COUNTRYSIDE ARTISANS GALLERY AND STUDIO TOUR
Gas up the car and hit the road to Montgomery County's countryside for the annual spring gallery and studio tour. The free, self-guided tour will take you to 17 galleries and studios representing more than 50 artists in the area and in neighboring Frederick and Howard counties. This year's tour includes three new studios: Waredaca Farm Brewery for a tour tasting for beer brewed on the third generation farm; MudPi Studios for hand-thrown teapots, mugs, and home-grown tea at Herron’s Meadow Farm, Maryland’s first (and only) tea farm; and the Resident Artists at Sandy Spring Museum, a complement of 11 outstanding artists working in silver, clay, quilting, enamel and more. The tour runs April 21-23 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. www.countrysideartisans.com
PUBLIC INFORMATION ACT
Robin Ficker, the spirited lawyer running for county executive in 2018, recently requested that the county turn over email lists it uses to distribute its newsletter to residents and email lists maintained by members of the County Council. Ficker used the Maryland Public Information Act to make his request.
The state's PIA is available to any public citizen seeking access to public records and is designed to "provide a broad right of access to public records while protecting legitimate governmental interests and the privacy rights of individual citizens." It also allows a custodian to deny inspection of public records if access would be contrary to the specific rules set forth by Maryland courts. More info
TOWN HALL MEETING
The Montgomery County Council will hold a town hall meeting on April 19 at the Long Branch Community Center in Silver Spring. The meeting will start at 8:00 p.m. and residents are invited to attend and ask questions of the nine-member council. Expected issues include education, public safety, immigration policy, and the county's $5.4 billion budget for fiscal 2018.
The presidential election may be over and the mid-terms are still 19 months away, but we live in the shadow of the Nation's Capital so there's always an election somewhere. Montgomery Magazine is conducting its annual Best of Montgomery County contest. You can vote for your favorites in the variety of categories. All entries will be entered in a drawing for certificates at area restaurants. montgomerymag.com
Need a birthday party idea, rainy day or everyday activity for the little tyke or teen in your family? Here are three great MoCo places and businesses that cater to kids and birthdays.
AVENEL LOCAL PARK - Part of the Montgomery Parks system, the park in Potomac is 20.7 acres of entertainment with a playground, three tennis courts, two basketball courts, three soccer fields and a softball field.
Avenel Local Park
CAROUSEL DAY - The carousel at Glen Echo Park is opening its 97th season on April 29 at 11:00 a.m. with a fun-filled event that includes carousel rides, face painting, storytelling, arts and crafts, and live music. Carousel Day
PAWS IN THE PARK - Adults will like Paws in the Park as much as kids. The 19th annual walk and festival in Gaithersburg is one of the largest dog walks in the area and is designed to help homeless and abandoned animals throughout Montgomery County. This year’s event, which features a variety of activities for children, including a moon bounce and contests, will take place on Sunday, April 23, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm in Gaithersburg.
Paws in the Park