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C.J. Chicken & Crab Feast Coming Sept. 16

Want to gather with friends and neighbors for an afternoon of delicious food, refreshing beverages, and superb music? Then plan to head to Cabin John’s 48th Annual Chicken and Crab Feast Sept. 16 at the Clara Barton Community Center. The food and fun are served up starting at 2:00 pm. The Starlight Orchestra, a 15-piece […]



C.J. Fourth of July Full of Festive Fun

The summer swelter did not keep close to 200 Cabin Johners of all ages from gathering to commemorate the Fourth of July with the annual parade and reading of the Declaration of Independence. This year the festivities kicked off at 10:30 am with some 50 families meeting to decorate bikes and strollers. Their efforts guaranteed […]



County to Spend $2.1 Million Repaving Cabin John

Montgomery County anticipates it will spend $2.1 million repaving the streets of Cabin John this summer. The project is to begin after July 1 and once underway will take roughly three months, according to county officials who came to the March 29 CJCA meeting to provide an overview of the work. Your roads are in […]



County to Present Plans for Major CJ Repaving Project

The March 29 CJCA meeting promises to be of interest to almost every resident in Cabin John. The topic of the evening will be the county’s upcoming roadway rehabilitation project, which will touch almost every county road in the neighborhood. The meeting, to be held at the Clara Barton Community Center, will begin at 7:30 […]



Take Action Against Airplane Noise

At its January meeting, the Cabin John Citizens Association unanimously voted to support the Montgomery County Quiet Skies Coalition. This new group is bringing together more than a dozen Montgomery County communities to advocate for comprehensive solutions to mitigate airplane noise in our neighborhoods. The coalition, which has been drawing up to 50 participants at […]



New Directors For Two Key CJ Organizations

Big changes have come to the local Clara Barton community building in the past few months. Paula Curran, a long-time Cabin John resident, became the new director of the Clara Barton Center for Children, and Barry Jones joined the Clara Barton Neighborhood Recreation Center as its new director. Located at the corner of MacArthur Boulevard […]



Potential Traffic Headaches In Store For Seven Locks Rd.

The WSSC is about to begin a two-year sewer expansion project that is likely to impact traffic at River Rd and Seven Locks for the duration of the project. Called the Cabin John Sewer Relief Project, it is an $8 million overhaul of the sewer system paid for by Federal Realty Investment Trust to expand […]



Victory in Airplane Noise Battle; More To Do

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Jan. 5 that it would terminate its proposed changes to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) north flow departure procedures, known as LAZIR B. The agency said it based its decision on feedback from communities around the airport. If the LAZIR B plan had gone forward Cabin John likely would […]



Holiday Party Brings Community Together For Food, Song and Santa

A festive crowd, estimated at more than 200, showed up for the annual CJ holiday party Dec. 11 at the community center. No one went hungry with plenty of sushi, subs, pizza, and platters of fruits, veggies, cheeses and sweets for all. A crafts table and selfie photo station, along with a rousing sing-along, kept […]



Clara Barton Holiday Craft Fair Set For Dec. 4

Have you ever wished that your eye would suddenly light on an item perfect for someone on your holiday list — something that’s for sale AND certain not to be duplicated? Well, that happens all the time at the annual Clara Barton Holiday Craft Show. Come check it out! You’ll browse pottery, woodwork, glass, things […]



Inova to Run the CJ Blood Drive Nov. 6th

The next Cabin John Citizens Association Blood Drive is on Sunday, Nov. 6, 10 am to 4 pm at the Clara Barton Center. After years of issues with the Red Cross, including the last-minute cancellation of June’s drive, the CJCA has arranged for Inova Blood Donor Services to run this drive. They promise an efficient […]



CJCA Meeting Looks at Air and Street Traffic

More than thirty Cabin Johners attended the Sept. 28 CJCA meeting, which focused on two issues of significant community concern. New CJCA President Susan Shipp led a discussion about the growing aircraft noise in Cabin John and resident Trav Daniels led a discussion about the excessive and unsafe commuter traffic on Cabin John roads. The […]



