John Waite’s musical career has been a blueprint in striking boldness and reinvention. The English musician's 40-year career includes a stint as lead vocalist for The Babys and Bad English as well as solo artist hits like “Missing You” and “When I See You Smile." He has recently tried a successful foray into blues and country. Waite is scheduled to be joined by guitarist Jason Sinay, a member of The Dirty Knobs. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. on September 21 at the AMP by Strathmore. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

According to Montgomery County housing market data provided by Long and Foster, there was an increase in the total number of units sold in June of 2017. The 19% increase from May was reflected in 1,537 units being sold in June versus 1,288 in May. More Info

With another school year just a couple of weeks away, it may be a good time to see where the county is spending money on its 203 schools. In June, the Montgomery County Board of Education unanimously approved a $2.517 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2018 which is an increase of 2.4 percent ($59.6 million) over fiscal 2017. The 377-page budget document lays out expenditures and reductions and details the path the county is taking to educate its expected enrollment of 161,302 students. Of note is the opening of Silver Creek Middle School in Kensington and the addition of 8th grade at Hallie Wells Middle School in Clarksburg.  More Info   

Telephone scams seem to take on a never ending variety of schemes, but one of the latest deals with jury duty. In this particular scam, the caller informs you that you have missed your summons for jury duty and the county has issued a warrant for your arrest. To resolve the situation immediately, the caller requests that you pay a fine over the phone via credit card. You can guess what happens next if you comply - your money is gone. County police and judicial officials note that their departments would never contact residents by phone to advise them they can pay a fine to avoid the issuance of a warrant. Any warrant must be served and then resolved by a court. More Info>

Writing from teens these days seems to be confined to 140 characters in a Tweet or shorthand via text. But teens who are truly passionate about writing can find camaraderie and guidance at Teen Writing Clubs offered by Montgomery County Public Libraries. The clubs meet in a safe and supportive atmosphere and teens can get help with writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or blogging. Library branches that have offer Teen Writing Clubs include Bethesda (high school students only), Marilyn J. Praisner (Burtonsville), Gaithersburg, Germantown, Kensington, Potomac, Quince Orchard, Silver Spring and White Oak. The clubs meet on the third Tuesday of each month from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm.  More Info

How often do you get to spend Happy Hour with your dog? The Montgomery County Humane Society is making that happen with its popular "Yappy Hour" events - a combined fundraiser and social event for those with two and four legs. Two more events are scheduled this summer - August 24 at the Redwood Restaurant and Bar in Bethesda and September 20 at Denizens Brewery in Silver Spring. There will be food, drink, raffle prizes, music, and fun. A portion of the food and beverage purchases will be donated to MCHS, a completely privately funded animal welfare organization in Rockville. The Yappy Hours run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple. More Info

A multi-million renovation - to include upgrades to golf, tennis, pool, and dining facilities - is coming to Norbeck CC in Rockville which recently became part of ClubCorp, the largest owner and operator of private golf and country clubs in the country. Now Norbeck members can enjoy privileges across ClubCorp's nationwide network of more than 300 owned or operated golf and country clubs, business clubs, sports clubs, and alumni clubs. Contact membership director Stephen Reeves for information on enjoying world-class golf all year long and fun social events for the entire family. More Info

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.

Agricultural History Farm Park
The scenic, 455-acre park in Derwood includes rolling hills, open fields, an apple orchard, farm animals, and the county's rich farming heritage preserved in barns, historic buildings, a modern farming activity center, and other facilities. 
Agriculture Farm

Park Potomac Fall Festival Scheduled for September 16 at noon in Potomac, the festival is free to attend and will benefit Children's National Medical. There will be a petting zoo, face painting, balloon twisting, and activities for kids of all ages. There will also be live music, food and adult beverages.
Potomac Park

Wheaton Regional Park
Nestled in a beautifully forested area of Wheaton, the park has a wealth of recreational and educational opportunities, including 11 miles of paved and natural trails, fishing, picnicking, a small train, and musical carousel.
Wheaton Park

For the Foodies in Montgomery County

CSNY PIZZA - The new pizzeria offers New York-style pizza and now complements its sister location - CS Pizza - which focuses on Neapolitan pizza. The restaurants are just about a mile apart in Rockville. CSNY Pizza also offers a modest selection of appetizers and subs. 

GEORGE'S CHOPHOUSE - Owner Ashish Alfred is completely renovating his former 4935 Bar and Kitchen in Bethesda to include a name change, a new design and fresh menu. Alfred, who also runs the nearby Duck Duck Goose, plans a menu of steaks and chops along with a raw bar with select items. The restaurant on Cordell Avenue should open in less than a month.

PINSTRIPES - Bowling and bocce are an interesting combination, but the social games are the main attractions at the new eatery in Pike & Rose in Rockville. Pinstripes offers a classic American menu with locally sourced ingredients in every dish and a thoughtfully selected wine list, a variety of craft beers and an attractive variety of handcrafted cocktails.

Nourish Now  
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 the Rockville-based Nourish Now. NN works to solve two major problems at once: food waste and hunger. Working with select restaurants, caterers and food-licensed partners, NN collects recovered food and donates it directly to more than 500 families and 60 organizations every month.
Here's Elmer! He's a handsome, happy-go-lucky boy that needs a home. Our guess is that Elmer is a shepherd/hound mix. He is only about 2-years-old and is a great boy. He loves everyone and everything and he is good with other dogs as well as cats.

BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown will host its annual open house on August 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The open house is free and ideal for all ages. Members of the community will get a taste of the many activities and classes  BlackRock has to offer including class demonstrations, gallery exhibits and family-friendly live performances and activities. More Info

Hurry! Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week is half over. Until August 19, you can still take advantage of not paying state sales tax on qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less per item. The first $40 on a purchase of backpack or bookbag are also exempt. More Info

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, the new Cafe Roma, a neighborhood Italian restaurant in Gaithersburg, is offering a buy-one lunch or dinner entree and get the second entree of equal or lesser value at half price while Deck Helmet is offering a "recession buster" special on deck resurfacing or replacement or a new deck.   


Quote of the Day
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden
when the flowers are dead."
Oscar Wilde