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Photo | Jodi Rapaport Fairies, witches, superheroes—even the Flinstones—came out for Trick-or-Treating at the Shops on Oct. 31.

Photo | Jodi Rapaport
Fairies, witches, superheroes—even the Flinstones—came out for Trick-or-Treating at the Shops on Oct. 31.

Kentlands Market Square Construction Update

According to Jennifer Maisch, director of corporate communications for Kimco, owners of Kentlands Market Square, façade renovations will be complete by the end of this year. Retail spaces in the new paseo, cutting through the former Persiano Gallery space to Market Street, will be complete in the second quarter of 2019, and the theater is slated for late third quarter/
early fourth quarter 2019, she added.

Kentlands Apartments Policy Discussion Planned

The Mayor and City Council anticipates policy discussion for application SDP-7362-2016/Kentlands Apartments on Monday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. The 365-unit apartment complex and seven-level parking garage is planned in two phases at 913 and
917 Quince Orchard Road. Phase 1 will contain 271 units, and phase 2 will bring 94 units. For more information, visit the city’s projects page,

Shaare Torah Celebrates Hanukkah With Community Youth

Shaare Torah Early Childhood Center, 1409 Main St., invites the entire community to Tot-Sized Taste of Hanukkah on Sunday, Dec. 2, 4 to 5:30 p.m. This fun and interactive celebration is designed to help our youngest community members learn about
the holidays.

Photo | Submitted Chabad Lubavitch’s Menorah Fire Truck Parade brings Chanukah spirit to many neighborhoods.

Photo | Submitted
Chabad Lubavitch’s Menorah Fire Truck Parade brings Chanukah spirit to many neighborhoods.

Chanukah Wonderland and Menorah Fire Truck Parade Planned

Chanukah Wonderland, a project of Chad Lubavitch of Upper Montgomery County, returns to Kentlands Market Square this year, but in a new location—the former Dress Barn space next door to Michael’s at 801 Center Point Way. New this year is the Chanukah Selfie Snowglobe Bouncehouse. Kids are invited to jump in a bouncehouse shaped like a snowglobe, and while the “snow” whirls around, they will have their photos taken. Families will go home with photos of their children inside the snowglobe.

Chanukah Wonderland also offers crafts, a hands-on olive oil press demonstration, a computer center, educational
holiday video station, events and more. Admission and most activities are free. Chanukah Wonderland opens Sunday, Nov. 25 and will be open daily (except Friday) through Saturday night, Dec. 8. The entire community is invited to a Family Chanukah
Party on Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Visit for Chanukah Wonderland hours and a detailed schedule of events.

Popular year after year, the Menorah Fire Truck Parade returns on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The parade leaves RVFD Station 3 in Rockville at 6 p.m. and travels to Chanukah Wonderland and through the neighborhoods on its way to the Chabad House, 11520 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg for an Outdoor Community Menorah and Chanukah Party. For more information,
visit There is no charge for this event.

Holiday Home & Garden Tour Planned

The 2018 Kentlands Holiday House and Garden Tour, organized by the Kentlands Community Foundation, returns on  Thursday, Dec. 6. Always popular, this year’s tour returns with a twist, according to Kentlands Community Foundation  Executive Director Elisabeth Monaco. “This time the focus will be on holidays in the Kentlands,” she noted. The Foundation hopes to represent as many holiday traditions as possible, including Hanukkah, Christmas, Diwali, Kwaanza and Three Kings’ Day. Look for a map of lights to see in the neighborhood at the Kentlands Tree Lighting Ceremony in Market Square, 6 p.m.

Kentlands Tree Lighting

The annual Kentlands Tree Lighting in Kentlands Market Square is planned for Thursday, Dec. 6, 6 to 7 p.m. City of  Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman will light the tree, and the community will enjoy music and caroling from Pritchard Music Academy students, the Gaithersburg Chorus and Chamber Singers from Seneca Valley, entertainment from Two Left Feet  Dance, hot chocolate, ornament making and visits with Santa. Kentlands Flowers & Bows will give out greenery, and Artists on Market will hand out candy canes. Peppers Taco and Wine Bar will have s’mores and the fire tables up during the tree lighting for kids and adults, with specially priced beer and wine for the grownups. Stop by the Artists on Market gallery, 201 Market St. West for some hot apple cider and to make a paper snowflake.

And don’t miss the My Big Finds third anniversary celebration, also on Dec. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. Customers can enjoy a hot donut food truck.

Calling All Holiday Carolers

The Gaithersburg Chorus invites carolers of all ages to participate in a holiday singalong through the beautifully decorated
neighborhoods of Kentlands and Lakelands on Friday, Dec. 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Carolers will meet at the Lakelands Clubhouse, 960 Main St., and serenade along Main Street, through the Kentlands and Lakelands neighborhoods. Caroling will end at the Arts Barn, where everyone is invited to warm up with complimentary refreshments.

Please Comment on Proposed Dog Park

The Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) and Lakelands Community Association (LCA) are working with the City of Gaithersburg to determine interest in a community dog park. Please take a few moments to complete the digital survey at The dog park would be for residents of nearby communities, in addition to Kentlands and Lakelands.

The proposed site is a 4.76-acre parcel between Lakelands Park and the county office building off Main Street near Darnestown Road. Parking is available on the street and in a nearby lot.

The parcel is owned by Montgomery County, and it is one of the sites under consideration for a new MCPS elementary school to relieve Rachel Carson Elementary overcrowding. The City of Gaithersburg recently leased the land from the county, with the understanding that no permanent structures will be built on it.

The county and city agree that a dog park would be an acceptable use for the parcel. The city has planned to build a  recreational park on the site with volleyball courts and other open play areas.

Please contact Karen Norris or Yamil Hernandez if you have any questions or comments to share, at

New President, Board Members Elected to KCA

A total of 299 valid ballots were counted in the recent Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) election. Ty Hardaway is incoming
KCA president, and Dave Hofmann and Asya Guenova-Smith have been elected to the Board of Trustees. Barney Gorin, outgoing KCA president, served two terms, the optimum amount of time permitted per KCA Charter.