Mark Your Calendar For Frightfully Good Halloween Fun Oct. 30

The Clara Barton Community Center will hold its 11th annual Haunted House on Sunday, October 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Clara Barton Center. Once again, the Friends of the Clara Barton Community Center, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation, will create a scary experience just before Halloween! Although all […]



Annual Crab Feast Set For Sept. 17

Cabin John’s 47th Annual Chicken & Crab Feast, slated for Sept. 17, promises to provide the usual delicious food, refreshing drinks and superb live music from the Starlight Orchestra. It also will be a chance for the community to says thanks to Burr Gray for the two decades of service that he has given to […]



Record Turnout At CJ Paddle On The Potomac

Cabin Johners were out on the Potomac River on July 10th in record numbers. We had 67 people paddle about 20 canoes and 10 kayaks down the river from Old Anglers to Lockhouse 10—pretty much the largest group in the last ten years. Calleva could rent us only 10 canoes, so we borrowed another six […]



CJ July 4th Parade Kicks Off At 11 AM

Join your neighbors for Cabin John’s own patriotic tribute to the 4th of July as we parade from the Clara Barton Community Center to the shopping center at Seven Locks and Mac Arthur Blvd. Gather at the community center, where small flags, pinwheels and hats will be provided by CJCA prior to the start of […]



CJ Residents Have Limited Free Access to Palisades Pool

Over the summer, Cabin John children and an accompanying adult are admitted free of charge to the Palisades Pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Children age 7 and under must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Children age 8-14 who will be left by themselves at the pool will be […]



18th Annual CJ Canoe Trip To Launch July 10

Our annual Potomac River canoe/kayak trip is set for Sunday, July 10. We will continue to rely on Calleva/Liquid Adventures for general organization and canoes/kayaks. As usual, we will put in at Old Anglers Inn in the morning (probably around 10 am) and take out at Lockhouse 10 in Cabin John in the mid-afternoon (probably […]



Outdoor Movie Nights Coming to Cabin John

This summer the Clara Barton Community Center is hosting three nights of free films to be shown al fresco. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for a fun family night at the movies. The first “Movie on the Lawn” night, June 24, will feature the Disney/Pixar film Inside Out. Showtime is at 8 […]



Protect the Plants; Stay on the Road

This spring the county replanted the grassy median strips between MacArthur Blvd. and the shared-use path that runs through Cabin John. Their work was not even completed when tire ruts could be seen at several points along the route. That prompted quick action by Cabin Johners, Susan Roberts, Peter Vogt and Walt Dence. With funding […]



CJCA Elects New Officers; Thanks Burr For Decades Of Service

The May 25 meeting of the Cabin John Citizens Association was a lively combination of election of new officers and tribute to outgoing President Burr Gray. Burr kicked off the meeting with touching remarks summarizing his 19 years in office. He reminded the crowd of more than 50 Cabin Johners of funny moments, thanked his […]



Burr Gray, A Historical Perspective

From its most early days, Cabin John has been fortunate to have leaders who have made the community the kind of place it is, a great place to live, with the right kind of services and amenities. We can look back to leaders who started the fire department, organized the first church, and opened the […]



Bethesda Co-op To Hold May Fest on May 7

The Bethesda Co-op continues their 40th anniversary celebration with a May Fest, Saturday May 7th, 12-5, at the store and parking lot on Seven Locks Rd. “It’s our way of saying thanks to the community for all their support,” says General Manager Helen Atkocius. Founded in 1975, the co-op moved to Cabin John in the […]



Document Shred May 14 at Community Center

Grateful Shred, a document shredding party, will be held on Saturday, May 14, 9 am til noon, at the Clara Barton Community Center. The Shred is an opportunity for residents to clean out home files and avoid fraud or identity theft. Bring those no-longer needed bills, statements, letters—anything with private, confidential, or sensitive information that […]



