Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Wheaton in the Winter kicks off

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Wheaton in the Winter arts performances and crafts will be held 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each second Sunday though April. The events are free and take place in the Mid-County Regional Services Center, 2424 Reedie Drive.

‘‘There are not a lot of things that families can do during the winter time because they feel stuck inside,” said Elizabeth Gallauresi, who has helped organize the events with the Wheaton Arts and Entertainment District Taskforce. ‘‘These are really great programs because not only is it a performance, but it’s an art project. It allows the kids and families to be creative together.”

The programs are appropriate for preschool and elementary school children and their parents or guardians, Gallauresi said.

The first event, ‘‘Leap into Leap Year,” will be held Sunday and will include a giant tree frog and musician Wendy Whitten. Children will enjoy hot chocolate and an art project after the performance.

The second event, ‘‘Chinese Sticky Rice and the Chinese New Year,” will take place Feb. 10 and will include storyteller Linda Fang. Fang will share a series of tales from ancient China and food to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

The third event, ‘‘In Like a Lion,” will be held March 9 and will include Luis Garay’s Percussion World. Garay will teach children how to use various instruments including bongos, shakers and balafons, percussion instruments from Western Africa.

The final event, ‘‘It’s a Small World After All,” will be held April 13 and will incorporate the bridging of cultures and Earth Day. Nada Brahma will perform for the children and show them the role music plays in different cultures.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the end of each program.

Gallauresi said the programs meant to attract people to stores and restaurants in the downtown. For more information, call the Wheaton Urban District at 240-777-8100.

Book discussionat Wheaton Library

The adult book discussion group will talk about ‘‘To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. Books are available at the information desk and no registration is required. For more information, call 240-777-0678 or 301-929-5524 (TTY).

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.

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 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

Library events for children

Toddler Time, including stories and tips for preparing youngsters to be good readers, will be held 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Jan. 22 at Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. Registration is not required.

Cuddleups also will be held 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Jan. 25 at the library. Cuddleups helps parents and babies learn early reading tips and includes activities for infants. Registration is required a week in advance.

Preschool storytime will be held 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 p.m. Jan. 30 for preschool children at the library. Children will hear stories, sing songs, learn rhymes and also will learn tips on how to become a good reader. Registration is not required.

For more information on any of the events, call 240-777-0678 or 301-929-5524 (TTY).

Get help to quit smoking

A smoking cessation class will be held 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. The six-week class is sponsored by the African-American Health Program. Material, such as nicotine replacement patches and gum, will be provided. Registration is not required. For more information, call 240-777-0678 or 301-929-5524 (TTY).

Nursing homeadvocates sought

Anyone interested in helping to enhance the quality of life in nursing homes is invited to volunteer as a long-term care advocate with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Disability Services.

Volunteers will act as ombudsmen to help promote quality of life and solve problems for residents in nursing home facilities. A training session will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 through Feb. 1 at the Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. Volunteers will learn about the aging process, nursing home systems, applicable laws and advocacy skills. Class size is limited and registration is required. For more information, call Eileen Bennett at 240-777-1067.

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