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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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Our community’s Advisory Groups usually take a month or two off during the summer. However, civic matters do not take a break! There are two particular issues that merit our attention and can not wait till the early Fall. Thus we are having two special dialogues where all members of the community are invited to join in.

  • [1] PEDESTRIAN & BICYCLE MOBILITY IN DOWNTOWN SILVER SPRING  THURSDAY JULY 17 3:30 p.m. in the Civic Building  Come join in a dialogue with the State Highway Administration (SHA) and the County’s Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding how to continue improving the mobility of pedestrian and bicyclist in downtown Silver Spring. Updates will be provided on current projects (including the resurfacing of Fenton St. from Wayne to Cameron) – and input and advice will be sought.

  • [2] VanGo IS EXPANDING ITS SERVICE – AND WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  TUESDAY JULY 22, 7:00 p.m. in the Civic Building  The FY15 budget includes resources to expand the VanGo service in downtown Silver Spring. (VanGo is the free circulator that serves downtown Silver Spring.) The County’s Department of Transportation is set to begin the expanded service in January on weeknights and weekends. Join us for a dialogue regarding possible routes, headways, and other operational matters.

Please join in – and invite others in your networks!

Takoma/Langley Crossroads Development Authority Expands to Carroll Ave

  • Takoma Park's 2014 reauthorization of the CDA expanded the Takoma/Langley Commercial Management District west to Carroll Avenue, adding the 900 and 1000 blocks of University Blvd, and 900 block of Merrimac Drive (Merrimac Center, left), nearly all commercial properties. The CDA now represents all commercial properties in the Takoma-Langley Sector Plan approved by M-NCPPC... See their weekly newsletter and subcribe HERE.

The new and improved infoShare newsletter is out!

See it - and subscribe - HERE. This is the highly informative newsletter from the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. It containg links to the Commission's agendas, news about what is happening in the Parks, and much more. Some examples:
  • Montgomery County Planning Board Appoints Michael Riley Director of Montgomery Parks
  • Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Community Workshop - July 15, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Share Your #ParksPics for a Chance to Win!
  • Purple Line Mandatory Referral Update
  • Community Organization Lists

IMPACT continues impacting

For Impact Silver Spring's latest newsletter, see HERE.
  • Hire a Youth Jobs Circle Member Today!
  • Flag Football in Long Branch
  • Narrative Workshop

Mrs. K's Community Connections

  • From the folks over at one of Silver Spring's most 'historic' restaurant: "We have a number of events planned at Mrs. K's in the coming months. ...  check for updates on our FB page: www.facebook.com/mrsksbarrelbar. ... On August 9th, we're hosting a Caribbean Night from 4-8 PM. It's a family friendly ticketed event with all you can eat food with a authentic Caribbean cuisine, music by a local steel drum band, drink specials, games, raffles and giveaways all day. More HERE. ... Every Wednesday night, we also host trivia nights, starting at 7 PM. Players enjoy rapid fire questions based on a variety of topics, some of them ripped from the headlines, along with food and drink specials all night. ... In addition, Mrs. K's is dog friendly and we're planning future events including monthly doggie happy hours, wine and beer tastings, a September festival, oktoberfest, and more." More info? Eloise Lepesqueur, Marketing Representative, Mrs. K's Restaurant and Barrel Bar 301-404-3553

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 togetehr 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.

National Night Out SET for Tuesday, August 5th.
To all community and civic groups: Please let Joy* know of the details for your event so it gets listed!

  • *From Joy Patil, Community Services Officer (e-mail HERE. 240-876-9640) "National Night Out will be held this year on Tuesday, August 5th.  If your community is interested in participating, please let me know the times and location of your event so we can make sure to put it on our caravan schedule.  We look forward to visiting even more neighborhoods this year!!"

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

Applications due July 14
- Board of License Commissioners (Liquor Board)
- Wheaton Urban District 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 September 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
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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
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
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
 
MAY 6 - AUGUST 26  – Tuesdays
ZUMBA by Washington Sports Club
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Downtown Silver Spring (Ellsworth Dr)
See more at:
http://downtownsilverspring.com/

MAY 12 - JULY 28  – Mondays
Lunchtime Lounge
Noon – Downtown Silver Spring (Ellsworth Dr)
See more at:
http://downtownsilverspring.com/

JUNE 6 - JUNE 30 – Fridays &Saturdays
Live Music on Plaza Fountain Stage
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Downtown Silver Spring (Ellsworth Dr)
See more at:
http://downtownsilverspring.com/

JUNE through OCTOBER - 3rd Saturday
Mid Summer Wine Festival
Silver Spring B & O Railroad Station
More info:
http://milkladyevents.org/

JUNE 26 – AUGUST 14 – Thursdays
Silver Spring Summer Swing Concert Series
7-9 pm – Veterans Plaza
More HERE

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... DETAILS FOR THIS AND NEXT WEEK 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.

  • Still have not seen the Thunderbolts Baseball team? (Home games are at Blair H.S. baseball field.) This is our own team playing in the Cal Ripken Wooden Bat Baseball League. See remaining schedule 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:
July 14 2014
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