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Bark! Gaithersburg participated in the fourth annual Fast & Furriest 5K and one-mile race on April 8 at Monocacy Village Park in Frederick to raise funds for Operation Paws for Homes, a nonprofit devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of dogs in forever homes. The event raised more than $14,000.

Bark! Gaithersburg participated in the fourth annual Fast & Furriest 5K and one-mile race on April 8 at Monocacy Village Park in Frederick to raise funds for Operation Paws for Homes, a nonprofit devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of dogs in forever homes. The event raised more than $14,000.

Kentlands Square Infill Sites Not Approved

Despite staff and Planning Commission recommendation for approval, the Kentlands Square Infill Sites SDP-7712-2017 was voted down by the City Council on April 16 with a 3:2 vote. Nay votes from Laurie-Anne Sayles, Robert Wu and Michael Sesma were tempered. All three expressed reservations about the inclusion of a drive-thru attached to one of the three infill buildings proposed for the Lowe’s parking lot area, but said they could support the project without the drive-thru.

Improvements to Market Square Still in Works

Councilmember Neil Harris, at Monday’s Mayor and City Council meeting, asked Kimco Director of Development Caren Garfield about the status of near-term improvements to the center. Noting that a lot of commercial space remains empty, he said that “neighbors are concerned. … There’s a banner on the theater but no work trucks.”

Garfield said that the theater is finalizing their design right now. “You should see activity starting on the inside probably in late May/early June for the theater, and then we’re in the final throws of getting our demolition and building permits for the paseo and the facades and we anticipate starting construction in May.”

PMA Takes Center Court

Pritchard Music Academy musicians took center court at the Washington Wizards game on April 6 at the Capitol One Arena. The 32 PMA musicians, “surrounded by an honor guard, all of the players from the Wizards and Atlanta Hawks and 20,000 spectators took a deep breath then performed the National Anthem. It was quite an experience!” said Becky Pritchard.

Z Yoga Adds Class

Ease into your week with a new Gentle Yoga class on Monday mornings, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Z Yoga, 420 Main St., second floor. Yoga instructor and studio owner Alex Stavistsky-Zeineddin leads you in a longer meditation followed by a gently yoga practice where you stretch and lengthen to a comfortable place, finding your edge and being still, holding poses longer.

Thirty-two Pritchard Music Academy musicians performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on April 6 at the Washington Wizards game.

Thirty-two Pritchard Music Academy musicians performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on April 6 at the Washington Wizards game.

RIO Pop-Up Shop Supports Moms Demand Action

For one week only, /GIV/ offers socially conscious shopping with in-store events focused on philanthropy at RIO Washingtonian Center, 6 Grand Corner Ave. The spring pop-up shop will donate five percent of all product sales to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Montgomery County chapter. From Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, May 6, patrons can shop for men’s and women’s accessories, jewelry, apparel and body products. Special events include a complimentary Mats & Mimosas morning on Saturday, April 28 led by Yoga Bliss (Kentlands) and a May 3 Girls Night Out event, hosted by @HauteNavy, a DC-local fashion blog headed by Kate Schroeder (www.hautenavy.com).

MBT Plans Open House

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy (MBT), 220 Perry Parkway, plans its summer open house for Sunday, June 10, noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy sample classes in a variety of disciplines throughout the afternoon, including hip hop/street jazz, ballet, creative movement and more. You can also see screenings of some of MBT’s recent productions and enjoy prize drawings. Visit www.mbtdance.org for more information.

Real Estate Coffee House North Meets at Whole Foods

A networking group that started in Rockville, Real Estate Coffee House, expanded north this February and meets Tuesday mornings, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Kentlands Whole Foods. Capitol Benefits’ Kelly Grossberg is a co-host. This free networking group brings speakers and focuses on the real estate industry, including contractors, lenders, realtors, home photographers, movers, inspectors and decorators. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RealEstateCoffeeHouseNorth.

GGCC Wine Tasting Coming to Mansion

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) will hold its 15th Annual Wine Tasting on Thursday, May 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kentlands Mansion. More than 100 area business leaders are expected to attend. Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape will lead you on a guided wine tasting tutorial, and the six featured wines will be paired with dishes from Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Caribbean Caterers, Barking Mad Cafe, and Asia Nine. Bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes and fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate will be served compliments of the Melting Pot Gaithersburg. Bottled water will be provided by DrinkMore Water. Special event sponsors are Bargain Movers and Crown Trophy. Tickets are $35 for GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors; and $65 for Returning Non-Members. Register by May 14.

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