Updated: Upcoming Events Jan. 4-11

Illustration from FiveStone Church Thursday, Jan. 5 Jump Start Family Fun Night, El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Ave., 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. Human Element exhibition opening reception, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 6:30-8 p.m. District 20 Delegate Candidate Forum, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veteran’s Plaza, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 Concert by cellist and singer Simona Colonna, John Kendall Recital Hall, Potter Violins, 7711 Eastern Ave, Takoma Park, $20, 5-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 Brew a New You Health and Wellness Fair, Denizen’s Brewing Co., 1115 East-West Highway, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Silver Spring Time Bank Skills Share Swap, Silver...

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Candidates for District 20 delegate to appear at forums this week

The Silver Spring Civic Building will be the site of one of two District 20 delegate candidate forums this week. Photo from Christopher Consultants Ltd. District 20 residents will have two chances this week to hear from the six announced candidates for the open delegate position created when Del. Will Smith was chosen to replace state Sen. Jamie Raskin following his election to Congress. The first candidate forum will be tonight at 7 p.m. in the White Oak Recreation Center Community Room, 1700 April Lane. The second will be held Thursday at the same time in the Silver Spring...

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Source of the Spring to dry up over holidays

The Source of the Spring will not publish from Dec. 24-Jan. 2, when we’ll be back. We strive to bring you a least one item of local news a day and will continue to do so. Thank you for your support since our October launch. We look forward to continuing to grow by serving our readers in 2017. Enjoy the holidays,...

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Hen quarter opens on Ellsworth Drive

Hen Quarter has opened in downtown Silver Spring in the space formerly occupied by Austin Grill. Photo by Mike Mowery. Hen Quarter, a Southern-themed restaurant and bourbon bar, has opened on Ellsworth Drive in the space formerly occupied by Austin Grill. The menu includes updated Southern fare including Southern-fried chicken, Virginia ham steaks, shrimp and grits, short ribs and barbecued chicken, along with accompaniments such as collard greens, pickled okra and fried green tomatoes. The bar features more than 40 different bourbons, along with a dozen types of rye whisky and a selection of Scotch and Irish whiskeys. The...

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2016 reader survey

Thank you for being a regular reader of the Source of the Spring. We want to serve our readers as well as we possibly can. To that end, we’d like to know something about you. Please take this survey to tell us a little about yourself and what you’d like to see in the Source. In appreciation for completing the survey, we will randomly choose one reader to Win a $50 Not Your Average Joe’s Gift Card. Thanks in advance, Mike and Mike P.S. All information will be kept confidential and only used in the aggregate. Nor will we...

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Upcoming Events Dec. 21-28

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, Dec. 21 Winter Break Drop-In Toddler and Baby Fun, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 5th Floor Program Room, 10:30-noon. Holiday Sing, Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., 1-3 p.m. Washington Revels–Carpe Diem Community Sing, 631 Dale Dr., 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 Wine Tasting with Artisans & Vines, TPSS COOP, 201 Ethan Allen Ave., Takoma Park, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24 First night of Hanakkuh Sunday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day, County Holiday Schedule Tuesday, Dec. 27 Winter Break Drop-In Toddler and Baby Fun, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 5th Floor Program...

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Four Olympians honored during ceremony in Silver Spring

County Executive Isiah Leggett speaks about the accomplishments of three Montgomery County residents who competed in the 2016 Olympics (seated left to right), Ashley Nee, Jack Conger and Katie Ledecky. Photo by Mike Diegel. Four Montgomery County Olympians who will be the first inductees into a new county sports hall of fame were honored Monday night in a ceremony at the Silver Spring Civic Building. County Executive Isiah Leggett recognized swimmers Jack Conger and Katie Ledecky along with canoeist Ashley Nee (wrestler Helen Maroulis was invited but unable to attend) with framed prints and proclamations celebrating the athletes’ successes....

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Vote for your favorites in Best of Fenton Village

Graphic courtesy Best of Fenton Village. Voting for the Best of Fenton Village 2016 is underway now through the end of the year. Residents can register and vote for their favorite restaurants, bars, hair salon, specialty shops, auto repair shops, music/art stores and more. Votes will be tabulated by January 31 and will be posted on the Best of Fenton Village site. Fenton Village is the area bounded generally by Wayne Avenue to the north, Georgia Avenue to the west, Fenton Street to the East, and Philadelphia Avenue to the south. Last year, County Executive Ike Leggett presented awards...

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Despite Uncertainties, Local Housing Market Holding Up

Illustration from Public Domain Pictures. Guest post by Dan Metcalf Silver Spring’s housing market saw reduced inventory and higher median sales prices year-over-year, all while seeing modestly increased median sales prices and sales prices relative to list prices in 2016, according to data supplied by MRIS, the local multiple listing service. While some homebuyers made moves in anticipation of the presidential election, for many sales agents, the feeling was that the uncertainty associated with the election slowed their fourth quarter activity. A focus for many buyers, in the context of affordable mortgage money and, for many first-time homebuyers utilizing...

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Docs in Progress moving to a new home

Graphic from Docs in Progress. Silver Spring-based Docs in Progress will move its headquarters at the end of the month, the group announced. The non-profit, which supports documentary filmmakers and those who would like to be, will remain in downtown Silver Spring, moving from 8700 First Ave. to 801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100 (on the corner of Wayne and Cedar Street). The move was forced by the recent sale of the First Avenue property, according to Executive Director Erica Ginsberg, who spoke briefly to the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. The group will be in a similar-sized space...

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