Around Town

Gaithersburg Poets Workshop Planned

Lucinda Marshall, poet and Quince Orchard Park resident, is adding a Gaithersburg Poets Workshop to the DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry Series. “The workshop is an informal opportunity for poets to share their work with other poets and get feedback on their work,” Marshall said. “Anyone who is interested in possibly participating can email for more information.”

The DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry Series and Open Mic features poetry readings on the second Sunday of each month (except for July and August), 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gaithersburg Library. The March 11 reading presents poets Michele Wolf, Jennifer Wallace and Maritza Rivera. Details for each reading are posted on the website,

Free Retirement Planning Workshop Begins

Are you like many others who wonder when and if they can afford to retire? Do you spend more time planning your vacation than you do your retirement? The Village at Kentlands and Lakelands is sponsoring a free, six-week seminar that will provide you with critical information to inform your retirement planning. Experts in the field of coaching and financial planning will be leading these sessions every Saturday, March 3 through April 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Lakelands Clubhouse. Email to register.

Community Park Informational Meeting Planned

View plans for a new park adjacent to MedImmune (along Orchard Ridge Drive, between Great Seneca Highway and Mill Green Avenue) on March 7, 7 p.m. at the Quince Orchard Park Clubhouse. City staff and the park’s architect and engineer will be on hand to answer questions. For information, call 301.258.6370.

Foundation Highlights, Events Planned

Elisabeth Monaco’s first month as executive director of the Kentlands Community Foundation was “exciting and educational,” she stated. “We all have the privilege to live in amazing communities where there is so much creativity and enthusiasm. My husband and I have lived in the Kentlands for soon-to-be 26 years. For as long as we have lived here, I have thought of the Foundation as a reminder by its presence that the idea of community with all it entails, tangible and intangible, makes everyone’s life better, fuller and more connected.”

Monaco highlighted upcoming Foundation events.

The Young Artists Award Concert features performances from winners in a variety of musical categories. “This year two Kentlands residents were winners in their respective categories,” Monaco noted. “Natalie Hsieh won first in strings and Giorgia Dallasta won first place in the vocal category! Giorgia will also be starring as Peter Pan in the upcoming production at the Arts Barn.” The concert on Friday, March 2 at the Arts Barn is already sold out.

The Kentlands Film Society screens “The Eagle Huntress,” a UK/Mongolia production about a 13-year-old Kazakh girl who aspires to be a top eagle hunter, at the Arts Barn on Sunday, March 18, 7 p.m. A Critics Corner discussion follows the movie. Tickets are $9. Make reservations at 301.529.9951 or

Look for the next New Urbanism lecture on April 17, 7 p.m. at the Arts Barn. “These discussions remind us of how far we have come in the last 25 years,” Monaco stated, “and how we are still continuing on this journey to make a thriving community.”

June brings both the 4th annual Kentlands Under the Lights, an outdoor community dinner in Kentlands Market Square on June 16, and the Foundation’s first-ever classical music concert on the Kentlands Mansion lawn on June 23. “This is a new event for the Foundation,” Monaco noted. “It will be a wonderful evening of music held under the stars—think an evening at the Boston Pops or Wolf Trap right in our backyard!”

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Foundation website,
LWVMC Presents Film, Panel Discussion on Immigration

Sunday at the Movies, presented by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County (LWVMC), features a screening of the documentary “The Hand That Feeds” and a panel discussion on March 25 at the Arts Barn. After a 2 p.m. wine and cheese reception, the film about a popular bakery café on New York’s Upper East Side will be screened at 3 p.m. A panel discussion moderated by immigration attorney Don Mooers will follow the film. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit

Kingfish Season Kick-off Planned

Mark your calendars for Kingfish registration on Saturday, May 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kentlands Clubhouse. Registration will include a brief membership meeting at 1:30 p.m. followed by a family season kick-off and kite-making event on the lawn. The registration fee for the 2018 season will be $150 per swimmer plus a $30 per family concessions fee.

Chambers of Commerce Host Candidate Forum

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, along with the Rockville and Clarksburg Chambers of Commerce, will host a primary candidate forum on March 21 at 8:30 a.m. at Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Dr., Germantown. The forum brings together candidates for the office of Montgomery County Executive. Debate will focus on economic, development and transportation issues.

The seven candidates vying for County Executive are Roger Berliner (D), David Blair (D), Marc Elrich (D), William Frick (D), Rose Krasnow (D), George L. Leventhal (D) and Robin Ficker (R).
Berliner, Elrich, Leventhal, Krasnow, Blair and Flicker are confirmed to participate. Delegate Bill Frick will be in Annapolis and unable to attend.

The forum is free of charge. A light continental breakfast will be served. Advance registration is required at