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Bob Margolin is the last performing member of the Muddy Waters' band that toured the world and jammed with many great blues and rock musicians. He was part of the Grammy Award-winning “Muddy Waters Woodstock Album” as well as the The Band’s “Last Waltz” concert.

Why You Should Sell Your Home in 2018
If you’re a homeowner and have been thinking about selling, what are you waiting for? Here are four reasons to sell this year:
1. Low Inventory - There are plenty of buyers searching; multiple offer situations happening
2. Interest rates still low - They are slowly climbing with predictions of 5% by 2019
3. Move to find cheaper property taxes - New tax laws limit certain deductions
4. Renovations - May not get 100% return on your investment to renovate
I’m a local expert, a native of Montgomery County and licensed in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Ask how I will get your home sold fast and for top dollar. Sponsored by Luci Denhard More Info
Is It Time to Retire Your Thrift Savings Plan?
I recently offered that word of caution to a federal employee who’s nearing retirement. His plan was to leave his $1 million Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account with the government to maintain the ease and convenience that had helped him accumulate the $1 million in the first place. He isn’t the first client to tell me this, and I’m willing to bet many federal employees in and around Montgomery County are planning to leave their TSP money where it is after they retire. If you’re considering doing the same, I urge you to reconsider. Sponsored by Clark Kendall  More Info

Last year the Montgomery County Council approved a bill that provides a tax credit for residents who are over 65 years of age and who either have owned and lived in the dwelling that they own for at least 40 consecutive years or are retired active military, uniformed services or military reserves. The legislation provides a 20% credit - on county property taxes only - for owner-occupied dwellings where at least one of the owners meets the eligibility requirements.  More Info

The Montgomery County Commission for Women is sponsoring its annual Girl Power Contest. This year's topic is "The First Female U.S. President." Applicants between the ages of 5 and 105 are encouraged to submit a short (500 words or less) story, poem, drawing, or anything else that addresses the contest theme and answers the questions - Who will be the first woman president of the U.S.? Will it be an up and coming lawmaker, a household name or an unknown? Or could it be you? Submissions are due by March 31.  More Info

Even with Montgomery County's unemployment rate below the national average of 4.1 percent, there are still job opportunities throughout the county. For seniors looking to reenter the job market, the 50+ Employment Expo returns to Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference on April 16. Admission is free (along with free parking) and the expo will feature dozens of companies, including non-profits, government, healthcare, retail, technology, and more, looking to hire. It will also feature seminars and information on continuing education, training, resume writing, and job networking.  More Info

Protests date back hundreds of years and author Geoffrey Nunberg traces the phrase "protest march" to 1913 when Gandhi organized against racist laws aimed at Indian workers in South Africa. More recently, protests seem to be on the increase across the political spectrum and daily events. The question is, Do they create real change in our society? The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County will try to answer that question at a discussion featuring Dr. Dana Fisher, professor of Sociology and the director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland. She will share her insights from research on protests, grassroots activism and civic participation on March 19 at 6:45 p.m. at the Rockville Library. More Info

Election workers (or election judges) help ensure fair and accessible elections for all voters and help protect the integrity of the election process. And Montgomery County is looking for a few good men and women to help out on Election Day 2018. There are relatively simple qualifications that must be met and election volunteers must undergo some modest training, both online and hands-on. There are several Election Day positions and early voting positions that need to be filled. 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.

BLUE MASH GOLF COURSE - The award-winning course in Laytonsville has an indoor golf simulator that offers more than golf. Other games include soccer, football, dodgeball, baseball, and hockey. The simulator is fun for all ages and Blue Mash will reserve it for private parties. More Info>

MONTGOMERY COUNTY LIBRARIES - The library system is offering school-age children, especially beginners learning to read and those who want to improve their confidence in reading skills, a chance to practice reading aloud in short, 10-15 minute, semi-private sessions with a certified therapy dog. First-come, first-served at libraries throughout the county. More Info>

SENECA CREEK STATE PARK - Join a park ranger on March 24 at 2 p.m. for the Spring Equinox Scavenger Hunt at the Tire Playground. Kids will search for different natural elements and signs of springtime followed by a fun, spring-themed craft. More Info>

For the Foodies in Montgomery County

DISTRICT TACO - What started as a food truck in Washington, D.C., eight years ago has grown into another location. District Taco will move into the Silver Spring space in the Blairs Shopping Center recently vacated by Oriental East. District Taco offers standard Mexican fare of burritos, quesadillas and, of course, tacos.

QUARRY HOUSE TAVERN - The popular Silver Spring bar is back in its original location after a three-year absence. A combination of a fire in 2015 followed by a water main break slowed the rebuilding process. But now the bar that features live music, great burgers with tater tots and a wide selection of whiskey and beer has returned to its former glory.

SPAGnVOLA - Since a sweet tooth and craving for chocolate never seem to go away, it's comforting to have SPAGnVOLA nearby. The artisan chocolate factory and storefront in Gaithersburg has been rated as one of the 10 best chocolatiers in the world by National Geographic and it specializes in handcrafted chocolates, chocolate truffles, gelato, and hot beverages. (See deals below). 

SPICE 6 - The growing, fast-casual chain is expected to begin serving its Indian specialties at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda in May. It will be located on Level 2 of the mall's extensive dining area and the Spice 6 menu will include customizable dishes, salads and platters.

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 EveryMind. Formerly the Mental Health Association, EveryMind believes that taking care of one's mental wellness is equally as important as caring for one's physical wellness. For 60 years, the organization has committed its professional staff to providing community education, advocacy and direct services to help empower children, teens, families, older adults, and the community as a whole to reach optimal mental wellness.
Meet Sammi. This beautiful Bluetick Coonhound was found as a stray, but her owners turned her over to us because they felt they did not have enough time to give Sammi. She about 5-years-old, weighs 70 pounds and is a very sweet, personable girl. Sammi is good with other dogs and is good with cats, too. Sammi knows basic commands and just needs a bit of brushing up.


Mark April 21 on your calendar for a day of spring cleaning or a day of treasure hunting. Depending on your point of view, the Spring Flea Market at the Casey Community Center in Gaithersburg is the place to turn household treasures into cash or find some new collectibles for your home or office. Admission is free for buyers; sellers will need to register and pay $25 or $30 for a table to display gently used and new items, including clothes, household wares, children's items, collectibles, and more. More Info>

Win two tickets to either the March 17 or March 18 performance by American violinist and Grammy Award winner Melissa White at Strathmore in Bethesda as the National Philharmonic celebrates the genius of Johannes Brahms with White's performance, "Spirited Brahms." The March 17 performance starts at 8 p.m. and March 18 starts at 3 p.m. There is a free Meet the Instruments session for kids on March 18 at 2 p.m. One winner will be announced at 3 p.m. on March 16; tickets will be held at the Will Call window. Enter for a chance to win the tickets by emailing your name and phone number to: Put Nat Phil in the subject line. 

Win a $25 gift certificate to Trapezaria in Rockville, a neighborhood favorite with great Mediterranean cuisine and a new all-you-can-eat Greek brunch. Enter for a chance to win the gift certificate by emailing your name and address to: Put Trapezaria in the subject line. The winner will be notified by email on March 26.

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, SPAGnVOLA in Gaithersburg is offering $5 off a purchase of $25 or more of chocolate and a buy one gelato, get one free while the nearby Sin & Grin, which serves delicious fish tacos and more, is offering $5 off a purchase of $30 and $10 off a purchase of $60 or more.


Quote of the Day
"If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies."
Desmond Tutu