Get ready for the Pumpkin Race!

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by Glenn Gargan, President

The Great Pumpkin Race is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, and now is the time to start the “engineering planning” for your entry this year. This is one of the favorite annual Montgomery Village events, and is always a lot of fun for participants and all attendees. Choose your favorite entry, and then cheer them on!

As always, we have a robust schedule of activities leading us towards the fall and the holiday season, some of which are listed below.

It was fun, but now summer is over, and school has started up again. Please continue to keep an eye out for our children as you drive through our neighborhoods. It’s getting darker out earlier, and we need to continue our vigilance for their safety.

Upcoming activities:

Saturdays through October 26: Farmers’ Market open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 9801 Centerway Road

Saturday, Oct. 12: Great Pumpkin Race and Fall Festival, North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19: MV3 Basketball Tournament, Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register as a team or individual, or come out and watch the action!

Sunday, Oct. 20: Try this new Chocolate Making class, North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road, 3 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26: Flashlight Halloween Hunt, South Valley Park/Bowie Music Pavilion, 19003 Watkins Mill Road, 6:05 to 7:35 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27: Halloween Concert, Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue, 3 p.m. Wear a costume and enjoy Halloween-themed music from the Montgomery Village Community Band.

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!

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!

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,

Glenn