Takoma Park Commissions Three Public Art Installations

Takoma Park is the temporary home of three new public art installations commissioned from fiber artist Stacy Cantrell, according to a press release. Cantrell, who lives in Fairfax, crocheted the works in the city’s colors of orange, yellow, green and blue, including an octopus visitors can see draped over the clock tower in Ward Sinclair Plaza at the intersection of Laurel and Carroll avenues. The work, title Oct O’Clock, includes 360 crocheted suckers on the eight tentacles and is stuffed with more than 100 pounds of recycled plastic, such bags and water bottles. “I’ve always been in love with...

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Moonlight Representatives Preview 850 Sligo Ave. Redevelopment Changes

Representatives of Moonlight Inc. on Monday night previewed changes to the plans to redevelop and add new construction to a former office building at 850 Sligo Ave. The existing building, which has been vacant for nearly two years, will be converted to apartments; new additions will add units to bring the total to 86 apartments. The plans call for consolidating the current four entrances to the property to two. One will lead off of Sligo Avenue to an underground loading dock. The second will turn off of Gist into a below-grade parking garage with 33 spaces for residents. Attendees...

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Home Buying Cents—Stick to Your Budget

Buying a home can be overwhelming on so many levels. So many options. So many questions, and the pressure is often on to decide quickly or lose the home. I often hear, “Is this the right location? What renovations could we do and how much will they cost? Will this home appreciate to exceed those improvements or additions? Are the schools good? What is my commute time going to be?” A necessary place to start is to create your home purchase budget. By working with a mortgage lender, you will be able to assess your monthly budget and what...

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Upcoming Events, Oct. 17-25

Wednesday, Oct. 17 Revels World Story Time, 531 Dale Dr., 10-11 a.m. How to Apply for Jobs with Montgomery County, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 10 a.m.-noon Musicalitea, Levine Music, 900 Wayne Ave., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Safe Silver Spring meeting, 3rd District Police Headquarters, 1002 Milestone Dr., 7 p.m. Gandhi Brigade documentary premiere, Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee meeting, 3rd Floor, 8110 Georgia Ave., 3:30 p.m. Bus Rapid Transit System U.S. 29 Central Corridor Advisory Committee, Silver Spring United Methodist...

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Gandhi Brigade to Premiere Newest Student-Produced Documentary

Gandhi Brigade Youth Media will present the world premiere of the organization’s latest student-produced documentary, which looks youth activism and is titled “We Are Now.” The free showing will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Cultural Arts Center at 7995 Georgia Ave. During a five-week period over the past summer, eight high school students conceived, planned and produced the film. The production took students from a hearing at Gaithersburg City Hall on immigration rights to the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), a youth leader in...

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Astro Lab Brewing Grand Opening Set for Friday

Astro Lab Brewing announced the brewpub will hold its grand opening this Friday, Oct. 19, from 4 p.m. to midnight at its location at 8216 Georgia Ave. In addition to its initial line up of craft beers, the celebration will include a special launch release. The event will also feature offerings from Virginia’s Bold Rock Cidery and The Sweet Farm in Frederick County, which produces a variety of naturally fermented krauts. The brewery held a Family and Friends night last week and had a soft opening with limited hours over the weekend. It will be open five days a...

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Residents Can Adopt a Pet at No Charge During Adoption Week

Residents interested in adopting a pet can do so at no charge this week from the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center and Friends of Montgomery County Animals. The two organizations are holding an “Autumn Adoption Fest” and waiving the adoption fees on all species at the shelter to make room for new arrivals. “This event is going to be especially exciting because we’re temporarily changing how we do adoptions in order to decrease wait time for patrons and maximize the number of animals we can send home each day,” said MCASAC Deputy Director Lex Lepiarz in a...

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Board Authorizes Execution of Purple Line Construction MOU

The county Board of Education this week authorized Superintendent Jack Smith to execute a memorandum of understanding with the Maryland Transit Administration regarding Purple Line construction. The MOU covers issues at the Silver Spring International Middle School and the Sligo Creek Elementary School, located along Wayne Avenue. A Purple Line station is under construction by the Purple Line Transit Partners at the corner of Wayne and Dale Drive, affecting operations at both schools now and when the light rail becomes operational on Wayne. According to a memo from Smith to the board, the MOU includes: Provisions regarding responsibility for...

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Upcoming Events, Oct. 10-18

Wednesday, Oct. 10 Everyday Fitness for Every Body SPARKLE Program, Silver Spring Library, 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 Final Virtual Town Hall with County Executive Isiah Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Carpe Diem! Second Thursday Dance, Silver Spring Civic Building, $5-$10, 7-10 p.m. Screening, “Audism Unveiled,” Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 Lunch with the Mayor, Tijuana’s Mexican Café, 949 University Blvd. E., noon “Immemorial” opening reception, Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, Silver Spring Civic Building, 6-8 p.m., RSVP Ashton: Appalachian Storytelling With Adam Booth, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., 7:30-9 p.m. Magpie concert,...

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Baked Goods Fundraiser Held at Harvest Moon Festival

The Silver Spring Time Bank tables offered an array of goodies as a fundraiser at the Oct. 7 Harvest Moon Festival in Silver Spring. Eight bakers made everything from brownies to cupcakes for the event. The Harvest Moon Festival is an annual event that this year featured entertainment by several ethnic groups including Hawaiian dancers and singers, Caribbean steel drums, and others. Along with entertainment, there were vendors and representatives of local nonprofit organizations including Toastmasters and the League of Women Voters. The event drew a sizeable crowd despite competition from an Indonesian Festival happening at the same time...

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