Candidates Set for Rockville’s Vote by Mail Election

Two Candidates Vying for Mayor’s Seat, 13 for Four Council Seats

Rockville voters will decide between two candidates for mayor and 13 candidates for four council seats in this fall’s first-ever Vote by Mail city election. The deadline to certify as a candidate was 5 p.m. today.

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Dates Set for Televised Candidate Forums in Rockville’s Vote by Mail Election

Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable systems) will broadcast live three candidate forums hosted by community groups.

Community members are invited to attend:

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Key Information for Rockville’s 2019 Vote by Mail Election

The City of Rockville will be the first jurisdiction in Maryland to conduct a Vote by Mail election for mayor and four councilmembers.

Vote by Mail provides more and better options for Rockville voters by sending the ballots to all registered voters, who may return them by postage-paid mail or to a secure ballot drop box at City Hall. Voters are not required to travel to polling places to vote, although a vote center will be available at City Hall, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 5.

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Rockville to Rock (and Oompah and Polka) with Rocktobierfest

Rockville’s third annual Rocktobierfest celebration is set for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 in Rockville Town Center.

The free festival is expected to draw 5,000 visitors and will include two stages of live music, food, beverages, souvenir mugs, kids activities, amusements and an artisan area.

Entertainment includes traditional German music by the Rockville German Band, polka by Mike Surratt and the Continentals and Polkadelphia, and rock by Lloyd Dobbler Effect, Vertigo Red, and The Red Elvises.

The festival is within walking distance of the Rockville Metro station. Paid parking is available in the Rockville Town Square garages.

Featured beverage vendors will include 7 Locks Brewing, Brawling Bear Brewing, Crooked Crab Brewing Company, Dawson’s Market, Gordon Biersch, True Respite Brewing Company, Twin Valley Distillers, Gilly’s Craft Beer & Fine Wine, Waredaca Brewing Company, World of Beer and Pour Vino n’ Hops.

Find the schedule of entertainment and more information at

Rockville 10K/5K is Registering Runners Now!

Running shoes laced up and ready to go? The 44th annual Rockville 10K/5K is registering runners until Oct. 31.

The oldest continuing foot race in Montgomery County — which includes a 1-mile fun run for kids — will take place the morning of Sunday, Nov. 3.

The kids 1-mile fun run begins at 8:10 a.m. The 10K starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K at 8:45 a.m. Runners should arrive before 8 a.m., at which time streets leading to the race will be closed to ensure a prompt start.

Registration costs $35 online or by mail-in through Thursday, Oct. 31, and $45 for walk-up registration at packet pickup and on race day.

Saturday packet pickup and late registration on Nov. 2 is from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at RnJ Sports, 11910-R Parklawn Drive. Day-of-race packet pickup and late registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at King Farm Village Center, 801 Pleasant Drive, between the Fontina Grille and Baja Fresh restaurants.

The course begins and ends in King Farm, and travels a scenic route along Redland Boulevard (west of Grand Champion Drive), Gaither Road, Piccard Drive and West Gude Drive.

For more information, a course map and to register, visit

City Police Welcome Community to Tour Their Home

An open house at the city’s police station this month offers an opportunity to get to know the men and women who protect and serve Rockville.

The Rockville City Police Department will welcome the community to an open house from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, featuring vehicle and equipment displays, a K-9 demonstration, a moon bounce, face painting, a DJ, pumpkin decorating, food, information booths, a visit by McGruff the Crime Dog, and the opportunity to meet city police offers.

Officers will offer guided tours of the RCPD’s home in the old post office building at 2 W. Montgomery Ave. Free parking is available just two blocks away at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave.

For a look at last year’s RCPD open house, visit and search “RCPD Open House Recap 2018.”

Learn more about the RCPD at

Become a Sports Coach and Inspire Your Team

Did you have a coach who had a positive impact on your life, growing up? Now’s your chance to be that inspiring adult!

Recreation and Parks’ Sports Division is looking for volunteer coaches for youth sports leagues in soccer and cross country.

Volunteer coaches conduct all youth league team practices and games — and volunteer head coaches are eligible to receive a 10% discount for one participating family member per team coached! Coaches get to pick the time, day and location of their practices, and can keep their children’s friends together on a team.

For more information, call 240-314-8620 or email

Antique and Classic Car Show to Feature Motors of the Mid-Atlantic

58th Annual Show Offers Free, Family-Friendly Fun

Rockville’s 58th annual Antique and Classic Car Show returns to the Rockville Civic Center Park from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The free show – one of the oldest and the largest in the mid-Atlantic region – will feature more than 500 vehicles, a car-related flea market, a car sales area, live music and a moon bounce. Croydon Creek Nature Center will be open to visitors.