CJ Creek Cleanup Rescheduled for April 30

Due to inclement weather, the annual Cabin John creek cleanup is rescheduled for April 30, from 10 a.m. to noon. Plan to meet at the playground next to the Cabin John Bridge to help with the annual spring cleaning of our beautiful waterway. Cleanup will take place going upstream from that location. (After the presentation, […]



Traffic Concerns Focus of Feb. CJCA Meeting

Representatives from Montgomery County, the National Park Service, and Congressman Chris Van Hollen’s office joined CJ residents in a discussion of neighborhood traffic issues at the Feb. 24 Cabin John Citizens Association meeting. According to CJCA President Burr Gray, the talk focused on the following three traffic concerns: morning cut-thru commuter traffic on Tomlinson Ave. […]



Blood Drive Jan. 31 at Community Center

The next Cabin John Citizens Association Red Cross Blood Drive is on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Clara Barton Center. Please contact Karen Melchar or Loretta Ingalls at cjblooddrive@gmail.com to book a donation time. Drop-ins are welcome, but those who have signed up will have priority if there is […]



Join Your Neighbors For The CJ Holiday Party Dec. 13

Celebrate the holiday season with your neighbors on Sunday, Dec.13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Clara Barton Community Center. There is something for everyone at this event, including door prizes, crafts and other activities for children and a sing-along for all ages. The evening ends with a visit from Santa, who offers […]



The 5th Annual Holiday Gift Drive Is Underway

Once again the Cabin John Citizens Association is partnering with the community of Brookmont and SOME to provide holiday gifts for families in need. To participate, just go to the tree outside of the Clara Barton Community Center and pick one or more of the cards that are tied like ornaments to the tree. The […]



Cabin John Craft Fair Set for Dec. 6

The ninth annual Holiday Craft Show will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Clara Barton Community Center. The show is sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of the Clara Barton Community Center (FCBCC). Plan to come, admire, and shop! There will be all kinds of crafts for sale […]



CJ Serves Up Successful Crab Feast

More than 550 people feasted on crabs, chicken and vegetarian sides at this year’s Crab Feast, which raised some $4,500 to support Cabin John Citizens Association activities. There was something for everyone at the Sept. 19 event, including great tunes from the Starlight Orchestra, who once again donated their talents to entertain the crowd. This […]



CJ Resident To Play Free Concert At Glen Echo Park

Cabin John resident Norm Martin and his classic rock and blues band, Terraplane, will be in concert on August 13 at Glen Echo Park. The free concert, which is part of the park’s summer concert series, starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Bumper Car Pavilion and runs for about an hour. In addition to Norm […]



Make a Date for the CJ Crab Feast Sept. 19

Mark your calendars! The 46th annual Cabin John Crab & Chicken Feast will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, from 2-6 p.m. at the Clara Barton Community Center. A local tradition since 1969, this annual event allows Cabin Johners to celebrate their community spirit with old friends and new. Proceeds support Cabin John Citizens Association activities, […]



Potomac Canoe Trip Rescheduled for Aug. 23

The 17th Annual CJ Canoe Trip, postponed due to high water, is rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23. CJCA President Burr Gray asks anyone planning to canoe to send an email as soon as you decide but no later than Aug 16 with the following info: your cell phone number, the names of all participants in […]



ISO: Crab Feast Organizer, No Experience Necessary

After more than a decade of inspirational leadership, Tina Rouse is ready for someone else to coordinate the annual Cabin John Crab Feast. Could you be that person? Tina is looking to identify her successor prior to this September’s event so that she can show them the ropes this year in preparation for running the […]



Grateful Shred June 6th at Community Center

Looking for a safe way to dispose of no longer needed bills, bank statements, letters and other documents? Bring them to The Grateful Shred — a shredding party — at the Clara Barton Community Center on Saturday. June 6th from 9 am til noon. Not only will your papers be safely destroyed, but you will […]



