The Silver Spring Regional Center occasional "e-blast"                
(Reemberto Rodriguez, Director)
Released 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 17th, 2021

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Coronavirus COVID-19 info

for the latest, please see the Press Releases.

Coronavirus Vaccine Information


Who is currently receiving vaccines?

As vaccine supply allows, County Clinics are currently vaccinating:
  • Residents 60 and older
  • Essential workers (a priority group which includes transit workers, teachers, child care workers, grocery store workers)
  • Individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Residents 16 and older with underlying medical conditions
Everyone 16 year of age and older are encouraged to preregister now!:  
For much more:
visit the County’s
main website and/or the COVID-19 website 
follow Montgomery County on 
Facebook @MontgomeryCountyInfo 


Montgomery County Covid-19 Voices: Vietnam War Veteran Dr. Elwood Gray

War is horrific and can decimate in large numbers. Well, the Coronavirus has had some of the same effects and hasn’t discriminated against the lives it has taken. But Don’t Stress, Take the test, continue to mask up, and get vaccinated. Together the Black Community can defeat Covid-19 if we hit it with battle strategies. Visit for free Covid-19 testing in Montgomery County, MD, with the African American Health Program. 

Also, receive free groceries, backpacks, and pandemic and school supplies. You can even pre-register for the vaccine at each test site. Be smart and take care of your family so they can do what they do best. For me, that is beautiful singing from my girls. 

Watch the Video


Free Pandemic Swag & Covid-19 Testing in MoCo MD

The spring season is on full display with sunnier days and the desire to get out and about. However, COVID-19 continues to be a major health concern in our community. So it's still important knowing your status to protect one another. But no worries, the African American Health Program (AAHP) has you covered.


Don't Stress, Take the Test!

AAHP is hosting free COVID-19 testing at various locations in Montgomery County, MD. More importantly, you will receive free school supplies, groceries, a backpack, and pandemic swag such as gloves, masks, and a digital thermometer. 

Visit for almost daily locations and dates. No appointment required!

Watch the Video

Montgomery County Covid Rent Relief Program Phase 3

The Department of Health and Human Services is excited to share with you the details for the third phase of the COVID Rent Relief Program and express our gratitude for your partnership to make this vital resource available to Montgomery County residents. While funds are available, the program will provide up to $12,000 in rent relief for eligible households that can be used for rent arrears and a rent credit for future months.  The program is funded through a $59 million in Department of the Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Funds, provided to the County through direct Federal and State allocations.  

The full program details, flyers in multiple languages, extensive set of FAQs, and the online submission link are on our website




for some virtual events coming up

(Scroll down or link takes you to more info in this newsletter)
Montgomery County Covid Rent Relief Program Phase 3
Silver Spring Transportation Management District Representative Opening
The Takoma Park Farmers Market Kicks Off its 38th Season
Connecting the Corridor: Lessons from a Century of Racism and Resilience Along the Purple Line

Taste the World in Fenton Village
Silver Spring Town Center Inc Virtual Schedule
Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan Updates
County Council Calendar
Celebrate Vinyl Culture Just for The Record – A Vinyl Day

Fair Housing Educational Summit
Montgomery County Greenfest

Bike To Work Day
Por Nuestra Salud y Bienestar weekly testing scheduled for next week, 3/29 to 4/4. 
Middle Eastern American Authors Series at Montgomery County Public Libraries
Online Process to Request Food Assistance Resources Available 24/7


Silver Spring Transportation Management District

Representative Opening

SSCAB is looking to appoint a 3rd representative to the SS TMD to represent North Silver Spring/West Silver Spring . This representative will join current representatives Harriet Quinn for Kemp Mill/4-Corners/East Silver Spring Sector Plan and Chris Perry for the Silver Spring Central Business District.

For more information on the SS TMD:
For more information on the SSCAB:

If you're interested in representing this area please email me your humble newsletter editor:

The Takoma Park Farmers Market Kicks Off its 38th Season

Sunday, April 18th at 10:00 am

Summer vendors return to join year-round vendors to offer seasonal produce, pasture raised meats and eggs, cheese, butter and milk, baked goods and breads, fermented foods, prepared foods, grains, flowers, plants, mushrooms, jams, sauces and more - all produced within 125 miles of Takoma Park. 

Radishes, spring onions, pea shoots, baby kale, spinach, collards, arugula, salad mix, radishes, Brussels sprouts, kalettes, sweet potatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, apples, broccoli, cabbage and from the greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, eggplants, basil, watercress and more. Asparagus coming soon!

The market gladly accepts SNAP/EBT & WIC and currently offers up to $10 in matching dollars thanks to Maryland Market Money. 

