Forecast was right: 100% neighborly fun at Chili Social

by Todd Sleeman, President

This year’s Winter Chili Social was a great success, with more than 30 people taking part.  We enjoyed meeting several people new to the neighborhood, and also welcomed a couple established neighbors new to the civic association.

To see how much fun we were having and the gorgeous food we shared, take a look at this

two-minute video.

Cheers for Nathan Ochole of Calumet Drive:  he’s a professional videographer and has generously donated his time and skills to offer this to our neighborhood.  Thank you, Nathan!

The evening started with a very brief (but efficient) business meeting.  Doug Grove of Snure Road was elected by acclamation to the open at-large position on the Board.  Doug’s is already known to some, as he has served since 2016 as an election judge—including, for the past two years, at our own precinct.  He said,

I have become interested in the Sligo Woods Civic Association as a way to meet some of my neighbors and to learn of matters of local concern.  I don’t come to the Board with any specific platform or agenda, but do offer an ability to listen and to give a modest amount of time to the association’s efforts.  We all gain when we can interact socially at the neighborhood level.  When issues arise, an active association makes it easier to garner and distribute information, and to have an established forum where alternative views may be presented.

Join me in thanking Doug for stepping up!

If anyone feels left out (or inspired), there’ll be three Board positions coming open in March.  More info will be coming on those soon, and if you think you may be interested, don’t hesitate to contact me.

End of meeting, start of eating.  The spread was absolutely amazing.  There were six different chilis, ranging from white bean to vegetarian.  I can say with authority that they were all very good (I had seconds to make sure—I think that’s one of my job duties).  We also had rice, beans, chicken, corn bread, beer bread, sourdough bread, and salads.  And the dessert table!  Cheesecake, brownies, the chocolate stick things (sorry, Audrey, I didn’t catch their name despite enjoying several), pistachio cake, the mint fudge.  I apologize if I missed naming your dessert; I’m pretty sure I tried them all though.  We have some great cooks in Sligo Woods!

Thank you to all who came and shared the evening and their dishes with neighbors.

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Winter chili main course–with a side of business–on January 12th, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Come eat, come talk!  Some of the eating will be chili, some will be other dishes.  Some of the talking will be with neighbors sitting at the same table, some will be afterwards–for those who can stay for a bit of business.  We will vote on a nomination to fill an at-large Board position, as well as discuss project ideas for 2020.

What a congenial way to have Sunday supper!  Bring a dish, if you can (or just your appetite, if you can’t).  Serious planners can coordinate with others via a sign-up here.  If you can bring a mug/cup for your own use, we’ll lessen our landfill.

The civic association sponsors this event, which is open to anyone who lives in the Sligo Woods neighborhood.  All are welcome.   Questions?  Email < >

Sunday, January 12th, starting at 6:30 PM
Sligo-Dennis Park Building
10200 Sligo Creek Parkway

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Holiday Cheer, 2019

For the fourth year, the civic association held a Winter Holiday Decorating Contest–a friendly competition to highlight holiday spirit in our neighborhood. Judging was held December 13-15. Warm thanks to Justin Way’s Mary Moore for leading the event–and for these photos.

Best overall, 2019

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2019 Halloween Decorating Contest: Winners Announced!

It was another great year for the Halloween decorating contest with Sligo Woods residents showing their “spirit” with great displays.  Our judges had a hard time deciding “witch” displays were the best.  “Ghost” see them before they disappear.  Click here for 2019 winner photos and names.

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Tree Walk, Fall 2019

A group of fifteen strolled up Tenbrook Drive, looking at the preponderance of streetside silver (shown here) and red maples, augmented by more tree and shrub diversity in yards.  We  admired  a fine  sycamore,  with  its  multi-colored  bark, as  we turned  onto the connector  path  heading  west  into  Sligo  Creek  Park.  There  we  saw the  contrast of woodland  species–Tuliptrees towering  way  overhead,  spicebush  more  at  eyelevel in the understory.

We talked about plans to remove the smothering porcelainberry vines from the fine, large trees bordering the Kids’ Sledding Hill (Tenbrook at Robin).  That’s a winter project: when leaves have died back and there’s visibility for the careful cutting required.  If interesting in learning more, contact Laura Mol < LauraMolMail |at| gmail >.

Thanks to Helena’s Sheri Arnell for the photo above and for recording a list of trees seen on the Sligo Woods fall tree walk of 2019.

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October in Sligo Woods neighborhood

The Sligo Woods neighborhood will enjoy three events this October–

    • A Tree Walk–Sat the 12th, 4-5 pm.  Questions?  < >
    • Second Annual Halloween Decorating Contest–entries by Thurs the 24th
      to, judging on the 26th
    • The Fifth Annual Halloween Parade–Thursday the 31st, 5:30 pm

All who live in the neighborhood are welcome!
Details below (including opportunities to volunteer to help).
Updates will be posed here.

