Category: Culture and Recreation (Page 1 of 10)

Walter ‘Big Train’ Johnson Statue Now Stands at Dogwood Park

A statue of Walter “Big Train” Johnson, one of the most accomplished pitchers of all time, now stands as a centerpiece to Dogwood Park in a replica ballfield that represents his more than two-decade career on the mound with the Washington Senators.

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Rockville Continues City Services While Extending Closures at City Facilities

City of Rockville facilities will remain closed to the public through Friday, April 24, and city events, classes, programs, rentals and activities are canceled through Thursday, April 30, in response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders related to COVID-19 in Maryland.

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Rockville Parks Remain Open; Playground Use Prohibited

While City of Rockville parks will remain open, as a safety precaution, the use of playground equipment in city parks is now prohibited.

Signs have been posted at playgrounds throughout City of Rockville parks.

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The Parks are Open, but Lights to Stay Off at Rockville Parks

The parks are open, but lights at City of Rockville outdoor courts and sports fields will remain off during evening and nighttime hours, beginning Saturday, March 21.

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Rockville Responds to Governor’s Order

Gov. Larry Hogan has issued an executive order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people. Following state and federal directives intended to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, Rockville events, classes, programs, rentals and activities are canceled through April 30.

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World Culture Comes to Rockville with Performances and Food

UPDATE, Saturday, March 14: Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

Performances representing world cultures, some of which have found a home in Rockville, return Friday, March 20 to the stage of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.

International Night is a celebration of the living, breathing example of Rockville’s success as a truly cosmopolitan city, one that respects and encourages people of all cultures, creeds and colors.

At this free event, attendees will be able to see clothing displays and sample unique and traditional foods, experience performances from different cultures, engage with people from different countries and learn about their customs.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Event begins at 6 p.m. No tickets or registration are required, but seating is limited. Free parking is available directly behind the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.

For more information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/internationalnight or contact yyeboah@rockvillemd.gov. The F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre is located at 603 Edmonston Drive.

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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Rockville Science Center Storefront Opens with Eyes on the Skies

The Rockville Science Center is now in Rockville Town Center. The storefront center is located at 36C Maryland Ave., across from the Rockville Town Square Plaza ice rink and Rockville Memorial Library, in Rockville Town Square.

The storefront center’s first major event will be an opportunity to experience a universe of stories and see the stars with a two-day series of planetarium shows. The center will host a large inflatable planetarium that will depict winter’s evening sky, including prominent constellations, the movement of the stars, moon and planets, and significant astronomical events.

The shows, at 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, are for all ages. Tickets are $7. Free admission for children under 3. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For tickets, visit the Rockville Science Center on Facebook or bit.ly/RSCSkyTonight.

In the weeks ahead, the storefront center will host project-based programs for after-school activities, camps, scout merit badges and home schools; additional special events featuring unique speakers, adult science nights and parties; and team activities. Learn more at www.rockvillesciencecenter.org.

Expanded Locker Rooms, Upgraded Lobby Open at Swim and Fitness Center

Visitors to the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center can now walk through an inviting, brand-new lobby and use larger, modernized indoor-pool locker rooms, as well as other improved amenities, before they hit the water.


The newly renovated lobby and lockers rooms were made available to customers in late January, but renovation work at the swim and fitness center isn’t over quite yet.

Customers can expect to see construction continue in and around the facility over the next few months. As such, the section of the indoor facility’s parking lot that is furthest from Martins Lane will be closed for construction work.

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Spring Sports — Now Registering

Registration for youth and adult sports is now open.

Adult sports during the spring are: men’s softball; co-rec softball; co-rec basketball; co-rec volleyball (indoor and beach); and co-rec soccer. Game nights vary.

Registration deadlines for adult league players and teams are in late March.

Youth sports for spring are youth coach-pitch baseball, T-ball, soccer, and track and field. Practices for youth track and field begin at the end of March, with meets beginning in mid-April. Practices for youth soccer, T-ball, and coach-pitch baseball begin in early April, with games beginning mid-April.

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 5, with a discount for early bird registration until Friday, Feb. 28. Coaches are needed for teams in spring youth sports leagues. If you’re interested in taking part, contact sports@rockvillemd.gov.

Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/recreation/sports for league details and registration information or call 240-314-8620.

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