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June 18, 2010         
In This Issue
Plant a Tree This Spring
Flea Market at Wheaton Regional
East County Planning Open House
Look for Us at These Events
Go Ape at Rock Creek
Brookside Gardens
New Park Event Calendar
Find a Conservation Easement Easily
Tips to be an Effective Speaker
Reducing our Footprint Video
Neighborhood Walk-Abouts
Get Involved in Planning
Cable Show Encapsulates Monthly Planning Board Activities
Park Permits Online
A Gift of Green...
Quick Links   
Below is a listing of upcoming events, programs and meetings as well as important announcements from The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Montgomery County. Please pass the information along to others who may be interested.
Marcia Goldberg 
Community Outreach and Media Relations
Planning Board Meetings
Agendas will be posted on our website for:
Thursday, June 24, 9 a.m.
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20910
Thursday, July 1, 9 a.m.
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20910
Everyone who speaks at a Planning Board meeting must register with the board assistant unless he or she has already signed up in advance using the agenda web page, which can occur only after the agenda is posted. Register at the meeting by submitting a yellow form available in the auditorium or a business card. We now stream the Planning Board meetings online. Watch live on our website or view later from our archives.
Visit The Straight Line
Our new blog, The Straight Line, offers Montgomery County's Planning Department's take on community design -- the buildings, streets and spaces that make up where we live, work and play. Our planners and architects look at building form, sustainability and energy use, and the just plain quirky. But we don't know it all. Come back often to check out our musings. And, by all means, set us straight.
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A Dog-Gone Grand Opening Celebration of Olney Dog Park!
9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 19
Olney Manor Dog Park

Olney Manor Recreational Park
16601 Georgia Avenue, Olney
The Olney Manor Dog Park dog park, constructed as a part of the Intercounty Connector (ICC) community stewardship program, joins the dog parks inventory in the Montgomery park system.  
This one-acre dog park, completed in December 2009, includes separate areas for both large and small dogs. It is completely fenced and provides opportunities for off-leash exercise and play for our canine companions. Join staff and representatives of the Montgomery County Department of Parks, the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration, the Montgomery County Humane Society and Orfanos Contractors, Inc. of Baltimore, who constructed the dog park for the grand opening celebration.
It's Tree Planting Time! Get a Little Help from Us 
Tree planting
Spring is a great time to plant a tree. Our Leaves for Neighborhoods program features a $25 coupon valid for trees worth $75 or more at participating county nurseries. Download our coupon or find it at selected area nurseries, Park and Planning headquarters and county park sites. Pair it with a state coupon for more savings.
Flea Market in the Park Back in Business
smaller valentine2nd & 4th Saturdays at Wheaton Outdoor Rink
Buy or sell treasures at Flea Market in the Park, located at the Wheaton Outdoor Rink, right next to the dog park. 
NEXT DATE: Saturday, June 26. Vendors, register for a spot (just $25) at
Planners Want to Hear from East County Residents at June 30 Open House
Wednesday, June 30, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring
Planners are exploring the issues to be addressed in the forthcoming East County Science Center Master Plan at a June 30 Open House. The master plan will support the expanding Food and Drug Administration site and a growing biosciences industry in eastern Montgomery County. 
Look for Us at These Events
Wednesday, June 30, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
3rd R. Robert Linowes Memorial Seminar - Emerging Land Use Issues
Linowes and Blocher LLP
Bethesda (Pooks Hill) Marriott 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda

Discussion of the Zoning Rewrite project and the County Executive's proposed Transportation Policy Area Review  (TPAR). Planning Director Rollin Stanley  and Transportation Planning Chief Dan Hardy will present "Not Your Parents' Zoning  Ordinance" and "PAMR is Dead!  Long Live TPAR?"
Go Ape in Rock Creek Regional Park
Rock Creek Regional Park
6129 Needwood Lake Drive, Rockville. 

