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Ethiopian Festival

Ethiopian Festival


Since it is the first official weekend of summer, get out and enjoy an outdoor street festival featuring national and regional blues stars playing acoustic Traditional & contemporary Ethiopian live music. There will be live performances; art walks, coffee ceremonies, a fashion show, food, prizes, an arts and crafts market, and cultural exhibits on Ellsworth Drive in Downtown Silver Spring from 2 p.m.- 9 p.m. 


For more information call (301) 587-0867.

Police Adventure Camp!


The 4th Police Adventure Camp at Viers Mill Elementary School focused on teaching incoming 4th, 5th, and 6th graders skills like decision making, how to refuse drugs and alcohol, and resisting peer pressure. 

"It started out with 30 at-risk youth. They came in, we talked about making good decisions: resisting drugs, alcohol and gangs and gave them skills to be better students," said Officer Amy Daum.

The camp is a partnership between Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Public Schools and Linkages to Learning. The Linkages to Learning Program assists students and their families with services to help children be successful in school, at home, and in the community.  

CycleFest at National Harbor

CycleFest at National Harbor

This information is provided to us by the National Children's Museum:

Summer is here and it’s time to get your bicycle ready for some warm weather fun! 

Saturday, June 25th from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., bring your own bicycles or tricycles for an afternoon of fixing, decorating, and bike riding with the National Children’s Museum, the Alexander Lance Booker Child Safety Foundation, Calleva, Wheels to Africa, and Trails for Youth. Create your own bicycle nameplate; participate in a bicycle rodeo featuring a safety obstacle course with the Prince George’s County Park Police; an obstacle course and a bicycle race with Trails for Youth, bicycle maintenance workshops, and much more! 

Plus, enter a raffle to win a $50 gift card to Revolution Cycles, bicycle-inspired jewelry from Phoenix Bikes, and many more bike related giveaways! Additional activities will also take place at the National Children’s Museum Launch Zone.  

Safety, Health and Survival Week

 Monday June 20, 2011, through Saturday June 25, 2011, is the annual Firefighter/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week.

City of Gaithersburg 4th of July Celebration

City of Gaithersburg 4th of July Celebration


Celebrate our nation’s independence with food, music and fireworks at the City of Gaithersburg 4th of July celebration at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.  Gates open at 5 p.m., a lively two-hour concert with Appaloosa starts at 7 p.m., and the amazing firework spectacular launches at dusk.  The Fairgrounds are located at exit 11A off of I-270.  Admission is free. 

For information call 301-258-6350 or visit gaithersburgmd.gov/events


BEST OF DC Suburbs Survey: Vote Now!

BEST OF DC Suburbs Survey: Vote Now!

It’s that time of the year again where you, dear readers, can make your voices heard and help choose the absolute best the D.C. metro area has to offer. After an exhaustive elimination process, we have narrowed down the list to the below categories and selections so that you can help make our Best Of Issue the ultimate insider’s guide to the best of the best in this region. The deadline for voting is July 1st , so don’t wait and cast your vote for your favorite businesses and people in our area.



Catholic School Principal Has Pink Mohawk


How many school principal's do you know that have a pink Mohawk? We know of at least one.

We went to St. Peter’s School in Waldorf, Md. Thursday, June 9th to see Principal, J.R. West, shave his hair into a Mohawk and dye it pink for a lost bet before the kids summer vacation.

At the beginning of this school year, Mr. West challenged his students to read 4,000 books instead of the 2,300 they had read the previous year. He promised if they did this, he would shave his hair into a Mohawk and paint it pink.


“In January they were only around 1900 books and I thought I was in the clear but in the spring they kicked it up a gear. They read 4,300 books, averaging 30 books per child, which is great. They read a total of 68 million words this year, and I now have a pink Mohawk,” Principal J.R. West said with a smile on his face.