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COUNTY'S WEBSITE HAS SNOW EVENT UPDATES!
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ALERT: Please report all grafitti. DON'T assume someone else has 'called it in'. CALL 311. On-line HERE. @311MC311. Be 'eyes & ears' in our community! See it. Report it!

Thursday, September 18 Silver Spring will come alive with two major events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month:

  • Latin American Film Festival at the American Film Institute (AFI) September 18 - October 8    Celebrating its 25th edition, Silver Spring's American Film Institute (AFI) Latin American Film Festival showcases the best in cinema from Latin America with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal... MUCH more HERE, including a quick video highlight... Opening night is September 18, with the critically acclaimed film "Libertador":  "A larger-than-life hero gets the big-screen treatment he deserves in this epic biopic, the story of freedom fighter Simón Bolívar."

  • County Executive Hispanic Gala Celebrates Over 50 Scholarships to College-bound Latino Students   The Gala’s goal this year is to grant Scholarships to over 50 Hispanic students from Montgomery County and Maryland. The Gala is instrumental in bringing together organizations and individuals that understand the importance of strong diverse communities. The Hispanic Gala is the most significant and marquee Hispanic social, political, and philanthropic event in Montgomery County and the State. We bring together elected officials, the business community, philanthropists, and the Hispanic community to support and promote post-secondary education in our community... A few tickets sill remain. To buy click HERE.

Home Tree Care 101 Classes

  • This fall, with the help of a grant from the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Conservation Montgomery will hold Home Tree Care 101 classes. Each class covers how maintaining mature trees on your home lot can extend the life of a tree and make it less hazardous in a storm, proper pruning, mulching and removal of invasive plants that can slowly kill a tree. A certified arborist will visit your community and lead an outdoor, hands-on class for your civic or community group. Conservation Montgomery will also teach you and your neighbors the right way to plant a new tree so that the tree will thrive.   To sign up for a class, visit HERE.

A Time and a Place

  • "Red chairs placed on a median. Yellow ladders leaning on light posts. Four dancers climbed over the objects and imitated store genres; in front of an optics store, they held their hands to their faces and peered as if wearing glasses. Somehow, all of this had to do with place. ... “Placeholders,” created by university professors and artists Ronit Eisenbach and Sharon Mansur, is an art installation that explores the meaning of place in the midst of transition, such as that of Silver Spring’s Long Branch community, which is preparing for the entrance of the Purple Line and the changes that will come with it.  The performance combined sound, architecture and community as dancers moved throughout various locations, framing changes now defining the place." ... Read full article HERE.

Call to Artists

  • Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (PAAC) is proud to announce a juried exhibition in conjunction with the 13th Biennial Book Arts Fair, "Outside the Margin", November 7-25, 2014 ... Eligibility: Artists are invited to enter up to 5 original or limited edition artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, or book installations. Acceptable printmaking media: relief, intaglio, inkjet, and/or screenprint techniques. More HERE.

Somos Montgomery Highlights Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Featuring various Latinos, including Councilmember Nancy Navarro... See full vidoe HERE.

Long Branch businesses on YouTube

  • Cool video clip on Long Branch businesses HERE.

Old Takoma News, Listings, and More

  • LGBT Happy Hour, Food Truck, Street Fest news, and much more... HERE.

DEADLINES LOOMING!

  • Community Development Block Grant is Now Open: Applications for Montgomery County's fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Service Grants are due Friday, September 19, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. You can learn more about this opportunity, and view or download the application, at the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs website HERE.

  • Thanksgiving Parade Participation: If your group wants to participate in this year''s Thankgiving Parade (Saturday, November 22 in downtown Silver Spring, you must complete the application HERE by Friday, September 22.

  • Sligo Creek Golf Association Fall Team Challenge Fundraiser  (Monday, October 13)  It is time to register your team for the fall Sligo Creek Golf Course tournament fundraiser. "This year we’re going out on a holiday – Columbus Day, Monday, October 13! We know some of you will be out of town for the long weekend, but some of you won’t. Cap off your weekend and let’s have some fun!" See flyer HERE.

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

Applications due September 19
-  Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council

Applications due September 23
-  Community Development Advisory Committee

Applications due September 26
-  Ethics Commission
-  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee

Applications due October 1
- Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. Board of Directors
- Solid Waste Advisory Committee

Applications due October 8
- Commission on Juvenile Justice

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.

[] 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

M-NCPPC
Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission

The M-NCPPC has a newsletter ("InfoShare") that is a 'must' for anyone or any organization interested in land use and planning issues throughout the County. Please subscribe directly HERE. Some sample pieces of info include:

Montgomery County Homeowners and Civic Associations: Don't miss the latest development news! The Planning Department maintains a list of organizations to keep residents informed. Developers use our list to publicize their application plans, and we send announcements about planning issues of interest to the community. Providing current email addresses cuts costs and ensures a rapid flow of information. Verify and update contact info for your HOA/CA HERE.

User-Friendly Tool Highlights Current Development: Development finder promotional imageWant to know more about development projects proposed near where you live or work? To stay abreast of Montgomery County development activity, visit our online Development Finder HERE  to learn details about building applications to be considered by the Planning Board.

Zoning Re-Write in Process: Learn about the on-going process reshaping the County's zoning ordinace... See the FAQ page and more HERE.  Have Questions About the Zoning Rewrite Project? Drop in During Daily Office Hours Mon/Wed/Fri: 2-3:30 p.m.;
Tuesday: 10:30 a.m-noon; Thursday: by appointment (Call 301.495.1325).  Office hours are held at the 2nd floor Information Counter at Park and Planning Headquarters.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission | 8787 Georgia Ave | More HERE

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 }

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Main County “Portal” HERE.

