Washingtonian Woods Holiday Gift Giving Program | Fall Loose Leaf Collection | City Park Update

Hello Neighbors,

Washingtonian Woods Holiday Gift Giving Program
Please join us for Washingtonian Woods’ annual holiday gift giving program to benefit families in the City of Gaithersburg. We will be collecting teen gift bag items for Montgomery County residents in need this holiday season. Please join us in the Upper Level of the Clubhouse on Sunday, November 25th for an Open House from 4pm – 6pm. We will collect donations and provide pizza, light fare and beverages. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate gifts, please click here for more details.

Date:  Sunday, November 25, 2018
Time:  4:00pm – 6:00pm
Where:  Washingtonian Woods Clubhouse, Upper Level
What to Bring:  Please click here for more details.
Pizza and Drinks for the kids
Appetizers and Beverages for the adults

Fall Loose Leaf Collection
Fall loose leaf collection is now underway for single family and townhouse owners. Place your leaves at the street curb by 7 a.m. on your regular recycling day. Note that leaves placed in alleys or mews will not be collected. The weekly collection continues through the last week of December, weather permitting. Any time during the year you can bag your leaves in biodegradable brown bags and leave them curbside with your other recyclables.

New City Park Update 
In 2013, the City acquired property along Rt. 28 that was formerly occupied by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. An ad hoc advisory committee provided concept ideas to the Mayor and City Council in 2016 and the following year a landscape architect was hired. Among the proposed features are a nature play space and tot lot, community gardens and a cycle track. There is also an existing warehouse building that was planned to be converted for multi-purpose use. At a Work Session on October 22, 2018, the Mayor and City Council discussed the difficulties with renovating the existing building, its funding, and overall timing. Several options were proposed and alternatives will be explored in the coming months. Review the history of the project here.

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

Washingtonian Woods Fall Fest | Costume Parade | Halloween House Decorating Contest

Hello Neighbors,

Falling leaves and cool weather, signs that the Washingtonian Woods’ annual Halloween traditions are right around the corner!

Annual Washingtonian Woods Fall Festival
The Annual Washingtonian Woods Fall Festival will be held Sunday, October 28th @ 3:30pm at Washingtonian Woods Park.

Schedule of Events
– Games & Music @ 3:30 pm
– Costume Parade @ 4:30pm
– Candy Hill for 3rd-5th & 6th-8th graders @ 4:45pm
– Candy Hill for 0-4yrs & K-2nd  @ 5:00pm

Visit our neighborhood Facebook page for inclement weather event updates.

Volunteers Needed!
Calling all volunteers! We need your help! Please take a moment to look at our Sign-up Genius and sign up for slot.

Halloween House Decorating Contest
Show your Halloween spirit and decorate your house for the annual Washingtonian Woods Halloween House Decorating Contest! Judging will begin at 6pm on Saturday, Oct. 27th. Winners announced on Sunday, October 28th – Prizes (Amazon Gift Cards) for 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Upcoming Social Event – Washingtonian Woods Gives Back
Stay turned for further details about Washingtonian Woods Gives Back, our community service project. More information in coming weeks with toy collection at the end of November.

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

Outdoor Movie Night this Saturday, 7pm | “The Greatest Showman”

Hello Neighbors,

Our “Neighborhood Movie Night” series continues this Saturday night, October 6th, at Candy Hill (i.e the neighborhood sledding hill directly across the street from Washingtonian Woods Park located at 341 Upshire Circle.)

This week’s movie is:  “The Greatest Showman”. Movie starts at 7pm, pending weather. Please visit washwoods.org for inclement weather updates.

More about Neighborhood Movie Night: On several weekend evenings in the Fall and Spring (when the weather is cool, yet comfortable) we plan to show outdoor movies on Candy Hill (341 Upshire Circle.) Neighbors are encouraged to bring jackets, blankets, pillows, snacks, bug spray, and any other items you wish to enjoy the show! Candy Hill has a natural grade and should allow good amphitheater-style viewing!

We have many new families in the neighborhood, please reach out to your new neighbors and invite them to join the fun. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Social Event – Annual Washingtonian Woods Fall Fest
Save the Date for the Annual Washingtonian Woods Fall Fest, Candy Hill, Halloween Parade, Sunday October 28th. Details to follow…

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

Adult Fall Happy Hour Tonight!

Hello Neighbors,

Adult Fall Happy Hour
Friday September 21st from 7-10pm at the clubhouse.

Please join the social committee for an adults only happy hour tonight at the Clubhouse. We will provide appetizers including sushi, wings, cheese and mezze platters. The organizers are making a tasty mulled cider. We’ll have non-alcoholic mixers, please feel free to bring your own spirits and libations.

We’ll play Left Right Center about 9pm, bring singles (3 $1 bills) to play.

See you all there!

Fall Fest Kick-off and Planning Meeting
Also, please feel free to join the Social Committee on Monday, September 24, 7:30pm at the upper clubhouse for a kick-off meeting to start planning the Annual Neighborhood Fall Fest.  Adult refreshments and snacks provided.  We welcome new ideas and extra hands.

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

1st Annual Labor Day Weekend Neighborhood Camp Out this Saturday!

Hello Neighbors,

Grab Your Graham Crackers – 1st Annual Labor Day Weekend Camp Out this Saturday*!
Help us kick-off a great tradition by joining friends and neighbors for the 1st annual Washingtonian Woods Camp Out this Saturday*, September 1st at the Washingtonian Woods Park at 341 Upshire Circle (next to big playground). Campsite setup will begin at 3:30 PM, first come/ first serve, and all gear will need to be clear by 11:00 AM on Sunday, September 2nd.

