EXPLORE YOUR ROOTS
Digging into your family's past has never been more popular and now the Montgomery County Historical Society makes genealogical research easier and fun. The historical society's Montgomery County Genealogy Club is designed to promote interest and proficiency in exploring family roots and to help its members develop skills and learn about historical resources. Even if your family isn't from Montgomery County, you can certainly benefit from becoming a member of the genealogy club. The club meets eight times a year at the Rockville Senior Center and includes expert speakers. More Info
Just because it's the dead of winter doesn't mean you can't get fresh produce. There are a number of farmers market across the county that are open on the shortest and coldest days of the year and sell a variety of produce. According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the markets are "public spaces where agricultural products from a defined local area are sold by the people who have grown, gathered, raised, caught or produced them."
Winter farmers markets can be found at: Bethesda Central Farmers Market, Bethesda; Bethesda Farm Women's Market, Bethesda; Brookeville Beer Farmers Market, Brookeville; Kensington Farmers Market, Kensington; Main Street Farmers and Artists Market, Gaithersburg; Olney Farmers and Artists Market, Olney; Silver Spring Downtown FarmFresh Farmers Market, Silver Spring; and Takoma Park Farmers Market, Takoma Park. Winter Market Info
ATTENTION ARTISTS - YOUNG AND OLD
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is inviting artists to submit their original works for the annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation and Migratory Game Bird stamp design contests. Works must be submitted by April 21 with judging to begin on April 28. The bear portion of the contest is open to residents and non-residents of Maryland while the duck stamp contest is only a competition among state residents. More Info
Artistic fifth-graders can participate in the annual 2017 Maryland State Arbor Day poster contest. This year's theme is "Trees are Terrific...and Energy Wise!" The contest is open to public and private school students in the fifth grade and all entries must be delivered to a state forest service office by February 24. 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.
ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND - The seven-acre playground on the grounds of the South Germantown Recreational Park has five theme areas, including a climbing wall, castles, a ship and many more entertaining and stimulating play areas. Adventure Playground
BROOKSIDE GARDENS - Much more than 50 acres of award-winning display gardens, Brookside Gardens offers fun and educational programs for the whole family throughout the year. There are special children's programs and workshops that also run year round, including summer camps situated within Wheaton Regional Park. Brookside Gardens
GLEN ECHO PARK AQUARIUM - A Chesapeake Bay Discovery Center, the aquarium is designed to promote awareness about the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Located in Glen Echo Park, it provides a fun educational experience with live animal displays, exhibits, a submarine and a playtime pirate ship in a tree. Glen Echo Park Aquarium