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Paw-sitive News

Bring the four-legged member of your family to your neighborhood pool for the annual dog swim Labor Day weekend. Kentlands dogs and their owners are invited to the Kentlands pool on Sept. 4, 4 to 6 p.m.; Lakelands dogs and their owners are encouraged to splash and play at the Lakelands main pool on Sept. 4, 6 to 7 p.m.; and Quince Orchard Park dogs and their owners are invited to the QOP pool on Sept. 4, 7-8 p.m. Only dogs will be allowed in the pools during these times.

Dine at NYAJ’s to Support the Village

Dine at Not Your Average Joe’s (NYAJ’s), 245 Kentlands Blvd., any Tuesday in September—lunch or dinner—and 15 percent of your check will be donated to the Village at Kentlands & Lakelands. The Village is a neighbors helping neighbors volunteer program helping residents aged 55 or older and those with disabilities of any age enjoy happier, healthier lives while living in their own homes.

Take advantage of free membership during the Village’s pilot program. Learn more at www.village or call 240.449.9002.

Learn About the MOCO Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Neighbors Program

On Monday, Sept. 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Kentlands Lecture Series brings a panel discussion on a vital current topic, answering the questions: How do we help our new neighbors who have come here from a foreign country and have no jobs, no home, and only the possessions they can carry? How can we begin to understand how strange and unsettled they must feel?

Bob Cooke from the MOCO Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Neighbors Program, Mark Joffe of Temple Beth Ami, and Nelofar Anwar, M.D. of the Islamic Center of Maryland will talk about the many intricate steps needed to settle these families and individuals into the pace of American life. Learn how communities of faith are banding together to help assist our new MOCO neighbors.

Presented by the Kentlands Citizens Assembly and the Kentlands Community Foundation and hosted by the Kentlands Manor and the Village at Kentlands & Lakelands, the lecture will be held at Kentlands Manor, 217 Booth St.

Gaithersburg Poetry Reading Planned

Join local poets Ann Bracken, Cherryl T. Cooley, Lucinda Marshall, Vivek Narayanan, Matthew Ratz, and Sarah Ann Winn for a free reading at The Gallery at Chesapeake Framing, 123 Crown Park Ave. The Sunday, Sept. 17, 3 to 5 p.m. event will include an Open Mic.

Organic Lawn Care Workshop Offered

Bring your questions and come learn the essentials of pesticide-free lawn care from organic lawn care expert Zack Kline, head of A.I.R. Lawn Care, Natural, Organic Lawn Care and Sustainable Landscaping Services. This free workshop hosted by the City of Gaithersburg and its Environmental Affairs Committee, the Kentlands Community Foundation GO GREEN Group, and Sierra Club Maryland is offered on Saturday, Sept. 23, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Casey Community Center, 810 South Frederick Ave. For more information, visit