Around Town

Spooktacular Fun Planned

Long & Foster’s Spooky House returns to 189 Kentlands Boulevard on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 3 to 5 p.m. All are invited for pumpkin painting, games, trick or treating and more.

Then on Halloween, 3 to 6 p.m., don your favorite costume and trick or treat at participating downtown businesses. Look for the “Trick or Treating at the Shops” orange poster to locate participating shops.

Kentlands Business Owners and Managers Event

The Kentlands Business Owners and Managers Facebook group is hosting its first event on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 4 p.m. at Sin and Grin, 353 Main St. City of Gaithersburg Planning staff will talk about upcoming business changes in Kentlands. In early August and with the permission of group founder Andrew Ross, Josh Lavine of Capitol Benefits began rebuilding the Kentlands Business Owners and Managers Facebook group page. Neighborhood business owners and managers are encouraged to join. Visit to join.

Loose Leaf Collection Begins Soon

Loose leaf collection for single family and townhouse owners in the City of Gaithersburg begins Monday, Oct. 28, and will continue through Friday, Dec. 27, weather permitting. Collection is made weekly, however there may be a one to two-day delay during busy periods.

Place leaves at the street curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling day. Note that leaves placed in alleys or mews will not be collected. After the collection period ends, leaves can be placed in biodegradable brown paper bags and left curbside with other recyclables on your weekly collection day.

Please remove limbs, rocks or other heavy objects from leaf piles. Never drive across or park over a leaf pile and do not allow children to play in leaves along the street.

As a reminder, during periods of potential storm activity, please delay leaf raking until after the effects of the storm have passed. Also, do not rake leaves into gutters or streets. Rake them into grassy areas behind the curb line to allow water to flow into catch basins.

For more information, visit or contact the City of Gaithersburg Department of Public Works at 301.258.6370.

Early Voting on Oct. 26 and 27

City of Gaithersburg elections to fill three City Council seats take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and voters must cast their ballots at their designated precinct on that day.

You can vote early on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27 at City Hall, 31 South Summit Ave. Polls will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Same-day voter registration is available during early voting and on Election Day. For more election information, including information on candidates, visit