Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

See the ‘face’ of the homeless

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‘‘Faces of Homelessness” will be presented 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville. No registration is required. The program, run by the National Coalition for the Homeless, features a panel discussion with people who have been or currently are homeless. A member of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless will be in attendance as well to discuss local issues related to homelessness.

The library is hosting the program as part events connected with January being National Poverty in America Awareness Month, said Ann Geht, an adult and teen services librarian. The library has already screened a movie about the working poor and will hold tax seminars for retired seniors and small-business owners, Geht said. A display of books concerning poverty and homelessness will remain out through January, she added.

‘‘We wanted to highlight an aspect of our collection that doesn’t go out as much as it could,” Geht said.

Call 240-773-9460 for more information.

Q&A with lawmakers

State legislators from District 20 will hold a Town Hall meeting 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at Colesville United Methodist Church, 52 Randolph Road in Silver Spring. Sen. Jamie Raskin (D) of Takoma Park and Dels. Shelia Hixson (D) of Silver Spring, Heather Mizeur (D) of Takoma Park and Tom Hucker (D) of Silver Spring are scheduled to attend and discuss the recent special session and upcoming regular session of the Maryland General Assembly. For more information, e-mail

Local churches topray for ‘Unity’

Congregants from several churches in the Silver Spring area will gather for a special service Jan. 20 for the 100th annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The service will be held 3 p.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 14411 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville. This year’s theme is ‘‘Pray Without Ceasing.” All community members are welcome. Call 301-890-0287.

Nursery school holdsopen house

Liberty Grove Nursery School will hold an open house noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 23-24, 15225 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville. The fully accredited preschool, a nonprofit cooperative, offers morning classes for 3- and 4-year-olds from September through May. Students will be accepted as long as they turn 3 or 4 by Dec. 31, 2008. The school is based in Liberty Grove Methodist Church.

For more information, contact Jeanne Weiland, vice president of membership, at 301-879-5891 or

Prevent housingforeclosures

A free workshop designed to assist those faced with possible mortgage foreclosures will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road in Silver Spring.

The workshop, presented by the Howard University School of Law, Fair Housing Clinic, will provide an overview of the foreclosure situation in the Untied States and discuss how to prevent mortgage foreclosures. There also will be time for individual consultations. No registration is required. For more information, call 240-777-8400.

Church to discussglobal warming

Allen Chapel AME Church will continue its look at global warming with a series of discussions 7:30 p.m. Friday and Jan. 18. This week’s forum will look at how the church should respond to global warming, while next week’s will focus on individual responses. The community is invited. The church is located at 2518 Fairland Road in Silver Spring. For more information, call 301-879-9232.

Voting deadline nears

The deadline to register to vote in the 2008 Presidential Primary Election in Montgomery County is 9 p.m. Jan. 22. Eligible voters must be U.S. citizens living in Montgomery County and at least 18 years old on or before Nov. 11, 2008. Applications may be obtained by calling the county’s Voter Information Service at 240-777-VOTE (8683) until Jan. 15.

Applications also are available in county libraries, regional services centers, all Department of Health and Human Services offices, the Motor Vehicle Administration and U.S. Post Offices. Applications can also be downloaded at or⁄elections.

Prospective voters can register in person at the Board of Elections, 751 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19-20; and 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 22.

For more information, call the Voter Information Service at 240-777-VOTE, or visit or⁄elections

Election judges needed

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is looking for registered voters to work in the polls as election judges. Training is provided. Election judges receive a stipend for attending training and a pre-election meeting at their polling place, as well as working on Election Day. Bilingual election judges are also needed.

The primary election will be held Feb. 12 and the general election will be held Nov. 4.

Contact the Board of Elections at 240-777-8533 or Democrats can call 240-777-8570 or e-mail, while Republicans, Independents and voters registered for a third party can call 240-777-8576 or e-mail Applications can also be downloaded at

Health seminar offered

A free health seminar will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel’s Church, 16819 New Hampshire Ave. Dr. Richard Ruhling will speak about the dangers of adverse reactions to properly prescribed drugs. Call 301-989-HOPE (4673) to register.

At Fairland Library

A discussion of ‘‘By Permission of Heaven” by Adrian Tinniswood will be held 7 p.m. today at Fairland Library.

A class on how to best use a computer and its programs will be held 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Fairland English Language Conversation Club will meet 10 a.m. Saturday. A class on Internet basics will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Snowflakes and other winter decorations will be made as crafts projects 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

An introductory program to genealogical research will be held 2 p.m. Saturday. Rebecca Lind Whitman Koford, a local expert, will share tips on exploring family histories..

A free tax class for retirees will be offered 7 p.m. Monday. Representatives from H&R Block will be on hand to answer questions.

The Young Readers Book Club for first- through third-graders will meet 7 p.m. Jan. 16.

The Fairland Library is located at 14910 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville. To register or for more information, call 240-773-9460.

At White Oak Library

A discussion of ‘‘Fail-Safe” by Eugene Harvey and Burdick Wheeler will be held 7:30 p.m. today at White Oak Library.

The White Oak Library is located at 11701 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring. For more information, call 240-773-9555.

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