Mobile link to downtown establishments directory HERE.

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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!



RECURRING MARKETS, CONCERTS, & MORE

APRIL 26 – OCTOBER – Saturdays
Fenton Street Market (NO market Sept. 27. Enjoy the African Festival!)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Veterans Plaza
More info: HERE


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

JUNE 4th – OCTOBER – Wednesdays (11-3)
Crossroads Market*
Anne St. at (1021) University Blvd. in Takoma/Langley Park, directly across from the Rite Aid
More HERE

MAY 11, JUNE 8, SEPTEMBER 14, OCTOBER 12 - Sundays
Grant Avenue Market (Takoma Park)
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Grant Ave (Takoma Park)
More HERE

YEAR ROUND – Select dates throughout the year
AFI Film Festivals

  • * 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.

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


THROUGH FALL - Tuesdays
Twilight Tuesdays
7-9 pm - Veterans Plaza
Coordinated by:
Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.

THROUGH SUMMER - Every 2nd Thursday
Contra Dancing
7-9 pm – Civic Building
More info on sponsoring organization: HERE


THROUGH SUMMER - Every 1st Monday
Salsa Dancing
7-9 pm – Civic Building
More info on newsletters
 
JUNE through OCTOBER - 3rd Saturday
Mid Summer Wine Festival
Silver Spring B & O Railroad Station
More info: HERE


MORE...

Your Annual Community Celebrations (and more!) Planning List (a start)

  • We have created a list of some of the community celebrations* that have come to our attention. While the list is neither comprehensive nor exhaustive, it does provide for a good starting point to get a sense of much of what is going on in the Silver Spring Regional Area. We invite you to let us know of similar celebrations that you'd like included in the list. (*These are events that are open to the public and welcome everyone. Their common element is that they celebrate community. Note that some are ticketed.)... For a blog posting with the list, and to leave comments and ideas, see HERE.

GREAT Links to 'Happenings' in Takoma Park, on Ellsworth (by the Fountain) in Downtown Silver Spring, and More!

  • If you are not signed up for the Old Takoma Newsletter, you are really missing quite a lot... Simple listing of many 'happenings' in Takoma Park, including concerts, farmers market, and much more... See full calendar HERE and for "Main Street Takoma" see HERE. (Food Truck Fridays and MUCH more!) Also: City of Takoma Park Government  has an informative newspaper and keeps a list of activities at their rec center, and more... The City of Takoma Park also has a very active calendar of events. See HERE. ... Latest newsletter including listing of 'music scene' HERE.

  • If you don't routinely visit the www.DowntownSilverSpring.com 'Events' site to see what's happening on Ellsworth Drive by the Fountain, you are missing a lot!... Great listing of regular offerings and happenings including Zumba, concerts, farmers market, and much more... See HERE.

  • SPARKLE, Twilight Tuesdays, Wednesday STARZ and so much more (from SSTCi): Silver Spring Town Center, Inc., brings great dialogue, ambiance performances, and so much more to the Civic Building and Veterans Plaza - including the 'just announced' Harvest Moon Festival Sunday October 5th (see HERE.)... See their latest newsletter HERE.

  • We've placed Busy Graham's listing for Silver Spring Arts happenings in a blog HERE.  If you'd like her more extensive listing for the DMV area, send her an e-mail.

Restaurant Round-Up

  • 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.
  • Denizens on East/West Hwy is now officially open. GREAT to have a local brewery. @DenizensBrewing
  • 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.
(Know of others? Send it in (e-mail HERE) with "Restaurant Round Up" on the subject line.)

Ain't Misbehavin' coming to the Silver Spring Balck Box Theatre

  • LIVE GARRA THEATRE brings a Broadway flavor to the downtown Silver Spring Black Box Theater with its production of Ain't Misbehavin' October 9-19. Take the journey of legendary jazzman, Thomas "Fats" Waller, in this tribute to popular 1920's and '30's musicians of the Harlem Renaissance.  Five performers, all local, gifted artists present an evening of rowdy, raunchy, and humorous songs that encapsulate the various moods of the era and reflect Waller's view of life as a journey meant for pleasure and play.  The musical captures this iconic era of pride, creativity, and cultural awareness, all while inviting us into this sometimes sassy, sometimes sexy, always jazzy world.... More HERE.

Silver Spring Stage (Four Corners) premier of God of Carnage

  • Silver Spring Stage presents the community theater premiere of God of Carnage by Yasmina Rez, translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by Adam R. Adkins and produced by Bob Scott, the witty and entertaining depiction of two sets of parents that turn a simple playground fight between their kids into a full-blown brawl. God of Carnage will perform weekends September 19 to October 11, 2014. More HERE.

The County's Office of Human Rights has some great events coming up in the next few weeks right here in Silver Spring - and neaby in Wheton:

  • Town Hall Meeting re Bullying in Schools on Sunday, September 28 {Please help us spread the word by sharing with your school community!} See flyer HERE.

  • Emerging Employment Laws and Regulations Breakfast on Tuesday, September 30 {Please help us spread the word by sharing with your entreprenuer and business community!} See flyer HERE.

Wonderful events all throughout the Fall at the Long Branch Recreations Center!







LAST UPDATED:
August 18 2014
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