morning starting at 8:00 am.
New this year are the Rolling Gingerbread House Balloon complete with the Gingerbread Man and a “live” Holiday Nutcracker balloon and, back by popular demand, our inflatable Turkey, and inflatable Rudolph.
ABC 7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff returns as master of ceremonies, announcing over 100 parade units. The Washington Redskins Marching Band is back, with The Washington Nationals Baseball Club, various marching bands, dancing groups, beauty queens, clowns, fire engines, and rescue animal groups to make this the best parade in the Washington, DC region. Plus, intermittent performances by the Ronald McDonald Magic Show will take place on Silver Spring Avenue to entertain parade participants and bystanders at the end of the route.
Want to join in the fun? The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade welcome volunteers to dress up, give out candy, ride on floats, and “wrangle” balloons. Volunteer hours are from 7:30 am – 1:30 pm.
The parade is held rain or shine. For more information, call 240.777.6821.
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Monday, November 07, 2011
Copies of the Winter Guide are now available for pick-up at community, recreation, aquatic and senior centers, and public libraries, or can be viewed online at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.
Anyone wishing to receive the Guide in the mail can subscribe at http://RecWeb.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov. For more information, call 240-777-6840.
Montgomery County Recreation will begin accepting registrations for its winter programs and classes on Monday, November 14. Registration for swim lessons opens on December 7.
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Friday, November 04, 2011
Beginner or experienced, competitive or non-competitive, whatever game you are looking for, you will find at Montgomery County Recreation. Adult leagues are available for men and women and special divisions are designated for Baby Boomers. League designation is determined by skill, competitiveness, and age. There is a division for the highly competitive team or for teams looking for recreational play. Additionally, there are teams for men aged 40+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, and 70+. Women’s basketball is available as a league or for drop-in play. Season play begins on December 4 and ends in late March. Games are scheduled Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Registration for adult league continues through November 22. For more information about the adult basketball program go to: Adult Basketball or call 240-777-6870
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011
VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE – The Potomac Community Center Neighborhood Seniors invite you for a special tribute honoring veterans whose dedicated service protected our freedom. This free program will take place at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac on November 11, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The ceremony will include a flag ceremony, guest speaker and refreshments.
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Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Margaret Schwienhaut Senior Center is home to the 2011 National Wii Bowling Champions. Coaches Karen Maxin and Helen Abrahams cheered this winning team, named the UNBEWiiVABLES to become the new national champions in this gruelingly competitive tournament that took place on October 6 in Washington DC. The spirited league founded by Senior Sport Partners, LLC is dedicated to residents in senior living communities. Congratulations to UNBEWiiVABLES on your new title and for making the Recreation Department proud!
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Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23rd was a special day for the Montgomery Aquatic Center. The Aquatic Center, well known for its premier diving tour and awesome water slide, will now be named to honor Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver. The couple raised their five children a short distance from the Aquatic Center and were known for opening their home and swimming pool to children, in particularly children with disabilities. Renaming the swimming pool after the Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver will ensure their legacy will live on in Montgomery County!
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Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Once again it is time to hoop it up as Montgomery Recreation offers adult and youth league play for all skill levels. Leagues are available for men and women and there are special divisions for players that are 50+, 55+, 60+, and 65+. Registration is available as a team or for those who wish to register individually you will be placed on a free agent listing to be picked up by a team.
Youth basketball leagues are available for all school aged children. Whether a beginning player interested in an instructional league or an advanced player looking for a competitive league; Montgomery Recreation has a league for your child. There are assorted leagues to serve kids in kindergarten through High School. For more information on the adult or youth basketball programs please go to Montgomery Recreation Basketball
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The whole family will enjoy a night at the movies on Friday, September 30th - 7:00 to 10:00 pm - at the Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring 20901. The movie event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged. To register please go to: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec and use course # 319898. See you at the movies!
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
We now know the answer to the question…Who Let the Dogs Out? This past Saturday and Sunday it was Montgomery Recreation. The Doberman, Beagles, Dachshunds, Labradors and many other canine friends joined us for our annual
Pool Pooch Party at the Wheaton-Glenmont Pool. The event was a big success and all of our four-legged furry friends seemed to have a great time!
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Fall Classes and programs are just getting started and there is still time to register for programs. Whether you are looking to dance, cook, create, exericise or just have fun the Department of Recreation has all of your favorite activities! Take a look at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
to find your perfect fun!
