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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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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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