Around Town

Arts Barn to Close for Energy Upgrade

The Arts Barn will be closed from Aug. 5 through Sept. 13 for capital improvements. These include an energy upgrade.  Current equipment was installed in 2000, and according to the City of Gaithersburg, the Arts Barn building’s current energy use is three times the average for a building of its size.

Musica Viva Returns to Mansion Lawn

For a second year, Musica Viva: Kentlands Classical Music Concert Series returns on June 23, 6 p.m. on the Kentlands  Mansion lawn. Maestro Simeone Tartaglione and violin soloist Alessandra Cuffaro will take the stage with a 15-piece string orchestra. Admission is free, but you will be able to purchase refreshments from The Wine Harvest, Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rita’s Italian Ice.

Kentlands Clubhouse Collects American Flags

Residents are invited to drop off retired American flags at the Kentlands Clubhouse through July 3. A Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. during the Kentlands Annual 4th of July Carnival.

Independence Day Events Planned

You can celebrate our nation’s independence for a full week this year. First up is the City of Gaithersburg’s SummerFest Celebration on June 29, 5 to 11:30 p.m. at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm. In addition to fireworks, you’ll find live music, kids’ activities, food and a great SummerGlo After Party.

The Kentlands 4th of July Parade & Carnival is next. After bicycle decorating and a community breakfast at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 16 Kent Garden Circle, the parade from Rachel Carson Elementary to the Kentlands Clubhouse kicks off. A carnival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., features inflatables, lawn games, a balloon artist, DJ, and live music by Gina’s Soul Party.

Lakelands residents are invited to a 4th of July Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come to celebrate with fun activities like inflatables, games and a DJ. Food sales will benefit the Lakelands Lionfish.

Quince Orchard Park will have its annual neighborhood Summer Celebration on Saturday, July 6, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. New this year are a big foam pit and a giant blow-up water slide.

Quince Orchard Project Film Screening Planned

The Quince Orchard Project together with the Pleasant View Historical Association will present “Finding Fellowship,” a film that chronicles the 150-plus year legacy of the community of Quince Orchard, Maryland, from the Civil War to today. The screening, part of a patrons’ preview event and fundraiser, will take place 7 to 9 p.m. at Johns Hopkins University – Montgomery County Campus Auditorium, 9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Arrive early for a cocktail hour, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Suggested donations for tickets are $50 to $200. RSVP or donate at