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Rockville Ranks High in WalletHub Diversity Study

Rockville ranked seventh overall and fourth among small cities in the U.S. for its ethnic diversity, a new WalletHub study found.

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Have an Urge to Help? Rockville Wants You to Volunteer

Rockville is always on the hunt for volunteers — and if you have a few extra hours to spare each month, you can make a huge difference in your community, whether by mentoring a kid, shoveling snow for a senior, cleaning a stream or serving on the city’s boards and commissions.

What kind of difference do volunteers make in the city? From July to December 2019, 1,264 volunteers donated more than 13,000 hours to activities in Rockville — an investment of time worth an estimated $260,020.

And what could volunteering do for you? You could learn a new skill, gain work experience that looks good on your résumé, meet new people and network — or just feel good that you made a difference!

If a longer-term volunteer commitment is not manageable, check out one-time opportunities to volunteer. Consider supporting a single special event like the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, wrapping gifts for families in need at the annual Holiday Drive toy shop, or helping at a community center celebration, like the Family Valentine’s Dance.

For volunteers who can commit to a longer-term role, service on one of the city’s boards and commissions allows members of the community to partner with city staff to shape Rockville’s future by sharing expertise and advising the Mayor and Council.

Boards and commissions address a wide range of relevant topics, from the environment to human services to city elections. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/98/Boards-Commissions to see vacancies and learn more about the application process.

The city’s volunteer program also allows participants to adopt a stream, teach children to swim, assist in numerous ways with the Recreation and Parks Department, remove invasive weeds, mentor youth and (for elementary or middle school students) better the environment by marking storm drains.

To find opportunities to volunteer and an application form, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/volunteer.

City Hall and Some City Facilities to Close for Presidents Day

City Hall will be closed and recycling and trash will not be collected on Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents Day. Several city facilities will operate on their usual schedule.

Recycling and trash collection will not be collected on Presidents Day. Collections will occur one day later throughout the week. For more information, call 240-314-8568 or visit www.rockvillemd.gov/recycling-trash.

On Monday, Feb. 17:

  • The Rockville Senior Center will be closed.
  • Glenview Mansion will be closed.
  • Croydon Creek Nature Center and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre box office are always closed Mondays. Theater tickets are always available at www.rockvillemd.gov/theatre.
  • Lincoln Park, Twinbrook and Thomas Farm community centers and the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will be open regular hours. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/swimcenter for swim and fitness center lap and program schedules.

Parking will be free at city-owned meters.

For more information, call 240-314-5000 or visit www.rockvillemd.gov.

Rockville Facilities to Close for New Year’s and MLK Day

Some Recycling and Trash Collections will Change

City Hall and all city facilities will be closed for New Year’s Day on Wednesday, Jan. 1. City Hall and some facilities will also be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 20.

During the week of New Year’s Day, recycling and trash will be collected as usual on Monday and Tuesday. All other collections will occur one day later than usual. Recycling and trash will be collected one day later than usual the week of Jan. 20. Learn more at www.rockvillemd.gov/recycling-trash.

Other city facilities will operate on the following schedule:

  • Croydon Creek Nature Center is closed Mondays, including Jan. 20, and will be closed Jan. 1. The center will open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 and regular hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) Thursday, Jan. 2.
  • Glenview Mansion is closed Mondays and will be closed Jan. 1.
  • The F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre box office will be open only from 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and is closed Jan. 1 and 20. The box office will resume regular hours Tuesday, Jan. 14. Tickets are always available at www.rockvillemd.gov/theatre.
  • Lincoln Park, Thomas Farm and Twinbrook community centers are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 31; closed Jan. 1; and open regular hours Jan. 2 and Jan. 20.
  • The Rockville Senior Center will be open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 31, and closed Jan. 1 and 20.
  • The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will be open 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1 and open regular hours Jan. 20. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/swimcenter for lap and program schedules.

Parking fees at city-owned meters will be suspended on Jan. 1 and 20.

For more information, call 240-314-5000 or visit www.rockvillemd.gov.

Gallery to Exhibit Rockville Art League Members’ Work

Meet the artists of the Rockville Art League at an opening reception for their exhibit, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery.