Potomac Canoe Trip To Launch June 28th

The 17th Annual CJ Canoe Trip is set for Sunday, June 28. As in the recent past, Calleva Outdoor Adventures will coordinate efforts that day and provide canoes. Kayaks and kayak guides will be provided by Liquid Adventures, a Cabin John company run by CJ Gardens resident Tom McEwan. Last year we got about 11 […]



CJ Creek Cleanup April 25

Help keep our neighborhood beautiful and safe by joining in the annual Cabin John Creek cleanup Saturday, April 25 from 9:30 a.m. til noon. We will meet at the playground next to the Cabin John Bridge. Even if you have just an hour or two, your help would be appreciated. Refreshments and gloves provided but […]



Prizes and Politicians at Bingo Night on Feb. 27

Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner and Marc Korman, Cabin John’s delegate in the Maryland General Assembly, will be calling numbers at the Family Bingo Night, scheduled for Feb. 27 at the Clara Barton Community Center. The games begin at 7 p.m. In addition to politicians, Bingo Night offers modest prizes to the winner of […]



New Director For Community Center

Shavonyuette Dotson has been named the director at the Clara Barton Neighborhood Recreation Center taking over late last year for the retiring Modestine Snead. Prior to taking the helm at the community center, Dotson was the director of the Boys & Girls Club in Manassas, VA. Dotson has a dual degree from the University of […]



Holiday Craft Show Set for Dec. 7

Looking for unique gifts this holiday? Want to support local artisans? Come to the 8th annual holiday craft show on Dec. 7 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clara Barton Community Center. The fair, sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of the Clara Barton Community Center, brings together dozens of local artisans selling everything […]



Crab Feast Nets Close to $3,500 for CJCA

The numbers are in. This year’s Chicken and Crab Feast served up close to 500 meals and brought in just over $10,000. After expenses, the Cabin John Citizens Association raised close to $3,500 to support association activities. As significant as the fundraising is the sense of community that is fostered during this event. Dozens of […]



32 Pints Collected at Oct. Blood Drive

The Oct. 5 community blood drive drew 34 donors, most of them Cabin John residents, and collected 32 pints of blood for the Red Cross. The drive, held at the community center, exceeded expectations, surpassing the 30-pint goal set by the Red Cross. Cabin John hosts three blood drives annually. The Cabin John Community Association […]



The 45th Annual Crab Feast Set for Sept. 13

Mark your calendars! The 45th annual Cabin John Crab & Chicken Feast will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, from 2-6 p.m. at the Clara Barton Community Center. A local tradition since 1969, this annual event allows Cabin Johners to celebrate their community spirit with old friends and new. Proceeds support Cabin John Citizens Association activities, […]



Celebrate the 4th of July at the Cabin John Parade

Grab a flag, wear your patriotic garb, decorate your bike or just come out and join your neighbors for the annual Cabin John parade. It’s a casual but festive way to mark the holiday. Everyone is welcome, including dogs. Small flags, pinwheels and hats will be provided by CJCA for the parade participants. Gather at […]



Get Those Paddles Ready for the June 29 CJ Canoe Trip

The 16th Annual CJ Canoe Trip is set for Sunday, June 29. We will continue to rely on Calleva for general organization and canoes, but a special feature this year will be the involvement of Liquid Adventures, a Cabin John company run by CJ Gardens resident Tom McEwan. Liquid Adventures will be promoting kayak use, […]



Carver Road Residents Host Multi-Cultural Block Party

by Gloria Mckinney Slayton Do you know who your neighbors are? The folks who live on Carver Road do. Last year two houses were sold on Carver Road -—the Swedenburg house and the Gibbs-Thompson house. In addition, two new renters arrived with their families. Everyone seemed friendly enough. We would wave to each other but […]



Community Center’s Grateful Shred Scheduled for May 10

Safely dispose of all your old bills, tax documents, letters and other private, confidential or sensitive information at this year’s Grateful Shred –a shredding party– to be held Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m.-12 noon, at the Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John, MD. Clean Cut Shredding, a reliable Rockville firm, will […]