The market continues to work to create a safe space for its customers.  Temporarily located in a large parking lot adjacent to its usual location on Laurel Ave, the market asks shoppers to enter the market at 6931 Laurel Ave and exit onto Eastern Ave. Masks and social distancing required. To speed up your shopping, customers may check the website for vendors offering pre-ordering options for easy pick up. The market kindly requests no eating in the market and encourages customers to enjoy market snacks in the adjacent Streetery on Laurel Ave. 

More Information

Connecting the Corridor: Lessons from a Century of Racism and Resilience Along the Purple Line

Wednesday, April 21st at 6:00 pm

Connecting the Corridor, a two-hour virtual event, will tell the story of how the Purple Line corridor has been shaped by racism and the organizing and resilience communities have shown in response. The event will explore how communities along the corridor have been affected by discrimination and urban renewal, as well as how patterns of residential and economic segregation are perpetuated by contemporary policies. Facilitated by planner, writer, and advocate Dan Reed, the event will feature presentations from community storytellers who will describe the personal and enduring consequences of the region’s often inequitable development, with lessons for how our community can make sure that the Purple Line is a force for racial equity and not an instrument of displacement.

Live Spanish translation and closed captioning in English and Spanish will be provided.

The event is presented by Kaiser Permanente, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, and the Purple Line Corridor Coalition.

Taste the World in Fenton Village

May 16-22

Taste the World in Fenton Village is an annual event that showcases the incredible diversity of restaurants just south of downtown Silver Spring and the hard-working entrepreneurs who operate these small businesses.  This event will take place in downtown Silver Spring on Fenton, Wayne, Georgia and Sligo Avenue.  Click the image above for more information!

Silver Spring Town Center Inc Virtual Schedule


Silver Spring Downtown and
Adjacent Communities
Plan Updates

Join us for Virtual Visioning Sessions!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Visioning Phase! This is the phase where the Montgomery Planning team works with you to craft the vision for the future of Silver Spring. We will start in mid-March with the goal of arriving at a draft plan by the fall of 2021. There will be many ways to participate!
To get started, we will host five community virtual Visioning Sessions. These sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. throughout March and April. All of these sessions will be interactive - we will 'sketch' a plan and gather virtual sticky notes full of ideas for different areas of the plan. Because of the interactive format, we will be capping attendance at 40 people for each session.
We are organizing this initial stage of sessions by "Visioning Districts" to help us focus the discussion on each of these areas; all of the work from these sessions will be pulled together into one cohesive vision for the plan area. Please refer to the map below to understand how these “districts,” which are only a tool for the Visioning Sessions, are organized.
To register, click the links below (all events will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m.):
April 20 - North Silver Spring
April 27 - Adjacent Communities
If you register, you will receive a reminder 48 hours before the event, and a request to let us know if you cannot make it, so we can ensure we are not holding spots for those who are unable to attend. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the website.
We recommend participants join these sessions via computer or tablet, as it will be more challenging to follow the session on a smartphone. Participants will be allowed to join via phone, and facilitators will work to include them in the event, even if they cannot see the screen.





County Council Calendar

Click the image below for more information

Click the image above for more information

Celebrate Vinyl Culture Just for The Record – A Vinyl Day

Saturday, April 17th at 12:00 pm

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL), in partnership with Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. (FOLMC), is presenting the fourth Just for the Record - A Vinyl Day event on Saturday, April 17 from noon to 3 p.m. in celebration of vinyl music, its culture, and sound. The free virtual event is open to everyone.

The event includes:
Noon - Music Montgomery contest, featuring performances from previously selected submissions of musical acts by residents, with judging and commentary by a distinguished panel of experts.

1 p.m. - Vinyl Records Workshop – A workshop on vinyl record pricing hosted by Lance Salins, Director of Business Operations, Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. and Ray Brennan, antiques collector.

2 p.m. - Panel discussion moderated by Garrett McQueen, musician, performer and equity consultant. Panel members include Olivia Ellis Randolph and Dianne Be of Takoma Radio (WOWD-FM), and Daryl Davis, international recording artist, actor, author, and leader of The Daryl Davis Band.

No registration required. The program will be streamed live on MCPL’s Facebook

For more information, please visit

Fair Housing Educational Summit

Tuesday, April 20th at 9:00 am


Montgomery County is hosting a Fair Housing Educational Summit on challenges and opportunities toward narrowing the racial divide in housing with featured speakers and subject matter experts. Topics include:

  • The Role of Government in Systemic Housing Discrimination
  • Racism, Housing Discrimination and Wealth Disparities
  • Overcoming Barriers to Closing the Minority Homeownership Gap
  • The History of Housing Discrimination in Montgomery County

Montgomery County Greenfest

All of April!

