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Working on a Historic Property? You Could Qualify for a Tax Credit

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

Restoring or repairing the outside of a historic home? Preserving the exterior of a historic structure? You could be eligible for a property tax credit.

Learn about how to apply for historic preservation tax credit from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave.

The Montgomery County Planning Department will provide an overview of the county’s historic preservation tax credit program and application requirements. Rockville takes part in the tax credit program for local structures designated as historic.

If your property in Rockville is designated by the city as historic and you spent at least $1,000 on exterior maintenance between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019, you may be eligible for reduction of your property taxes for the coming year, up to 25% of the approved expenses.

Eligible projects include:

  • Exterior painting.
  • Uncovering and repairing original siding.
  • Repairing roofs or replacing them in-kind.
  • Repointing brick or stone foundations, or chimneys.
  • Repairing windows, architectural trim or ornament.
  • Repairing and maintaining outbuildings, such as barns and garages.
  • Restoring a documented feature, such as a dormer or porch that was previously altered or removed.

The city is now accepting applications for work completed in the calendar year 2019. For more information, contact 240-314-8230 or email to

Applications should be postmarked by April 1, 2020, and sent to Rockville Historic Preservation, City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville MD 20850.

Get Set for the Suds & Soles 5K

Registration opens Friday, Jan. 31 for the 2020 Suds & Soles 5K.

This year’s race, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20, has once again been selected as the Maryland Road Runners Club of America 5K Championship Race. The Montgomery County Road Runners Club and the City of Rockville are teaming up again to present this 5K course on neighborhood roads that begins and ends in Town Center. The post-race party will feature the opportunity to sample great beverages from local breweries. A KidZone, for children 10 and under, will feature a kids fun run, children’s activities and light refreshments.

The race features a tiered pricing structure offering limited slots at reduced prices. Register early and save, and learn more, including about sponsorship opportunities, at

A Play, an Operetta and a Jazz Concert: February at the F. Scott

Racially relevant theater, an unconventional experience, jazz and a classic operetta will feature this month at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.

“A Raisin in the Sun,” presented by the Rockville Little Theatre. Performances at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2.

Rockville Little Theatre will present the racially relevant classic, “A Raisin in the Sun,” this month at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.

Set in Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s, the play depicts the dreams and ambitions of the Younger family as they await and receive a life-altering insurance check.

Faced with daily tensions, prejudices and a harsh reality, the family struggles to maintain dignity amid the chaos. Written by Lorraine Hansberry and directed by Kevin Sockwell.

Tickets cost $22; $20 for seniors (62 and older) and students.

“Joshua Sommerville: Eccentric but Necessary,” presented by Unique Sounds of Love LLC. 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

An interactive, unconventional and once-in-a-lifetime experience that advocates imperfections, spirituality and eccentricity.

Tickets cost $35.

“Swinging Sunday,” presented by the Rockville Concert Band. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.

The annual concert, filled with jazz favorites, which will be joined by Rockville Swing Band. No tickets are required, but a donation of $5 is suggested.

“The Pirates of Penzance,” presented by the Victorian Lyric Opera Company. Performances at 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 28, 29; and at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 1.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic opera tells the story of Frederic, a boy mistakenly apprenticed to a softhearted band of pirates. Features many of Gilbert and Sullivan’s wittiest and most engaging tunes, including the immortal “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” and “Poor Wand’ring One.” Directed by Amy Sullivan; music directed by Joseph Sorge.

Tickets cost $28; $24 for seniors 65 and older; and $20 for 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.

Save the Date for Hometown Holidays

The Hometown Holidays Music Fest returns to Rockville Town Center this Memorial Day weekend. The 32nd annual free festival will feature four stages of entertainment, the Taste of Rockville and activities for kids, from noon-8 p.m. Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.

The city’s 76th annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, May 25, in Town Center. Applications to participate in the parade will be available beginning Monday, Feb. 3 at

The city is seeking speakers for the Memorial Day ceremony. Rockville and Montgomery County residents who have retired from, or currently serve in, the United States military are eligible to take part in the ceremony. Volunteer speakers must be comfortable speaking in public and must prepare a five- to seven-minute speech about their experiences in the armed forces, including what it means to serve and to honor those who have served.

Contact Amanda Knox at or 240-314-8604 to participate or learn more.

Find more details, as they are announced, at and “City of Rockville Hometown Holidays” on Facebook.

Glenview Gallery to Exhibit Rockville Student Juried Art Show

Meet the artists of works on display at the Rockville Student Juried Art Show from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery.

The exhibition, which will be held Feb. 2-21, will display artwork of varied media by students from grades 6-12.

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.

Get Free Ecofriendly Lightbulbs Throughout FeBREWary

FeBREWary, a monthlong celebration of Maryland craft beer, also offers an opportunity to lower your utility bills – saving you money for more beer!

Visit one of these Brews and Bulbs events and swap old incandescent and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs for up to four new LEDs:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 5-7 p.m. at Saints Row Brewing, 1211-1213 Taft St.
  • Friday, Feb. 7 from 5-7 p.m. at 7 Locks Brewing, 12227 Wilkins Ave.
  • Friday, Feb. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at True Respite Brewing Company, 7301 Calhoun Place #600, Derwood.

