North Woodside’s Garden of Lights

May not be Brookside Gardens,  but the North Woodside Garden of Lights was beautiful last night. And no tickets needed. Here is a gallery of a few illuminated-snow favorites. Photos by Lilian Pintea. Light artistry–enhanced by Mother Nature–by various neighbors on various streets.

Holiday Tree Lighting

Join us for holiday cheer, caroling, hot apple cider, and a visit with Santa at our annual North Woodside Community Tree Lighting (corner of Glen Ross Rd. and Luzerne Ave.) on Sunday, December 12th at 4:45 pm.

In the spirit of giving, we will have a bin available for donations of non-perishable food items for the Capital Area Food Bank. If you prefer to make a cash donation to the food bank, please click here.

We will also be collecting cash donations to support the Community Tree Lighting.

Hope to see you there!

Support Woodlin ES: Snider’s Gift Card Match and 2021 Receipts

New! Snider’s Gift Card Match

For the month of December, Snider’s is running a gift card special “Buy One, Get One, Support One” where you can purchase a $100(+) gift card, get a free $10 gift card, PLUS Snider’s will match and donate all $10 gift cards to the school of your choice, including Woodlin Elementary School. This is a new program they are starting that, if successful, will continue every year as a way to support local schools and their programs. So get your holiday shopping done at Snider’s and gift it forward to Woodlin!

Snider’s Receipts from 2021

The Woodlin PTA is now collecting Snider’s Receipts from 2021! Did you know for every receipt we collect, Snider’s donates 1% back to Woodlin? We are now collecting all Snider’s receipts dated from 2021 – please drop them off at 1914 Stratton Road (on the corner with 2nd Ave), or email woodlinPTA.fundraising at gmail dot com to arrange a pick up.

Help us out and collect receipts from your friends and neighbors!
**All receipts from 2021 must be submitted by February 4th, 2022.**

Neighborhood Food Drive for Capital Area Food Bank

Please help support Capital Area Food Bank by making a donation through our neighborhood virtual food drive page. Last year, we set and reached the goal of $2021, so this year we’re aiming for $2022.  Can you help us reach this amount? Thank you for any contribution, small or large, that you can make! 

Note: there will also be a bin for donations of nonperishable food items at the Community Tree Lighting, which will take place at 4:45pm Sunday, December 12, 2021 (triangle at intersection of Luzerne Ave and Glen Ross Rd)

Presentation on Historic Homes in Lyttonsville and North Woodside

A historic home in North Woodside

Graduate students in the University of Maryland’s Historic Preservation program have spent the last semester researching the history of eleven houses in Lyttonsville and North Woodside (and one in Woodside).

You are cordially invited to attend the capstone presentation of this historic house and local community research project, which will take place on Wednesday, December 15th at 7 pm, at Woodlin Elementary School. The students will give brief presentations on the histories of each of the twelve houses in the larger context of the history of these communities, with an emphasis on the most useful historic resources for conducting house histories. This event is sponsored by the Talbot Avenue Bridge Committee.*

Location information:
Woodlin Elementary School (cafeteria/multi-purpose room)            
2101 Luzerne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910            
Note: Use entrance at left side of building (next to school parking lot)

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Masks will be required, as well as proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the event).

Questions?  Contact the Talbot Avenue Bridge Committee

* This activity is not sponsored by, associated with, or endorsed by Montgomery County Public Schools or Montgomery County Government.

4th Annual Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk

Begun in 2018, the Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk is an annual local community event that weaves together neighborhoods once divided by racial segregation. All are welcome! Come join us in shining our lights in the darkness, promoting unity over division, remembering the past and taking steps toward a brighter future…

WHEN: Saturday, November 13, 2021
Gather at 5:15pm, Lantern Walk will commence at 5:30pm

WHERE: 4th Avenue and Hanover Street (North Woodside)
to Talbot Avenue and Lanier Road (Lyttonsville), via Brookville Road
See below for three different ways to participate
View route

BRING: Warm clothing, a lantern, and a bell to ring, if you have one
Any type of lantern will do, from a tea light candle in a glass jar to something more elaborate, either handmade or store-bought. You can find many ideas online. If you have the time and energy, you are encouraged to get creative!  Extra lanterns and tea light candles will be available for anyone who needs them.

For more information, any event updates, and to RSVP for this event visit:
bit.ly/TABLanternWalk

Questions? Contact the Talbot Avenue Bridge Committee (consisting of Lyttonsville, North Woodside, and Rosemary Hills residents): talbotavenuebridgecommittee@gmail.com

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

1) Join for the whole lantern walk.  As the route is again not a loop, as in previous years, this means that North Woodside residents will need to walk back or have someone pick them up in Lyttonsville.

2) Join for a portion of the lantern walk.  For example, some North Woodside residents could join for the portion that goes through the neighborhood (e.g. 4th Ave -> Warren St/A Wider Circle)

3) Watch the lantern walk pass by.  Neighbors who live along the route can come out of their homes to watch, wave, and hold a candle or lantern of their own in solidarity.  Neighbors who live elsewhere can come stand along the lantern walk route and do the same.

