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Celebrate the Holiday Season with These Local Events

We live in a fantastic area for holiday events and activities for everyone. Now that Halloween is over and November has started, it’s officially time to start talking and thinking about the holidays. Many get started in November so mark your calendars. Lots of lights, lots of crafts and lots of fun! These holiday activities have something for all interests and ages.


Downtown Silver Spring Tree Lighting

Every year the fountain gets transformed into a gorgeous themed Christmas tree! Last year it was the bikes and the lights. What will it be this year? Come on down to the lighting and street fest. This is a great family event and who doesn’t love a surprise tree and holiday shopping?!

Date: Saturday, November 10th from 6-9pm
Where: Downtown Silver Spring Fountain/Ellsworth Ave.
Cost: FREE

Click here for more info: Downtown Silver Spring Tree Lighting


Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens

If you love walking through the gorgeously maintained gardens during the fall and spring you will absolutely adore how they are transformed into a twinkling walkway of holiday delight! With some holiday-themed creatures and some regular sparkly tree lights, bring your strollers and puffy coats to walk through the garden wonderland.

Dates: Runs from November 16th through January 1, 2019
Where:Brookside Gardens 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Cost
: $25 per Car/Van (Sunday-Thursday) // $30 per Car/Van (Friday-Saturday)

Click here for more info: Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens


Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade

Held in downtown Silver Spring, line up along Ellsworth and up around Georgia Avenue.  There are so many incredible performances like Girl Scouts, cultural dancers and fun floats that march along to kick off the holiday season.  The exciting parade traditionally heralds the start of the holiday season.  It also is televised live on News Channel 8 and rerun on Thanksgiving Day. Check it out live or on TV!

Date: Saturday, November 17th at 10am
Where: Downtown Silver Spring
Cost: FREE

Click here for more info: Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade


ZooLIGHTS

The Smithsonian’s famous National Zoo hosts a light display with fun activities for the family!

Walk up and down the zoo hill for events like “snow” tubing and riding the carousel. The lights abound on trees, walkways and bushes throughout the zoo. Some animal houses are even open late for viewing. As always, there is food and drinks available for purchase.

Dates: November 23rd through January 1, 2019
Where: Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Cost: FREE (rides and activities cost money via ticket books purchased at the event)

Click here for more info: ZooLIGHTS


5th Annual DC Brau Holiday Market

For the 5th year in a row, the brewery will be transformed into a crafters’ marketplace for one day only — perfect for visitors to start (and finish) their holiday shopping with unique wares from more than 40 local artists & artisans in a unique indoor setting. There will be live Music by Reed Appleseed & DJ Budman, food trucks, and games & activities for everyone and lots of delicious DC Brau beer!!

Date: Saturday, November 24th
Cost: VIP TICKETS – $10 EACH: Includes early admission at 1PM for an extra hour of shopping and a free branded DC Brau tote.  // GENERAL ADMISSION – FREE – doors open at 2PM.

Click here for more info: DC Brau Holiday Market


Small Business Saturday on Main Street Takoma

A fairly self-explanatory event that supports local businesses the day after Black Friday. Shop small. Shop local. Support your neighbors and friends on SBS!

Date: Saturday, November 24th
Where: Main Street Takoma
Cost
: Whatever you are willing to spend at local businesses in Takoma Park

Click here for more info: Small Business Saturday on Main Street Takoma


2018 American Holiday Festival

Get free tickets to this annual kick-off concert for the Washington, DC, holiday season, performed by the talented musicians of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” at DAR Constitution Hall. Be sure to log on and print your free tickets for entry! Enjoy the sounds of the holiday season with this fantastic free concert!

Date: Saturday, December 1st @3pm
Where: DAR Constitution Hall
Cost: FREE

Click here for more info2018 American Holiday Festival

New and Upcoming Spots in Silver Spring!

Pictured above: Tacos, Tortas, and Tequila – Now Open!

Silver Spring continues to expand as a city with it’s community and businesses. As we’ve seen, construction has become a challenge in DTSS, but that means new businesses are opening and others are coming soon! From the upcoming restaurants to the latest fitness franchises, it was easy to come up with a quick list on a lunchtime walk.

See our map and list below of all the businesses newly opened and those coming soon to the area!


Now Open!

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Tacos, Tortas, and Tequila

Address: 8407 Ramsey Avenue
Website: https://www.facebook.com/tttrestaurant


Orangetheory Fitness

Address: 8455 Fenton Street
Website: http://orangetheoryfitness.com/


Paisano’s Pizza

Address: 8213 Georgia Avenue
Website: https://www.paisanospizza.com/


Kaldi’s Social House (Updated Rooftop Deck)

Address: 918 Silver Spring Avenue
Website: https://www.kaldissocial.com/

Now Open!

