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Seasons Greetings and Welcome to the December RECord!

There is so much to do in preparation for the winter holidays…and so much that Montgomery County Recreation has to offer, including lots of holiday events and activities at many of our Community Recreation Centers and Pools.  Ever dreamed of going scuba diving with Santa?!  Read about it in the December RECord. There are craft shows for those important gifts.  Need a present for someone who has everything?  Get them a Montgomery County Recreation gift certificate!  Details inside. Happy Holidays!

Scuba with Santa and Help Manna, at Olney Swim Center - Swimmers and Splashers Welcome!

This is your opportunity to give back to the community and get a unique photo for your holiday card! Kids 10 and older will go through a brief training then wear scuba equipment for a photo with Santa they won’t soon forget. Have a swimmer who is younger than 10? No worries! Bring their suit and goggles (optional) and they can hold their breath under water for this fun photo op. And those who might not be ready to dunk their head in can sit on the shallow steps with Santa to capture the moment. For more information call 240-7774995.

When:            December 2
Time:             12:00 – 4:00 pm
Location:        Olney Swim Center (16605 Georgia Avenue, Olney)
Fee:               Bring a non-perishable food donation for Manna with a value of $5 or more.    Cash donations welcome, too.

Jingle Bell Rock Dance

Dance the night away at this festive event for members of our therapeutic teens and adults ages 15 and older. This annual event is one of our favorites and we have something for everyone. Listen to the DJ spin the latest music, learn to line dance, enjoy delicious snacks and beverages, or just catch up with old friends and celebrate another fantastic year of therapeutic programming and events in Montgomery County. For questions or to register call 240-777-6870.

When:            Saturday, December 15
Time:              7:00 – 10:00 pm
Location:        Holiday Park Senior Center
                       3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, MD

More Holiday Events Around the County

December 1 
Juried Craft Show at Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center

Shop for all your holiday gifts in one location. Free admission.
Saturday, 12/1, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

December 2
Holiday Craft Show at Clara Barton Community Center
Shop more than 50 regional artists including three from the local Clara Barton Neighborhood Senior Program who will showcase their fine art paintings, photography, arts and crafts.

December 12
Santa’s Workshop and Winter Wonderland

Festival at Damascus Community Recreation Center
Bring the family and let the children participate in crafts and games while you shop the holiday vendors or pick up new recipes at the cookie swap (bring 6 dozen cookies to participate). Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus before you leave and remember to bring 2 donations of canned goods.
Wednesday, 12/12, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Call 240-777-6930 for a vendor application.

December 14
Holiday Night Out and Concert at Long Branch Community Recreation Center
Enjoy the sounds of the season and sing along if you wish! Bring the family, young and old, to this very special event. Have your picture taken with Santa for $6
Friday, 12/14  6:00 – 10:00 pm

December 15 
Breakfast with Santa at East County Community Recreation Center
Enjoy a delicious breakfast of eggs, sausage, pastries, and beverages, then make a holiday craft and have your picture taken with Santa.  Cost is $3 for kids ages 3-7 and $5 for ages 8 and up. Photos are available for $5 each.
Saturday, 12/15, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Call 240-777-8090 to reserve your seats.

December 22 
Blue Sky Puppet Theater’s The Pigs at the Pole! at Mid County Community Recreation Center
In this hilarious, action-packed puppet show Santa puts out a call for help this Christmas because his elves are down with the flu. You can only imagine what happens when the Three Little Pigs respond to the call! Kids will enjoy the remote controlled cars, electric guitars, and vegetarian wolf. Show starts at 2:00 p.m. but there are crafts and refreshments beginning at 1:00.
Saturday, 12/22, 1:00pm (FREE)
Register online at course #343787

New Healthy Vending Machine Introduced in the County

If you find yourself in downtown Rockville near the Executive Office Building (located at 101 Monroe St.) and in need of a quick snack, you are in luck!  A brand new healthy vending machine has been installed in the Terrace level of the building with snacks that are good for you.

The 2bU vending machine is filled with foods that are organic, vegan, gluten-free, kosher and especially healthy.  The LED screen lets you review an item’s nutritional value before you purchase.

The eco-friendly machines have a dual temperature zone so you’ll notice cold drinks are cold while the snack foods are a regular temperature. The machines also have LED lighting, motion sensor dimmers, and have the highest energy star rating.

To get customers started there is an information board next to the machine that lists the snack foods, nutrition information including calories and fat, as well as how much exercise it will take to burn off the calories.

Recreation Gift Certificates Make the Perfect Gift for Anyone on Your List

Whether it’s a teacher, a grandmother, or a teenager, everyone loves to try something new. A Gift Certificate for Montgomery County Recreation would give everyone on your list the opportunity to try a new sport, art class, dance class, or more. Help them achieve their fitness goals with a gym or pool membership, or gift them that day trip they always talk about!
Certificates are good for up to one year and can be applied to any program or activity including classes, clinics, trips, and fitness and pool memberships.

Two easy ways to GIFT Recreation:

Pay by Mail: attach a check for the amount you want to purchase along
with a note of explanation and mail to 4010 Randolph Road, Silver
Spring, MD 20902

Pay in Person: bring a check or credit card and stop into the main
office at 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902