KFCA Weekly Update: Friday, July 15th, 2022

published: July 15th, 2022 by in E-Mail Blast

Association News – Friday, July 15, 2022

Summer Board & Committee Meetings

For information and to register, please go to the King Farm website for Zoom meeting links: https://kingfarm.org/zoom-meeting-links/


  • Board of Trustees (BOT):   Wed. July 27th @ 7:30 PM
    • Rescheduled from the original date of 7/20


  • Board of Trustees (BOT): *No meeting held in August*
  • Architectural Design Trust (ADT):   Wed. Aug. 3rd @ 4:30 PM
    • Rescheduled from the original date of 8/10
  • Board of Code Compliance (BOCC):   Mon. Aug. 8th @ 7:00 PM
  • External Affairs:  Thurs. Aug. 4th @ 7:30 PM

Food Truck Friday Night

It’s Food Truck Friday and our friends at Silver & Son’s BBQ will be back tonight from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. They will be parked around the Saddle Ridge Community Center – 300 Saddle Ridge Circle. If you would like to pre-order your meal, click here

July Food Truck Schedule

July 22 – Pop Up Poutine  

July 23 – PhoWheels – Concert on the Lawn Night

July 29 – Banging BBQ 

*Food Trucks may cancel with short notice due to weather or mechanical issues. 

Rockville Mayor & Council to Discuss Future Uses of King Farm Farmstead 

King Farm Task Force Seeks Community Support to Oppose Major Impacts 

By Kate Gould, King Farm Community Garden President

The City of Rockville Mayor and Council plan to discuss possible future uses of the King Farm Farmstead on Monday, July 18th, which may have a significant impact on the future look, feel, and activity within our community.    

The King Farm Community Garden, located on the historic Farmstead Park, has formed a Task Force to save the Farmstead and Garden, and hopes to work with the Mayor and Council to find uses for the site that will not change the essential nature of the Farmstead and historic district. 

The city commissioned a report to identify future uses of the site which could generate money to pay for rehabilitating and maintaining the farm buildings.  (A copy of the report can be found on page 36 of the 4/4/22 meeting agenda – via this link –  https://www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_04042022-6553). The report focused on revenue-generating uses for the Farmstead. The Task Force is concerned that commercial uses would fundamentally change the ability of Rockville citizens to enjoy the Farmstead for recreation. The park is King Farm’s only permanently designated park, as Mattie Stepanek and King Farm parks are designated as possible future school sites.  

According to the report, most revenue generating uses would require an additional parking lot to be built.  An additional parking lot is suggested for the green space between the Dairy Barns and Grand Champion Drive. This could require relocation of the current community garden away from the Farmstead […].

To read the full article, please click here, visit the King Farm website, or view the attached PDF.

For more information on the King Farm Community Garden Task Force, contact Task Force Chair, Pat Martin (pmartin1110@comcast.net) or King Farm Community Garden President, Kate Gould (nkdgould@gmail.com). 

Exercise Your Right To Vote through July 19th

The Maryland Primary Election is quickly approaching and early voting has begun. Below is some helpful voting information to get your ballot cast. If you desire to vote you have to do so by July 19!

King Farm Voter’s Guide – Take a look at the King Farm Citizen Assembly’s Voter’s Guide (published in the June edition of the Chronicle) for information about some of the candidates running in the election. We asked candidates questions related to King Farm. Some candidates responded – read their answers here.

League of Women Voters’ nonpartisan  Voters’ Guide is posted online and available at libraries and community centers. Voters’ Guides are available in Spanish online as well.

You have three options for voting (see the LWVMC website for detailed instructions and deadlines):

  1. Early Voting (Thursday, July 7 to Thursday, July 14) – Vote in person from 7am-8pm at any Early Voting Center. Visit 777vote.org for locations.
  2. Vote by Mail – Vote from wherever you are, at a time that is convenient for you. Any registered voter in Maryland can vote by mail. This is a two-step process:
    1. Apply for a mail-in ballot by July 12. If you didn’t receive an application: visit voterservices.elections.maryland.gov, text VBM to 77788, or call 240-777-8550.
      NOTE: Have your ballot delivered by mail to reduce Board of Elections labor. New this election is a permanent vote-by-mail option.
    2. Vote your ballot and sign the return envelope. Return your ballot by July 19 in a secure MoCo Ballot Drop Box or by mail, or hand deliver it to an Early Voting Center, your assigned precinct polling place, or the MoCo Board of Elections.
  3. Ride On & Metro Bus Routes available to take you to Early Voting Centers – Routes.
  4. Primary Election Day (Tuesday, July 19) – Vote in person from 7am-8pm at your assigned precinct polling place only. The Board of Elections will notify all voters of their assigned polling place, which may have changed.

Mattie Stepanek Peace Day Gathering – This Sunday! 

Come out and celebrate Mattie Stepanek’s birthday and peace legacy at the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park this Sunday, July 17th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. 

King Farm Summer Concert Series Returns Next Saturday

The King Farm Summer Concert Series returns next Saturday with the band “Kittyback,” a newcomer to the Saddle Ridge concert stage . Come bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family and friends for a fun night of music on the lawn at 300 Saddle Ridge Circle. Our friends at True Respite Brewing will be selling their summer brews and beverages and PhoWheels DC will be selling food. A pre-order link will be available next week! 

King Farm Fall Festival Business Fair Now Accepting Vendors

The King Farm Fall Festival in Rockville will be back for 2022!! This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with a rain date of Sunday, October 16, 2022).  

