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Montgomery County Recreation Happenings in October

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Cricket Anyone? Coming soon to Recreation, we are looking for interested folks.Call 240.777.6870

Club Rec:  Homework Time, Sports & Games, Arts & Crafts, and Computer Access in some centers.

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  $62 per month, Monday through Friday for students K-5.

Damascus      240.777.6930

East County    240.777.8090

Coffield           240.777.4900

Long Branch   240.777.6965

Mid-County     240.777.6820

Praisner          240.777.4970

Plum Gar        240.777.4919

Upper County  240.777.8077

White Oak      240.777.6940

 

October 1:  Adventurer’s Group: Oregon at Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free/Gratis Share your adventures with stories, pictures, videos. Join this group and relish in the memories together! Call 240.777.8085 for more information.

 

October 1:  Match Game at Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Free/Gratis. Try to match answers given with humorous, fill-in-the-blank questions. Register as a participant or panel. Call 240.777.8085 for more information.

 

October 1:  Dream Leadership at Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free/Gratis for 14-19 year old students. Weekly workshops every Thursday in October.  Topics include, but are not limited to, how to be a leader in your school and community; how to create a resume; college preparation; how to save money; the truth about drugs; and more. Register online; first 10 youth who register will receive a gift certificate. Call 240.777.4970 for more information.

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October 2:  Medicare: Making Good Choices at Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Join Kadijah Harris to learn all about Medicare in advance of open enrollment on October 15. Call 240.777.8085 for more information.

October 2:  Mac Friday at Clara Barton Neighborhood Recreation Center

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Membership fee $52.00 for grades 3-6 Games, crafts, movies, sports, DJs/dancers, special events, prizes, snack bar, raffles, theme nights. Register online. Call 240.777.4910 for more information.

 

October 3:  Community Day at Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free/Gratis. Celebrate Coffield Community Day 2015 with music, food, dancing, health screenings, tai-chi, tae kwon do, live entertainment, spoken word performances, and kids corner with arts and crafts.  Call 240.777.4900 for more information.

 

October 3:  Audacity of Hoops 3 on 3 Basketball Tournaments at the Silver Spring Civic Building

11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Free/Gratis for MCPS high school boys and girls under 19 only. Teams can have up to five players. Teams must pre-register and can fax registration forms to 240.777.6899 or hand-deliver to our Youth Development Office at 3950 Ferrara Dr., Silver Spring 20906. Deadline to enter is October 2. Contact jose.segura@montgomerycountymd.gov

October 5:  Harvest Fest at Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Free/Gratis. Enjoy Backroads Band, a honky tonk country band based in Takoma Park. Lunch provided by the Nutrition Program. Pre-registration is required by Monday, September 28. Call 240.777.8085 for more information.

 

October 5:  Instructional Winter Basketball Registration starts at Montgomery County Recreation

for students K-2nd grade. Register online at ActiveMontgomery.org. Call 240.777.6870 for more information.

 

October 6:  Story Telling: Talk to the Animals at Long Branch Senior Center

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free/Gratis.  This is a four week, interactive, experiential workshop featuring Arts for the Aging storyteller Candace Wolf and choreographer Nancy Havlik. The group will share stories and dances from the animal world. Participants will experience and respond to tales, moves, sounds and music of various creatures. The fourth workshop will include a sharing of what we’ve discovered presented to other seniors and staff at the Long Branch Senior Center in an informal showing.  We’ll present our own dances, poems and animal narrative. How does a cat move? How does a bear walk? What do they have to say? Call 240.777.6975 for more information.

October 6:  Bridge Instruction at Long Branch Senior Center

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $2 per class, instruction is every Tuesday.  Call 240.777.6975 for more information.

 

October 7:  Connecting to the Net at Long Branch Senior Center

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free/Gratis.  Drop in every Wednesday for Basketball, Pickleball, and Ping Pong. Call 240-777-6975 for more information.

 

October 7:  Senior Spelling Bee at Holiday Park Senior Center

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free/Gratis.  First time competition between Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center and Holiday Park Senior Center. Show your spelling talent and fulfill your competitive side with us.

Call 240.777.4999 for more information.

