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This fun-filled blog provides updates and information and Montgomery County Recreation programs and activities. Please send comments, questions, and anything else you would like to share to T.Recs@montgomerycountymd.gov. Be sure to check back often; you never know…your comments or pictures could be posted next!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Fun in Recreation!

Photo: Halloween Party

     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.  
    Haunted Forest

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.
POSTED: 11:14:00 AM |

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Happy National Nut Day!

    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! 

POSTED: 2:24:00 PM |

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Montgomery County Recreation Participates in Interfaith Coat Drive

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.

POSTED: 3:00:00 PM |

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Gabe Albornoz on The Bottom Line

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!
POSTED: 2:58:00 PM |

Monday, October 14, 2013

Winter Swim Readiness

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 or outdoors? 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.
POSTED: 9:17:00 AM |

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Damascus Community Recreation Center Haunted Forest Opens This Weekend

     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.
POSTED: 12:01:00 PM |

Monday, October 07, 2013

Taste of Bethesda Fun!

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.

POSTED: 8:21:00 AM |

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Looking For Some Low Cost Fun?

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!
POSTED: 10:45:00 AM |
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Last edited: 11/8/2010