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Creatives Summit Aims to Bring Together City’s Arts Community

The Rockville Cultural Arts Commission is inviting groups from Rockville’s arts community to a summit this March to discuss how to create a more vibrant, culturally diverse, financially sustainable, and economically beneficial arts and culture scene in Rockville.

The Rockville Creatives Summit will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, March 22 in the Buchanan Room of VisArts, 155 Gibbs St.

The summit will cover topics including ideas for marketing and building a diverse audience, as well as the future of arts and culture in the city.

To register to attend, visit and click “Rockville Creatives Summit March 2020,” or email

Census 2020: Confidential, Safe and Secure

The federal government will conduct the 2020 Census this year and the City of Rockville wants community members to help meet the goal of counting everyone once – and only once – in the right place.

Participating in the census impacts Rockville. Compiled every 10 years, census data is used by the government to define representative boundaries for congressional districts, state legislative districts and voting precincts, and for enforcing voting rights and civil rights legislation. It also determines how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed for things like health care, senior centers, jobs, roads, schools and businesses.

Census responses are safe and secure. The Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information it collects and keep it strictly confidential. Information cannot be shared and cannot be used by law enforcement, or to determine an individual’s eligibility for government benefits. It cannot be used against you in any way – not by the FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or any court. Census workers take a lifetime oath to protect personal information, with a penalty of up to $250,000 and/or up to five years in prison for any violation of this oath.

All Rockville community members are encouraged to complete the census questionnaire by responding online, by phone or by mail. All data submitted online is encrypted to prevent hacking and protect privacy, using the highest and most recent standards for protecting personal information from cyberthreats. It is safe to provide answers and know that they will only be used to paint a statistical portrait of our nation and community.

For more about the census’s data protection and privacy program, visit

For more information about the census in Montgomery County, visit

Students Have a Chance to be Mayor for a Day in May

Mayor Newton to Visit Rockville Fourth Graders

Rockville fourth graders once again have a chance to serve as the city’s Mayor for a Day this spring by taking part in the statewide “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.

The theme of this year’s contest, organized by the Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Mayors Association, is “Re-imagine Tomorrow.” Students are asked to write an essay, no longer than 275 words, that would describe how, if they were mayor, they would reimagine their community and describe how they’d make tomorrow better.

One winning essay will be selected from each of MML’s 11 regional districts throughout the state. Winners will receive $100 cash and a governor’s citation and will be recognized during an awards ceremony in Annapolis. Essays must be received by mail by Friday, March 27.

The Mayor and Council consider the contest to be a wonderful exercise in government studies and encourage fourth graders attending schools in Rockville to participate.

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton welcomes the opportunity to speak with students about the essay contest, municipal government and what it is like to be mayor of Rockville. Teachers or school administrators may email to arrange for the mayor to visit their school, though a mayoral visit is not required for students to participate.

In addition to the winners chosen by MML and MMA, the mayor will select a student attending school in Rockville to serve as the city’s Mayor for a Day in May.

Learn more by visiting and selecting “Mayor’s Essay Contest” under “Engagement,” or call the City Clerk/Director of Council Operations office at 240-314-8280.

UPDATE: Lunar New Year Celebration Canceled

The City of Rockville, out of an abundance of caution and in response to concerns from partners in the Asian-American community and others, is cancelling its Lunar New Year celebration that was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1 at Rockville High School. Read more.

Original post; Dec. 2, 2019:

Celebrate Rockville’s Asian cultures with performances, crafts and cultural displays at the city’s Lunar New Year celebration.

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The Benefits of Sponsoring a Special Event

With more than 150,000 people expected to attend Rockville’s special events in 2020, sponsorship is a great way for businesses to get the word out and connect with potential customers in the Rockville area.

Rockville Hometown Holidays

Significant annual events include the Memorial Day weekend music festival, Hometown Holidays; Lunar New Year; the Rockville Antique and Classic Car Show; and the German-themed Rocktobierfest.

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Show Your Love for Valentine’s Day

Community Centers to Celebrate the Hearts of Each Community

Little hearts are filled with lots of love, and each of Rockville’s community centers are inviting those little hearts to a Valentine’s celebration to share that love in their communities.

Kids ages 2-6 will enjoy a morning exploring different hands-on stations, such as cookie and card decorating, while enjoying other activities. A snack will be provided. Adult assistance and preregistration are required. The cost for each event is $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents.

The Valentine’s celebrations will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on the following days:

  • Monday, Feb. 10: Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway. Register with course #12106.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: Thomas Farm Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive. Register with course #12107.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12: Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave. Register with course #12104.

In addition, Twinbrook Community Recreation Center will hold its annual Heart-to-Heart Family Valentine’s Dance from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7.

Family and friends will spend time together making Valentine’s crafts, playing carnival games and dancing as a DJ spins musical favorites. Refreshments will be sold by Meadow Hall Elementary PTA. The cost is $4 per person at the door; no preregistration is required.

A ‘Raisin in the Sun’ Comes to the F. Scott This Month

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.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Jan. 24, 25, 31 and Feb. 1; 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2. Tickets cost $22; $20 for seniors (62 and older) and students.

A 19th-century Lunch Break

Bring your lunch and join Peerless Rockville for a presentation on what life was like in the small town of Rockville in 1850, at noon Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the historic Red Brick Courthouse, 29 Courthouse Square, in Rockville Town Center.

“Lunch & Learn: Rockville 1850” will look at a time when slavery was the practice of the day and the community experienced the rising tensions of a nation drifting towards the Civil War. Afterwards, check out the exhibit “Forging Freedom: Endurance, Escape, and Rockville’s Underground Railroad.” Seating is limited. Contact Peerless Rockville to RSVP at 301-762-0096 or

MLK Jr. Day Celebration to Present ‘Light in the Midst of Darkness’

Program to Feature Performances, Community Service

Diverse performances, awards and a keynote speech focused on the theme of “Light in the Midst of Darkness” will highlight Rockville’s 48th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive.
Barbara Harrison, longtime reporter at Washington’s NBC4, will present the keynote speech.

Keynote Speaker: Barbara Harrison, Washington’s NBC4 reporter.

There will be volunteer community service activities beginning at 11 a.m., along with information booths and free refreshments. The program, which is free and open to all ages, will begin at noon in the auditorium.

The ceremony will include the presentation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award to a student at a Rockville high school who has worked to fulfill King’s dream, and the F. Michael Taff Award to an individual, organization or business that has helped to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

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Holiday Festival at the Civic Center

Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre and Social Hall, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, for an afternoon of holiday fun with decorations, arts and crafts, and musical performances. Free and open to the public.

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