City Scene

Police Foundation Fundraiser Planned

The Gaithersburg Police Foundation returns to Dogfish Head Alehouse on Tuesday, May 15 for its most popular fundraiser of the year. This is the tenth consecutive year for the event, which raises money for the nonprofit organization supporting the Gaithersburg Police Department. Dogfish Head Alehouse is located at 800 West Diamond Ave. in Gaithersburg.

The restaurant is donating 15 percent of the day’s proceeds to the Gaithersburg Police Foundation. The public is encouraged to drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. for a fun time, good food and an opportunity to meet the members of the Gaithersburg Police Department and the Gaithersburg Police Foundation, whose board members will be on hand throughout the event.

City Hosts Two Pit Stops on May 18

The City of Gaithersburg joins Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association in welcoming thousands of area commuters to a cycling celebration on Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 18. This year Gaithersburg is hosting two of the more than 100 Pit Stops that will be scattered throughout the D.C. region. Stop by in the morning from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Pit Stop at the corner of MD Route 119 (Great Seneca Highway) and Orchard Ridge Drive. For your ride home, the city hosts a second Pit Stop from 4 to 6 p.m. in the new Olde Towne Park Plaza at the corner of South Summit and East Diamond Avenues.

Advance registration is now open. Free t-shirts are available for the first 20,000 who register throughout the region. Visitors to the Gaithersburg Pit Stops can stop by on May 18 for refreshments, entertainment and a chance to win raffle prizes provided by local vendors. For more information and to register please visit

Plan Your Day at the Gaithersburg Book Festival

On Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., City Hall grounds will come alive with author presentations, writing workshops, live music, kids’ activities, food and more. In all, more than 130 adult, young adult and children’s authors will gather to share their work. You can plan your day by consulting the master schedule, available at

City Holds Memorial Day Observance

The City of Gaithersburg will join the nation in honoring all who have given their lives in military service at its Memorial Day Observance on Wednesday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at Christman Park. The public is invited to join the Mayor and City Council, junior mayor, city staff and honored guests in a tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Joining the May 30 observance will be guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel (USA Retired) Stephen E. Freeman. Lieutenant Colonel Freeman graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1973 and served as a field artillery officer in various assignments, including the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, and the 56th Field Artillery Brigade in Germany. Following a 23-year Army career, Lieutenant Colonel Freeman joined the CIA and served an additional 21 years as an intelligence officer, retiring this past October. For the past three years he has served as a mentor in the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program.

The patriotic ceremony will include words and music to commemorate the occasion and a solemn wreath-laying ceremony. Young Artist Award vocal winner Giorgia Dallasta will perform the national anthem. At the event, guests will be invited to fill out a card and provide a 4×6 photograph for a Book of Tribute, honoring friends and family members who serve.

MCCH’s Operation Homecoming provides homeless veterans with a safe, stable and affordable place to live. Donations, including food, toiletries and cleaning supplies, are being collected to assist veterans with their move. A complete list is available on the city’s website. Donations can be dropped off during the Memorial Day Service. Monetary donations are also being accepted. Checks can be written to either the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless or to the VFW.