Around Town

Learn About Plans for the Diya Site

At the Aug. 24 Kentlands Citizens Assembly Board meeting, developers will speak to the community about plans for multifamily residential at the Diya site near the Colonnade. Six-story buildings with approximately 295 to 305 units and hidden structured parking are being considered. For more information, visit

Blowout End-of-Summer Event Planned

Kentlands’ Summerfest, scheduled for Aug. 27, 6 p.m., will be bigger than ever with the postponed Fourth of July carnival attractions rolled into Kentlands’ traditional end-of-summer celebration. Look for games, inflatables, face painting, balloon artistry, a dunk tank, food, a beer tent, DJ music and even horse-drawn wagon rides. This is a Kentlands residents only event, and participants are encouraged to dress in their best nautical attire and register in advance.

DC Reading for ‘Inside Job’

Former Kentlands resident Ken Vest’s play about the tragedy of heroin addiction, “Inside Job,” was chosen by the DC Actors’ Center for a staged reading. The Actors’ Center produces four staged readings per year, and “Inside Job” is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.

‘Francis Victus’ Wins Awards

Local filmmaker Barry Worthington’s “The Infinitely Generous Francis Victus,” filmed in Gaithersburg and around upper Montgomery County and screened July 9 at Paragon Kentlands Stadium 10, has won six awards from nine film festivals. The festivals and honors are

  • Award of Recognition from the Best Shorts Competition
  • Official Selection of the LA Shorts Awards for the month of June
  • Official Selection of the Canadian Diversity Film Festival for the month of July
  • Official Selection of the Miami Independent Film Festival for the month of August
  • Best USA Film at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival for the month of July
  • PLATINUM Award for Best Score: Barry Worthington, GOLD Award for Best Director: Barry Worthington, and SILVER Award for Best Editing: Barry Worthington—all from LA Shorts
  • Award of Recognition from The Indie Fest