The Fall Festival is King Farm’s biggest event of the year with thousands of people attending and this year we expect an even bigger crowd. There will be free children’s activities, live music, food vendors, horse-drawn hayrides, a pumpkin painting, scarecrow fun, inflatables for children and the popular Business Fair.

Registration is now open for your business to gain exposure to thousands of King Farm residents by taking part in the Business Fair. If you are interested in participating this year, please do not delay as there is a limited number of booth spaces this year.

Please e-mail activities@kingfarm.org for a Fall Festival Business Fair packet!

King Farm Neighbors Village News (KFNV)

The King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) continued its July activities yesterday in the King Farm Community Center and virtually with a discussion by the KFNV Book Club of the book, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. The Nickel Boys won a 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award as well as being named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year.  The Book Club participants agreed that although this novel is very difficult to read as it is based upon the actual story of a cruel and sadistic reform school that operated in Florida for 111 years, it is one of those “must-reads” for both its historical and literary value. 

The final scheduled KFNV July events are: 

  1. On Wednesday, July 20th from 10:00 to 11:30 am, the KFNV Coffee and Conversation group will answer the question: What have you learned from the pandemic, and should we do differently in the future?  This is an especially apt topic for the KFNV Coffee and Conversation participants because this will be the first meeting since 2020 that the Coffee and Conversation participants will be meeting in person; and finally, 
  2. On Thursday, July 28th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the King Farm community center, the KFNV will host as its highlight event – “Bingo in the Center”— where the KFNV invites all members of the King Farm community, especially bingo enthusiasts, to   join the KFNV for this inaugural bingo event. You will not only get an opportunity to hone your bingo skills, but also to mingle and converse with your fellow King Farmers.  We hope to see many of our fellow King Farm residents at this event; but since space is limited in the community center, we will be required to limit the number of participants. Therefore, if you’re interested in attending, please reserve your spot as soon as possible. Finally, if you need transportation to the Community Center for this event, please contact the KFNV Operations Coordinator at kfnvinfo@gmail.com, or leave a voicemail at (301) 799-8104. Please note that although “Bingo in the Center” is open to all King Farm community members, the KFNV can only fulfill transportation requests for those that are KFNV members. Please see below for how to easily become a KFNV member.

Please note that the KFNV Book Club, Movie Club, and Coffee and Conversation will meet in hybrid form—both in-person and virtually. Specifically, the KFNV has reserved the King Farm Community Center, 300 Saddle Ridge Circle, Rockville, MD 20850 for these in-person meetings.  In accordance with policy adopted by the KFNV Board of Directors, people attending KFNV sponsored, in-person events must be vaccinated per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID recommendations. Wearing a mask is optional. For those unable to join in-person, the KFNV will offer a Zoom option. Finally, the KFNV offers transportation to any of its monthly meetings for KFNV members. Please contact the operations Coordinator at kfnvinfo@gmail.com, or leave a voicemail at (301) 799-8104 to arrange for transportation. 


The KFNV is continuing to build its community services program with:

  1. Transportation to appointments,
  2. Friendly phone calls,
  3. Friendly visits, and 
  4. One new service – simple household tasks. 

The KFNV has given members rides to various appointments and has successfully fulfilled its first simple household task. To schedule any of the above services or for questions, please contact KFNV or complete the online formPlease note, services are available to KFNV members only.

Please feel free to avail yourself of these KFNV services, especially the new service-simple household tasks. Examples of this service range from moving tiles from a condominium apartment to an outside garage to changing light bulbs that are out of reach.  Please see below on how to contact the KFNV to schedule any of the services or with any questions that you may have about the services. Also, note that services are open to KFNV members only; however, membership is free and an easy process. Just below is information on how to become a member of the KFNV.  


Please visit the KFNV website and take a look at the Blog (under the News section) for articles about upcoming and past events and other relevant KFNV news. Additionally, both the Movie Club and Book Club welcome new members. 

Most KFNV monthly events require membership to participate; however, membership is a free and and easy process. To join, you will need to fill out either the online or mail-in form and no fee is required. The KFNV does, however, accept and welcome donations; for these donations help defray the cost of services and events.  

For information on how to register for any of the aforementioned events, to request a KFNV service, become a member, or to make a donation, please contact the Operations Coordinator via email at kfnvinfo@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at (301) 799-8104

RCPD News Report: July 05, 2022 to July 12, 2022

Click here to read the Weekly Crime Report courtesy of the Rockville City Police Department.

If you have a crime or concern to report, please contact the Rockville City Police Department at:
Non-Emergency: 240-314-8900
Emergency: 9-1-1
2 W. Montgomery Ave, Rockville, Maryland 20850

RCPD Tips: Your Summer Home Improvement Project Can Prevent Crime, Part 3

The National Institute of Justice shows that Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is effective at reducing crime.  

CPTED uses landscaping, architecture, and home-design to reduce opportunities to perform and conceal crime and evoke a sense of neighborly cohesion and care.

We’re highlighting a principle of CPTED one-at-a-time to inspire you to make your summer home-improvement project also a crime-reduction project.

Principle 3: provide for a well-maintained image 

Criminologists have long posited a link between crime and a community’s appearance.

A messy, neglected space could imply that ‘no one cares’ about crime (or are at least willing to ignore it) while a well-maintained space might declare to wrong-doers that a community can effectively notice, find, and punish them.

By freeing your neighborhood of litter and graffiti, maintaining your landscaping and home’s exterior, and transforming vacant spaces into pleasant, intentional spaces, you both beautify your neighborhood and convey the message that “crime isn’t welcome”

Learn more about CPTED from the City of Baltimore by clicking here