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Sugarloaf Grape Stomp Festival 2010

  September 25 & 26 and October 2 & 3 from Noon until 5 pm each day
The featured activity of course is the exciting Grape Stomp contest where visitors can volunteer for a friendly stomping competition. Prizes will be awarded to the winner who stomps the most juice. Tastings of select award-winning vintages and tours of the winery and vineyard will happen throughout the day.

Car Free Day on September 22-Montgomery County Offers Tips on How You Can Participate

Montgomery County Commuter Services (MCCS) invites residents and employees to join the Washington region in celebrating Car Free Day on Wednesday, September 22.  This annual, worldwide event encourages the public to find alternatives to using cars or reduce the amount of driving that day.  Organizers promote the idea that using transit, biking, and walking – instead of driving – will reduce noise, pollution and stress.

            “People throughout the region are re-evaluating their relationship with the car,” said Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Art Holmes.  “This is great news for transit and great news for the environment.  I encourage everyone to try transportation alternatives that will help us relieve congestion and the stress of commuting.”

28th Annual Germantown Oktoberfest

October 2, 2010 11am - Dusk

Join over 10,000 people who attend the
Germantown Oktoberfest every year.
Don't miss it!
Proceeds used to support local charities.

For more information, please click: http://www.germantownoktoberfest.org/index.html

Freedom Move Into the Fourth and Final WPS Playoff Position

Women's Pro Soccer reports that the Washington Freedom currently  sit in the fourth and final position in the 2010 WPS Playoffs tonight  after a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Sky Blue FC. Both teams played  with ferocity as they battled for the opportunity to extend their season  into the playoffs.

Freedom took to the field in pink jerseys provided  by WPS league sponsor PUMA® in support of Project Pink. Many of the  3,143 fans in attendance wore pink to show their support as well.  Project Pink, which is in conjunction with PUMA’s partnership with the  WPS, strives to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast  cancer.

Five Charged Crime Spree after Germantown Shooting

The Gazette reports that Montgomery County Police charged five men Thursday in connection with a series of home invasion robberies, commercial robberies, street robberies and burglaries dating back to March 23.

The crimes were committed throughout Germantown and Gaithersburg and in Prince George's County, police said.

Patrol officers responded to the 11800 block of Ashbrook Court in Germantown at 2:20 a.m. Thursday after a shooting was reported at a residence.

When officers arrived, they found the five men standing in front of the residence next to a vehicle, police spokesman Cpl. Dan Friz said.

Police ran a check on the vehicle, and found that it had been stolen from a 70-year-old woman during a home invasion robbery in Prince George's County earlier in the week, Friz said.

Police also found items in the vehicle related to an armed robbery committed Monday. One of those items was a handgun, Friz said.

Be a Member of the MoCo Public Library Teen Advisory Group

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is recruiting members for its Teen Advisory Group, and teens, ages 14-18, who would like to promote library programming for teens and advocate for teen library service are invited to apply online through the library website, www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.

Teens who like to read, write, and are interested in interviewing authors and public officials for the MCPL Teensite page or would like to work with Facebook, YouTube and/or video productions can check out details on the website.

Applications are due by September 11.  Candidates will be interviewed the week of September 20.  Teens accepted in the program will serve from September 2010 to May 2011 and will meet on a monthly basis.

For more details, check the MCPL website, or for questions, email teensite@montgomerycountymd.gov

Early Voting In Maryland Begins

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is hoping early voting in Maryland for the first time will create higher voter turnout.

O'Malley, a Democrat, was the 222nd voter who cast a ballot in the primary at the Public Safety Training Facility in Baltimore on Friday afternoon, the first day of early voting in Maryland.

Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, O'Malley's likely opponent in November, also is encouraging people to vote early, even though he's been critical of early voting and vetoed legislation to create it when he was governor.

Ehrlich says it's now the law in the state and he's going to live with it and, it is hoped, take advantage of it. Andy Barth, an Ehrlich campaign spokesman, says Ehrlich is expected to take part in early voting next week.