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1.  County Exec. Announcements Click here

2.  Montgomery County Energy News Click here

3.  Caregiver Support Programs Click here

  County Council Climate Change Town Hall 12/2 Click here
County Exec. Announcements
County Regresses to ‘Substantial Transmission’ of COVID-19; Board of Health Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate Starting on Saturday, Nov. 20

Montgomery County returned this week to the status of “substantial transmission” of COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The increase in cases has led the County Council, acting in its role as the County Board of Health, to again invoke its regulation mandating masks be worn indoors starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Click here for more information.

County Holiday Special Schedules for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25

The Montgomery County Government will observe special schedules for the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday, Nov. 25. In some cases, schedule changes will extend through the holiday weekend.
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Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District Will Be Filled with Holiday Happenings

The Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District will have a season full of holiday events to enjoy this winter.
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Westfield Montgomery Mall and MCPS Join as Newest Partners in County’s Commercial Food Scraps Recycling Program

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commercial Food Scraps Recycling Partnership Program, the only program of its kind in the State of Maryland and in the metropolitan Washington region, continues to expand as Westfield Montgomery Mall and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) have joined as its newest partners.
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Montgomery Parks Upcoming Events Include Opening of Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens and Gobbler Fun Run and Walk

The annual Garden of Lights display at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton will open on Friday, Nov. 19, and remain open throughout the holiday season. The Gobbler Fun Run and Walk around Wheaton Regional Park will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20. Both are part of the winter calendar of events of Montgomery Parks.
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Commission on Aging Offers Advice on Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults

The Montgomery County Commission on Aging is offering information about the causes, health risks and resources to combat social isolation and loneliness among older adults. The fact sheet "Social Isolation and Loneliness: Facts for Older Adults" provides resources and websites for those with who feel lonely and isolated, as well as their caregivers.
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County Reminds Residents to Keep Litter Out of Yard Trim Bags

With the fall season comes falling leaves. For those who choose to rake the leaves into paper lawn bags to be collected for recycling, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection reminds them not to throw trash—or anything other than leaves and small, thin branches—into the bags.
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Free Online Workshops Available in November for Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs

Free online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs are available throughout November. Montgomery County Public Libraries is sponsoring the programs.
Click here for more information.

Montgomery County Energy News
World Toilet Day

RESIDENTIAL: World Toilet Day is an official United Nations international observance day on Friday, November 19th to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Did you know that 27% of all household water consumption is attributed to the toilet? That’s a lot of water and money to just be flushing away. The good news is – there’s a way to limit the amount of water used with every flush and that’s by installing a Toilet Tank Bank! The Toilet Tank Bank is a cost-effective tool that reduces the amount of water by 0.8 gallons per flush and can increase savings over time. If you would you like one of your own, please email  or click here and put Toilet Tank Bank in the subject line.

Heat Pump Planner

RESIDENTIAL: Need help determining the heat pump system that might be best for your home? This Heat Pump Planner tool provides more information about heat pump technology, the types available, installation and operation costs, and questions to ask an installer. This resource was developed in partnership with Steven Winter Associates, Inc. in support of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Heat Pump Program.

Thanksgiving Cooking Tips

RESIDENTIAL: You may be planning on making BIG meals this time of year. If you are planning a meal for fewer than 4 people - you may want to use your toaster oven instead of your oven because it uses less energy. Less energy means more money in your pocket for gifts! Watch the newest Home Energy Hack today for energy saving tips.  

Montgomery County Energy Summit Call For Presentations by Dec 1

COMMERCIAL: The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and the Montgomery County Committee of USGBC National Capital Region are inviting proposals for educational presentations at the 2022 Montgomery County Energy Summit. Proposals are due Wednesday, December 1 by 5 p.m. The summit will take place Tuesday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 6. 

The 2022 Energy Summit will focus on Innovation in three education tracks of the Summit: Technology, Policy and Practices and Finance. Apply here by December 1st!

My Green Montgomery Green Jobs Board

The My Green Montgomery Green Jobs Board will help you find green jobs in our region. We post jobs for free if they:

  • are green jobs (focused on energy, sustainability, water, trees, community greening, environmental ed, etc.)
  • based in the DC or Baltimore regions. Jobs in Montgomery County or easy for our residents to commute to work!

