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SILVER SPRING REGIONAL AREA

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COUNTY WEB SITE
Great links to many County resources
and more!
HERE

RECENT NEWSLETTER WORTH CHECKING OUT

  • Park & Planning InfoShare HERE
  • New Ave has a new App HERE
  • Takoma Langley Crossroads Development Authority HERE

"TO DO" CALENDARS FOR SILVER SPRING

Silver Spring general downtown area
HERE

NEW! Visit Montgomery (Countywide but searchable to Silver Spring)
HERE

SSTCi Winter Progam in the Civic Building HERE

CultureSpotMC
HERE

SilverSpringInc
HERE

Downtown Silver Spring
(Ellsworth Dr, by the Fountain)
HERE

Silver Spring A&E District
HERE

Takoma Park
HERE

Cultural Arts Center (TPSS MC)
HERE

The Fillmore
HERE

American Film Institute (AFI)
HERE

Meditation Museum Upcoming Events
HERE

DIRECTORIES

All storefronts throughout downtown
HERE

Downtown Silver Spring 'core' (Ellsworth)
HERE

Chamber of Commerce
HERE

Know of other on-line community calendars or directories specific to Silver Spring?
e-mail us HERE

DEVELOPMENT FINDER & ZONING

NEW! Map of proposed developments
HERE

Zoning Information +
HERE

NEWS u CAN SHARE
(see HERE for chronological listing of 'Sample Happenings' and more)

Best of Fenton Village is Back!

Vote for your favorite small and independent business in the historic Silver Spring commercial district. Online voting opens on Saturday, November 29, 2014, Shop Local Day, and closes on December 31, 2014.  Winners will be announce in January 2015. As of November 29, please go to www.bestof.fentonvillage.org to vote.

Help Control Deer In Your Neigborhood

Many of our suburban neighborhoods are overrun with deer.  Deer/vehicles collisions are increasing.  Many residents are being treated for Lyme disease.  The managed hunts in our parks cannot begin to make a dent in the large and growing herds.  Residents can help by learning about bow & arrow hunting, contacting skilled and safe hunters who will take out deer at no cost, and organizing this needed activity on your private property. The Montgomery County Civic Federation has worked with state and county officials to get the regulations on this activity liberalized and getting out information about archery hunting.  Please visit the website HERE for a comprehensive list of documents including regulations for the current hunting season,  "A Citizens Guide to Safe Bow and Arrow Hunting in Residential Communities in Montgomery County", Q&As from an experienced archery hunter, and much more.

Give Local this Holiday Season

This holiday season, Fenton Street Market will provide two unique ways to shop in Silver Spring. During the month of December, FSM will operate HOLIDAZE: a pop-up shop inside Pyramid Atlantic. And, on Saturday, December 20 from 9am to 3pm, FSM will host its third annual outdoor Holiday Market on Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring. HOLIDAZE is a new venture that will combine the quality locally-made products shoppers expect from the market with the convenience of an indoor shop. The first of its kind in Silver Spring, the shop will feature curated products from regular FSM vendors, all local makers and artists. Shoppers will be able to find presents for everyone on their lists: screenprinted posters, locally-designed sweatshirts, crocheted animals, handmade jewelry, fair trade coffee, organic bath products, hand thrown ceramic bowls, and much more. HOLIDAZE will host workshops and parties, so shoppers can make their own gifts - as well as enjoy the holiday season. HOLIDAZE will begin with an opening night party on December 4 and close on December 23. The shop will be open from noon to 8pm on the following days: December 4-7; December 11-14; December 17-23.... More HERE

Volunteering Opportunity to Help Seniors

The Senior Connection has immediate openings for volunteers to provide essential services to Montgomery County seniors.  Available service opportunities include driving senior adults to medical appointments, assisting with grocery shopping and money management. We are hosting Volunteer Open Houses on December 3 and December 17, 2014.  Contact:  Mary Murphy
Telephone:  301-942-1049 Email: mary.murphy@seniorconnectionmc.org

Crossroad Farmers Market featured on NPR "All Things Considered"

See full story HERE.

Blessed Coffee featured on the Kojo Namdi Show

Hear full story HERE.

The Ethiopian Community Center in MD is now open!

See full story HERE.

