August 13, 2018

Holiday Schedule for Labor Day, Monday, September 3

Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 3:

Public Hearing on Small Cell Antennas in Residential Neighborhoods Scheduled for Sept 25

At the request of the County Executive, the County Council introduced Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA 18-11) to address deployment of 5G small cell antennas in residential areas. A public hearing will be held regarding ZTA 18-11 on Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the third-floor hearing room of the County Council Building located at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.

More information about how ZTA 18-11 will impact residential neighborhoods is available here. Under ZTA 18-11, replacement of tall streetlights would be allowed without a public hearing; replacement of shorter streetlights in neighborhoods with underground utilities would continue to require a public hearing.

Anyone interested in testifying at the meeting can sign-up here, no later than Sept. 11. For more information, visit

“Leggett Legacy Forward” Event Helps Underrepresented County Students

Leggett Legacy Forward” is an event to raise money to help underrepresented County students go to college through the Achieving College Excellence and Success program, a partnership of Montgomery College, the Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Universities at Shady Grove. Sponsored by County Executive Ike Leggett and Mrs. Catherine Leggett, the event will be held at The Music Center at Strathmore on September 23. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., the program will begin at 4 p.m. Admission is free, though advance registration is required.
Those unable to attend may show support with a donation to The Ike and Catherine Leggett Scholarship through the Montgomery College Foundation and/or donate through the Universities of Shady Grove Foundation.

More information is available here.

Visit Montgomery’s Insider’s Guide to the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

One of the largest county fairs in Maryland, the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair has been a major draw for locals and visitors since 1949, with activities, more than 5,000 farm animals, food, and carnival rides for all to enjoy. Sitting on 62 acres, this year’s fair began August 10 and will run through August 18 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds located at 501 Perry Pkwy in Gaithersburg.

To help you make the most of your visit and for a break down of what you need to know before you load up on cotton candy and funnel cake, check out Visit Montgomery’s guide here.

Support for Caregivers

Family caregivers are a vital part of our community. Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services offer individuals and their caregivers a fact sheet with information about resources and how to access support.

Register for Fall Parks and Recreation Classes and Programs

Registration is now underway for Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks activities, classes and programs that are featured in the fall issue of the Guide.

The Guide is available online. Look for hard copies at local Parks and Recreation facilities, including aquatic centers, libraries and recreation centers.

Inside the Guide you will find a wide variety of classes, part-time employment opportunities, programs for active adults and so much more. The aquatics offerings range from swim lessons to lifeguard training to water fitness classes and more.

Register at

American Film Institute Latin American Film Festival Celebrates Ibero-American Cultural Connections

This is the 29th year for the American Film Institute Latin American Film Festival. This long-running event showcases Latin American cinema, including films from Spain and Portugal during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Highlights from this year's slate of early announcements include Sundance Film Festival award winners The Queen of Fear (Argentina) and Time Share (Mexico); acclaimed genre-bending Brazilian werewolf movie Good Manners; Colombian graphic novel adaptation Virus Tropical, winner of this year's SXSW Audience Award; Peruvian drama Retablo, winner of the Crystal Bear and Teddy Jury Award for Best First Feature Film at the 2018 Berlinale; and the U.S. premieres of Puerto Rican drama Silence of the Wind and historical epic Morazán, the first official Academy Awards submission for Honduras.

The complete schedule of approximately 45 films is expected to be announced in late August. More information on the festival and the schedule can be found here.

August 1, 2018

Putting the ART back in pARTnership – Montgomery County and National Park Service Sign 10-year agreement for Shared Management of Glen Echo Park

Montgomery County and the National Park Service have signed an agreement sharing the management of Glen Echo Park for the next 10 years. Under the new agreement, Montgomery County is responsible for operation, maintenance and day-to-day management of the park.

The County will continue to work with the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture to provide public art programs, studio exhibits, performances and social dances, which have made Glen Echo an attraction and destination for tens of thousands.

More information on the partnership agreement is available here.

A schedule of events held at the park is available at

35th Annual National Night Out

Mark your calendars, 2018 National Night Out annual observances will take place on Tuesday, August 7. If you aren’t familiar with National Night Out, it is designed to generate neighborhood support and participation in crime prevention efforts and to enhance police and community relations. It was originally sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

There will be many celebrations throughout the County to help neighbors get to know one another and build community spirit. Please check out the listing of locations that are coordinated with Montgomery County Police here.

Additional events have been coordinated with other law enforcement agencies that serve the County.

Montgomery County Recreation Fall Guide Registration Begins Aug. 13

The Fall Guide for Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks programs will be available online Friday, Aug. 3.

The Guide features hundreds of activities and programs for all ages and interests, including aquatics, arts, sports, therapeutic recreation, tours and trips.

Look for print copies at aquatic facilities, recreation centers, park facilities and public libraries beginning Monday, Aug. 6. Registration opens Monday, Aug. 13.

For more information, visit the Montgomery County Recreation website.