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Spring Means Plenty of Events at JHU Montgomery County Campus

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Spring is a busy time for outdoor events at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus. We hope to see you at these upcoming events:

Farmers Market

The Shady Grove Farmers Market is returning for another season at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

The lunchtime market will be held 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesdays, May 3 through Oct. 25. The market features farmers, food trucks, artisans and wineries. Vendors sell vegetables, fresh fruit, meat, eggs, pasta, baked goods, jewelry, candles and crafts. The food trucks are now a popular part of the market. Look for your favorites this year. Enjoy your lunch at the tables outside.

The market is located in the parking lot at the corner of Key West Avenue and Broschart Road. Parking is free.

Cash, credit cards and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program payment methods are accepted.

The market is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

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Tree House Tour de Cookie

The Tree House, established in 2002, is a private-public partnership between the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. The organization’s mission is to help victims of abuse. The Tree House charges nothing to the public for its services, which include comprehensive medical examinations, mental health assessments, mental health therapy, victim advocacy, forensic interviews, nurse case management, and education and prevention. 

On May 6, the campus will be the starting and ending points for The Tree House Tour de Cookie, a bike ride that is designed to raise money for and awareness of child abuse in Montgomery County. Cyclists of all ages are invited to choose route distances of 12, 27 or 43 miles. Along the way, they can stop at cookie stands for a pick-me-up treat.

Those who don’t want to ride a bike but still want to participate can sign up for the Zero K stroll, a fun-filled, 906-foot walk from the start line to a cookie stand and back. A community expo will follow the ride. There will be information tables and children’s activities.

All proceeds from the event go directly to the Tree House to help provide services to abused and neglected children. Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus is a sponsor of the event.

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Gaithersburg Book Festival

Though not held at the JHU Montgomery County Campus, the Gaithersburg Book Festival is a noteworthy activity in our community. The festival is a “celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience.” It was launched in 2010 and is held annually in Olde Towne Gaithersburg. Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus is an annual sponsor of the festival and sponsors the prizes for the short story writing contest for high school students. The winners will be announced at the festival.

Dozens of authors attend to talk about their works. Adults and teens can participate in writing workshops. A Children’s Village features plenty of activities, workshops and performances for younger attendees.

The event is from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20. When you visit, be sure to check out the Johns Hopkins University booth to learn more about programs offered at the Montgomery County Campus.

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American Cancer Society Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life will take place at the JHU Montgomery County Campus on Saturday, June 3. This annual event helps the American Cancer Society fund cancer research, education, prevention efforts and programs to help cancer patients and their caregivers.

The opening ceremony starts shortly after 12 p.m. with cancer survivors doing a lap around the parking lot. A luminaria ceremony will be held at 9 p.m., and the closing ceremony will be held at 11 p.m. During the event, participants walk laps around the parking lot to raise awareness of this often deadly disease.

Last year, the Relay for Life of Southern Montgomery County raised more than $130,000.

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