January 9, 2019

Holiday Schedule for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21


Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 21.

County Executive Wants to Hear from You to Determine Priorities for the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget


Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will host five budget forums to hear resident priorities for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget.

Suggestions and ideas submitted will help Elrich prepare his FY20 budget, which he will submit to the County Council on March 15.

The forum schedule:

Elrich Launches Housing Enforcement Campaign


Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has launched a housing code enforcement campaign to better promote tenant safety and well-being. The Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) is conducting more inspections of rental units as it continues to implement Bill 19-15, a tenant protection measure enacted in 2016.

During inspections of each multifamily apartment building, DHCA issues notices of violations or citations, as appropriate, and inspects again until corrected. As warranted, DHCA may inspect every unit at a property.

DHCA is creating an inventory of multifamily apartment buildings and the status of each to identify those that require extra attention to remain in compliance. A “Troubled Properties” list will be published as soon as County Council approves the regulation. That list will include multifamily apartment buildings with multiple housing code violations, which are required to develop a corrective action plan; such properties will be inspected annually.

Tenants with questions about their rights may call 3-1-1 for assistance: If callers choose, they can remain anonymous when communicating with the County. More information is available online – “Renters Have Rights”.

Montgomery County Ceremony Honors the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Montgomery County’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King through music, arts, dance and performance. “Women of the Dream” is the theme for this year’s event, which showcases the tireless efforts and struggle of Coretta Scott King; Fannie Lou Hamer; Willie Pearl Mackey King; Reverend Dr. Ruby Reese Moone and Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. The event will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. at the Music Center at Strathmore located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda.

An event highlight will be a special performance by jazz violinist Chelsey Green.

A visual arts exhibit prepared by County youth interpreting the “Women of the Dream” theme will be displayed at the venue.

Admission is free, but tickets are required to attend and will be distributed onsite the day of the event beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are first-come, first-served. Everyone in line will receive a general admission ticket until the venue is filled.

More information is available here.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Serving Your Community


On Monday, Jan. 21, thousands of County residents will honor the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) by participating in the County Volunteer Center’s annual MLK Day of Service event. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bethesda North Marriott and Conference Center located at 5701 Marinelli Road in Rockville.

A wide variety of service projects appropriate for volunteers of all ages will be available. Students can earn Montgomery County Public Schools student-service learning hours. Activities will include packaging food for the hungry, making dog toys for animal shelters, creating scarves for hospice patients and crafting appreciation cards for military troops and much more. Additionally, the event will feature a volunteer fair with information about ways to serve with dozens of local nonprofits and government agencies throughout the year.

This event is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required.

There will also be multi-project service events that day in Olney, Rockville, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg and Germantown. Visit the Volunteer Center’s MLK Day web page for details and registration links.

Free Comic Convention Comes to Montgomery County Public Libraries


Whether you leap from tall buildings (Don't), have superhuman strength (You don't) or are someone who never runs with scissors (Good job!), you will want to come to Montgomery County’s comic convention, MoComCon. The event is open and accessible to comic conventioneers, novices, Jedi, superheroes, wizards, and even muggles. This is the third year for this annual event, which will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Silver Spring library branch located at 900 Wayne Ave.

MoComCon will include a variety of workshops, programs, displays, exhibitors, and cosplay (costume play, dressing up as a character) opportunities – all free of charge. No weapons, including replica and costume pieces, will be allowed inside of the event.

Event highlights include:
  • Superhero Storytimes starting at 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. This pre-event activity is geared for preschool age children;
  • Instant 3D Prints (thermoforming) with FutureMakers;
  • Writing and Publishing Sci-Fi and Fantasy with author Don Sakers;
  • String quartet performance from Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra, the community ensemble devoted to performing video game music in the Montgomery County area;
  • Harry Potter themed Escape Room for 8-to 13-year-olds and 'Game of Thrones' themed Escape Room for ages 14 and older;
  • Comic Publishing 101 with Chuck Sellner; and
  • Cosplay contest with prizes for children, teens and adults.

More details about the event, including schedule, rules, and cosplay contest guidelines, is available at MoComCon website.

Registration for escape rooms and cosplay contest begin at 11 a.m. on the day of the event at the Silver Spring branch.

Summer Camps Registration Begins Jan. 22


Now that the holidays are over, it is time to start making plans for summer. Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks will host hundreds of fun and exciting camps that promote active and healthy lifestyles for children this summer. Many camps fill up quickly, so it is best to begin the registration process early.

Camp registration opens at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 via ActiveMONTGOMERY.org, the registration and facility reservation system shared by Montgomery Parks, Montgomery County Recreation and Community Use of Public Facilities.

County camps are convenient and tailored to a variety of interests. Take advantage of early bird registration through April 5 and receive $25 off select camps. Summer camps include aquatics, arts, cooking, nature exploration, sports and more.

To view the guide and register online, go to ActiveMONTGOMERY.org. Customers can search for summer camps by activity, date, age, location, and cost.