Upcoming Events, Feb. 22-March 1

Friday, Feb. 22 Green Matters Symposium from Montgomery Parks, Silver Spring Civic Building, $85-$99, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. D.C. Blues Society’s 4th Friday Happy Hour, Cissel-Saxon American Legion Post 41, 905 sligo Ave. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pechakucha Volume 15: The Edge Of Reality, Silver Spring Civic Building, $25, 7-9:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Night, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $11, 8-9:30 p.m. Bold Deceivers, VFW Post 350 “Hells Bottom,” 6420 Orchard Ave., 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 Mime Mark Jaster, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 10:30-11:30 a.m. From Burnout to Balance, Meditation Museum, 9525 Georgia Ave., donations accepted, 1:30-3 p.m....

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Montgomery Parks Surveying Residents About Future Dog Parks

Montgomery Parks is surveying residents within all five Regional Service Centers to help determine possible options for future dog parks. The surveys are part of a Dog Parks Site Suitability Study currently underway and ask residents of each area to choose from a set of locations determined by parks staff. Each study area was defined as within a half-mile radius of areas zoned for high-density housing, such as townhomes or multi-family homes, since those residents tend to lack yards. Staff then looked at existing facilities and graded them on size, proximity to playgrounds and residents (to avoid potential conflicts...

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Winter Storm Warning Issued for Wednesday

The Baltimore/Washington office of The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Montgomery County, from 1 AM through 7 PM Wednesday: ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY... * WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch expected. * WHERE...Portions of The District of Columbia, central Maryland and central, northern and northwest Virginia. * WHEN...From 1 AM to 7 PM EST Wednesday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the...

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Deadline for Comments on Park Improvements is Midnight Tonight

Residents have until midnight tonight to enter online comments on the final conceptual site plan for improvements to the Silver Spring Intermediate Park. The 3.6-acre park, which is bounded on three sides by Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston avenues, is on the site of the former Silver Spring Intermediate School. It is still owned by the school system, but is managed by Montgomery Parks, which installed the parking lot, basketball court, tennis court, ball fields and playground in the 1980s. The final plan was developed following a series of community meetings in 2018, including a June meeting where residents could...

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CuriosityStream Lands Funding to Finance Additional Growth

CuriosityStream, the Silver Spring-based streaming documentary service, has landed a $140 million round of private funding, according to a press release. The investment, from Blum Capital Ventures and TimesSquare Capital Management, will be used to finance additional programming and the company’s global growth, among other uses. “This is an important step in a significant effort to connect CuriosityStream with viewers around the world,” Clint Stinchcomb, the company’s president and CEO said in the release. “Hundreds of millions of people globally are migrating to on-demand television and entertainment. We are in the middle of a seismic shift in consumer behavior,...

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County Releases Schedule of Presidents Day Closings, Changes

The county has released the schedule of closings and other changes to mark the Presidents Day holiday Monday, Feb. 18. All county offices and libraries will be closed for the holiday, as will state offices and courts. The county’s liquor stores will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Recreation Department’s recreation and aquatics programs and facilities will be open. The department’s administrative office, senior centers and community centers will be closed. Park patrons should check www.MontgomeryParks.org for operating schedules, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks and tennis centers. TRiPS Commuter Store at the Silver Spring Transit Center will be open,...

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Upcoming Events, Feb. 15-22

Friday, Feb. 15 Love Thy Beer: Winter Warmer Showcase, Silver Spring Civic Building, $55 & $75, 6-10 p.m. Improv Comedy Night, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $11, 8-9:30 p.m. Valentine Slim’s Valentine’s Day Soiree, VFW Post 350 “Hells Bottom,” 6420 Orchard Ave., 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 Anansegromma of Ghana, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 10:30-11:15 a.m. Cooking for Peace, Meditation Museum, 9525 Georgia Ave., donations accepted, 1:30-3 p.m. Classical House Concert, BannerArts, 7502 Flower Ave., $20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 Sustainability Fair, Denizens Brewing, 1115 East-West Highway, noon-4 p.m. “Come As You Are” Meditation,...

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Matchbox Opens Hiring Center for Silver Spring Restaurant

Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro has opened a hiring center for its new outlet on Ellsworth Drive in Downtown Silver Spring. The center is located in a storefront between Panera Bread and Red Lobster at 8537 Georgia Ave. and is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Potential applicants may apply in person or online. For the Silver Spring location, the company is seeking a host, a bartender, servers and support staff, along with pizza, prep and line cooks. The restaurant will replace Hen Quarter, which closed in October 2018; Matchbox is owned by Thomson Hospitality, which also owns Hen Quarter, American...

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Testing Your Home for Radon

When you buy a home or town home in Montgomery County, you are required to perform a radon test. Radon is a form of ionizing radiation. It is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water, commonly found in soil and released harmlessly into outdoor air. When trapped inside, it can build up and become a health hazard. Radon enters through cracks in the foundation or walls, and openings around floor drains, pipes and sump pumps. The EPA recommends remediations if the radiation levels in the home exceed 4pCi/L...

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Variety of Expertise Featured at Silver Spring Timebank Skills Share

Basic crochet and knitting instruction, proper use of kitchen knives, and bicycle maintenance and repair are just a few of the many skills highlighted at the third annual Silver Spring Timebank Skills Share and Repair Café held Feb. 10 at the Silver Spring Civic Building.   The free event, open to the public, featured talks and demonstrations by timebank members, as well as opportunities to ask questions and to have small items repaired. Talks on green living, gardening, food preparation, and social media marketing were very popular. In addition, Dale Brown gave helpful tips on how to find new homes for...

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