The varied-media artwork of the Rockville Art League Juried Members’ Exhibit will be on display from Dec. 8-Jan. 24.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday. The gallery is closed on official holidays.

The Glenview Mansion Art Gallery at the Rockville Civic Center is located at 603 Edmonston Drive.

Show Your Love of Rockville’s Rec and Parks in Student Art Contest

Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit a photo of their artwork showing why they love Rockville Recreation and Parks.

If selected, that artwork could end up being featured in future City of Rockville promotional materials!

Two winners will be selected in each of the following categories:

  • Cultural arts: ballet, theater, visual arts, music, etc.
  • Parks and nature.
  • Recreation: sports, swimming, camps, etc.

Winners will receive a stipend credited to their Rockville recreation account to use for registration of future activities.

The deadline to enter is Friday, Feb. 14. Notification for winning entries will be Friday, Feb. 21. Winners may be required to submit their original works.

For more information, email elisdeal@rockvillemd.gov. For an entry form and details, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/studentartcontest.

Looking for Employment this Summer?

Become a Certified Lifeguard or Swim Instructor

The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will once again hold American Red Cross lifeguard training and recertification courses this winter.

Earning a lifeguard training certification is a great way to prepare for a summer job and learn important lifesaving and leadership skills.

Lifeguard training students must be 15 years old by the last day of the course and pass a prescreening test on the first day of the session. This involves swimming 300 yards continuously, with rhythmic breathing and using front crawl or breast stroke; retrieving a 10-pound brick within one minute, 40 seconds; and treading water using legs only for two minutes.

Times and dates for the sessions vary. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/swimcenter and select “Classes & Lessons” to view the complete course flier. Register at www.rockvillemd.gov/registration. Space is limited for the sessions. Classes will be held at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center, 355 Martins Lane.

A detailed course schedule/syllabus will be provided on the first day of class. To become certified, students must successfully complete the prescreen test, attend and actively participate in all course sessions, successfully complete class activities and pass a final written exam. Proof of age is required.

Won’t You Be My (Good) Neighbor?

Rockville’s Mayor and Council presented Good Neighbor Awards on Nov. 18 to (L to R): Germaine Diouf; Tracy Jackson; Peter Lovell (at rear, in hat), Kathleen Moran (at rear), Madeline Jackson, Sergio Diaz, Jonathan Walker, Joanne Gladden (daughter of Marsha Schwartz), Sorell Schwartz, collecting on behalf of his wife Marsha Schwartz; Eric Fulton; and Melvin Hawkins. Not pictured: Matt Goenner; Arthur Goldberg; and Mike Stein. Learn more about the good deeds of these good neighbors and view video of the awards presentation at bit.ly/GoodNeighbors2019. Learn more about the awards at www.rockvillemd.gov/goodneighbor.

Rockville Facilities to Close for the Holidays

City Hall and all city facilities will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Day and Wednesday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

Recycling and trash will be collected as usual on Monday and Tuesday during those weeks. All other collections will occur one day later than usual. Find more information at www.rockvillemd.gov/recycling-trash.

City Hall will also be closed 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, for an annual recognition event for city employees. Other city facilities will operate on the following schedule this month:

  • Beginning the week of Dec. 16, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre box office will be open only from 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The box office will resume regular hours Tuesday, Jan. 14. Tickets are always available at www.rockvillemd.gov/theatre.
  • Lincoln Park, Thomas Farm and Twinbrook community centers will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24, 26 and 31; and closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • Croydon Creek Nature Center is always closed Mondays and will also be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The center will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26.
  • The Rockville Senior Center, including the fitness room, will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 31. It is closed Sundays and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will be open 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31 and closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/swimcenter for lap and program schedules.

Parking at city-owned meters will be free on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

For more information, call 240-314-5000 or visit www.rockvillemd.gov.

Rockville Earns Top Score for LGBTQ Support for Third Year

City Scores Perfect Marks on Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index

For a third consecutive year, Rockville has scored perfect marks on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index for the city’s commitment to the health, welfare, safety and equality of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

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