Upcoming Events, March 8-15

Friday, March 8 Emmanuel Jal performance, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave., 7-9 p.m. Women’s Taproom Takeover Benefit for Community Bridges, Denizens Brewing Co., 1115 East-West Highway, 7-11 p.m. Mardi Gras Ball! Free Local Music, Cissel-Saxon American Legion Post 41, 905 Sligo Ave., 7 p.m.-midnight. Carroll Café Presents Tret Fure!, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. N.W., $18-20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Night, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $11, 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9 Montgomery County Master Gardeners, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn to Mediate Workshop, Meditation Museum, 9525 Georgia Ave.,...

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Council Bans Smoking in Some Outdoor Seating Areas

The County Council has unanimously passed a bill to outlaw smoking in some outdoor seating areas where food is served. Bill 35-18, Health and Sanitation – Smoking- Outdoor Serving Areas, and a companion county Board of Health regulation, will prohibit smoking in areas such as patios, decks or porches in order to help protect people from the effects of smoking on health. Lead sponsor and current Council Vice President Sidney Katz originally introduced the bill in October, 2018, with Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Craig Rice and then-Councilmember Marc Elrich as cosponsors. “Prohibiting smoking in outdoor seating areas provides for...

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Northwood Students’ Suicide Prevention PSAs to Air in Local Theaters

Two suicide prevention public service announcements produced by three Northwood High School students were selected to air in local theaters beginning this month. The top two PSAs were “Get Help,” submitted by Sophie Geiger and “See How You Can Help,” submitted by Rowan Arnold and Jay Hutchins, according to a release from the county’s Department of Health and Human Services. The PSAs were chosen from among those entered in a contest aimed at preventing teen suicide that was co-sponsored by Gandhi Brigade Youth Media and the county’s Leading Adaptive Change for Suicide Intervention workgroup. The winners will air in...

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Takoma Junction Developer Buys Property for Mixed-Use Development

The company selected for the Takoma Junction development has purchased a Takoma property with the intent of creating a mixed-use development, according to an announcement from the Old Takoma Business Association. The Neighborhood Development Company bought 218 Cedar Street N.W., which currently includes a 7-11 convenience store. The property is next to the Takoma Metro Station. According to the announcement, NDC plans “to develop the site into a mixed-use community providing approximately 30+ condominiums as well as approximately 10,000+SQFT of retail space.” NDC will be working with Square 134 Architects on the project. After a period of sometimes-contentious negotiations,...

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County DOT Seeking Comments on Dale Drive Pedestrian Proposals

The county’s Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on preliminary proposals developed for of the Dale Drive Pedestrian Facility Improvement Project. The department presented several concepts and their potential impacts on the area, which covers the stretch of Dale Drive from Georgia Avenue to Colesville Road, during a Feb. 12 meeting. That presentation was part of on an ongoing number of meetings and discussions that have taken place among stakeholders, including the Dale Drive Safety Coalition, neighboring civic associations and county officials, since planning began last August. The DOT also reviewed the results of a community survey taken...

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Upcoming Events, March 1-8

Friday, March 1 Bud Skelton Band & Jam, Cissel-Saxon American Legion Post 41, 905 Sligo Ave., 7 p.m.-midnight. Improv Comedy Night, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $11, 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 Montgomery County Master Gardeners, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. B&O Railroad Station Open House, 8100 Georgia Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids Sing America With LEA, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 11 a.m.-noon Workshop: “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly,” Meditation Museum, 9525 Georgia Ave., donations accepted, 1:30-3 p.m. Silver Spring Timebank Coffee & Conversation, Kefa Café, 963 Bonifant St., 2-4...

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Arts Council Wins NEA Grant to Add to Works on Paper Collection

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County will be adding to the Montgomery County Contemporary Works On Paper Collection thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works Grant Program. The collection is part of the county’s public art collection, which currently includes more than 550 prints, drawings and watercolors from regional artists. THE NEA awarded AHCMC a $25,000 Art Works grant that “will purchase and frame two-dimensional artworks on paper acquired from regional artists and galleries through a juried call-for-art process opening this spring,” according to the AHCMC announcement. “In 1975, the Montgomery County Works...

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CREATE Arts to Hold First Fundraising Gala This Spring

CREATE Arts Center, the Silver Spring-based provider of arts education and therapy services, will hold its first-ever fundraising gala this spring, according to Linda Marson Cox, the group’s executive director. The “Paint the Town” gala will be held Saturday, April 27 from 7-11 p.m. to raise funds to support its programs and expand its art therapy services to veterans and their families. “We wanted to bring [supporters] together and have this opportunity to raise money to support the expansion of all of our programs,” Cox said. “We’re in the big, beautiful, new space and we have the opportunity to...

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Third Brewery’s Grand Opening Set for Sunday, March 3

Silver Spring’s third downtown brewery will hold its grand opening at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3, according to cofounders Brett Robison and Christian Layke. Silver Branch Brewing Co. has invited Councilmembers Tom Hucker (D-District 5) and Hans Reimer (D-At Large) to join to the opening festivities, along with others who have helped with the project. “Once we’re officially open,” said Robison, the general manager, “we will be going from 4 [p.m.] to 12 [a.m.] Monday through Thursday, and then 4 to 1 [a.m.] on Friday, 10 [a.m.] to 1 [a.m.] Saturday, and 10 [a.m.] to 8 [p.m.] on Sunday.”...

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Residents, Advocates Attend Town Hall on Proposed Metro Improvements

About 100 residents, transit advocates and others attended a town hall in Silver Spring last night to hear about proposed budget and service changes for the Metro system from representatives of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The meeting was organized by the County Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee, chaired by Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5), who noted it was the first T&E Committee meeting held in Silver Spring. Hucker emphasized the need to end the “turnback” of Metro cars at Silver Spring to provide a better level of service to the Forest Glen station and beyond to Glenmont....

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