MARCH 2016 | VOLUME 1 | SUBSCRIBE NOW

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The timeless, Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic by Tennessee Williams features the moving story of a dysfunctional Southern family with its share of stormy rivalries, conflicts, secrets and drama. Starting March 30 at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda. roundhousetheatre.org

 
NEWS KIDS CORNER
Maryland's party primary election is April 26. While Maryland is not a completely closed primary state, it leaves the choice of whether independent or unaffiliated voters may participate up to the two major political parties. To date, both the Republican and Democratic parties have opted to close their primaries to non-party members.

However, if there are non-partisan offices that are elected in a primary election (i.e., school board), any voter can participate in those elections.

You may change your party affiliation until 21 days before a primary election. This year's deadline is April 5.

Although the legal voting age is 18, you may still be able to vote in the primary even if you haven't reached that milestone. If you are registered to vote and you will be 18 by the general election, you may vote in the primary.

Early voting begins April 14 and the deadline for a registered voter to request a mailed or faxed absentee ballot is April 19. The last day for early voting is April 21. The deadline for a registered voter to request an electronic absentee ballot is April 22. elections.state.md.us

Need a BIRTHDAY IDEA for the little tyke or teen in your family? Here are three great MoCo businesses that cater to kids' birthdays.

ROCKIN JUMP - The new indoor trampoline park in Gaithersburg is a ton of fun for all ages, but Rockin Jump is especially kid (and birthday) friendly. rockinjump.com

ALL FIRED UP - With a location in Bethesda (and Cleveland Park), All Fired Up has a huge selection of pottery to paint. It can accoomodate parties up to 28 kids. allfiredupdc.com

EARTH TREKS - The Rockville center offers private climbing parties for birthday groups. Instructors are with the group for two hours. No experience is necessary. earthtreksclimbing.com


 
 
CUISINE SCENE
For the Foodies in Montgomery County
Nalley Fresh – The eighth Maryland location for Nalley Fresh has opened in the Kentlands in Gaithersburg. The fast-casual restaurant allows customers to use their "inner chef" to create fresh bowls, wraps and salads. nalleyfresh.com

Lahinch Tavern – From the owners of the Irish Inn, Lahinch Tavern and Grill brings an Irish flavor to Cabin John Shopping Center in Potomac. Look for a casual bar area for standing and sitting, a white tablecloth restaurant, and a stage for live music. lahinchtavernandgrill.com

Tommy Joe's – The Bethesda favorite has a new location - the old Urban Heights on Norfolk Avenue. The second floor location features a dance floor, additional TVs, charging stations for cell phones and an improved menu, thanks to the involvement of chef Robert Wiedmaier. tommyjoes.com
 
 
LESS SMOKE IN ROCKVILLE
The city of Rockville has expanded its smoke-free rules to include all city facilities and city parks. The mayor and council voted unanimously last October to the have ban take effect on March 1. Now areas like the plaza in Rockville Town Square (a city-owned park) are smoke-free zones. Privately-owned, outdoor restaurant dining areas adjacent to Town Square and around Rockville will not be affected. rockvillemd.gov
 
 
GIVING GUIDE
Montgomery County is the nation's 10th wealthiest county, yet there is need throughout our region. Support your neighbors by donating to a county-based charity. This issue's charity is Girls on the Run. Headquartered in Rockville, Girls on the Run provides an interactive, after-school running program for girls in third to eighth grades. A fun, experience-based curriculum designed to build confidence through confidence, it integrates running into a program that seeks to inspire girls to be healthy and confident. The program culminates with the girls completing a celebratory 5K run. girlsontherunofmoco.org
 
 
This Pet's for You
My name is Dallas and aren't I the most handsome fella' you have ever seen? I love people, going for walks or just hanging out. I am very well-mannered, neutered and current with my vaccines. Better yet, I would make a great companion and I can be yours. You can check my cool video on roxiesfund.org. Just click on adoptables. Roxie's Fund is a 501(c)3 charity helping abused and homeless animals.

Deal of the Day
Every vendor a bride needs to plan her dream wedding will be at the Kentlands Mansion Spring Bridal Showcase in Gaithersburg on March 20 from noon to 4 p.m. Future brides and grooms can meet one-on-one with a variety of wedding vendors, including event planners, caterers, photographers, musicians, and more. 
gaithersburgmd.gov

Real Estate Central
The Academy of Real Estate is offering pre-licensing classes in Bethesda starting March 22. The real estate course has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland Real Estate Commission. It satisfies the necessary educational requirements for those who want to sit for the Maryland Real Estate Salesperson Examination. myacademyclasses.com
 

Quote of the Day
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." Muhammad Ali