The Ivy League of Comedy
Think Ivy League graduates are the buttoned down, serious types? Apparently you've never heard the Ivy League of Comedy. With Broadway-quality entertainment that is clean, smart and clever, the group is touring America and delivering good, original comedy. All of the comedians have Ivy League degrees and all have experience as late-night TV performers or writers; they include Wali Collins, Shaun Eli, and Frank Vignola. The performance is Friday, November 18 at 8:30 p.m. at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. blackrockcenter.org

Historic Home for Sale
104 Jefferson Street W, Rockville

This spectacular historic home is in a premium downtown Rockville neighborhood. It offers many modern amenities, including a spacious kitchen with granite counters and gas cooking, two newly renovated bathrooms, new hardwoods and paint. Read more>
Election Info and Rumor Control   
Forgot where your polling place is? Didn't receive a sample ballot in the mail? Heard that the county's election system could be hacked? Need to know the deadline to register to vote?
  The Montgomery County Board of Elections has an extensive and informative website with all the answers. In conjunction with the Maryland State Board of Elections, the county's website is the home to election questions and results.
  Perhaps the site's most creative department is "Rumor Control" which provides concise answers in an effort to knock down unverified reports on a variety of election issues.   
  By the way, the deadline to register to vote is October 18. Register to Vote

Coyotes Come to the County
  It took them a while to get here, but coyotes are now part of Montgomery County's wildlife.
  Often maligned and misunderstood, coyotes have colonized in every state in the U.S. except Hawaii. Maryland and Delaware were among the last states to have coyotes expand into.
  Now sightings of the animal that resemble a small, light gray German Shepherd have become more common as coyotes begin to adapt to a suburban environment. Coyotes average about 35 pounds and their long, thick fur and bushy tail often make them appear larger than they really are.
  Native to North America, coyotes are largely reclusive and shy of humans. Still they can pose a problem for small dogs and cats.
  The Montgomery County Department of Parks believes that coyotes may reduce the red fox population as they compete for food and territory. Another casualty may be the white-tail deer and Canada goose population since coyotes are known to feed on goose eggs and prey on deer.
  The department has several suggestions to minimize contact with coyotes, including not leaving bowls of pet food and water outside at night. More>

Facts and Stats on Montgomery County
   The county celebrated its 240th birthday this year. Formerly a part of Frederick County, our county was formed in 1776 and named after General Richard Montgomery who died fighting for American independence.
  Today, Montgomery County totals 507 square miles, is comprised of three cities, 12 towns, four villages, and 33 census-designated places, and five unincorporated communities and is home to approximately 1 million residents.
  Those facts, figures, stats and more can be found on a website by the Conference and Visitors Bureau of Montgomery County. With about seven million tourists visiting the county each year, the bureau figures to be a busy place.
  An online visitor guide is available as are some more fun facts about the county: there are more than 100 miles of hiking trails; more than 50 hotels and meeting facilities; nearly two dozen lakes; and Rockville is the county seat. More> 

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.

GLOWGOLF - Golf in the dark has never been more fun. The Rockville facility features a glow in the dark miniature golf course as well as glow in the dark party facilities. Combined with the laser maze challenger, Glowgolf is great for birthdays and group events. Glowgolf

PIGTAILS & CREWCUTS - While the Rockville salon was created by parents for kids to offer a fun and stress-free haircut experience, it also serves as a unique spot for birthday parties and special celebrations. The party room allows kids to dress up, do arts and crafts and enjoy customized parties.

ROCKVILLE ESCAPE ROOM - More for older teens and adults, the Rockville Escape Room is an incredibly entertaining experience where participants work together to solve clues, riddles and puzzles in order to escape their mysterious room. Children eight years old and under are not permitted. rockvilleescaperoom.com 

For the Foodies in Montgomery County

BOTANERO – The new restaurant and wine bar in Rockville's King Farm features an extensive menu of small plates – flatbreads, seafood, poultry, salad and veggies and charcuterie and cheese – most of which are $10 or less. Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday and Botanero's third complimentary wine tasting will be held on October 24. botanerorockville.com

CHUY'S – From deep in the heart of Texas, Chuy's has landed in Rockville. Chuy's founders opened their first restaurant in an old barbeque joint in Austin, Texas, in 1982 with a vision that the Tex-Mex experience should be fun, funky, authentic and fresh. That mission is still strong today. chuys.com

HENRY'S SWEET RETREAT – You won't get dinner at Henry's, but you will satisfy your sweet tooth. The new ice cream and candy shop in Bethesda is brimming with goodies that line the walls and fill the counters. Henry's is old-fashioned come to life. https://www.facebook.com/henryssweetretreat/

LA FERME – One of the area's best restaurants got a little better with the opening of La Ferme's wine bar, Cognac. The new bar at the elegant French restaurant in Chevy Chase will feature wine, cocktails and small plates. lafermerestaurant.com

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 Shepherd's Table. Located in Silver Spring since 1983, Shepherd's Table is supported by volunteers, religious organizations, government, businesses, foundations, and individual contributors. It provides help to those who are homeless or in need of such basic services as food, social services, medical support, and clothing.     shepherdstable.org
This is Bella, a sweet adult brindle and white Boston Terrier who was turned into the local shelter after her owner passed away. She weighs 19 pounds and is a laid back lady who still loves to chase balls and go for car rides. Bella is housebroken, crate-trained, spayed, up-to-date on shots, and her senior blood work results were unremarkable. She gets along fine with the other dogs and cats, but she does tend to snore a little. www.roxiesfund.org

SECOND CHANCE WILDLIFE CENTER in Gaithersburg is offering a unique open house on November 12-13. The center, which rehabilitates injured, sick and orphaned wild animals, is only open to the public for tours one weekend a year. Animal lovers and interested parties can make an appointment for a 30-minute tour to meet some of the center's animal patients and enjoy a "behind the scenes" view of the work it takes to eventually release them back into the wild. The tours begin and end on the hour and half-hour, starting each day at noon. The last tour starts at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-house-tours-tickets-28405557788 or scwc.org

SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION and if your student needs to enhance his or her overall academic development, Montgomery Magazine is offering a drawing for a free $75 gift certificate to Best Brains (bestbrains.com), a learning center that offers courses in math, English, abacus and general knowledge. Now, the fine print. The certificate expires December 31, 2016, and is valid for students ages 3.5 to 14 years old. A free diagnostic test is included to determine class placement. Not valid for current customers or on services used in the last year. Valid only in Maryland locations. Email your name and address to doug@montgomerymag.com and put Best Brains in the subject line. Drawing will be held October 20, 2016. The winner will be notified that day and his/her name posted on montgomerymag.com.


Quote of the Day
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always
reach my destination."   Jimmy Dean