Did you know?
Crittenton Services of Greater Washington is a non-profit organization - active in Silver Spring! - that focuses on empowering teen girls to overcome obstacles, make positive choices, and achieve their goals through programs in schools  in Montgomery County. The PEARL program consist of  giving pregnant and parenting teen support, knowledge, and skills they need to succeed as students and moms... For more info: HERE.

MLK Day of Service: Register your project now!

  • Montgomery County will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 19, 2015. On that day, thousands of county volunteers will come together to work on community service projects that will support individuals, children, and families in need. We need our local nonprofits to help us plan projects now for MLK Day at the Marriott Conference Center and other sites throughout the County. See HERE for much more and to sign up your project.

VACANCIES IN OUR B/C/Cs
(County Boards, Committees, and Commissions)

Applications due November 28
-  Committee on Hate/Violence

Applications due December 4
- Board of Social Services
- Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. Board of Directors
- Dickerson Area Facilities Implementation Group
- Library Board

Applications due December 10
- Community Action Board
- Advisory Committee on Consumer Protection
- Board of Registration for Building Contractors

Applications due December 12
- Cable and Communications Advisory Committee
- Commission on Child Care
- Commission on Veterans Affairs

To apply and for more info go HERE.

KEY TO KEEP!

ADVISORY GROUPS
Schedule & Meeting Notice
Montgomery County has many "Boards, Committees, and Commissions" that provide opportunities for community members to participate in the civic discourse and provide advice to the elected local officials. These meetings are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Everyone is invited welcome to attend.  There are four Advisory Groups that are of particular relevance to the Silver Spring Regional Area. These include:

[] Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board - Meets 2nd Monday of each month*, 7:00 p.m. at the Civic Building (Committees meet 4th Monday of each month*. 7:00 p.m.) See HERE for more.

[] Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee - Meets 3rd Thursday of each month*, 3:30 p.m., at the Urban District Office (at the Fire Station.) See HERE for more.

[] Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment Advisory Committee - Meets 2nd Tuesday of every other month*, 7:00 p.m. at the Civic Building. See HERE for more. (NOTE: In November they will meet WED NOV 5!)

[] Silver Spring Transportation Management District - Meets 2nd Thursday of each month*, 8:00 a.m., at the Discovery Communications Building. See HERE for more.

[] Silver Spring Youth Advisory Council- Meets every other Wednesday October through May*, 7:00 p.m., at the Civic Building/

(*Some months may change the exact date of the meetings due to Holidays. Details are usually provided far in advance through this e-blast.) {See HERE for complete list of all "B/C/C" in the County... See below for current vacancies. Application is open to all County residents.}

MORE ON OUR (B)LOG
We keep a 'running list' of pertinent items that appear in our e-Newsletter on our (b)log HERE. You'll find much more info - including many historical postings with a wealth of information (particularly for newcomers) in the (b)log.

KEY COUNCIL LINKS
(You may want to keep this list for future reference!)
Councilmembers
Public Participation
Public Hearing List
Current Agenda
Comm Agenda
Packets
Bills
Resolutions
Zoning
View Current Live Session
View Archives
Other

COMMUNITY ACCESS PILOT PROGRAM

Community Access Pilot Program for the Silver Spring Civic Building and Veterans Plaza
FY15 CAPP application now available! This highly successful program continues to facilitate many organizations accessing the Civic Building and Veterans Plaza for community building efforts. The application process is easy to complete.
Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza is now accepting FY15 CAPP applications. For more information about the Community Access Pilot Program (CAPP), please contact Eric Rasch, Operations Manager, Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza. e-mail HERE.

  • NOTE: a CAPP application does NOT guarantee you a specific date. Only a deposit does.

CRITICAL #s TO KEEP HANDY
9-1-1
Life threatening EMERGENCY

3-1-1
COUNTY INFORMATION on most anything
(If in doubt, call 3-1-1 )

240-777-0311
Alternate 311 number (if you are calling from areas adjacent to, near to, or from other counties)

240-773-TIPS (8477)
ANONYMOUS CRIME TIPS

301-279-8000
To contact the police for NON-emergencies

240-876-2911
Urban District HOTLINE - for downtown issues needing immediate attention

301-949-3010
Park Police- 24 hours 

301-670-8080 
Parks Service Center – problems or repairs in parks (Callers will get a repair ticket # they can track)

STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION [SHA]
HERE
Graffiti, pot holes (on Ga Ave, Colesville, E/W Hwy, New Hampshire and other State Roads)
{ For local and county roads: 3-1-1 }

Sign up for Alerts HERE
(NOTE: If you have not signed up for these Alerts yet, please consider doing so NOW.)