Tree Walk in the Neighborhood
Take an hour’s stroll with some of your neighbors, enjoying sidewalk views of trees in the Sligo Woods neighborhood–in front yards as well as streetside.  The outing begins at Tenbrook Drive & Robin Road (top of the “Kids Sledding Hill”). Leader Laura Mol, of Robin Road, says, “We’ll take a different route than last year, ‘though beginning at the same place.”  Light spatters won’t get in the way but the walk will be cancelled in the event of serious rain; check the website for an announcement, if necessary.
Questions to < >.

Halloween-Decorating Contest! 
Time for our second annual Halloween Decorating Contest, with judging on October 25-26.  Join in a friendly competition and celebrate Halloween with your neighborhood!  The contest offers 3 ways to participate–
Decorate your yard/house
          & send in your address by Thursday, October 24th (OR you may nominate
a neighbor’s decorations): please send all nominations by Thursday
October 24th to
!!  Serve as one of the judges and help choose the winners;
          you must be available Saturday 4-6 and 7-9 pm.  Email ASAP for this role.
(Judges may also come for the preview Fri at 7 or deliver awards on Sun 1:00 pm)
Volunteer to be the photographer
available on Saturday and Sunday for a few hours.

Contest Rules:  1. Open to all homes in the Sligo Woods neighborhood, except those of the judges. Neighborhood boundaries are here.  2. House numbers must be visible from the street both day and night.  3. Each home can only win in one category​:
          Best… Overall / Daytime / Nighttime / Theme   [plus honorable mentions]
4. Homes with decorations that have been left up from previous holidays will be ineligible.​  Winners earn a certificate and a sign posted in their yard for a week. Pictures of homes will be posted on the Sligo Woods Civic Association website (here are last year’s winners).

Halloween Parade
Robin Sleeman of Calumet Drive is heading up this year’s parade.  Festivities begin at 5:30, gathering at the corner of Dryden and Calumet.  Teen and adult volunteers are welcome as route marshalls, and photographers are needed–please contact Robin at ​< >.  The website will have route and other details closer to The Day.

Thanks to Robin for leadership of this most-popular-of-all civic association events, and gratitude to her predecessors–Proctor’s Lashon Lissimore and once-of-Calumet’s Jasmine Kuzner.

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Community Yard Sale on Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Come one, come all … to the annual Sligo Woods Community Yard Sale to be held this Saturday, September 28, from     8 AM to 1 PM.   (No early birds please!)   See what treasures your neighbors are selling!  Find that perfect item you didn’t know you needed!  You can pick up a list of participating homes from the table at 701 Justin Way.  The rain date is September 29th.

Sponsored by the Sligo Woods Civic Association
Questions?  Please email

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Fall 2019 program prompted by Tenbrook speeding

The civic association’s fall program featured  Mr. Devang Dave from the Traffic Engineering Department of Montgomery County.  He described the County’s process for development of traffic calming and the role that a neighborhood’s civic association can play—in fact, must play, according the County regulations [MoCo Exec Regulation 1-18AM], which is designed to assure community participation and approval as a required part of the process. 

Some 18 residents of the Sligo Woods neighborhood were present, and there were clarifying questions and good, informative exchanges in the question-answer opportunity that followed with Mr. Dave (“DAH-veh”).  As planned, Mr. Dave was not discussing any specific plans for our neighborhood streets–which have yet to be proposed–but the focus was on the general process and how we can be engaged in it.

Quarterly programs are now held at the Sligo-Dennis Park building (10200 Sligo Creek Parkway, between playground and basketball courts), a switch from Good Shepherd Church’s building hospitality, which we enjoyed for the first several years of civic association programs/meetings.

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Join the Welcome New Neighbors Committee

 Would you like to meet new neighbors?

Our welcome new neighbors committee is looking for some additions to our current group. There are two tasks involved. One is to ask our local merchants if they would like to contribute to our bags with an item or coupon. We have had pizza, florist, bakery and gas stations involved in the past.

The second task is to visit new neighbors monthly, let them know about the Sligo Woods Civic Association, answer their questions, and give them our gift bag.

Please email Mary if you are interested or need more information. Our current members work 1 to 4 hours a month, depending on their availability.

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Summer 2019 Program Meeting on Thursday, June 13

Officers from the Montgomery Police Department will be presenting on pedestrian safety.  This is a big issue of concern for the entire Sligo Woods neighborhood.

♦  7:15—refreshments, sociability
♦  7:30—meeting agenda, including election of a new secretary
♦  Pedestrian Safety talk, Q&A, follows til 8:45

Sligo-Dennis Park Building — 10200 Sligo Parkway
                   Please note the new location!
There is limited parking in the parking lot on either side of the building.  If no parking is available, you can park on Tenbrook and take the connector at the end of Dryden to walk to the park.  If you park on Tenbrook, please be aware of traffic.  Also, respect your neighbors and do not block driveways.

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