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SILVER SPRING REGIONAL AREA

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NEWS u CAN USE

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FOR "HAPPENINGS", VISIT THE e-BLAST WE SENT OUT EARLIER TODAY.  YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.

COUNTY'S WEBSITE HAS SNOW EVENT UPDATES!
See HERE.

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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!

Montgomery County Government (including Ride On) Schedule for Labor Day
See HERE.

The Silver Spring Jazz Festival: Saturday, September 6th
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band headlines the Silver Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 3:00-10:00pm in downtown Silver Spring. Each year, the Silver Spring Jazz Festival has presented a mix of many jazz genres, including straight ahead, smooth, Latin, and other popular jazz forms. This year the festival enjoys original eclectic jazz from New Orleans’ own Preservation Hall Jazz Band, smooth jazz from popular favorite Marcus Johnson, funk and R&B from Elliott Levine, world music from the David Bach Consort and an eclectic mix from the Jazz Academy of Music, located in Silver Spring. See poster HERE.

Takoma Park Folk Festival: Sunday, September 7th
Enjoy music and dance from around the world on seven stages. Some performances are designed for audience participation, particularly the dance workshops, sing-along sessions, and the many activities at and surrounding the Grassy Nook, the children’s stage. More HERE. 10:30 am - 6:30 pm  Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road (Takoma Park)

Subscribe to InfoShare and be 'in the know'

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission does a highly informative weekly newsletter with lots of critical articles for anyone interested in planning, growth, and related issues. See latest issue and subscribe HERE.  Some relevant articles include:
  • Greater Lyttonsville Video Update
  • White Oak Science Gateway Plan Approved
  • Approved and Adopted Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan Available
  • Learn About Existing and Proposed Bikeways in Montgomery County

Lots happenings in New Hampshire Ave!
Check out the New Ave newsletter to find out. See it - and subscribe - HERE.

Golf for the Silver Spring Y!

  • The Silver Spring YMCA is having its fund-raiser TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9th... Sign up early! HERE.

Please plan a project for large or small groups during Community Service Week (October 18-26, 2014)

  • During Community Service Week, people and organizations will be solving a range of challenges - with a special focus on the problem of hunger in Montgomery County... More info? Interested in listing your project? e-mail HERE.

SAVE THE DATE! Get a Team readay! Audacity of Hoops 2014
When: Saturday, September 20
Where: Downtown Silver Spring (by Veterans Plaza)

  • Make sure to mark your calendars, Audacity of Hoops is back for its 4th consecutive year! The 3x3 basketball tournament is comprised of three divisions: high school boys, high school girls, and adults. Let us know if your business/company would like to register as a team by emailing Elizabeth McMeekin (Impact Silver Spring) at elizabeth@impactsilverspring.org.

Tickets NOW ON SALE for the Executive Hispanic Gala - Thursday, September 18 at The Fillmore

  • Buy tickets NOW. (They'll go very fast!) This is Maryland's Premier Hispanic Gala. Leading organizations and individuals come together to support the Maryland Hispanic Achievement Scholarship Program that financially assists Hispanic students enrolled in higher learning institutions throughout the State of Maryland. Tixs and more HERE.

From Vicki Warren, Board Chair: "...And as Gandhi Brigade gears up for the new programs this autumn, we are delighted to bring on a new interim Executive Director...."

  • "Community activist and media consultant Evan Glass will take over leadership of the organization as the interim Executive Director. He will serve while a Search Committee, comprised of community leaders and Gandhi Brigade board members, looks for a successor to Richard. Evan brings with him a strong history of issue advocacy that includes youth engagement as well as an exemplary track record of nonprofit leadership.  His background as a former CNN producer will ensure that the quality of Gandhi Brigade's media work remains to the highest standards. Evan first volunteered with Gandhi Brigade back in 2008 and is dedicated to continue Richard's legacy while working within the community to empower our next generation of leaders."

EXTRA EXTRA! Restaurant Round-Up

  • 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 See newsletter HERE. and www.mrsks.com
  • La Madeleine’s Free Signature Wine Tasting: Come enjoy free samples of la Madeleine’s very own French Wines every Monday from 5-8pm starting July 14th - 8435 Georgia Ave -  caddy corner from the Discovery Building. PLUS music THIS Thursday at Petal Plaza!
  • Cubanos is offering Cuban music on Friday nights 7-9 p.m.
  • El Golfo (Flower Ave) continues its Wednesday Jazz series 7-10 p.m.
  • Monday Nights Jazz at Vicino's (959 Sligo Ave) More HERE.
(Know of others? Send it in (e-mail HERE) with "Restaurant Round Up" on the subject line.)


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

Applications due August 20
-  Fire and Emergency Services Commission

Applications due August 22
- Community Development Advisory Committee
- Ethics Commission
- Commission on People with Disabilities
- Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board
- White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee

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
Simpler, more 'user-friendly' application for the CAPP* now available
*Community Access Pilot Program for the Silver Spring Civic Building and Veterans Plaza

This highly successful program continues to facilitate many organizations accessing the Civic Building and Veterns Plaza for community building efforts. The application process is now simpler and easier to complete. The APPLICATION is available HERE.

NOTE: a CAPP applications 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.

Ride on Ride On? Help us make it even better!
From Will Kenlaw, Program Manager: Marketing, Advertising, Sales, & Customer Service for Ride On: "Residents and riders can voice their comments, concerns, compliments, and complaints regarding Ride On several ways including:"

  • Call 311 if inside Montgomery County or 240-777-0311 if outside the County, 7 am – 7 pm, Monday - Friday
  • Follow Us on Twitter and tweet us on our Twitter account at www.Twitter.com/RideOnMCT
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  • Write us the old fashioned way via US Mail at Ride On Customer Service, Montgomery County Transit, 101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850

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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!

RECURRING MARKETS, CONCERTS, & MORE

APRIL 26 – OCTOBER – Saturdays
Fenton Street Market
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Veterans Plaza
More info:
http://www.fentonstreetmarket.com/

YEAR ROUND - Saturdays
FreshFarm Farmers Market*
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Ellsworth Dr. (Downtown Silver Spring)
More info:
http://freshfarmmarkets.org/farmers_markets/markets/silver_spring.php

YEAR ROUND – Sundays
Takoma Park Farmers Market*
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Laurel Ave. (Takoma Park)
More info:
http://www.takomaparkmarket.com/

MAY - NOVEMBER  – 3 locations
MarVa Harvest Farmers Market
More info:
http://www.marvaharvest.com/
  • 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
http://www.crossroadscommunityfoodnetwork.org/

MAY 11, JUNE 8, SEPTEMBER 14, OCTOBER 12 - Sundays
Grant Avenue Market (Takoma Park)
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Grant Ave (Takoma Park)
http://grantavenuemarket.com/

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:
http://www.afi.com/silver/

YEAR ROUND - Every Last Friday of each Month
Ethiopian Poetry Reading
7pm – Civic Building
More info on sponsoring organization:
http://tayituculturalcenter.org/

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:
http://www.carpediemarts.org/CarpeDiemArts/Welcome.html

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:
http://milkladyevents.org/

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.

  • 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.








LAST UPDATED:
August 18 2014
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