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Jun 30 14

Planners Review Updated White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan With County Council Committee

by Bridget Schwiesow

Photo 8_White Oak Front Cover December 2013

Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee will hold first of five work sessions to review the updated east county plan

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will review the updated White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan with the Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee starting Tuesday, July 1. Discussions will continue through a series of work sessions that will conclude with a vote on the plan by the full Council at the end of the month.

After the Planning Board transmitted its Draft Plan for White Oak in September 2013, the County Council requested that the Planning Department and the Executive branch identify options to assure a balance between land use and transportation. The revisions to the plan can be found in the updated draft transmitted to Council in December 2013, and presented to Council on June 17, 2014.

The review of the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan by the PHED Committee is scheduled on the Council Committee Agenda for the following dates:-Tuesday, July 1 Transportation Issues and Subdivision Staging Policy Amendment
-Thursday, July 3 Transportation Issues (continued if needed)
-Monday, July 7
-Monday, July 14
-Wednesday, July 16

The consolidated headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration, along with the proposed relocation of Washington Adventist Hospital, are expected to attract additional employers to the White Oak area. To support the development of that area, the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan seeks to leverage the area’s assets and establish a framework upon which auto-centric suburban centers in eastern Montgomery County can evolve to provide more transportation alternatives and greater opportunities to live, work, and play locally.

To view the full history of the planning process including the timeline of milestones, the Draft Design Guidelines and the Plan appendix, go online to the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan webpage.

Jun 30 14

Purple Line Mandatory Referral Responses Available Online

by Bridget Schwiesow

Purple Line

Public invited to view responses to the Planning Department’s March comments on the Purple Line Mandatory Referral

SILVER SPRING, MD – Responses to the Montgomery County Planning Board’s Purple Line Mandatory Referral recommendations are now available on the Planning Department’s website. The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) all responded to the Planning Board’s input.

At the Mandatory Referral Hearing on March 20th, the Planning Board reviewed and took testimony related to four projects: the Purple Line, the Bethesda Metro Station South Entrance, the Capital Crescent Trail and the Silver Spring Green Trail. Mandatory referral review allows the Board to make recommendations to the appropriate agencies for consideration.

In an effort to assure compatibility with communities and businesses along the right of way, many of the recommendations concern ways to improve station access for pedestrians and bicyclists, enhance urban design along the corridor, reduce environmental impacts, and mitigate impacts to parkland.

In addition, the Planning Board recently sent a letter to Councilmember Roger Berliner, Chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy, and Environment, and Committee, identifying the Board’s priorities for enhancing these projects.

And in an effort to highlight a particularly critical recommendation, the Board sent a letter to the County Council asking them to advocate for a direct connection between the existing Red Line station and the planned Purple Line station in downtown Silver Spring.

webpage features an interactive map that highlights the recommendations that the Planning Board will be considering, provides a link to the March 20th staff report, includes descriptions of the individual projects, and includes all of the documents submitted to the department for review.

About the Purple Line
The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile Light Rail Transit (LRT) line with 21 stations, connecting Bethesda to New Carrollton. It will provide direct connections to the Metrorail Red Line in Bethesda and Silver Spring, the Green Line at College Park, and the Orange Line at New Carrollton. The Purple Line project will be constructed along with three other projects: the Capital Crescent Trail, the Silver Spring Green Trail, and a new entrance to the Bethesda Metrorail station. Learn more on the Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line webpage.

What is a Mandatory Referral?
Government agencies planning construction projects located in Montgomery County must refer their plans to the Planning Board for review, in a manner similar to that followed by private developers. However, because the Planning Board’s decision and recommendations are advisory only, an applicant may decide whether to incorporate them or not. Read more about mandatory referrals. Public projects must also comply with other applicable laws and regulations.

Purple Line Functional Plan
The Purple Line Functional Plan was adopted by the County Council in September of 2010, and includes a series of recommendations for the proposed transit line’s route, mode and stations, and for the Capital Crescent Trail and the Silver Spring Green Trail. Download the approved and adopted Purple Line Functional Plan

M-NCPPC Planning Department Staff Contact:
David Anspacher, Functional Planning and Policy
david.anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
301-495-2191

Tom Autrey, Functional Planning and Policy
thomas.autrey@montgomeryplanning.org
301-495-4533

Jun 25 14

Montgomery Parks to Deliver Staff Draft Presentation to Montgomery Planning Board on July 17 on Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update

by Melissa Chotiner
SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will deliver a Staff Draft Presentation on the Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update to the Montgomery Planning Board on July 17, 2014. The time will be determined closer to the date of the presentation, and will be listed at www.MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org.
 
