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Our Brains During Sleep Interactive WorkshopHave you ever wondered what happens after you fall asleep? Or how your body knows when it is time to sleep? The Rockville Science Center may have some answers when it hosts the “Our Brains During Sleep” interactive workshop from 11 a.m.-noon. on Sunday, July 21. The workshop is recommended for ages 10-adult.The Rockville Science Center is located in Rockville Town Square at 36C Maryland Ave. The general admission price is $12.30 per person. For two or more attendees, the price is discounted to $11.07 per person.To register and purchase tickets, go to Our Brains During Sleep | RSC (rockvillesciencecenter.org).The workshop will address the different sleep stages and what your brain is up to while your eyes are closed. The workshop will include h...
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Sunflowers in McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area on River RoadThe sunflower fields in the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area on River Road near Poolesville, which are among Montgomery County’s natural gems, are nearing full bloom and ready for residents who want to wander through a spectacular experience.Residents and visitors from far destinations annually make their way to the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area a 2,000-acre tract in a mixture of woodlands, fields, wooded bottomland and managed wetland impoundments (green-tree reservoirs) that is located at 18600 River Road. The property shares a common boundary with the National Park Service Chesapeake and Ohio Canal to the south and borders Seneca Creek State Park on the east. There is no charge to visit the sunflower fie...
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By Roy Kelley
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Finding Alternatives to PlasticsPlastic Free JulyPlastics are used to make a wide range of products, including appliances, furniture and clothing, but packaging is the largest market for plastics and the largest source of plastic waste. Most of the plastic used is then discarded. There is a national effort to recognize this month as “Plastic Free July” and the County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is encouraging residents to join the movement.Americans generate more than 36 million tons of plastic waste per year, according to a 2023 report of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. DEP said July is a good time to give up plastics, when possible, by finding alternatives to single-use plastics. Even taking small steps can make a big difference.Here are some ways that DEP...
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Recreation Celebrates Where You BelongNational Park and Recreation MonthJuly is recognized as National Park and Recreation Month and Montgomery County Recreation is joining the celebration by highlighting the ways its programs and facilities can enhance the quality of life for all ages, cultures and abilities."National Park and Recreation Month is a time for us to recognize and celebrate the vital role our parks and recreation programs play in fostering a sense of community and belonging,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “Our Recreation team works tirelessly to provide inclusive and diverse opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all residents. I encourage everyone to take part in the various activities and events planned throughout July and to appreciate the ha...
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Zydeco Sounds of Little Red and the RenegadesEvenings in Olde Towne Gaithersburg Concert Series on July 18The Zydeco-influenced sound of Little Red and the Renegades will highlight the “Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne Gaithersburg” summer concert series at 6:30 p.m. on July 18. The free, family-friendly series will energize the City Hall Concert Pavilion on Thursdays throughout July and into early August.All concerts take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Concerts are weather-dependent. Check the City’s website or social media for updates.The City Hall Concert Pavilion is located at 31 South Summit Ave. in Gaithersburg.Tom Corradino (Little Red) has been on the Azalea City Recordings label based in Takoma Park. He has appeared with Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha-Chas,...
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Gaithersburg Farmers Markets, July 18 & 20CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE! CASEY FARMERS MARKET 810 South Frederick Ave T OPEN MAY - NOVEMBER Thursdays 11 AM - 2:30 PM ____________   CURRENT CASEY MARKET VENDORS   SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE OF FOOD TRUCKS HERE!   Bread & Cupcakes: Fresh breads, hearty soups, and tasty treats.   D's Smokehouse BBQ: Savory and homemade Southern Style BBQ.   Izaak Walton: An organization working to achieve policies that balance conservation and sustainable use of resources.   Saints Row Brewery: Locally crafted beers and fresh roasted coffee beans produced at their Fulks Corner lab.   Scenic View Orchards: Local produce, apple cider, and honey.   Sugar Plug: Scratch based homemade desserts.   The Kernel's Pop: Locally popped fresh caramel, cheese and kettle popcorn.   Tu...
