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AMP by Strathmore wants to know, "When is the last time you really, sincerely LOL’d?" If it's been too long since you had a serious night of laughter, check out the AMP's upcoming lineup of comedians, including some who have appeared on HBO and Comedy Central. If you believe in the healing power of laughter, the AMP will send you home happy and healthy. Tickets are on sale for: Cliff Cash and Johnny Lee Dam (June 15); Rich Guzzi (July 13); and Mike Storck and Jared Stern (August 10). ampbystrathmore.com 

The median sale price for a home in Montgomery County in April 2017 was $435,000 compared to $415,000 a year ago, according to county housing market data provided by Long and Foster.

The months of supply number for April 2017 was lower than last year - 2.4 months versus 3.0 months in 2016. The supply figure indicates how many months it would take to exhaust inventory assuming no new homes are listed. In short, it's still considered a seller's market. More Info

Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is hosting its second annual Community Health and Wellness Day on June 17. The event from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. is free (as is parking) and offers residents the opportunity to learn more about practicing healthy lifestyles through educational activities, fun demonstrations, kid's activities, health screenings, and community resources. Open to the entire family, the event will provide an environment that supports the nutritional and physical well-being of those who live, work, and play in the community. Registration is required   Register Now   

Summer has arrived and with it comes the potential of Lyme Disease. The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services offers an interesting history of the disease and information on signs and symptoms of Lyme, how it is transmitted, how you catch it, and how to prevent it. More info

Heritage Days marks its 20th anniversary of celebrating the county's unique and extensive history through two days of free festivals highlighting historic, cultural and outdoor recreation sites. Sponsored by Heritage Montgomery, Heritage Days features 40 parks, museums and historic sites throughout the county that are open for history exhibits and demonstrations, walking tours, live music, activities for children, and much more. The dates this year are June 24-25 from noon to 4:00 p.m. each day.  Heritage Days

There won't be any Metrorail service between the Red Line stations Shady Grove and Twinbrook from June 17 to June 25 as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) last SafeTrack surge will close those stations. Metro will be providing shuttle bus service from Shady Grove and the affected stations, but it is suggesting commuters seek other forms of transportation, especially during the weekday, peak travel hours. More Info

Volunteers are crucial to the success and vitality of the Quicken Loans National. The PGA golf tournament from June 29 to July 2 at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm needs volunteers to assist more than 20 committees. From the folks at QL National, here are 10 reasons to volunteer: Come inside the ropes. Literally.; support charity and give back to the community; meet new people and establish new relationships; watch some of the top golfers on the PGA Tour; work on building your resume; network with other volunteers, TPC Potomac members, vendors, and staff; learn new tips to improve your game; and have fun out on the golf course. More Info

The presidential election may be over and the mid-terms are still 17 months away, but we live in the shadow of the Nation's Capital so there's always an election somewhere. Montgomery Magazine is conducting its annual Best of Montgomery County contest. You can vote for your favorites in the variety of categories. All entries will be entered in a drawing for certificates at area restaurants. Montgomery Magazine

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.

BADLANDS PLAYSPACE - It will open soon in Rockville, but when it does, Badlands Playspace should be a hit with both kids and their parents. There will be seven areas for children to interact, create and grow in confidence. Parents will be able to relax, watch their kids have a great time and enjoy an upscale and high-tech cafe with locally sourced menu items and wide selection of beer, wine and craft cocktails. Badlands Playspace

MOCO REC - The Department of Recreation has some of the best swimming programs around at its seven outdoor pools, four indoor swim centers and a spray pool. There are year-round aquatics for beginners, youth, adults, fitness, competition, safety training, and rehabilitation.
MoCo Rec

PREPARE FOR PERFORMANCE - PFP isn't a place for birthday parties, but if your child is interested in getting in peak condition for high school or club teams this fall, PFP offers individual training, team training and kids seasonal training preparation with professional instructors. Students will gain strength, endurance, confidence and power.
Prepare for Performance

For the Foodies in Montgomery County

BARKING MAD CAFE - At the relatively new Gaithersburg cafe, the goal "was to create a chic, modern environment that’s fun and inviting. Call us daft, but we also believe a menu can be off the beaten path without sending you on a wacky, unpronounceable adventure or scaring the kids. Our chefs focus on fresh, local ingredients and simple, yet elegant presentation." Mission accomplished. barkingmadcafe.com

CAFE ROMA - The owners of Il Porto, a wonderful Italian restaurant in Gaithersburg known for food as good as its service, are taking over space currently run by Italian Pines, a mainstay in the Shops at Potomac Valley on Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg. Expect a late summer grand opening. ilportorestaurant.com

PIEOLOGY - Pizza lovers will welcome the opening of Pieology in Bethesda, the newest Maryland location for the fast-casual pizza chain. Pieology has built a loyal following from those who like the make-your-own pie concept of endless pizza combinations and possibilities. The menu also includes custom salads. A Pieology location in Gaithersburg opened last fall. pieology.com

POLLO CAMPERO - From its first store in Guatemala in 1971 to more than 70 restaurants in the U.S., Pollo Campero has been preparing traditional hand-breaded or citrus grilled, all-natural chicken, marinated to the bone and seasoned with a savory blend of citrus and herbs. Its Silver Spring location recently joined establishments in Gaithersburg and Takoma Park. campero.com

Interfaith Works  
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 Interfaith Works. Founded in 1972, Interfaith Works is a non-sectarian interfaith coalition of more than 165 affiliated congregations of diverse faiths that work together to help the poor and homeless in the county. Interfaith offers anti-poverty, stabilization and empowerment programs to families and individuals in crisis or facing critical need. iworksmc.org
Severus is an original fella, right down to his name. He's a handsome guy - a lab/pit mix and is just 1.5 years old. Severus is a fun, young boy that is good with other dogs. No cats for this guy, though. Severus is a fun loving, playful, energetic kind of guy and is looking for a loving home. Please email today for a visit. for.roxiesfund@gmail.com  www.roxiesfund.org

June begins the free concert series in a variety of locations around the county. Bethesda's series runs on Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Veterans Park with Urban Funk on June 15; The Crimestoppers on June 22; Oasis Island Sounds on June 29; Caz Gardiner Band on July 6 and Chuggalug on July 13. bethesda.org 

Forget online deal-based siteslike 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, Trapezaria in Rockville, one of area's best Greek restaurants, is offering $10 off a dine-in meal of $50 or more and $20 off a dine-in meal of $100 or more and Tutoring Genius is offering $300 off its summer program. premiervaluesonline.com   


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