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Register for a Free Chromebook Giveaway! Limited Space Available

Register for a Free Chromebook Giveaway!
Limited Space Available

The City of Takoma Park has partnered with the Montgomery County Office of Broadband Programs to provide FREE Chromebooks for Takoma Park residents in need. The County has been providing Chromebooks to county residents over the past four months through a federal grant via the county library system. To date, they have given away over 30,000 laptops.

We are excited to offer 4 special registration links just for City residents for this Saturday, October 8, 2022, (10/08/22). There will be two additional dates this fall, with registration information forthcoming.

There are 50 spaces available per hour. Please use one of the links below to register. If a link is full, then please check the other links. All program information, including FAQs can be found here.

Takoma Park Resident links:

Montgomery Connects – Takoma Park Recreation Dept. (Private) Tickets, Sat, Oct 8, 2022 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite

Montgomery Connects – Takoma Park Recreation Dept. (Private) Tickets, Sat, Oct 8, 2022 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

Montgomery Connects – Takoma Park Recreation Dept. (Private) Tickets, Sat, Oct 8, 2022 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite

Montgomery Connects – Takoma Park Recreation Dept. (Private) Tickets, Sat, Oct 8, 2022 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite

Requirements to Apply:

  • Must be a Montgomery County resident, age seven (7) years or older

  • One computer per person

  • Must have a County or Takoma Park Library card number.

  • Must sign a certification that the computer recipient would not have a computer for education purposes if the County did not provide one (education means any type of learning, including how to use technology)

  • The County owns the computer, and recipients may not sell it

  • Every person, including children, must have an appointment and appear in person with photo ID to receive the computer

For more information, contact Montgomery Connects at


ENVIRONMENT(S) Art Opening Reception this Thursday at 7:30 PM

ENVIRONMENT(S) Art Opening Reception

Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 pm

Takoma Park Community Center

7500 Maple Avenue

Three artists whose work branches from nature to urban themes will be featured in a new exhibition titled Environment(s), with a free opening reception this Thursday at the Takoma Park Community.
The artists include Caitlin Gill, Mary D. Ott, and Rick Ruggles. Gill is a mixed-media artist who explores ideas of identity, femininity, and the divergence between human and animal forms. Evoking ideas of discomfort, she encourages viewers to engage with their own connections to nature.
Ott’s work focuses on arboreal images, including etchings of trees and landscapes that she prints in small editions.
Ruggles is a photographer whose work revels in unusual shapes, textures, and moods, ranging from potholes in city streets to tufts of grass. He seeks to notice small details and simple beauty in the humblest of forms, materials, and shadows.
The exhibition will be on view at the Takoma Park Community Center until Jan. 3. Please go to to learn more about the Takoma Park Arts series and sign up for our e-newsletter for news about our upcoming events.


Candidate Forums in October at the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium

Attend these forums to learn about the candidates running for office in the City of Takoma Park Election for Mayor and City Council (November 8, 2022)

The forums will be moderated by Eric Bond, Host of “Talk of Takoma” on Radio WOWD-LP, Takoma Park 94.3 FM

All forums will take place in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium.

  • Mayoral Forum – Thursday, October 6, 7:30 pm
    (3 candidates: Seth Grimes, Talisha Searcy, Jarrett Smith)
  • Ward 1 Forum – Monday, October 10, 6:00 pm
    (3 candidates: Shana Fulcher, Mark Sherman, Elizabeth Wallace)
  • Ward 5 Forum – Monday, October 10, 7:30 pm
    (3 candidates: A. J. Campbell, Cara Honzak, Yared Tebabu)
  • Wards 2 and 4 Forum – Thursday, October 13, 7:30 pm
    (these contests are uncontested: Ward 2 Cindy Dyballa; Ward 4 Terry Seamens)
  • Ward 3 Forum – Monday, October 17, 6:00 pm
    (3 candidates: Mimi Diez, Randy Gibson, Alex Hadden)
  • Ward 6 Forum – Monday, October 17, 7:30 pm
    (4 candidates: Ambroise Agosse, Raju Charles, Mike Moore, Jason Small)

Ways to Watch the Candidate Forums:
Members of the public may also view the forums live on:

Afterwards, they will be available for streaming online.

