Rockville’s water remains safe and reliable. About 70% of the City of Rockville receives its drinking water through the city’s water system. Another 30% receives water from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. City water is treated through Rockville’s water treatment plant on the banks of the Potomac River. The city is taking steps to respond to the novel (new) coronavirus. Here are some things to know about Rockville’s water supply:
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Community concerns about the new coronavirus have led to the cancellation of the March 20 International Night and postponement of the Rockville Creative Summit, scheduled for March 22.
City officials are coordinating with county and state health agencies to plan, prepare and respond, and we’ve mobilized our emergency management team.
Right now, it’s business as usual in Rockville. Services, such as recycling and trash collection, and events, programs and activities continue as scheduled.
The City of Rockville, in partnership with Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, is continuing to actively and diligently monitor the public health threat in the state and across the United States from the novel (new) coronavirus — COVID-19 — and is actively coordinating with the county, and state health and emergency response agencies, to proactively plan, prepare and, if necessary, respond.
UPDATE, Friday, March 13: Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, the Community Police Academy and the Senior Police Academy has been postponed until further notice.
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 www.rockvillemd.gov/registration.
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.
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 www.rockvillemd.gov/rsfcrenovations.
Contact the swim and fitness center at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.rockvillemd.gov/swimcenter.
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 www.rockvillemd.gov/HTH. 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 email@example.com 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 www.rockvillemd.gov/HTH and “City of Rockville Hometown Holidays” on Facebook.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/recreation/sports for league details and registration information or call 240-314-8620.
UPDATE, Saturday, March 14: Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.
Performances representing world cultures, some of which have found a home in Rockville, return Friday, March 20 to the stage of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.
International Night is a celebration of the living, breathing example of Rockville’s success as a truly cosmopolitan city, one that respects and encourages people of all cultures, creeds and colors.
At this free event, attendees will be able to see clothing displays and sample unique and traditional foods, experience performances from different cultures, engage with people from different countries and learn about their customs.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Event begins at 6 p.m. No tickets or registration are required, but seating is limited. Free parking is available directly behind the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.