Your Mid-County News
Aspen Hill, Bel Pre, Brookeville, Glenmont,
Forest Glen, Kemp Mill, Kensington, Layhill, Olney,
Sandy Spring, Upper Rock Creek, Wheaton
August 30, 2019
Advisory Boards
Keep up to date on issues affecting your communities and take an active role by participating & engaging in your local Advisory Boards.
Mid-County and Wheaton Advisory Board meetings are open to the public.

The Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board (MCCAB) will meet again on Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Wheaton Library/Recreation Center
11701 Georgia Ave, Wheaton
TOPIC: General Plan Update, THRIVE Motngomery 2050

Committee Meetings
Sept 5, 2019 at 7 pm
Mid County Recreation Center
2004 Queensguard Rd

The Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC) will meet again on Tuesday, September 10, 2019
TOPIC : Wheaton Urban District FY21 Budget
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MCDOT Presentation on Pedestrian Safety on Georgia Avenue

Staring in September, WUDAC will begin meeting at the new Wheaton Library/Recreation Center
11701 Georgia Ave, Wheaton, Md 20902
WHEATON REVITALIZATION PROJECT
Grandview Avenue will be closed on Saturday, September 7th from 4am to 5pm to stage a large mobile crane to hoist the buildings’ cooling system components atop the building as well as other mechanical equipment. 

For more information on the progress of the the  Wheaton Revitalization Projec t. Click  here .
COUNTY NEWS
Holiday Schedule for Labor Day on Monday, September 2: 
  • County Government Offices: closed
  • Libraries: closed
  • Alcohol Beverage Services : open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Recreation: aquatics programs and facilities open, however, the Germantown Indoor Swim Center and Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center are closed for annual maintenance. All rec centers, senior centers, and administrative offices are closed.
  • Montgomery Parks: click here
  • Ride On: operates on a Sunday schedule
  • Ride On Flex: closed
  • Metrorail and Metrobus: visit www.wmata.com
  • TRiPS Silver Spring Commuter Store: closed
  • TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store: closed
  • County-provided refuse/recycling pickup: No County-provided collection services. After the holiday, County-provided recycling and trash collections will slide one day. The last pickup of the week is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7.
  • Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station: facility closed
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters: free
  • State office and courts: closed
OPENING SOON: Opening of Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m . Please note that the date and time for the ceremony has been updated . The $70.9 million project and 92,000-square foot building is located at 11701 Georgia Avenue. This is the first combined complex of its kind in Montgomery County, which will include a library, community recreation center, Friends of the Library used bookstore, park, underground parking garage and redesigned roadway. The facility will open following the ceremony. Information on the facility is available  here on the Department of General Services website.
Senior Forum and Resource Fair
Council Vice President Sidney Katz and Councilmember Andrew Friedson co-host a free Senior Forum and Resource Fair on Thurs, September 5, 9:30 am- 12:30 pm at the Potomac Community Recreation Center at 11315 Falls Road.
COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS
 Montgomery Council News
For information on past agendas for Council sessions, committee meetings, prior meeting minutes, actions, access to informational packets for every issue to be discussed at meetings, viewing of live meetings and archived videos of past meetings, and more, go to the Council   web site . Click the box titled "Council Meeting Portal".  

Sign up to receive notifications about Council legislation by visiting  https://apps.montgomerycountymd.gov/ccllims/bill_List.aspx  and selecting the bill you would like to follow.
COMMUNITY NEWS & INFORMATION
52nd LABOR DAY Parade/Festival
Come to Kensington

Enjoy marching bands, equestrian show groups, dance groups, floats and ambassadors. The parade starts at St. Paul Park and ends at the grandstand next to Noyes Children's Library.

As the parade moves through town, Armory Avenue comes alive with food trucks, vendors and activities. Additionally, Olney Winery, Knowles Station Wine & Co. and 7 Locks Brewing will have beer & wine for purchase.
This event is held rain or shine. 
 Monday, September 2 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at Kensington Town Hall (3710 Mitchell St. Kensington, MD 20895)
Register for Basic Computer Classes
The Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center offers basic computer literacy classes at different locations (Wheaton, East County, White Oak, and Gaithersburg)! The schedule is available on the website here or click the links below for more information.

