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Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
March 2020
Main Street's e-newsletter brings project updates, events, community 
resources and more to your inbox the first Friday of every month. 
Thank you for being a part of the Main Street community!
Meet Our Main Street Intern  
Laura Boyajian
Laura B.
My name is Laura and I am excited to be joining the Main Street community as an intern!
I am a second-year student at the University of Maryland studying Disability and Advocacy Studies and Nonprofit Leadership. I first became interested in disability advocacy after working as a camp counselor for adults with Down syndrome. I also enjoy playing the piano and was able to share my love for music this past summer with the students I taught at an autism center in Yerevan, Armenia. My favorite experience thus far has involved advocating to the university's administration for UMD students, faculty and staff with disabilities through the President's Commission on Disability Issues. I am hoping to coordinate a member event at UMD and I would love for you all to come to campus!
I have five brothers and one sister and come from a proud (and large!) Armenian family. I am from South Jersey and am an avid Philly sports fan! I am so excited to be working with Main Street and am looking forward to meeting you! 

Recent Member Events 
Pizza Lunch & Glenstone Museum
Glenstone 2020
We were thrilled to have so many join together for lunch at Potomac Pizza before our visit to the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD. It was a beautiful afternoon to explore the interactive modern art, architecture and natural surroundings of the property. We look forward to coming together for more immersive cultural experiences in the future!
Wizards Basketball Game
Wizards GameA group of 30 Main Street members attended the Wizards basketball game on Feb. 21 at the Capital One Arena. Members had the opportunity to watch the pre-game warmup before enjoying dinner together and seeing the game. They even received Wizards shirts and bracelets that they can wear to future games! For several people, it was their first Main Street event and despite the loss to the Cavaliers, it was well enjoyed by all. 
See more event photos here.

Main Street Member Events 
Join Us! 
Health Care Transition Workshop
Health CareUPDATE:  Main Street had planned a Health Care Transition workshop for March 8.  However, Ivymount is offering the same workshop on Tuesday, March 10, as part of their Spring Lecture Series. So, rather than offering our own event, we encourage Main Street members to attend Ivymount's event. MORE INFO AND RSVP HERE
Main Street Moms' Mindful Morning
Coffee mugsFriday, April 17
9 - 10:30 am
4514 Jamestown Road
Member Amy Vieth has graciously offered to host Main Street moms for a relaxed morning of coffee and conversation followed by a guided mindfulness experience. MORE INFO AND RSVP HERE
Sunday Fun at True Respite Brewing Co. 
Sunday, April 19 Sunday Fun True Respite
3 - 5 pm
7301 Calhoun Place
Suite 600
Join Main Street friends for a casual afternoon at this local craft brewery. True Respite serves a selection of soda, beer, wine and cider. Drinks and snacks are included in your $15 admission. MORE INFO AND RSVP HERE
Good Deeds Day Park Clean Up and Lunch
Good Deeds 2020 Sunday, April 26
10:45 am - 1:30 pm
Scotland Park (7700 Scotland Dr, Potomac)
Gregorio's Trattoria (Cabin John Shopping Center)
Join us to participate in a volunteer park clean up followed by lunch at nearby Gregorio's. $10 admission includes pizza and salad lunch. MORE INFO AND RSVP HERE
Visit our Events web page for information about all upcoming Main Street events. 
Main Street Professional Member Event 

Tommy McFLY and Kelly Collis
Workshop on Brand Optimization
Tommy McFly and Kelly CollisMonday, March 30
12 - 1:30 pm
Round House Theatre
4545 East West Hwy
Professional Main Street members are invited to a workshop focused on brand optimization presented by DC's own Tommy McFLY and Kelly Collis. Tommy and Kelly will talk social media, podcasting and how capturing people's attention is a tremendously valuable skill in 2020 and beyond. 
Twisted at the WharfA light lunch will be provided by Twisted at the Wharf. Twisted at the Wharf's mission is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in achieving independence through on-the-job training and by providing support to local organizations with similar goals. MORE INFO AND RSVP HERE

Upcoming Fundraising Event 

Main Street Golf Outing
Main Street looks forwardGolf Banner
to hosting its inaugural
fundraising golf outing on Monday, May 4, at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville. Check out the sponsorship opportunities and benefits here

