A fun start to the holiday season

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by Glenn Gargan, President

What a month. Lynda and I are blessed to have two sons; one resides in DC, the other in Houston. All being ardent baseball fans, and with both boys in town for the Marine Corps Marathon on the same week as the World Series, there was great excitement (with little sleep, and some good-natured banter). We all had a lot of fun as things “played out,” and it was a great way for us to start the holiday season.

Speaking of which, we have a robust schedule of activities leading us towards the holiday season. This is my favorite time of the year in Montgomery Village, and I strongly encourage all to participate in whatever activities they can. From the Christmas Tree Lighting, to the Toys for Tots Concert, to Breakfast with Santa, there are multiple options for all residents to get into the holiday spirit.

It’s getting darker out earlier, so please continue to keep an eye out for our children as you drive through our neighborhoods; we need to continue our vigilance for their safety.

Upcoming activities:

Thursday, Nov. 14: New Residents Welcome Reception, North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road, 7 p.m. If you’re new to the community, come meet some neighbors and find out about the Village.

Saturday, Nov. 16: Holiday Craft Bazaar, Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop for holiday gifts for those on your list!

Saturday, Nov. 23: MV Farmers’ Market Special Holiday Market Day, Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 9801 Centerway Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get all the local goods to make your Thanksgiving meal a real treat. Pre-order your turkey online at www.ourspringfieldfarm.com.

Thursday, Nov. 28: Annual Thanksgiving Day Workout, Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Start your holiday off with a great workout!

Wednesday, Dec. 4: Community Christmas Tree Lighting, Next to CVS in the Montgomery Village Center, 6 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6: Do-it-Yourself Wood Sign Workshop, Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue, 7 to 9 p.m. Make this great holiday gift for someone special!

Sunday, Dec. 8: Cocoa & Crafts, Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Finish off the evening with some great jazz holiday tunes from the Montgomery Village Blue Notes. This free concert is at North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14: Breakfast with Santa, North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road, 8:30 to noon – we’ve expanded the event this year to include two time slots! And from 1 to 2:30 p.m. your furry friends can get a photo with Santa as well—register online at www.montgomeryvillage.com.

Sunday, Dec. 15: Holiday Toys for Tots Concert, Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue, 3 p.m. Please bring a new unwrapped toy to donate and enjoy the holiday music from the Montgomery Village Community Band.

Lastly, please remember that the Montgomery Village News print editions are now distributed monthly. The Montgomery Village Foundation includes pertinent information published online in the following print edition as well.

As is tradition, I invite you to get involved. Volunteerism is the secret ingredient in Montgomery Village, and the mix of skills, talents, and knowledge present in our community can only ensure our continued improvement if you and your neighbors volunteer.

Your input and feedback to me at garganmvf@gmail.com is welcome.

Best regards,