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Give to the Village

As it begins a second year of operation, the Village at Kentlands & Lakelands needs financial support. The Village’s goal is to raise $5,000 by Dec. 31 to cover basic administrative costs that support the training and logistics for volunteers and coordination of services for members.

A Kentlands Community Foundation program, the Village helps seniors aged 55 and over, and anyone, regardless of age, with special health or physical needs. Village volunteers help neighbors enjoy healthier, safer and happier lives in their own homes by driving them to appointments, helping with light household chores, and even going for walks.

To contribute, visit or and click on the “Donate” button. You can also write a check payable to the Kentlands Community Foundation; please add “VKLYE17 Drive” in the note field. Checks should be mailed to the Kentlands Community Foundation, 267 Kentlands Blvd, #200, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

Planning Commission Recommends Approval

At its regular meeting on Dec. 6, the Planning Commission made two approval recommendations to the Mayor and Council, one for the Schematic Development Plan (SDP) for three additional retail buildings totaling 16,000 sf at Saul Centers’ Kentlands Square, and one for the SDP for 106 single-family homes on the Johnson Annexation property. The Mayor and City Council’s anticipated policy discussion of the Kentlands Square Infill Sites SDP will be held at its Jan. 16, 2018 meeting.

New Poetry Reading Series Begins Mid-January

DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry Reading and Open Mic starts Jan. 14, 2018 and will be held monthly on the second Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave. Each reading will feature several poets, including authors who live in the immediate Gaithersburg area. There will also be an Open Mic where anyone can share a poem that they have written and an opportunity to discuss poetry with the featured poets.

Organized by Quince Orchard Park resident and poet Lucinda Marshall, the series kickoff on Jan. 14 features poets Kim Roberts, Sunil Freeman and Luther Jett. The Feb. 11 program brings Sarah Browning, Alan King and Joanna Howard. Kentlands poet Michele Wolf is joined by Teri Cross Davis and Jennifer Wallace on March 11. For more information, visit