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by Aaron Kraut — April 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm 0

Westfield Montgomery is partnering with a national nonprofit that raises money for breast cancer prevention for a series of special events next week.

The mall (7101 Democracy Boulevard) and Bright Pink will host the 2nd annual VIPink Weekend, with ticket costs and donations going to support breast and ovarian health:

On Thursday, April 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m., Westfield Montgomery will host the VIPink Preview Party starting with a reception at Pink Central – a dedicated space in the lower level Nordstrom wing – where guests can learn about preventive measures against breast and ovarian cancer, while enjoying light food and beverages from CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, MET Bethesda Lobster ME and Cleo’s Oil Bar. Immediately following the reception at 8:15 p.m., guests will enjoy an opening night movie screening of the blockbuster movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at ArcLight Cinemas. Tickets for the reception and event are $35 and all proceeds benefit Bright Pink.

Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.: Exclusive Zengo cycling classes hosted in partnership with lululemon athletica

Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3: Hair blowouts and make-up consultations in partnership with Eric Alexander Salon and Nordstrom

Sunday, May 3 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.: A series of special yoga classes hosted in partnership with lululemon athletica

Each $10 event ticket purchased will mean automatic entry into an online sweepstakes contest featuring prizes from Under Armour, Nordstrom and a trip to London.

Video via WestfieldUS/YouTube

by Aaron Kraut — April 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Chevy Chase Fire Department 8001 Connecticut AvenueSomeone is calling locals and falsely claiming to collect donations for a local fire department.

A resident in Chevy Chase Village said she received a call Thursday night from someone claiming to be collecting money for the Chevy Chase Fire Department or “Chevy Chase Firefighters,” according to a neighborhood listserv.

Police in the Village and the Fire Department confirmed that it is a scam. The Fire Department doesn’t solicit donations by phone.

A sign board in front of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad also warns of phone scam attempts using the Rescue Squad’s name. The Rescue Squad also doesn’t solicit donations by phone.

Photo via Facebook

by Aaron Kraut — April 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

Here are a few upcoming events from the BethesdaNow.com calendar.

If you’d like to see your event featured, email your submission to news[at]bethesdanow[dot]com. Also, please check out the event calendar to see all that is going on:


unnamedVeterans Art Exhibition And Spoken Word Performance
Chevy Chase Cars 7725 Wisconsin Avenue
Time: 7 p.m. — 9 p.m.

Through writing and art workshops, participants narrate individual military experiences through original works of art to bridge the gap between the military and civilian communities.  The exhibition will feature the week’s artwork produced by approximately 20 United States veterans.


Central Farm Market, via RealTimeFarms.comPike Central Farm Market Re-Opening
Pike Central Farm Market 5992 Executive Boulevard
Time: 9 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Pike Central Farm Market is re-opening for the season on Saturday, April 25 with over 40 vendors! Come out for music, food, fun, shopping and more!


Washington ArtWorksWashington ArtWorks SPRING Open Studios Weekend
Washington ArtWorks 12276 Wilkins Avenue
Time: 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Washington ArtWorks opens its’ expansive visual arts facility and Resident Artist studios to the public for a full weekend of art shopping, music, and food trucks.

Featured both days will be hundreds of pieces of art including photography, painting, pottery and glass as well as artist demonstrations, local food trucks La Strada, Holy Crepes, and Carmen’s, and live music.


by Aaron Kraut — April 24, 2015 at 11:05 am 0

Piazza Beer Garden at 7401 Woodmont Ave. (file photo)A downtown Bethesda beer garden is officially opening next week with the promise of free beer.

Piazza Beer Garden (7401 Woodmont Avenue) is hosting a season opening “Beer Bash” starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28.

Beer enthusiasts will get a complimentary glass of Dominion Candi, a Belgian Trippel from Delaware-based brewery Old Dominion Brewing Company.

Piazza opened in fall 2013 on the patio part of Cesco Osteria. It will be open from 3 p.m.-10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m.-1 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, noon-10 p.m. on Sundays and closed on Mondays.

by Aaron Kraut — April 24, 2015 at 10:15 am 0

Check out our picks for open houses around Bethesda this weekend.

