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December Recreation Happenings


RecCalendar December 2016

December 1:  Drop In Bridge

East County Community Recreation Center

3310 Gateshead Manow way, Silver Spring, MD 20904


1-4pm Come drop in every Thursday and play with us. Free/Gratis


December 1:  Live Music with Dale Jarrett

Holiday Park Senior Center

3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, MD 20906


1-2pm Dale is back with his extensive repertoire of melodic tunes and danceable songs. Free/Gratis


December 2:  Akhemdova Ballet

Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center

1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901


2-3pm No registration required. Free/Gratis


December 3:  Bauer Drive Holiday Craft Show

Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center
14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20853

10am-4pm Our annual holiday happening features the exhibition and sale of quality and unique arts and crafts from some of the best local independent artisans. Free/Gratis


December 3:  Annual East County Holiday Breakfast with Santa
East County Community Recreation Center

3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring, MD 20904
10am-Noon: for grades K-5th under 7 years old: $3.00
8 Years old & Up: $5.00, Cash at the Door
Come enjoy a hot breakfast with Santa and his friends along a lot of Holiday Fun. Don’t for get to bring your camera to take a picture with Santa.


December 3:  Schedule Change – Germantown

Germantown Indoor Swim Center

18000 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD 20841


Competition pool, diving boards and two lap lanes are closed.


December 4: Clara Barton 10th Anniversary Holiday Craft Fair

Clara Barton Community Recreation Center

7425 MacArthur Boulevard, Cabin John, MD 20818

1-6pm for all ages. Enjoy an afternoon of handmade, creative and artistic crafts from local artists. Free/Gratis


December 5:  Circle Time with Friends

Mid County Community Recreation Center

2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906


10-10:30am Birth to 3 years old

10:45-11:15am 3 to 5 years old

Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers. Space is limited. Free/Gratis


December 5-9:  Holiday Yard Sale and Gift Wrap

Long Branch Senior Center

8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901


11am-1pm Pick up a holiday gift at our affordable yard sale and gift wrap. Donations of items for sale and wrapping paper are appreciated.


December 6:  Pickleball

Adaptive Sports Court

Potomac Community Recreation Center

11315 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854

240.777.6960 – En Español 240.777.6839

11am – 2pm Every Tuesday participants of all ages are welcome to play. Purchase a Gym Rat pass for $30 a year in order to participate in all “Open Gym” activities in County Recreation facilities.


December 7:  The Pearl Harbor Attack

Holiday Park Seniors Center

3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, MD 20906


1-2pm Presented by Gerald Schneider, Ph.D. The attack on 1941 on Perl Harbor by Japan brought the U.S. into World War II. Dr Schneider will review the events of the day, and lead a conversation about how it might have been avoided. Free/Gratis


December 8:  Chef Sue’s Holiday Luncheon

Damascus Senor Center

9701 Main Street, Damascus, MD 20872


12-2pm The menu is available at the reception desk prior to the event. Cost of meal age 55-59 is $7, age 60+ donations requested. Call for reservation.


December 8:  Schedule Change – Germantown

Germantown Indoor Swim Center

18000 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD 20841


Competition pool closes at 12:30pm; the entire facility closes at 2:30pm.


December 9:  Magical Holiday

Upper County Community Recreation Center

8201 Emory Grove Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877


6:30-8:30pm this is a family event, all are welcome. Come join Santa`s helpers for an evening of magic, crafts and caroling featuring The High Energy Magic of “Speed” group and a special musical performance by some of our local middle school students.  Refreshments will be served. Register on-line at under course#28638. Free/Gratis


December 9-11:  Schedule Change – Germantown

Germantown Indoor Swim Center

18000 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD 20841


Entire facility is closed.


December 10:  Mid-County Winter Wonderland
Mid-County Community Recreation Center

2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906


12-3:30pm for all ages, join us for a fun filled afternoon of holiday games, puppet show and fun. We are accepting Toy Donations for The National Center for Children and Families. Register in under course #28454 Free/Gratis


December 10:  Holiday Event

Plum Gar Community Recreation Center

19561 Scenery Drive, Germantown, MD 20874


This is the return of Magic by SPEED Magician & Illusionist, who promises another exciting show with new tricks. Free/Gratis


December 10:  Scotland Fashion Show

Scotland Community Recreation Center

7700 Scotland Drive, Potomac, MD 20854


5-8pm Join us for a night of fashion and elegance. The Scotland center’s staff and community are hosting Winter Fashion Show. Attendees are asked to dress to impress as they watch the show. After the show, enjoy a pot of luck dinner. You can register in person at the center or online at under activity #28943.