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Saturday, August 27, 2011
Silver Spring Jazz Festival
Mark your calendar for the eighth Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival to be held on Saturday, September 10, from 3:30 to 9 p.m., at Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at Ellsworth Dr. and Fenton St. in downtown Silver Spring.
Marcus Johnson, Silver Spring’s jazz phenom, is this year’s headliner. A graduate of Blair High School and Georgetown University, Johnson is an extraordinary jazz keyboardist and composer, as well as a successful businessman with his Three Keys Music label, headquartered in downtown Silver Spring. The Master of Ceremonies at this year’s free festival will be Channel 9’s news anchor Derek McGinty.
Low lawn chairs and coolers are welcome and food vendors will be on site. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. Silver Spring Festival chairs will be available for purchase for $20.
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Registration For Montgomery County Recreation Classes opens on Monday, August 15th.
Travel, leagues, and classes are just a few of the exciting fall program offerings that are available for registration through Montgomery County Recreation. Classes program registration opens on August 15th. Residents are encouraged to register early as many programs fill quickly.
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011
MIRACLE FIELD OPENING DAY … The Department of Recreation hits a home run with the opening of the Washington Nationals Miracle League Field. Maryland’s first ‘Miracle Field,’ a specially designed field which will allow children and young adults with mental and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the opportunity to safely play baseball, was dedicated on Aug. 1 as part of the South Germantown Recreational Park complex. The ‘Washington Nationals Miracle Field’ was significantly funded by the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and the Annette and Theodore Lerner Family Foundation. Among the hundreds who attended the dedication, ribbon-cutting and first game, were, left to right: Nationals broadcaster Charlie Slowes; Nationals manager Davey Johnson; Judy Lerner; Nationals coach Bo Porter; Mark Lerner; mascot Screech; Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown; County Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Craig Rice; Montgomery Recreation director Gabriel Albornoz; James Leder, Jr., who spearheaded to drive to build the field; County Executive Isiah Leggett; Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman; and Mary Bradford of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Nationals pitcher Sean Burnett pitched to the first inning of batters in the opening game.
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Friday, March 25, 2011
Interested in hearing the latest on Mr. Leggett’s recommended operating budget for the Department of Recreation? Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz will let us know what is going on and give us a chance to ask questions about the department’s portion of the recommended budget. The meeting will take place as part of the area advisory board meetings.
The meetings will begin at 7 p.m. according to the following schedule:
• Wednesday, March 16 -- Germantown Community Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown;
• Tuesday, April 5 – Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac;
• Tuesday, April 12 – Marilyn Praisner Community Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville;
• Thursday, April 14 – Ross Boddy Community Center, 18529 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The weather is warming up and we are all starting to think about getting outdoors and having fun. The Recreation Department is the one-stop-shop for all of your spring fun! From Aquatics to Zumba the Recreation and Parks Program Guide is filled with fun activities. Check out the Guide today!
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Monday, March 21, 2011
Feeling confident as the 11th seed against Louie from the Bowie Baysox, I began the competition strong and with a taste for victory. I was highly prepared for the tournament, having spent the past year in an intense training program regimented by the Notre Dame Leprechaun, the Hokey Bird and Nittany Lion. The past year of preparation helped me feel highly prepared and ready to play!
Although keenly focused and geared for a win, the primary goal was to play fairly, have a good time, and do the best I could. Going head to head against the likes of Slapshot from Washington Capitals, Uncle Slam from the Potomac Nationals and home court favorite Battlin’ Baron from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School was somewhat intimidating. Even though this was a fierce competition, this was my chance to play on television and represent the Recreation Department. Only my very best would do.
Taking an easy lead and pounding the court with spirited determination, I had the eye on victory when Louie took a quick and unpredictable right. It was only a second of distraction but Louie stole the ball and he was off like a speeding comet. After a heated competition and extremely grueling game the game ended with a score of Louie 2 – T-Recs 0. I played well, I played hard and I represented MCRD with honor, dignity and nonsense. After all, that is really what it is all about isn't it?
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Friday, February 18, 2011
While the cold dreariness of winter makes most of us think about shoveling snow and snuggling up in a warm blanket, the folks at the Recreation Department have their heads filled with sack races, finger painting, water sprinklers and camp fire stories. Registration for summer programs is now underway and there are hundreds of fun-filled programs to make sure that kids have an exciting summer. Sports, nature and art are the most popular camps, but there are also other exciting camps such as rocketry, magic, aquatics and horseback riding.
Programs tend to fill up quickly, so register early. For more information on programs or to register go to: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
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Friday, February 18, 2011
Exercise can be fun! Try the Hokie Pokie - it's fun and burns calories...if you don't know how to do the hokie pokie just ask me, T-Recs to show you - I am the best hockey-pockerier there is!
