Poll: Childcare During Annual Meeting

In a neighborhood survey conducted a few years ago, one of the reasons some neighbors cited for not having attended a NWCA Annual Meeting was lack of childcare.  In the interest of making the meeting more family friendly, the board is looking into several possible childcare options for the upcoming Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 25.

Before we proceed further, it would be helpful to get a sense of how many families would appreciate childcare being offered, the ages of their children, and if there is any preference between the various childcare options we are considering. Towards that end, we invite all parents of younger children (12 and under) to respond to a short poll by this Wednesday, May 11.

Based on the responses we will determine whether or not there is an interest in our providing childcare, and if so, which option/s makes most sense, based on the number and ages of the children, families’ preferences, relative cost, etc

Related, if there are any teens in the neighborhood who babysit and would be interested in assisting with childcare during the annual meeting, please contact the NWCA Communications Coordinator.

Community Yard Sale 2022

The North Woodside 2022 Community Yard Sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 11–12. Sale times generally run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and participation is welcome on one or both days. Please contact the yardsale organizer by June 1 if you would like to list your house and what you are selling on a map flyer, which will be advertised on local community forums.

Memorial Bench Ceremony Invitation

Please join the NWCA’s Community Design Committee and the NWCA Board for the dedication of the first North Woodside Memorial Bench on Sunday, May 1st, at 11am. The new bench honors longtime community volunteer, Woody Brosnan, and will be located at the “pocket park” at the intersection of Lanier Drive and 3rd Avenue.

The short ceremony will include a ribbon cutting by Mr. Brosnan’s wife, current North Woodside resident and NWCA Secretary Amy Henchey, plus memories of Mr. Brosnan’s dedication to local service by neighbor Gus Bauman.

Donations of light refreshments for the event, such as cookies and drinks, would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to contribute to the cost of the bench you may make a donation to the NWCA’s new Neighborhood Beautification and Memorial Fund. To donate by check or PayPal, follow the directions on our NWCA Dues page.

NWCA Annual Meeting 2022

Join us in person for the NWCA Annual Meeting!

The North Woodside Citizens Association annual meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, at Grace Episcopal Church from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. The church is located at 1607 Grace Church Road, just across Georgia Avenue from North Woodside. We are excited to hold this year’s meeting in person again and to provide dinner and a chance to get together with neighbors. 

Pizza and beverages will be served starting at 6:30 pm, and the meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. If you plan to join us for dinner, please RSVP here by May 23rd, so we know how much pizza to order.

In addition to neighborhood updates and voting, the meeting will include a forum with the candidates running for our new County Council District 4: Al Carr, Amy Ginsburg, Troy Murtha, Kate Stewart, and John Zittrauer. Bring your questions for the candidates!

All North Woodside residents are encouraged to attend, however only NWCA member households will be allowed to vote on neighborhood issues and the slate of officers for the upcoming year. Residents can pay membership dues at the meeting by check or online.

UPDATE: *Free* childcare will be offered in a separate room during the meeting, to enable more families with younger children to attend.

Community Yard Sale: Vote for Dates!

It is time to pick a date for our annual neighborhood yard sale!

A sign from the 2021 Community Yard Sale which took place during of the Brood X cicada emergence.

While some people choose to have sales on their own, we see significant increases in sale traffic when we come together as a community to draw people to our sales. Most people sell Saturday from about 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., with a number of families also selling on Sunday, only selling on Sunday, or extending their hours either day. Please only vote on weekends if you are planning to or likely to be a seller.  One vote per household!

Note, June 19 is Father’s Day and May 28-30 is Memorial Day weekend. This poll will close Saturday, April 16th and the selected dates will be announced soon after.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Spring Egg Hunt

Dear Neighbors,

Please join us for a Spring Egg Hunt for North Woodside neighbors on Saturday, April 16th, starting at 10 am at Yeshiva field. The egg hunt itself is only 10 minutes, so don’t be late! We will also have crafts for the kids and the Easter bunny will make an appearance. To donate (plastic eggs, candy, crafts, baskets, decor) or to volunteer (hide eggs and set up craft) contact Luisa at the email address below.

Please RSVP with the number of children attending via this link or the QR code on the flyer below. 

This community event is open to all, whether your family celebrates Easter or not. Please help us spread the word, especially to those neighbors who might not be plugged into the listserv. 

We hope to see you there!

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt: Hearts!

❤ 💌 💟 😻💓

We’re almost two years into the pandemic, the peak of the omicron wave just went through, the parameters for safe socializing tiringly keep changing, the national and international news remains depressing, it’s cold again but there’s no snow,…and well, it feels like time for another neighborhood scavenger hunt, a heart-themed one!

Want to contribute?  Display one or more hearts on your front door, windows and/or yard.  Can be big or small, any color, drawn, painted, or whatever you happen to have around that’s heart-shaped or has hearts on it (pillow? flag? sign? stuffed animal holding heart? etc).  Check out this link for lots of heart-themed coloring pages, if you want to go the print-out-and-color-and-tape-on-door route.

Hearts are already starting to pop up around the neighborhood. Here are a few of them. Can you find them?

All neighbors are invited to add to these! In the heart of this winter, let’s show some love to neighbors, postal carriers, package deliverers and all those who pass through the neighborhood, and add some little bursts joy and color to these gray days.

Neighborhood Forum on County Housing Issues

By Genevieve McDowell Owen, President

Have you ever wondered “so what, exactly, is a ‘zoning text amendment’ and how might it affect me?” Or maybe you saw some posts on the neighborhood listserv about Thrive Montgomery 2050 and would like a better understanding of what it means for our community. These and other questions will be answered at a Zoom forum on February 6 at 7 pm. The NWCA Board invites all neighbors to join us for this informative 90-minute virtual neighborhood meeting.

The meeting will start with a brief, factual presentation on current county housing issues and initiatives, tailored to address specific questions submitted by you and your neighbors,* by Montgomery County Planning Board Project Manager Khalid Afzal. Then the meeting will move on to a balanced panel discussion featuring knowledgeable local folks with different perspective on the issue who will answer more neighborhood questions. Scheduled to participate are local real estate expert Liz Brent, founder of Go Brent Realty; President of the Montgomery County Civic Federation Alan Bowser; the Maryland Advocacy Manager for the Coalition for Smarter Growth Jane Lyons; and longtime North Woodside resident Gus Bauman.

The link to the meeting will be posted on the listserv. Any neighborhood residents who wish to attend but don’t have access to the listserv, please contact the board’s President or Programs Coordinator.