Food, Dining and Discounts

Ongoing - Volunteers Needed
Senior Connection is looking for more volunteers to help senior neighbors get around town for a variety of needs.

Every Saturday - Kensington Farmers Market
Nearly 20 vendors provide fresh seafood, meats, waffles, pies, coffees, baked goods, cheeses, eggs and more every Saturday at the Kensington Train Station from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Information:

Until December 31 - Winter Lights Festival
Seneca Creek State Park is the site of the annual Winter Lights Festival, a 3.5 mile drive through the park's enchanted woodland setting that takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays andbeautifully lit park trees that brighten the night. Admission at the gate starts at $12 per vehicle.

Until January 7 - Holiday Art Show
The Popcorn Gallery and Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park are hosting the park's annual Holiday Art Show and Sale. The show is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and items include art glass, pottery, jewelry, photographs, paintings, and more.

December 6 - Healthy Behaviors for Survivors
Maureen Ross from Johns Hopkins will discuss studies that show 30% of cancers being related to behavior and how we might be able to prevent 30% of cancers by changing behaviors. She will speak at Hope Connections for Cancer Support's Beaumont House in Bethesda at 6:30 p.m.

December 10 - Holidaze Market
From noon to 6 pm, the Fenton Street Market in Silver Spring will hold its "Holidaze Market" along Ellsworth Drive.

December 12 - Count Your Blessings
Hope Connections for Cancer Support will conduct an interactive workshop designed to enable participants to reflect on their state of mind and become more grateful for everyday blessings.

Through December 14 - Holiday Drive
The city of Rockville's annual Holiday Drive is collecting donations, food, toys, and gift cards to help needy families. You can donate food at Rockville City Hall and city recreation facilities until November 16 for the Thanksgiving and toys until December 14. 

Through December 15 - Artist Competition
The city of Gaithersburg is accepting applications for its 15th Annual Young Artist Award, a juried competition that culminates in a concert for the top prize winners. Musicians between the ages of 12 and 18 are invited to apply as a vocal or instrumental soloist in the categories of vocal, woodwind, brass, string, and piano.

December 15 - Concert Series
Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents its 2017-2018 music season in the Kentlands Mansion with Cool Yule With Mark G. Meadows, an acclaimed jazz composer, pianist, vocalist, collaborator, and recording artist.

December 15 - Art Night Out
The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg is hosting some holiday fun with an art workshop inspired by the holidays. Supplies are included and your admission includes one drink ticket. Participants must be at least 21.
December 16 - Holiday Tea & Art Party
From 1:30 pm to  4 pm, the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg will host a casual holiday tea and art party where you can create pop-up cards while sampling a variety of teas and delicious treats.  All materials are provided, just come ready to have fun. Tickets can be purchased online.

December 16 - A Morning with Santa
Santa will make an appearance between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Casey Community Center in Gaithersburg. You can cozy up near the fireplace to decorate cookies, color winter scenes, enjoy holiday music, and take a picture with Santa. Admission is $5 per person; free for children 3 and under.

December 16 - Kentlands Caroling
Carols meet at the Lakesland Clubhouse in the Kentlands at 6 p.m. for an hour of caroling before heading over to the Arts Barn for hot drinks and treats followed by a free concert featuring the Gaithersburg Chorus and the KentlandsChildren's Chorus.

Through-December 16 - Over, Under, Through
BlackRock Center for the Arts presentsOver, Under, Through, an exhibit by sculptors Elisa Berry,Fonseca, Suzi Fox and Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin. The exhibit is in the center's Kay Gallery. 

December 17 - Singer Songwriter Holiday
The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg hosts local singer songwriter favorites for an evening of traditional and original holiday songs. After the performance, the artists will mix and mingle with the crowd. 

December 17 - Concert Series
Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents its 2017-2018 music season in the Arts Barn with A Singer Songwriter Holiday where local singer, songwriter artists come together for an evening of traditional holiday songs.

Through December 30 - Holiday on Duty
Since 1999, the Wheaton and Kensington Chamber of Commerce has sponsored a program to provide meals for public safety personnel and first responders during the holidays when some eating establishments are more likely to be closed. You can donate to the chamber's program to help police and fire and rescue personnel in the Wheaton-Kensington. 