Park staff will brief the Planning Board on the proposed concepts and phases of the Master Plan Update.
  • Phase One will include an overall vision of the park and include the Preliminary Program of Requirements and location of the carousel.
  • Phase Two will include the overall vision for the development of the rest of the park.
 
Additional information about the project, schedule and public input is available at ParkPlanning.org. Click on the blue Quicklink for this project.
 
Planning Board presentation details:
 
Thursday, July 17, 2014, Time TBD
Montgomery Planning Board Public Meeting
Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update Draft Presentation
M-NCPPC Main Regional Office (MRO) Auditorium
8787 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
 
To submit written comments or request more information, please contact Rachel Newhouse, Project Coordinator at Rachel.Newhouse@MontgomeryParks.org or by phone at (301) 650-4368. 
 

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About Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org
 
Jun 18 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Special Events, Festivals and Programs For September, October, and November

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announces a variety of special events, festivals and programs for September, October and November, 2014. A sampling is listed below; all fall offerings can be found in the Montgomery County Guide to Recreation and Parks Programs at www.MontgomeryParks.org/guide and in print at select Parks and Recreation facilities, government buildings and libraries, while supplies last.

 

SEPTEMBER 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGAMS

Pawpaw Festival
Sunday, September 7, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$5
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855
 

It’s time to get your paws on some pawpaws! Meadowside will be celebrating this delightful native fruit with music, storytelling, crafts, games, raptor talks, expert advice on pawpaw cultivation, and most importantly…a pawpaw tasting station. This year’s festival will feature pawpaw fruit for purchase! No registration required. All participants must pay.

 

Back in Grandma’s Day
Saturday, September 13, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free
Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park
3610 Brookville Road
Olney, MD 20833
www.HistoryInTheParks.org
 

Bring the family and enjoy guided tours of the historic 19th century cabin. Activities also include storytelling, old-fashioned crafts and an archeology dig. Celebrate Grandparents’ Day by receiving a free Park Pass if you bring your grandparent to the event!

 

Apple Festival & Campfire 
Friday, September 19, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$8
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855
 

It’s apple harvest time! Come enjoy apple cider pressing, apple lore, and hands-on activities; end the evening at the campfire ring for s’mores and more. Children and adults must register and pay. Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #294253)

 

Monarch Fiesta Day
Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free
Black Hill Visitor Center
20926 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841
www.BlackHillNature.org
 

Celebrate the monarch butterfly and its amazing annual migration to Mexico. Activities include monarch tagging and release, tours of the monarch waystation, migration activity, monarch photo opportunity, insect hunt, monarch movie, story time, crafts and more.

 

Lessons from the Past
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
FREE
Kingsley Schoolhouse
Little Bennett Regional Park
24472 Clarksburg Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
www.HistoryInTheParks.org
 

Built in 1893, Kingsley Schoolhouse is one of the best remaining examples of a one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County. Enjoy fun activities for the entire family. Listen to live music, meet and greet former students, enjoy guided tours of the schoolhouse and play old fashioned games. Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch by the stream.

 

OCTOBER 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGAMS

Annual Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$15 per car
Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855
 

Montgomery Parks will host the 24th annual Harvest Festival at the Agricultural History Farm Park. The Harvest Festival provides people of all ages a taste of farm life from the 1850s to present through a day of hands-on activities and experiences on a working farm. This year’s festival will feature live music, food and a wide selection of family-friendly activities.

