Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
May 2019
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!

Member Spotlight 
Katie Smeltz
Katie and BenWhen Katie learned about Main Street, she joined our membership not once, but twice. And it was not a mistake! Learn about Katie and her personal and professional connections to Main Street here.


Announcing Logo Contest Winner 
Congratulations to Paige Sonoda who won a $200 Visa gift card for creating a logo for Main Street's upcoming Flapjacks & Friends event!
Flapjacks & Friends
Flapjacks & Friends will be held on Saturday, September 28, from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm in Rockville Town Square. We'll build community, raise funds for Main Street and enjoy delicious flapjacks and local entertainment. Please save the date! 

Main Street on The MoCo Show 
The MoCoShow Podcast
The MoCo Show provides news, entertainment and more about Montgomery County, MD. On April 10, MoCo Show hosts Alex Tsironis and Steve Solomon interviewed Main Street Founder Jillian Copeland during their podcast from Dawson's Market in Rockville. Listen here

Main Street to Receive Award 
at Affordable Housing Summit
Friday, May 17, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Rd, Rockville, MD
The Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County, a nonprofit organization that aims to empower leaders to work towards affordable housing solutions, is hosting its annual summit on May 17. This year, Main Street was selected to receive the Paul Sarbanes Award for Excellence in Community Service, which will be given at the summit. The award recognizes Main Street's work toward better inclusivity, including affordable housing, in our region. All who are interested in improving access to affordable housing are encouraged to attend the summit. Learn more here.  

Recording of Main Street Webinar 
Main Street webinar
More than 100 people registered for our May 1st webinar on "The Development of Main Street: Ideas for Those Who Want to Start an Inclusive Housing Community". Jillian and Scott Copeland discussed steps taken to create Main Street and ideas for replication in other areas. LISTEN HERE 

April Events Wrap Up 

Professional Outreach
During the month of April, Main Street staff and members participated in several events to share info about Main Street and learn from other professionals working to enhance the lives of adults with disabilities.
On April 6, Main Street Founder Jillian Copeland was a featured speaker at Shared Horizons' Disability Summit: Planning Long-Term with Love in Rockville, MD. The following week, Main Street member John Bogasky represented Main Street on a panel about employment and independent living at the Weinfeld Education Group's Diamonds in the Rough Conference in Rockville. On April 16, member David Godoy shared information about Main Street with a class taught by Professor Peter Leone within the University of Maryland's College of Education.
First Place AZWrapping up the month, Jillian Copeland and Main Street staff member Julie Ryan-Silva attended the First Place Global Leadership Institute in Phoenix, AZ, from April 24-26. First Place is a pioneering, 55-unit apartment community for those with autism and other neurodiversities that opened in July 2018. Phoenix is also home to other innovative communities for those with disabilities including 29 Palms, Treasure House and Luna Azul
We are grateful for these opportunities to connect with others doing fabulous work in the disability field and to share our progress and vision for Main Street! 
Main Street Members Do Good Deeds
Thirty Main Street members participated in the annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day on May 7 in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Main Street Members on Good Deeds Day
Our group helped to put the finishing touches on a new hiking trail in Cabin John Park and then enjoyed a well-deserved pizza lunch at Gregorio's. Many thanks to Jim Corcoran of Montgomery Parks for leading the group and to Main Street member Howard Hoffman for organizing this opportunity for our members to give back to our community! 
Professional Members Explore Tech Tools for Promoting Independence
On April 11, Joan Green of Innovative Speech Therapy shared her expertise with Main Street professional members regarding Google apps and extensions that can be used to promote independence for individuals with communication and cognitive challenges (including Google Keep, Read & Write, Calendar, Docs, Dayboard and Mercury Reader).
Main Street April 11th Professional Event
Joan also discussed a number of other free tech-related resources that can assist those with disabilities including: 
To find more creative ideas and to connect with Joan, visit her website: innovativespeech.com.
More photos from these and other Main Street events are available in Main Street's Past Events Gallery.

