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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!
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First WALKABLE Downtown Silver Spring Easter Egg Hunt
The new entreprenuer civic minded start-up SilverSpringInc has coordinated an Easter Egg Hunt throughout downtown Silver Spring for Saturday, April 19 starting at noon at the B&O Train Station (8100 Georgia Ave.) Over 700 eggs hidden throughout walkable Silver Spring; prizes; bands and DJs... Sounds like fun!... The Washington Post selected it as an "Editor's Pick" - see HERE. Foor map and more info HERE.
  • This event is yet another amazing example of what members in our community are constantly inventing and re-inventing. This event is not supported in any way with public dollars. Nonetheless, it is embraced puclicly as a wonderful entreprenuer effort that affirms downtown Silver Spring - including the Fenton Village area - as a destination point for cullinary and shopping (and fun!) experiences while simulteneously building community.

A Day in the Life of Montgomery County - Your Look at Life in Montgomery County on a Single Day: April 22, 2014
Let's make Silver Spring shine in this county-wide effort!
If you live or work in Montgomery County, pick up your camera, video recorder or smart phone and join in the fun of on April 22, creating the ultimate crowd sourced virtual collage: "A Day in the Life of Montgomery County"... Much 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.

Montgomery County's proposed FY15 Annual Action Plan of the Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development is now available for review and comment
This Action Plan covers the fifth year of the County's Five-Year Consolidated Plan for fiscal years 2011-2015. The full document can be viewed online or downloaded HERE Hard copies may also be reviewed at the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (100 Maryland Avenue, Fourth Floor, Rockville, Maryland 20850) and at all Regional Service Centers, including the Silver Spring RSC (2nd Floor, Civic Building.)

Pedestrian Safety Volunteer Opportunities - Spring 2014
SIGN UP NOW TO VOLUNTEER in Downtown Silver Spring on Friday, April 25 4-6 pm
Sign up HERE.
From Joana Conklin, Montgomery County Pedestrian Safety Education Specialist: "The weather is finally getting warmer, and we are gearing up for our Spring Pedestrian Safety education events in Montgomery County! ... At these events, we will be distributing pedestrian safety information and materials to the public.  If you would like a refresher on our pedestrian safety volunteer training, you can access it here.  Also, check out our Top News Blog periodically for interesting pedestrian safety updates! ... Feel free to pass this sign-up along to others who may want to join us as well.  Remember that we do offer SSL hours for students who volunteer with us! ... I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming outreach events!" e-mail HERE and/or call Joana at 240-777-7195

Did you know we have the Silver Spring / Takoma Baseball Team?
THUNDERBOLTS BASEBALL IS 15 YEARS OLD THIS SEASON!  Opening Day Friday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m.  
Camps for boys and girls, 7-15 years old.  Five weeks of camps June 16-July 18, 2014.  Registration and more in the 'camps' link from web-site. FIFTH ANNUAL THUNDERBOLTS FUN DAY: This year Fun Day will be held on Sunday June 1 from 12:00-3 pm at Blair Stadium.   This is a free baseball clinic for kids 7-15. Much more HERE.  

Volunteer Center Hotlink - Latest Issue:
Go HERE for all links
  • Information & Resources for Nonprofits Registered with the Volunteer Center Donations
  • Attend the Montgomery Serves Awards Event!
  • MCAEL Accepting Grant Applications
  • Leadership Montgomery Recruitment Programs - Register TODAY!
  • Nominations Sought for Community Action Awards
  • Neighborhood Beautification Grants Available 
  • Renters and Homeowners Invited to Montgomery County's  Annual Housing Fair
  • Stay Connected

Fenton Street Market’s 2014 Season Starts Saturday, April 26th!  
After a long, cold winter, it is time to celebrate Silver Spring’s homegrown market and buy local  "
Fenton Street Market is excited to announce the Opening Day of its fifth season on Saturday, April 26th from 
10 am ­ 4 pm on Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring. On April 26th, First Lady of Montgomery County 
Catherine Leggett will ring the market bell to open the market season. Ringing the market bell serves as a 
call to arms for the community to support its local entrepreneurs....

Summer Camps in Silver Spring
Lots of organizations are offering Summer Camps in our community. For example, the new Highwood Theater (on Silver Spring Ave) is offering "Summer in the Arts" - see HERE.
  • NOTE:If your organization is offering summer camps, please let us know. e-mail HERE, with Summer Camps in the subject line. (Make sure you include a web-link for more info!)













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HELP US SPREAD THE WORD
on these 4 Community Engagement Opportunities

[1] GET WORKFORCE HELP FOR 6 WEEKS. FREE. AND DO GOOD!

This invitation is intended for business owners and entrepreneurs.

As a business owner/entrepreneur you know how tough it is to find good staff. Come learn about this innovative program that matches young people with employers – like you!