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Yappy Hour and ‘Pop Up’ Dog Park in BethesdaThe Bethesda Urban Partnership and Montgomery Parks are teaming up to welcome dog owners and their pets on select Thursday nights. The events at Elm Street Park in Bethesda will feature music and food and drinks for purchase. The next Yappy Hour will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, featuring the music of Andrew O’Day.Elm Street Park is located at 4600 Elm Street in Bethesda.Future Yappy Hour events are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19 (6-8 p.m., featuring the music of The New Rockwells), and Thursday, Oct. 10 (5-7 p.m. with Swing5 performing).Smoke BBQ will be on site at each Yappy Hour, selling food, beer and wine.For more information on Yappy Hours, go to Yappy Hour | Bethesda Urban Partnership.This is a Montgomery County, Maryland an...
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By Roy Kelley
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Family Music of Munit and Z LovebugsChildren’s Summer Concert Series on Wednesday, July 17The family music of Munit and Z Lovebugs will be featured at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, as part of the free Gaithersburg Children’s Summer Concert Series at the City Hall Concert Pavilion in Gaithersburg. All concerts will be on Wednesdays, a new day for the annual series.Munit and Z Lovebugs are a family music group that performs songs to learn, dance and have fun for all ages.The Lovebugs feature Annie Patterson and Peter Blood, who developed and edited “Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook,” published by Sing Out Publications in 1988. Their sequel second songbook “Rise Again” was published by Hal Leonard in 2015. They have led hundreds of singalong concerts and workshops across Nor...
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Outdoor Concerts at Strathmore Throughout SummerFree outdoor music at Montgomery County’s finest performing arts venue will be available on Wednesday and Thursday nights through August on the grounds of Strathmore in North Bethesda. Wednesday night events are family friendly and Thursday events feature “Cool Concerts for Kids.”Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in Bethesda. Although the concerts are free, attendees are asked to RSVP in advance at Summer at Strathmore. By sending in an RSVP, audiences will be able to receive weather or performance updates.The Live from the Lawn concerts will continue through Aug. 21.Upcoming concerts will feature The Soul Crackers and their timeless nine-piece soul band at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, and the New Orleans jazz band for kids,...
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Refresh with Cool Summer Art: A Virtual Community Art ShowArtists of all abilities from every visual medium are being invited by Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. to share their work inspired by the summertime from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22, in the online event “Refresh with Cool Summer Art: A Virtual Community Art Show.”The free show, presented by Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. (SSTCI), will be hosted by artist Marcie Wolf-Hubbard.Artists who would like to participate can submit up to three images by Friday, July 19 to marcieplusart@gmail.com..Others are invited to join us as spectators only, but everyone is required to register in advance.Marcie Wolf-Hubbard received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Studio Art and studied Fine Art and Illustration at the Maryland Instit...
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Free Sunset Tuesdays in Silver SpringAfro-Latin Dance Party on July 16Sunset Tuesdays in Silver Spring from 7-9 p.m. on July 16 will feature the free “Afro-Latin Dance Party” on Veterans Plaza. The event will feature the sounds of Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, Kizomba and more.Veterans Plaza is located at 1 Veterans Pl. in Silver Spring.The event will be hosted by Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. board member and dancer Djanira Murchison, with rotating guest DJs and instructors. Those who arrive at 6:30 p.m. will be able to participate in a 30-minute lesson to learn the different dance-style featured each month. Sunset Tuesdays are featured on the third Tuesday of each month.This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. Dahlia, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens, W...
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By Roy Kelley
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Drone as a First Responder ProgramMontgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Council President Andrew Friedson will join District 2 Police Commander Amy Daum and Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Director Peter Fosselman at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, for a town hall meeting about the upcoming implementation of the County’s “Drone as a First Responder Program” in Bethesda.Residents can attend in-person or online to learn more about the value of the innovative public safety tool, ask questions and provide feedback.The town hall will be held in the auditorium at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, which is located at 4301 East-West Highway in Bethesda.The goal of Montgomery County Police Department’s (MCPD) Drone as First Responder (DFR) Program is to provide air support to 9...