January 3-30 - Geri Olson
Geri Olson is the featured artist at Gallery 209 in Rockville. Her abstract works feature a variety of techniques, allowing
colors to move and flow, creating bold energetic compositions.

Through January 7 - Group Exhibition
VisArts Faculty Exhibition featuring artwork from the VisArts teaching faculty is on display at the Concourse Gallery in Rockville. Artists include Nanette Bevan, Alie Brooks, Abigail Greer, Lamine Hamdad, Adrian Harris, Ann Hobart, Hiral Joshi, Kate Lanxner, Alina
Poroshina, Ryan Rakhshan, Cindy Renteria, Raya Salman, Alexandra Sherman, Eric Westbrook, Xiaosheng Bi, and Joe Yablonsky.

Through January 7 - Moving Mountains
Sarah Hardesty brings her drawings, paintings, and installations that use the idea of "time-binding" as a contextual platform to the Common Ground Gallery in Rockville.

Through January 28 - Uncommon Characters
The city of Gaithersburg presents "Uncommon Characters," an exhibit showcasing a diverse group of local muralists, street artists and illustrators. The group includes Stephen Blickenstaff, Electra Bolotas, John Detrich, and Kelly Towles and appears at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg.

Through June 30 - Celebrating 15
The Arts Barn is celebrating 15 years as Gaithersburg’s home for the arts by presenting "Celebrating 15,” a year-long exhibit of original artwork on display.

January 4 - New Year's Blood Drive
Start the New Year off by helping others and donating blood at a New Year's Red Cross Blood Drive at Casey Community Center in Gaithersburg from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You must be 17 or older.

January 5 - Hoppy New Year
Enjoy beer tasting of local, seasonal brews, live music, food and more at the Casey Community Center in Gaithersburg at 6 p.m. Admission is $25 and includes four tastings. Discounted admission for non-tasters is $10 and you must be 21 or older with photo ID.

January 27 - Concert Series
Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents its 2017-2018 music season in the Arts Barn with Floyds Row, a  British-American ensemble  that combines early, folk, classical, roots, Americana, traditional, and newgrass.

February 9-April 20 - Art League of Germantown
The art league presents its members' artwork in "Companions," a juried exhibit at the Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg. The exhibit will be juried by Judith Ahistrom. There will be an artists' reception on February 15 at 7 p.m.
March 3 - Rentals Open House
Glen Echo Park is holding an open house from 1 pm to 4 pm to see why the park is an ideal place for your next event - wedding, birthday party, bar/bat mitzvahs, family reunion or corporate event. Event vendors will also be on hand.

March 3 - Concert Series
Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents its 2017-2018 music season in the Arts Barn with Alex Peh, a renowned pianist known for his buoyancy and finesse.

March 10-11 - Used Book Sale
The used book sale at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School is the largest fundraiser for the PTSA and helps benefit every student. The event is looking for donations and volunteers.

March 24 - Concert Series
Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents its 2017-2018 music season in the Arts Barn with singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell known for her country music and clear, purposeful voice.

April 7 - Concert Series
Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents its 2017-2018 music season in the Arts Barn with the Chris Barrick Quartet, lead by percussionist, vibraphonist, drummer, and educator Chris Barrick.
May 12 - Concert Series
Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents its 2017-2018 music season in the Arts Barn with singer-songwriter David Olney, a master craftsman and acclaimed singer-songwriter.
June 2 - Concert Series
Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents its 2017-2018 music season in the Arts Barn with Hebret Musica led by drummer and composer Abinnet Berhanu who combines Ethiopian sounds with soulful, modern jazz.


CURRENT ISSUE // December - January 2018

Montgomery Writes

WHERE ARE YOU? This large, scenic place features rolling hills, open fields and the county’s rich farming heritage in the form of barns, out buildings, activity center, and some farm equipment from bygone days. Photograph by Bill Kamenjar

One winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers received by January 10.
Marianne Sickman of
of Gaithersburg recognized the locomotive steam engine at the Gaithersburg History Park near the city’s current train station.
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