Montgomery County’s annual GreenFest—a celebration of the environment—will this year will be a month of free online and in-person events throughout April. The series of activities will include educational workshops, an environmental film festival and family friendly games and scavenger hunts.  

GreenFest is a chance for residents, businesses, nonprofits and neighbors to come together, share ideas and get involved in finding ways to make the County a cleaner, greener place.

GreenFest partners include the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Montgomery Parks, Brookside Gardens, the County Department of Transportation, Poolesville Green, Bethesda Green, One Montgomery Green and University of Maryland’s Sea Grant Extension.

Greenfest kicks off today, Thursday, April 1, with a series of educational workshops by industry experts on a variety of topics that will help resident to “green” the Earth and their home environments. GreenFest partners are also will join the DC Environmental Film Festival to offer free online documentary screenings in April.

All lectures and screenings will be held online using Zoom. After registering, a link will be emailed to 24 hours prior to the live webinar.

Click on the image above or here for all of the events!

Bike To Work Day

Friday, May 21st

On Friday, May 21, MCDOT, MWCOG, and WABA will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Bike To Work Day. The first 15,000 people in the DC, MD, VA region to register will receive a free BTWD t-shirt.

Due to COVID protocols, this year's celebration will feature non-traditional pit stops throughout Montgomery County, where people biking to work, and telecommuters can bike to pick up their free BTWD t-shirts.

People biking to work can continue to their place of business and telecommuters are encouraged to bike a “fake commute” or take a break during their workday.

Registration is currently open for all 14 Montgomery County; Maryland non-traditional pit stops. (see web page for locations and times)

To register for this free event, please use this web link.

Por Nuestra Salud y Bienestar weekly testing scheduled for next week  

To view a summarized list of Next Week's Testing Schedule, click here.

Check out some videos from Mary's Center explaining why getting vaccinated is so important!

Middle Eastern American Authors Series at
Montgomery County Public Libraries


In partnership with the Office of Community Partnerships’ Middle Eastern American Advisory Group (MEAGG), Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will offer a series of programs focusing on various Middle Eastern American authors and illustrators.

The free virtual author series will take place monthly on the third Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. February through July. The events will be moderated by Debbie Trent, MEAGG chair, or Karen Leggett, co-chair of the Maryland Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt). Registration is required for the free programs.

Rashin Kheiriyeh; April 20

Rashin Kheiriyeh, internationally recognized author/illustrator, who has published more than 80 books in the U.S, Europe, and Asia, including her native Iran. 

Nadia Hashimi; May 18

Nadia Hashimi, Montgomery County pediatrician turned novelist, whose parents came to the U.S. from Afghanistan before the Soviet invasion and author of Sparks Like Stars.

Susan Muaddi Daraj; June 15

Susan Muaddi Daraj, author of A Curious Land: Stories from Home, a short story collection which won the 2014 AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction and a 2016 Arab American Book Award.

Pauline Kaldas; July 20

Pauline Kaldas, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA and author of Looking Both Ways, a collection of essays and The Penguin Book of Migration Literature.

Online Process to
Request Food Assistance
Resources Available 24/7


Residents looking for information on food assistance resources can now request help by completing a simple online form. Available in seven languages (Amharic, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese), the form is reviewed by a trained resource specialist, and residents receive a return phone call within one business day. The specialist will determine a resident’s individual food needs and help them locate food assistance in their community. No Personally identifiable information is needed to get help.

Information is available about free food distribution sites, free meal and grocery delivery, SNAP (Food Stamps), local food assistance providers, and other resources in Montgomery County. Residents can also call 311 and ask for the Food Access Call Center to get help with their food needs.

The Food Access Call Center opened in June 2020 and has been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to address the increasing need for food assistance across the County. As of mid-December, the Food Access Call Center has responded to more than 2,000 calls/referrals.


Recent Press Releases

Montgomery County Executive Elrich, Council President Hucker, Council Vice President Albornoz Announce Availability of $59 Million in Rental Assistance and Available Support to Avoid Eviction

15 Montgomery County Environmental Projects to Receive More Than $640,000 in Grants; Announcement Will Be Made at Event in Gaithersburg on Sunday, April 18

Senior Planet Montgomery Free Online Classes for Seniors April 19-23 will Include Tech and Energy and How to Choose a New Computer

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Releases 2020 Economic Development Fund Annual Report Highlighting Job Creation, Retention and Recovery Efforts

Montgomery County’s ‘Safe Routes to Schools’ Program Encourages Parents to Organize ‘Walking School Buses’ to Help Young Students to Walk to Neighborhood Schools


(Links take you to the Official County site)



Montgomery County Press Releases
for the latest news





If you live in Takoma Park, you can also visit the City's link:
Si vives en Takoma Park, también puedes visitar el enlace de la Ciudad


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