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Help Keep Your Brain, Memory, Nutrition and Heart Healthy at the Senior Center

UPDATE, Saturday, March 14: Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, these events have been cancelled.

Find out more about your brain’s inner workings and your memory, as well as good nutrition and heart health, this month at the Rockville Senior Center.

Register at the senior center’s information desk by calling 240-314-8800, or online with the course number at

Rewiring Your Brain. From 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, learn about the brain’s amazing capacity to rewire itself throughout its lifespan, as well as the four basic stages of change that can lead to being life-minded. This free session is presented by Bill Neely, a chaplain at Brooke Grove Foundation, in Sandy Spring. Register with course #12110.

Nutrition Guidelines. Find out about recommended American dietary guidelines to help manage and prevent chronic disease at this free class, from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, March 12. Topics to be addressed at this free presentation include normal salt and sugar intake, healthy meals, and how to understand food labels. Presented by Adventist HealthCare.

Memory Screening. Worried about memory problems? Take a free and confidential memory screening, Friday, March 20, conducted by licensed professionals. While results are preliminary and educational in nature, use them to facilitate a meaningful discussion with your physician. Appointments are required and available between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. by calling 301-355-6578. Presented by Visiting Angels in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Keeping with the Beat. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia that can lead to blood clots, stroke or heart failure. Edward Heal, a cardiologist, will review the signs and symptoms of atrial fibrillation, as well as nonsurgical and surgical treatment options, at this free session from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, March 26. Register with course #12111.

Stress Reduction/Meditation. Find out about the tools to focus, relax and come to a more peaceful sense of being, with time for meditation and discussion. Betty Figlure has taught meditation, guided imagery and stress-reduction classes for over 30 years.

The class is held from 1-2 p.m. on Mondays. Register with course #11523; the cost is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers.

Ongoing Skin Care Clinic. Held the second Thursday of each month. Appointments required. Medicare/insurance will be billed. Call 1-877-345-5300 for appointment, see Betty in the health room, or call her at 240-314-8803.

Swim Center Staff Refresh Skills to Aid Accessibility

Renovations of the lobby and locker rooms at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center have made the facility more accessible than ever.

In anticipation of more use, instructional staff at the swim center, including swim instructors and volunteers, attended an in-service training in January on serving customers with disabilities in the facility’s learn-to-swim programs.

The training was offered through a partnership with the Montgomery County Recreation Department. A therapeutic recreation specialist delivered information on providing services to individuals with disabilities to more than 40 staff and volunteers.

The training included a review of requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act, inclusive practices, and ways to modify instruction to suit individual needs.

The Mayor and Council will hold a dedication ceremony to formally mark the opening of the new lobby and locker room at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1.

See how the lobby and locker room project developed at

Contact the swim and fitness center at or 240-314-8750. The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center is a full-service aquatics, fitness and recreation facility located at 355 Martins Lane. For hours and other information, visit

Memorial Day Parade Participants and Speakers Wanted

Save the Date for Hometown Holidays

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 are available at The deadline to apply is Friday, April 10.

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.

The parade and ceremony will cap off a weekend that includes the Hometown Holidays Music Fest in Rockville Town Center. 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.

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

Register Now for Spring Sports

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. Coaches are needed for teams in spring youth sports leagues. If you’re interested in taking part, contact

Visit for league details and registration information or call 240-314-8620.

Journey to Penzance, Spain and Swan Lake, This Month at the F. Scott

UPDATE, Saturday, March 14: Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, please note that performances of “Swan Lake” have been cancelled.

The final performance of “Pirates of Penzance,” a trip to Spain and a classic Tchaikovsky ballet are all on stage this month at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.

“The Pirates of Penzance,” presented by the Victorian Lyric Opera Company. 2 p.m. Sunday, 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; choreographed by Jacklyn Rogers; music directed by Joseph Sorge.

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

“Spanish Roadtrip,” presented by the Rockville Concert Band. 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

Enjoy a musical road trip exploring and discovering the diverse regions and towns of Spain. No tickets required; $5 suggested donation.

