DECEMBER 2017 | VOLUME 22 | SUBSCRIBE NOW

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Catherine Russell & John Pizzarelli in A Salute to Billie Holiday & Frank Sinatra at Strathmore
Friday, January 5 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center.

Join Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell and jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader John Pizzarelli in a stunning tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Don't miss the best jazz performers of today covering the jazz legends of yesterday. Russell and Pizzarelli transport audiences to the glory days of jazz with masterful ease, capturing Holiday’s effortless grace and Sinatra’s cool swagger.  strathmore.org

 
 
REAL ESTATE CENTRAL
TOP SALES IN NOVEMBER
Five of the top 10 home sales in Montgomery County in November were in Potomac, according to Carolyn Sappenfield of Carolyn Homes. With a selling price of $4.8 million (list price of $5.25 million), a home on Highland Farm Court in Potomac led the list. Second was a home on Bentcross Drive in Potomac which sold for $3.425 million (list price of $3.488 million). In third place was a home on Sunset Lane in Chevy Chase that sold for its list price of $3.325 million. Three of the top 10 homes were in Bethesda while the other two were in Chevy Chase. More Info
 
NEWS KIDS CORNER

HOW TO FIND OUT IF MARYLAND OWES YOU MONEY
Our state is holding millions of dollars in unclaimed money - and some of it might be yours. The state's Unclaimed Property Program holds onto unclaimed property, like stocks, security deposits, savings accounts, pension funds, and safe deposit box contents, until the rightful owner or heir claims it. The Comptroller of Maryland's office has a website that you can use to see if any of the millions might be yours. You simply search by first and last name, then complete a form with documentation, if your name appears. Comptroller Peter Franchot says the state has "reunited" more than $1 billion with rightful owners. More Info  

BLACKROCK CENTER WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown has a new executive director - Alyona Ushe who returns to the area after having worked for the New Orleans Opera Association. More recently, Ushe was in South Florida where she oversaw development of multi-arts facilities in collaboration with local government and foundations. She began her arts management career in 1995 in Arlington, Virginia, where she was founder and executive director of Classika Theater. BlackRock Center is celebrating its 15th year of bringing arts to the county. More Info>

DRUNK DRIVING PATROLS IN EFFECT
With the 2017 holiday season in full swing, so are sobriety checkpoints across the county. The Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force began its DUI patrols on Nov. 15 and will continue through Jan. 7. In the first three weeks of the task force, nearly 100 drivers were arrested for DUI. The task force noted that impaired drivers can always utilize the Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s Sober Ride at 1.800.200.TAXI. Last year there were 254 DUI arrests during the holiday sweep.  More Info>

QUINCE ORCHARD LIBRARY REOPENS
After a six-month renovation, the Quince Orchard Library reopened at 10 a.m. on December 16. The $1.223 million project includes renovated public bathrooms, a new lounge area, furniture, flooring, signage, and bike rack. Quince Orchard is the latest county library to be renovated; Davis Library in Bethesda reopened in April; Little Falls Library in Bethesda reopened in July; Wheaton Library and White Oak Library in Silver Spring remain closed for renovations. More Info

ROCKVILLE AUTHOR UNVEILS SECOND IN TRILOGY
Author D.K Reed has released the second book in her young adult, science-fiction trilogy, "Stones of Bothynus." In "Book Two: Minimize," 15-year-old Annie has "borrowed" a device from her Uncle Alistair that allows her to shrink herself and explore caves on her grandmother's farm. (See below.) More Info

CALENDAR BY LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS
For the second year in a row, several local photographers have contributed their works to create a 2018 calendar benefiting the Montgomery Countryside Alliance, a Poolesville-based nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of Montgomery County's Agricultural Preserve. The calendar is full of images taken across the farms and open spaces that comprise the 93,000-acre reserve. Proceeds help the MCA "protect the land that sustains life." 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.

GAITHERSBURG MUSEUM
Kids 9 and older are invited to the museum on January 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to make a functioning telescope. The workshop will be led by veteran area amateur telescope-maker Guy Brandenburg. No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided, but there is a charge.  
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GLEN ECHO PARK
Glen Echo Park is offering a Winter Fine Arts Camp for ages 6 to 12 over the holiday school break where students learn to draw and paint the world around them and in their imagination. Students will participate in drawing, painting and crafts to masks, mosaics and sculptures using wood, wire and cloth. More Info>

GREAT ZUCCHINI
Arts on the Green and the Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg are hosting a laugh-filled day for the family on January 28. A tea party, magical craft-making and a colorful, interactive magic show featuring the Great Zucchini complete the fun performances. More Info>


 
 
CUISINE SCENE
For the Foodies in Montgomery County

GRINGOS & MARIACHIS - A second G & M has opened in Park Potomac in Potomac. The owners of the popular Olazzo restaurants, Roberto and Riccardo Pietrobono, with an assist from co-owner Marc Miranian, built on the success of their Bethesda location and its authentic Mexican street fare and wide selection of tacos, tequila, mezcal, and whiskies. gringosandmariachis.com

HECKMAN'S DELI - The award-winning deli in Bethesda is known for its New York-style deli cuisine and loyal clientele. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Heckman's recently jumped ahead of the sit down and carryout competition in the Bethesda area by offering a large selection of beer and wine to go as well as offering beer and wine as part of its home delivery service. (See below.) heckmansdeli.com

VINO VOLO - Wine lovers have one less place to gather with the recent closing of Vino Volo in Bethesda. The wine bar chain offered a cozy wine lounge, restaurant, tasting bar, and boutique wine shop. Vino Volo still operates locations in Baltimore and Dulles International Airport. vinovolo.com

 
 
GIVING GUIDE
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 Lollipop Kids Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to combating social stigmas related to children with disabilities. Lollipop Kids also works to lessen the financial burden placed on these families, offer emotional support for parents and play groups in a welcoming environment for kids. lollipopkidsfoundation.org
 
 
THIS PET'S FOR YOU
Meet Woof & Growl. These lovable bundles of fun are just waiting for a "forever" home where they can be part of a family, relax in their Golden Years and give you all the love you can ask for. Their previous owner could no longer take care of them and now in their Golden Years, they find themselves homeless. They love to go on walks, hang out and just relax. They are warm and fuzzy and would love to have a home again.   for.roxiesfund@gmail.com  www.roxiesfund.org
 
 

DEALS OF THE DAY

Win a copy of Book Two ("Minimize"), the second work in D.K. Reed's youth adult science-fiction trilogy "The Stones of Bothynus." Enter for a chance to win the book by emailing your name and address to doug@montgomerymag.com. Put Book in the subject line. dkreed.com

Win a $25 gift card to Heckman's Deli in Bethesda which features traditional, award-winning New York-style Jewish deli cuisine. Enter for a chance to win the gift card by emailing your name and address to: doug@montgomerymag.com. Put Heckman's in the subject line. heckmansdeli.com

Winners to both contests will be notified by email on December 21.

Online deal-based sites like LivingSocial and Groupon only 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, Pinky and Pepe's Grape Escape in The Kentlands is offering 20% off a bottle of wine and 10% off beer while Royal Paws Mobile Spa is offering $10 off its pet grooming services that come to your driveway. premiervaluesonline.com   

 

Quote of the Day
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved."
Hellen Keller