Holiday Activities From November 18th to November 28th by Montgomery Parks

Leaves are falling. Temperatures are dropping. And, the holiday season is only days away. Here are activities to get you in the mood and to enjoy with family and guests from November 18 to 28.

By Montgomery Parks

Winter Light Show

Take in the dazzling colors and bask in the glow at Brookside Gardens’ Garden of Lights. The walk-through outdoor light display opens Friday, November 19, and will be open Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21, from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. All visitors three years of age and older must have advance tickets. There will be no ticket sales at the entry gate. Garden of Lights will be closed November 22 to 25.

Giraffe light display at Garden of Lights.

Get Moving

Get outdoors and get moving with two adult hiking programs: Bombay Hook Natural Wildlife Refuge Trip on Monday, November 22, 10 am, and What Is That Tree: Surviving Winter at Blockhouse Point Conservation Park on Saturday, November 27, 10 am.

Burn off calories and make room for turkey and trimmings at the family-friendly Gobbler Fun Run and Walk on Saturday, November 20, 9 am to 12 pm, at Wheaton Regional Park. All ages are welcome on our three-mile course. Bring nonperishable food to donate to our event partner, Shepherd’s Table.

Two adults and five children set off running and walking on a paved trail at Gobbler Fun Run and Walk.

Hit the Ice

Lace up and enjoy time at our indoor ice centers with adult, family, and children’s skating programs: Adults Only Public Skating on Thursday, November 18, 8:30 to 10 pm; Fairy Tale Skate on Tuesday, November 23, 2 to 4 pm; and Public Skating for all ages.

Children and adults skating at an indoor skating rink.

Family Programs

Learn all about Thanksgiving’s main bird at Maydale Conservation Park’s Turkey Talk(opens in a new tab) on Thursday, November 18, at 10:30 am. Looking for more children’s programs? Check out these on Saturday, November 20: Nature Hunt(opens in a new tab) at Black Hill Regional Park, 1 to 3 pm, or Drag Queen Story Hour(opens in a new tab) at Brookside Gardens, 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

Parent bends over with her two children to look at an open book held by the presenter/reader at Drag Queen Story Hour.

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Karen joined the Well-Paid Maids team as a cleaner in January 2021, and she was recently promoted to an operations manager! This well-deserved promotion is part of Well-Paid Maids' effort to deliver better customer service with responses to phone calls and emails seven days a week. To celebrate Karen's promotion, we caught up with her to learn more about her time at Well-Paid Maids, the area's only certified living-wage cleaning company.

 1. Why Well-Paid Maids?

Karen: I saw the company was paying a living wage and had great benefits. Also, they were very flexible with my schedule, especially since I have kids.

 2. How has it been working at Well-Paid Maids?

Karen: I feel very appreciated at the company. This is the first job where I feel I'm able to speak about any issue and that management will support me.

 3. How has working at Well-Paid Maids benefitted you?

Karen: Because Well-Paid Maids pays a living wage, I can now spend more time with my kids and not work double shifts like I did at my old job.

 4. How do you plan to spend your PTO this year?

Karen: I look forward to traveling to El Salvador to visit my family there.

 5. How would you describe Well-Paid Maids as an employer in three words?

Appreciated, valued and opportunity

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Washington City Paper is hosting its annual Best of D.C. contest -- and Well-Paid Maids is eyeing the Best Maid Service category. If you missed it: Well-Paid Maids has secured first place for the past three years. Can you help us snag gold again? Simply go to the ballot and write in your vote for the best maid service. In case you need a refresher before you vote, Well-Paid Maids is the only certified living-wage cleaning company in the D.C. area. We pay our cleaners, who are W-2 employees, at least $24 an hour and offer benefits like insurance, 24 paid days off per year and more. Voting is open until June 10 at 5 p.m., and the winner will be announced July 18. (We'll keep you posted!) Thank you for your support -- and if you still haven't booked a spring cleaning yet, now is the time!

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Movie being filmed in McLean, VA, needs your support

A local community movie is filming in our area in June and needs contributions!

Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

https://www.filmindependent.org/sponsored-projects/ultimate-bias/

https://www.silvanomarifilms.com/jis

This is a not-for-profit film and donations are tax-deductible.

Free Community Father-Daughter Dance

Fathers and father figures, create unforgettable memories with your daughter at our free community father-daughter dance on June 1st, from 6-8 pm. Hosted outdoors at Olney Baptist Church. This event offers a delightful outdoor experience complete with a DJ spinning tunes, interactive games, a charming photo booth, delicious treats, and exciting raffle prizes. Fathers/father figures and daughters of all ages are warmly welcomed to share in this special evening together. Join us for an evening of joy, laughter, and cherished moments!

In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.

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