Angels in America
The Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center present "Angels in America." Marking the 25th anniversary of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning tour de force, "Angels in America" was a groundbreaking production that examined social, sexual, religious and other issues facing America in the 1980's as the AIDS crisis took hold. Presented in rotating repertory with "Part I: Millennium Approaches" and "Part II: Perestroika," the production runs September 7 to October 30.

What to Do with an Empty Nest
Your children have all grown up and moved out. You are beginning to wonder why you need the suburban four-to-five bedroom home with the large lot. You have two options: Option One is to “re-feather” that empty nest, renovating to make it possible for you to “age in place.” Option Two is to “downsize” by selling your home and moving to a smaller condominium or townhouse in a closer-in, walkable community. Read more>
   Most every one knows that you call 911 in an emergency, but where do you turn to in a non-emergency?
  In Montgomery County, it's quite simple. You dial 311.
  From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, residents can dial 311 to get tips on requesting a county service, finding a government program and getting information on a variety of topics. The call-in center and 311 Web site are designed to help residents quickly pinpoint the easiest way to navigate through the county government's extensive network of services, programs and regulations.
  The 311 system employs a state-of-the-art database of information and services about county government. It is updated regularly and some facets even operate in real time. For example, the system can provide real-time information in the event of an emergency, like a water main break, health warning or weather-related incident.
   Customer service representatives can help with Ride On Bus schedules, trash pick-ups, permitting and licensing issues, landlord and tenant issues, property tax questions, live and dead animal complaints, and many other important topics. 

  It's a camp that you hope no young child or teen will ever want to attend, but thanks to Hospice Caring, Inc. and the Moyer Foundation, Camp Erin is now available to Montgomery County residents.
  The location at the Claggett Center in Adamstown is one of 45 Camp Erins across the country that serve more than 3,000 children annually. The free bereavement camp is a weekend-long program that mixes traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support. The sessions are led by grief professionals and trained volunteers and are designed to help children aged 6 to 17 who have suffered the loss of someone very close to them.
   By bringing together youths facing similar circumstances, Camp Erin aims to enhance levels of hope and increase self-esteem. Registration is now open for the inaugural session to be held October 28-30. That session will target teens aged 13 to 17 while another camp in June of 2017 will serve those aged 6 to 17.
   According to government statistics, approximately 1.5 million children experience the death of a parent each year while countless others suffer the loss of a relative or close friend. Given their age, such children have a much greater chance for depression, suicide and substance abuse problems. or

 It certainly won't make your summer reading list, but the annual report and recommendations for fiscal 2017 by the county's Deer Management Work Group is an interesting read.
   We all love to watch the graceful white-tail deer that seem to be everywhere in the county - until they run in front of our car, spread disease, ruin our lawn or destroy our crops. Surprisingly, white-tail deer nearly disappeared from the eastern U.S. in the early 1900's until a reintroduction program 30 years later helped the Odocoileus virginianus thrive again.
   As the deer population steadily increased, especially over the last 25 years, conflicts with humans also increased. Montgomery Parks, which oversees the work group, takes its deer management programs seriously and the annual report is a quick, 24-page education on how the county plans to co-exist with its furry friends that can run faster than 40 mph.
   The easy-to-read report is full of facts (there were 1,965 reported deer-vehicle collisions last year), figures (77,214 pounds of deer meat have been donated to food banks via herd thinning programs since 2004), maps and surveys. 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.

"Story Time Station" is a monthly, 45-minute book reading recommended for ages 3 to 6. The enrichment program takes place the fourth Tuesday of every month at 11:00 a.m. Admission per child is $3 while adults and infants are free.

ROCK CREEK REGIONAL PARK - The park in Rockville features the 75-acre Lake Needwood where you can rent kayaks, rowboats, canoes or pedal boats. The boat house also offers fishing equipment for sale and rent, bait, snacks and supplies. Private boats can be launched with a permit and there are group tours of the lake available on the Queen Needwood. There are 13 miles of hiking trails and the 55-acre Lake Frank is just 10 minutes away. or 

SKY ZONE - The trampoline park in Gaithersburg is great for birthday parties and group events and offers a variety of activities and programs. Sky Zone promises a great workout combined with healthy fun as well as the experience of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes.

For the Foodies in Montgomery County

BAR LOUIE - The happy hour scene in Wheaton just got a lot better with the recent opening of Bar Louie in Westfield Wheaton Mall. And with its 2:00 a.m. closing time and tasty menu of apps, burgers, entrees, salads and flatbreads, Bar Louie will appeal to night owls as well.

MATUBA - The long-time Japanese staple in Bethesda has closed after nearly 40 years. Known for its sushi, Matuba was an institution among county Japanese restaurants and among the first of its kind to offer all-you-can-eat buffets.

PACCI'S - Whether it's the trattoria or pizzeria, Pacci's makes pizza right. Pacci's Pizzeria in downtown Silver Spring features anti pasta, le insalata and Neapolitana pizza while Pacci's Trattoria in Forest Glen features excellent wood-fired pizza and a deeper menu of homemade pasta, regional seafood and meat dishes. and

TRAPEZARIA - Since this family-run restaurant opened in June of 2013, Trapezaria in Rockville has developed a loyal following that enjoys excellent authentic Greek food. The Trapezaria sampler of pasticho, moussaka, dolmades, spanakopita, arni psito, stewed green beans and lemon potatoes is always a good choice.

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 Sunflower Bakery which combines skills training with actual work experience for young adults with developmental or other cognitive disabilities. True to its name, Sunflower Bakery works to provide employment in baking and related industries through skills training and actual work experience. Trainees at the Gaithersburg-based charity produce high quality, kosher, non-dairy baked items for organizations, businesses, schools, and individuals in the metropolitan area.
Introducing Pirate. What's not to love about this portly, mature gentleman? Although Pirate lived his life in an outside kennel, it's obvious that all he really wanted in life was to be close to people, to love and be loved. Pirate was turned in to our shelter when his last family was unable to care for him. He's a friendly guy who gets along with dogs and cats. Don't let Pirate's middle age fool you. He is spunky and up for adventure and looking for a new home, some love and a comfy bed.

The Outdoor Film Festival helps bring summer to a close with three nights of free movies on the lawn at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

While the movies start at 8:30 p.m., a summer BBQ is available for purchase starting at 6:30 p.m. Movie-goers are invited to bring blankets, low-rise chairs and small coolers, but not pets. Ample parking is available in the Metro garage for $5.10 and the festival benefits the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities.

August 20: Jurassic World
August 21: Minions
August 22: The Wizard of Oz
In case of inclement weather, the outdoor movies will be cancelled.


Quote of the Day
""Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.
Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."   Winston Churchill