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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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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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Penguin mural returns to Silver Spring Metro Station

County Executive Isiah Leggett welcomed the return of the “Penguin Rush Hour” mural. Photo by Mike Diegel. They’re back. County Executive Isiah Leggett and other dignitaries officially welcomed the return of the “Penguin Rush Hour” mural to the Silver Spring Metro Station. The new installation is a copy of the original 1989 mural, which was painted by Sally Callmer Thompson on 25 4’ by 8’ sheets of plywood and intended for a one-year display. “Public art can give a community or building a visual identity, while also enhancing the qualities that those places unique,” Thompson said in a statement, as...

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Leo’s Run 2017 raises more than $7,000

Runners having fun along Sligo Creek during Leo’s Run. Photo courtesy Jonna Michelle Photography. More than 400 people registered for this year’s Leo’s Run benefit 5k, raising between $7-8,000 for charity. Of those, 26 were Spirit Runners, who couldn’t participate but sent in support, got a t-shirt and were with the group in spirit Feb. 5. All told, 284 runners and walkers were able to participate that day. The third annual run, a 5K Run/Walk, is a memorial to a son of Mike Mowery (co-founder of Source of the Spring) and wife Caroline Joyce who was stillborn in 2014. The funds...

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Hen quarter opens on Ellsworth Drive

Hen Quarter has opened in downtown Silver Spring in the space formerly occupied by Austin Grill. Photo by Mike Mowery. Hen Quarter, a Southern-themed restaurant and bourbon bar, has opened on Ellsworth Drive in the space formerly occupied by Austin Grill. 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...

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