Join the two million people who have monkeyed around in the trees in Go Ape courses from the United Kingdom to Rock Creek Regional Park. The Planning Board approved the nation's first Go Ape public/private partnership last December.

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit, Summer Concert Series Begin; Subscribe to List of Activities in E-Newsletter

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton
Wings of Fancy
May 1 through September 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
$6 adults; $4 ages 3 -12; Frequent visitor pass available
The focus in this year's Wings of Fancy will be butterflies in your backyard, and the host plants local caterpillars need to survive. Learn about the life cycle of these amazing creatures, and be surrounded by hundreds of North American, Costa Rican and Asian butterflies flying freely inside a the Conservatory.
Summer Twilight Concert Series: Latin Soul
Tuesday, June 22, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Authentic salsa, rhumba, meringue, cha-cha, bachata, boleros, and more!
Brookside Gardens and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation present the
Summer Twilight Concert Series sponsored by the Friends of Brookside Gardens.
Performances take place every Tuesday evening in June outside the Gude Garden, or inside Visitors Center in case of rain.  Bring a blanket and chairs! For the latest information, please call 301-962-1400.

Preview the new e-newsletter for Brookside Gardens and sign up to receive this valuable resource
Enjoy the Parks? Sign Up for the New Parks Event Calendar
Want to know what's going on in the Parks? Check out the all-new Montgomery Parks Event Calendar! Receive a customized email every week listing activities of your interest including family and outdoor events, festivals, and more.
Find a Forest Conservation Easement
Do you have a forest conservation easement on or near your property? Easements protect forests on private land by limiting certain activities, part of the Planning Board's emphasis on forest conservation. Now you can locate easement areas using our online tool.
Tips to be an Effective Speaker before the Board
Interested in plans for your area? The Planning Board appreciates hearing from you. To give the best testimony, browse our testifying tips.
Reducing Our Footprint

Reducing Our Footprint

View the 2009-2011 Montgomery County growth policy video, Reducing our Footprint. The 4-minute video, which won a platinum Ava award, provides an overview of the concepts presented in the Planning Board draft of the 2009-2011 Growth Policy. Ava awards recognize outstanding work by creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, direction, shooting and editing of audio/visual materials and programs. 

Planning Director Rollin Stanley, Staff Offer Neighborhood Walkabouts
Invite County Planning Director Rollin Stanley and selected staff on a tour of your neighborhood as part of our new walkabouts exploring design, diversity, connections, and the environment in your part of Montgomery County. Here's your opportunity to:
Tell us about your community
  • Highlight community strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify issues
  • Learn more about planning initiatives

Request your tour.

Learn How to Get Involved in Montgomery County Planning
To increase resident involvement in the planning process, the Planning Board, in concert with County Cable Montgomery, has produced a CD that reviews the many ways county residents can have a voice in planning their communities. The episode won a "gold" Ava award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Request a free copy of How to get Involved in Montgomery County Planning.
Monthly Cable Shows Feature Planning Board Activities 
Learn more about Planning Board activities each month on our cable program, Growing Right. In partnership with County Cable Montgomery, we launched Growing Right to highlight the Planning Board's main actions in a news show format. Learn more about development applications, parks initiatives and county-wide planning studies. The lively show includes interviews with board members and planners as well as onsite location shots. Other CCM-produced educational programs about parks and plannning include The Parks Show and Montgomery Plans.
Park Permits Website Faster and Easier! has a new look with new features. Now park users can find, check the availability of, reserve and pay to permit popular park facilities such as picnic shelters, campsites, park activity buildings and others with ease. The recently upgraded Park Permits website offers park users 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week access.
A Gift of Green: Trees, Benches and Other Amenities

Friends and family members can be honored by having a tree planted or a bench or picnic area installed in a Montgomery County Park. This gift keeps on giving! For more information and suggestions, visit GreenGifts.  For information on planning your gift, contact Tin-Mala in the Grants and Donations Program at 301-650-5676.

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