December 10:  Groundbreaking Ceremony

Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center

14715 Good Hope Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett Montgomery County Council Department of General Services Director David Dise and Montgomery County Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz cordially invite you to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony at 12:30 pm.
scotland-fashion-showDecember 14: Santa’s Workshop

Damascus Community Recreation Center

25520 Oak Drive Damascus, MD. 20872


6:30-9pm.  Come and join us in this winter wonderland, a secret shopper for children to buy their parents a gift, art and craft vendors for that special gift you want to find, as gingerbread and hot chocolate permeates the air, sing with us and grab a hold of some of that holiday spirit as visitors arrive from the North Pole. Wishes and magical memories are being made this night. We have volunteer opportunities available for elves 15 & up. Please bring donations of a hat, mittens or 2 cans of food for families in need.


December 15:  Holiday Party

Damascus Senior Center

9701 Main Street, Damascus, MD 20872


1-2:30pm Come and join the Damascus staff as we celebrate the holiday season and the New year. We will have light refreshments and a toast to the New Year. Free/Gratis


December 16:  Holiday Puppet Show

Wisconsin Place Community Recreation Center

5311 Friendship Boulevard, Chevy Chase, MD 20815


2-4pm Enjoy a show geared toward ages 4 and under. Free/Gratis


December 16:   Holiday Night Out

Long Branch Community Recreation Center

8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901

240.777.6995  6-10pm Concert and Dinner for families. Free/Gratis


December 17:  Holiday Fair and Puppet Show

Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center

2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910


11am-2pm Fun filled family festivities featuring “Santa’s Present” by Blue Sky Puppet Theater. All ages will enjoy a continental breakfast, sugar cookie decorating, cake walk, interactive games, holiday music and more. Register in under activity #28462.


December 18:  An Afternoon with Santa & Miss Maryland

Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center

14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866

12-2pm. Enjoy a kid friendly spaghetti lunch; arts and crafts; cookie decorating; pictures with Santa and Miss Maryland (bring your own camera); ages 11 & younger. Register in under

course # 28371. Cost is $5 (cash only). This program is sponsored by the Praisner Advisory Committee.


December 21: Jingle Bell Breakfast

Long Branch Senior Center

Long Branch Community Recreation Center

8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901


10:30am-1pm Enjoy holiday music and a delicious continental breakfast of eggs, sausage, bagels and muffins, spreads, juice, coffee and tea. Free/Gratisholiday-schedule


 December:  Club Adventure

4-6pm for students K-5 grade. Participants do homework time, play sports, games, do arts and crafts, have computer access, special events and after-school fun. Call program site for more information. East County, Long Branch and Mid County do not have computer access. Program is co-ed. Register online at under the course # below:


Damascus 21907 240.777.6930
East County 21910 240.777.8090
Coffield 21904 240.777.4900
Long Branch 21913 240.777.6965
Mid-County 21919 240.777.6820
Praisner 21916 240.777.4970
Plum Gar 21922 240.777.4919
Upper County 21925 240.777.8077
White Oak 21903 240.777.6940


Club Friday and Friday Hype: Friday night fun and adventure featuring games, music, food, theme nights, crafts, movies, DJ’s dancers, prizes, snack bar, raffles. Register online at


Praisner December 2 #25486 – Hype 240.777.4970 $6 per child each night grades K-5 6:30-8:30pm
Germantown December 2

December 16

#26967 240.777.8095 $52 membership grades 3-6 7-9pm
Potomac December 2 December 9

December 16

#26968 240.777.6960 $88 membership grades 3-6 7-9pm


Clara Barton December 16 #26607 240.777.4910 $52 membership grades 3-6 7-9pm


Lawton December 2

December 16

#26969 240.777.6855 $52 membership grades 3-6 7-9pm


Longwood December 9

December 16

#26965 240.777.6920 $52 membership grades 3-5 7-9pm


Upper County December 2

December 16

#26964 240.777.8077 $52 membership grades K-5 6:30-8:30pm



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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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