Tuesday, November 2, 2021

The Beacon 2021 - Live Virtual Expo - OPEN NOW



November. 1, 2021 — January 31, 2022

Join us online for Speakers, Classes, Entertainment, and dozens of informative exhibitors.
Last year, more than 9,000 unique visitors joined in.


The event’s keynoter will be Diane Rehm, who hosted NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show for more than 30 years. Rehm will engage with Beacon publisher Stuart Rosenthal in a discussion about her broadcast career and the books she has written.  

A second keynote conversation will take place between Stuart Rosenthal and Dr. Mark Warshawsky, former Deputy Commissioner of Social Security, about the future of Social Security and private pensions.

In addition, the online expo will include video demonstrations and classes on tai chi, yoga, cooking, nutrition, dance and more.
More than a dozen expert speakers will address health and wellness, legal matters and estate planning, employment and volunteer opportunities, money and investments, retirement housing options and travel.
Entertainment will cover an equally broad range, from classical music to rock and roll to comedy.

The Virtual 50+Expo will also provide useful information from dozens of government agencies, nonprofits and area businesses offering products and services to older adults and their families.

Monday, November 1, 2021

National Caregiver Month - Engage@HOME YouTube Video Interviews

November is National Caregiver Month and as with previous years, the County's Engage@HOME YouTube channel has recorded a number of informative interviews with regional care providers. National Family Caregivers Month is celebrated each November and it is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country.

Celebrating Family Caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month enables all of us to:
Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
Educate family caregivers about self-identification
Increase support for family caregivers

In Montgomery County our 2021 theme is RENEWAL and our guests share:
  • Words of wisdom for caregivers so they can discover new inner strength and community supports
  • Creative ideas that could include art, music, lifelong learning etc.
  • Practical examples that will help caregivers deal with “day-to-day” challenges.
  • Updates on resources and tools.
  • and much more.

to view the 
County's Engage@HOME 2021 National Caregiver Month interviews

There you will find interviews with:

Jennifer Brush
Internationally recognized expert in Montessori and Aging and member of the Ohio Council For Cognitive Healthy

Dr Patrice McGhee 

Sister Kathy Weber
Holy Cross Caregiver Resource Center

50+ in Montgomery County

Montgomery County's YouTube Channel - Engage@HOME provides throughtful curated video programming: https://www.youtube.com/c/mocoengageathome
Engage@HOME is produced and hosted by Lylie Fisher.

Montgomery County Government - Community Updates (Covid and much more)


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Montgomery County Update: News & Information

Visit montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19 for Latest COVID-19 Updates

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A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

County Executive Marc Elrich

County Executive Marc Elrich announces the County has entered "Moderate Transmission," while reminding us to remain vigilant. He provides an update on the County’s COVID-19 vaccination status including Booster shots and preparing for shots for children ages 5 through 11. County Executive Elrich also highlights his partnership with members of the County Council in the Guaranteed Income Pilot; his discussion on Critical Race Theory; and his gratitude for the venerable work of departing County DEP Director Adam Ortiz. Finally, County Executive Elrich reminds that October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month - a subject near and dear to his heart. 

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Montgomery County Lifts Its Indoor Mask Requirement After Achieving Seven Consecutive Days of ‘Moderate’ COVID-19 Transmission

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Montgomery County suspended its mandate requiring masks or face coverings indoors in locations accessible to the public on Thursday, Oct. 28, after James Bridgers, the acting County health officer, announced that it achieved seven consecutive days of “moderate transmission” of COVID-19.

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County Now Providing COVID-19 Booster Shots for Additional Groups After CDC Approves Boosters for Some Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Recipients

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The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is now providing booster shots to an expanded group of eligible residents. The County is offering the boosters based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated authorization of booster doses. The new eligibility guideline includes certain people who have previously received the Moderna vaccine, and most people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,

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COVID-19 Information Portal Has Statistics on the Virus Including Infections and Vaccinations Given by Zip Codes  

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Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Information Portal provides a variety of breakdowns on how the virus has impacted the County. The statistics are updated to reflect the most recent reports from the State of Maryland during the health crisis. Among the information available is how many positive cases have been reported in each zip code in the County.    

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County Executive Elrich, County Council Propose Special Appropriation of Nearly $2 Million to Help Fund ‘Guaranteed Income Pilot Program’

County Executive Elrich, County Council Propose Special Appropriation of Nearly $2 Million to Help Fund ‘Guaranteed Income Pilot Program’

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich joined County Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz and Councilmembers Will Jawando and Evan Glass on Oct. 26 to provide details of a proposed “Guaranteed Income Pilot Program” for Montgomery County residents. If a special appropriation is approved by the Council to create the program, it would begin in 2022 and provide direct cash payments of $800 per month to 300 County households for 24 months.