“Swan Lake,” presented by the Rockville Civic Ballet. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15.

The tragic tale of Prince Siegfried and the Swan Queen.

Tickets cost $17; $13 for children 12 and younger and seniors 60 and older.

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.

Peerless Presents Stories of Slavery and ‘Women Who Dared’

Peerless Rockville marks Women’s History Month in March with a presentation on remarkable Rockville women, takes a closer look at Rockville’s role in the Underground Railroad and highlights the flight to freedom of five boys sold into slavery.

Great Escapes: Journeys on Maryland’s Underground Railroad • 6 p.m. Friday, March 20, Red Brick Courthouse, 29 Courthouse Square

Historian Anthony Cohen presents a preview of the upcoming book “Great Escapes: Journeys on Maryland’s Underground Railroad.” A project of The Menare Foundation, Inc. and Heritage Montgomery, the book explores the people, places and social forces that created a pathway to freedom, forged by self-emancipating slaves and their allies from the 1830s to the brink of the Civil War. A Q&A session will follow.

Lunch & Learn: Rockville Women Who Dared • Noon, Wednesday, March 25, Red Brick Courthouse, 29 Courthouse Square

Ann Maria Weems, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann and Vivian Simpson are just a few of the remarkable women in Rockville history. In this Women’s History Month presentation, Mary van Balgooy, executive director of the Society of Women Geographers and former Peerless Rockville executive director, will highlight the lives and achievements of Rockville women of different eras and backgrounds, detailing how the determination of these women to improve their lives led them to step out of women’s traditional roles and even risk their lives. Bring a lunch. Seating is limited. Contact Peerless Rockville at 301-762-0096 or to reserve a seat.

Stolen: The Story of Free African Americans Kidnapped into Slavery • 2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 29, Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. in Rockville Town Square

Richard Bell, an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park, will present his book “Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home,” the true story of five free black boys who – lured onto a ship with the promise of food and pay, then smuggled from Philadelphia to the Deep South – were able to escape and initiate a manhunt to bring their captors to justice. (Note: This event was originally advertised for February.) 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

“Great Escapes” and “Stolen” 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.

Volunteers Needed for Landlord-Tenant Affairs Commission

The City of Rockville Landlord-Tenant Affairs Commission is seeking two tenant representatives to join the board.

The commission plays a vital role in the city as a quasi-judicial body created to resolve landlord-tenant complaints, and has the power to hold hearings, and issue decisions and orders, that have the force of law.

Assistance from the commission’s staff liaison, and having the case heard before the commission, is a free alternative for resolving disputes, and often preferable to a court case.

The Landlord-Tenant Affairs Commission consists of 10 members — two landlords and one alternate, two tenants and one alternate, and three members of the public and one alternate — who must live within the city or, in the case of landlords and operators, own or operate rental facilities within the city.

For more information about serving on the Landlord-Tenant Affairs Commission, contact staff liaison Crystal Gorham at 240-314-8320 or

Visit to see vacancies on the city’s boards and commission, and learn more about the application process.

Meet a Rockville Employee: Manisha Tewari

Manisha Tewari, Principal Planner

Manisha Tewari, a principal planner in Rockville’s Department of Planning and Development Services, has been with the city for over 14 years. We asked her a few questions about her job, including her role in preparing the city for the 2020 United States Census.

What does a principal planner do?
A principal planner performs difficult professional planning work that requires a proactive and sometimes influential approach to coordinating activities between city departments and outside agencies and the community to contribute to the overall quality of life and orderly growth and development of the city.

As a principal planner, I developed several components of the city’s comprehensive plan, in collaboration with other departments, and helped manage public outreach for Rockville’s update to the master plan process. I also develop strategic documents highlighting the state of the city by analyzing development trends and growth patterns related to demographics, housing and economy, and conduct other specialized studies. I coordinate with surrounding jurisdictions such as the county, Montgomery College and Montgomery County Public Schools, and develop testimony on their master plans and capital improvements programs to promote Rockville’s interests. I provide census and other employment data to city departments to assist in their budgets, grants and recruiting processes. I use geographic information systems extensively to visually represent various analyses.

