Fenton Street Market to host pop-up African marketplace during AFI festival

Graphic courtesy Fenton Street Market and AFI Silver Theatre. Fenton Street Market will host a pop-up African marketplace tomorrow at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in conjunction with AFI’s New African Film Festival, which opened yesterday. The marketplace will be open from 2-7:30 p.m. in the atrium lobby. Vndors include: Atsu Numadzi, a Ghanaian fine artist and fashion designer, Bahari Deco Crafts featuring clothing and home accessories using Kanga and Kitenge textiles, Chez Kevito with clothing, accessories and home goods inspired by nature, design and pop culture, Obioma with fair-trade men’s and women’s clothing made in Nigeria, mixing African prints...

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Council passes tax credit for urban farms

The Koiner property in east Silver Spring, shown in this photo taken last fall, will be eligible for a substantial tax credit under a new program. Photo by Mike Mowery. The County Council unanimously passed a bill March 7 that would grant a tax credit to certain properties that qualify as urban farms. The new law was driven by what Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-5th District) saw as the unfair taxation of the Koiner Farm in east Silver Spring, operated by 96-year-old Charlie Koiner and his daughter, Lynn. “They’ve been, in my view, over-taxed as long as they’ve been farming,”...

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Upcoming Events March 8-16

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, March 8 Black Feminism, Intersectionality and Building Democratic Communities, Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., 6:30 p.m. LGBTQ Community Meeting with County Police, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9 4 + 1 Exhibition Opening and Reception, 7500 Maple Ave. Takoma Park, 7-8:30 p.m. Takoma Junction Community Consultation, 7500 Maple Ave., 7-9 p.m. Comedy at the Brewery, Denizen’s Brewery, 1115 East-West Highway, $15, 8-9:30 p.m. Friday, March 10 2nd Annual Business Breakfast hosted by Shepherd’s Table, 82016 Georgia Ave., 7:30-9 a.m. Saturday, March 11 African Market Place at AFI,...

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Supporters welcome to meet us tonight

Supporters of the Source of the Spring will gather tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Not Your Average Joe’s in Silver Spring to support local journalism. The bar and restaurant is located on the corner of Colesville Road and Fenton Street in Ellsworth Place (8661 Colesville Rd.). Happy hour pricing will be in effect for attendees. Not Your Average Joe’s has generously offered to support the Source’s local journalism efforts by contributing 15 percent of the proceeds from tonight to the organization. While an RSVP is welcome, registration is not necessary. Just come on by for food, drink and...

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Local high-density areas now eligible for free trees

Graphic from Montgomery County Planning Department website. Property owners in three high-density areas within the Silver Spring Regional Center boundaries are eligible for free trees under the Shades of Green project, according to a recent announcement from the Montgomery County Planning Department. The project was launched as a pilot program four years ago and has expanded to 19 areas around the county that have a high level of impervious surfaces. The program is designed to increase the tree canopy cover in urban areas, many of which have lost trees due to development. Additional trees will also reduce the heat...

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Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que opening tonight

Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que has a full bar featuring specialty cocktails. Photo by Mike Mowery. Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que will open for dinner tonight in the downtown Silver Spring space formerly occupied by AG Kitchen. The restaurant is expected to start lunch service in the middle of next week, according to the company’s publicist. The extensive menu includes barbecued pork, beef and turkey, and a list of side orders that includes corn, peppers and chilies, French fries, cole slaw, Old Bay fries, mac and cheese (also available in several varieties as an entrée), potato salad, collard greens, baked beans and mashed potatoes. Diners...

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Hen Quarter holds grand opening

Hen Quarter features Southern comfort food and a wide selection of bourbons. Photo by Mike Mowery. Hen Quarter, the Southern-themed restaurant and bourbon bar on Ellsworth Drive, held its ribbon cutting and grand opening last night. The menu includes updated Southern fare including Southern-fried chicken, Virginia ham steaks, shrimp and grits, short ribs and barbecued chicken, along with accompaniments such as collard greens, pickled okra and fried green tomatoes. The bar features more than 40 different bourbons, along with a dozen types of rye whisky and a selection of Scotch and Irish whiskeys. The restaurant is open Monday-Thursday 11...

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Thunderbolts baseball prepping for 18th season

Graphic courtesy Silver Spring/Takoma Park Thunderbolts. Guest post by Ken Giglio. The Silver Spring/Takoma Park Thunderbolts will return for their 18th season of baseball in Montgomery County. The Tbolts, who compete in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, play their home games at Montgomery Blair High School. The first home game is June 9. See the complete schedule and information about this year’s team at www.Tbolts.org.   BASEBALL CAMPS The Thunderbolts will be offering weeklong camps for boys and girls ages 7-14. These camps will take place June 19-23, June 26-30, July 3-7 (no camp on July 4), July 10-14, and...

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Upcoming Events March 1-9

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, March 1 Public Hearing on City Election Date Change, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2 “Feminist and Progressive ‘Doctor Who’” talk, 7500 Maple Ave. Takoma Park, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 Bus Rapid Transit Open House, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 Black Feminism, Intersectionality and Building Democratic Communities, Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., 6:30 p.m. LGBTQ Community Meeting with County Police, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9 4 + 1 Exhibition Opening and Reception, 7500 Maple...

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County’s first STEM Summit held in Silver Spring

This homemade boom box was part of the Kid Museum’s exhibit at the summit. Photo by Mike Diegel. Educators and other stakeholders gathered Sunday to discuss how to increase students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and prepare them for jobs in those fields. The STEM Summit, held in the Silver Spring Civic Building, was designed to “do a lot more to create opportunities for kids in STEM,” said Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large), who hosted the summit. “I think we do a lot, but we could be doing more,” he said. “To me, there’s a real...

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