Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Day of service honoring King is almost here

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The county’s annual day of community service dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is fast approaching.

Sponsored by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the Office of Community Partnerships, the service day will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Jan. 21, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center 5701 Marinelli Road.

Students and families can show up at the event and work on service projects for nonprofits around the county.

For more information contact the county volunteer center at 240-777-2600 or volunteer@montgomerycountymd.gov.

The celebration honoring Dr. King continues at 4 p.m., at the Music Center at Strathmore where the Morgan State University Mass Choir will perform.

The concert is free and tickets can be reserved by visiting www.strathmore.org.

Maryland State Boychoirto hold auditions

The Maryland State Boychoir is now accepting applications for auditions. Auditions will be held Jan. 19 Feb. 9. All boys, ages 7-17, who love to sing are encouraged to apply. To schedule an audition or for more information, call 410-668-2003.

Previous training or experience is not required. Members of the Boychoir receive outstanding training in voice, as well as musical theory. Additionally, the choir offers boys the chance to sing great music, tour domestically as well as internationally, and to make new friends in a fun and challenging environment.

Now in its 21st concert season, The Maryland State Boychoir serves the State of Maryland as ‘‘Official Goodwill Ambassadors.” The Boychoir performs more than 60 times each year throughout Maryland and surrounding states, and on national and international tours that have taken them to 30 different states in the U.S., Ireland, Wales, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Canada.

Kensington Libraryevents coming up

The Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., will host a blood pressure clinic at 1:30 p.m., Jan. 17, for senior citizens.

Arden Courts Assisted Living of Kensington sponsors the monthly blood test where a registered nurse reads and records blood pressure at no cost.

Also later this month, Hazel Cushing will lead a discussion on ‘‘A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini at 11 a.m., Jan. 22.

The Afghan-American novelist Hosseini also wrote ‘‘The Kite Runner,” which was adapted for the silver screen as a motion picture now in theaters.

The story of ‘‘A Thousand Splendid Suns,” follows the lives of two women in Afghanistan who live through the turmoil and chaos that ensued following the fall of the Taliban and anti-Soviet Union battles.

For more information on these events, contact the library at 240-773-9515.

Neighborhood watchtraining

The Kensington Neighborhood Watch will continue training residents how to be alert and effective for the neighborhood watch at 7 p.m., Thursday.

The last of three training sessions will be held at Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell St., featuring presentations from the Montgomery County Police.

Concerned about the spike in thefts from vehicles since October, many residents attended the earlier training sessions.

Max Graybill, a retired law enforcement officer, has been spearheading the neighborhood watch and previously said residents are encouraged to join the group whenever they can.

More information on the neighborhood is available by e-mailing Graybill at maxwell_graybill@verizon.net.

Kensington NurserySchool turns 50

The Kensington Nursery School, 3202 Decatur Ave., will celebrate 50 years of education this month.

School officials are celebrating at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 26, at the Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell St., with a silent auction, entertainment, gaming tables, guest speakers and food and refreshments.

Tickets for the event are $20 per person and more information is available by calling the school at 301-933-0041.

Can you tutor English?

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County needs volunteers to tutor English students.

The council, founded in 1963, is a private, nonprofit dedicated to helping county residents learn to speak, read, write and understand English. There are more than 200 people on a waiting list for a tutor.

Volunteers tutor one-on-one or small groups of students who live or work in the county, and the council provides the necessary training.

Tutors meet for one hour, twice a week for six months at the time and place of their choosing. For more information, call 301-610-0030 or e-mail asoka@literacycouncilmcmd.org