Week Ahead: Police Officers, Community To Gather for 35th Annual National Night Out

Week Ahead: Police Officers, Community To Gather for 35th Annual National Night Out

Plus: Film about life of Josiah Henson gets two screenings in Silver Spring; elections board to start validating Floreen’s signatures; fair begins

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Community get-togethers, open houses scheduled for National Night Out

Montgomery County police officers will be heading out to neighborhood events across the county Tuesday for National Night Out, an annual observance that builds connections between law enforcement and community members.

Communities are expected to hold front porch vigils, arrange outdoor light displays or hold cookouts to celebrate the 35th National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

Police will be gathering at Kensington Park Senior Living and the Kensington fire station, and there will also be a community event at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center at 2450 Lyttonsville Road in Silver Spring.

More information and a full list of events are available on the department’s website.

AFI Silver to show documentary film about Montgomery County’s Josiah Henson 

A documentary about the life of Josiah Henson, a Montgomery County resident whose life inspired the novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” will get two screenings in Silver Spring this week.

The film, “Josiah,” tells the story of Henson’s 41-year enslavement on a North Bethesda farm and his escape to freedom in Canada. The Montgomery Parks Foundation and AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center have teamed up to present the documentary created by filmmaker Jared Brock.

“This is a welcome opportunity to use film to shed light on the work of an inspirational individual and his connection to Montgomery County,” said Todd Hitchcock, director of programming at AFI Silver.

The first showing, which will include a panel discussion with Brock and Catherine Leggett, wife of Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, is already sold out. Tickets are still available for a screening at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at AFI Silver at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, according to the parks website. Tickets are $5 and are available at the AFI Silver Theatre website and at the AFI box office.

Elections board to review Floreen’s petition

The Montgomery County Board of Elections this week will begin checking the signatures on County Council member Nancy Floreen’s petition to get on the ballot as an independent candidate for county executive.

Floreen needs about 7,200 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, and she plans to submit her list to the elections board Monday. The board will then have 20 days to validate the names by comparing them against the voter registration database. If Floreen is successful, she will go up against Democratic nominee Marc Elrich and Republican candidate Robin Ficker in November’s election.

County fair begins

The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair opens Friday at 3 p.m. and runs through next week.

A schedule of concerts and other events is online.

Don’t expect the rain to let up

The area could be in for more rain this week. There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday through Thursday, with the skies expected to clear Friday before more clouds roll in Saturday and Sunday. Highs most days will be in the low 90s, dropping into the 70s overnight.

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