For Candidate Information, please visit: 2022 Mayor and Council Candidates

Takoma Park Street Festival has been canceled


Takoma Park Street Festival
Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park

For the latest info, music line up and vendor list: WEBSITE

The Takoma Park Street Festival is a little over a week away for its 41st year in Takoma Park on Sunday, October 2nd and will fill the streets with music, artists and makers, community groups, green companies and great food.


Local Music:
The event will kick off with a drum circle at the Gazebo Stage (all welcome to join!) and then move into 18 performances on 3 stages, offering a mix of soul, blues, roots rock, reggae, folk and more for a day of local music. For the first time in festival history, the event will kick off with a kids’ set by multiple Grammy award-winning duo, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. For the entire line up check out the festival WEBSITE and the attached graphic.


Over 150 booths extend all along Carroll Avenue. Repeating the success from last year, booths will be on one side of the street only to create a spacious, enjoyable stroll from end-to-end. The festival starts at Eastern Avenue, NW on the Washington, DC border to Philadelphia Avenue in Takoma Park, MD with work from local artists and makers including art, jewelry, stationary, home decor, clothing, personal care products, plants, and much more. Community groups and green companies participate as well with info to share. Visitors may explore Takoma’s unique local shops along the way.


There will be many great food options from Takoma restaurants, food trucks and festival food favorites all to be enjoyed on the Takoma Streetery on Laurel Avenue. The Takoma Park Farmers Market runs during the festival with 25 additional vendors in an adjacent parking lot. Entrance to the farmers market is at 6931 Laurel Avenue.


Festival Entrances:
Entry may occur all along the festival route, but there are two main entrances at either end of the festival:

(1) Carroll Avenue at Eastern Avenue, NW: Take Metro’s Red line to the Takoma station or park in the Metro parking lot. Entrance is 3 blocks away.

(2) Carroll Avenue at Philadelphia Avenue: Free parking lot hosted by the TPSS Co-op at 201 Ethan Allen Avenue. Festival entrance is .5 block away.


Thanks to 2022 festival sponsors


Event hosted by:
The Old Takoma Business Association, Your Main Street Takoma


Ready, Camera, Action! Call for Takoma Park Arts Film Screenings

Submission Deadline: Oct. 30, 2022

The City of Takoma Park’s Takoma Park Arts series is seeking submissions from filmmakers in the D.C. area  for future film screenings at the Takoma Park Community Center. Films should be suitable for a general audience and may be in any genre, including drama, comedy, documentary, experimental, etc.

Selected filmmakers are paid a $100 honorarium for a full-length film screening or $50 for a short included in a shorts screening. Applicants don’t have to be Takoma Park residents, and there is no fee to apply. Please use the online submission form.

You can find more info about the Takoma Park Arts series and sign up for our e-newsletter here.

Library Closed on Wednesday, August 24

A New Chapter Begins…

Great news! We are building a new Library. The new Takoma Park Maryland Library, new Computer Center, and improved Community Center facilities are happening at last. After years of conversations and planning, we have dates on the calendar that will impact Library, Computer Center, and Community Center, and our patrons.

Library Closing:

Wednesday, August 24, 2022, was the last day to visit the Library and Computer Center before the facilities relocate to a temporary space for the duration of construction. For more information, please visit: Library and Community Center Renovation

QR Code:

Use the QR for up to date news and updates on the progress of the Library Renovation

New Email Address

Email:  new library

Battery Recycling Drop-Off Available at Public Works


The City of Takoma Park is committed to offering various recycling programs for residents. The newest program now implemented at the Public Works Department is a battery recycling drop-off. Residents can now bring used batteries to be recycled at Public Works. This program is operating in partnership with Call2Recycle, an organization leading the way in battery recycling.


Public Works
31 Oswego Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Acceptable Batteries

A list of acceptable batteries that can be recycled includes the following:

AAA, AA, C, D, 9v, Lithium Ion, Small Sealed Lead Acid, Nickel Cadmium, Button cell, Nickel Metal Hydride, and Nickel Zinc

Batteries That Cannot Be Accepted

The following types of batteries cannot be accepted:

Wet cell batteries, car batteries, rechargeable LI-Ion >300 Wh, Lithium primary >25g LI

Recycling in Takoma Park

Visit the Recycling Collection webpage for in-depth information about what can and cannot be recycled.

