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Enter to Win 4 Seats in the VIP Grandstand at the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade!

 Photo via Dee Cee Real Estate

Everyone loves a parade and the annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade, Saturday, November 23, 10 to noon in downtown Silver Spring is no exception! Four lucky people will be able to get up close and personal with the marching bands, dance troupes, balloon floats, and more as they pass by the VIP Grandstand located at Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive at the Silver Spring Civic Building. 

All you have to do to enter is visit the Montgomery County Recreation Facebook page ( ) and leave a comment telling us what you love most about the parade.  We’ll choose one winner at random and they and three of their friends will be able to join the VIP crowd on the Grandstand at the parade!

Contest Rules:

To Enter: Leave a comment on the MCR Facebook page telling us what you love most about the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade.

Deadline to Enter: Friday, November 8 at 10:00 pm ET.

No purchase necessary. Contest is open to US Residents 18 and over for entries made by 10:00 pm Eastern Time 11/8/13. Winner will be chosen at random and notified in a reply to their comment on Facebook.  Winner has 3 days to respond to have name placed on VIP list before another winner is chosen.

Sponsor: Contest is sponsored by Montgomery County Recreation, 4010 Randolph, Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.

Prize: Winner will have name placed on VIP Grandstand list and be able to sit in the Grandstand during the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade on Saturday, November 23 in downtown Silver Spring. Winner needs to show identification at Grandstand entrance. 

Release and Limitations of Liability: by participating in this contest Entrants agree to release and hold harmless Montgomery County Recreation, Facebook, their respective parents, employees, officers, directors, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, sales representatives, advertising and promotional agencies from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the contest or receipt or use of any prize. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to punitive, consequential, direct or indirect damages.

Last Call for Basketball! Registration Deadline is 11/8

Don’t let the season slip by! We offer separate leagues for boys and girls in grade 3 – 8. Program emphasis is on skill development, fundamental strategy, and sportsmanship. Plus, basketball is a great way to make new friends, build self-confidence, and get a great workout!

For Individuals: If your child is not registering with a team, we will assign him/her to a beginner team closest to their school or neighborhood as space allows. Placement of individuals on a team is contingent upon sufficient registration to form a team and recruit a volunteer. PLEASE consider coaching if you are the parent of a student registering as an individual!

For Teams: Complete teams may register at either the beginner or intermediate level. Please call 240-777-6810 for a team/coach’s packet and submit an official roster with all registration forms and payment for a minimum of 8 players from the same private school or MCPS school district. (Note: we reserve the right to add players to rosters with less than the maximum.)

All teams practice once a week (weekdays only) and games begin the weekend of January 11, 2014. Fee is $90 for county residents in grades 3-5 and $95 for county residents in grades 6-8.  For more information, course codes, and to register download the basketball information guide or call 240-777-6839.

Music, Space Exploration, and Architecture Will Wow Local Seniors

We have three amazing trips for seniors this November including an incredible local performance, a trip to a museum exploring air and space travel, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the work of one of America’s most famous architects.  
Note: All Fall 2013 trips depart from and return to the parking area near field #1 at Olney Manor Park, 16605 Georgia Avenue, Olney, MD. Please Plan to Arrive 15 minutes prior to departure; all trips depart promptly at the advertised time.
 Winfield Parker and His Revue at Blackrock Center for the Arts

Winfield Parker and His Revue from Winfield Parker on Vimeo.

Acclaimed singer, Winfield Parker and his Revue are planning one very special show for Montgomery County seniors at Blackrock Center for the Arts.  Parker, who sang with the Temptations and Little Richard early in his career, has performed around the world, has a two-hour performance planned along with his revue of entertainers. We are lucky to have him in our very own venue and can’t wait for this performance!
355002 on November 13 at the MCRD Office Theater, Bus leaves at 1:00 pm ($25)

Udvar Hazy Annex of the Air and Space Museum

Image via Air and Space

Trained docents will lead our group through this huge hangar filled with aircraft covering the history of flight, military flight, and space exploration. You’ll see everything from early balloon baskets to World War I and II aircraft, and even a space shuttle. Highlights also include the Enola Gay, and the Concorde. Lunch is included and is on premises at the Subway restaurant.
355004 on November 21 in Dulles, VA, Bus leaves 8:30 am and returns 3:30 ($35)

FEET Trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water and Kentuck Knob in Pennsylvania 

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Seniors are welcome to join local families and adults on this day trip to explore the works of renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. When a successful Pittsburgh family, the Kaufmans, hired Wright to build a vacation home with a view of a waterfall on their mountain property, they were surprised to review his plans that involved a house that extended over the waterfall! Falling Water is an incredible vacation home that incorporates elements of the surrounding nature not just in the architecture, but in minor home decorating and design details. Kentuck Knob is a small, hexagon shaped one-story home located near Falling Water that Wright designed as part of his mission to build smaller, affordable homes for common folk. This home includes an open floor plan, cantilevered overhangs, and elements of nature within the design. An amazing sculpture garden awaits visitors outside after the short home tour. This trip includes lunch at the Falling Water café.
362126 on November 8 near Pittsburg, PA, Bus leaves at 6:00 am and returns at 7:00 pm ($109)

See What’s Cooking in November

Images of chicken and gravy, Tapas, and wine tasting via Wikimedia Commons.

The Perfect Wine Tasting Party at Home (1 session, $55)
Participants must be age 21 and up. We will help you plan a fabulous wine party that you can host at home! We’ll help you select wines, discuss budget, the types of glassware to have on hand, and more. We will practice with our own party including foods that pair well with wines. We’ll prepare ricotta-and-mushroom crostini, sirloin sliders with red onion jam, and a seafood appetizer. We’ll match wines to the dishes so that you know how to do it with your own party guests. Bring a $20 food fee, an appetite, and a love of wine.
362811 on 11/1 at Ross Boddy Community Recreation Center from 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Real Spanish Tapas (1 session, $65)
Chefs ages 15 and up will discover the excitement of creating small plates that originated with bartenders who would serve a glass of sweet Spanish sherry with a slice of bread on top to keep out the fruit flies. Eventually the bread had toppings added which evolved to small plates of food. This class will create several plates including avocado and tuna, deviled eggs, cheese and olives, and chicken stuffed with ham. Participants will leave with recipes and a full stomach as we eat what we make! A $15 food fee is due to the instructor.
363004 on 11/9 at Ross Boddy Communtiy Recreation Center from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Classic American Diner (1 session, $65)
Diner food is good old-fashioned comfort food. This class will explore some of the oldest recipes we can find for fried chicken with white cream gravy, creamy spinach and artichoke dip including a variety of breads for dipping, garlic mashed potatoes, and banana pudding. We eat what we make.  Bring a $15 food fee for the instructor.
362869 on 11/16 at Ross Boddy Community Recreation Center from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm