Upcoming Events April 19-26

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, April 19 POSTPONED to May 17: Live Online Discussion with County Executive Ike Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Pre-submission community meeting, proposed Elizabeth Square development, 8601 Georgia Av., 7-8 p.m. County Council Town Hall meeting, Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Reception 7:30 p.m., Town Hall 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20 “A Day in the Life of Montgomery County,” 24-hour public photo project Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee meeting, Silver Spring Fire Station, 8110 Georgia Ave., Third Floor, 3:30 p.m. Mindfulness Workshop, The Siena School, 1300 Forest Glen Rd., 7 p.m. Discussion with...

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Latin chicken restaurant to open on Colesville Road

Pollo Campero plans to open in May. Photo by Mike Mowery. Pollo Campero, which bills itself as “the world’s largest Latin chicken chain,” plans to open an outlet at 8666 Colesville Rd., next to The Fillmore Silver Spring. According to the construction foreman, the restaurant should open in mid-to-late May. The chain specializes in chicken that’s either hand-breaded and fried or grilled Peruvian style. Juan José Gutierrez, who’s still involved in the family-owned business, opened the company’s first store in Guatemala in 1971. The initial U.S. store opened in Los Angeles in 2002. There are now more than 67 Pollo...

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Scholarships available for college, grad school students

Illustration from Wikimedia Commons. Del. David Moon (D-District 20) is looking for applicants for scholarships that he has available for college and graduate school students. Applicants must live in District 20 and attending, or plan to attend, a community college, 4-year college or graduate school in Maryland. Preference will be given to applicants who will be, or are, the first in their family to attend college. Applications are due by April 30 and may be filled out online. Questions should be directed to jjohnson@house.state.md.us or potential applicants may call Moon’s office at (410)...

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Silver Spring company offers on-demand educational films

CuriosityStream’s latest original program debuts Monday. Graphic courtesy CuriosityStream. If the Trump administration makes good on its threat to cut funding for public television, there’s a Silver Spring-based company ready to provide viewers with on-demand educational programming. CuriosityStream, a two-year-old firm started and owned by Discovery’s founder and former chairman John Hendricks, offers more than 1,500 (and counting) documentaries and other nonfiction programming via most streaming devices. “It really is carrying the same original mission of our founder,” said Peter North, the company’s chief operating officer. “He’s always been looking for programming that will help enlighten everyone who watches...

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Studio offering yoga, wellness, adventure to open Saturday

UP in DC co-owner Dave Giacomin behind the studio’s front desk, which he built with reclaimed barn siding. Photo by Mike Diegel. UP in DC, a yoga/wellness/adventure studio, will open Saturday in the second level of 8083 Georgia Ave., above the former Jackie’s Restaurant. Husband-and-wife owners Dave Giacomin and Erin McNamara, who live in the Seven Oaks/Evanswood neighborhood, will offer a variety of classes, programs and products geared to helping people change their lives for the better. The concept grew as a result of a conversation Giacomin, an avid mountaineer and chairman of the local chapter of the American...

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Upcoming Events April 12-20

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, April 12 Planning Board applications due, 5 p.m. Thursday, April 13 Movie Night: “Hidden Figures,” Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., 5 p.m. Carpe Diem Silver Spring Contra Dance, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 7-7:30 p.m. Intro Workshop; 7:30-10 p.m. Dance Friday, April 14 “The Lenten Sketches,” First Baptist Church of Silver Spring and Montgomery Hills Baptist Church combined choral performance, 9727 Georgia Ave., 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15 Takoma Park Annual Egg Hunt, Ed Wilhelm Field, 7510 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 17 Silver Spring Library Advisory Committee...

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Summer programs extended due to later school start date

The county’s summer programs will be extended. Photo from CERDEC via Flickr. In a move likely to please a number of parents of school-age children, the county’s Department of Recreation and the school system announced they are extending their summer programs. The extension will accommodate parents without childcare options and is driven by the executive order signed last fall by Gov. Larry Hogan that requires public schools to open after Labor Day. “The later start of the school year presented a challenge for many hard-working families who may not have an option to take additional time off from work,”...

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Staples on Georgia Avenue to close next month

Staples will close at this location in May. Photo by Mike Diegel. The Staples Office Superstore at 9440 Georgia Ave., just inside the Beltway, will close May 6. The announcement was made in an email sent this morning to local customers, a copy of which was obtained by the Source of the Spring. The message included no details, but listed three other stores in the area: 12389 Georgia Ave., 6800 Wisconsin Ave. in Chevy Chase, and 12008 Cherry Hill Rd. The local Staples is one of 70 stores the company announced last month it would close. About 350 stores...

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Social & Scientific Systems defends spelling title in MCAEL bee

Graphic courtesy Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy. Social & Scientific Systems took home the Honeycomb trophy for the second year in a row in the fourth Grown-Up Spelling Bee from the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy. The annual event, held last night in Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center, is the primary fundraiser for the group, said Executive Director Kathy Stevens. “It’s modeled after some other literacy organizations around the country,” she said. “It’s mission aligned in that we know that English is a very hard language in many respects, spelling being one of them. One of the small...

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Upcoming Events April 5-13

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, April 5 4th Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 4th Annual MCAEL Spelling Bee benefit, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave., 6:30 p.m. Safe Silver Spring meeting with the Montgomery County Police Department’s Third District officials, 1002 Milestone Dr., 7 p.m. “Parenting the Anxious Teen:  Counter-Intuitive Strategies for Easing Teen Anxiety,” with Dr. Jonathan Dalton, The Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., 7 p.m. RSVP Thursday, April 6 Takoma Park Budget Open House, 7500 Maple Ave., Azalea Room, 7-9 p.m. “What Literature Can Tell Us...

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