 

Nocturnal Neighbors Festival
Tuesday, October 14, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$5
Locust Grove Nature Center
7777 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20817
 

Celebrate the nocturnal community that keeps our neighborhood parks and forests in balance. Meet live animals, take a night hike, visit with experts, and enjoy games, crafts and a campfire. To register please visit www.ParkPASS.org (Course #294149)

 

Owl-O-Ween Campfire Halloween
Friday, October 24, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
$7
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20853
 

Join park staff around the campfire for owl facts, folklore, and fun. Meet Meadowside mascot Otus the Owl and visit with one of the nature center’s resident owls. Enjoy marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate for making s’mores. All participants must register and pay. Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #295999)

 

NOVEMBER 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGAMS

Maryland Emancipation Day Celebrations

Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2
Times vary for each participating site.
Free
www.HistoryInTheParks.org
 

Please join us in celebration of Maryland’s Emancipation Day in our parks! Hike the Underground Railroad, tour a slave cabin, visit an African American history museum, enjoy living history demonstrations and eat great food! All park events will be FREE! Events will be held at multiple sites throughout the county. Parks’ participating sites are listed below.

Emancipation Day Life at the Harper Cabin Homestead

Saturday, November 1, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 2, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

 

Wheaton Regional Park, Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallen Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902 
 
Josiah Henson Park
11420 Old Georgetown Road
North Bethesda, MD 20852 
 
Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park
3610 Brookeville Road
Olney, MD 20832
 
Underground Railroad Experience Trail
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
 
Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20902
 

Trees Matter Symposium

Wednesday, November 5, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Center
1 Veteran’s Plaza
Silver Spring, MD 20910
 

Attend the third annual Trees Matter Conference to learn from some of the country’s leading experts about innovative efforts to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings. Trees Matter 2014 is ideal for arborists, municipal employees, landscape industry professionals, designers, engineers, green industry employees and anyone interested in the latest research on trees. Approved for International Society of Arboriculture & Certified Professional Horticulturist CEU’S. To register or for more information, please contact Holly Thomas, Sr. Urban Forester, Montgomery Parks at 301-650-2611 or Holly.Thomas@MontgomeryParks.org

 

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

 

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Jun 11 14

Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Community Workshop – July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to give feedback on existing strengths and weaknesses of the plan area   

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting a community workshop for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan on Tuesday, July 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to identify existing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges for the Plan Area. The meeting will take place at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD) and all residents, property owners and business owners are invited to attend. RSVP’s are encouraged, but not required.

As a follow-up to the successful relaunch meeting held in early May, the planning team would like to invite residents to give their feedback on preferences for the Plan Area which will help to contribute to the overall plan, which will form the foundation for transforming the heart of Greater Lyttonsville.

Details:
What: Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Community Workshop
Who: Residents, property owners, and anyone focused on the future of Greater Lyttonsville
When: Tuesday, July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center – 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD
Info: Learn more about the Sector Plan: www.montgomeryplanning.org/greaterlp
Social Media: #GreaterLP

For the recap of the May 6 community meeting, view the presentation and the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Briefing Book which summarizes the existing conditions of the Plan Area.

The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan was initially started in summer 2012 but was placed on hold at the direction of the County Council. Now, planners are looking to re-engage the community from the area west of Silver Spring and east of Rock Creek Park to determine the vision for the area that will guide development for the next twenty years and beyond.

The planning process will include a review of zoning and land use, with a particular focus on the commercial area along Brookville Road and the two proposed Purple Line stations. The Plan will look at potential locations for mixed-use development near stations, examine important employment centers, seek to preserve and enhance the existing single-family neighborhood character, coordinate with the Fort Detrick Forest Glen Annex planning process, address quality of life issues, and strive to maintain affordable housing and support cultural diversity. It will also address connections between the existing residential neighborhoods and employment areas along Brookville Road.

Jun 9 14

Bethesda Downtown Plan Visual Preferences Survey Still Open to the Public

by Bridget Schwiesow

Bethesda logo

Results to date available online, survey still available to the public  

SILVER SPRING, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department has extended the availability of the Bethesda Downtown Plan online visual preferences survey and encourages the community to vote on the look and feel that they would like to see in Downtown Bethesda.

The survey was launched in early May and the results thus far are available online. Due to the popularity of the survey, the survey’s availability has been extended until June 16. Take the survey today.

For each neighborhood in downtown Bethesda, the informal survey poses questions about street character, gathering spaces, and the preferred landscaping for those spaces. Survey results will give direction to Planning staff about how Downtown Bethesda should look and feel for the next twenty years and beyond.

Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan and how to get involved: www.bethesdadowntownplan.org

Jun 9 14

Attend the Bethesda Downtown Plan EcoDistrict Community Workshop – June 18, 7-9 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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The public is invited to participate in an EcoDistrict workshop

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department will host a community workshop on an EcoDistrict concept for the Bethesda Downtown Plan on Wednesday, June 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Services Center  Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD). RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

The workshop will introduce the concepts and principles of an EcoDistrict, with examples from across the country.  Participants will help define goals and objectives and set priorities for incorporation into the Bethesda Downtown Plan. Learn more about the EcoDistrict concept.

The Bethesda Downtown Plan Scope of Work approved by the Planning Board on Jan. 31, defined the Scope of Work to include three core themes of sustainability to guide the planning framework. These sustainability themes are explored further in the EcoDistrict concept:

- Economic sustainability
- Social sustainability
- Environmental sustainability

Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan and how to get involved: www.bethesdadowntownplan.org

May 27 14

Learn About Proposed “Ecodistrict” for Bethesda Downtown Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

Bethesda logo

Proposed Ecodistrict information now available online, along with opportunity to give comments on framework concept, and take online visual preferences survey 

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department encourages the community to learn about the principles of an “ecodistrict” that is being proposed for incorporation into the Bethesda Downtown Plan. The purpose of the ecodistrict is to integrate the goals of social, economic and environmental sustainability over the broader downtown area. In order to achieve these goals, the sector plan recommendations and implementation strategies will have to be carefully crafted.

Learn about the proposed Bethesda Downtown Plan ecodistrict and give comments online.

Residents have until June 6 to take the online visual preference survey for the Bethesda Downtown Plan. This informal survey  poses questions about street character, gathering space, and the types of landscaping for each neighborhood in downtown Bethesda. The results will give direction to the Planning Department about how the Downtown could look and feel for the next twenty years and beyond.

The draft Framework Plan was presented at the May 17 Bethesda Downtown Plan Community Workshop. The concept shows several areas as “Expanded Centers of Activity” and two as “Emerging Centers of Activity.” These designations were informed by the community’s input at the March 1 Community Workshop. A “Symbolic Center” is shown at the Bethesda Metro Station which acknowledges the fact that while the area around the station is not a retail destination or center of a wide variety of activities, it is still a “Symbolic Center” and a transit destination. Blue circles show where lively, enhanced “Civic Gathering Spaces” can be in the future. The framework concept also shows other existing and proposed open spaces. Give your comments on this framework plan by emailing the Bethesda Downtown Plan Team: bethesdadowntownplan@montgomeryplanning.org

View the presentation from the successful May 17 community workshop. Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan and how to get involved: www.bethesdadowntownplan.org

About The Montgomery County Planning Department: The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department is comprised of 140 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org

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May 22 14

Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Monday Matters Meeting Series

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to meet the planning team, learn about existing conditions and give feedback

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting a series of Monday evening meetings in June for the Greater Lyttonsville community to attend and learn more about the planning process for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan. As a follow-up to the successful relaunch meeting held in early May, the planning team would like to invite residents to learn about specific subject areas such as: urban design, historic preservation, land use, parks, environment and transportation, including the Purple Line. The planning team will discuss these subject areas and how they will contribute to the overall plan, which will form the foundation for transforming the heart of Greater Lyttonsville.

All residents, property owners, and business owners are invited to attend the Monday Matters meetings on June 2, 9 and 16 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD), 2nd Floor Classroom.

Details:
What: Greater Lyttonsville Monday Matters Meeting Series
Who: Residents, property owners, and anyone interested in Greater Lyttonsville
When: 
Monday, June 2 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Urban Design, Historic Preservation, Land Use
Monday, June 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Parks, Environment
Monday, June 16 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Transportation, Purple Line

Where: Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center – 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD
Info: Learn more about the Sector Plan: www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/lyttonsville
Social Media: #GreaterLP

For the recap of the May 6 community meeting, view the presentation and the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Briefing Book which summarizes the existing conditions of the Plan Area.

The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan was initially started in summer 2012 but was placed on hold at the direction of the County Council. Now, planners are looking to re-engage the community from the area west of Silver Spring and east of Rock Creek Park to determine the vision for the area that will guide development for the next twenty years and beyond.

