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Gaithersburg Celebrates GIS Day With a Week of Activities

The City of Gaithersburg celebrates GIS Day, an annual global event, in November with discussions and activities designed to promote geography awareness and showcase Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and how they impact everyday life. With more than 700 layers of information in its database, the city’s GIS serves as an important tool for analysis and strategic decision-making.

More than just a mapping application, the GIS database helps inform staff and elected officials about such things as the availability of affordable housing, impervious surface coverage, most effective snow plow routes, access to social services, and much more.

The Mayor and City Council made an official GIS Day proclamation at their meeting on Nov. 5, during which staff presented
a StoryMap highlighting the growth of the GIS program over the past five years.

A Talk and Tasting will take place on Friday, Nov. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gaithersburg Community Museum as part of its After Hours series. Join retired geodesist David Doyle for a discussion on magnetic fields, the Prime Meridian and the future of geodetic science. A tasting with Twin Valley Distillers, Montgomery County’s first operating distillery using local grains and products, kicks off the evening at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 (must be over 21 for the tasting).

Explore how GIS helps us every day with hands-on activities during Discovery Day: GIS, GPS, and Maps at the Community Museum on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A map gallery will be on exhibit showing visitors how the city has used GIS over the past year to plan events, understand housing needs, and determine watershed runoff. This event is free, but
visitors are asked to register in advance.

Childcare Use Approved for Legacy Performing Arts

The Planning Commission approved childcare use at 4 Kent Gardens Circle, the location of Legacy Performing Arts. The new performing arts center opened on Oct. 1 and is owned by Teresa Gasaway, also co-owner of Minds in Motion childcare in Gaithersburg and Potomac. Gasaway would like to add one class (maximum 12) of childcare for infants to age 2 at the Kentlands location.

City Goes Purple for Substance Abuse Awareness

At its Nov. 5 meeting, the Mayor and City Council declared November as “Municipal Government Works Month” in  Gaithersburg. The Maryland Municipal League (MML) encourages local municipalities to celebrate Municipal Government Works (MGW) Month in an effort to educate citizens about the role and function of government.

The city joins MML and other local municipalities in the “Go Purple” movement to raise awareness about substance use and the opioid crisis. “Go Purple” is an initiative of The Herren Project, a substance abuse prevention program designed to engage and educate young people about the dangers of substance use.

Throughout the month of November, the Mayor and City Council and staff will wear purple lapel pins and dress in purple on Wednesdays, the city’s logo will be temporarily changed to purple, and select city facilities will be illuminated with purple lighting at night. The city also encourages local businesses and residents to wear purple and adopt purple lighting for the month.

November Is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

In recognition of the importance of celebrating the heritage, history, art and traditions of those who were the original inhabitants of our country, the Mayor and City Council proclaimed November as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month at its Nov. 5 meeting. Mary Beardsley from Employees First Employee Association of Indian Health Service accepted the proclamation.