Silver Branch Brewing Company Featured in Beer Podcast

Silver Branch Brewing Company is featured in the latest episode of Brew Daddies, a locally produced beer podcast. Silver Branch Brewing Company (formerly Parallel World Brewing Company) is featured in the latest episode of Brew Daddies, a locally produced podcast about beer and breweries. They recently signed a lease for 10,000 square feet of space in the Metro Plaza development at 8401 Colesville Road for a production brewery, taproom, and outdoor biergarten. According to the podcast episode description, they plan to open in the Fall of this year and have already been releasing collaborations with other breweries. You can...

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Upcoming Events, April 18-25

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, April 18 Community Bridges fundraiser, El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Ave., 5-9 p.m. Community meeting: Silver Spring Intermediate Neighborhood Park, 8787 Georgia Ave., 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 19 Mornings at the Museum, National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, 9-10 a.m. Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee meeting, Silver Spring Fire Station, 8110 Georgia Ave., 3rd Floor, 4 p.m. Discover Long Branch Salsa Network, El Gavilan Restaurant, 8805 Flower Ave., 6 p.m. Author Series: Elizabeth Baer, “The Origin of the Holocaust in Africa?,” Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. County...

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Silver Spring named destination to experience international culture

Ethiopian dishes are just one reason to experience international culture in Silver Spring. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Silver Spring has been named one of 11 destinations within the United States where visitors can experience an international culture without leaving the country.’s Viewfinder travel blog chose Silver Spring for its “wonderfully walkable city center and the East African influence that brings this place to life.” The author mentions the area’s extensive public art, including live dance from Princess Mhoon Dance Institute, and local theater performances, along with murals, sculptures and other art. The article specifically gives a shout-out to...

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Ride On’s “Give and Ride” campaign is all this week

Photo of Ride On bus from Wikimedia Commons Ride On bus passengers can get free trips all this week in exchange for a donation of canned or other nonperishable food. Collection bags can be found near the fare boxes on each bus during the 31st annual “Give and Ride” food drive, which runs from April 15-21. Bring an extra item for transfers. All donations will go to Manna Food Center and will be distributed to needy families throughout the county. In addition, the collection drive is looking for items especially for children such as disposable diapers, formula, baby or...

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Kaldi’s Social House rooftop getting completely new enclosure

Kaldi’s Social House owner Tsega Hailemariam (right) talks with a workman near the new rooftop bar. Photo by Mike Diegel. The rooftop of Kaldi’s Social House will have a new look as the structure that enclosed the area is being completely replaced. “We had to stop different events because [the old enclosure] was leaking,” said owner Tsega Hailemariam. “Now we have to convert the whole roof and put a new enclosure so that we can do [events] all year round.” Once it’s completed, the rooftop will be open at 2 p.m. for happy hour until 7 p.m., and then remain open...

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New nonprofit formed to help preserve, create urban farms

The farm has always welcomed visitors eager to learn. Photo courtesy Koiner Farm. Two local residents have formed a new nonprofit organization, the Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming, both to help preserve a Silver Spring institution and to eventually create a network of similar farms. Cofounders Kate Medina, director of education, and Hannah Sholder, director of land stewardship, joined with Lynn Koiner, Charlie’s daughter, to found the organization as a means of keeping the Koiners’ vision alive. Charlie started his one-acre farm on the corner of Easley and Grove streets in 1983 and, with Lynn’s help, has farmed...

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Upcoming Events, April 11-19

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, April 11 Earth Month SPARKLE program, Silver Spring Civic Building, 2-3:30 p.m., RSVP Thursday, April 12 Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee meeting, Discovery Communications Building, 8 a.m. Virtual town hall with County Executive Ike Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Cruisin’ With SEEC Gala: Creating a Sea of Change, The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., $3-$180, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Carpe Diem Second Thursday Contra Dance, Silver Spring Civic Building, $5-$10, 7-10 p.m. Screening, “Walls That Bleed: The Story of the Dudley/A&T Uprising,” Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave., 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, April 13-Sunday,...

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Zoning change, budget hearings to highlight council’s week

Stella B. Werner Council Office Building. Montgomery County photo. A change in zoning regulations to attract large companies and a series of operating budget hearings highlight this week’s County Council business. County Executive Ike Leggett requested that the council introduce Zoning Text Amendment 18-05, Uses, Use Standards, and Regulatory Approvals – Signature Business Headquarters, which would revise the review process for large businesses. “It’s a proposal that would allow any large employer come in and build under certain terms,” said Council President Hans Riemer (D-At Large) in a video posted by Montgomery Community Media. “So it’s something that would...

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Takoma Junction draft redevelopment plan presented to residents

A rendering of the front of the Takoma Junction redevelopment plan, looking  across Carroll Avenue. Photo of rendering by Mike Diegel. Residents had the chance to review a draft plan for the redevelopment of Takoma Junction at a public open house held Saturday. The plan encompasses a space at the confluence of Carroll (MD 195), Grant, Philadelphia (MD 410) and Ethan Allan avenues (next to the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Food Co-op market), which primarily serves as a parking lot. Redevelopment of the city-owned property has been under discussion for a number of years, not without some controversy. “I think...

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UPDATED: Bump ’n Grind closes Ellsworth Place kiosk

Silver Spring coffee shop Bump ’n Grind has closed their Ellsworth Place kiosk. Photo courtesy Pete Tan. The Bump ’n Grind coffee and pastry kiosk in Ellsworth Place has closed, according to owner David Fogel. The primary reason for the closing was a safety issue, he said. “When your staff, one of the most important foundations of every business, has been assaulted over 20 times without adequate support from mall management, you realize enough is enough,” Fogel. Mall ownership disputed the contention that there was a safety issue. According to Terry Richardson, president of Petri Richardson Ventures, the shop “does...

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