Local office collecting used solar eclipse glasses for donations

Donations of your used glasses will go to schoolchildren. Photo by Mike Diegel. A Silver Spring dentist is collecting used solar eclipse glasses to donate to a program from Astronomers Without Borders. Dr. Jacob Nix is accepting glasses at his office located at 8607 Second Ave., Suite 101 and will forward them to one of the organization’s collection points. Astronomers Without Borders will distribute the glasses to schools in South America and parts of Asia, where an eclipse will be visible in 2019. Dr. Nix first heard about the program via an article on Gizmodo. “This is an opportunity...

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FedEx Office now open in new location

Packing and shipping is a primary focus at FedEx Office. Photo by Mike Diegel. FedEx Office is now open at its new location at 8501 Georgia Ave., on the corner of Wayne and Georgia avenues in the space formerly occupied by Office Depot. FedEx Office is a FedEx subsidiary that provides a retail outlet for FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipping, along with printing (including photos), copying and binding services, shipping and packing supplies, computer access and Wi-Fi. Unlike The UPS Store (its primary competitor), all FedEx Office stores are corporate-owned. The former location on East-West Highway closed earlier...

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Upcoming Events, Aug. 23-30

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, August 23 Beers for the Future, benefit for Trees for the Future, Denizens Brewing Co., 1115 East-West Highway, $20, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 24 Back to School Happy Hour Supply Drive, Denizens Brewing Co., 1115 East-West Highway, 5-7 p.m. Creative Colony Happy Hour, Not Your Average Joe’s, 8661 Colesville Rd., 6-8 p.m. Invisible Montgomery: Beyond Acorn Park, Bump ’n Grind, 1200 East-West Highway, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, August 25 Lunch with the Mayor, Sardi’s Pollo A La Brasa, 1159 University Blvd E., noon Silver Screens Outdoor Movies, “Purple Rain,” Veterans Plaza, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, August...

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A Wider Circle seeking Neighbor-To-Neighbor Program Associates

A Wider Circle is seeking associates for its Neighbor-To-Neighbor program. (David Lay/Source of the Spring) Silver Spring-based nonprofit A Wider Circle is seeking associates for its Neighbor-To-Neighbor program. Associates are needed to do the “heavy lifting” in their movement to end poverty. According to the flyer obtained by the Source, associates “help collect donated furniture that we then distribute free of charge to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness, escaping domestic violence, or who have just been living for too long without life’s necessities.” The position is a one-year term, working 4 days per week, with a $35,000/year...

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Registration for county’s annual Thanksgiving Parade underway

Applications are now being accepted for the parade. Photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery County is looking for a few good Thanksgiving marchers. Well, more than a few, really, and floats and vehicles also are welcome to register for the 20th annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade. The parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 and will step off in downtown Silver Spring at 10 a.m. sharp. Once again, News Channel 8 will televise the parade live, and rerun it on Thanksgiving Day. The parade route is one mile long, beginning at Veterans Plaza and ending at Georgia and Silver...

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Public spaces popular spots for eclipse viewing

Several families came downtown to watch the eclipse, though not everyone was that interested. Photo by Mike Diegel. About 75 people gathered on Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, joining groups gathered in parks and other area open spaces Monday afternoon to watch the solar eclipse. The eclipse started at 1:18 p.m. and ended at 4:01 p.m. The peak coverage was about 81 percent and occurred at 2:42 p.m. There were several families present with young children who got excited as the peak of the eclipse approached. “I saw [the sun] got really big, then it got smaller, then bigger...

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Complaints Monday: Solar Eclipse Edition

Happy Monday! Did you catch the Solar Eclipse? We heard scuttlebutt over the weekend of some 7-Eleven locations in the area charging as much as $50 for glasses. What’s on your mind? Let us know what complaints, annoyances, or other thoughts/questions that you may have. Please keep it...

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USA Women’s Rugby to play in World Cup semifinals

USA Women’s Rugby team poses with supporters outside of Scion restaurant. Photo by Mike Diegel. The U.S. women’s rugby team has made it to the Women’s Rugby World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1998. The team will play the New Zealand Black Ferns, who won their pool, at noon tomorrow (Aug. 22) and the match will be televised by NBC Sports. The Black Ferns have won the Cup four times and is ranked number one in the world. The Eagles qualified for the semifinals by first defeating Italy, 24-12, in the team’s opening match. They shut out...

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Some tips on when and how to watch the solar eclipse

Path of totality graphic from Wikimedia Commons. So you want to view the solar eclipse, but Monday is a workday and you can’t stand outside for hours to watch the moon’s progress across the face of the sun. Vox.com has created a tool that will tell viewers, based on their zip code location, exactly when the eclipse will start, when it will end, the peak time of obscuration and how much of the sun will be covered. For example, in zip code 20901, the eclipse will start at 1:18 p.m. and end at 4:01 p.m. The peak coverage will...

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Highwood Theatre invites auditions for new year-long program

Photo courtesy The Highwood Theatre. The Highwood Theatre has issued an invitation for students to audition for a new, year-long program in theater production. The course is described as a “conservatory-style program designed to offer an intensive training experience for performers in grades 7-12,” according to a press release. The program starts in September and will run through the performances scheduled for June 2018. It will include master classes and other course work taught by professionals, allowing for a deeper exploration of the material. “The program stays true to Highwood’s established atmosphere of inclusion and building community through theatre,...

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