The hills of Rockville Civic Center Park, home to the historic Glenview Mansion at 603 Edmonston Drive, offer a picturesque fall setting for a stroll through a lineup of vehicles from 32 car clubs, from Packard and Plymouth to Fiat and Ferrari.

The show is the premier nonjudged motor vehicle show in the region, offering the chance to share memories of classic cars of yesteryear. The theme of this year’s show is “The 9s,” featuring models from the last year of each decade from 1889-2019.

Parking will be available at Rockville Civic Center Park, with overflow parking at Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Road. A courtesy shuttle will run between the school and the show from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For inclement weather updates, please call 240-314-5022.

Car owners can register their vehicle until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. After that, owners must register on the day of the event. To show or sell a car at the show, host a flea market booth, or learn more, visit, call 240-314-8620 or email

Political Intrigue, Puppers and Poison, This Month at the Theater

A comic operetta, then adorable golden retrievers and, finally, a madcap classic kick off in September at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.

“The Queen’s Lace Handkerchief,” presented by the Victorian Lyric Opera Company. 8 p.m. Sept. 6-7; 2 p.m. Sept. 8.
Political intrigue. Love triangles. Pie. Everything you could ask for in a comic operetta. Tickets cost $28; $24 for seniors; and $20 for students.

The Golden Ratio Live. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
Your favorite squad of golden retrievers from TheGoldenRatio4 and an evening sharing secret stories of the dogs and humans — plus a crazy Florida Man story for good measure. Tickets are $25; $20 for seniors, students and children.

“Arsenic and Old Lace,” presented by Rockville Little Theatre. 8 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28 and Oct. 4 and 5; 2 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.
The classic mystery-farce about two delightfully poisonous old ladies, their daffy nephew and an eccentric cast of madcap characters. Tickets are $22; $20 for seniors 62 and older, and students.

For tickets or more information, visit, call the box office at 240-314-8690, or email F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre is located at 603 Edmonston Drive.

Get Ready for Fall Prevention, This Fall at the Senior Center

September is Fall Prevention Month, and the Rockville Senior Center has programs if you or someone you know is a little unsteady on their feet. Also, this month, you can also find out more about acid reflux and medical marijuana, or prepare for flu season with a flu shot.

Register at the senior center’s information desk, by calling 240-314-8800 or online with the course number at Classes are free unless otherwise noted.

AAHI Resource Table | 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10
Health and wellness information with materials and handouts in Chinese and English.

Medical Marijuana | 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11
Matthew Mintz, a board-certified internal medicine physician, will discuss the use of medical marijuana to treat common conditions seen in seniors, including chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and even cancer. Register with course #10232.

Fall Risks and Prevention | 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17
A discussion, with Dulcinia Rubio, a community educator with Adventist HealthCare, on the risks of falling and preventative measures you can take at home.

Fall Risk Assessments | 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18
Falls are the leading cause of brain injury. Learn about falls and be assessed for risk. Find out about at-home exercises or be referred for outpatient physical therapy. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital. Register with course #10201.

Flu Shot Clinics | Members only: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24; for everyone else: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10
Bring your Medicare Part B insurance card.

All About GERD | 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26
Sufferers of heartburn twice a week or more may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Learn more about the condition, potential complications and treatment options from gastroenterologist Gary Roggin. Register with course #10208.

Tour Rockville’s Historic Churches

Peerless Rockville will host a tour exploring the rich history and unique architecture of several Rockville churches dating back over 150 years, from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Participating churches will open their doors for guests to learn about each congregation’s history and their role in Rockville throughout time, view stained-glass windows, take special tours, enjoy performances and more.

Visit in the weeks ahead for more details and tickets.

Become an Ambassador for Rockville

Ready to represent your community? How about signing on to become a Rockville Community Ambassadors?

Rockville Community Ambassadors are local volunteers who represent the City of Rockville in their neighborhood. Their role is to serve as connectors, providing direct support to residents while creating awareness of events and opportunities within their community.

The program is open to all community members age 18 years or older, including residents, local business owners and members of community organizations who would like to impact the city in a positive way.

Interested applicants must attend two training sessions and be willing to serve for six months.

For more information, contact senior community engagement coordinator Hjarman Cordero at or 240-314-8344.

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