Upcoming Events, Sept. 20-26

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, September 20 Virtual Town Hall with County Executive Ike Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment Advisory Committee meeting, Silver Spring Civic Building, 4 p.m. Thursday, September 21 Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee meeting, 8110 Georgia Ave., 3rd Floor, 3:30 p.m. Washington Revels-Carpe Diem Community Sing, Bennington Drive Park, 599 Bennington Dr., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, September 22 Car-Free Day Lunch with the Mayor, Campeon Rotisserie Chicken & Bakery, 902 Merrimac Dr., Takmoa Park, noon. Improv Comedy Night, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $11, 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, September 23 DC Denizens...

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Fall means beer festival season

Photo courtesy Denizens Brewing Co. It’s fall, which means it’s beer festival season, and there are two local ones coming up. First is the Takoma Park Nuclear-Free Beer Fest IX, which runs from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Cady Lee House, 7064 Eastern Avenue, N.W. The festival will feature beers from 15 local breweries and food from about 20 area restaurants, along with live entertainment. Ticket sales from the event typically raises about $20,000 a year to benefit the Takoma Foundation and its grant program for local organizations. The following Saturday, Sept. 30, Denizens Brewing Co. hosts...

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Local entrepreneurs plan brewery, beer garden in Silver Spring

Parallel World Brewing Co. will transform portions of this plaza into a beer garden. Photo by Mike Diegel. Two local entrepreneurs have signed a letter of intent to lease 10,000 square feet of space for a brewery in downtown Silver Spring at 8401 Colesville Rd. Christian Layke and Brett A. Robison plan to open Parallel World Brewing Co., which will include a taproom, production facilities and an outdoor beer garden on the plaza level of the building. Both men have been inspired by their experiences drinking in Europe and have adopted the taglines “Explore your World/Experience Gemütlichkeit” for their brewery....

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Manna Food Center demonstrates new mobile kitchen

The converted bus was parked on Ellsworth Drive during the farmers market. Photo by Mike Diegel. “Manny,” a mobile kitchen from Manna Food Center, made its first appearance in Silver Spring over the weekend. The new program will provide a hands-on cooking classroom and will be used for targeted food distribution in areas with limited access. Manna has identified 20 census areas in the county that are most at-risk for food insecurity, including East County and Long Branch. Starting in October, the bus will be a “pop-up pantry” to deliver fresh produce in these communities on certain days. Other...

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Departments, groups create downtown pop-ups for PARK(ing) Day

The Department of Environmental Protection and WSSC demonstrated ways to reduce runoff. Photo by Mike Diegel. Several county departments and other organizations created pop-up spaces along Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring Friday to mark International PARK(ing) Day. “PARK(ing) Day is a annual, open-source, global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places,” according to the IPD website. The intent is to point out that cities need more urban open space, to talk about how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of...

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Fire and rescue service awarded federal grants for hiring, training

Photo from firepix1075.zenfolio.com The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service will be able to hire 10 new firefighters following the award of a grant for $1,452,842 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “MCFRS provides innovative, high-quality community service,” said County Executive Ike Leggett in a press release announcing the grants. “They ensure the highest value for tax dollars through fire-prevention, safety, education, and training to create safe streets and secure neighborhoods. These grants will expand the capabilities tax funding has supported and to provide exemplary service to which we have grown accustomed.” This grant will enable MCFRS to reach its...

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WSSC water main excavation on Colesville to begin Monday

WSSC water main project map WSSC has finished marking underground utilities and will begin excavating Colesville Road to replace water mains on Monday, Sept. 18, weather permitting. The project will start near the intersection with Georgia Avenue and move north toward the Beltway as work progresses, the utility said in a press release. Drivers can expect to find one- and two-lane closures during the water main work, which is expected to be finished in the spring of 2019, depending on the weather. Sidewalk, roadways and landscaping restoration will follow the completion of the water main work. Most of the...

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Silver Spring Stage celebrating 50th season of community theater

During rehearsals for “Deathtrap,” Sidney Bruhl is played by J.McAndrew Breen, Myra Bruhl played by Kryss Lacovaro and Clifford Anderson, played by Nick Temple, is the apparently dead body in the photo. Is he really dead? You have to see the play to find out. Photo by Harvey Levine courtesy Silver Spring Stage.    The first full-length play celebrating Silver Spring Stage’s 50th season offering community theater, Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap,” opens Friday in the theater’s Woodmoor Shopping Center location. “Originally, [the company] started as part of a church, [and] like a lot of community theaters, began in a church basement,” said...

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Gandhi Brigade, libraries to offer teens video production classes

Registration is underway for free 12-week video production classes for high school students that will begin next week. The classes are being offered by Gandhi Brigade Youth Media at their location in the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre at 8641 Colesville Rd. and at five county library locations. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Montgomery County Public Libraries and offer our free programming at five branches across the county, in addition to our Silver Spring Black Box Theater location,” said Executive Director Evan Glass in response to emailed questions. In the classes, students will learn the fundamentals...

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Community kitchen to give small entrepreneurs a boost

Nancia Sical, owner of Nancia’s Antojitos, roasting tomatoes and tomatillos and doing other prep for her chicken tamales. Photo by Mike Diegel.  The Takoma Park Silver Spring Community Kitchen will hold its grand opening this weekend, bringing a new production facility to local, small-scale food entrepreneurs. The venture grew out of the Crossroads Farmers Market, which was the reason the Crossroads Community Food Network was founded, said Executive Director Christie Balch. The group discovered that a number of customers wanted to start a food business of their own and sell at the market. “We had to say ‘no’ to everyone...

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