Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Zombieween, Costume Parties, Discover the Taste of Silver Spring


This year won't be quite like last year, as mentioned by Silver Spring, Singular, most know by now, there will be no organized "Zombie Walk" like previous years. However, there will be so much else going on this weekend of 10/27 & 10/28! Check out Silver Spring Zombie Walk for a detailed list of events and more info on Zombie Night.

Don't forget McGinty's

On Saturday, October 27, in addition to the Zombie Assemblage at 8pm at Sidebar and the Dance-Off in the Back Room of Jackie's (ie the sideroom of SideBar) going on from 9pm - 12pm, Piratz Tavern is having Zombie Ball as mentioned on the Zombie Walk site. Or, at 9pm you can Zombie crawl to Quarry House Tavern, for drinks and then move onward to Halloween on Screen at AFI.

Also on October 27, McGinty's is having a costume party starting at 9pm. There will be prizes for best costume, creepy Halloween themed drink specials, and DJ Hawk will be throwin' down some dope boo beats. There is a $5 cover for this Halloween party.

Also going on Saturday, October 27, The Society Lounge on Georgia Avenue is having a Halloween Party with DJ Nica. They will have a Sexy Costume Contest and the winner gets a $50 bar tab. Party starts at 10pm. So, theoretically, you could compete in every costume party in the Downtown Silver Spring area on Saturday if you were a slutty Zombie...

Still Undecided on my Costume

I'm still undecided on what I will be for Halloween. Previous costume includes my all time cheapest and best costume idea I've come up with - the "Can you hear me now?" annoying people from the Verizon commercial. My sarcastic "The 1%" costume from last year wasn't nearly as popular as this group costume:

A few ideas that have crossed my path are: SunDrop girl from the commercial, a ghost (old school style), Vicki from Small Wonder - I'm wide open to suggestions on fun, creative, make at home costumes; there's still time. Creative minds, please send me your best suggestions! 

The Great Pumpkin

There's still time to get your pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch at the Woodside Methodist Church. They still have lots of pumpkins so get out there and support the Boy Scouts! Woodside United Methodist Church
8900 Georgia Avenue

Discovering How Tasty Silver Spring Is

Tuesday, November 13 from 5:30pm - 8pm is the 8th Annual "Discover the Taste of Silver Spring." This event will be held at the Discovery Communications building. It's ages 21 and over (cash bar). Tickets seem a little steep, although your ticket includes all the tastes you can eat from many restaurants in the area. They are $60 for Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce members and $70 for non-members. However, if you buy your tickets before October 26, tickets are $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Note that the deadline for this event is November 7 and you must pre-register. They will not accept walk-ins at the door. For more info, visit or contact the Silver Spring Chamber. 

That's it for now! Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Your Right to Vote

Voting. It's your duty and your right. You gotta get out there and represent. Hopefully this info that I've compiled from various resources will help in knowing where to go and what to do.

Important dates to know

Last day to register: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
General Presidential Election - Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Where do I vote?

While here is a list of polling places list of polling places, (scroll down to page 5 of 6 for more of the locations in Downtown Silver Spring), the easiest way to find out where you vote is by looking at your voter registration card (if it is updated) and/or checking out this Polling Place locator provided by Montgomery County.

Am I registered to vote? I can't remember.

You can call 1-240-777-VOTE (Montgomery County Board of Elections) and follow the prompts:

  • For information on registering to vote - prompt 4
  • To confirm you are a registered voter - prompt 2
  • Enter Date of Birth in 2 digit format followed by # sign
  • Numerical portion (house number) of street address followed by # sign
  • Then an automated guy will butcher your name - but you'll know you're registered.

Can I vote early? 

Yes. The Silver Spring Civic Building is one of the locations. Saturday, October 27, 1012 - Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 10am - 8pm (except Sunday, 12pm - 6pm).  Here is the link from Montgomery County with details/locations regarding voting early.

The following info below is directly from Silver Spring Center:

May I Register to Vote?

All residents of Montgomery County may register to vote, if they meet the following requirements:

  • County resident
  • United States citizen
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the next General Election
  • Have not been convicted more than once of a disqualifying crime
  • Are not under a sentence imposed pursuant to conviction of an infamous crime
  • Are not under guardianship for mental disability

Where Do I Register?

You can either print a Voter Registration Application and then mail it to your County Board of Elections. It has to be mailed or dropped by in person because it needs an original signature. See their website for their additional info, their address, etc.

Voter Registration Applications are available in Montgomery County at :

Montgomery County Post Offices
Montgomery County Public Libraries
Montgomery County Public Schools
Montgomery College Campuses
Montgomery County Government Regional Services Centers
Montgomery County Community Health Centers
Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County MVA Offices
Montgomery County Licensing
Montgomery County Register of Wills

Voter registration applications are available from the Elections Office, 751 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; telephone (240) 777-8500. You may have a form mailed to you by calling our 24-hour voter information line at (240) 777-VOTE and leaving your name and address after the recorded message.