Category: Culture and Recreation (Page 1 of 43)

Art Installations in Rockville Highlight Impact of Opioid Addiction

Works Are Part of Rockville Goes Purple Campaign

Local artist Suzanne Firstenberg has brought her installations “Unforgotten” (created with art therapist Sheila Berman) to Rockville City Hall and “Eyes” to Rockville Town Square. Both speak to the struggle of opioid addiction in the community.

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In-Person Outdoor Camps, Beginning in July, Now Registering

Registration is now open for Park Adventures, Rockville’s in-person camps outdoors, where kids will be able to enjoy sports, games, crafts and nature activities.

Sessions will run 9 a.m.-noon for two weeks, with new sessions each week from July 13-Aug. 3.

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Mayor and Council Help Theater Arts During Tough Times

The Mayor and Council recently issued $15,000 in one-time grants to Rockville’s resident theater companies to help them weather the COVID-19 emergency.

Rockville Little Theatre, Rockville Musical Theatre and the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, which perform seasonally at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, each received $5,000. The resident companies are almost entirely volunteer run.

The grants are included in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget, which begins July 1. See the FY 2021 budget at

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre is closed until further notice. For more information, and for tickets for shows beginning later this year, visit

Rockville Swim and Fitness Center to Reopen with Limited Activities

The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will reopen Monday, June 22 with limited services and activities.  

The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will reopen Monday, June 22 for limited activities.

To ensure a healthy environment is maintained with appropriate capacity limits, the facility will be open only for City of Rockville residents and center members. Advanced reservations are required and can be made online at

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In-person Outdoor Camps, Beginning in July, Now Registering

Registration begins Monday, June 22 for Park Adventures, Rockville’s in-person camps outdoors, where kids will be able to enjoy sports, games, crafts and nature activities.

Sessions will run 9 a.m.-noon for two weeks, with new sessions beginning each week from July 13-Aug. 3.

State guidelines to minimize infections from COVID-19 recommend outdoor camps. Only Maryland residents are permitted to register. Spaces will be limited, and total camp numbers have been reduced to allow for proper physical distancing and mandated group sizes.

Safety measures in place for the camps include curbside drop-off, health screenings and temperature checks for campers and staff, requiring face coverings where physical distancing cannot be observed, and small groups that stay together throughout the sessions.

Financial assistance is available for Rockville residents based on income. Call 240-314-8620 for an appointment.

For program details and to register, visit

Rockville Expands Options for Outdoor Dining

Rockville restaurants can now take advantage of an expedited permitting process that allows local eateries to temporarily create or expand outdoor spaces for dining on private property and within the city’s rights of way.

This process is intended to assist local businesses as Montgomery County enters the first phase of recovery from the COVID-19 emergency.

Instructions for how to apply and an application form for temporary outside dining area permits are available on the city’s website. There is no fee for the permit.

Existing city-approved outdoor dining areas do not require the new temporary permit, however, businesses wishing to expand their dining areas must have the permit to comply with city regulations.

Beginning the morning of Saturday, June 6, Gibbs Street will be closed between East Middle Lane and Beall Avenue, and East Montgomery Avenue between Maryland Avenue and Helen Heneghan Way, for expanded outdoor dining areas.  East Montgomery Avenue will remain open to vehicular traffic between Helen Heneghan Way and Monroe Street. 

Rockville’s Festing in Place Presents Plenty of Ways to Participate

City is Soliciting Photos of Community Celebrating Hometown Holidays at Home

The City of Rockville will show its hometown pride beginning next week, despite the cancellation of the Hometown Holidays Music Fest and Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade, with Festing in Place events that offer opportunities for the community to participate safely in their homes and neighborhoods.

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Rockville Cancels Independence Day Celebration

Rockville’s Independence Day Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, July 4 at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in King Farm, has been canceled due to public health concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rockville Farmers Market Scheduled to Return June 6

Market Rules and Regulations to Provide for Safer Shopping

The City of Rockville’s Farmers Market is scheduled to open for the season on Saturday, June 6.

The market’s opening, traditionally in mid-May, has been postponed as part of the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, some market vendors are offering delivery and pickup options. Visit for more information, including a complete list of participating vendors.

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Multimedia Competition Entry Deadline Extended

A little extra time at home could be rewarding for Rockville high school students with a creative take on human rights.

The city’s Human Rights Commission has extended the deadline for entries for its Multimedia Scholarship Competition through Friday, May 29.

Formerly known as the Multimedia Contest, the revamped annual program is an opportunity for students who live in and/or attend high school in Rockville to compete for tuition and/or book scholarships by responding to one of two prompts focused on human rights.

The prompts, applications and additional information can be found at

Students may choose their desired medium, e.g., an essay, poem, song, painting, or other medium, through which to respond to the prompts. Submissions will be judged by a panel comprised of high school faculty, community leaders and HRC members. Judging will be based on creativity, work quality and relevance.

First-, second-, and third-place winners will be announced at a Mayor and Council meeting and will be awarded up to $2,500 in scholarships.

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