Safety Precautions: Any young children who participate should be closely supervised by adults. And all participants are encouraged to RSVP ahead of time, so we have a good sense of expected numbers and can adjust safety precautions accordingly.

Video of the inaugural Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk (2018):

Labor Day Block Party 2021

For 30-odd years Luzerne Avenue has had a Labor Day Block Party to which the rest of the neighborhood was invited. 

Some years not much happened; some years there was a bouncy house, baking contests, face painting, fire truck tours, and lots more.

This year, due to various reasons (including the pandemic), the block party has been scaled down to a street closure between 2-8pm on Monday, September 6, 2021.

It will give neighbors on Luzerne Avenue a day of rest from traffic, and everyone in the neighborhood is welcome to wander over and take a stroll on the street.

There will be sidewalk chalk out (want to contribute to a block-long art project to greet the school buses on Tuesday?)

At very least it will turn Luzerne Ave. into a day-long pedestrian walkway. Neighbors welcome to expand the festivities.

Anyone up for organizing water balloons? If so, email the neighborhood listserv for neighbors willing to provide a hose. And if any musicians want to give an impromptu concert, go for it!

UPDATE: The Luzerne Avenue Block Party PARADE has been resurrected!!🎉 At 3pm on Monday all kids (on or off bikes, scooters, wagons etc) interested in parading should line up at Luzerne and 2nd just before 3pm (Don’t be late!). Leashed dogs are also invited and we love to see decorations on both bikes and dogs!

After the parade stay and play in the closed street. And if you’re not interested in parading, come on over to Luzerne to spectate, meet some neighbors, and get your bike tuned.

2021 North Woodside Dog Scavenger Hunt

At long last, the updated North Woodside Doggie Directory, featuring 33 fine neighborhood furry (and one not-so-furry) friends, is ready to be unveiled!  North Woodside residents may request a copy by email.

The dogs — of many ages, sizes, types and colors — have traveled from near and far (in one case, as far away as Kosovo) to live in North Woodside. One recently moved with his humans to the neighborhood, and another will be moving away soon (so try spotting him while you still can!).  There are four pairs of “doggie doubles” (dogs who live in the same household) and many rescue dogs, including a rather sedentary one.

Now for the fun….

Between now and June 21, 2021 (not quite the “dog days of summer”, but the beginning of summer, nevertheless), neighbors of all ages are invited to participate in the 2021 North Woodside Doggie Scavenger Hunt. 

Directions

  • Record the name and home street of each dog you spot in the neighborhood. Note:  You may not include canine members of your own household, but the more you walk them the more likely other neighbors will spot them!  Put a star next to all dogs spotted who are listed in the Doggie Directory.  These will be worth bonus points.
  • Keep track of how many times you spot each dog. Note: Maximum of one tally per walk (i.e. if you encounter the same dog twice during a walk, you may count them only once; but if you encounter them once during a morning walk and once during an evening walk, you may count them twice.) “Per walk” refers to the dog’s walk and/or your walk, if applicable; it is fine to sit in front of your house and record the dogs that pass by!
  • Submit your final tallies by June 21 to be eligible for prizes, and to allow the prize-winning dogs and amount raised for a local dog rescue organization to be determined.  The nature of this scavenger hunt is that dog sightings of any quantity will count toward determining the dog winners and final donation amount — so all are encouraged to submit their tallies, regardless of how many or few dogs spotted.  

Would you like a handy dandy dog tallying sheet? Email the organizer to receive one.

Prizes and awards for: the human neighbors who spot the most dogs, the most-spotted dog, the most-spotted dog listed in Doggie Directory, and more! 

BONUS: All dogs spotted will help raise funds for a local dog rescue organization!

Dogs have helped many get through this past pandemic year. Let’s give some love to one or more local organizations that have been working hard to find rescued dogs loving homes, e.g. Knine Rescue (“Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.”).  Feel free to suggest others.

For starters, for every dog spotted 25 cents will be donated. But if enough pledges come in, we may be able to raise this amount.  You may pledge: a specific amount or an increase in the amount donated per dog spotted.  If your contribution is in honor of a dear canine companion, living or deceased, please note.

Questions? Want to make a pledge?
Email the organizer

Have a WOOF-iful time spotting and getting acquainted with the dogs (and their humans) of the neighborhood!

A few of the many you might get lucky to spot…

2021 North Woodside Graduation Parade

The 2020 North Woodside Graduation Parade proceeds up Hanover St. Photo by Rebecca Doran

The 2021 North Woodside Graduation parade took place on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

Kids graduating or being promoted – all levels – participated, most traveling in decorated cars, with two riding bicycles. The parade started at Woodlin and ended at the parking lot across from Sniders (see parade route below).

Thanks to Heather Lair for organizing!

Took any good photos of the parade? Please email them to NWCA Communications Coordinator.