 

October 7:  Health Fair and Flu Shots at Damascus Senior Center

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Flu shots cost $25.00, or a medical insurance card. The health fair is a free/gratis event and we welcome all to attend. Call 240.777.6995 for more information.

 

October 8:  Hispanic Heritage Fiesta at Holiday Park Senior Center

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. $1.00 at the door; Free/Gratis with HPSI card. Traditional costumes and dances from Latin America. Enjoy this colorful celebration. Call 240.777.4999 for more information.

 

October 8:  Ice Cream Social at Damascus Senior Center

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free/Gratis. Call 240.777.6995 for more information.

 

October 9:  Bingo/Zumba Night at Long Branch Community Recreation Center

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free/Gratis for all ages. Zumba is restricted to ages 12 & up. How about some fun and exercise on the same night? So come join us for the latest fitness and dance craze. Call 240.777.6965 for more information.

 

October 9:  Club Friday at Potomac Community Recreation Center

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Membership fee $88.00 for grades 3-6.  Games, crafts, movies, sports, DJs/dancers, special events, prizes, snack bar, raffles, theme nights.  Register online. Call 240.777.6960 for more information.

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October 9:  Club Friday at Germantown Community Recreation Center

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Membership fee $52.00 for grades 3-6.  Games, crafts, movies, sports, DJs/dancers, special events, prizes, snack bar, raffles, theme nights.  Register online. Call 240.777.8095 for more information.

 

October 13:  Trip to Brookside Gardens at Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cost for Wings of Fancy is $8. General admission is free. See the Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit. Call 240.777.8085 for more information.

October 14:  Festival de Raíces y Memorias del Mundo at Holiday Park Senior Center

4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Free/Gratis. In partnership with Impact Silver Spring. As part of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Wheaton residents are invited to participate and share the culture of the people in Montgomery County. Call 240.777.7833 for more information.

 

October 15:  Pumpkin Trolleyfest at Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Free/Gratis. Take a trip to Pinson’s Pumpkin Market! Pumpkin tokens available for individual visitors in the Museum Shop of the National Capital Trolley Museum.  Call 240.777.8085 for more information.

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October 16:  Haunted MURKWOOD Forest at Damascus Community Recreation Center

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This now-legendary haunted forest will kick off the Halloween season perfectly.  The $13 evening is an eery experience for ages 12-adult. Ghosts are flying, the body parts are laying mangled, and the chainsaw is roaring. The fear factor is heightened and the screams are curling toes with curiosity as the stories unfold. Theatrical student are encouraged to come and sign up to volunteer or donate props, if you dare. Join in a super-scary walk through the wilderness holding tight to the closest body [hopefully still breathing] next to you!. Be sure to calm your nerves with cider and s’mores once you’re done with your enchanted headless evening. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 240.777.6930 for more information.

 

October 16:  Club Friday at Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Membership fee $52.00 for grades 3-6.  Games, crafts, movies, sports, DJs/dancers, special events, prizes, snack bar, raffles, theme nights.  Register online. Call 240.777.6855 for more information.

 

October 16:  Club Friday at Plum Gar Community Recreation Center

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Membership fee $52.00 for grades 3-6.  Games, crafts, movies, sports, DJs/dancers, special events, prizes, snack bar, raffles, theme nights.  Register online. Call 240.777.4919 for more information.

 

October 16:  Club Friday at Longwood Community Recreation Center

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Membership fee $52.00 for grades 3-5. Games, crafts, movies, sports, DJs/dancers, special events, prizes, snack bar, raffles, theme nights. Register online. Call 240.777.6920 for more information.

 

October 17:  Haunted MURKWOOD Forest at Damascus Community Recreation Center

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This now-legendary haunted forest will kick off the Halloween season perfectly.  The $13 evening is an eery experience for ages 12-adult. Ghosts are flying, the body parts are laying mangled, and the chainsaw is roaring. The fear factor is heightened and the screams are curling toes with curiosity as the stories unfold. Theatrical student are encouraged to come and sign up to volunteer or donate props, if you dare. Join in a super-scary walk through the wilderness holding tight to the closest body [hopefully still breathing] next to you!. Be sure to calm your nerves with cider and s’mores once you’re done with your enchanted headless evening. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 240.777.6930 for more information.