See our Real Estate section for a full listing of open houses and houses for sale:

9117 Burdette Road9117 Burdette Road
4 BD | 4 BA single family detached
James Coley, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Listed: $1,100,000
Open: Sunday, April 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

5161 King Charles Way5161 King Charles Way
2 BD | 2 full, 2 half BA townhouse
Robert Myers, Re/Max Realty Services
Listed: $550,000
Open: Sunday, April 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

5308 Locust Avenue5308 Locust Avenue
4 BD | 4 BA single family detached
Jane Fairweather, Coldwell Banker Residential
Listed: $845,000
Open: Sunday, April 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

6209 Massachusetts Avenue6209 Massachusetts Avenue
3 BD | 2 BA single family detached
Howard Lerner, Stuart & Maury, Inc.
Listed: $789,900
Open: Sunday, April 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

by Aaron Kraut — April 24, 2015 at 9:00 am 0

Photo via Mike Landsman

Hogan: Purple Line Price Tag Needs ‘Mucho Reductions’ – Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday said the cost of the estimated $2.45 billion Purple Line project needs to be much-reduced in order for the state to move forward with it. “It’s not whether this is a worthwhile idea. It’s a question of whether the state can do it at this point in time,” said Hogan, who’s expected to make a decision in the next few weeks. [Washington Post]

Spa Coming To North Bethesda Market – Woodhouse Day Spa, a Texas-based chain, is coming to a 6,000-square-foot space at North Bethesda Market in the Pike District/White Flint. [Store Reporter]

Edwards, Van Hollen To Attend Candidates Forum – Rep. Donna Edwards and Rep. Chris Van Hollen are set to take part in a candidates forum on May 3 in Rockville. The two Democratic colleagues are both running for the Senate seat to be vacated by Barbara Mikulski. [Maryland NOW]

Council Committee Wants To Renovate Council Building – A Council Committee this week recommended adding $32 million to the capital budget to renovate the aging Council Office Building in Rockville. The suggestion of such a move in March caused a squabble with Board of Education President Patricia O’Neill, who said the Council should be more focused on the school system’s construction needs. [The Gazette]

Photo via Mike Landsman

by Aaron Kraut — April 23, 2015 at 3:05 pm 0

The latest 2nd District crime summary includes in incident in which a man was seen masturbating along busy Wisconsin Avenue:

An indecent exposure occurred at 7707 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda on 4/7 at 6:46 p.m. The subject was observed exposing himself and masturbating.

Suspect: Male, age unknown

A residential burglary occurred in the 5500 block of Western Avenue in Chevy Chase on 4/10. Forced entry; property taken.

Suspects: Two males, ages unknown

Two unrelated residential burglaries occurred in the following areas:

In the 4700 block of Merivale Road in Chevy Chase on 04/07. No forced entry; property taken.

In the 5800 block of Osceola Road in Bethesda between 04/07 and 04/09. Forced entry; property taken.

A commercial burglary occurred at the construction site located at 8300 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda between 3:30 p.m. on 4/9 and 7:00 a.m. on 4/10. Forced entry; property taken.

Eight thefts from vehicles occurred between 4/6 and 4/10 during the evening to early morning hours. Due to close proximity, the incidents appear to be related. Forced entry; property taken. Streets affected included Wyngate Drive, Walton Road, Rollins Drive and Ewing Drive.

Thefts from vehicles in the Wyngate neighborhood, via MCP

An attempted residential burglary occurred in the 100 block of Piney Meetinghouse Court in Potomac on 4/12 at 12:55 a.m. Two suspects unsuccessfully attempted to enter the residence. Both suspects were later arrested in the area.

Defendants: Two males, ages: both 21

by Aaron Kraut — April 23, 2015 at 2:05 pm 5 Comments

Some of the e-cigarette liquids for sale at Studio Vape on Cordell Avenue

The news on e-cigarettes used to come via two-page inserts in the cigar magazines delivered to Les Charapp’s Bethesda cigar shop.

These days, those inserts on the latest and greatest in the vaping industry come in the form of full-fledged booklets, complete with rankings of e-cigarette liquids akin to rankings of cigars in Cigar Aficionado.

Charapp, who has owned Signature Cigars at 4919 Cordell Avenue for 18 years, saw it might be time to expand his business.

Last week, Charapp opened Studio Vape next door to Signature Cigars with the goal to get into an industry where sales have exploded to $1.2 billion a year in the U.S. Vape, defined as the inhalation or exhalation of vapor from an electronic cigarette, was the Oxford English Dictionary 2014 word of the year.

It wasn’t until about two years ago that vape shops began popping up. Now there are an estimated 8,500 nationwide with at least three within the few blocks of Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle neighborhood.

“So here I am with a brand new business in a brand new industry for me,” Charapp said. “They have studies showing the thing is going to grow to a $1.7 billion industry from $700 million in a few years.”

Charapp chose his location for Studio Vape over others in Rockville and D.C. because it’s close to bars and restaurants like Caddies on Cordell, Union Jack’s and others. It also helps that his old business is next door.

Studio Vape is in a former frame shop with an entrance set back from Signature. The stores share the same address.


by Aaron Kraut — April 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

The 12th annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is set to take over Woodmont Triangle on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10.

The festival, featuring more than 120 artists from across the country, will happen rain or shine on Norfolk Avenue and Auburn Avenue.

Booths will be set up and open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 9 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 10.

There will also be live entertainment, children’s activities and food from Bethesda Curry Kitchen, Smoke BBQ, Hard Times Cafe and others.

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership


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