Update: Montgomery County’s 10th annual Friendship Picnic, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24, is canceled due to a forecasted weekend storm. The picnic was to be held at Wheaton Regional Park from noon to 5 p.m.
Per Montgomery County: The 10th annual Montgomery County “Friendship Picnic” will again bring people of diverse cultures and faiths together to make new friends and discuss ways to build a stronger community. The free event will be held from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Wheaton Regional Park.
Wheaton Regional Park is located at 2000 Shorefield Rd. in Wheaton. A free satellite parking shuttle Ride On service to and from the Wheaton Ice Rink and athletic fields will be available.
All are welcome to the celebration, which will include traditional, Kosher, Halal and vegetarian lunch options. There will be a wide range of activities for children and adults including music, dancing, moon bounce, face painting, the carousel and rides on the park’s miniature train.
Food and drink will be provided on a first come, first served basis from 12:30-2:30 p.m. No registration is required.
In addition to recreation activities, there will be opportunities for small group conversations to talk about how to peaceably and respectfully move toward a nonviolent community.
“Our Friendship Picnic is an opportunity to come together, find common ground and community and be a bulwark against hate related violence,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “I encourage people of all ages to attend this annual event.”
The event is an initiative of the Montgomery County Committee Against Hate/Violence (CAHV), which works to eradicate acts of hate and intimidation through community education, advocacy, collaboration and legislation.
The Friendship Picnic is supported by:
Montgomery County Office of Human Rights
Montgomery County Human Rights Commission
Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships
Faith Community Advisory Group
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services African American Health Program
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service
Montgomery County Park Police
Montgomery County Police Department
Montgomery County Department of Transportation
Black Physician’s Network
For more information about the Friendship Picnic, call 240-777-8450.
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