A Retrospective on the 5K and a Look to Upcoming Events in September and October

Now that the 25th anniversary of the Kentlands/Lakelands 5K is a good memory, the Foundation continues to plan events to stimulate and celebrate the community. The 5K was a perfect example of what happens when the spirit of volunteerism takes over a community. More than 250 volunteers signed up to lend their time, brawn, and expertise to make the race a true community event. Although I have lived in the community for all 25 of the races, this was my first time at the helm. While I had trepidations about how many things needed to happen before the day and on the day, I found it to be a rewarding, if not exhausting, experience. The camaraderie and excitement of the day were the best parts. A special thank you to the committee—Michele Potter, Carolyn Ryan, Erin Cristy, Misa Suqui, Vince Palmiere, Lake Coulson, Sharon Cantrell, Brett Gagnon, Michael Esders, Paul Roberts, Danny Talmage, Ruthzaly Weich, and Rob Garretson. And a second special thank you to Karen who made packet pick up a breeze, Stephanie who helped register runners on the day of the race and Lillian who traveled via metro from Silver Spring to volunteer for her 25th race. Thank you to everyone for making my first 5k so special.

Because volunteers are the heart of the Foundation, the Go Green Group is looking for individuals who would like to join the committee. Alex Stavitsky Zeineddin and Jennifer Allen are looking to grow their executive committee and seek a few individuals who want to become more involved in the ecological issues and projects of Go Green. In particular, one project, which has been ongoing for a number of years, is the care and management of the garden at Rachel Carson Elementary School. This garden provides not only a lovely space in the courtyard of the school but also an educational opportunity for the students. Go Green also arranges clean ups around the lakes and walks throughout the year. Please let me know if you want to know more about this program.

The Kentlands Film Society will present the first film, “A Man Called Ove” at the Arts Barn on September 23 at 7 pm. Because this is the first film of the season, there will be a wine and cheese reception beginning at 6 pm to celebrate the new season. A small number of walk-in tickets ($9) will be available for the films. If you would like to reserve one, please email kentlandsfilmsociety@gmail.com

The Village at Kentlands and Lakelands is joining with the New Urbanist Lecture series to bring awareness and solutions for people who love living in the Kentlands and Lakelands and wish to have housing options to live here their whole life. The lecture will be held at the Arts Barn on October 23 at 7:30pm with wine reception at 7pm. Scott M. Ball, author of Liveable Communities for Aging Populations: Urban Design for Longevity and Danielle Arigoni from AARP will provide solutions calibrated to Kentlands and Lakelands. All residents are encouraged to come, listen, and provide their input.
October brings the Oktoberfest to the Kentlands. Once again, the Foundation will turn the carriage house into a Kentlands Museum. The Foundation has invited the College of New Urbanism DC chapter to join us and provide insight into the New Urbanist life. Please stop by and see what makes Kentlands so special in the eyes of a New Urbanist.

Lastly, we are excited to announce the opening of the Artist Collective at 201 W. Market Street. Through hard work and diligence, Jaree Donnelly has gathered a group of dedicated artists to show and sell their work at the Collective, a Foundation initiative. Anyone who volunteered at packet pick up for the 5K or came to pick up his or her shirts and bibs received a sneak preview. A special thank you to KIMCO for providing the space for this new idea.

Thank you all for your volunteering and participation. Please come visit at the Carriage House. I am in my office every Monday from 9:30 to noon.