Everyone knows that exercise is important, but it can easily get lost among in the endless "to do" lists. However, small changes can make a difference, and if your New Year’s resolution was to get more exercise, it’s not too late.
If you are even thinking about increasing activity, you are on the right track. Starting with a really small change is the best way to moving toward becoming a healthier human! Any level of physical activity is helpful and there are health benefits to getting in a brisk walk, dancing, bowling or even doing the chicken dance!
The Recreation Department is perfect for those looking to have fun while being healthy. League sports such as adult football, soccer and softball can be perfect ways to stay physically active and have fun with friends. If you aren’t comfortable with your skills, sign up for an instructional class in badminton, volleyball or fencing. Dance and yoga can be perfect ways to get on the path to fitness. When you start to think beyond a rigorous regimented exercise routine, it may become a little easier to find a way to start working on your fitness goals. Whether you choose a weight and exercise room, swimming pool or aerobics class, consider the Recreation Department for all of your fitness choices. To see all of the programs and offerings, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.
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Monday, December 13, 2010
The Recreation Department collected 3000 pounds of food during the annual food drive. That is a bunch of meals! When the trucked pulled in the Manna staff said it all when he looked at the truck and said "Wow"
Manna is a local food bank that provides food to 150,000 County residents. This is a photograph of Gabe Albornoz, Director of the Department of Recreation, Robin Riley, Division Chief, Jeff Bourne, Division Chief and Carrie Headen, Recreation Specialist is pictured at the beginning of the food drive pick up at the MontgomeryAquaticsCenter. At the end of the food drive pick-up that big yellow truck was filled up!
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Montgomery County Department of Recreation is sponsoring a food drive – now through December 9 – to support the Manna Food Bank. Residents are encouraged to participate by donating non-perishable food items at any of the department’s community, recreation, aquatic or senior centers. Manna serves thousands of families each year and relies on generous donations to keep the shelves stocked so that families have the food they need.
The Recreation Department also serves thousands of residents through numerous recreation and leisure programs, and in many instances, recreational facilities are the heart and central meeting place for the communities. The annual food drive is a way for the Recreation Department and the entire community to work together to ensure that neighbors have food on their table.
To locate the closest recreational facility, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.
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Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Once Jack Frost starts to nip, it feels like it is time to head to the tropics, but this winter there is way too many fun things happening to go south for the winter! This winter the challenge is to keep you moving and active through recreation. Move Montgomery is a fun new iniative to make sure that we keep busy, keep having fun and keep healthy! Staying active has never been easier and more fun as there is hundreds of active classes such as water aerobics, hip hop or salsa dance, kickboxing, karate, or volleyball to participate in. There are plenty of programs for all ages! Don't forget the affordable Senior Sneakers program, Zumba Gold or Better Bodies for Baby Boomers for the active senior!
Registration is offered in one of four ways: by mail or fax, online or in person at the Recreation Department Administrative Offices located at 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring.
Registration for swim lessons opens on December 8, 2010.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Seniors looking for a wonderful day will want to register for The New Exciting Adult Travel (NEAT) Program to the new Mead Center at the Arena Stage to see the boot-stomping, pioneer-spirited musical Oklahoma. Participants are invited to register and attend with their grandchildren for this November 10th trip. The $55 registration fee includes transportation on a chartered bus, reserved seating and a tour escort.
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Friday, September 24, 2010
Hey Friends - I will be at the Taste of Friendship Heights, 4433 South Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 tomorrow, Saturday, September 26, from 12:00 to 5:00. I will be there with my good friend Dave Branick from the Wisconsin Place Community Center. Make sure you stop by and say hi!
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Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Join us for the Pooch Pool Party this Sunday at the Wheaton-Glenmont Pool, 12621 Dalewood Drive, Wheaton, MD. Sunday, September 12th - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. For registration information go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec - course # 289666! The Department of Recreation has something for everyone...including the dogs!
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Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Hope that all of my friends are getting the school year off to a great start! I had a great time at the MCPS Back to School Fair on August 28th. It was great to see all of my friends wearing those cool T-Recs visors! Here is a picture of me on the school bus and ready to go!
Another great event is the Montgomery County Department of Recreation Back to Recreation...Back to Fun! This is a really fun activity that will feature games activities, demonstrations, prizes and tours for all ages. This special event will be held at the following community centers: Bauer Drive, Damascus, Germantown, Longbranch, Marilyn Praisner and Potomac. I hope to see you there!