Help Cleanup The Creek April 26

The scenic Cabin John Creek, which creates a natural neighborhood boundary to the northeast, is in need of some TLC and the Cabin John Citizen’s Association hopes you can help. Please join your neighbors for the 18th annual Cabin John Creek Cleanup on Saturday, April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should gather at […]



Spring Egg Hunt April 13th

Calling all Cabin John kids. Bring a basket or bag and come to the 16th Annual Cabin John Spring Egg Hunt. The hunt will be held this Sunday, April 13th at 4:00 p.m. The weather forecast calls for a warm but overcast day, with no rain. Children from toddler to six or seven years old […]



The Annual CJCA Holiday Party To Be Held Dec. 15

Celebrate the holiday season with your neighbors on Sunday, December 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Clara Barton Community Center. There is something for everyone at this event, including crafts and other activities for children and a sing-along for all ages. The evening ends with a visit from Santa, who distributes gift […]



Holiday Craft Fair Features Cabin John Artists

Four Cabin John residents were among the 57 artists participating in the 7th annual Holiday Craft Show held at the Clara Barton Community Center on Dec. 7. Diana Carter offered her unique jewelry designs. Rachelle Cherol’s booth was well stocked with pine wreaths, roping and many other holiday decorations. Eric Dinerstein, wildlife scientist and author, […]



Crab Feast Feeds Five Hundred

More than 500 people feasted on crabs and chicken at this year’s Crab Feast, which raised some $3,000 to support Cabin John Citizens Association activities. There was something for everyone at this year’s event, including great tunes from the Starlight Orchestra, who once again donated their talents to entertain the crowd. Local politicians Phil Andrews, […]



THIS SATURDAY: Enjoy Crabs Without Leaving the Neighborhood!

The 43th annual Cabin John Crab & Chicken Feast is Saturday, Sept. 7, from 2-6 p.m. at the Clara Barton Community Center. A local tradition since 1970, this annual event allows Cabin Johners to celebrate their community spirit with old friends and new. Proceeds support Cabin John Citizens Association activities, including holiday parties, the creek […]



Annual Cabin John Canoe Trip Set For Sunday July 21

Come join your neighbors this Sunday, July 21, for the annual Cabin John Canoe Trip down the Potomac River. The five-hour, family-friendly adventure includes expert guides and canoe paddling instruction. There is a good chance paddlers will see herons, ospreys, ducks and maybe even an eagle. The trip, sponsored and arranged by the Cabin John […]



Grateful Shred Saturday May 11

Tax season is over, now is the time to get rid of those old records! Avoid fraud or identity theft—and clean out your home files. Bring your papers to this year’s Grateful Shred on May 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Clara Barton Community Center. ALL-SHRED, a noted firm in Frederick, MD, will […]



CJ Creek Cleanup Postponed to April 27

With the weather forecast calling for significant rain Friday into Saturday, the Cabin John Creek Cleanup originally scheduled for April 20 is being rescheduled for Saturday, April 27th from 9:30 a.m. to noon. “Even though the weather on Saturday looks good, it is never a good idea to send a lot of people down to […]



How Do You Spell Fun? B-I-N-G-O

A good-sized crowd filled the community center Feb. 22 for the annual Bingo Night sponsored by the Friends of the Clara Barton Community Center. A variety of games were called with winners picking prizes from a kids’ table stocked with toys or an adults’ table filled with items from the Bethesda Co-op and jewelry donated […]



February CJCA Board Meeting Cancelled

The February board meeting for the Cabin John Citizen’s Association scheduled for Feb. 26th is cancelled. CJCA President Burr Gray noted that there was no pressing business and that many board members would be out of town on the scheduled meeting date. Mark your calendars for the next CJCA meeting on Tuesday, March 26. The […]