More about Call2Recycle

Call2Recycle is the country’s leading consumer battery recycling and stewardship program. Through a tailored and personalized approach, they offer partners across the U.S. an easy way to address their battery recycling needs, all while ensuring the reduction of hazardous waste in compliance with state and national regulations. Since 1994, Call2Recycle, Inc. has grown from an idea by a group of five battery manufacturers to a leading not-for-profit, product stewardship organization that operates according to the principles of efficiency, transparency, and commitment.

“UNSUNG HEROES” Art Opening Reception this Thursday at the Takoma Park Community Center

UNSUNG HEROES Art Opening Reception
Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 pm 
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue 

Local artist Renee Lachman is honoring City of Takoma Park employees whose important work often goes unnoticed in a new series of paintings and charcoal drawings. Sanitation workers, gardeners, crossing guards, and library staff are featured in her artwork.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve celebrated the work of doctors, nurses, and firefighters. I wanted to highlight Takoma Park’s other unsung heroes,” Lachman said.

The opening reception at the Takoma Park Community Center is free and open to everyone. The exhibition is supported by a grant from the City’s Arts and Humanities Division. Go to to learn more about our Takoma Park Arts events series and to sign up for our e-newsletter.

Coral Reefs Magically Appear at Local Bus Shelters

Takoma Park has moved closer to the Caribbean since colorful coral reefs have magically appeared inside two local bus shelters.

Vinyl wraps featuring a lively aquatic design have been installed on glass panels at the bus shelters to enliven community spaces and encourage public transportation. The City of Takoma Park’s Arts and Humanities Division organized the project using public art funds.

“We wanted to create a fun scene that would brighten people’s day while they’re walking by or waiting for the bus,” Arts and Humanities Coordinator Brendan Smith said. “They are the first bus shelters where you can sit next to tropical fish and sea turtles without holding your breath.”

Arts and Humanities Intern Paula Barrios designed the wraps which were installed on shelters at the ALDI shopping center at 1300 Holton Lane and at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Hilltop Road.

Grab a face mask and snorkel and dive in! Take some photos of yourself exploring the coral reefs and share them on the City of Takoma Park’s Twitter page at and Instagram at

Vinyl wraps promoting the Takoma Park Arts series also have been installed on three additional bus shelters. The wraps feature artwork and former performers in the Takoma Park Arts series, which features free arts events at the Takoma Park Community Center. Two shelters are located at the intersection of Flower Avenue and Houston Avenue, and the third shelter is next to Piney Branch Elementary School at 7510 Maple Avenue.

Go to for more info about the Takoma Park Arts series and sign up for our e-newsletter.


Takoma Park Police Department releases 1st quarter crime statistics


June 30, 2022

Overall, Part 1 crimes are down by 11.47% (from 218 to 193 reported crimes) compared to the 1st Quarter of 2021.  The City has seen a decrease in several Part 1 crimes: Homicide is down by 66.67% (from 3 to 1 reported crimes), Rape is down by 66.67% (from 3 to 1 reported crimes), Robbery is down by 42.86% (from 14 to 8 reported crimes), Auto Theft is down by 31.82% (from 22  to 15 reported crimes), and Theft From Auto is down by 42.71% (from 96 to 55 reported crimes).

However, Assaults have increased by 475% (from 4 to 23 reported crimes) in the 1st Quarter of 2022, compared to that in 2021, and Larceny has increased by 23.33% (from 60 to 74 reported crimes) in the 1st Quarter of 2022, compared to the 1st Quarter in 2021. There was also an increase in overall crime in Ward 3 and Ward 4 compared to last year’s 1st Quarter.  Ward 3 increased by 21.88% (from 32 to 39 reported crimes) and ward 4 increased by 7.69 (from 13 to 14 reported crimes).  A review of all 1st Quarter Crime reports revealed Ward 6 encompasses the majority of reported crime statistics with approximately 45% of the overall crime stats within the City.


Click here to see the full report:


Cathy Plevy
Public Information Officer