Strathmore, June 9- 8:00 p.m. 
Few artists have been as versatile and popular over half a century as Gladys Knight. Now the seven-time Grammy winner brings her magic musical formula to Strathmore on June 9 for one night of pop, Motown, gospel, R&B, and adult contemporary. Her "Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For" are two of the all-time greats. Her performance begins at 8:00 p.m.

The housing market has been kind to Montgomery County as compared to most other parts of the country. Keeping the county housing relatively stable is a strong jobs environment and proximity to the District, according to a realty group that tracks the Montgomery County market.

According to April data provided by the Myers Team at RE/MAX Realty Services, homes in the county averaged 43 days on the market and homes sold got 98.5% of their asking price. The county had a 2.3 month supply of homes for sale. The translation: it's a seller's market. More Info 

  You may notice a few more bicyclists on the roads on May 19 since organizers of Bike to Work Day are offering free tee-shirts to the first 16,000 bikers who register and stop at a designated pit stop during the day. The pit stops, which include stops in Bethesda, White Oak, Friendship Heights, Gaithersburg, North Bethesda, Rockville and Silver Spring, will feature food, drinks and prizes along with entertainment, fun activities and dynamic speakers.   

The Fenton Village area in Silver Spring comes alive on May 21 with its seventh annual Taste the World. Food lovers from all around the area are invited to the restaurant crawl with 31 eateries representing an international menu from five continents. Attendees are issued a "passport" and earn a stamp for every tasting sample at a participating restaurant. The event, which runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., is free to attend, but tastes cost between $2 and $5. Restaurants new to this year's event include Beatusub, Balagger and Farafina.  More info

Just in time for graduation, True Food Kitchen, a health-driven restaurant scheduled to open in Bethesda on June 14, is holding a three-week job fair to fill nearly 130 positions. They include: servers, hosts/hostesses, prep cooks, pastry cooks, line cooks, wok cooks, back servers, dishwashers, pizza cooks and bartenders. The remaining interview dates are May 15, 20, 22, and 27.

Montgomery County Department of Transportation has closed the Talbot Avenue bridge in Silver Spring after an inspection determined the structure can no longer support vehicular traffic. Montgomery Parks will close the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail from Beach Drive and Franklin Street to the Saul Road trail connector in Kensington. The construction is expected to be completed by the summer.,

This event is much better than having a boat. For $2 a person, you can take a relaxing, 45-minute evening pontoon boat ride on the "Blue Heron" and learn about the history and wildlife of Clopper Lake in Gaithersburg. Tours on Saturdays and Sundays run at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. from the boat center in Seneca Creek State Park. 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.

CASTLE LASER TAG - The new center in Gaithersburg allows you alone to defend the castle from other players or to play as a team and strategize your assault. Fog, lights and sound add to the mood and excitement of playing through terrain illuminated by black light. Castle Laser Tag

MINIATURE GOLF AT BOHRER PARK - The park-like setting in Gaithersburg is a well-designed 18-hole miniature golf course with waterfalls, streams and ponds as obstacles along with changing hole locations. The course can also be used for private parties.
Mini Golf - Bohrer Park

WASHINGTONIAN PADDLE BOATS - With warmer weather arriving and summer approaching, the paddle boats, in the shapes of dragons, swans, pirate ships, and pink flamingos, will be out on the small lake at RIO Washingtonian. It's fun for the whole family.
Washingtonian Paddle Boats

For the Foodies in Montgomery County

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE - The North Bethesda location of the upscale national chain with restaurants in 22 states has closed. Brio Tuscan had served Italian specialties since early 2012.

MEDIUM RARE - The concept is so simple; the food is so good. If you go to the new Medium Rare in Bethesda looking for a long and extensive menu, don't bother. MR is a prix fixe menu of artisan rustic bread, mixed green salad, hand cut fries, and culotte steak. Ironically, MR offers five dessert choices, but after two rounds of steak, it's hard to stuff down a slice of six layer carrot cake. But go ahead and try anyway.

MISSION BBQ - The national chain has 15 locations in Maryland and its Rockville restaurant is the only one in Montgomery County. Mission serves authentic BBQ made from the freshest, most delectable ingredients, but the patriotic theme and decor set Mission apart from other BBQ joints. The staff holds a daily salute to the Stars and Stripes.

Q by PETER CHANG - The Chinese-born chef with an international reputation has opened a new restaurant in Bethesda. Pairing traditional and authentic Szechuan cuisine with a chic, 8,000-square-foot design, Q by Peter Chang is considered his flagship restaurant. Peking duck and Mao-style braised pork are among the favorites.

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County  
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 Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, a Gaithersburg-based charity that works in partnership with state and local governments and other organizations to provide free, critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and other home improvements to the county's most vulnerable residents.
What could be more fun than a cat named Doc? This pretty kitty suddenly found himself homeless after a lifetime of living together with his owner. This gentleman is already neutered and declawed. Yes, he is an adult cat, but don't tell him that since he surely doesn't  act that way. Despite the upheaval he is very well natured, friendly and loves attention. Doc is definitely the leader of the pack. Could you provide a home for Doc?

The Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda was built in 1899, sits on 11 acres and houses small concerts and art exhibits. The colonial revival mansion also offers free 45-60 minute tours for adults that explain the mansion's history, architecture and personal stories. Tickets can be ordered online, but they will not be mailed. Instead there will be a will call list at the door. The next tour dates are May 18 and June 15 at 11 a.m. 

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, El Mariachi in Rockville is offering $10 off a dine-in meal of $60 or more; Moyers Lawn Service is offering $75 off a yard clean up; and Leaf Filter is offering $250 off full home installation of gutter guards.   


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