This week features holiday-related events too numerous to mention here, including concerts, book and art sales, an annual Christmas bazaar and craft markets. Civic-minded residents can attend the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board meeting Monday, while those who are interested in starting a business are welcome at a free workshop Tuesday at the Silver Spring Library. Finally, on Friday the 13th, the folks who bring you Pechakucha present a conversation with death.
The Montgomery County Council yesterday unanimously adopted Bill 14-19 to create a Policing Advisory Commission. The commission’s goal is to improve council oversight of the county’s police department. In addition, it’s intended to increase the community’s trust in police by advising the council on certain police matters, including best practices, policies and programs.
County students in grades six through 12 can win up to $750 in a contest seeking video public service announcements about the dangers of vaping. Healthy Montgomery, the county’s community health improvement program, and Montgomery County Public Schools are cosponsoring the contest as part of an anti-vaping tobacco prevention campaign in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services.
We at the Source would like to wish all of our readers a Happy Thanksgiving wherever you may be spending the day. After the holiday, there’s and rescue animal adoption event Sunday in Takoma Park as well as a piano concert, and Cup Scout Pack 23 begins a Toys for Tots drive in Silver Spring. Levine Music hosts a blues jam on Wednesday, followed by a comedy show Thursday at Busboys and Poets. And please remember to shop small this Saturday at your favorite local stores.
The county’s Planning Department has launched a Pedestrian Level of Comfort Map to help evaluate the public’s comfort level when walking along sidewalks, pathways and trails, and through street crossings. The online, interactive map includes the department’s scoring of local pedestrian networks, which are rated from “unacceptable” up to “very comfortable.”