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By Roy Kelley
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Summer in GaithersburgSummer is in full swing in the City of Gaithersburg! Enjoy fresh produce at our two weekly Farmers Markets, cool off at our Water Park, play a round of Miniature Golf, and take in a free outdoor concert at the City Hall Concert Pavilion.Farmers MarketsOur two Farmers Markets welcome the summer season with fresh local produce, baked goods, deliciously prepared foods, and locally crafted spirits. The year-round Main Street Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Casey Farmers Market is open Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Water ParkLooking for a neighborhood pool – with waterslides? The Water Park is Gaithersburg’s family swimming pool with a variety of affordable memberships to choose from. Swim and play in the resort-style main pool, race down...
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By Roy Kelley
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Fight the BiteWarmer temps signal the return of some of the most annoying pests: mosquitos and ticks.Learn about mosquito prevention and illnesses at: https://tinyurl.com/46j3abckLearn about ticks and Lyme disease at: https://tinyurl.com/2s4ary7dThis is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.  Orchid, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 1383Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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New Fire Chief of the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue ServiceThe Montgomery Council confirmed the Executive's nominee for Fire Chief of the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Corey Smedley. With more than 33 years of public safety experience, Chief Smedley served as fire/EMS chief in the City of Alexandria before coming to Montgomery County.This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.  Lily, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 4326Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
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SportsFest in GaithersburgExplore all things sports at SportsFest on Saturday, July 13 from 8 to 11 a.m. Youth entering grades K through 8 can test their skills in soccer, football, baseball, track and field, basketball, volleyball, and on an inflatable obstacle course. The day kicks off with a 3K Run for all ages at 8 a.m., followed by free kids’ activities from 9 to 11 a.m. The event takes place rain or shine at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm.Click here for more details.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Iceland Poppies, Papaver nudicaule, Kentlands Photowalk,Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 4416Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
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Skip the StrawThis is Plastic Free July. Let's "Skip the Straw" and make a difference! Protect our environment by choosing reusable, home compostable, or marine degradable alternatives. Straws are a top 10 item in beach cleanups—let's keep our oceans clean and thriving! This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.  Orchids, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 4343Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Kentlands Mansion Mad Hatter Extravaganza Date: 07/14/2024 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM  Location: Kentlands Mansion320 Kent Square RoadGaithersburg, Maryland 20878-5726 Join the Kentlands Mansion on Sunday, July 14, 2024, for a free family friendly event from 4 - 7 p.m. Kentlands Mansion and the City are celebrating 30 years together with "Hats Off to 30 Years: A Kentlands Mansion Mad Hatter Extravaganza.”The following vendors will be joining us and we are so excited to have them:Nomz, D's SmokeHouse BBQ, Grape Escape, Pleasant Hills Farm, Rad Rebecca, 909, Great Kids Events, Carmen's Italian Ice, Bethesda Beauty Collective, Alliage Salon and Spa, Key Ingredients, and Princess Party of DC.We are delighted to host fairy hair, permanent jewelry, live music, children's entertainment, beer and wine s...
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Contemporary Conversations Series:  On Race, Class and PrivilegeRenowned anti-racism educator Tim Wise will be the featured speaker at the next event in the Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) “Contemporary Conversations” series. “On Race, Class and Privilege: An Evening with Tim Wise” will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at the Rockville Memorial Library.Mr. Wise will examine the connections between systemic racism, white racial privilege and America’s class system, with particular attention to the current backlash to racial justice efforts in schools and the workplace since the 2020 racial justice uprising. He is the author of several books, including his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.The Rockville Memorial Library i...
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By Roy Kelley
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Coffee with a Cop at TargetJoin Us for Coffee With a Cop!Meet your Gaithersburg Police Department officers tomorrow, July 11, 2024 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Target (25 Grand Corner Ave.). Enjoy a cup of joe and great conversation. Ask questions, share concerns, and build community ties.Details: https://gburg.md/CoffeeWithaCopThis is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement.  Orchids, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 8194Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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