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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Upcoming Events April 12-20

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, April 12 Planning Board applications due, 5 p.m. Thursday, April 13 Movie Night: “Hidden Figures,” Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., 5 p.m. Carpe Diem Silver Spring Contra Dance, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 7-7:30 p.m. Intro Workshop; 7:30-10 p.m. Dance Friday, April 14 “The Lenten Sketches,” First Baptist Church of Silver Spring and Montgomery Hills Baptist Church combined choral performance, 9727 Georgia Ave., 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15 Takoma Park Annual Egg Hunt, Ed Wilhelm Field, 7510 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 17 Silver Spring Library Advisory Committee...

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Summer programs extended due to later school start date

The county’s summer programs will be extended. Photo from CERDEC via Flickr. In a move likely to please a number of parents of school-age children, the county’s Department of Recreation and the school system announced they are extending their summer programs. The extension will accommodate parents without childcare options and is driven by the executive order signed last fall by Gov. Larry Hogan that requires public schools to open after Labor Day. “The later start of the school year presented a challenge for many hard-working families who may not have an option to take additional time off from work,”...

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Staples on Georgia Avenue to close next month

Staples will close at this location in May. Photo by Mike Diegel. The Staples Office Superstore at 9440 Georgia Ave., just inside the Beltway, will close May 6. The announcement was made in an email sent this morning to local customers, a copy of which was obtained by the Source of the Spring. The message included no details, but listed three other stores in the area: 12389 Georgia Ave., 6800 Wisconsin Ave. in Chevy Chase, and 12008 Cherry Hill Rd. The local Staples is one of 70 stores the company announced last month it would close. About 350 stores...

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Social & Scientific Systems defends spelling title in MCAEL bee

Graphic courtesy Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy. Social & Scientific Systems took home the Honeycomb trophy for the second year in a row in the fourth Grown-Up Spelling Bee from the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy. The annual event, held last night in Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center, is the primary fundraiser for the group, said Executive Director Kathy Stevens. “It’s modeled after some other literacy organizations around the country,” she said. “It’s mission aligned in that we know that English is a very hard language in many respects, spelling being one of them. One of the small...

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Upcoming Events April 5-13

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, April 5 4th Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 4th Annual MCAEL Spelling Bee benefit, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave., 6:30 p.m. Safe Silver Spring meeting with the Montgomery County Police Department’s Third District officials, 1002 Milestone Dr., 7 p.m. “Parenting the Anxious Teen:  Counter-Intuitive Strategies for Easing Teen Anxiety,” with Dr. Jonathan Dalton, The Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., 7 p.m. RSVP Thursday, April 6 Takoma Park Budget Open House, 7500 Maple Ave., Azalea Room, 7-9 p.m. “What Literature Can Tell Us...

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Taylor Gourmet in Silver Spring will open today

Taylor Gourmet will open today at 11 a.m. Photo by David Lay. Taylor Gourmet is opening today in the location of the former Pacers at 8535 Fenton St. in downtown Silver Spring. The company features hoagies on “a menu built around adventurous flavors, homemade sauces, and ingredients so good you’ll wonder why you ever ate a hoagie anywhere else,” according to the website. “The owner is from Philadelphia and they call them hoagies up there,” said Jacob Hunter, the company’s director of culinary. “We kind of saw a niche for that that wasn’t here in D.C. at the time that...

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Takoma Park opens its first official dog park

People and their pets began gathering in the dog park prior to the opening ceremony. Photo by Mike Diegel. Takoma Park’s first official dog park opened to a throng of people and their pets in a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Sunday afternoon. Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart began her remarks by saying, “As I look out over this dog park, I see more than a dog park. What I see is partnerships, building community and hard work.” The park is located at the end of Darwin Avenue adjacent to the Takoma-Piney Local Park and next to land owned by Montgomery...

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Penguin mural returns to Silver Spring Metro Station

County Executive Isiah Leggett welcomed the return of the “Penguin Rush Hour” mural. Photo by Mike Diegel. They’re back. County Executive Isiah Leggett and other dignitaries officially welcomed the return of the “Penguin Rush Hour” mural to the Silver Spring Metro Station. The new installation is a copy of the original 1989 mural, which was painted by Sally Callmer Thompson on 25 4’ by 8’ sheets of plywood and intended for a one-year display. “Public art can give a community or building a visual identity, while also enhancing the qualities that those places unique,” Thompson said in a statement, as...

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Upcoming Events March 29-April 6

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, March 29 “Age Friendly Montgomery” Commission on Aging Meeting, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., RSVP “Penguin Rush Hour” unveiling, Silver Spring Metro Station, 9 a.m. Rock Wall Climbing pop-up, Jessup Blair Park, 900 Jessup Blair Dr., 3-5 p.m. Trattoria Da Lina opens, 7000 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, 5 p.m. 2017 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan Update Meeting, Park and Planning Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave., 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 30 Sister Cities Annual Meeting, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 6-8 p.m. Benefit Concert for Silver Spring...

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