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New in Montgomery County Recreation

fall_guideMontgomery County Recreation offers access to hundreds of activities and programs that make it easy to participate in a healthier and more active lifestyle. Whether waltzing across the dance floor, taking a dip in a cool, refreshing swimming pool or joining a fall softball league, Montgomery County Recreation can be the portal to a healthier lifestyle.

The Fall Recreation Guide will be available for on-line viewing on August 9 and registration for fall programs opens on August 19. Aquatics registration starts August 21.  To register visit

Montgomery County celebrated the opening of the Plum Gar Community Recreation Center on July 20
This $8.2 million renovation is the third recreation facility project that has been completed in the past three years. The Mid County Community Recreation Center was opened in 2011 and the White Oak Community Recreation Center in 2012.

plum_gar_center_openingThe Plum Gar Community Recreation Center provides a wide range of recreation and leisure programs. Facilities include a full-size gymnasium, 150-seat social hall, catering kitchen, conference room, game room, weight and exercise room, multipurpose activities room and a computer lab. Programs include a variety of activities and classes for all ages, an after school program, senior programs, open gym sports, drop-in games, etc.

Enjoy a Night Under the Stars with Grammy® Award Winning Musician Branford Marsalis at the 2013 Silver Spring Jazz Festival
Join us as we celebrate the 10th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival in downtown Silver Spring on Saturday, September 7, 4:30 to 10:00 p.m. The entire family will enjoy a night of music, dancing, food, and fun.

This year’s headliner, Branford Marsalis has worked with musical greats such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins, as well as Sting, the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby and of course, his own brother, Wynton Marsalis.  Located in the heart of Silver Spring, as Jazz Festival patrons you will have your choice of food vendors or bring a picnic.  Be sure to bring your beach chairs.  Come to Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building, corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street. Parking is limited at the downtown garages including Wayne Avenue garage, the Town Square garage, and the garages on Bonifant Street, Cameron at Ramsey Avenue, and Cameron at Fenton, so consider taking Metro (Red Line to Silver Spring).

pooch2013Pool Pooch Party – Dogs Rule the Pool!
What better way to end the sweltering dog days of summer than by opening up the pool to the dogs? On September 7 and 8 the Wheaton/Glenmont Pool, will open its gates to dogs. The annual Pool Pooch Party has long become a most popular event for our canine friends.

Therapeutic Recreation Needs Assessment
The Therapeutic Recreation team is asking for resident input in completing a Therapeutic Recreation Programs and Services Needs Assessment. The survey, which takes about five minutes to complete, is an on-line anonymous survey that asks for information on how the Montgomery County Recreation can best serve individuals with disabilities. Feedback will ensure that quality programs and services are provided.

For more information please call 240.777.6840 – Hablamos Español 240.777.6839.

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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