BlackRock Center, May 20 - 8:00 p.m. Joan Osborne 
One of the great pop rock voices of her generation, seven-time Grammy Award nominee Joan Osborne performs at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. Osborne's 1995 "One of Us" may have been her most popular single. Her performance begins at 8:00 p.m. blackrockcenter.org

Imagine putting down $4.6 million on a home, then having a monthly mortgage payment of $88,163 (excluding taxes and insurance).
That's one scenario for the highest priced piece of real estate in Montgomery County. According to realtor.com, the 7.46-acre home on Chapel Road in Potomac has an asking price of $23 million. The luxury compound features 16 bedrooms, 20 full bathrooms and nine half baths. The still-to-be-built guest, entertainment and sports complex will include a wine room, guest house with art gallery, formal gardens, and a sports pavilion with tennis, two pools, spas, golf simulator and more. realtor.com 

  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   

  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

   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.  montgomerycountymd.gov

   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

For the Foodies in Montgomery County

BOLD BITE - The popular burger joint has moved just two blocks to its new location in the Bethesda space formerly occupied by Smashburger. Bold Bite's menu of smoked burgers, half-smokes, chicken sandwiches and salads is extensive while the new location means Bold Bite will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. boldbite.net

NOODLES & COMPANY - The national chain has closed two locations on Bethesda: its Elm Street location and its Westfield Montgomery location. Noodles & Company still has restaurants in Rockville, Silver Spring, The Kentlands and Germantown. noodles.com

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN - A June 14 opening is set for the new True Food Kitchen in Bethesda. The upscale, healthy dining concept is the company's second location, following its successful debut in the Mosaic District in Fairfax, Va. The menu is inspired by the concepts of Dr. Andrew Weil and his fiber-rich, anti-inflammatory diet. Among its offerings will be gluten-free, naturally organic, vegetarian. and vegan selections. truefoodkitchenbethesda.com

STELLA BARRA PIZZERIA - Pike & Rose is becoming quite a destination for foodies and Stella Barra Pizzeria is only adding to that reputation. The pizzeria in Rockville is the company's fourth location (and first on the East Coast) and features artisanal pizzas made with fresh, sustainable ingredients from local farmers markets. Toppings range from prosciutto and egg to shaved mushroom to smoked bacon. stellabarra.com

Stepping Stones Shelter 
Montgomery County is one of the nation's wealthiest counties, yet there is need throughout our region. Support your neighbors by donating to a county-based charity. The issue's charity focus is Stepping Stones Shelter, a Rockville-based charity that provides support to homeless families with children. SS helps move families from a crisis situation to a stable home environment by providing temporary shelter and services in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. steppingstonesshelter.org
Handsome, handsome, handsome. That's our Duncan. Duncan was found as a stray and was not reclaimed. He's a big guy, weighing about 70 pounds and we believe he is approximately 24 months of age. Duncan is a bit cautious of new people at first, but once he knows you, he is your very best friend. Duncan is good with other dogs, and seems to be OK with cats as well. We'd love for Duncan to be your new best friend. for.roxiesfund@gmail.com  www.roxiesfund.org

The county's 3rd District Police Department is holding a "Coffee With a Cop" event on April 21 at the McDonald's on Colesville Road across from the Silver Spring Metro Station from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Coffee and conversation are both free. montgomerycountymd.gov/police 

Get up close and personal with wildlife next month when Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg hosts its Wild Baby Shower. The baby shower is for orphaned wild animals that receive care from Second Chance. The shower on May 6 from noon to 4:00 p.m. will also feature live native animals courtesy of Echoes of Nature, a nature oriented education program featuring live animals. Kids can build a birdhouse or feeder while adults can purchase native plants for the garden. The event is free, but the birdhouse kits are $5. Donations are gladly accepted. scwc.org

Forget online deal-based sites like LivingSocial and Groupon that clog your in box with endless emails and alerts and, worse, make you pay to get your discount. Try our sister publication Premier Values Magazine where consumers can easily redeem discounts at restaurants, frame shops, home improvement companies and more. For example, Thai Tanium in The Kentlands is offering $10 off a dine-in meal of $50 or more while Germantown Dental Service in Germantown is offering a comprehensive exam, cleaning and four bite-wing x-rays for just $95. Those services are regularly valued at $204. premiervaluesonline.com   


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