Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

A hole-in-one for a worthy cause

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The Town of Laytonsville donated more than $5,000 in proceeds 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 prolonged medical treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The organization now aims to help 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 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.

New year, new digs

The Gazette’s Montgomery County newsroom is now in a new home at what used to be known as the Comprint building at 9030 Comprint Court, just off Shady Grove Road. Our phone numbers will remain the same.

Come hungry, help a cause

Support Special Olympics MD with every bowl of chili or other goodies you eat from 11 a.m. to close on Saturday at Hard Times Café- Germantown, 13032 Middlebrook Road.

The restaurant will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to Special Olympics MD.

Patrons must give their server a flyer, which will be available at the restaurant. Or for more details or a copy of the flyer. For more information, call Barbara Waldecker at 301-528-5052.

Movie nights

The town of Poolesville will be hosting two more free films in the upcoming months in response to the popularity of its new summer movie series.

Catch a free showing of ‘‘Wild Hogs” Saturday and ‘‘The Bourne Ultimatum” Feb. 9, both rated PG-13, at the Poolesville High School auditorium, located at 17501 W. Willard Road. Light refreshments will be available at 6 p.m., and the movies will begin at 7 p.m.

There will be a baked good sale benefiting the Poolesville Relay for Life, and canned food donations will be accepted on behalf of Western Upper Montgomery County Help.

For more information, contact Cathy Bupp at 240-793-5410.

Self portraits

Artwork by eighth grade students at Roberto Clemente Middle School is on display in the Teen Mezzanine at the Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd.

The self-portraits will be on display through Friday, said Lisa Nachman, young adult librarian.

Nachman said she plans to have other students display their artwork in the mezzanine area.

For more information, call Nachman at 240-777-0120.


Marisa Lu, 10, of Boyds, received an Honorable Mention in the October 2007 Cricket League art competition. Each entrant was asked to create a mask. Her name appears in the January 2008 edition of Cricket magazine.

A drummin’ dance

Soul In Motion African Dancers and Drummers, directed by Germantown resident, Michael Friend, will teach African Dance classes on Jan. 24 and Feb. 3 at BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown.

The classes will run 90 minutes starting at 7:30 p.m. both nights with live African Drumming accompaniment. Cost is $42 per class.

Tondalayo Royster will instruct the class. Students will be taught movements from several different West African dances including Lamban, Mengheni and KouKou.

Participants will learn steps from choreography performed professionally by Soul In Motion.

All ages and levels of dance experience are welcome.

For more information visit or call BlackRock to register at 301-528-2260.

You be the judge

Montgomery County’s Board of Elections is seeking individuals to serve as election judges at polling places on primary election day, Feb. 12.

In accordance with the Election Code, judges must be registered to vote in the State of Maryland. They must also be able to speak, read and write English, and while acting as a judge must not hold, or be a candidate for, public or party office.

In addition, election judges bilingual in Spanish and election judge alternates are needed. Training will be provided and all judges will be compensated for Election Day.

For more information, call the Board of Elections at 240-777-8533 or e-mail

Database update

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Montgomery County is working to expand the resources and services it can provide families in crisis.

Volunteers are needed at 3 p.m. Sunday to help the group transfer information from resource directories into Microsoft Excel.

Residents are also welcomed to learn more about the group’s support network at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at its office,10730 Connecticut Ave., Kensington.

The Support Network Orientation is for those who are willing to speak with families in crisis and pass on their personal stories and experiences.

To register, call 301-949-5852.

Submissions for People and Places must be received by 10 a.m. Thursday. Send submissions to Melissa A. Chadwick via e-mail at, fax at 301-670-7183 or mail to The Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.