Family Bingo Night at Clara Barton Feb. 22

Another lively night of Bingo will take place Friday Feb. 22 at the Community Center. Kids and adults can join in the fun from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guest number callers, including a possible visit by Montgomery County Council Chair Roger Berliner, will keep things lively. Sponsored by the Friends of the Clara Barton […]



Blood Drive Feb. 3rd. at Community Center

Before your Super Bowl celebrations get underway, please consider donating blood at the CJCA Red Cross Blood drive Sunday, Feb. 3rd from 10 – 4 pm. Held at the Clara Barton Community Center, our goal for this drive is 40 pints of blood. Please email Karen Melchar (contact us) to schedule a donation time. (For […]



County Shares Plans of MacArthur Blvd. Improvements

In preparation for the Jan. 22nd Cabin John Community Association Meeting, CJCA President Burr Gray and Vice President Greg Pawlson recently reviewed the county plans for revamping the bike path along MacArthur Blvd. (Photos of the plans are posted below.) CJCA will continue to monitor the project and provide status reports as construction proceeds. The […]



Holiday Party Full of Good Cheer

Sounds of holiday cheer rang out from the community center Dec. 16 as a good crowd came together for the annual holiday party. Friends gathering made for plenty of conversation, a sing-a-long provided music, and the raffle of gifts from local merchants led to much applause. But the sound that caused a fever pitch amongst […]



Five CJ Artists Featured at Holiday Craft Fair

Five Cabin John residents were among the 54 artists who came out for the 6th annual Holiday Craft Show held at the Clara Barton Community Center on Dec. 2. In addition, Suzanne Shirzad had a booth where she sold her creative knitware.



2nd Annual Holiday Toy Donation Underway

The Cabin John Citizens Association is partnering with the community of Brookmont and SOME to provide holiday gifts for children in need. To participate, just go to the tree outside of the Clara Barton Community Center and pick one or more of the 57 names that are tied like ornaments to the tree.  In addition […]



Annual CJCA Holiday Party Dec. 16

Celebrate the holiday season with your neighbors on Sunday, December 16, at the Clara Barton Community Center from 5 to 7 pm.  There is something for everyone at this event: Crafts and other activities for children Singing of holiday songs for all ages Lots of complimentary food (sushi, pizza, subs, and more) and drinks (hot […]



Shop at the Holiday Craft Show Dec. 2

The 5th annual Holiday Craft Show, sponsored by the Friends of the Clara Barton Community Center, will be held at the Center on Sunday, Dec. 2nd, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Local artists and crafters will be selling everything from jewelry and ceramics to fiber arts, soaps and wood crafts. There will also be […]



Cabin John “Haunted House” Frightfully Fun

More than 200 children and adults made their way through the annual Haunted House, held at the Clara Barton community center on Oct. 28. Along the way, participants met a cackling witch, artfully played by Missy Bell, working on her potions and had their fortunes told by Caroline Casey, with Jan Iris-Smith providing helpful advice. […]



43rd Annual Crab Feast

September 8th. Festivities begin at 2:00 PM. Volunteering can begin anytime!



Cleanup of Historic Moringstar African American Cemetery in Cabin John

Saturday, June 23 at 9:30am



Cabin John 14th Annual Potomac River Canoe Trip

Sunday, July 1st



July 4th Parade and Festivities

The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. at the Community Center and is informal but quite festive since CJCA distributes hats, pin wheels, flags, etc to all participants.  Kids bring decorated bikes.  Families bring their dogs.  The Cabin John Marching Band (a guy with a boom box) plays various patriotic songs as people walk along the bike path from the […]



Next Cabin John Blood Drive

June 3 from 10am-4pm



CJCA Meeting, Tues, 5/22

Unveiling of CJCA Home Page Plus Election of Officers



May 20th Yard Sale

Volunteers Needed to Help Long Time CJ Resident



May 19th Grateful Shred

Assistance Available for Seniors Wishing to Shred



Cabin John History Walk

Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m.