Around Town

Kentlands Downtown Update Planned

The Kentlands Business Owners Facebook group, now managed by Joshua Levine of Capitol Benefits, is holding a happy hour and downtown update at Sin & Grin, 353 Main St., on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. John Schlichting, City of Gaithersburg director of planning and code administration, will speak about an update on the Kentlands master plan, approval status on upcoming projects, the new Starbucks location and anything new from Saul and Kimco.

If you’re interested in attending, please join the Kentlands Business Owners and Operators Facebook group page.

Applications Open for Soroptomist Live Your Dream Awards

Soroptomist International of Upper Montgomery County, Maryland (SIUMC) will make three Live Your Dream Cash Awards of $2000, $1500, and $1000 to motivated women who are the primary financial supporters of their families to improve their lives by gaining additional skills, education or training. These cash awards are meant to offset costs associated with the recipient’s efforts to attain higher education, including tuition, book, supplies, child care or transportation costs. The contact information is included in the attached materials and on the SIUMC Facebook page, The completed application and references are due by Nov. 15.

Workshop on I-270 Congestion Coming to Bohrer Park

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will hold a workshop on Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 South Frederick Ave. MDOT SHA seeks public input on potential solutions to reduce congestion on I-270 between I-370 and I-70. Multiple studies over the last decade have shown that the National Capital Region is one of the most congested in the nation, and Marylanders face the second highest commuting times in the country. On average, I-270 is congested seven hours each day.

MDOT SHA staff will be available to answer questions, and there will be a brief presentation at 7 p.m. The presentation will also be available online at

Bikes for the World Donation Drive at Shaare Torah

A young member of the Shaare Torah congregation is collecting bikes and bike parts on Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 to 4 p.m. at the synagogue’s 1409 Main St. parking lot for Bikes for the World, a nonprofit that makes bicycles available to low-income people in developing countries. Bicycles don’t need to be in perfect condition. A $10 donation is also welcome. The nonprofit uses this money to repair and service donated bikes, as well as train individuals in developing countries in bike repair. To learn more, visit