Learn to Lifeguard

If you want to be a lifeguard or need to renew your lifeguard certification, head to the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center this December. The center is once again holding American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and recertification courses.

Students must be 15 years old by the last day of the course and pass a prescreen test — a 300-yard continuous swim, with rhythmic breathing, using front crawl or breast stroke; a 10-pound brick retrieval within one minute, 14 seconds; and treading water for two minutes.

To register for the lifeguard training course, which runs Dec. 26-30, visit rockenroll.rockvillemd.gov and enter course #56568. For Dec. 17 and 18’s recertification, enter #56569.

For full details, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6592.

Green Giving and
Electronics Recycling

Do you plan on giving new electronics as a gift for the holidays? For products that help reduce environmental impacts and energy costs, look for Energy Star-qualified and Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)-registered products. Rockville collects and recycles electronics, such as cell phones, computers, televisions and holiday lights. For more information on recycling and refuse service, holiday tree collection, or to make a bulk collection or electronics recycling collection appointment, call 240-314-8568.

For more environmental tips throughout the year, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/environment.

Tree Recycling Makes
the Holidays Greener

The city collects holiday trees as part of its recycling collection and takes them to the Montgomery County Recycling Center, where they become mulch.

The mulch is available year-round for free, at the center, at 16105 Frederick Road, next to the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station.

Place trees at the curb for pickup on regular recycling and refuse collection days after removing all ornaments and metals, wires, stands and decorations, including tinsel. Trees should not be bagged. There is no deadline for curbside collection of trees.

Artificial trees cannot be recycled and should be placed in the gray refuse cart for regular weekly collection. Artificial trees that are too large to fit in the cart can be collected by appointment as one of six bulk collections allowed per year, or taken to the transfer station.

This article has been updated.

Thinking of A Tree
for The Holidays?

With the holiday season fast approaching, many Rockville residents will be buying real trees to decorate their homes. What those residents might not know is that holiday tree fires can be deadly. If you’re a “real tree” person, here are a few tips from Common Voices (fire advocates.org) to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Enjoy Free Holiday Open
Houses at Glenview Mansion

Decorations, Live Music and a Visit from Santa

Glenview Mansion will celebrate the season with music, gifts, art, and a chance to give back at its annual Holiday Open Houses.

Glenview Mansion Holiday Open House Photo
Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the mansion for Children’s Day on Dec. 11.

The free open houses are held 1-4 p.m. on three Sundays in December:
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Sewer Backups and What the
City Can Do for You

When it comes to property owner nightmares, few things are more stressful, inconvenient or damaging than a sewer backup.

While the city prohibits the discharge of any substance likely to cause a sewer obstruction, and actively tries to educate the public about the problems they cause, we can’t absolutely guarantee or prevent backups.

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RCPD Seeks Cell
Phone Donations

The Rockville City Police Department accepts donations of used cell phones, with chargers, to help connect community members to emergency assistance.

The RCPD Victim Assistance Program will provide donated cell phones, with the capability to call 911 only, to domestic violence victims or seniors who may find themselves in need of emergency assistance.

Cell phone donations are tax deductible. A letter of contribution will be provided upon request to donors who provide their name, address and telephone number.

Donations may be dropped off from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to: Diane Charles, Victim Advocate, Rockville City Police Department, 2 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD 20850.

For more information, contact dcharles@rockvillemd.gov or 240-314-8917.