BlackRock Center, April 23 - 4:30 p.m. TreeHouse Shakers: Hatched 
A show designed with the little ones in mind, Hatched is set on a family farm. A newborn chick emerges from her eggshell to find a very busy world. Audience members interact with the characters on stage as they feed the baby chick and other farm animals. The show is appropriate for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and offers a wonderful introduction to theater.

Coakley Realty Begins Development of New Watkins Preserve Subdivision
This six-lot community off Route 124 around Laytonsville and Damascus is an ideal location. The parcel backs up to a beautiful park complete with an equestrian trail and each custom-built home will sit on two to three acres. With rural charm, a peaceful setting and excellent schools, Watkins Preserve is a perfect place to raise a family. For more information, go to:  or

    Since the county first launched its e-government website in 1992, Montgomery County has been committed to providing a transparent and open accounting of issues, both large and small. Now its digital strategy includes four websites that provide a detailed look at county spending, budget, data and other information and services. They are:
BudgetMontgomery:; and SpendingMontgomery: 

   Here's a reason to do your spring cleaning early. Montgomery Parks is hosting an event where you can discover if that brooch from Aunt Sally or any other treasure taking up space around the house is actually worth anything. The event at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park in Sandy Spring is free, but pre-registration is required. Each registered participant can have one small item appraised March 25-26 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

   Select Montgomery County lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks will be stocked with 21,200 trout over the next few weeks as part of an annual program by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Statewide, MDNR will stock Maryland waterways with 338,000 trout. Most of the trout are raised from commercially purchased eggs at the Albert M. Powell State Trout Hatchery in Hagerstown. Additional trout are raised at other MDNR hatcheries while approximately 25,000 more are purchased from private commercial hatcheries. Those fish must meet Maryland standards and certify that they are disease free.
County waterways to receive new stocks include Great Seneca Creek (5,600); Izaak Walton Pond (1,000); Lake Needwood (2,200); Martin Luther King Jr. Pond (800); Northwest Branch (5,300); Patuxent River (1,400 plus 3,700 more under the catch and return program); and Pine Lake (1,200).

    Montgomery Magazine is sponsoring two contests exclusively for residents of Montgomery County. Montgomery Writes! is a short-form writing contest with three categories: fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. It is held in conjunction with the Montgomery County chapter of the Maryland Writer's Association. Picture This Montgomery is a photographic contest with fourcategories: people, landscape, agricultural, and street scenes. Images must be shot within Montgomery County. The Gaithersburg Camera Club and the NIH Camera Club are participating in the contest. There isn't a cost to enter either contest and there are cash prizes for both.

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.

BUBBLE BOUNCE - An indoor play center that specializes in inflatable play, Bubble Bounce is a mega bounce facility in Westfield Wheaton open to bouncers 10 years-old and younger. Bubble Bounce features three large bounce houses and welcomes birthday parties and group events.   Bubble Bounce

PUMP IT UP - Birthday parties will never be the same after a celebration at Pump It Up in Silver Spring. Featuring inflatable indoor playgrounds, Pump It Up also offers games, a blow-up birthday throne, balloons dropping like rain and more. Birthday parties, special events, camps and open jump can all be arranged. Pump It Up

THOMAS FARM COMMUNITY CENTER - TFCC just celebrated its eighth birthday as a center in Rockville that serves residents with engaging, high-quality recreational activities in a modern facility. There is rental space, drop-in sports, fitness center, a teen after school program, game room, ping pong tables and more. TFCC

For the Foodies in Montgomery County

ALATRI BROS - From the owners of Olazzo and Gringos & Mariachis comes Alatri Bros, a casual and inviting pizza concept to replace Mia's Pizza in Bethesda. The Italian eatery by Roberto and Riccardo Pietrobono is an expanded version of Mia's which closed for a complete renovation and features small plates, casual dishes and wood-fired pizza.

DOGFISH HEAD ALEHOUSE – You have to love the Dogfish sloan: "Off-Centered Food and Drink for Off-Centered People." The brew pub in Gaithersburg is warm and lively and features a number of beers on tap along with a casual menu of wood-grilled burgers, pizzas and seafood as well as fresh salads and sandwiches.

LUCKY STRIKE - For those who like action with their meal, the new Lucky Strike at Westfield Montgomery in Bethesda combines bowling and a gastro pub cuisine. With 12 lanes out of the sight and sound of diners, Lucky Strike is a full-service restaurant that also offers bowling as a side dish. Each lane has a 60-inch plasma TV and comfortable seating.

PIE 360 - Pizza is personal at Pie 360, a fast-casual division of the Coal Fire Group. With locations in Baltimore, Alexandria and Washington, D.C., Pie 360 recently debuted in Rockville where pizza lovers can get their personalized pizza in just a few minutes. With more than 30 toppings and three unique sauces, the choices are endless.

The Tree House Child Assessment Center 
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 Tree House Child Assessment Center, a Rockville organization dedicated to reducing trauma and promoting healing for child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. By working with the public and private sectors, Tree House brings key professionals together to act in the best interests of victims.
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Montgomery Parks is sponsoring a number of free, spring events, including a celebration of African rhythms at the Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park in Olney and a hands on demonstration how county farmers worked together to support the war effort during World War I at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood.

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, spring is clean up and home improvement time so TW Perry in Silver Spring is offering $10 off a $50 purchase. After all that work, you are sure to be hungry. Two excellent Mexican restaurants, El Mariachi in Rockville and Senor Tequila's in Germantown, are offering $10 off a purchase of $60 and $10 off a purchase of $50 respectively.   


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without fear for newer and richer experience."
Eleanor Roosevelt