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Arts Barn Hosts 15 Artists on Small Business Saturday

The Nov. 30 Holiday Bazaar at the Arts Barn featured 15 local artists who offered unique gifts, jewelry, prints, pottery, candles and more. If you missed the Holiday Bazaar, you can find one-of-a-kind gifts at the Arts Barn City Shop throughout December.

KCF Donates 5K Proceeds to Local Charities

Each year, the Kentlands/Lakelands 5K, a program of the Kentlands Community Foundation (KCF), benefits local charities. At the Mayor and City Council meeting on Dec. 2, the KCF presented a check for $12,500 to benefit the city’s Dolores C. Swoyer Scholarship Fund. This money will enable even more children to attend the city’s summer camp. With this year’s donation, the KCF has contributed more than $177,000 to the Dolores C. Swoyer Scholarship
Fund over 17 years.

In total, this year’s 5K raised $20,000 for local charities that include The Dwelling Place, Maryland Senior Olympics and Mercy Health Clinic. This represents an increase of $5,000 over prior years.

The 2019 Kentland/Lakelands 5K Planning Committee consisted of Liz Monaco, executive director of Kentlands Community Foundation, Danny Talmage, race director, Rob Garretson, Vince Palmier, Lake Coulson, Erin Christy, Brett Esders, Karen Craney and Sharon Cantrell, along with representatives from the city.

Winter Lights Benefits Local Nonprofits

A portion of the proceeds from the 2019 Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival will benefit local nonprofit organizations, including Casey Cares Foundation that provides uplifting programming to critically ill children and their families, College Tracks that helps students manage the challenges of the college experience, and Equipment Connections for Children that helps children with disabilities get the adaptive equipment that they need.

The festival, featuring a 3.5-mile drive past 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit park trees, is in its 24th season at Seneca Creek State Park. It is open nightly through Dec. 31, Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Please note that the festival will be closed on Dec. 25. Advance online admission is $12 per car Monday through Thursday and $17 per car Friday through Sunday. Admission at the gate is $15 per car Monday through Thursday and $20 per car Friday through Sunday.