Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Damascus student’s work on display

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‘‘Where You Live,” a juried exhibition of artwork by Montgomery County high school students, will open Jan. 16 at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9605 Medical Center Drive, Building 3 Atrium, in Rockville.

Student artwork on display includes that of Jaclyn Leo of Damascus High School, who won first place.

The show will open with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Winning writers will be announced that night, and the three winning authors will read excerpts from their works.

The exhibit is coordinated by Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery College and VisArts at Rockville.

Empty Bowls suppercoming to Damascus

Susan Causey of Damascus, an amateur potter, is arranging an Empty Bowls supper to benefit Damascus Help, which is the primary group in the community that provides food to those in need.

The supper will be held March 9 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Damascus Community Recreation Center. Individuals are needed to make ceramic bowls, collect and store the bowls, and then transport them to the event.

The Empty Bowl supper project was started in the 1990s by a ceramics teacher who wanted to devise a way for her students to serve the community.

So, the students made lots of soup bowls and rounded up donations of soup and bread. The participants selected a bowl and gave a donation for the simple soup supper, then took the bowl as a reminder of world hunger.

All the proceeds went to support hunger relief. The concept has taken off and is now used in countless places across the country, and has raised millions for hunger relief.

Soup makers, food handlers and other volunteers are also needed for the Damascus event. To participate, call Causey at 301-253-9082 or e-mail her at

For more information on Empty Bowl suppers, visit

Register for spring sports

Time to register for Clarksburg Baseball Inc. and Clarksburg Girls Fast Pitch Softball.

Spring Recreational Baseball is for boys and girls ages 4-12. Clarksburg Softball registrations is for girls ages 10-14.

Registrations for both sports will be held Saturday and Feb. 2 and 16 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Clarksburg Recreational Center, 22501 Wims Road. Registration can also be completed online at

For more information, call Neil Pfeiffer at 301-370-6776 or e-mail

Sing your little hearts out

Fans of ‘‘High School Musical” and other aspiring young vocalists in the greater Gaithersburg area are invited to join the Kentlands Community Children’s Chorus in its second season this spring.

Practice will be held 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday from mid-January through May at the Kentlands Clubhouse, located at 485 Tschiffely Square Road in Gaithersburg. The first practice will be held Monday.

Children 4-18 are welcome. No auditions required.

Polly Edmonds of Damascus, a professional singer and graduate of the University of Maryland School of Music, will lead the chorus, said Bridget Ryder, director of the Kentlands Community Foundation. Mark Pfannschmidt of Gaithersburg will accompany on piano.

The spring chorus will learn Broadway tunes and folk songs to be performed at a formal concert in May, she said. Other performances are also possible. Last fall, the chorus’ then-33 members also performed at Asbury Methodist Village and Whole Foods Market in Gaithersburg.

Registration is $60 per member for the 12-week choral season. Sign up on the Kentlands Community Foundation Web site at or call 301-948-2071 with questions.

Time to exercise

The Damascus Senior Center will begin a series of Qi-gong classes next week.

Qi-gong is a 2,000-year-old series of bodily movement and breathing that calms the spirit and mind. It also strengthens the immune system, reduces stress, and improves balance. The first class will be held Jan. 14 at 10 a.m.

Classes will be taught by Elizabeth Shanahan, a nationally certified Qi-gong instructor.

The cost of the first class is $5. The cost of the eight-week session is $30.

Payment is due at registration. Call the Damascus Senior Center at 240-777-6995 for more information.

A hole-in-one fora worthy cause

The Town of Laytonsville donated more than $5,000 from its annual fall picnic to the Salute to Military Golf Association.

The association, based in Germantown, provides golf rehabilitation therapy to veterans wounded in combat.

Jim Estes, director of instruction at Olney Golf Park, started the nonprofit for soldiers undergoing rehabilitative medical treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The organization aims to provide recreational therapy especially for soldiers injured in combat in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to its Web site,, the association has provided more than 40 soldiers with properly fitted golf clubs since 2004, offered free lessons and range balls to more than 300 combat-wounded soldiers and provided injured soldiers with tailor-made development programs, including golf clinics, personal lessons and specialized. equipment.

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