May 28, 2010

County news

Rockville's 22nd Annual Hometown Holidays Kicks Off Summer in the City - The 22nd annual Hometown Holidays celebration takes place Memorial Day weekend and features more than 40 bands and entertainers, Taste of Rockville, children's activities and an Art and Craft Festival.

Grammy-award winning Soul Asylum will headline the main stage on Sunday. New Orleans bands Tab Benoit, Papa Grows Funk and The Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band will headline the main stage on Saturday. The Hometown Holidays festival takes place from 1-10 pm, Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30. For more information go to:

30th Annual Washington Folk Festival - Glen Echo Park will come alive with folk music, dance and crafts on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, from 12 pm to 7 pm as the Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents the 30th annual Washington Folk Festival. One of the most popular events of the year at Glen Echo Park, the free festival attracts over ten thousand visitors and brings together more than 400 local musicians, story tellers, dancers and crafts people. For more information go to:

Apply for Montgomery College Foundation Scholarships! - Are you planning to attend Montgomery College in the fall 2010 or spring 2011 semesters? If you need a little help paying for college, complete the Montgomery College Foundation Scholarship application for the 2010-2011 year. For more information go to:

MCPL - All libraries will be closed on Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day. Alll libraries are now closed for the Summer on Sundays, hours will resume in the Fall. Also, the Bethesda Library closed at 3pm today due to no air conditioning in the building.

SAVE THE DATE - 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, June 24ˆ28 and July 1ˆ5, 2010 - The Festival is held outdoors on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between the Smithsonian museums. There is no admission charge. For more information go to:

County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Recognizes Volunteer Tax Preparers - County Executive Isiah Leggett and Health and Human Services Director Uma Ahluwalia recognized 39 volunteers who assisted low-income County residents in filing tax returns. With additional federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding, the Community Action Agency's free, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program expanded to four locations at Family Services and at County‚s offices in Silver Spring and Takoma Park, and grew from serving 235 residents to more than 2,400. For more information go to:

Firing up the Grill? Keep these Safety Tips in Mind - It‚s that time of year again -- with summer fast approaching, residents will be firing up their grills and the last thing on many minds is probably safety, right? Well, it shouldn‚t be according to Fire Chief Richie Bowers. Firefighters responded to a serious grill fire this past weekend that remains under investigation with the homeowner was transported to a local hospital and currently recovering from 1st and 2nd degree burns sustained in the fire. For more information go to:

Metro Transit Police Officers Recognized for Bravery - Five Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) officers were recognized by the Metro Board of Directors and General Manager today (May 27) for their bravery and heroism. Officers Christopher Fulda, Anthony Reefer, Jaime Lopera, Cleaton Battle and Reginald Russell rescued people from a burning building near the Naylor Road Metrorail station on April 9. For more information go to:

Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center ˆ Please be advised that our Center will discontinue selling all Youth Cruisers, Ride On Monthly passes, Senior Fare cards, Senior SmarTrip cards and distributing compost bins effective Monday, June 28, 2010. You will find alternate venues to purchase fare media and other locations distributing compost bins below in the Bethesda/Rockville area:

Compost Bins

Audubon Sanctuary Shop. Woodend Nature Sanctuary. 8940 Jones Mill Road. Chevy Chase, MD 20815. 301-652-3606 (Weekend hours - Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12-5)

Bethesda Green. 4825 Cordell Avenue, Suite 200. Bethesda, Maryland 20814. 240-396-2440.

Whole Foods Markets - Bethesda. 5269 River Road. Bethesda, MD 20816. 301-984-4860. Visit the Customer Service Desk

Fare Media. TRiPS Commuter Store. 17 Wisconsin Circle. (Near the Friendship Heights Metro Station). Monday-Friday, 11am-7pm. 240-773-TRiPS (8747)

TRiPS Commuter Store. 8413 Ramsey Ave. (Near the Silver Spring Metro Station). Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm. 240-773-TRiPS (8747)

Montgomery County Transit Information Center. 101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor. Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. 240-777-RIDE (7433).

Out to Lunch Wednesdays Returns June 2 - What do you get when you combine Wednesday's Farmers Market with a live band and a lot of great places to eat? Come see at Out To Lunch Wednesdays from 11 am to 2 pm, June 2 when East Montgomery Avenue becomes a festival with great food and services. Rags will perform rock. For more information go to:

17th Annual Imagination Bethesda - A Children's Street Festival Celebrating the Arts! The 17th annual Imagination Bethesda will take place on Woodmont Avenue between Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street on Saturday, June 5 from 11am-4pm. For more information go to:

REMINDER - Public Renaming Ceremony for Rockville Library to be Held May 28; New Display in Library Features Memorabilia from Soldiers‚ Families - A formal ceremony marking the official renaming of the Rockville Library to the Rockville Memorial Library will be held on Friday, May 28 at 11 am in the front of the building at 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. For more information go to:

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