Upcoming Events May 17-25

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, May 17 Live Online Discussion with
County Executive Ike Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Thursday, May 18 Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee meeting, 8110 Georgia Ave., 3rd Floor, 3:30 p.m. Public Forum, Montgomery Parks Capital Improvements Program, Montgomery Regional Office, 8787 Georgia Ave., 6-9 p.m. “Building the Wall” opening night, Forum Theater, Silver Spring Black Box Theater, 8641 Colesville Rd., 8 p.m. Friday, May 19 Bike to Work Day “Building the Wall” performance and community conversation, Forum Theater, Silver Spring Black Box Theater, 8641 Colesville Rd., 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20 Spring Homebuying Workshop, Asian-American Homeownership Counseling, Montgomery...

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Guitar Center opens in Ellsworth Place

Guitar Center is the latest store to open in the downtown mall. Photo by Mike Diegel. Guitar Center opened its doors on the fourth floor of Ellsworth Place Thursday morning and is offering grand opening specials through the weekend. The Los Angeles-based company bills itself as “the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ, and lighting equipment.” The Silver Spring store is the fifth in the D.C. market and number 282 in the U.S. “It’s a beautiful market, beautiful area,” said Rick Wallis, regional vice president for the company. “The way that the city...

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Upcoming Events April 26-May 2

Illustration from FiveStone Church Thursday, April 27 Guitar Center Grand Opening, Ellsworth Place, 8661 Colesville Rd., 10 a.m. Friday, April 28 “Money Smart Week: Investment Products and Risks,” Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., noon-1:30 p.m. “Money Smart Week: Identity Theft, Protect Yourself,” Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., noon-1:30 p.m. International Poetry Night, 1 Veterans’ Plaza, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29 Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, MCP 3rd District Station, 1002 Milestone Dr., Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Takoma Park City Building Lobby, 7500 Maple Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Montgomery County Youth Media Festival, AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville...

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Public art proposals for Purple Line stations shown last night

One of the public art proposals for the Manchester Place Purple Line station, the only underground station in the east side of the line. Photo by Mike Diegel. Residents got the first look at the proposals for public art for the county’s Purple Line stations last night during a meeting at Montgomery Blair High School sponsored by the Purple Line Art-in-Transit program. Attendees were encouraged to comment on the proposals, of which there are several for each station. Those comments will be compiled and shared with the Selection Committee, which will meet May 17 to select the winner for...

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Council passes bill to fine certain owners of foreclosure properties

County owners of foreclosed properties must register the purchase or face a fine. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Property owners who fail to register a foreclosure purchase as required under Maryland law will face a $1,000 fine under legislation the County Council passed unanimously last week. “We have hundreds of vacant properties that were foreclosed all over Montgomery County, many, many in Silver Spring,” said Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5), the bill’s lead sponsor. “In many cases, they’re a nuisance, they attract crime and arson, they bring down property values, and generally they are owned by national lenders or hedge...

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Upcoming Events April 19-26

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, April 19 POSTPONED to May 17: Live Online Discussion with County Executive Ike Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Pre-submission community meeting, proposed Elizabeth Square development, 8601 Georgia Av., 7-8 p.m. County Council Town Hall meeting, Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Reception 7:30 p.m., Town Hall 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20 “A Day in the Life of Montgomery County,” 24-hour public photo project Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee meeting, Silver Spring Fire Station, 8110 Georgia Ave., Third Floor, 3:30 p.m. Mindfulness Workshop, The Siena School, 1300 Forest Glen Rd., 7 p.m. Discussion with...

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Latin chicken restaurant to open on Colesville Road

Pollo Campero plans to open in May. Photo by Mike Mowery. Pollo Campero, which bills itself as “the world’s largest Latin chicken chain,” plans to open an outlet at 8666 Colesville Rd., next to The Fillmore Silver Spring. According to the construction foreman, the restaurant should open in mid-to-late May. The chain specializes in chicken that’s either hand-breaded and fried or grilled Peruvian style. Juan José Gutierrez, who’s still involved in the family-owned business, opened the company’s first store in Guatemala in 1971. The initial U.S. store opened in Los Angeles in 2002. There are now more than 67 Pollo...

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Scholarships available for college, grad school students

Illustration from Wikimedia Commons. Del. David Moon (D-District 20) is looking for applicants for scholarships that he has available for college and graduate school students. Applicants must live in District 20 and attending, or plan to attend, a community college, 4-year college or graduate school in Maryland. Preference will be given to applicants who will be, or are, the first in their family to attend college. Applications are due by April 30 and may be filled out online. Questions should be directed to [email protected] or potential applicants may call Moon’s office at (410)...

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Silver Spring company offers on-demand educational films

CuriosityStream’s latest original program debuts Monday. Graphic courtesy CuriosityStream. If the Trump administration makes good on its threat to cut funding for public television, there’s a Silver Spring-based company ready to provide viewers with on-demand educational programming. CuriosityStream, a two-year-old firm started and owned by Discovery’s founder and former chairman John Hendricks, offers more than 1,500 (and counting) documentaries and other nonfiction programming via most streaming devices. “It really is carrying the same original mission of our founder,” said Peter North, the company’s chief operating officer. “He’s always been looking for programming that will help enlighten everyone who watches...

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Studio offering yoga, wellness, adventure to open Saturday

UP in DC co-owner Dave Giacomin behind the studio’s front desk, which he built with reclaimed barn siding. Photo by Mike Diegel. UP in DC, a yoga/wellness/adventure studio, will open Saturday in the second level of 8083 Georgia Ave., above the former Jackie’s Restaurant. Husband-and-wife owners Dave Giacomin and Erin McNamara, who live in the Seven Oaks/Evanswood neighborhood, will offer a variety of classes, programs and products geared to helping people change their lives for the better. The concept grew as a result of a conversation Giacomin, an avid mountaineer and chairman of the local chapter of the American...

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