City voter registration deadline Monday
Oct. 1, 2003

The voter registration deadline for Takoma Park's Nov. 4 municipal election is Monday.

Voter registration for U.S. citizens is supervised by the Montgomery County Board of Elections, while registration for non-U.S. citizens is managed by the city clerk's office at the Municipal Building, 7500 Maple Ave.

Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Monday to qualify a voter for the November election. Registration forms for noncitizens are available at the Municipal Building. County forms are available at public libraries and schools, Motor Vehicle Administration offices and the Silver Spring Regional Services Center at 8435 Georgia Ave. Registration applications also are available from the Board of Elections at 751 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville.

Information about voter registration in Montgomery County is available either on the Board of Elections' Web site at, or by calling 240-777-VOTE (8683).

Non-U.S. citizens can call the Municipal Building at 301-891-7100.

County housing fair Saturday with free shuttle service

The Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs, in conjunction with the City of Takoma Park, will hold its annual housing fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg.

The free fair will include more than 50 exhibitors on housing-related topics, including mortgage lenders, consumer credit counselors and specialists on senior and disabled housing. Translators will be available for non-English-speaking attendees. In addition, English and Spanish workshops will be conducted on credit, home buying and housing assistance.

Entertainment also will be available for children and families.

Free shuttle bus service will be provided from the Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, and from the Silver Spring and Wheaton Metro stations. Shuttle bus service begins at 10 a.m.

For more information, call the Takoma Park Housing and Community Development office at 301-891-7119, or visit

Becca's Run 5K Saturday

The annual Becca's Run, a 5K run or 2-mile walk, will be held 8:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernadette's School, 80 University Blvd. E., Silver Spring.

Registration forms are available by contacting the race hotline at 301-593-5457. Participants also can register between 7 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. on the day of the race. The registration fee is $25.

Becca's Run is held in memory of Rebecca Lilly of Takoma Park, who died from brain cancer. Proceeds from this year's race will benefit Becca's Fund Inc., which will distribute funds to many children's cancer organizations.

For more information, visit


women's studies program

Author and educator Kelly Brown Douglas, one of the first black women to become an Episcopal priest, will give a presentation 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Montgomery College's Takoma Park campus, 7600 Takoma Ave.

Douglas will discuss the role of black churches as justice-seeking institutions. She will sign copies of her latest book, "Sexuality and the Black Church, A Womanist Perspective," following the presentation.

The event, sponsored by M-Takoma's women's studies program, is free. For more information, call Esther Schwartz-McKinzie at 301-650-1367.

Public hearing on Pepco power outages

Montgomery County Councilmen Thomas E. Perez (D-Dist. 5) of Takoma Park and Howard R. Denis (R-Dist. 1) of Chevy Chase will hold a public hearing on Pepco power outages 7 p.m. today at the Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell St.

For more information, call Perez's office at 240-777-7966 or Denis' office at 240-777-7964.

Augustinian lectures at WTU

The Washington Theological Union will hold the second of a free four-part lecture series about St. Augustine of Hippo 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Room 213 of the Union, 6896 Laurel St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Sunday's lecture, presented by John P. Kenney, dean of St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vt., is titled, "The Mysticism of St. Augustine" and will be followed by a reception in Founders' Hall.

For more information about the Augustinian Lecture Series, contact Francis Caponi at 202-635-5291, or visit

M-Takoma to present

Arts Alive!

Antonio Sacre will perform "Faster Than Sooner...Tales of an Immigrant's Son" as the first offering in the third annual Arts Alive! series at the Montgomery College ­ Takoma Park campus' Black Box Theatre, located at the corner of Philadelphia and Chicago avenues.

Sacre will perform two shows 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 11. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for Montgomery College students and faculty.

For more information, call 301-588-4475.

'Preparing for College'


The Takoma Park Maryland Library will present the first of three "Preparing for College" programs for college-bound students and their parents 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the library, 101 Philadelphia Ave.

"Going to College ­ An Overview," with education consultant Laurie Potts-Dupre, will help families determine which colleges best suit their students' academic, financial and personal needs. Potts-Dupre will provide an overview of the admissions process and what steps students should take to apply to college.

The seminars, made possible in part by the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library, are free. To register or get more information, call the library at 301-891-7259.

Tutors, mentors needed

for middle-school girls

Community Bridges is seeking caring and dedicated volunteers to tutor and mentor local eighth-grade girls for "Jump Start Girls! ¡Adelante Niñas!" a youth development and empowerment program.

Tutors are needed for the middle school academic program 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and/or Wednesdays. Sessions are held Mondays at Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Ave., and Wednesdays at Eastern Middle School, 300 University Blvd. E.

For more information, call Chrissy Keen at 301-585-7155 or e-mail her at

Blair grad on Broadway

Tyrone Giordano, a 1994 Montgomery Blair graduate, is receiving acclaim for his role as Huck in the Broadway musical, "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

According to a news release from Blair's magnet program office, Giordano, who was born mostly deaf and gradually lost his hearing, uses American sign language while a hearing actor speaks and sings for him. While at Blair he participated in the magnet program and after graduation, he attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

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