Bethesda Trolley Trail to Montrose Parkway Ride, Saturday September 18

Come join WABA, the Montgomery Planning Department, and Better Block Foundation on September 18th at 10am, for a family friendly, no rider left behind ride as we explore the Bethesda Trolley Trail and Executive Boulevard protected bike lanes going to the Pike District and Montrose Parkway Trail.

We’ll meet up at the Bethesda Metro Kiss n Ride lot (near the elevators going down to the Metro station) and ride to the Bethesda Trolley Trail entrance at Norfolk Street, taking the trail up to the Pike District. After a brief stop at the Montrose Parkway Trail, we will ride back on the Pike Connector trail to Wall Local Park for activities for all ages.

For more information on the Planning Department’s Advancing the Pike District Initiative and an interactive map of the Pike District Connector see their information page here. There is also even more information in the flyer from the Better Block Foundation.

Be sure to register, to help us plan for turnout.

MCPS scales down plans for Woodward High as costs increase

Capacity cut from 2,700 students to 2,160 students

From Bethesda Beat

As costs increase, Montgomery County Public Schools has adjusted its plans for the renovated Charles W. Woodward High School, removing several classrooms and reducing the maximum capacity by about 540 students.

Original plans called for an enrollment of 2,700 students, but on Thursday, the school board voted to approve new plans that cut the capacity to 2,160 students. Sixteen classrooms will be removed to shrink the school’s size by about 35,575 square feet.

Adjusting the plan now will allow for it to remain on schedule while still accomplishing three key goals:

• House students from Northwood High while their school is rebuilt

• Reopen as its own school once Northwood students depart

• Be home to a high school arts program

Read the rest of the article at Bethesda Beat.

Pike & Rose Job Fair Sept. 14

See if one of the excellent restaurants and stores at Pike & Rose has the perfect job for you by stopping by the job fair.

Pike & Rose is holding a job fair at Amp by Strathmore Tuesday, September 14 from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Some of the participating retailers include Call Your Mother, Fogo de Chao, Sunday Morning Bakehouse, H & M, Visionworks, REI, Nada, Sports & Social, Julii, Burger Fi, Melina, Ipic, and Chipotle,

Join the Josiah Henson Community Celebration on Sunday, September 12!

FREE day of family fun, including activities, musical performances, and reenactors. Click here to learn more.

12 – 4 pm

No tickets are required. Please park at Wall Local Park.

• Musical performances to remember our heroes
• Re-enactments to reflect on our past and look towards a hopeful future
• Participate in our Peace Pinwheels demonstration on the grounds and portray how you plan to bring peace to the world


Josiah Henson Museum & Park tells the story about the life and challenges of Reverend Josiah Henson, enslavement in Maryland, and the ongoing struggles of racial equality and justice.

Visit JHM&P and experience interactive audio and visual presentations. Explore the park engage in personal or group reflection. Engage with the archaeology sites throughout the grounds

Construction Begins at New Rockville Burlington Location

From the MoCo Show:

Back in January we let you know that Burlington wold be taking over the old Barnes & Noble Location in Montrose Crossing. After over half a year, construction has started on the discount clothing retailer located at 12055 Rockville Pike.

Barnes & Noble moved to Congressional Plaza this past August.

Things are just getting started, so there’s not much progress, but a picture can be seen below.

Burlington currently has two other locations in Montgomery County, Gaithersburg (600 N Frederick Ave) and Silver Spring (8661 Colesville Rd.). The retailer used to be known as Burlington Coat Factory.

Analyzing the future of mixed-use development in Montgomery County

Montgomery County has allowed mixed-use development in buildings around activity centers for many years with the goal of creating interactive streets, providing meaningful public spaces, and creating communities where people can live, work, shop, and play within a given neighborhood. Numerous studies show that mixed-use districts generate higher real estate value, reduced vehicle miles traveled, and higher transit ridership.

new study by Montgomery Planning’s Research and Strategic Projects (RSP) Division has found that mixed-use development projects are likely to become even more common than single-use projects both locally and nationally. Considering there is only about 15 percent of “unconstrained” land available for development or re-development in the county, mixed-use properties are needed to support our future economic and population growth. Learn more through an interview with the project manager of the Montgomery County Mixed-use Development Study, Research Planner Nicholas Holdzkom, in the latest Third Place blog post.

Pop-Up Beer Garden

Reserve your spot today!


Bethesda North Marriott Lawn on Market Street, behind the parking garage..


Friday, October 1st – 4:00 – 8:00 PM

  • Reservation Slots: 4 – 6 PM | 6 – 8 PM

Saturday, October 2nd – 12:00 – 8:00 PM

  • Reservation Slots: 12 – 2 PM | 2 – 4 PM | 4 – 6 PM | 6 – 8 PM


  • $25 Per Person, includes: (2) two $5 drink credit, (1) one $10 food credit, & (1) one $5 credit donated to charity
  • $15 Designated Driver / Under 21 Person, includes a $15 food voucher

You can make a reservation for up to 8 people. Seating will be based upon first come first serve with available table and adirondack seating options.

Everyone must have a ticket, to track county capacity limits.








Public Parking Garage is offering the first two hours for free, additional hours will be at posted rate.

COVID Compliance:

  • Limited capacity.
  • Must have a ticket to attend.
  • Reservations will be provided in 2 hour increments.
  • Hand Sanitizing Stations Onsite

Pike District Connector Launch Week – Volunteers Needed

Wednesday September 15, 2021 to Saturday September 18, 2021

Join the Planning Department, MCDOT, and Better Block as they sling paint, swing hammers, and get some dirt under their fingernails installing signage along the Pike District Connector, create ground murals under the guidance of local artists, and build a pollinator garden with plants, art, and seating in Wall Park. All tools will be provided. Please bring sunscreen and a water bottle and wear clothing that you don’t mind getting painted or dirty. All ages and skill levels welcome!

Visit to learn more.

Road Closure: Randolph Road Westbound Lanes Close Starting Today

The westbound lanes of Randolph Road between Nebel Street and Parklawn Drive will close starting today, August 30, to make way for Pepco construction.

The westbound lanes of Randolph Road between Nebel Street and Parklawn Drive will be closed starting Monday, as Pepco begins construction for a new substation. The eastbound lanes will remain open, and businesses on the westbound side will be open — as will the sidewalks.

The substation will supply power to the Bethesda and White Flint area, according to a Montgomery County news release. The construction is expected to last 6 months, it said.

“Substation work started in 2020 and associated line work will be performed with overhead and underground construction along Nebel Street, Marinelli Road, Old Georgetown Road, Citadel Avenue, Randolph Road, and Parklawn Drive,” the county’s news release says. “The substation project is expected to be completed by December 2023.”