 

October 17:  Halloween Costume Jam at Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free/Gratis for K-5th graders. Registration is required, activity number #7899. Wear your costumes for a chance to win a 1st place, 2nd place or 3rd place prize. Music, games, line dancing, face painting, photo booth, moon bounce, refreshments will be provided. Call 240.777.4900 for more information.

 

October 17:  Coaches Clinic starts at Mid-County Community Recreation Center

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Call 240.777.6870 for more information.

 

October 21:  Staying Safe this Halloween at Holiday Park Senior Center

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Officer Oliver Janney will provide you with all the information you need to stay safe this Halloween while going trick or treating with the little ones. Call 240.777.4999 for more information.

 

Hispanic HeritageOctober 22:  Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Long Branch Senior Center

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Regular lunch donation. Dance to the rhythms of DJ Francisco Miranda and sample Hispanic foods, in addition to our nutritious lunch. Call 240.777.6975 for more information.

 

October 23:  Halloween Party and Parade at Damascus Community Recreation Center

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  $13.00 per participant, for 5-12 year olds. Join us for a magical evening in your favorite Halloween costume where face painters highlight favorite characters, games, goodie bags, and you are a part of the Halloween Parade. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 240.777.6930 for more information.

 

October 23:  Haunted MURKWOOD Forest at Damascus Community Recreation Center

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This now-legendary haunted forest will kick off the Halloween season perfectly.  The $13 evening is an eery experience for ages 12-adult. Ghosts are flying, the body parts are laying mangled, and the chainsaw is roaring. The fear factor is heightened and the screams are curling toes with curiosity as the stories unfold. Theatrical student are encouraged to come and sign up to volunteer or donate props, if you dare. Join in a super-scary walk through the wilderness holding tight to the closest body [hopefully still breathing] next to you!. Be sure to calm your nerves with cider and s’mores once you’re done with your enchanted headless evening. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 240.777.6930 for more information.

 

October 24:  Haunted MURKWOOD Forest at Damascus Community Recreation Center

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This now-legendary haunted forest will kick off the Halloween season perfectly.  The $13 evening is an eery experience for ages 12-adult. Ghosts are flying, the body parts are laying mangled, and the chainsaw is roaring. The fear factor is heightened and the screams are curling toes with curiosity as the stories unfold. Theatrical student are encouraged to come and sign up to volunteer or donate props, if you dare. Join in a super-scary walk through the wilderness holding tight to the closest body [hopefully still breathing] next to you!. Be sure to calm your nerves with cider and s’mores once you’re done with your enchanted headless evening. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 240.777.6930 for more information.

October 24:  Halloween Party and Parade at Damascus Community Recreation Center

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  $13.00 per participant for 5-12 year olds. Join us for a magical evening in your favorite Halloween costume where face painters highlight favorite characters, games, goodie bags, and you are a part of the Halloween Parade. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 240.777.6930 for more information.

 

October 24:  Community Service Day at Damascus Community Recreation Center

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free/Gratis. Creative minds bring forth garden decorations, help put up a fence, and build support trees for the beans and other vegetables. Come be a part of your community.  Join us in the enchanting Children’s Garden.  Pre-registration is recommended.  Volunteers are welcome! Call 240.777.6930 for more information.

 

October 26:  Mini Trip to Freer Museum with Guided Tour by Holiday Park Senior Center

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cost $10.00, registration required.  Lunch is not included in the fee. Call 240-.777.4999 for more information.

 

October 27:  Senior Housing and Aging in Place Resource Fair at Holiday Park Senior Center

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free/Gratis.  Resources include all the information you need to decide whether to stay in your current home or downsize to a new one. Call 240.777.4999 for more information.

 

October 27:  Nancy Sings at Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free/Gratis. . Join Nancy Abramson as she entertains with your favorite tunes! Call 240.777.8085 for more information.

October 28:  Halloween at Holiday Park Senior Center

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Free/Gratis.  This intergenerational event brings together grandparents and grandchildren for a night of games, spooky stories, and lots of candy. Call 240.777.4999 for more information.