On average, LEDs consume 80% less energy than incandescent light bulbs, saving energy and saving you money. LEDs are also safer for the environment. CFL bulbs that are thrown away often break, releasing mercury into the environment.

When CFL bulbs are recycled, their components can be repurposed or reused, avoiding potential hazards or damage to the environment. Unbroken CFL bulbs can be recycled for free by bringing them to the county’s Shady Grove Transfer Station, 16101 Frederick Road, Derwood, or to most major home improvement stores, like Lowe’s, Home Depot or Ace Hardware.

Rockville Seeks Environmentalists to Be Recognized During Earth Month

Feb. 21 is Deadline for Nominations for Environmental Awards

The City of Rockville’s Environmental Excellence Awards recognize individuals and organizations that contribute to Rockville’s environmental health and sustainability.

Nominations are being accepted in the following categories through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 for awards to be presented during Earth Month in April:

  • Outstanding Individual Environmental Stewardship.
  • Outstanding Leadership in Environmental Practices.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Green Building Technology/Design.
  • Outstanding Environmental Education and Academic Achievement.

Eligible individuals must live, work or study within the city. Eligible organizations must have an office in Rockville or must be able to demonstrate significant operations within the city limits. Building projects considered as part of a nomination must be within the city.

The awards are presented to an individual or organization by the Mayor and Council. Nominations and supplemental materials are received by the Environment Commission, which review the materials and recommend awards to the Mayor and Council.

For more information about the award categories and guidelines, application forms and eligibility, visit, email, or call 240-314-8870.

50th Anniversary Offers Opportunities to Make Every Day Earth Day

We’re approaching the golden anniversary of Earth Day. On April 22, the world will celebrate 50 years since the first Earth Day in 1970 ushered in the modern environmental movement.

But the planet and our environment need our help more than just one day a year. Join the City of Rockville as we celebrate throughout the year with the Make Every Day Earth Day campaign.

Watch for the Earth Day 50 image that accompanies this article in “Rockville Reports,” online and on materials at community centers as we highlight special events, classes, volunteer opportunities and actions you can take to reduce pollution and protect our water, air, forests and wildlife.

From nature classes, festivals and giveaways to stream cleanups, invasive species pulls and other volunteer opportunities, Rockville has over 50 ways for you to celebrate, get involved and protect Rockville’s environment this year and beyond. Be sure to visit and select “Environment and Sustainability” to sign up for the city’s quarterly email newsletter on Earth Day happenings, environmental news and tips. We’ll even share ways you can save money while doing your part to help us make every day Earth Day.

Peerless Presents Stories of Slavery and Flights to Freedom

Peerless Rockville hosts two presentations in the coming weeks examining slavery and the fight for freedom.

Author Jenny Masur presents stories from her new book of unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad who lived and worked around Washington, D.C., at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the historic Red Brick Courthouse, 29 Courthouse Square, in Rockville Town Center.

Masur, formerly the National Capitol Region Manager for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, will present stories of the men and women, black and white, operatives and freedom seekers, who each demonstrated courage, resourcefulness and initiative on their flights to freedom on the Underground Railroad in Rockville and Montgomery County.

Admission is free. For tickets and more information, visit Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. on Facebook or

Richard Bell, an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park, will present the story from his book “Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home,” from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. in Rockville Town Square. Bell will discuss how the outlawing of the transatlantic slave trade in the early 1800s created a criminal network of human traffickers and slave traders who abducted thousands of free African-Americans living in northern states and sold them into slavery. He will describe the true story of five young, free black boys who – lured onto a ship with the promise of food and pay, then smuggled from Philadelphia to the deep South – courageously resisted and were able to escape, eventually initiating a manhunt to bring their captors to justice.

Cosponsored by Friends of the Library, Rockville Memorial Chapter. Admission is free. For tickets and more information, visit Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. on Facebook or

“Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around Washington, D.C.” and “Stolen: The Story of Free African Americans Kidnapped Into Slavery” are presented in association with Peerless Rockville’s new exhibit, “Forging Freedom: Endurance, Escape, and Rockville’s Underground Railroad,” which features the brave fugitives who fled slavery in Rockville, the abolitionist network that helped and the endurance of the enslaved community. The exhibit is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, in the historic courthouse.

Rocket-building, Backyard Wildlife and Botball at Science Day

What you need to know if you Go
What: Rockville Science Day
When: Sunday, April 19, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Montgomery College-Rockville, 51 Mannakee St.
Cost: FREE

The 31st annual Rockville Science Day offers a chance to experience science hands-on, with science and technology-related exhibits, activities, games and demos from over 90 local organizations and businesses.

Activities and exhibits include building and launching rockets, telescopes, robots, backyard wildlife, ship models, microscopes, snakes, stream science, a pigeon release, Civil War medical practice, coding challenges, math puzzles, chemistry in action (including flames, explosions and other reactions), electric vehicle demos, quadcopters, archaeology mini-digs, 3-D printing and brain games.

Learn more and register to exhibit at

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