Art Hop Festival Adds Wine Tastings, Specials to Annual Event

This year’s Art Hop Arts Fest in Takoma Park/Takoma comes with a twist: wine, according to an announcement by Main Street Takoma, the host organization. The 11th annual event this weekend (April 27-28) will include an Art and Wine Hub next to the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op on Ethan Allen Avenue. Visitors can buy a souvenir wine glass at the hub or at the Main Street Takoma Tent (corner of Carroll and Laurel avenues) and enjoy wine tastings or purchase wine specials at businesses participating in the festival. Art Hop will feature works from more than 100 artists on...

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“Just for the Record-A Vinyl Day” Set for Saturday at Library

Fans of vinyl records can celebrate that music medium and all that surrounds the culture of LPs during the second annual “Just for the Record-A Vinyl Day” Saturday, April 27 at the Silver Spring Library. The free event, presented by Montgomery County Public Libraries, will run from noon to 4 p.m. and will include a panel discussion on creating and collecting vinyl records as well as demonstrations with a turntable and vinyl records. “Vinyl has made a major comeback among young people while still holding on to a mature base of listeners,” said Ari Z. Brooks, Friends of the...

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Upcoming Events, April 26-May 2

Friday, April 26 DC Blues Society’s 4th Friday Happy Hour, Cissel-Saxon American Legion Post 41, 905 Sligo Ave., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Night, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $11, 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 Northwood PTSA Annual Yard/Flea Market/Vendor Sale, Northwood High School, 919 University Blvd. W., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. MOCO Youth Media Festival, AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Takoma Park Photo Walk, meet at Republic, 6939 Laurel Ave., $20, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Art Hop, various locations, Takoma Park, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Hands-On Canvas! Stretch Your Own Artist Canvas, Plaza Artist...

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StoryCorps Parks Mobile Studio on Veterans Plaza; Booking Appointments Now

StoryCorps has parked its mobile recording studio on Veterans Plaza and is now booking appointments for residents who want to record their stories for posterity and possible broadcast. StoryCorps was founded 15 years ago with the idea of collecting and preserving American stories, conducted in the form of a conversation typically held between two friends or relatives. “The idea is to give everyday Americans, from all different backgrounds and beliefs, the opportunity to sit down and record an uninterrupted conversation with someone from their life,” said Jacqueline Van Meter, StoryCorps’ mobile tour site manager during yesterday’s opening day. “Something...

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Sligo Pit BBQ Opens at Sligo Creek Golf Course

Sligo Pit BBQ has opened in the former snack bar at Sligo Creek Golf Course, serving barbeque daily to golfers and local residents alike. Josh Carin was hired about a year ago as director of hospitality for the Montgomery County Revenue Authority, which manages the Sligo Creek course along with eight other county golf courses through its MCG division. One of the first things he was asked to do was to tour the courses. “As soon as I saw this place, I thought to myself ‘This is a gold mine. This is a greasy-spoon dive, and it needs to...

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County Executive to Eliminate Jazz Festival, Consider Smaller Events

County Executive Marc Elrich will eliminate the Silver Spring Jazz Festival and consider repurposing that funding to a series of smaller events, according to a presentation from Silver Spring Regional Director Reemberto Rodriguez. Speaking yesterday at the monthly meeting of the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee, Rodriguez said, “As a new administration, we wanted to take a fresh look at some of what we do, and now in my sphere as regional director and Urban District director, we ask, ‘What are you doing that might be done differently?’” The festival marked its 15th year in 2018 and consistently drew...

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GW Immediate & Primary Care Clinic to Close this Weekend

The George Washington Medical Faculty Associates will close its GW Immediate & Primary Care location at 8484 Georgia Ave. effective April 20, according to a letter from its medical director. The clinic, formerly known as Metro Immediate & Primary Care (whose sign is still on the building), was acquired by GWMFA in April 2015. “The GW Medical Faculty Associates made the decision to close its Silver Spring Immediate and Primary Care location after a careful look at the market and the sustainability of the practice in that location (e.g. the exit of some major businesses like Discovery in the...

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Upcoming Events, April 19-26

Friday, April 19 Improv Comedy Night, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $11, 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20 Friends of the Library Book Drive & Drop Off, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., (enter the alley off Bonifant St.), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Earth Day Celebration, Takoma Park-silver Sprig Co-op, 201 Ethan Allen Ave., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. “Spirituality & Men,” discussion group, Meditation Museum, 9525 Georgia Ave., donations accepted, 1:30-3 p.m. Comedian Jaboukie Young-White, Cultural Arts Center, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave., $5-$10, 8 p.m. Sunday, April 21 Carpe Diem-Washington Revels Community & Family Sing,...

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Walking Tours of Silver Spring Public Art Scheduled

Art aficionados who live or work in Silver Spring can take a walking tour of the area’s public art on several Thursday evenings this spring and summer. “Appetizers and Art,” organized by the Silver Spring Regional Services Center, Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District, Silver Spring Urban District, and Montgomery Planning, will offer an inside look at art works, beginning with a tour of Silver Spring murals. The first event, which is sold out, will be held tomorrow (April 18) from 5:30-8 p.m. and offers an example of how later tours will be conducted. The evening will begin at TTT-Tacos, Tortas, &...

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County Establishes Initiative Designed to Assist Local Businesses

County Executive Marc Elrich and Council Vice President Sidney Katz (D-District 3) are kicking off an initiative this week designed to gather information about how assist county businesses. 4Business–Benchmarking to Be the Best for Business will open with a series of six listening sessions with the business community and other stakeholders around the county in what’s being called “a grassroots campaign to assist businesses to locate, grow and prosper in Montgomery County,” according to a press release. The initial session in the series will be held tomorrow (April 17) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the third-floor hearing...

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