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GBF Launches Community-Wide Read

Gaithersburg native Jeanine Cummins’ new book, “American Dirt,” will be published Jan. 21, and the Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF) invites the entire community to participate in a first-ever “Gaithersburg Reads.” This immigrant tale, while fictional, is a heavily researched depiction of a migrant’s journey. Some are calling the book “a ‘Grapes of Wrath’ for our times” and “a new American classic.”

After reading the book, please join Cummins for a book discussion and signing at the Gaithersburg High School Performing Arts Center on March 31, 7 p.m. Cummins is a graduate of Gaithersburg High School.

Photo | Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin (L to R) Gaithersburg City Councilmembers Neil Harris and Mike Sesma, Mayor Jud Ashman, Quince Orchard High Principal Beth Thomas and QO Athletic Director Jeff Rabberman participated in the Dec. 4 Kentlands Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting in Market Square.

Photo | Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin
(L to R) Gaithersburg City Councilmembers Neil Harris and Mike Sesma, Mayor Jud Ashman, Quince Orchard High Principal Beth Thomas and QO Athletic Director Jeff Rabberman participated in the Dec. 4 Kentlands Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting in
Market Square.

Tree & Menorah Lighting Draws Big Crowd

Residents, local businesses, elected officials and Santa and his helper kicked off the holidays in Kentlands Market Square on Thursday, Dec. 4 with the annual Kentlands Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting. Pritchard Music Academy’s Holiday Ensemble, Advanced Brass and Woodwind Ensemble performed, as did the Gaithersburg Chorus. Santa arrived by firetruck, and Bella Ballet’s Miss Jackie plugged in the tree at the end of an enthusiastic countdown by the large crowd assembled.

Organized again this year by Jodi Rapaport, owner of My Big Finds on Market Street West, the event was sponsored by KIMCO Realty, My Big Finds, Kentlands Citizens Assembly, Kentlands Community Foundation and many local businesses, including Bella Ballet, Berries & Bowls, Brendan’s Voyage, Capitol Benefits, Foundry Fitness, Karen’s Rocks and Rags, Kentlands Flowers & Bows, Kentlands Psychotherapy, Meredith Fogle Team, My Gym, Mynd Spa & Salon, Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip, Pritchard Music, Vitality Fitness and Wellness, Yoga Bliss and Z Yoga.

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