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:

Through November 13 - Auction for the Animals
The Montgomery County Humane Society is holding it annual online Auction for the Animals with an array of items, including restaurant gift cards, theater and sports tickets, memorabilia, health and fitness services, items for your pet, and more.

November 14 - Veterans' Tribute
The 9th Annual Tribute to America's Veterans Concert will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center and will feature Rafael Ortiz y El Tumbao Urbano. Admission to the concert featuring Latin music and dance, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and other libations is free. 

November 14 - Evening with Winners
Former county councilmember Phil Andrews, Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton, retired high school football Coach Bob Milloy, and
award-winning sportswriter Vinnie Perrone will talk about lessons of success and how to build a stronger Montgomery County. Hosted by Neil Greenberger at the Fontina Grille in Rockville, the event begins at 6 p.m. 

November 17 - Enchanted Evening
Winter Lights in Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg offersS’more Lights from 6 to 10 p.m. The adventure with family and friends includes roasting marshmallows over a campfire and making deliciouss’mores in a beautiful woodland setting. There are also trolley and wagon rides. Registration required.

November 18 - Charity Tournament
The Olney Chamber of Commerce is hosting a charity golf tournament at Cross Creek Golf Club in Beltsville to benefit the Officer Noah Leotta Act Responsibly Scholarship.

November 18 - Christmas Comes Early
Santa's workshop is alive and well in historic Washington Grove where a small and talented group of neighbors has created a unique, professional quality collection of wreaths, centerpieces, gifts, ornaments and decorations. There is also a children's secret shop and bake sale at the Washington Grove United Methodist Church from 9 am to 4 pm. 301.840.1834

November 18 - Concert Series
Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents its 2017-2018 music season in the Arts Barn with Charlie Faye and The Fayettes and their swinging, swaying sound of 1960's.

November 19 - Enchanted Evening
Winter Lights in Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg offers Wine Under the Lights from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring a blanket for a cozy 3-mile open-air trolley ride either before or after you enjoy wine tasting from three local vineyards, food bites, live music, and a scenic selfie station with fun props inside a heated tent. Registration required.

November 19 - Community Stories Festival
Our annual Community Stories Festival highlights the stories of people, places, and events from our local community. The festival is open to the public and gives local residents a chance to learn more about their communities and meet both the filmmakers and people featured in the films. The festival at the Sandy Spring Museum highlights the stories of people, places and events for the community. The suggested donation is $10.

November 21 - Enchanted Evening
Winter Lights in Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg offers the dog-friendly Leashes 'n' Lights from 6 to 9 p.m. Treat your four-legged friend to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk. There will be more than 450 magical light displays, dog-related vendors, hot drinks, and more. Registration required.

November 24 - Turkeypalooza
Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents “Turkeypalooza,” a comedic and interactive Thanksgiving-themed
movement performance featuring the VF Dance Theater. Family-friendly performances are start 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

November 24 - Double Deception
The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg is the setting for an evening of astonishment thanks for David Meneses and Kourosh Taie, deception experts performing magic, mystery and illusion.

November 24-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.

November 24 - 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.

November 25 - Zumba Turkey Burn Off
Dance off your holiday feast with this free Zumba exercise party for all ages from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg. 

November 25-December 10 - A Christmas Carol
In partnership with Kensington Arts Theatre, Arts on the Green presents the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, with one Thursday night performance on November 20.

November 27 - Spotting Fake News
The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County is sponsoring a seminar on fake news and how to distinguish it from real news. It will take place at the Gaithersburg Library from 12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. No reservations are required.

Through November 27 - Digital Wonders
Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents "Digital Wonders," an exhibit featuring the work of well-known digital artists Allen Hirsh, Lisa Sheirer and John Wise.
November 30 - The Judische Kulturbund Project
Sandy Spring Museum presents its monthly History Happy Hour with Gail Prensky, creator and executive producer of The Judische Kulturbund Project, an institution created by unemployed Jewish performers with the consent of the Nazis “for” the Jewish population. Her story begins at 6:30 p.m.

December 2 - Jingle Jubilee and Tree Lighting
Welcome the holidays with a traditional tree lighting ceremony, holiday music, a special visit from Santa, and more at the City Hall Concert Pavilion in Gaithersburg from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be performances by Impact Dance Studio, Gaithersburg High School Chamber Singers, Gaithersburg High School Band, and Pritchard Music Powerhouse Brass. A donation of nonperishable food and household items to benefit homeless veterans is welcome.

December 2-3 - Wildlife Tour
The Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg opens its doors both days from noon to 3:30 p.m. for public tours. It is the only time of year you can get an appointment to meet some of the charity's "patients" and get a behind the scenes view of the center's work rehabilitating injured and orphaned wild animals for re-release to the wild. Tours are free and last 30 minutes, but must be reserved in advance. Donations will be gratefully accepted. 
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 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 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 - Holiday Tea
The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg invites you to spend a relaxing afternoon creating your very own holiday inspired art while enjoying afternoon tea and delicious treats. All materials provided. Admission is $60 for city residents and $65 for nonresidents. Suitable for ages 12 and older.
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. 


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 - 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 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 // October-November 2017

Montgomery Writes

WHERE ARE YOU? This steam engine no longer pulls cars through the county, but it reminds us of a time long before Metro trains did the job. The railroad did wonders for Montgomery County and ignited the move toward suburbanization. Photograph by Bill Kamenjar

One winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers received by November 10.
Tom Marchessault of
of Gaithersburg recognized the landscape of the upcounty farm on Route 28 near Barnesville. He wins the framed print.
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