Home for Project Change closer
July 18, 2001
Terri Hogan
Staff Writer




Freeman working

to donate storefront

Members of Project Change, a group dedicated to finding a safe haven for teenagers in Olney, are optimistic that they may soon have a place to call home.

According to company spokeswoman Vicki Quinn, Carl M. Freeman & Associates, owner of the Olney Village Mart shopping center, has tentatively agreed to allow teens to use one of the vacant storefronts until next spring or until it is leased, whichever comes first.

"We believe this is a very worthwhile cause, and are working with Project Change to provide them a space at Olney Village Mart," Quinn said. "Right now, everything is subject to the fire marshal's review of the space and use, and they will need to get the necessary permits. Hopefully, we will be able to get all that ironed out."

Two young people recently met with representatives of Freeman and were thrilled at the prospect of a place of their own, something that Project Change has been working towards since its inception over three years ago.

Ellen Lent, an Olney psychologist and adult advisor working with Project Change, said the organization looked at the former Play It Again Sports location along with another vacant space in the shopping center, and is still formulating how the space will be used.

"It depends on the configuration of the space and the situation with the restrooms," Lent said. "We will evaluate what is there and determine how many people the space can accommodate, and then decide how it will best be used."

Some of the suggestions on how the space may be used include after-school mentoring, social gatherings and community events.

Lent said that although this is a good start, the group is continuing to seek a permanent space to buy or lease.

"Project Change is to be commended, they are making great headway on their efforts," Quinn said. "We are happy to be working with them."

Lent recently organized parents and youths in another effort called Olney Buzz, which held a retreat Sunday to move forward on its commitment to a teen-friendly, safe, vibrant Olney.

The day's activities were expected to include brainstorming sessions, live music and videos. Organizers had expected 100 people to attend.

Lent could not be reached after the retreat for comment.

Wednesday, July 18

MOMS Club of Brookeville will meet at 10 a.m. at Greenwood Park to discuss preparing children for school.

Olney Community Band will rehearse at 7:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4200 Olney-Laytonsville Road. Membership includes young and old, novice to expert musicians. New members welcome. Call 301-570-9176.

Thursday, July 19

Olney Area Prayer Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. to pray for area schools, teachers and children. The group has been meeting for six years to pray for the youth in the community. Call 301-260-0194.

Senior This 'N That will meet at 1 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville. Sydney Closter, former fund-raising director for B'nai Brith, will discuss "Encounter the South Pacific." Free. Call 301-881-0100.

Rockville Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m. at Wheaton Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Road, as part of the county's Summer Sounds in the Parks series. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics welcome. Call 240-777-6821.

Saturday, July 21

The 16th annual Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest will begin at 7 p.m. at Rockville Town Center, intersection of North Washington and Jefferson streets, with events for runners of all competitive levels, a wheelchair race and a 1-kilometer Fun Run. Proceeds of the event, which is administered by the Rotary Club and hosted by the City of Rockville Department of Recreation and Parks, will support the Rockville Rotary Youth Recreation Fund. Call 301-309-3334.

Monday, July 23

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4200 Olney-Laytonsville Road. Sponsored by the church and the Olney Rotary Club. To make an appointment, call Bill Agresti at 301-774-4585.

Tuesday, July 24

The Women's Board of Montgomery General Hospital will sponsor its 81st Annual Picnic and Bazaar from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the old hospital grounds, Route 108 and Prince Philip Drive in Olney. Guests can enjoy traditional picnic foods, including fried chicken, corn-on-the-cob and more. The event will begin with a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting and the singing of the National Anthem. Performances by local entertainers will begin at 1 p.m. Kiddieland will offer games, prizes, a moon bounce, clowns and balloons. Antiques, collectibles, jewelry, flowers, plants, garden produce, books and homemade baked goods will be among the many items available for sale. The event will conclude with an auction. Call 301-774-7708.

Olney Community Band will present its final performance of the season at 7 p.m. at the Montgomery General Hospital Women's Board Picnic and Bazaar. Membership includes young and old, novice to expert musicians. New members welcome. Call 301-570-9176.

Upcoming

The Olney Chamber of Commerce is hearing up for the annual celebration of National Night Out scheduled for 5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 7 in Olney Village Mart. The event will feature activities, music and food.

Ongoing

Olney Theatre Center for the Arts will present Philip Barry's "Holiday," a sophisticated romantic comedy that marks the fourth production of the 2001 season, through Aug. 19. Tickets are $15 to $32. For more information on tickets and show times, call the box office at 301-924-3400 or visit the Web site at www.olneytheatre.org.

The Glenview Mansion Art Gallery at Rockville Civic Center Park will feature the contemporary printmaking of Marcia Brown, Bridget Lambert and Trish Tillman through July 31. An artist's talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 19 and a guided tour of the gallery will be offered at 10 a.m. July 20. The gallery is located at Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive. For recorded directions, call 301-309-3007. For more information, call 301-309-3354 or 301-309-3001, or visit the city's Web site at www.ci.rockville.md.us.

The works of LIeta Gerson, Norma Hartke and Estelle Zorman, entitled "Three Women in Water," will be featured through Aug. 5 at Gallery of New Masters, 1001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road in Sandy Spring. Their watercolors and acrylics feature rich palettes of color. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. No admission fee.

"Wings of Fancy," a live butterfly show, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Sept. 23 at Brookside Gardens South Conservatory, 1500 Glenallan Ave. in Wheaton. Admission is $3 for children, adults and seniors. No strollers permitted. Call 301-949-8230 or visit www.brookesidegardens.org.

Bingo is held every Tuesday at American Legion Post 86, located at 2013 Veirs Mill Road in the Twin Mart Shopping Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and early bird bingo starts at 6:45 p.m. Non-smoking environment.

St. Francis of Assisi Church holds bingo every Friday at 7:30 p.m. (early bird games begin at 7 p.m.) in the Parish Center, 6701 Muncaster Mill Road in Derwood. A $1,000 jackpot is guaranteed. Call 301-840-1407.