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Tacos, Tortas, and Tequila

Address: 8407 Ramsey Avenue
Website: https://www.facebook.com/tttrestaurant


Orangetheory Fitness

Address: 8455 Fenton Street
Website: http://orangetheoryfitness.com/


Paisano’s Pizza

Address: 8213 Georgia Avenue
Website: https://www.paisanospizza.com/


Kaldi’s Social House (Updated Rooftop Deck)

Address: 918 Silver Spring Avenue
Website: https://www.kaldissocial.com/

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Coming Soon!

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Pure Barre

Address: 8455 Fenton Street
Website: http://purebarre.com/md-silverspring/


Astro Lab Brewing

Address: 8216 Georgia Avenue
Website: https://www.astrolabbrewing.com/


Lewi Café

Address: 911 Bonifant Street
Website: https://www.lewicafe.com/


District Taco

Address: 1312 East West Highway
Website: https://www.districttaco.com/

What place are you most looking forward to trying out? If we’ve missed any spots in the area that you’re excited about, let us know!

Dockless Bikes have ARRIVED!

image via TheWashCycle

Guest post by Silver Spring resident, Lauren Lee.

You’ve seen them around – maybe lined up in an organized row in downtown Silver Spring, maybe in a heap of a pile blocking a sidewalk or a bus stop. They come in all different colors! Green, Yellow, Orange, Red! Two things are for sure, they are making their way around the community and there are lots of opinions.

How do these bikes work? Generally, you download the app for the appropriate bike rental company – LimeBike for example, put in your information, create and account, etc.  Then when you are interested in riding – you scan a bike, and it gets unlocked releasing the wheel.  After your ride, you scan it again to lock it up and complete your ride.  You don’t have to leave it in the same place as where you picked it up. For the rider looking for a quick trip from work to an appointment, or a ride to the bus stop from home these bikes seem like the perfect solution.

But of course there couldn’t be convenience without a dissenting inconvenience.

There have been bikes reported as being in the middle of sidewalks, fallen over, blocking a path for pedestrians, people with strollers or those in wheelchairs. Other bikes seem to have been left in more off the track places making them less apt to be ridden and often stay there for quite some time.  WTOP just this weekend reported people parking bikes on the frozen C&O Canal. WHAT IS GOING ON?!

photo via TwoWheelsDC

Dockless bikes aren’t for everyone it seems. There is a percentage of people that generally can’t use the bikes, those that travel and are responsible for young kids can’t easily run errands on dockless bikes. There’s also a risk that you get stranded and someone picks up the bike you left for your way back home. An argument also is that those that are avid bikers likely own bikes already.

Vicki King Taitano, a Silver Spring resident, is frustrated that a bike has been in her yard for over two weeks. The burden then falls on her to call the company and have them remove it. She mentions that she thought about putting in her narrow street but is afraid of causing an accident. “It sort of illustrates the point that this company expects me to participate in its business whether I want to or not. I don’t have the app and no one in my family rode the bike to my house, yet there it is unless I do something about it,” Taitano states.

After riding dockless bikes several times from her home to run errands in downtown Silver Spring, Liz Brent started a Facebook group called “Silver Spring’s Battle of the Bikes.” In this group, members frequently comment on both the positive and negative impact of these bikes.  The pictures of kids riding the bikes and the convince of getting around downtown Silver Spring has been highlighted and lauded.  It seems to be getting people to ride a bit more than normal.  The environmental benefits also do not go unnoticed. Downtown Silver Spring is notorious for being frustrating to navigate in a car, especially during rush hour. By adding an easy bike option, many can get around without polluting or contributing to traffic.

Furthermore, it’s been noted that just because there are complaints and frustrations with the way that some of the companies handle the bikes being strewn about or where they are located, that doesn’t automatically translate into disliking the dockless bike programs as a whole.  A general sentiment is that it’s a cool program but has lots of kinks to work out. Hopefully, the business model will only improve and expand to address needs and concerns.

“I think it’s odd that the rollout for the dockless bikes was in October, just as things would be getting cold here. On the other hand, on average our winters are usually so much milder than this, and the companies may have been counting on that,” notes Sandra Schmidt, a new rider and downtown Silver Spring resident. One would think that anyone familiar with the DC area knows how unpredictable the weather can be and how could it can become, deterring the casual bike rider.

As of now, there are many unanswered questions that we look forward to figuring out in the coming months as the weather warms, and bikers are more inclined to ride again.  Will there be more bike accidents as drivers and riders get used to one another? Will a lack of helmet-wearers impact this? Will there be a more mainstream plan to move disruptively located bikes?

What do you think about the influx of dockless bikes in our community? Do you have a success story or an interesting anecdote? Let us know! If you’re interested in learning more about the different types (yes, there are plenty!) take a peek at their websites for more information. Montgomery County is open to questions or comments regarding the Dockless Bikeshare Program; residents can contact MC311 or email Commuter Services at mcdot.commuterservices@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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