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Art Show Winners Announced

Winners of the Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association (GFFA) 30th Annual Juried Art Exhibit, which is on display now through June 12 at the Kentlands Mansion, were announced March 29. Work was judged in three categories: water media, oil/acrylic, and other media (drawing, pastel, tempera, pen and ink/wash, encaustic, mixed and “no assemblage” collage). Linda Slattery Sherman won the Best in Show Award for her mixed media “Bird Trio.”

In the water media category, first place went to Angela Lacy for “Birds Perspective,” second place was awarded to Linda Slattery Sherman for “Coral Reef,” third place was given to Marcia Bhorjee for “In the Beginning,” and the distinction of honorable mention was given to Deb Cohan for “Alone Together” and Jeanne Powell for “Cuban Classic.”

In the oil/acrylic category, first place went to Matthew Baker for “Lavender and Pastels,” second place was awarded Lisa Strandman-Long for “Joy,” third place was given to Virginia Chandler for “Chief,” and the distinction of honorable mention was given to Marianne Kost for “The Immortal Cub Cadet,” Bill Mapes for “Andrea,” and Marie Riccio for “Evan.”

In the other media category, first place went to Estelle Zorman for “Mother Earth Cries,” second place was awarded to Helga Albers for “Stained Glass,” third place was given to Susan Bradley for “Left Behind in Alaska,” and the distinction of honorable mention was given to Betsy Baden for “Balancing Act” and Marcia Bhorjee for «Connections.”

Community Clean-up Days Planned

Join hundreds of volunteers as they make a difference throughout the community by cleaning up and beautifying local streams, schools, parks and homeowner association common areas during Community Clean-up Day.

Please wear clothing and footwear that are weather appropriate and that can get dirty, muddy or wet. Although the city supplies equipment, volunteers are welcome to bring their own gardening materials and gloves for landscape and planting projects. For those interested in earning Student Service Learning (SSL) hours, please sign in when you arrive, and bring all paperwork with you.

Here are some local Community Clean-up Day events:

  • Kentlands, April 16, 9 a.m. to noon; meet at the Kentlands Clubhouse
  • Quince Orchard Park, April 16, 9 a.m. to noon; meet at the Quince Orchard Park Clubhouse
  • Lakelands, April 23, 9 a.m. to noon; meet at the Lakelands Clubhouse

Soroptimists Celebrate Empowering Women

More than 200 guests attended the Soroptimist International of Upper Montgomery County, Maryland (SIUMC) annual luncheon and fashion show at the Holiday Inn Gaithersburg on Sunday, April 10. All proceeds from this fundraising event support the Soroptimist mission of improving lives of women and girls through programs that lead to social and economic empowerment.

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman presented Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards to heads of households Francy Monaghan and Denys Conway. Penny Gladhill, founder of Hospice Caring, Inc. was recognized with the prestigious Ruby Award.

SIUMC President Johann Dretchen recognized students from Gaithersburg High School who participated in the Dream It Be It: Career Support for Girls program. She also recognized graduates from an adapted version of the same program that helps to provide skills needed for women to lift themselves from poverty and homelessness.

Michael Watkins Becomes Fellow

At the American Planning Association National Conference in Phoenix on April 3, Kentlands charrette participant and first Town Architect Michael Watkins was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.