Friday nights are always a good time for fun, games and a little wine and the Glenview Mansion Cottage in Rockville is offering just that. Led by theater professional Stephanie Phelan, the night features a dive into the world of improv. No experience is needed, but you must be 21 to participate. Tickets include a voucher for one drink - wine or beer. The workshops start at 7:00 p.m. on August 4, September 15 and October 13. fscottfitzgerald.showare.com 

Total units sold in Montgomery County in May 2017 hit 1,264, an 11 percent increase over the 1,138 units sold in April. But the May sales were 9 percent lower than May of 2016, according to county housing market data provided by Long and Foster. The active inventory from May 2016 to May 2017 was 18 percent lower, with the active inventory sitting at 2,830 compared to 3,468 in May 2016. More Info

The next week is near peak time for the annual blooming of the sunflowers at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in the western part of Montgomery County. Located on River Road near Poolesville, McKee-Beshers is a 2,000-acre tract of managed woodlands, fields, bottomland and wetlands. It provides a wonderful habitat for such wildlife as deer, turkey, waterfowl and more than 200 species of songbirds. The sunflowers are planted in nine fields comprising 30 acres.  More Info   

Tickets are already on sale for the annual fair in Gaithersburg that runs August 11-19. The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair dates back to 1945 when 4-H leaders wanted to provide a county show for the 4-H members in the county. Four years later, the Montgomery County Agricultural Center Inc. was created as a privately operated 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. It has been operated by volunteers every since. Volunteer opportunities are available by visiting www.mcagfair.com.

MoCo Wants You - The County Council is seeking applications to fill positions on the Montgomery County Airpark Liaison Committee that was established to provide a forum for better communication among interested parties and individuals concerned with the operations of the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg. The application deadline is July 19.  Application

The first Tuesday in August marks National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The goal is to increase crime awareness programs and provide an environment to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. This year, more than 16,000 communities and 38 million neighbors will take part, including NNO celebrations in Chevy Chase, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Olney, Rockville, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and Wheaton. 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.

BUTLER'S ORCHARD - Here's a double dose of healthiness - picking your own fresh berries and flowers. You and your little one can walk the fields at the orchard in Germantown and pluck some berries for a healthy snack or home-made pie. Butler's also has a picnic area, nature trail, giant slide, and farm animals. Butler's is closed on Mondays, but offers free admission on Wednesdays. 
Butler's Orchard

GLEN ECHO PARK - You can spend several hours at the park in Glen Echo, from riding the Dentzel Carousel, visiting the aquarium, taking in an exhibition or watching a puppet show. There are also playgrounds and rental space for birthday parties.
Glen Echo Park

HEALTHY KIDS - Registration is now open for the Healthy Kids Fall Running Series in Rockville. Designed for kids in pre-kindergarten to 8th grade, the series takes place once a week for five weeks and offers age appropriate running events. They include a 50-yard dash, 75-yard dash, 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile and one mile runs. Kids earn points at each event and every participant receives a medal and gift bag.
Healthy Kids

For the Foodies in Montgomery County

GRAPESEED - After 17 years as one of Bethesda's more popular restaurants, Grapeseed will be closing on July 29. Known for its wine and food pairings, the casual American bistro offered an ever-changing menu and extensive wine selection. grapeseedbistro.com

HONEYFISH POKE - It's "love at first bite" at the new Rockville restaurant that has taken poke, essentially raw fish salad, to a new level by customizing meals with tuna, albacore, salmon, octopus, crab meat and tofu. In a sea of burger joints, fast food and fast casual establishments, Honeyfish Poke aims to offer some of the healthiest meal choices in the market. honeyfishpoke.com

LINA'S DINER AND BAR - Lina's welcome couldn't say it better: The new Silver Spring restaurant "is rooted in classic French technique, with some fun and creative dishes that sometimes border on the absurd.” That means menu items that include selections inspired by Caribbean, Mexican or Asian cuisine. linasdiner.com

TAYLOR GOURMET - At this new Silver Spring restaurant, you are "here for the hoagie." Taylor Gourmet has several locations in Washington, D.C., one in Bethesda, and another one planned for Pike & Rose in Rockville. Ingredients for the hoagies feature fresh baked bread, meats roasted in-house, fresh veggies, and creative sauces, spreads and dressings. taylorgourmet.com

The Non-Profit Village  
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 The Nonprofit Village, the county's first and only multi-tenant nonprofit center. TNP strives to strengthen the reach and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by providing a variety of affordable services, including office space, opportunities for collaboration, capacity-building, and other services. thenonprofitvillage.org
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Summer is full of free outdoor activities, including free concerts and movie nights and a not so typical event at Seneca Creek State Park.

On July 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., you are invited to meet the park's resident turtle and snake. You can learn reptile facts and watch the snake and turtle eat their meal. Meet at the park office.  More Info

For more typical summer fun, Silver Spring and Rockville are hosting summer concert series. On Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, the series includes cool music on hot nights, a raffle, dancing, face painting, and games for the kids. Concerts include Gary & the Grooves (60's cover) on July 20; Rock & Roll Relics (oldies) on July 27; and Moxie Blues Band (blues) on August 3. More Info

In Rockville, the Friday Night Live Concert Series rocks on at Dawson's Market with The Crawdaddies (roots and rock) on July 21; Nelly's Echo (pop rock) on July 28; and Dan Haas Band (rock) on August 4. 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, Senor Tequila's in Germantown is offering up to $20 off your total food bill on its great Mexican food and American Stone and Patio, a full masonry company, is offering $300 off work of $1,800 or more. premiervaluesonline.com   


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