KCF earns City of Gaithersburg Citizenship Award as Organization of the Year

Just a few weeks ago, the Foundation was notified that it would be this year’s recipient of the City of Gaithersburg’s Citizenship Award as its ‘Organization of the Year.’ What an honor! An April 25, the Mayor and Council will present the award at the State of the City Address. This award is a testament to all the volunteers who have given of their time and their talents to make the Foundation’s programs as successful and as long lasting as they have been. A sterling example of our volunteers’ dedication is last September’s Kentlands/Lakelands 5K. Not many events can celebrate their 25 anniversary and attract 265 volunteers to make it happen. Volunteers are our bedrock.
There were a number of fundraisers this past month. A special thank you to Fleet Feet and to Coal Fire. Fleet Feet held a pub run and donated all the proceeds to the Foundation. Coal Fire made us their charity of the night and made us all feel better ordering out for that evening! Thank you to all the runners and to the diners for supporting our programs and our local merchants. (Unfortunately, a minor flood in the bar forced Coal Fire to close early that night, so we’ll be holding another fundraiser with Coal Fire soon.) Looking ahead, KCF will be the charity of the month at Not Your Average Joe’s. So eat out at Joe’s frequently for the entire month and support the Foundation! Look to our webpage, Facebook and NextDoor for the flyer to make your meal count toward the 20% donation.
Why not enjoy a pre-theater dinner at Joe’s on April 26 or 27, and then head over to the Arts Barn for the inaugural play of the Kentlands Community Players. “Play On!” by Rick Abbot is the hilarious story of a plucky community theatre group trying to produce a new “murder mystery.” A series of disasters await the troop, including a playwright who continuously interferes with the production. All of the pending disasters come to fruition in Act III when the company performs the show with hilarious mishaps at every turn. Check our website, https://Kentlands.org and the KCP website, https://www/kentlandscommunityplayers.org for information about performance times.
On Tuesday April 16, our next New Urbanist Lecture will be held at the Arts Barn. Join us at 7 pm for wine and conviviality. The speaker and precise topic is still in negotiation, but we promise a fascinating lecture—like Eric Reid, CEO and founder of Main Street’s SPAGnVOLA who shared his vision for eradicating poverty and bringing prosperity and dignity to cocoa farmers in February. After the wine and cheese reception, the lecture will begin at 7:30 pm.
The Film Society will show its next film on May 19 at 7 pm in the Arts Barn. “Maudie” is an inspiring biography of Maud Dowley (played by Sally Hawkins), starting out in 1930s Nova Scotia. Maud is a misfit, physically challenged by arthritis and at odds with her family. Her one passion in life is painting. She sets off on her own and finds work as a housekeeper for Everett (Ethan Hawke), a gruff and reclusive fish vendor, who lives in a tiny bare-bones home outside of town. The two find themselves at insurmountable odds, but they learn to see the strength in each other. 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
Thank you all for your support of all the Foundation’s programs. I am in my office on Mondays from 9:30 to noon. Please stop in and say hello.

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