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, February 19, 2010
Summer Camps and Program Registration Is Open
You may feel like the cold winter is never going to end, but warm weather will soon be here and the Recreation Department is working hard to plan an awesome summer camp program. Nature, sports, dancing, art, and aqua camps are just a few of the exciting summer camp offerings. This year there are also many new summer camps and programs. Registration for Recreation’s summer camps and programs opened on January 19. Be
sure to register early to avoid disappointment, as the most popular camps are filling up. There are four ways to register – RecWeb, the on-line registration system, as well as fax, mail, and in person registration. For more information about summer camps and programs, check out the Summer Camps Guide at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rectmpl.asp?url=/content/rec/index.asp
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Friday, February 19, 2010
Dear Friends, I have missed you! This snow has been crazy...what in the world? Three storms in 2 weeks, WHOA...that has to be a world record! I have been digging out for days. We are all ready for a thaw and some major recreation. Don't fret...the spring Recreation and Leisure Guide has just come out and there is some amazing classes and programs coming up! Take and Look at the Recreation and Leisure Guide and let me know what class or program you are going to attend. Check out all of the spring programs and classes at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
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Tuesday, December 08, 2009
This past weekend the area had the first snowfall! I am sure some of you were able to get outside and enjoy some sledding. I was slipping and sliding all over the place it was fun! There are many of us that love the cold and there are many of us that don't think spring can get here fast enough!
I found a great way to combat the cold! What better way to warm up than to have a stay in and have a great meal with friends! The perfect class to put the fun in and take the stress out of entertaining is The Dinner Party. Registration is now open for this class. Spicy Seafood Salad Martini, Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Port Sauce served with Swiss Chard and Polenta and Apple Cobbler! YUMMY! To register for this class or for any of the cooking classes go to: http://recweb.montgomerycountymd.gov/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=816725520&SDT=40155.3300347222
Course # 265588 - The Dinner Party - Tuesday 1/15/2010 $50
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Friday, November 13, 2009
Hey All! As I was looking through the new winter Recreation and Leisure Guide, I found some remarkable and wonderful new classes and programs. The new Dynamic Art class sounds fun! Crazy Cactus, Blazing Banyan tree, and Reptile Relief - what in the world could this mean? This art class for 7 to 12 year olds uses paints, paper chalk, pastels, markets, glue and more! For the adult artist the new Wedding & Formal Invitations class is a cost effective means to make professional and creative invitations.
For those of us, that love to sham it up, did you see the new Acting Workshop for Kids and Acting for Teens? These programs offer acting with a twist. The actors use the theater as an avenue to voice and express concern for social issues. Need a laugh? Take a look at the Comedy Cabaret or the Kids Comedy College & Cabaret.
There are so many classes, programs and services in the new issue of the Recreation and Leisure Guide! You can view the Recreation and Leisure Guide on-line at: http://recweb.montgomerycountymd.gov
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Hey! The Recreation and Leisure Guide for the Winter classes is available now. There are so many awesome programs and activities! Take a minute to check out all of the new programs and classes so you will be ready to register when registration opens Monday, November 16th. For more information or to view the Recreation and Leisure Guide on-line please go to: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rectmpl.asp?url=/content/rec/index.asp
You can let me know what you are planning to register for at T.Recs@montgomerycountymd.gov,
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Hey, T-Recs here, the friendly dinosaur that found a home with the Department of Recreation in March, 2006. I love the Department of Recreation because we are all about endless fun and I love fun! Whether at the swimming pool, a softball game, summer camp or dance class, there is always fun!
I wanted to start a blog to recount all my adventures with the Department of Recreation. It’s a great way to keep in touch with and hear from my friends. I will update the blog regularly with pictures, announcements, and will also be sharing your comments and feedback (so please e-mail). Whether the Silver Sneakers program, the awesome classes and programs or the new Wisconsin Place opening - there is always fun to be had…with the Department of Recreation.
You won't believe this...I stopped off at the Glenmont Pool on September 12th. Something you don't see every day, 300 dogs swimming in the pool. It was the annual Pool Pooch Party! There were dogs everywhere...it was pet-tacular! I have never seen so many drenched pups in my life. The dogs had a great time romping in the water and us two-legged folk loved watching the dogs splashing around.
I have to run, I am on my way to see what else I can find. Don’t forget…keep checking back and please e-mail at T.Recs@montgomerycountymd.gov . I would love to hear from you. Let me know you if you go to any of the Department of Recreation programs, events, classes, or activities.
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T-Recs from Department of Recreation