Main County “Portal” HERE.

Mobile link to downtown establishments directory HERE.

SAMPLE HAPPENINGS

SPECIAL NOTICE TO ALL GROUPS THAT SEEK TO LIST EVENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY e-BLAST 'SAMPLE HAPPENINGS'

Please note that we are migrating our listing of arts*, entertainment, and community celebrations 'sample happenings' to the newly created "Visit Montgomery" site http://visitmontgomery.com/  This site has a robust interface for identifying what is happening in different regions of the County, including the capacity to focus on Silver Spring. You are encouraged to register and enter your event in this FREE calendar. Its guidelines are simple and straightforward:
  • All events must take place within Montgomery County
  • Events must appeal to visitors and be practical for visitors to attend
  • Event entries must include title, date, location, time, cost (if any), and a description—including contact info for more information.
  • Montgomery County CVB reserves the right to edit or reject any event for any reason
We will continue listing civic happenings in our e-blast AND make consistent references to this new excellent calendar - as well as others - that provide a wealth of information for what is happening in Silver Spring.
(*Art groups that are memebers of the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities also list their events in the user-friendly site http://www.culturespotmc.com/ which is also searchable by location; i.e. Silver Spring.)

RECURRING MARKETS +

YEAR ROUND - Saturdays
FreshFarm Farmers Market*
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Ellsworth Dr. (Downtown Silver Spring)
More info: HERE

YEAR ROUND – Sundays
Takoma Park Farmers Market*
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Laurel Ave. (Takoma Park)
More info: HERE

MAY - NOVEMBER  – 3 locations
MarVa Harvest Farmers Market
More info:
HERE
  • The Essex House: Saturdays, NOON to 3:00pm (May 10, ending November 22, 2014) 7777 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park
  • St Camillus Catholic Church: Sundays, 10:00am to 5:00pm (May 11, ending November 23, 2014) Silver Spring
  • Holy Cross Hospital: Thursdays, 11:00am to 2:00pm (May 15, ending November 20, 2014) 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring

Farmers Marekt Throughout Montgomery County: Want to see a full list of ALL farmers markets in Mongtomery County?... See HERE... Plus, very cool map of all markets HERE.

YEAR ROUND – Select dates throughout the year
AFI Film Festivals (Coming up: European Union Film Festival!)
American Film Institute
More info at: HERE

YEAR ROUND - Every Last Friday of each Month
Ethiopian Poetry Reading
7pm – Civic Building
More info on sponsoring organization: HERE

YEAR ROUND - Every 2nd Thursday
Contra Dancing
7-9 pm – Civic Building
More info on sponsoring organization: HERE
 
RESTAURANT ROUND-UP

  • La Malinche has flamenco dance shows Oct. 16 and 30 7-8 p.m. More HERE.
  • Super Savor Sundays at the DoubleTree Hotel Silver Spring welcomes everyone to Super Savor Sundays featuring Direct TV’s NFL Sunday Ticket broadcast on big-screen TVs in the Savor restaurant. More HERE.
  • Mrs K is turning out to be quite the 'modern classic'. @MrsKsBarrelBar On September 11: #BowDownToBourbon Small Batch Bourbon Tasting  www.mrsks.com
  • Cubanos is offering Cuban music on Friday nights 7-9 p.m.
  • El Golfo continues its Wednesday night Jazz series. More HERE.
  • McGinty's offers a wide range of entertainment alternatives; something different every night - see HERE.
(Know of others? Send it in (e-mail HERE) with "Restaurant Round Up" on the subject line.)

MORE INFO & DISCLAIMER

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*DISCLAIMER: The SSRC takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this information.  We are simply 'passing it through.'  Please confirm with sponsor before making final and definitive plans!

NOTE: "Happenings" listed here are representative of what is going on in the Silver Spring Regional Area. Items listed are intended to be relevant to a wide audience. This list is not intended to be comprehensive. Please check in with your particular civic organization, school, faith community, affinity group, etc., for an array of additional happenings that might be relevant to you. If you run across something that you'd like to share with the broader Silver Spring Regional Area community, please e-mail HERE. Thanks!





LAST UPDATED:
August 18 2014
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