Professional Member Spotlight  

The Tommy Show
Tommy and Kelly StudioBuilding community that connects people has been the central focus of Tommy McFLY and Kelly Collis' first year as entrepreneurs. After a successful tenure on terrestrial radio, Collis and McFLY turned their focus to helping companies become storytellers. They took their industry-leading morning broadcast off "the air" and onto the internet, building an independent broadcast app called The Tommy Show. Through engaging storytelling, creative promotions and authentic connection, one year in, they now have a brand with a reputation as a destination for all things real, fun and DC. Lifting everyone up and engaging like-minded sponsors has been the mission since day one, and it's proven successful. During their first year in business, Kelly and Tommy have worked with leading local and national brands including PenFed Credit Union, Peterson Company, Feld Entertainment, Chevy Tommy and Kelly LogoChase Acura, Events DC, Farmers Restaurant Group and the Virginia Lottery.
Kelly and Tommy can't wait to be at the Main Street Professional Event at Round House Theatre and share secrets, successes and lessons in building a brand with community values. 
Call for Champions 
Planning is underway for Art Love, a fundraising event to be held September 24 in our new Main Street building!
This unforgettable event will support three amazing causes - Main Street, JFGH and VisArts - and will be the first inclusive art competition of its kind. Similar to a live, fast-paced cooking event, artists will have a short period of time to paint a masterpiece. Onlookers can watch, find inspiration in the process and, of course, bid on art to take home!
We're looking for Art Love Champions! A champion loves art, culture, fun and a great cause. You'll need to commit to attend 2-3 meetings, work to help organize and run the event, solicit sponsors, spread the word about the event and include a friend who is new to Main Street, JFGH or VisArts. If you like to meet new people and have fun while making the world a more inclusive place - join us! The first meeting will be on April 2 from 8:30 - 10 am at Merritt Gallery, 5445 Wisconsin Ave in Chevy Chase, MD. SIGN UP HERE
If you have questions, email

Community News and Events  
Round House Theatre Hosts Relaxed Performance
Saturday, March 7, 2 pm
This Saturday, the Teen Performance Company Ensemble One Acts will be a relaxed performance. A relaxed performance provides a safe and welcoming environment for individuals with sensory and cognitive disabilities, their families and friends. More info here 
Differing Abilities Job Fair
Wednesday, March 11, 10 am - 2 pm
Job seekers with developmental disabilities are invited to meet with potential employers at the Wheaton American Job Center. More info here 
Nutrition Workshop by CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Institute
Thursday, March 12, 5:30 - 7 pm
CORE Foundations Community Programming at Kennedy Krieger Institute will host a Nutrition Workshop as part of their Tools for Independent Living Series. More info here
Road to Independence Resource Fair 
Sunday, March 15, 1 - 3:30 pm
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd; North Bethesda
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, in partnership with the Transition Work Group of Montgomery County, is proud to host a resource fair offering a wealth of information about post-high school employment, social and recreational programs. Over 35 local organizations will exhibit, including Main Street! This event is free and open to adults and high school students ages 14 and up. More info here
Intelligent Lives Film Screening
Monday, March 16, 7 - 9 pm - Edlavitch DCJCC
The Edlavitch DCJCC will host a free screening of Dan Habib's film Intelligent Lives. The film follows three young adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce. More info here
2020 Disability Summit:
Planning Long-term with Love & Purpose
Saturday, March 28 - Hyatt Regency Bethesda
This networking and educational event aims to help families preserve a bright financial future for their loved ones with disabilities. Sponsored by Shared Horizons. More info here 
New Treatment Center for Adult Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
The University of Maryland School of Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance have joined together to launch first-of-a-kind centers in Maryland to treat adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as autism. More info here
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Important Details about Main Street Apartments 
Main Street 3.2020
Exciting News! It’s almost time!
The Main Street apartment application process begins on March 16, 2020. Please visit and read all of the details from Hercules Living.
Hercules Living will begin taking phone calls at 9:00 am EST on March 16 to set appointments for the in-person application meeting. Please review all of the information carefully as the application must be complete with all of the required items to be placed on the waiting list. The process is outlined at
(click on “Application Process”). Roommates must submit all of the required paperwork at the time of application for the waiting list.

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