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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!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Holiday Happening Juried Craft Show

POSTED: 3:57:00 PM |

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thanksgiving Parade November 17

The streets are being overrun with turkeys, dinosaurs, penguins, and reindeer! No, the zoo hasn’t opened their gates – it is the 15th Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade on November 17 at 10a.m.! With the Washington Redskins Marching Band and over 20 other bands and Latin dancing groups, floats, giant characters and balloons, and over 120 units, the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is the only Thanksgiving Parade in the metro DC area.
Held in downtown Silver Spring, the exciting parade traditionally heralds the start of the holiday season. The parade steps off from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue. It also is televised live on News Channel 8 and rerun on Thanksgiving Day.
The parade line-up begins with pilgrims, turkeys, and Thanksgiving floats and ends with the ever popular elves, reindeer, and the man front the North Pole, Santa Claus! Emcee ABC 7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff will introduce glittering floats, horses, a wide variety of marching bands including Bowie State’s band, The Washington Nationals Baseball Club, dancing groups, beauty queens, clowns, fire engines, and rescue animal groups like the majestic Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue and the Humane Society.
In addition to a few surprises, the new units this year include the performing Paul J. Hagerty High School Band traveling to the parade from Florida. These Florida State Champions are touring for the first time and have chosen to come to Montgomery County. Other live performances will include a sword fight scene from Round House Theater’s upcoming production of Young Robin Hood, holiday songs from the children’s choir of ATMTC (Adventure Theater/Musical Theater Center), and The Nutcracker by Maryland Youth Ballet.
The parade will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 240.777.6821 or visit http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rectmpl.
POSTED: 9:39:00 AM |

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Winter Registration Begins November 12!

POSTED: 3:56:00 PM |

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Excel Beyond the Bell

     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.  
POSTED: 12:44:00 PM |

Friday, November 02, 2012

Montgomery County is Hooping it Up!


Youth basketball

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.

POSTED: 3:55:00 PM |
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