• Farmers Fresh Farmers Fresh There is a long list of benefits that make Montgomery County one of the most desirable places to live in the country.
  • Shape Up, Summer Fitness Shape Up, Summer Fitness The days are longer, the weather is warmer and beach season is coming up.
  • Pondering This Year’s Project? Pondering This Year’s Project?
  • Upcounty/Downcounty… Upcounty/Downcounty… … for long-time Montgomery County residents, the nomenclature is as distinctive and meaningful as Manhattan and Brooklyn would be to a New Yorker. Two words, two worlds.

Food, Dining and Discounts

Ongoing - Class Registration
The BlackRock Center for the Arts is accepting registration for a variety of expanded winter classes including dance, music, theater and visual arts. Classes are for youths and adults.
 Information: www.blackrockcenter.org

March 19 to May 3 - Jack and the Beanstalk
The Puppet Co. presents Jack and the Beanstalk, the wonderful, classic tale of a young lad and a giant. Information: www.thepuppetco.org

Through May 10 - Evolution
An exhibit featuring the artwork of John Arnold, Howard Clark, Bonnie Fields, Amy Jackson, Christine Medley, and Kate Nagle will on display at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

May 16 - Books for All
The Gaithersburg Book Festival will have award-winning and best-selling authors and illustrators on hand to help bring literature to life for readers of all ages on the ground of City Hall.
Information: www:gaithersburgbookfestival.org

May 7 - You and Your Tween
The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) in Kensington is presenting a workshop - "Breaking Down the Barrier Between You and Your Teen or Tween" - for parents with children aged 10-19. Tickets are $33.
Information: www.PEPparent.org

May 12 - Raising Kids
The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) in Kensington is presenting a workshop - "Raising 'I Can' Kids" - for parents with children aged 5-14. Tickets are $33. Information: www.PEPparent.org

Through May 17 -
Landscape Paintings and Jewelry

The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg has an exhibit of landscape paintings by Joanne Bleichner, Rulei Bu and  Todd Baxter Dawson and jewelry by Arts Entwine.  Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

 May 16 - Dog Heaven
Bethesda is going to the dogs with the 10th annual Strut Your Mutt Dog Parade and Festival in the heart of downtown Bethesda. There will be more than 30 dog-related exhibitors, entertainment for kids and dog training performances. You need to register your dog for the parade and contests. Information: www.strutyourmuttbethesda.org

May 16 - Coming Home
Heritage Montgomery is offering a fascinating and fun exploration of life in Montgomery County after the end of the Civil War. There will be music, children’s activities, historic re-enactors, craft demonstrations, a farmers market, food, and more at Riley's Lock along the C&O Canal in Poolesville.
Information: www.heritagemontgomery.org

 Through May 22 - Kentlands Art
The Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association is presenting the 29th annual juried art exhibition at the Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg. Most of the artwork is for sale. Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

 Through May 24 - On the Edge
VisArts in Rockville is presenting "Edge of the Forest," an installation by Stephanie Garmey in the Gibbs Street Gallery. Garney works with cut paper, drawings, encaustics, wood and glass.
Information: www.visartscenter.org

 Through May 24 - Iterations
VisArts in Rockville presents Iterations, an exhibit featuring the drawings and paintings of David A. Brown and Jowita Wyszomirska in the Kaplan Gallery. Information: www.visartcenter.org

 Through May 25 - The Wiz
Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park is presenting The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, an hour-long play directed by Roberta Gasbarre and starring Paige Hernandez.
Information: www..adventuretheatre-mtc.org

 Through May 30 - Essence of Color
The BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown is presenting an exhibition - "Light: Essence of Color" - that features oil paintings and pastel drawings by the seven member artists of the Maryland Colorists: Melissa Gryder, Sharon Littig, Abigail McBride, Nancy McCarra, Michele del Pilar, Andree Tullier, and Sarah Wardell.Their work includes landscape, still life, portraits and figurative subjects.
Information: www.blackrockcenter.org

 Through May 31 - Featured Artist
Janet Fox is the featured artist of the month at the MAA Gallery at the Westfield Wheaton Mall. She paints with encaustic (heated pigmented bees wax), mixed media, and acrylic.
Information: www.montgomeryart.org

 May 30 - National Philharmonic Orchestra
The National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, led by National Philharmonic music director and conductor Piotr Gajewski, will perform Fauré's Requiem at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda. Tickets start at $28. A free pre-concert lecture will be offered in the Concert Hall at 6:45 p.m. Information: www.nationalphilharmonic.org

June 14 - Reluctant Dragon
In partnership with Montgomery Playhouse, Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents a staged reading of The Reluctant Dragon by Ed Monk. Admission is $10.
Information: www:gaithersburgmd.gov

 June 16 - Clear the Clutter
Author and professional organizer Marcie Lovett will speak at 7:00 p.m. about conquering the challenges of letting go and clearing the clutter from your home and office at a program hosted by the Rockville Friends of the Library at the Rockville Memorial Library. Admission is free.
Information: call 240.777.0020 or email RockvilleFOL@gmail.com


CURRENT ISSUE // April/May 2015

Montgomery Writes

Montgomery Writes

Along side one of the county’s busiest cross-county arteries, the foundation and chimney of what was likely once a simple log cabin remain perfectly tended, but unmarked and without a history attached to them. Deadline for entry, May 10.
Melanie Alexion of North Potomac identified the Dickerson train station, built by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1891 and now a stop on the MARC train line.