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Default Harris Teeter Coming to Bethesda, 4500 E-W Hwy. Construction Update

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February 7, 2013 

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Harris Teeter coming to Bethesda
Construction update on 4500 East-West Highway
Expanded library borrowing privileges
Transportation options for seniors
Friday night art in Bethesda
Saturday offerings

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Six professional Washington, D.C. area theatre companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays based on similar themes in only 24 hours. The plays will be presented at the ninth annual Play In A Day, a one-of-a-kind theatrical event. Participating theatres include: Adventure Theatre MTC; American Ensembles Theatre; Flying V; Imagination Stage; Keegan Theatre; and Olney Theatre Center. Tickets may be purchased online

Harris Teeter coming to Bethesda


Developer StonebridgeCarras announced today that

Harris Teeter will open a 50,000 square foot full-service grocery store in Bethesda, MD under a 20-year lease. The upscale North Carolina-based grocery chain will join 8300 Wisconsin Avenue, a mixed-use complex located at the northern gateway to the Bethesda Central Business District. The store will be located at the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Battery Lane.  Development of the site is expected to begin in the 2nd quarter of this year.


Construction update on 4500 East-West Highway


That is, the site of the former Bethesda McDonald's. The site has been cleared for construction of a mixed-use building. Installation of support excavation piles will be completed by Friday, February 8, to be followed by mass site-excavation, through April.  


The west lane of Pearl Street will be closed in the next few weeks and become one-way, for traffic traveling from East-West Highway to Montgomery Avenue only. Signage will go up along both streets to alert drivers to the new traffic pattern.  


The new building will be substantially complete by mid-2014.  It will include a new McDonald's on the ground floor. 


Expanded library borrowing privileges

Effective February 17, library patrons of Montgomery County libraries will be able to check out up to 100 items per account rather than 50, place holds on up to 30 items rather than 15, check out 20 DVDs at a time rather than 10, and renew items three times rather than two, as long as there aren't other customers waiting for them.

Transportation options for seniors

Montgomery County offers an array of travel options for seniors (65 and older) and those with disabilities who don't have access to cars: 
  • RideOn. Most buses are kneeling and lift-equipped for wheelchairs. Seniors ride free 9:30 am-3 pm weekdays, half-fare other times. 
  • MetrobusSeniors ride free 9:30 am-3 pm weekdays, half-fare other times.  
  • Call 'N Ride (discounted coupons for taxis) and senior bus service, sponsored by Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Service.   
The At A Glance reference guide has more detailed information and listings.  Or, call 311 Monday through Friday, 7 am-7 pm.
Friday night art in Bethesda

Gallery B exhibit opening reception, 6-9 pm, 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E. The exhibit exhibit features the work of three area photographers (and one from Philadelphia). The exhibit will be up through March 2.


Bethesda Art Walk. This month's evening art walk, also 6-9 pm, includes eight galleries:  Gallery B (above), L'Eclat de Verre, Waverly Street Gallery and five others . Refreshments offered at each. The free Bethesda Circulator bus stops within a few blocks of each gallery and runs continuously throughout the duration of the Art Walk. 

Saturday offerings, morning, noon and night

A celebration of African-American history and genealogy. See the heritage quilt created by the African-American Focus Group of the Washington, DC, Family History Center. There also will be two concurrent classes, "Black Inventors" and "Beginning African-American genealogy research."  LDS Washington Temple visitors center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD. 10 am-noon. Free.

To register for a a class, call 301-587-0042 or email  

Rockville lunar New Year celebration. Montgomery County Executive Office building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850. 3-5 pm. Free.

Play in a Day performance, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda. 8 pm. $15.  

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