Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
August 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!

Meet New Main Street Staff Member 
MaryAnn Hanley
MaryAnn HanleyI am MaryAnn Hanley and am very happy to join Main Street as Executive Assistant. I'm the very proud mother of four adult children and two absolutely delightful little grandsons. I hail originally from Long Island, NY, but have lived in Alabama, Pennsylvania and for many years in Illinois. I'm now happy to consider Rockville, Maryland, home!
Most recently, I worked for over a decade at a locally based retail corporation. As I searched for my next adventure, I was certain I wanted to be a part of an organization with a heart and making a difference in the world. I am thrilled to be able to join Main Street and grow along with it.
I look forward to meeting you all and becoming part of the community! 

We need your support for ... 
Sept. 28 Flapjack & Friends Community Builder and Fundraiser
Flapjacks & Friends
Main Street's Flapjacks & Friends will be a free, festive street party on Saturday, September 28, from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm in Rockville Town Square. We'll build community and enjoy delicious flapjacks and live entertainment.
Our main purpose is to bring together and grow our inclusive community - people of all ages, stages and abilities. This is also our big fundraiser for the year; funds received from donations and sponsorships will support our operational budget for 2019-2020.
Here are ways to support this amazing event and to help Main Street thrive: 
We hope you will help us make Flapjacks & Friends a huge success! 
Questions? Visit the Flapjacks & Friends webpage or email us at info@mainstreetconnect.org

Membership Renewal Reminder 
Thanks to all those who have renewed your Main Street membership! If you haven't and if you joined before November 1, 2018, it's time to renew. If you are not sure when you joined, just e-mail us at info@mainstreetconnect.org and we'll let you know.
Main Street MembersMembership entitles you to receive regular project updates, participate in social and educational member events and to be an important part of creating Main Street - the first affordable and inclusive residential development and community center in the DC area. Don't miss out - renew today! 
Financial aid is available. 
Visit our Membership webpage for full details about membership options and benefits. 

Members Enjoy Friday Night Live Concert and VisArts CREATE Event 
July 12th Concert Fun
A great time was had by all at the July 12th Friday Night Live Concert in Rockville Town Square. It was a gorgeous summer night for country music and dancing!
July 31st VisArts Crab Painting Fun
On July 31st, more than 30 Main Street members enjoyed dining, chatting and then creating art out on the square with VisArts and our Rockville community.  
More photos from these and other Main Street events are available in our Past Events Gallery.

Upcoming Member Events  
August 13 Pool Party & Potluck
Main Street Pool PartyTuesday, August 13
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Copeland Home
6200 Poindexter Ln Rockville, MD
Relax and beat the heat with Main Street friends! Bring some food to share and a towel. 
August 31 Outdoor Movie: Incredibles 2
Incredibles 2Saturday, August 31
7:45 - 10:15 
Strathmore Bel Pre
Pool, 13920 Bethpage Lane, Aspen Hill, MD
Main Street member John Bogasky is again welcoming Main Street members as guests for a showing of an outdoor movie at Strathmore Bel Pre Pool. MORE INFO AND RSVP HERE
Improv Class Series & Open Mic Night  with ArtStream 
Improv ClassOct. 3, 10, 17, 24 plus Oct. 30 Performance
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Main Street is collaborating with ArtStream to offer a series of improv classes, culminating in an on-stage performance. Students will inspire each other to create unique performance pieces. MORE INFO AND REGISTER HERE
Yoga & Mindfulness Class
Main Street Yoga & Mindfulness classSundays for 8 weeks beginning in October 
1:30 - 2:15 pm
Beth El Congregation
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD
Main Street is happy to again offer a yoga and mindfulness series, taught by our friends at INA Wellness. Beginning date to be announced once confirmed. MORE INFO AND REGISTER HERE
November 14 Strathmore Mansion Concert
Molly JoyceThursday, Nov. 14
7:30 pm
Main Street would like to get a group together to attend a concert by composer and performer Molly Joyce, whose work focuses on disability as a creative force. If we bring a group of 10 or more, we will get a group rate of $27 per ticket. MORE INFO AND SIGN UP HERE
Visit our Events webpage for information about all upcoming Main Street events. 

Construction Update 
Construction of Main Street building
The Main Street building is rising ... 4th floor here we come! The building is still on track to open in mid-2020. 
Follow the construction of the Main Street building in the Construction Gallery on the Main Street website.
Professional Member Spotlight 
Ben Huizinga
Ben Huizinga
This month we would like to highlight Ben Huizinga who is both a professional and family member of Main Street. Ben and the rest of his family (Jim, Karen, Jess, Milly and Sally)  have been supporting Main Street for a number of years, attend most of our events and tend to stand out from the crowd (literally – they are very tall).
Over the last two years, Ben has been the driving force behind continual improvements to the Main Street website and some of our print collateral. Though he is always focused on the work left to do, he is also extremely proud of the progress made to date - and we at Main Street are extremely grateful to Ben! Ben is a self-described "jack-of-all-trades" and has helped Main Street with web development, graphic design and search engine optimization – just to name a few. When Ben is not supporting Main Street, he works as a Project Manager with Taoti Creative – a full-service agency in Washington, DC.
If you are interested in learning more about how Ben or Taoti Creative can help you or your company, please feel free to email him at bhuizinga@taoti.com. 
Click here to learn about Main Street professional membership and its benefits. 

Community News and Events 
Employment Readiness Group
A new employment readiness group is being offered by Michael Reiter, Ph.D., in his Rockville office for young adults ages 18-26. Sessions will focus on learning and practicing the skills necessary to both obtain and maintain a job, as well as hard skill development such as resume writing. LEARN MORE HERE
UCR Neuro-Diversity Rock Band
Monday Night Jam
Upcounty Community Resources (UCR) offers the opportunity to jam, sing and play along with a professional rock band on the first and third Monday of each month in Rockville. The band will take a break in August and resume in September. LEARN MORE HERE
Healthy Smiles Adult Dental Pilot
Launched on June 1, 2019, this Adult Dental Pilot expands Maryland's Healthy Smiles program to those aged 21-64 with dual eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid. LEARN MORE HERE

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