We pre-approve each job before posting, but we do not guarantee the length of time jobs will be posted. To look for new job opportunities, click here.

Gift Outside the Box 
Dec 8, 2021 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm 
Join OMG, DEP and other local partners as we prepare this season to Gift Outside the Box. This will be a fun evening of entertainment, ideas for Greener Gifting, fun interactive games and opportunities to support some local nonprofits. Register here


For more events, check out the Community Calendar on My Green Montgomery and if you are a community organization, you can add your events to the calendar here
Caregiver Support Programs

Visit Montgomery has published its annual Fall Color Guide and it features the best of the County's spots to relax and unwind. Its Ultimate Guide to Fall Festivities in Montgomery County features a collection of insider's guide to where to pick up a harvest pumpkin, the best local community festivals, opportunities to discover local public art, vibrant casual dining spots - to name just a few.

The County's Recreation team is so thrilled to be offering in-person activities (in a safe environment). Whether you are interested in exploring art or craft making, learning some new dance steps, participating in a cooking class, improving your health and fitness through an exercise class - Montgomery County Recreation has 21 Centers located throughout the County that offers a wide range of activities for children, teens, and adults, and may include programs for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Activities typically include classes, workshops, clinics, drop-in programs, supervised play, sports, open gym, crafts and special events. The Fall Recreation Guide is filled with activities for the entire family (in-person and the popular Rec Room virtual offerings).
For more information click here


Caregiver Support Groups

The County is developing a range of new caregiver support groups, education workshops and Caregiver Connect activities. Our Caregiver Support Program is interested in hearing from County caregivers so we can learn how best to provide support.  

We have developed a short questionnaire. If you provide unpaid care support to a loved one, friend or community member please take 5 minutes to complete our questionnaire. All responses are confidential. Click here


County's Engage@HOME 2021 National Caregiver Month interviews

Celebrating Family Caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month enables all of us to:

  1. Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
  2. Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
  3. Educate family caregivers about self-identification
  4. Increase support for family caregivers

In Montgomery County our 2021 theme is RENEWAL and our guests share:

* Words of wisdom and pathways to new inner strength and community supports

* Creative ideas that could include art, music, lifelong learning etc.

* Practical examples that will help caregivers deal with “day-to-day” challenges.

* Updates on resources and tools.

There you will find interviews with:

Jennifer Brush - Internationally recognized expert in Montessori and Aging and member of the Ohio Council For Cognitive Healthy

Monique Gardner  - Montgomery County's African American Health Program

Sheila Griffith - Alzheimer's Association - National Capital Area Chapter

Dr Patrice McGhee  - Director Montgomery County's Area Agency on Aging 

Sydney Palinkas - Smith Life Communities - ElderSafe

Officer Laurie Reyes - Montgomery County's - Autism/IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) and Alzheimer's Outreach Program

Tracy Rezvani - Montgomery County's Office of Consumer Protection

Sister Kathy Weber - Holy Cross Caregiver Resource Center

Montgomery County's YouTube Channel - Engage@HOME provides throughtful curated video programming: Click here
Engage@HOME is produced and hosted by Lylie Fisher.
Click here for more information.
County Council Climate Change Town Hall 12/2
Council to Host Virtual Climate Change Town Hall meeting on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m

Residents are encouraged to sign up and submit questions

ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 22, 2021—The Montgomery County Council will host a virtual Climate Change Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. through Zoom.

Councilmembers have scheduled this time to answer questions and listen to concerns from community members regarding climate change and the environment.

“Four years after declaring a climate emergency, Montgomery County is far behind in reaching our climate goals. It's time for us to get serious and take bold, aggressive action to address this crisis,” said Council President Tom Hucker, who also serves as chair of the Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee. "This town hall is a great opportunity for residents to share their feedback and vision for climate action and learn more about what steps the County is taking to move toward a more resilient and equitable future."

Residents are encouraged to sign up and submit their questions beforehand.

Register in advance for this webinar or click here

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email directly from Zoom containing information about how to join the webinar.

The virtual Climate Change Town will be streamed live on the Council’s web page via YouTube (MoCoCouncilMD) and on Facebook Live (MontgomeryCountyMdCouncil) and can also be watched on County Cable Montgomery on channels 30 (Fios), 1056 (RCN) and 996 (Xfinity).

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