THIS COST YOUR BUSINESS NOTHING. NADA. IT IS FREE. Come find out more:

THURSDAY APRIL 17th at Noon (Silver Spring Civic Building) LUNCH PROVIDED

RSVP REQUIRED. E-mail dgilgenbach@montgomeryworks.com

Youth Employment Services (YES) is based on a true match between employer's needs and the unique strengths and interests of the job candidate. It is a refreshing and mutually beneficial alternative to traditional business services. The Youth Employment Specialist gets to know and understand your business and workforce needs and develops a customer relationship between you and a well-matched youth job candidate.

More info on MontgomeryWorks:
http://www.montgomeryworks.com/programs_services_youth.asp

[2] TRAINING FOR RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Thursday, April 24 • 1-5 pm   Silver Spring Civic Building

From Rev. Kasey Kaseman, Office of Community Partnership Interfaith Community Liaison:

“Recommended for religious leaders and their staff, who are contacted by concerned members in their congregation and by strangers coming for assistance, on how to safely and sensitively respond to persons who may have untreated mental illness. Topics will include recognition of mental illness, de-escalation techniques, safety awareness and community resources for patients, caregivers, family and religious leaders.” More info? e-mail mcclergyworkshop@yahoo.com

[3] PROBLEM SOLVING IN DIVERSE COMMUNITIES: EXPERIENCE, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

SATURDAY MAY 3  <> 10-NOON   <> SILVER SPRING CIVIC BUILDING

Let's begin the dialogue. How do we 'problem solve' in our highly diverse community? How do we talk things through, constructively build on our assets, and reach meaningful consensus when we have folks in the room from all walks of life? How do we 'problem solve' when the participants have diverse backgrounds, are from all segments of the income and age spectrum, come from all over the world with different expectations of civic and community engagement?

Join us for this facilitated dialogue. The Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County and the Silver Spring Regional Center are hosting this event which we hope will spark not only more dialogue, but specific, tangible action.

RSVP to Reemberto.Rodriguez@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov
(Please put “Problem Solving Dialogue” in subject line)
NOTE: Max capacity is 20 people.  So please RSVP today if interested in attending, indicating what organization and/or community you would be representing. We will confirm at least 1-week before the event.

[4] SILVER SPRING FAITH COMMUNITY DIALOGUE

A Special Invitation to Join us in a Faith Community Dialogue.

Please share with your faith community’s leadership.

Thursday, May 8th, 7pm Silver Spring Civic Building

Our County is blessed with amazing faith communities. Many of these faith communities gather routinely at the Countywide level to discuss matters of mutual interest and do action planning.

The County's Interfaith Community Liaison, Mansfield ("Kasey") Kaseman (Office of Community Partnership) will be joining us to share the various initiatives underway, including:

  • Clergy Response Team responding to acts of hate and violence
  • Solidarity Programming Committee working with the Montgomery County Schools related to religious holidays and teaching cultural diversity
  • Intervention and Prevention Committee promoting awareness and education related to extremist groups
  • internet safety for children and youth
  • working with the Police, Red Cross, HHS, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Home Land Security in developing training for clergy related to all forms of violence and disasters
  • Neighbors in Need Working Group focusing on issues of hunger, integration of immigrants and healthcare
  • Religious Land Use Working Group shepherding faith communities through the Departments of Planning and Permitting Services and advocating on behalf of faith communities.
  • Join participants from faith communities right here in Silver Spring in this dialogue and share your ideas on how these - and other pertinent issues - are most relevant in our Silver Spring Regional Area.

Interested? e-mail Reemberto.Rodriguez@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov
(Please put 'Faith Convening' in Subject Line)


NEWSLETTERS WORTH CHECKING OUT

This Week in Old Takoma
Sunday April 27 Earth Day events HERE. Coming up: Art Hop, Art Hop Trolley, Safe House 5K, and House and Garden Tour HERE.

Planning Department News & More in their Newsletter (InfoShare)
See latest issue HERE.

Sivler Spring Town Center Inc.:
Five ways to celebrate Spring with SSTCi HERE.

IMPACT Silver Spring's Newsletter
New circles; new staff; IMPACT Now! event coming up... and more HERE.

GapBusters Latest Newsletter
With info on Health Fair coming up and more... HERE.

New Ave (New Hampshire Ave) e-Newsletter
See lates issue HERE.


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

Applications due April 16
-  White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee

Applications due April 21
- Board of Registration for Building Contractors

REPEATED INFO
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 HWY ADMINISTRATION
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.

MORE INFO & DISCLAIMER

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OTHER USEFUL TID-BITS THAT HAVE APPEARED IN RECENT e-BLASTS ARE 'STORED' IN OUR BLOG POSTING  HERE

NEW TO SILVER SPRING? Get connected HERE.

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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!

MORE HAPPENINGS

Old Takoma Happenings
  • Takoma Park Farmers Market Summer Kick-Off, April 27, 10am-2pm - All of the summer vendors will be back plus a crepe truck!  www.takomaparkmarket.com

American Film Institute (AFI) Festivals
  • Play Ball! Hollywood and the American Pastime (through April 17)
Plus lots of more great movies! HERE.