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Montgomery Parks Reinstates ‘Picnic in the Park’ Program to Allow Alcohol in 13 Parks

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The ‘Picnic in the Parks’ program that allows alcohol in certain parks has been reinstated byMontgomery Parks in 13 parks. The program was created to inspire park use in 2020 during the COVID-19 health crisis, but was suspended on July 1, 2021, in response to the end of the COVID-19 State of Emergency issued by the State of Maryland. 


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More Seasonal Fun Will Be Hosted by Montgomery Recreation

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Montgomery County Recreation is hosting family-friendly events to enjoy during the fall season. From free movies to swimming with pumpkins, events will be hosted at community recreation centers and aquatic facilities located throughout the County

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Halloween Special Events Set for This Weekend from Montgomery Parks   

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Fall is filled with special events from Montgomery Parks. The wide range of events will include riding on the Halloween Eye Spy Trains Spooktacular activities at the Halloween 5K Haunted Hustle or Nightmare on Elm Street.     

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‘Be Seen on Halloween’ Safety Tips Will Be Emphasized This Weekend, Including at Several Family Friendly Halloween Events

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Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation wants to ensure that trick or treaters have a safe and fun Halloween, particularly since it will be dark during many of the festivities.

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‘HalloWheaton’ on Marian Fryer Plaza in Downtown Wheaton Will Feature Many Free Fun Events on Saturday, Oct. 30


‘HalloWheaton’ a free, fun for all ages event, will take place at the new Marian Fryer Town Plaza in Downtown Wheaton from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

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Montgomery County’s Alcohol Beverage Services Opens New Flagship Store in Potomac

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Montgomery County’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Services has opened a new retail concept and flagship store, Oak Barrel & Vine, in the Cabin John Village Shopping Center in Potomac. The store had its grand opening on Oct. 27.

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Commission on Veterans Affairs Seeking Additions to Its Virtual Tribute to County Veterans as Veterans Day Approaches on Nov. 11

Thank you veterans

Montgomery County’s Commission on Veterans Affairs is paying tribute to County veterans through a virtual “Tribute to Montgomery County Veterans” website. As Veterans Day approaches on Thursday, Nov. 11, the commission wants to add tributes to the site.

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Corridor Advisory Committee Seeks Feedback on Veirs Mill Road Bus Rapid Transit/Flash Bus, System Expansion in Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 10


Montgomery County’s Corridor Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, to provide an update and seek feedback on the future Veirs Mill Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)/Flash Bus project.

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Free Online Workshops Available in November for Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs


Free online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs are available throughout November. Montgomery County Public Libraries is sponsoring the programs.

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Building Owners Wanting County LEED Certification Tax Credit Must Submit ‘Intent to Apply Application’ by Jan. 1

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Building owners interested in pursuing Montgomery County’s property tax credit for LEED certified commercial and multifamily buildings are reminded by the County’s Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Finance that they must submit applications for the credit, or notify the County of their intent to apply, by Jan. 1.

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See Me at the Smithsonian

See Me at the Smithsonian is an interactive program for adults with dementia and their care partners.

On scheduled weekdays, pre-registered participants (8-10 people) explore some of the Smithsonian’s most beloved objects in small group discussions and multi-sensory activities. See Me provides intellectual engagement, opportunities for socialization, and the ability for loved ones to spend time together in a relaxed setting. In-gallery programs take place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Asian Art, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of American History.

Since May 2020, we have fully transitioned to delivering virtual See Me programs. To date, all five museums have hosted virtual programs via Zoom and plan to continue this practice for the foreseeable future.

Programs in English are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Programs in Spanish are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Virtual programming for larger groups in community locations are available upon request.

To learn more about See Me at the Smithsonian at Access@si.edu

See Me en Español
See Me en Español es un programa interactivo dirigido a adultos con demencia y a sus cuidadores. En determinados días laborables, los participantes previamente registrados (de 8 a 10 personas) exploran algunas de las obras más emblemáticas del Smithsonian en pequeños grupos de debate y realizan actividades multisensoriales. See Me ofrece participación intelectual, oportunidades de socialización y la posibilidad de que nuestros seres queridos pasen tiempo juntos en un entorno relajado. Las sesiones tienen lugar en el Museo de Arte Estadounidense, la Galería Nacional de Retratos, el Museo Nacional de Arte Asiático, el Museo Nacional de Historia y Cultura Afroamericanas, y el Museo Nacional de Historia Estadounidense.

Desde mayo de 2020, los programas See Me son exclusivamente virtuales. Hasta la fecha, cinco museos han ofrecido programas virtuales a través de Zoom y tienen previsto continuar con esta práctica en el futuro inmediato.

Ofrecemos See Me en Español el cuarto miércoles de cada mes, de 2:00 a 3:00 p. m. La programación virtual para grupos más grandes en centros comunitarios está disponible previa solicitud.

Si desea más información sobre See Me at the Smithsonian, póngase en contacto con  en Access@si.edu.