The planning process will include a review of zoning and land use, with a particular focus on the commercial area along Brookville Road and the two proposed Purple Line stations. The Plan will look at potential locations for mixed-use development near stations, examine important employment centers, seek to preserve and enhance the existing single-family neighborhood character, coordinate with the Fort Detrick Forest Glen Annex planning process, address quality of life issues, and strive to maintain affordable housing and support cultural diversity. It will also address connections between the existing residential neighborhoods and employment areas along Brookville Road.

May 20 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Special Events, Festivals and Programs for July, August and September

by Melissa Chotiner
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BlackHillfamilytrek2SILVER SPRING, MD—Are you ready for the summer? Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has you covered with a host of special events, festivals and programs for July, August and September 2014. You can find everything from firework displays to outdoor festivals to ice skating shows in Montgomery Parks; and all affordable and family-friendly.

A sampling is listed below; all summer offerings can be found in the Montgomery County Summer 2014 Guide to Recreation and Parks Programs at www.MontgomeryParks.org/guide and in print at select Parks and Recreation facilities, government buildings and libraries, while supplies last.

JULY 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGAMS

Montgomery County Celebrates Independence Day

Germantown Glory

Friday, July 4, 7:00 p.m.

Free

South Germantown Recreational Park

18041 Central Park Circle

Boyds, MD

www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec

Live music begins at 7:00 p.m. featuring “In Gratitude, A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire.” Fireworks begin at 9:15. Food vendors will be on site.

A second July 4 celebration is offered by Montgomery County at Einstein High School in Kensington.

Mid-County Sparkles

Friday, July 4, 7:30 p.m.

Free

Einstein High School

11135 Newport Mill Road

Kensington, MD 20895

www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec

Come celebrate Independence Day with live music and fireworks. Live music begins at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Food vendors will be on site.

Little Bennett Outdoor Fest

Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Free

Little Bennett Regional Park

23705 Frederick Road

Clarksburg, MD 20871

www.LittleBennettCampground.com

A full day of outdoor activities, games, hands-on learning and fun! Get new ideas on how to protect and enjoy the great outdoors from outdoor groups and retailers, conservation organizations and Montgomery Parks professionals. Activities include pitch-a-tent contest, live music, campfire building demo, hayride tours, s’mores, naturalist-led hikes and more.

Theatre on Ice

Saturday, July 26, 6:00 p.m.

Free

Cabin John Ice Rink

10610 Westlake Drive

Rockville, MD 20852

www.CabinJohnIce.com

Come see the Theater on Ice camp skating performances. Enjoy a themed show set to music and choreographed by professional instructors.

AUGUST 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

Theatre on Ice

Friday, August 8, 11:00 a.m.

Free

Wheaton Ice Arena

11717 Orebaugh Ave

Wheaton, MD 20902

www.WheatonIceArena.com

Come see the Theater on Ice camp skating performances. Enjoy a themed show set to music and choreographed by professional instructors.

Nature’s Summer Theatre

Friday, August 15, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

$5, www.ParkPASS.org (Course #283300)

Locust Grove Nature Center

7777 Democracy Boulevard

Bethesda, MD 20817

Spend a summer evening watching birds and bats dance in the sky, hear a concert performed by insects and frogs, and explore a dazzling sunset light show. The evening ends with an outdoor film in our wild theater. Young performers can try out interpretive dance moves, shadow puppets, and frog songs, among other fun activities. All adults and children must register and pay fee. Ages 2 and up.

SEPTEMBER 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

Pawpaw Festival

Sunday, September 7, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free

Meadowside Nature Center

5100 Meadowside Lane

Rockville, MD 20855

Apple Festival

Friday, September 19, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Meadowside Nature Center

5100 Meadowside Lane

Rockville, MD 20855

Monarch Fiesta Day

Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Free

Black Hill Visitor Center

20926 Lake Ridge Drive

Boyds, MD 20841

www.BlackHillNature.org

Celebrate the monarch butterfly and its amazing annual migration to Mexico. Activities include monarch tagging and release, tours of the monarch waystation, migration activity, monarch photo opportunity, insect hunt, monarch movie, story time, crafts and more.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

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