Fueled by such unforgettable songs as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart," "Mercedes Benz," "Cry Baby," and "Summertime," this sensational and electrifying Broadway show is a musical journey and joyful ruckus celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences. Kelly McIntyre reprises her role of Joplin on Strathmore's stage. Critics have hailed lead McIntyre's portrayal of the rock icon as "superb, embracing both Joplin's brash and bawdy side, as well as her vulnerability."

Property Tax Appeals Process

If you think that the county's estimate of your property value and associated taxes are too high, what do you do? You can appeal the county's market value to the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT). Homeowners can file an appeal on one of three occasions: upon receipt of an assessment notice; by a petition for review; and upon purchase of property between January 1 and June 30. However, if you appeal, you are still obligated to pay taxes during the appeal process. More Info

The county offers residents and businesses a program to keep county roads litter free in return for some signage recognizing their contribution to keeping the county clean. The county's Adopt a Road (AAR) program stipulates that you or your organization agrees to clean your designated road at least six times a year. Most road segments are less than a mile long. Currently, there are over 450 participants in the program. AAR FAQs or AAR by City  

Those interested in starting a business in Rockville are invited to register for the Rockville Business Academy. Now in its sixth year, the program will be held on November 30 at the Cambria Hotel and Suites and attendees can learn how best to interact with city officials. Rockville is a 13-square mile city and home to more than 62,000 residents. It is also the county seat of Montgomery County. More Info>

After 15 years of planning and development and two years of construction, Western Grove Urban Park is open. Located in Chevy Chase along Western Avenue, the 1.9 acre parcel was purchased by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in partnership with Chevy Chase Village in 2002. Several years later, a home, garage and driveway on the property were removed, followed by the removal of dead, dying and hazardous trees and invasive plants. In 2013, the park's name was changed from Chevy Chase Open Space Park to Western Grove. The park now serves as a walking path from surrounding neighborhoods to retail stores and the Metro in Friendship Heights. It also has play areas, a fountain, a seating plaza, and new landscaping. More info>

If you haven't started shopping for Christmas and the holidays, then the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival can help put gifts under the tree. The three-day show at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg runs November 17-19 and features more than 450 artists and crafters displaying their unique selection of art, gifts, apparel, food items, and more. Food vendors will also be on site. Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door while children 12 and under are admitted free. More Info

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has signed agreements with two more companies to provide additional dockless bicycles in the Silver Spring area. The two bikeshare companies, Ofo and Limebike, are conducting demonstration projects at no cost to the county. Ofo has positioned 100 bikes with plans to add 900 more over the next month while Limebike has positioned 240. Dockless bikeshares do not rely on fixed bike stations; instead customers use a mobile phone app to locate a nearby bike with GPS, unlock it, ride it, and return it any publicly-owned land within the demonstration area. 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.

Be active. Be funtastic. Enjoy epic indoor play. So it goes at BusyBees in Chevy Chase that boasts the "coolest indoor playground and the best party spot for kids under 48” of height." In short, everything at BusyBees moves, spins or flies. Founder and owner Natalia Arbelaez set out to break the mold and build the area's most unique playground by offering a fun, clean, and super cool place that’s close to home and doesn’t break the bank.  
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With locations in Bethesda and Rockville, Kidville is designed to make the lives of families with young children better and easier by providing a fun, safe, and clean environment for children to learn, play, and grow. Kidville offers classes for every kid and they come in a wide range of creative classes for babies, toddlers, and kids up to five-years-old. Classes, which are developed by Kidville's  team of early childhood development specialists, include music and dance, gym, art, enrichment, and more. More Info>

The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade in Silver Spring is free to attend and starts at 10 a.m. on November 18. There will be floats, marching bands, Latin dance groups, giant characters, balloons, and more. The annual parade will start at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, then proceed south on Georgia Avenue until it ends at Silver Spring Avenue.  More Info>

For the Foodies in Montgomery County

GREENE GROWLERS - The name has changed only slightly, but the Gaithersburg favorite is still the craft beer hub of the area. Paul and Jennifer-Shattell-Greene have re-energized the popular spot with a dozen appetizers, a creative entree list that includes Maryland crab cakes, vodka marinara penne, steak, hot turkey, and salmon. (See Deal of the Day section below.)

ROCK CREEK KITCHEN - Rock Creek Kitchen opened last month in Wheaton where it took over from Squire's Rock Creek Chophouse. The menu features Low Country cuisine of coastal Carolina and chef John Arnold has a nice list of entries that include shrimp n' grits, Virginia catfish, frogmore stew, chicken and dumplings, and country ham steak. (See Deal of the Day section below.)

SIN & GRIN TACOS - "Tacos to Die For" is the motto at the new Sin & Grin Tacos in the Kentlands. Taking over space abandoned by Vasili's (which acquired larger space right around the corner), Sin & Grin features eight different taco platters with two tacos and a side of rice and beans or salad. The menu also includes salads and rotisserie chicken in a quick, casual dining atmosphere.

Habitat for Humanity, Metro Maryland  
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. This issue's charity focus is Habitat for Humanity ReStore®, a nonprofit retail outlet specializing in the resale of quality new and gently used furniture, antiques, appliances, and building supplies with locations in Silver Spring and Gaithersburg. By accepting household goods and furniture donations, ReStore helps keep tons of reusable materials out of local landfills, but most importantly, proceeds from their sale are used to fund the building of affordable housing in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
Here's Gideon, a handsome pile of goofiness and love. Gideon loves to play with big stuffed animal toys while laying on big soft dog beds and giving sweet kisses with his nose. Gideon is house-trained, crate trained, walks easily on a leash, and listens well to his handler. Unless you are his number one human, Gideon may resource guard his food at times, which warrants that his perfect match must be mindful of environmental factors that doesn't set up anyone to fail (e.g. strangers giving him treats, uncoordinated children mistaking food as a play toy).


For the 22nd year, the city of Gaithersburg is hosting the Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Creek State Park. The wondrous display of lights opens November 24 and runs through December 31. The 3.5 mile drive through the park takes you past more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night in themed areas. Tickets are priced by day and vehicle size and start at $12. However, you can win a ticket for your family vehicle by simply emailing your name and address to: Put Winter Lights in the subject line. There will be two winners posted on on November 21. Lights Festival

Learn the world's only scientifically validated methodology for predicting buying behavior in less than 90 seconds. Cheri Tree, founder and CEO of BANKCODE, is the Number One personality sales trainer in the world. She has shared the stage with Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, Les Brown, Suze Orman, Sir Richard Branson, and others. She will headline the Sales and Beyond 2017 training session at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville on November 30 where instead of learning how to sell, Tree will teach you why they buy. The one-day session includes a networking lunch for $147, but readers of Montgomery Magazine can get a special offer. Go to and enter MONTMAG80 to bring the ticket down to ONLY $67. 

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, Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg is offering a buy one lunch or dinner entree and get the second at 50% (equal or lesser value) while the new Rock Creek Kitchen in Wheaton is offering $10 off a dine-in check of $50 (alcohol not included) or buy one dinner entree and get the second at 50% (equal or lesser value).   


Quote of the Day
"In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities
to make a positive impact."
Les Brown