Register for Job Search Program
Click here for more information on a Job Search Workshops offered by Gilchrist starting September 26th. Space is limited, so sign up soon.
What's Going on in Brookeville
C  lick here for the latest edition of the Brookeville Times, with news and announcements.
Click here for the latest information and program updates from Nonprofit Montgomery.
County Food Bank
Community Advisory Board
The County's Food Council is seeking members for the advisory board. If you live in Montgomery County, receive Food Stamps, WIC or any other food or nutrition assistance benefits, or simply find you cannot afford to feed your family nutritious meals, the Food Council encourages you to apply for the Food Security Community Advisory Board to hear about your ability to access food in the County. Applications accepted until October 1st, 2019. C lick here for the application . For more information contact: anesher@mocofoodcouncil.org .
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Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival
Fast Approaching - Sept 22nd
Click here for the latest news.




The Parade begins at 10 am. The Festival exhibits and food sales open at the same time. Live entertainment begins after the parade. See the  Line-Up  for the schedule of performances. The Parade will end around noon, depending upon the number of participants. The Festival will end at 5pm.

New Senior Living Facility In Kensington
 
Soon to begin, a $75 million, five-story senior living facility in Kensington that will include 135 apartments, a cafe, fitness center, ground-level kitchen, dining room, wine bar, game room and underground parking. Completion is expected in 2021.
 The facility, to be located at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and St. Paul Street, will have 63 independent-living units, 43 assisted-living units and 29 memory-care units. Click here for more information.
All Aboard! In Kensington
An event designed for train enthusiasts and everyone in between will transform Kensington Town Hall into a model train spectacular on September 7 and 8, 2019, from 11 am to 5 pm. The National Capital Trackers will run “O” gauge electric trains on multiple layouts, with flourishes such as train whistles, steam, depots and bridges giving visitors lots to marvel at. Called “All Aboard for Kensington,” the event in Kensington will also feature live music. There will also be activities for kids. Click here or call 301-215-6834 with questions and updates.
Get Help with Your Taxes Now
 The Community Action Agency’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) partnership, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, offers off-season tax preparation for prior year and amended taxes (2016-2018) through October 30.  VITA’s free tax preparation services are for Montgomery County residents only. To qualify, residents must have incomes of less than $55,000. 
Appointments are available Tuesdays at the Takoma-East Silver Spring Center, 8513 Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring; Wednesdays at the Community Action Agency office, 1401 Rockville Pike, 3 rd floor in Rockville and Fridays at the Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center, 11002 Viers Mill Road, Suite 506 in Wheaton.  
For more information , click here. To learn more about the County’s free tax services and other resources, please visit montgomerycountymd.gov/cashback .
ALL This and More At Sandy Spring Museum

September 1, Noon to 4 pm -- Experience the WondeRoom

September 14 --- Bomba y Plena en el Parque Festiva l Comes Back! FREE. Festival kicks off at 12 pm.

September 15, 1 - 4 pm -- - CreativitY, with a Captial WHY?
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Kensington Park Library News!
Please click here to find out more about free, hands-on science activities for ages 10-14 at Kensington Park Library.
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GET INVOLVED
  T here are multiple ways to get involved in your communities by serving on the County's boards, committees and commissions.

To serve on boards, committees and commissions, review ALL CURRENT vacancy announcements and read instructions carefully at:   http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/boards/index.html
Volunteers Sought for County’s Newest Climate Planning Process Workgroups
Montgomery County has launched a planning process to develop prioritized actions and strategies to meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals of 80 percent by 2027 and 100 percent by 2035. The County has already formed three “technical workgroups” of experienced volunteers that will help in this effort. Now the County is seeking volunteers for two additional workgroups
focused on community engagement/ education and climate adaptation/ sequestration.
The deadline to submit letters of interest is Sept. 15.
Interested community members can submit an expression of interest, cover letter and resume by Sept. 15 to climate@montgomerycountymd.gov . Anyone interested in serving on multiple workgroups should indicate their first and second choices.
Volunteer at the Wheaton Arts Parade
The Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival needs volunteers to help throughout the day. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and a coupon for food and drink from one of the festival food vendors. We are pre-approved for SSL hours.
The parade and festival begin at 10am. The parade lasts about 1 1/2 hours. The festival runs until 5pm. Volunteers are needed as early as 7am to help with set up and as late as 6pm to help with break down. Volunteers should sign up for 3 hour shifts. A minimum of 3 hours is required for all volunteers. Sign up at: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteercenter/  (Search by: Wheaton Arts)