This will be a bring your own everything (BYOE) event…the HOA will provide the campsite, campfires, and use of port-o-pots for bathrooms. Due to City of Gaithersburg park restrictions, we will provide campfires across the street on HOA-owned property (i.e. Candy Hill).

Also, if camping please respect neighbors and fellow campers. Quiet time will start at 10:30pm.

*Weather permitting – please pay attention to weather forecasts and watch for updates from HOA. Storms are possible for this weekend. No rain date at this time.

**Trash in / Trash out event. Please help keep the park clean and plan to take out any trash you bring in.

Please help us spread the word, and we hope to see you all there. We hope that this will be the beginning of a great neighborhood tradition!

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

End of Summer Raft Party and Dive-In Movie! | Book of Life | Saturday, August 25th, 4pm until 10pm

Hello Neighbors,

WHAT:  Washingtonian Woods End of Summer Raft Party & Dive-In Movie
WHEN:  Saturday, August 25th, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
WHERE: Pool

The Washingtonian Woods Social Committee is hosting the neighborhood’s annual End-of-Summer Pool Party and Dive-In Movie at the Club House this Saturday, August 25th. The party will begin at 4pm. The Social Committee/HOA is providing pizza, soda, water, and juice boxes from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, and then Jean Bullock will host an ice cream bar at 6:30pm. Coolers are permitted (no glass), and rafts/pool floats will also be allowed for the duration of the party.

Once the sun goes down we will be showing the “Book of Life” on the big movie screen. Feel free to float on your rafts and enjoy the show!

Volunteers Needed
We do need a few volunteers to make this party a success. Please consider donating 30-60 minutes of your time for set up, serving food, or clean-up, and sign up here to help.

Please help us spread the word, and we hope to see you all there!

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

New Neighbor Coffee This Saturday | Save the Dates!

Hello Neighbors,

New Neighbor Coffee
Saturday, August 18th from 9am – 11am!
Clubhouse, Upper Level

Are you new(ish) to Washingtonian Woods? Please come join us for a Welcome Coffee on Saturday, August 18th from 9 -11 am! The entire neighborhood is welcome and encouraged to stop by and introduce yourself to those who have joined us in 2018!

Family friendly, coffee, juice, water, bagels and fruit will be provided.

Upcoming Save The Dates
More to follow on each, as dates get closer:

  • End of Summer Pool Party, August 25, 2018
  • Labor Day Neighborhood Camp-Out, September 1, 2018
  • Adult Pool Party & Happy Hour, September 7, 2018

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

2018-2019 Neighborhood Directory

Hello Neighbors,

We are in the final stages of preparing the 2018-2019 edition of our Community Directory.  The directory will be printed and distributed in September 2018, and will once again be produced by AtoZ Directories.

RESIDENT INFORMATION UPDATES
We also ask that all residents log into their AtoZ Online Directory accounts and update their contact information to their liking.  All account updates made prior to Wednesday, August 22nd will be incorporated into the printed version of the 2018-2019 Directory.

To login to your Online Directory account, please go to this link:
https://atozdirectories.com/home/login.php

If you don’t remember your login, you may click on the “Forgot Password” link on the login page above.  For those residents who have not yet received a login, you may request one by sending an email to [email protected]  Please include your name and home street address in your login request.

DEADLINE FOR ADVERTISERS, 8/22/18
The directory is produced at no-cost to the Association, but rather is completely funded by advertising.  That said, we have asked that AtoZ Directories give our own residents the first chance to advertise, before they begin selling ad placements to businesses outside the neighborhood.

If you are interested in promoting your business to your neighbors in this year’s directory, please reach out directly to Jennifer Thompson, Director of Advertising at AtoZ Directories. Jennifer can be reached at: [email protected]

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

Street Construction Update on Midsummer Drive

Hello Neighbors,

Street Construction Update on Midsummer Drive
The City of Gaithersburg Department of Public Works will conduct paving operations on Midsummer Drive beginning Tuesday, July 24, 2018, and will continue for approximately three days, weather permitting.

“No Parking” signs will be posted at least 48 hours in advance of construction activity. These signs will be marked with the dates and times of the parking restrictions. If you plan to be away from your home for any length of time during this period, please make arrangements to have your vehicles parked off the street.

Work will take place on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information and status updates please visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov or contact the Department of Public Works at 301-258-6370 or e-mail [email protected]

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

Extended Pool Hours | Neighborhood 4th of July Celebration Video

Hello Neighbors,

Extended Pool Hours
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that for the remainder of the 2018 pool season the pool will remain open until 9pm on Friday and Saturday evenings! This modified schedule will start tomorrow, Friday July 6th. If this modified schedule is well received, the Board will consider making it a permanent addition for future seasons.

Neighborhood 4th of July Celebration Video
Thank you to all that came out and enjoyed the 2nd Annual Washingtonian Woods 4th of July festivities! A huge shout out to Marcie Blackman, Rhonda Haley, Kelley Bennett, Tina Winters, Jen Simon, Kim Mlynarski, the Social Committee, and everyone else who volunteered to make the day such a wonderful success.

For all those you attended, and for all those who missed, neighborhood resident, Tung Tu, has put together an awesome video of the day. Please feel free to click here and check it out!

This Week’s Recycling and Bulk Pickup
Just a reminder that this week’s recycling pickup has been rescheduled to this Saturday, July 7th due to the 4th of July holiday. Additionally, July’s monthly bulk pickup has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA