Positivi-Tree to light up downtown Silver Spring this weekend

Artist Karl Unnasch working on the top of the Positivi-Tree, this year’s holiday public art installation. Photo by Mike Diegel. “With the umbrellas this year, we were thinking about something colorful, multi-shaped, multi-pattern . . . mirroring the diversity of Silver Spring here, which is really incredible,” said Jon Taylor, designer of this year’s holiday tree, the public art installation for the annual Re-Imagining the Holidays event on Ellsworth Drive. Taylor and his partner, public artist Karl Unnasch, are friends from grad school who have teamed up for the third year on the holiday tree. “Karl does public art...

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Upcoming Events Nov. 9-17

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, Nov. 9 County Council Town Hall Meeting for Silver Spring, Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Ave., Reception 7:30, Meeting 8-9 p.m. Docs In Progress Seventh Annual Community Stories Festival, AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., opening night 6:30 p.m., various locations and times for the rest of the festival, which runs through Nov. 12 Thursday, Nov. 10 Alianza Americas Conference, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, 9:30 a.m. Tribute to America’s Veterans Concert with The Natty Beaux, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veteran’s Place, 6 p.m. Montgomery Parks Community Meeting,...

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Southern theme restaurant coming to downtown Silver Spring

Men working on the facade of Hen Quarter. Photo by Mike Diegel. Hen Quarter, a Southern-themed restaurant and bourbon bar, will open soon in the space formerly occupied by Austin Grill on Ellsworth Drive. The restaurant will be operated by the same ownership group that ran Austin Grill and currently operates American Tap Room restaurants in Rockville, Bethesda and Reston, Va. The group recently opened the first Hen Quarter concept in Alexandria, Va. The menu features updated Southern fare including Southern-fried chicken, Virginia ham steaks, shrimp and grits, short ribs and barbecued chicken, along with accompaniments such as collard...

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Dave & Buster’s Silver Spring opening planned

The games and other amusements being installed in Dave & Buster’s. Photos by Mike Diegel. Dave & Buster’s will open Nov. 21 in Ellsworth Place, according to a staff member. We have some photos of the games and other work going on inside the location and will provide more details closer to the...

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Leaf collections to begin next week

Posters will announce the planned date(s) of leaf collections in individual neighborhoods. Photo by Mike Diegel. Posters have begun appearing in Silver Spring neighborhoods announcing the annual vacuum leaf collection, which will begin Nov. 7. The county plans two rounds of collections, with a third one possible if needed. The leaf vacuum collection district is defined by I-495, I-270, the Rockville city limits, Norbeck, Bel Pre and Bonifant roads, Northwest Branch Park, and the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County lines. As the posters demonstrate, residents should place leaves near, but not in, the street and avoid piling...

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European Wax Center now open in downtown Silver Spring

Entrance to the European Wax Center. Photos by Mike Diegel The European Wax Center opened Nov. 2 at 811 Wayne Ave. in the former Metamorphosis location. The company, which has 797 locations around the country, offers waxing services for women and men. First-time guests can get a complimentary brow, underarm or bikini line wax for women or ear, nose or brow for men. The company offers a variety of package deals a various pricing levels, including a yearly pass for unlimited services. The center also sells a number of beauty and makeup products. This location is open Monday-Saturday from...

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Upcoming Events

Illustration from FiveStone Church Here is a roundup of some of the upcoming meetings and events in the area. Nov. 4 Food Truck Friday, Takoma Park, three trucks in various locations, 5-8 p.m. Montgomery Sister Cities Fiesta, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 Open House, Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Origins Concert Series, “Music of Finland; a Musical Story where 18 Crystal Glasses Evoke a Spaceship, and a Flute Accompanies Singing Grasshoppers”, Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Ave., 8 p.m. Nov. 6 Silver Spring Craft Market, Denizens Brewing...

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Early Voting in Silver Spring ends tomorrow

Early voting photo from Wikipedia Tomorrow is the last day for early voting in the general election at the county’s 10 early voting locations, including the Silver Spring Civic Building. “As of close of early voting on Nov. 1, we had 114,116 registered voters vote,” said Marjorie Roher, public information officer for the Montgomery County Board of Elections, “which is approximately 15 percent of our entire voting population. “Specific to Silver Spring, we have seen so far 15,654 people come out to that location,” she continued. “In 2014, the total number in the general election for Silver Spring was...

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