Silver Spring Stage Presents Other Desert Cities - Powerful Family Drama Runs April 4-April 27  
Silver Spring Stage presents Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Bridget Muhlberger and produced by Seth Ghitelman, juicy and surprising drama with humor of a writer returning home to Palm Springs announcing she's publishing a memoir that dredges up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history. Other Desert Cities will perform weekends April 4 to April 27, 2014. Silver Spring Stage is located in the Woodmoor Shopping Center, lower level (next to the CVS) at Colesville Road and University Boulevard. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sundays April 13 and 27 at 2:00 PM. Tickets & More Info: www.ssstage.org

Days Off at Round House in Silver Spring
A full day of theatrical fun for grades K – 5 at the Round House Theatre Education Center when Montgomery County Public Schools are closed. Round House Education invites students to participate in theater visual art, and dance workshops and collaborate with an ensemble of their peers to create an original play in just one day! Each “Day Off!” features a new and exciting story genre to explore and culminates in a performance for family and friends at 4:30pm... More HERE.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR / RESERVE NOW!

THURSDAY APRIL 24
IMPACT Now!
You are invited to IMPACT Now!, IMPACT Silver Spring's annual breakfast fundraiser and Momentum Awards Ceremony. This event celebrates the diversity of Montgomery County, recognizes the amazing work of individuals who are creating social, economic, and civic momentum in their communities, and showcases IMPACT Silver Spring's work. Last year's event was a great success, with over 400 guests in attendance from all accross our County. While this event is free and open to the general public, seating is limited. We strongly recommend for you to RSVP by registering via Eventbrite HERE and bring your paper ticket(s) to the event.
7 am - Civic Building

SATURDAY APRIL 26
Fenton Street Market comes back to Veterans Plaza, with Montgomery County's First Lady ringing the 'Opening Bell'.

SATURDAY APRIL 26
Golf for Gandhi! A Gandhi Brigade Fundraiser
Gandhi Brigade, Board of DirectorsSpring "Spring has sprung!  Or at least it will soon enough.  And that means it's time to get the clubs out of the closet!  Come spend the morning with Gandhi Brigade for a 9 hole scramble.  All proceeds will support Gandhi Brigade and their work with local youth. There will be prizes and fun for all.  After the scramble, we'll head to McGinty's for a 3 course brunch. Sign up and more info HERE."
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Sligo Creek Golf Course

SUNDAY APRIL 27
The Second Annual TPSS "Old Timers" Softball Game 
All TPSS coaches - current and former - and sponsors - are welcome to participate in this kickoff to our Spring Season.
3pm  Lee Jordan fields (Takoma Park Middle School (TPMS) on Piney Branch Rd

MAY 8-10
Makeover Montgomery 2 | Moving Forward Montgomery - May 8-10
Registration Now Open
Following the success of the original Makeover Montgomery conference in 2011, the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, the Montgomery County Planning Department and the Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of Maryland have joined forces again to host Makeover Montgomery 2 | Moving Forward Montgomery (MM2). The three-day event is happening May 8-10, 2014 and is open to residents, business owners and anyone with an interest in moving their community forward. Register now HERE.



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Links to More Great Happenings

OUTDOOR MARKETS
FreshFarm Farmers Market  Saturdays 10-1  Ellsworth (downtown Silver Spring)
Takoma Park Farmers Market Sundays 10-2  Laurel Ave (Takoma Park)
Crossroad Farmers Market  Wedensdays 10-2  7676 New Hampshire Ave (Takoma Park)
MarVa Harvest Saturdays noon-3 Essex House - 7777 Maple Ave (Takoma Park)

DOWNTOWN SILVER SPRING (Ellsworth Drive) COMES ALIVE!
See scheduled of events HERE.

TAKOMA PARK HAPPENINGS
City of Takoma Park Government  has an informative newspaper and keeps a list of activities at their rec center, and more
Main Street Takoma  (see latest issue HERE) and We Are Takoma  also have a wealth of information on 'happening' in Takoma Park (Farmers Markets on Sundays and much more!)

BUSY's LISTING
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.

MISCELANEOUS

New Ave Happenings
Have you visited the New Hampshire area of Silver Spring / Takoma Park / Langley Park lately?... Lots happening in this part of our Region!... See latest Newsletter with links to walking tour of area's Latino restaurant and much more HERE.

Lots Happening at the Long Branch Rec Center EVERY Friday Night!
Check out, print and post on your fridge this simple poster listing all the great stuff going on at the Long Branch Rec Center in the next few months EVERY Friday night, including family nights, karoake, and much more.  See HERE.

Medical Museum's Free Community Talks
For a list of up-coming FREE community talks sponsored by the Medical Museum (some at the Civic Building) see HERE.

Up-Coming Festivals
Below is a list of major dates for festival and other major festivities going in the Silver Spring Regional Area for the balance of the year. ALL ARE FREE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, AND EVERYONE IS WELCOME!... Please let us know if there are others that you know of that we should include on this list. Simply e-mail HERE with the subject line "Major Event".
LAST UPDATED:
APRIL 3 2014
COMMENTS, CORRECTIONS, CONTRIBUTIONS?
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Reemberto Rodriguez, Director
Silver Spring Regional Area
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