What have you been doing to help the city prepare for the 2020 census?
I led the city’s efforts to ensure the Census Bureau had good data about Rockville for both the 2010 and 2020 census. Both projects involved considerable preparation and training. We have been preparing for the 2020 census for the past two years. In spring 2018, I compared the Census Bureau’s draft list of residential addresses to the city’s database of 28,650 residential addresses, and identified over 2,100 new addresses to add, and others to correct or remove as incorrect, or that were outside city limits. In October, I participated in a Census Bureau program to identify new construction since March 1, 2018, and identified over 700 new residences not included in the 2018 residential review. If the new units are occupied by April 1, they will receive a 2020 Census questionnaire. This process enables the Census Bureau to mail questionnaires to all households using the corrected address list.

Why is a complete count of the census so important?
Census data is used to determine the city’s sociodemographic characteristics, which affect how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed for things like health care, senior centers and housing, social services, jobs, roads, schools, and businesses. It is estimated that each person not counted by the census costs the state about $18,250 over a 10-year period. Census data is also used to define representative boundaries for congressional districts, state legislative districts and voting precincts, and for enforcing voting rights and civil rights legislation.

What other projects are you working on?
I’m involved in strategies for improving the vitality of Rockville Town Center. I’m also managing the next round of city forecasting for housing, population and employment, in coordination with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. This process will help the city plan and implement policies to keep Rockville competitive in the region, and determine infrastructure and budget needs to serve our current and future population. I’m also working on strategies so that Rockville can grow as envisioned in the master plan.

Is there anything else we should know that we haven’t asked about?
I have a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s in planning. I like working as a public service professional, and my interdisciplinary training and experience has allowed me to contribute to Rockville’s built environment and effectively (I hope) serve the community. I enjoy working for the city because it has provided me with opportunities for learning, growth and success, and allowed me to achieve a balance with my professional and personal life.

Planning Commission Approves Stonestreet Amendment

Mayor and Council will Consider Next

The city Planning Commission has approved a draft of the Park Road and North/South Stonestreet Avenue Area Comprehensive Master Plan Amendment, with changes that reflect both the community process that led to the amendment and testimony received from a recent public hearing.

The amendment now goes to the Mayor and Council for their consideration. The Mayor and Council will also hold a public hearing before taking final action.

The amendment to the plan outlines a new vision for the Park Road and North/South Stonestreet Avenue area, a unique location close to the Rockville Metro Station, Town Center and residential neighborhoods.

The amendment approved by the Planning Commission promotes a walkable, transit-oriented mix of residential and commercial development immediately across Park Road from the Rockville Metro Station, and would set policies to permit additional housing units in the residential areas closest to the station across South Stonestreet Avenue.

For more information, contact Andrea Gilles at or 240-314-8273. Visit to view the amendment.

Major Sign-regulation Revisions Implemented for New Year

Rockville’s code inspectors will be enforcing new regulations preventing signs within city rights of way in an effort to reduce visual clutter and ensure safety, especially at intersections.

No signs except official public signs will be allowed within a public right of way. Any signs found violating the provision will be removed by city inspectors. That includes both commercial and noncommercial temporary signs.

More stringent enforcement follows the recent adoption by the Mayor and Council of major revisions to the regulation of signs in Rockville.

Other elements of the new sign code include:

  • All commercial signs will require a permit, whether permanent or temporary.
  • Noncommercial temporary signs will be generally allowed without a permit but must comply with regulations.
  • Off-premises signs are not permitted, except within certain major development projects.
  • The amount of signage allowed per commercial tenant has been increased from the prior ordinance, with fewer limitations on logos and accent colors.
  • A sign-variance procedure has been implemented requiring approval by the city’s chief of zoning that will replace the Sign Review Board.
  • Signs in connection with construction projects are allowed up to 200 square feet in size.
  • Temporary banners for the opening of a new business are allowed for up to 60 days and may be 32-48 square feet, depending on the size of the front of the tenant building.

A manual that includes the relevant regulations on signs and sign enforcement can be found at

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