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Montgomery Village camps are underway and offering summer fun for ages 4 to 13. Visit for registration information and details about how we're keeping staff and campers safe.

Don't miss Montgomery Village's 46th annual Art, Craft and Photography Show with all new family and adult sessions.

MVF Board President Glenn Gargan presented Susan Young a Certificate of Appreciation for her 9 years of service on the MVF Recreation Committee at the MVF Board meeting on January 23.

The digital sign on East Village Avenue (just outside of Lake Marion Community Center) is complete. This electronic message board display slides at a rate of 1 per hour about programming, meetings, closures and other necessary information to the community.

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting, held on Wednesday, December 4, was a festive scene for many residents and visitors. Guests enjoyed cookies and cocoa as they watched for Santa and listened to merry tunes by the Montgomery Village Community Band and Watkins Mill High School Chamber Singers....

The Reilly Family took the trophy this year with "Doug the Bug."  More than 110 participants raced their pumpkins and hundreds of visitors enjoyed the 2019 Great Pumpkin Race and Fall Festival on October 12. See the full event details on page 8 and other decorated pumpkin medal winners and...

Village residents and visitors race their decorated pumpkins in the main event of MVF's annual Great Pumpkin Race and Fall Festival. This year's festivities will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 at North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Resident pups were invited to cool their paws at Whetstone Pool on August 31 for MVF's first Doggie Paddle Swim. More than 65 dogs and their owners attended the 2-hour event. See more photos on page 19.

Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Board of Directors President Glenn Gargan (right) presented Frank and Pam Mondell with volunteer service awards at the July MVF Board of Directors meeting.

Representatives from Lidl shared concept plans for the grocery store they plan to build on the Professional Center site. An artist's rendering of the storefront is shown above.

Late last week, Montgomery Village lost one of its long-time supporters and community advocates, Richard “Dick” Wright. Dick and his wife Teresa were early residents of Montgomery Village, but didn’t just settle on making their home here; they helped make Montgomery Village home for generations...

David Post (L) and MVF Board President Glenn Gargan (R) presented Randy Creaser (C) with a Community Service Award for his 26 years of service on the Commercial Architectural Review Committee at the April MVF Board meeting.

Ayres, Bird and Dyer were officially installed as Board members on Thursday, March 28 during the MVF Annual Meeting. Each will serve a three-year term.

Montgomery County Police Chief of more than 15 years, Tom Manger was honored at the MVF Board of Directors meeting on February 28, as he leaves the department to pursue the next chapter of his career. For more on Chief Manger's career, read MVF President Glenn Gargan's article on page 3.

Residents asked questions of the 2019 Montgomery Village Foundation Board of Directors candidates at the annual MVF Candidates’ Forum held on January 31. Get additional candidate information in the pull-out section in the center of this issue. A video of the event can be found online at...

Montgomery Village Foundation's 3rd Annual Family Bingo Night is right around the corner on Saturday, Jan. 26. Be sure to reserve your seats by purchasing discounted Bingo card booklets for $8/booklet — call 301-948-0110. Booklets are also available at the door for $10/booklet. Get ready to...

Watkins Mill High School Chamber Singers helped get the 100+ visitors in the holiday spirit with festive musical selections at the Montgomery Village Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on November 28. Adults and children patiently awaiting the tree to be lit and Santa to arrive on his fire truck...

Chris O'Brien from Holy Cross Germantown Hospital presents the trophy to PJ Maneval and her winning pumpkin racer "Alpacalypse." See other decorated pumpkin medal winners and additional photos of this year's Great Pumpkin Race and Fall Festival on pages 10 and 11. Festivities ran from 11 a.m. to...

Cinderella and her family won a Pumpkin Race Medal last year for Best Themed Racer Duo, just one of many categories your racer can place in at the Great Pumpkin Race and Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13. Festivities will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Creek Community Center parking...

The judges spoke, and all the Whetstone Season Ending Cannonball Contest participants were winners! Once again, the community spirit of Whetstone showed itself in the fun and excitement generated on Sunday, Aug. 26, the last day of operation for the Whetstone Pool this season. The event...

The Montgomery Village Conservation Corps program members worked each week on completing playground/park inspections as well as  completing a stream valley cleanup or park cleanup at various locations throughout Montgomery Village. See page 7 for the full article and more photos.

Campers at North Creek Summer Club had a blast knocking down pins at Bowl America last week. Check out all of the opportunities for kids of all ages to have fun in the Village this summer at

Spitz-O-Matic and Camp Tiny Feet friends cranked up the beat and danced around Whetstone Community Center on July 10. Catch Spitz at KidjAM at the Gordon W. Bowie Music Pavilion in South Valley Park, 19003 Watkins Mill Road, on Wednesday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Bring a raft or noodle and join the fun watching "Despicable Me 3" in the pool.

Fresh local produce and other delicious offerings will be available again at the Montgomery Village Farmers' Market beginning Saturday, June 2 and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 27. Receive a free reusable grocery bag on opening day (while supplies last).