Grammy Award-winner Sergio Mendes has been the definition of Brazilian music for nearly half a century and he's still going strong. His popularity and influence on the music industry have included an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for “Real in Rio,” from the animated film "Rio," his iconic album, "Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66," was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and his classic song “Mas Que Nada” was the first Portuguese language song to ever hit the U.S. pop chart. The concert starts at 8:00 p.m. on October 19 at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

Total units sold in Montgomery County in July dropped 25% over June, according to statistics compiled by Long and Foster. There were 1,169 units sold in July versus 1,560 sold in June. The July 2017 figures were also 9% lower than sales a year ago. More Info
A pay gap could trigger a gap in retirement benefits for women, according to Kevin O'Reilly, a financial advisor at Emerald Advisor Group in Bethesda. Since women have traditionally earned less than men, the difference in earning power could lead to a shortfall in retirement savings for women. More Info  |    Email

When the Montgomery County Council passed its $5.4 billion operating budget for fiscal 2018, it included a very small line item to promote community engagement. The council set aside $25,000 "in response to requests from neighborhood groups for assistance to promote community engagement, encourage capacity building, networking, and stimulate the local economy."
The Neighborhood Events Matching Fund (NEMF) provides a maximum grant of $1,000 for neighborhood groups, tenant associations, civic clubs, and similar neighborhood organizations to hold events and activities. Any grant must be matched dollar for dollar with cash or in-kind contributions. NEMF is administered by the county's five regional service centers. Any event must take place by June 30, 2018. For the 5-Page Application   

The Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg is hosting its annual fall bridal showcase on September 24 to provide prospective couples with all things wedding-related. From noon to 4:00 p.m., the elegant, 19th century mansion will host meetings with a variety of wedding vendors, including caterers, photographers, event planners, musicians, and more. Brides-to-be can spend the day sampling cuisine from caterers, getting tips from makeup artists, setting up room blocks with hotel representatives, exploring honeymoon destinations, enjoying music by various entertainers, and discovering the latest wedding trends. Admission is $5, payable at the door. More Info>

The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County is sponsoring a discussion on September 25 among state and local elections officials on the security of our elections. Questions like, how accurate are voter registration rolls, are elections secure, how are polling places monitored, and more will be examined by Maryland Board of Elections deputy administrator Nikki Charlson, Montgomery Board president James Shalleck, secretary Mary Ann Keeffe, and election director Margaret Jurgensen. The discussion on what goes on behind the scenes on Election Day starts at 6:45 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Rockville Library. Seating is free, but limited. OR Email

Have some extra time on your hands? Want to make a difference in the community? The Montgomery County Volunteer Center is designed to connect individuals and groups with ongoing service opportunities and one-time projects in the county. The center has volunteer opportunities at more than 600 agencies, including county government and public and private nonprofits. More Info

Rockville Town Center will come alive with German-themed fun on October 7 as Rockville celebrates its 60-year anniversary of sister-cityhood with Pinneberg, Germany. A delegation of 60 guests from Pinneberg will join the free festival that will feature a beer hall, two stages of music, food, an artisan area, a kid's area, and more. The festival runs from noon to 6:00 p.m. 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.

Potomac Horse Center Special Park
Located in Travihal, the center was founded in the late 1950s as a place for riders of all ages and levels to learn about riding horses. In addition to its "Mini Mites" classes for children ages 5 to 8, the park also has more advanced programs, including hunter/jumper classes.  
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Robert C. McDonell Campground
Early fall is the perfect time of year to pitch a tent and sleep under the stars. The campground in Rockville has seven walk-in primitive sites and a group pavilion as well as two tent pads, two picnic tables, a grill, and a fire pit on each campsite. Depending on the site, up to 10 campers can be accommodated.
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Wheaton Regional Park
October means the park's popular Eye Spy Trains are back. The ride on the red train is ideal for kids 8-years-old and younger, but good for all ages as well. The miniature train will be dressed up in Halloween themes.  
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For the Foodies in Montgomery County

CAR WASH COFFEE - An opening to the Car Wash Coffee in Kensington is coming soon. The former Savannah’s American Grill (and Roy Rogers before that) has a new life. The cafe's name plays off the fact that a Mr. Wash Car Wash is directly behind. Savannah's closed in July of 2016.

NEW VILLAGE - It didn't take the former owners of Gui Lin in Rockville long to find a new home. Mandy Xie recently took over New Village in Germantown and has brought her flavorful Cantonese-style cuisine to the neighborhood favorite on Middlebrook Road.

RED MAPLE ASIAN BISTRO - You can't judge the food at Red Maple by its website. The relatively new Silver Spring establishment on Grubb Road (formerly Palais De Lune) has a very modest website, but its menu is extensive and tasty with sushi, signature salads, pad Thai, and special rolls. Its sister location, Red Maple, is on Colesville Road in Silver Spring.

WORLD OF BEER - From 1809 Berriner Weissbier, a German beer with a hint of apple and lemon, to Zywiec, a Polish pale ale, World of Beer has hundreds of beers from around the world. The chain recently opened a Bethesda location to go with its Rockville establishment. Both serve burgers, wings, sandwiches, salads, and more.

Community Bridges  
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 Community Bridges, a Silver Spring-based that empowers girls from diverse backgrounds by helping them become better students, positive leaders and healthy young women. The organization's  "integrated 4th through 12th grade after- and out-of-school girls program supports the growth of our young women by helping them understand their potential and life choices, learn creative strategies to become leaders, and break their family’s cycle ofpoverty usingeducation as a vehicle."
Say hi to Sige. Yes, we know, Sige is a gorgeous young man - about 3-years-old - and he is adorably happy, smiley and sweet. He has done well with female dogs (but not male dogs) and also appears to be fine with cats. He is a bit barky in his kennel, but get him out for a walk or playtime in the yard and Sige is a totally different dog. He loves to lean up against your legs for pets and scratches and will nuzzle his happy little face up to yours to give kisses. Sige is a big dog but don't let his size intimidate you - he is a total lovebug. And did we mention that he's gorgeous?

Fusion Academy, which recently opened a Rockville campus, is hosting a free Health and Wellness Expo on September 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Open to the public, the event will feature yoga, deep breathing, art activities, and more - many of which are available to Fusion students every day as part of the school's wellness program.More Info

Film lovers take note. The Independent Film Series at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown not only offers an insightful cinematic experience for about half the price of mainstream movies, but you can save $1 off per film by purchasing admission to all six sessions. The series starts September 24 with "DEEJ," a story about a nonspeaking young man who dreams of autistic civil rights. 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, Seasons Nursery in Gaithersburg is offering 30% to 50% off trees and shrubs while Classic Bakery, which just moved to a new location in Gaithersburg, is offering 20% off a custom cake order and 25% off its signature fruit cake.   


Quote of the Day
"If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths,
rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success."

John D. Rockefeller