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Local Businesses Sponsor Kentlands Community Yard Sale

Main Street business Kentlands Flowers & Bows is one of the sponsors of the Kentlands Community Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please drop by to see them on the Kentlands Clubhouse Lawn. Also, be sure to pick up a map of more yard sale locations throughout the community. You can find maps in front of the Kentlands Clubhouse or on the Clubhouse Lawn. Signs By Tomorrow is a second sponsor and donor of much-needed yard sale signs.

Lakelands Hosts Presentation on Child Safety

Gaithersburg Police Officer Dan Lane will give a presentation on child safety at the Lakelands Clubhouse on June 22, 7 p.m. For more Lakelands safety information, visit the Lakelands Neighborhood Watch Facebook page, Lakelands Neighborhood Watch meetings are on the first Tuesday of every month, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Lakelands Clubhouse.

Junefest Planned for June 25

Junefest, an annual celebration honoring the Darnestown/Quince Orchard community at the Pleasant View Historic Site on Darnestown Road is planned for Saturday, June 25. Starting at noon, the event offers an afternoon of food, music by groups like the Royal Harmonizers, fellowship, and tours of the historic Quince Orchard Colored School and Pleasant View Methodist Church.

The Quince Orchard Project will be present and filming for a documentary on Quince Orchard, Maryland, which from the Civil War through the late 1900s could be found on a map. Jason Green, founder of The Quince Orchard Project, said that the documentary explores “the evolution of the Quince Orchard community from a sleepy, rural farm town to bustling suburb” and how this racially segregated community came together during one of America’s most divided moments, the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. Green and his team welcome input from community members who want to contribute to the preservation of Quince Orchard history.

Green began filming two-and-a-half years ago, mainly as a way to preserve his grandmother’s stories. Miss Pearl Green was then 95 years old and, with the exception of two years in D.C., a lifelong resident of Quince Orchard. He thought that this would be a two-month project with his grandmother, but it grew into much more. “This story found me more than I found it,” Green said.

Today, the project involves students at Quince Orchard High School and the Universities at Shady Grove and has collected the stories of more than 70 people—community members, elected officials, and experts outside of the community. Filming will be complete June 26. All footage will find a permanent home in the planned Quince Orchard school and church museums.

Also, prior to Junefest on Saturday, June 11, noon to 4 p.m., at Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 12801 Darnestown Road, the Pleasant View Historic Association in partnership with Heritage Montgomery and the Maryland State Archives will be collecting items—photos, books, notes, bibles, records and more—from the community to feature in the planned Quince Orchard museums. All items will be returned after entry into the archives.

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