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30 Years of Rockets, Robots, Chemistry and Coding

Rockville Science Day is Three Decades of Tradition

The 30th 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.

This Rockville tradition is free and will be held from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at Montgomery College – Rockville, 51 Mannakee St.

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Save These Dates for Earth Month in Rockville

The 49th anniversary of Earth Day is Monday, April 22, and Rockville will mark it with a monthlong celebration beginning in March and including the following activities — most of them free — aimed at environmental sustainability:

March 25: The Mayor and Council issue a proclamation recognizing Earth Hour and Earth Day in Rockville.

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Spring Leaf Collection Coming in April

Area 1: April 1 & 2; Area 2: April 3 & 4; Area 3: April 5 & 8;
Area 4: April 9 & 10; Area 5: April 11 & 12

The city will vacuum leaves from neighborhood curbs, April 1-12, in five collection areas throughout Rockville.

An interactive map at www.rockvillemd.gov/leafcollection allows residents to input their address and learn when their leaves will be collected.

Rake leaves next to, but out of, roadways, gutters and bike lanes, and away from parked vehicles. Leaves should be raked by 6 a.m. on the first day of their collection period, but no earlier than one week before the collection dates to avoid grass damage or fire hazards. Remove sticks and other objects from leaf piles. Avoid parking near leaf piles or other vehicles.

After the collection period ends, use biodegradable paper lawn bags or 32-gallon trash cans (without plastic garbage bags) to set leaves out on your refuse and recycling collection day. Use alternative disposal methods such as mulching or composting. Do not dump leaves, grass clippings or other yard waste into storm drains, along stream banks or directly into streams, where they can cause blockages that contribute to localized flooding or release nutrients that lead to fish kills.

Save the Date for Cooking and Conversation

The city’s Asian Pacific American Task Force presents Cooking and Conversation from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at the Peter Chang restaurant, 20 Maryland Ave. Unit A, in Rockville Town Square.

Watch as chef Peter Chang creatively demonstrates how to prepare an Asian dish and meet city ambassadors. Register for this free event at https://apacookingconversation.eventbrite.com.

For additional details, call Janet Kelly, APA Task Force staff liaison, at 240-314-8316. For Americans with Disabilities Act modifications, call the city’s ADA coordinator at 240-314-8108, TTY: 240-314-8137 or relay 711.

Diversity Workshop Seeks Students

“Building Bridges in a Diverse Society,” a dynamic, highly interactive diversity leadership workshop offered by the city’s Human Rights Commission, returns in April.

The free workshop is for students living in or attending high school in Rockville, or attending Montgomery College – Rockville. It will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave.

The curriculum, based on the teachings of peace-building organizations, will provide students with tools to handle difficult situations through an understanding of diverse populations. It is designed to help students recognize prejudice and isolation, appreciate diversity, and create an environment of inclusion in their schools. Student leaders of diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to attend. Student Service Learning hours will be offered and verification of hours attended is available for college students. Lunch will be provided.

Find an application at www.rockvillemd.gov/hrc. For more information, contact Janet Kelly, the city’s Human Rights Commission liaison, at 240-314-8316 or jkelly@rockvillemd.gov. For Americans with Disabilities Act modifications, call the city’s ADA coordinator at 240-314-8108, TTY: 240-314-8137 or relay 711.

Mayor and Council to Hear Updates on Town Center

The Mayor and Council will continue their discussion of strategies to strengthen Rockville Town Center’s vitality at their 7 p.m. Monday, March 25 meeting.

At a Nov. 13 special meeting of the Mayor and Council, city staff presented 11 potential approaches to address opportunities and challenges for the mixed-use activity center in the heart of Rockville. It followed the Oct. 9 Mayor and Council Town Hall meeting, in which hundreds of Rockville residents, along with many businesses, discussed how to make Rockville Town Center an even better downtown.

On March 25, the Mayor and Council will receive an update on progress made toward those 11 items.

More information on the presentation will be available nearer to the meeting date at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.

The meeting will be broadcast live on channel 11 on county cable systems, livestreamed at www.rockvillemd.gov/rockville11 and available a day after the meeting at www.rockvillemd.gov/videoondemand.

Program Open Space Money Approved for Dogwood Park

The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a request from the Department of Natural Resources to help pay for several improvements to Rockville’s 44-acre Dogwood Park, at 800 Monroe St.

The project will receive $313,088 in Program Open Space funding.
Work at the park includes construction of four covered baseball dugouts, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant access paths to two baseball fields, renovations of the press boxes, electrical upgrades to the snack bar, replacement of a portion of the fencing, and the installation of field lighting, among other improvements.

The work, which is partially completed, is expected to be finished in Fiscal Year 2021, which begins July 1, 2020.

Find more information about Dogwood Park and other recreational facilities at www.rockvillemd.gov/1219/Recreation-Centers-Parks.

Meet a Rockville Employee: Connie Robinson

Connie Robinson

This month, “Rockville Reports” hears from Connie Robinson, who recently performed “A Walk of Faith That Should Never be Forgotten” at the Rockville Senior Center for Black History Month. Connie, a city temp, can be found at the front desks of several Rockville facilities.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Connie relocated to Maryland eight years ago.

Tell us more about your passion!
I’m a re-enactment performer. I’ve performed and written several scripts in a variety of venues throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland. My performances have been in schools, universities, nursing homes and museums, and once at a county jail in Pittsburgh, where I received a standing ovation from the audience.

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REDI Looks Back on a Year of Growth

Rockville Economic Development, Inc.’s 2018 annual report highlights a year of growth and change that saw the introduction of new programs and a new executive director.

REDI’s programs include the Maryland Women’s Business Center, which helps entrepreneurs start and grow women-owned businesses positioned for long-term growth. In 2018, MWBC helped to launch 62 new businesses and served 1,768 individuals, helping to increase client sales by $3.8 million, an 81 percent increase over 2017.

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National Golf Foundation Delivers Report on RedGate Golf Course Property

Representatives from the National Golf Foundation presented a report on RedGate Golf Course at the Monday, Feb. 25 meeting of the Mayor and Council.

The report is available at www.rockvillereports.com/bit.ly/NGFRedGateReport.

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