 

October 28:  Adult Winter Basketball–Registration starts at Montgomery County Recreation

Register online at ActiveMontgomery.org. The adult basketball season starts January 10 and finishes late March. Call 240.777.6870 for more information.

 

October 29:  Halloween Luncheon at Damascus Senior Center

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cost for the meal $7.00, ages 55-69.  60+ donations requested.  Call 240.777.6995 for more information.

 

October 29:  Halloween Celebration – Anna Pappas “A Class Act” at Damascus Senior Center

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free/Gratis Call 240.777.6995 for more information.

 

October 30:  Halloween Party at Holiday Park Senior Center

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. $5 or $3 with HPSI Card. Come dressed up in your most creative costume, take pictures galore in our Group Photo Booth, and enjoy our dance with the Night and Day band. Pre-sale tickets only! Don’t wait to get yours! Tickets go on sale October 1. Call 240.777.4999 for more information.

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October 30:  Halloween Haunted House at Long Branch Community Recreation Center

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Free/Gratis.  Come join us for our Annual Haunted House, where all the ghosts and goblins come out to play.  Elementary school kids can join us for a best costume contest. Call 240.777.6965 for more information.

October 30:  Senior Feud – Halloween Edition at Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Free/Gratis. Join our Director, Amanda, for the Center’s version of Family Feud. Register as a participant at the Front Desk. Call 240.777.8085 for more information.

 

October 30:  Halloween Happening at Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free/Gratis for ages 12 & younger; parents are asked to donate unopened bags of individually wrapped candy. Call 240.777.4970 for more information.

 

October 30:  Halloween Party and Parade at Damascus Community Recreation Center

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  $13.00 per participant, for 5-12 year olds. Join us for a magical evening in your favorite Halloween costume where face painters highlight favorite characters, games, goodie bags, and you are a part of the Halloween Parade. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 240.777.6930 for more information.

 

October 30:  Haunted MURKWOOD Forest at Damascus Community Recreation Center

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This now-legendary haunted forest will kick off the Halloween season perfectly.  The $13 evening is an eery experience for ages 12-adult. Ghosts are flying, the body parts are laying mangled, and the chainsaw is roaring. The fear factor is heightened and the screams are curling toes with curiosity as the stories unfold. Theatrical student are encouraged to come and sign up to volunteer or donate props, if you dare. Join in a super-scary walk through the wilderness holding tight to the closest body [hopefully still breathing] next to you!. Be sure to calm your nerves with cider and s’mores once you’re done with your enchanted headless evening. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 240.777.6930 for more information.

 

October 31:  Halloween Hand Dance Party at Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 the day of the event (cash only) for adults 21+.  Come in costume or as you are. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of Recreation. Sponsored by the Praisner Advisory Committee. Contact Germaine for tickets at 240.328.7506.

 

Pickleball at Damascus Community Recreation Center

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, as an open gym program. Call 240.777.6930 for more information.

 

Pickleball at White Oak Community Recreation Center

Tuesdays: for ages 18 and above, 6:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Thursdays: for ages 55 and above, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Whether you have just picked up the game or are more experienced, have fun testing your skills. Call 240.777.6940 for more information.

 

Pickleball, Basketball or Ping Pong at Long Branch Senior Center

Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Rotate through the 3 activities, no scoring.

Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Take your pick, scoring allowed. Call 240.777.6975 for more information.

 

We Are Looking For A Few Good People Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings or Weekends.

Part-time/Seasonal/Substitute: Community Recreation Centers, Support Staff and Desk Attendants, and After School Activities Coordinators.

Professional, Friendly, Responsible, Great with all Ages, Dependable, a Team Player, Positive and Hard Working.

Contact:

Dave Branick             240.777.6873

Ingrid St. Villier          240.777.6820

Karen Jordan              240.777.4988

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Elizabeth Ortega-Lohmeyer

About Elizabeth Ortega-Lohmeyer

Multimedia Bilingual Rec Specialist at Montgomery County Recreation, loves videos, flowers and dogs. Winner of the “Poder Con Ganas” award from the Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County .

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