Upcoming Member Events  
Navigating Housing Options for Adults with Disabilities
Housing PanelTuesday, May 7, 7 - 9 pm
Bender JCC
6125 Montrose Rd
Rockville, MD
Hear from a panel of parents and professionals about the process of applying for Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) and Housing Choice Vouchers. This event is now full. To join the waiting list, please e-mail us at info@mainstreetconnect.org.
Inclusive Hip Hop Workout
Thursday, May 16, 11 am - 12 pm
Dawn Crafton Dance Connection
152 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD
Inclusive Hip Hop Workout
Main Street is partnering with Fitbound and Spirit Club to offer a free, inclusive workout to tone muscles, improve flexibility, relax your mind and have fun! RSVP HERE
Meet Up at Outdoor Movie
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Saturday, June 1, 8:15 pm - 10:45 pm
Strathmore Bel Pre Pool
13920 Bethpage Lane, Aspen Hill, MD
Spider-Man Movie
Main Street member John Bogasky is organizing this free, outdoor event for the Strathmore Bel Pre neighborhood, and Main Street members may attend as guests of the Bogasky family. MORE DETAILS AND RSVP HERE
Washington Nationals Baseball Game
Sunday, June 23, 1:35 pm
Washington Nationals Game
Nationals Park
1500 S Capitol St SE
Washington, DC
Main Street has 50 tickets for the Nationals vs. the Atlanta Braves game on June 23 at 1:35 pm. Tickets are free but you must RSVP! Thanks to Main Street member Chris Rigaux for securing tickets for us. Before the game, all are welcome to meet up at Wiseguy Pizza at 11:45 am to enjoy some lunch together. Lunch is a pay-your-own-way event. MORE INFO AND RSVP HERE
Visit our Events webpage for information about all upcoming Main Street events. 

Professional Member Spotlight 
Founded in 1987, VisArts is a non-profit organization committed to transforming individuals and communities through the visual arts. In addition to offering classes in ceramics, glass, drawing, painting and sculpture, VisArts showcases vibrant contemporary art exhibitions in four galleries and provides artists with a collaborative environment to create new work in artist studios. Each year, VisArts serves more than 30,000 children, teens and adults in its 25,000 square-foot flagship facility in the heart of Rockville Town Square and through numerous outreach efforts.
VisArts Artists
The VisAbility Art Lab, one of VisArts’ core programs, is a supported studio where artists with disabilities can discover and develop their talents and career potential as artists. Building on the strengths of each participant, the VisAbility Art Lab expands personal and professional horizons and navigates clear pathways to professional artist careers. The program now serves 20 artists. These individuals create art and merchandise based on their interests, observe and learn new techniques from studio facilitators, collaborate with program staff to develop goals for producing work, participate in art shows across the region and improve interpersonal skills by participating in and leading studio tours and artist talks.
In addition to the VisAbility Art Lab, VisArts also provides art classes for individuals with disabilities through partnerships with Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, Community Support Services and other organizations in the local area.  
VisArtsLearn more about VisArts at www.visartscenter.org and the VisAbilitiy Art Lab at www.visartscenter.org/visability-art-lab/, or email Elaine Parks at eparks@visartscenter.org.

VisArts is a Main Street professional member. Click here for details about professional membership and its benefits.

Enjoy the Best of Bethesda and Support Main Street 
Wednesday, May 15, from 6 - 9 pm
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road, Rockville, MD
Best of Bethesda Party
Bethesda Magazine's Best of Bethesda Party will feature food from 20+ Best of Bethesda-winning restaurants, live music from the 19th Street Band, specialty cocktails and more. Celebrate the best that the Bethesda area has to offer. And, for every ticket sold through this special link, Main Street will receive $10!

Community News 
Rockville Arts FestivalRockville Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday, May 4 - 5
11 am - 5 pm
Rockville Town Square
Rockville, MD
Presented by VisArts, this event is an art lover's dream! Shop from more than 100 fine art vendors. Main Street will have a table, so please stop by and say hello! Learn more here.
A Farm Retreat with Goat Yoga, Mindfulness & Dinner Presentation
Saturday, May 18, 3 - 8 pm
Dream Catcher Meadows
12640 Rolling Rd, Potomac, MD
Dreamcatcher Meadows
Led by Dr. Susan Rich, this experiential journey into Agrotherapy is appropriate for a wide array of individuals - parents, adults, older teens and clinicians working in the mental health, substance use treatment and neurodevelopmental fields. Cost: $50. Learn more here
Integrated Living Opportunities (ILO)
Integrated Living Opportunities (ILO)Hike, Bike & BBQ
Sunday, May 19, 9 am - 1 pm
Gather at the Carderock Recreation Area Pavilion
C&O Canal Towpath
Potomac, MD
Ride, walk or just hang out at the picnic area with ILO families and supporters. $35 covers your t-shirt plus food and drink at the picnic. Learn more here.
The Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) Spring Institute
Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN)Thursday, May 30
9 am – 3:30 pm
Johns Hopkins School of Ed
6740 Alexander Bell Dr
Columbia, MD
Come hear top experts discuss how assistive technology can create a more accessible, equitable world. Admission is free and lunch is provided. Learn more here
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Construction Corner 

We broke ground on the Main Street building in the fall of 2018 and are on schedule to open doors in mid-2020. Follow the building's progress via the Construction Gallery on the Main Street website.

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