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Growing up in Silver Spring, the biggest thing to do at night was to walk down to Gifford’s to get ice cream. When I got a little older, it was browsing at the JCPenney on Colesville Road before sneaking a cig under the Chambers funeral home’s fantastically spooky neon sign. That was a long time ago, and all those places have long since closed or moved on. While my childhood haunts may not be included, local historian Jerry A. McCoy leads a walking tour of downtown Silver Spring’s Georgia Avenue and will discuss other, possibly more noteworthy, highlights of the bedroom community’s 150 years of history, all before the area’s biggest news was the controversial megamall. Let’s hope the Tastee Diner is a scheduled stop. Meet at the MARC Commuter Train Station, 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $5 (benefits the restoration project of the Silver Spring Library’s post office mural). For reservations call (301) 565-2519. (Maria Ware)