Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Make shadow puppets at library

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Daniel Barash of the Silver Spring-based Shadow Puppet Workshop will lead a class about shadow puppets starting 7 p.m. followed by an 8:15 p.m. performance Monday at the Takoma Park Maryland Library, 101 Philadelphia Ave.

After a short demonstration, Barash will show children age 5 and older how to make their own shadow puppets.

‘‘The idea is for them to create their own puppet show,” children’s librarian Karen MacPherson said.

MacPherson said there is room for 20 participants in the class, but that anyone can attend the performance, which will focus on Aesop’s fables and include puppets made in the earlier demonstration.

The class and performance are both free. To register, call 301-891-7259.

Election judges needed

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is looking for registered voters to work at 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 electionjudge@montgomerycountymd.gov. Democrats can call 240-777-8570 or e-mail democrats@montgomerycountymd.gov, while Republicans, Independents and voters registered for a third party can call 240-777-8576 or e-mail republicans@montgomerycountymd.gov. Applications can also be downloaded at www.777vote.org.

Lawmakers to discuss Annapolis sessions

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. Sheila 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 RSVP@heathermizeur.com.

At the Takoma, D.C., library

Art sought for Takoma Park site near trail

The City of Takoma Park is requesting proposals for public art near the Metropolitan Branch Trail on a site adjacent to Montgomery College.

The selected artwork will be located on a green area near an off-road section of the trail. It is an irregular shape of roughly 1,400 square feet. The city’s department of Housing and Community Development is seeking art that is safe, unique and inviting to trail-users and residents. Deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. March 13. For more information, visit www.takomaparkmd.gov⁄documents⁄mbtartrfp07.pdf, or contact David Suls at 301-891-7219 or davids@takomagov.org.

Einstein booster clubsupports scholarship fund

The Albert Einstein High School Booster Club will donate half of its concession stand revenue to the Herring Scholarship Fund during the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball games against John F. Kennedy High School Jan. 18 at Einstein, 11135 Newport Mill Road, Kensington.

The Kennedy High School All-Sports Booster Club created the scholarship fund this year in memory of Justin and Jeremy Herring, Kennedy graduates who were killed in their Silver Spring home in July 2007.

The girls’ game will start 5:15 p.m. and the boys’ game will start 7 p.m. The Einstein Booster Club also will donate its share of proceeds from raffle drawings that evening.

The Kennedy booster club will award two scholarships at the end of the year to a male and female athlete that demonstrates outstanding school spirit and sportsmanship.

For more information, call Susan DeFord at 301-649-3093 or 240-381-9225, or Jill Sullivan at 301-438-2256.

Parenting discussion group

Takoma Attachment Parenting, a discussion group for families that practice nonviolent parenting and provide respect for all family members, will meet 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the Azalea Room of the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. Children are welcome.

Program to teachhow stars are born

The Montgomery College Planetarium will host a program exploring how gases and gravity form stars 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the planetarium, located on campus, 7600 Takoma Ave. The presentation, to be shown on the planetarium’s sky projector, will be understandable by children and adults of all educational levels. Questions are encouraged and admission is free. Call 301-650-1300.

Mental health hotlinevolunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the Mental Health Association’s Montgomery County Hotline, a 24-hour telephone service providing supportive listening, suicide prevention and crisis intervention.

Volunteers commit to a minimum of four hours per week for at least one year after training. Counselors help callers who are struggling with personal relationships, family stress, depression or other mental illnesses. Information and referrals are also provided. Applications are due Jan. 15 for the next training session, which will take place during daytime business hours. E-mail smanis@mhamc.org or call 301-424-0656, ext. 116 for an application.

Tax-Aide programneeds schedulers

Volunteer schedulers are needed to make appointments for residents who use the Tax-Aide program. Each year, volunteers from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program work with the AARP and the IRC provide free tax counseling to seniors and low- to moderate-income county residents who file uncomplicated returns.

Beginning Jan. 28, scheduling volunteers will work at Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, to answer phones and make appointments for Tax-Aide sites throughout the county. Volunteers are needed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. A training session will be held 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 24.

For more information about volunteering or to register for the training, contact Kathleen Meaney Stobie at 240-777-2610 or Kathleen.stobie@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Send Silver Spring news to Agnes Jasinski and Takoma Park news to Mike Meno at The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707. The fax line is 240-473-7501. Items can be e-mailed to ajasinski@gazette.net or mmeno@gazette.net.