County Executive to Eliminate Jazz Festival, Consider Smaller Events

County Executive Marc Elrich will eliminate the Silver Spring Jazz Festival and consider repurposing that funding to a series of smaller events, according to a presentation from Silver Spring Regional Director Reemberto Rodriguez. Speaking yesterday at the monthly meeting of the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee, Rodriguez said, “As a new administration, we wanted to take a fresh look at some of what we do, and now in my sphere as regional director and Urban District director, we ask, ‘What are you doing that might be done differently?’” The festival marked its 15th year in 2018 and consistently drew...

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GW Immediate & Primary Care Clinic to Close this Weekend

The George Washington Medical Faculty Associates will close its GW Immediate & Primary Care location at 8484 Georgia Ave. effective April 20, according to a letter from its medical director. The clinic, formerly known as Metro Immediate & Primary Care (whose sign is still on the building), was acquired by GWMFA in April 2015. “The GW Medical Faculty Associates made the decision to close its Silver Spring Immediate and Primary Care location after a careful look at the market and the sustainability of the practice in that location (e.g. the exit of some major businesses like Discovery in the...

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Upcoming Events, April 19-26

Friday, April 19 Improv Comedy Night, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $11, 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20 Friends of the Library Book Drive & Drop Off, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., (enter the alley off Bonifant St.), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Earth Day Celebration, Takoma Park-silver Sprig Co-op, 201 Ethan Allen Ave., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. “Spirituality & Men,” discussion group, Meditation Museum, 9525 Georgia Ave., donations accepted, 1:30-3 p.m. Comedian Jaboukie Young-White, Cultural Arts Center, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave., $5-$10, 8 p.m. Sunday, April 21 Carpe Diem-Washington Revels Community & Family Sing,...

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Walking Tours of Silver Spring Public Art Scheduled

Art aficionados who live or work in Silver Spring can take a walking tour of the area’s public art on several Thursday evenings this spring and summer. “Appetizers and Art,” organized by the Silver Spring Regional Services Center, Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District, Silver Spring Urban District, and Montgomery Planning, will offer an inside look at art works, beginning with a tour of Silver Spring murals. The first event, which is sold out, will be held tomorrow (April 18) from 5:30-8 p.m. and offers an example of how later tours will be conducted. The evening will begin at TTT-Tacos, Tortas, &...

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County Establishes Initiative Designed to Assist Local Businesses

County Executive Marc Elrich and Council Vice President Sidney Katz (D-District 3) are kicking off an initiative this week designed to gather information about how assist county businesses. 4Business–Benchmarking to Be the Best for Business will open with a series of six listening sessions with the business community and other stakeholders around the county in what’s being called “a grassroots campaign to assist businesses to locate, grow and prosper in Montgomery County,” according to a press release. The initial session in the series will be held tomorrow (April 17) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the third-floor hearing...

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Good Scents: Listing Your Home For Sale

When you walk into a home for the first time, you’re visually taking in your surroundings. But if you’re met with a strong smell, it can derail you, even be a real turn-off. It’s hard to get past those lingering questions about where the odor is coming from and why haven’t the current owners noticed and done something about it. It’s called “nose blind,” which means that over time, one has become unable to detect odors and smells, usually due to familiarity with or prolonged exposure to them. Here are a few tips to make your home fresh as...

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Arts Council Issues Call for Works on Paper

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County has issued a call for submissions of works to be considered for addition to the county’s Contemporary Works on Paper Collection. The council is specifically looking to purchase original, unframed, two-dimensional works such as paintings and drawings in various media, photographs, mixed media and limited-edition prints. The selections will be juried by the Public Arts Trust, which is particularly interested in works of contemporary and modern style and those that “reflect the unique and diverse character of Montgomery County.” Artists from the county and the metropolitan area are eligible to enter...

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Upcoming Events, April 12-19

Friday, April 12 Difference Makers & Small Things Matter Silent Auction, Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., 6:30-8 p.m. PechaKucha Volume 16: … Baby One More Time, Silver Spring Civic Building, $15-$25, 7-9:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Night, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $11, 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 Sweep the Creek, Section 5, Sligo Creek between Colesville Rd. & Wayne Ave., Meet in the parking lot across from 9115 Sligo Creek Parkway, 9-11 a.m. Earth Day Cleanup, Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., 9 a.m.-noon  “A Sundown Suburb in the Capital’s Gateway: History of...

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Pennyworth Thrift Shop to Reopen in New Location This Weekend

The Pennyworth Thrift Shop will reopen this weekend (April 13 and 14) in a new location after a four-month hiatus, according to board member Lesley Rogers. The shop will be located at Grace Episcopal Church, 1607 Grace Church Rd., just off Georgia Avenue. For now, Saturday hours will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the shop will open Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except Easter Sunday, April 21), with weekday hours possible in the future. There is free parking in the lot behind Grace Church. The shop announced the closure of its location on Bonifant Street...

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New Name, Renovation Plans Attracting Potential Tenants to Discovery Building

With a new name and renovation plans in the approval process, the former Discovery building is drawing significant interest from potential tenants, according to Bryant Foulger, chairman of Foulger-Pratt. The Potomac-based company bought the building last fall in partnership with Cerberus Capital Management, a New York private investment firm. “It’s a great building. It’s an awesome building. That’s one of the things that attracted us to it,” Foulger said. “It’s a LEED Platinum building; it was one of the first in the area. It’s an attractive building, it’s well located, it’s next to Metro rail, Metro bus, soon to...

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