Prepare for a night of laughter as the Upright Citizens Brigade comes to town. The cast is comprised of the "next wave" of comedy stars that have been hand-picked from the best improv comedians in New York City and Los Angeles and the theaters that produced Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, and more. The performance starts at 8:00 p.m. on November 17 at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. blackrockcenter.org

The median sale price of a home in Montgomery County in August was $425,000, a 2% increase over August of 2016. Information provided by Long and Foster also shows there were 1,340 homes newly listed for sale in the county, an almost identical amount (1,350) compared to August of 2017. More Info

Montgomery History is sponsoring a discussion of what Montgomery County was like for African-Americans in the 1950s. The first lecture in its BOOM Speak Series, architectural historian Anne Bruder will discuss "The Negro Motorist Green Book," a guide that listed safe places for blacks to visit, eat, stay, get gas, and more in the Jim Crow era. The lecture is October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Civic Building in Silver Spring. More info   

The city of Rockville is asking residents to weigh in on budget matters as the mayor and council begin work on the city's 2019 fiscal year operating budget and capital improvement projects. Public hearings are scheduled for October 16 and November 13 as part of the mayor and council meetings those days. Anyone interested in testifying should call 240.314.8280 by 4 p.m. on the hearing date to have their name added to the speakers' list. The city will also launch an online tool where residents can submit suggestions for budget reductions and improving operational efficiencies. More Info>

Last month's announcement by Governor Larry Hogan on plans to widen I-270, the Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway would be a major step in helping relieve traffic congestion in the area. The massive $9 billion proposal to add new lanes to the major highways would solicit the Public-Private Partnership (P3) industry for input and solutions to providing congestion relief.
  Given the project's immense price tag and scope, it's worth noting that the governor's office says " the P3 portion to add four new lanes on both I-495 and I-270 is the largest proposed P3 highway project in North America." The P3 seeks private developers to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain portions of the project. More info>

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hoping to expand the tree cover on public land throughout the state by offering "affordable and attractive" trees for planting on open space and community areas. Through its Tree-Mendous Maryland program, DNR is offering nearly twice the number of high quality, native shrubs and trees.
  “Autumn is a great time to plant native species because shrubbery and trees can survive and thrive over the winter months,” says Maryland Forest Service director Don VanHassent. “There is certainly affordable, attractive and beneficial greenery for every public property and space among our diverse and robust offerings.”
  Those eligible to purchase plantings from the program include church, civic, community and school groups, homeowners associations, local governments, nonprofits, and others. Shrubs and trees that are planted on community and public land need prior approval from the landowner. All orders must be delivered or picked up by Dec. 15. More Info

The Montgomery County Department of Police sponsors a program for students who have an interest in law enforcement or are looking to gain leadership and communications skills or just want to become a model citizen. The department's Explorer Post 1986 is for students ages 14 to 20 who are county residents, in good physical and mental health and are enrolled in high school, college, vocational or continuing education program. The Explorers meet every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Public Safety Training Academy in Montgomery Village. 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.

An indoor bounce house for kids, Kiddz Bounce is an indoor inflatable play facility for kids in Wheaton. The moon bounces are perfect for having fun, burning some energy, birthday parties, and more.  
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The park in Gaithersburg hosts its popular Reptile Encounter on October 21-22 and October 28 at 4 p.m. It is fun for all ages and the 30-minute program features a turtle, snake or some other resident of the park. More Info>

The fine arts center in North Bethesda hosts Saturday Family Story Sessions, a popular series with a new, story-telling twist. Local storytellers teach kids how to weave narrative tales while they instill a love of learning with every word. Music, movement, art, and interactive play are all part of the sessions that start at 11 a.m. October 21 features Jamaal Collier; October 28 features Ali Oliver-Krueger; and November 4 features Dovie Thomason. The sessions are recommended for ages 3–8.  
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For the Foodies in Montgomery County

ADDIE'S - Welcome back! Let's eat! That's the greeting Addie's is welcoming customers with at its new location in Potomac. Once located on Rockville Pike in Rockville, Addie's moved to a larger location, but permitting slowed its reopen date. The dinner menu is a nice mix of seafood and meat while the Seafood Tower is a wonderful bounty from the sea. addiesrestaurant.com

BUREDO - With two restaurants in D.C., Buredo has made its first foray into Montgomery County with its location in Wildwood Shopping Center in Bethesda. The cuisine is a unique, fresh lunch option - large, handheld, burrito-size sushi rolls and salads that feature Asian and other globally-inspired ingredients and flavors. Buredo uses seasoned rice and traditional nori and rolls sushi burritos to order. eatburedo.com

PINES OF ROME - Fans of the venerable Italian restaurant in Bethesda will be thrilled to learn the Pines has reopened in its new location. The family-friendly local institution is skilled in old-school Italian classics and its white pizza has taken on legendary status. 301.657.8775

Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation  
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 Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation, a Bethesda-based charity founded in 1983 to provide patients with information and coping strategies that minimize the effects of Sjögren's and to act as a clearinghouse for medical information. Sjögren's is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body. Along with symptoms of extensive dryness, Sjögren's has serious complications, including profound fatigue, chronic pain, major organ involvement, neuropathies and lymphomas. sjogrens.org
Meet Max. This sweet, little old man needs a home. He was turned in by someone who had found him as a stray. Max was in rough shape - his teeth were a mess. We have had him neutered and his bad teeth removed so he will only be able to eat soft food for the rest of his life. It's hard to say how old he is, but he seems over 10 years of age. Max weighs only six pounds. Don't you have a tiny space in your home and a huge place in your heart for little Max? Due to the fact he is so tiny and frail, we recommend no small children, and only gentle other dogs in the home. Don't let his size intimidate you - he is a total lovebug. And did we mention that he's gorgeous?  for.roxiesfund@gmail.com  www.roxiesfund.org

Want to poke around Bethesda, but don't want to drive from place to place? Take the Bethesda Circulator, a free bus service that allows to park your car once, then hop on and off as much as you please. Park at one of Bethesda's public garages (indicated by a blue "P" sign), then walk to a nearby Circulator stop. The bus runs every 10 minutes Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday from 7 a.m. to midnight; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. More Info

Sculpt Studio in Bethesda is offering a complimentary workout - Mega-Free-Monday Class - so you can "test drive" the studio's innovative, 50-minute workout designed to achieve full body fitness. More Info

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, Superior Electrical Services is offering $30 off labor charges on any job over $200 while the Wild Bird Center in Gaithersburg is offering 20% off your entire purchase. premiervaluesonline.com   


Quote of the Day
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
Martin Luther King, Jr.