Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Get prepared for next week’s primary election

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The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center is providing guides and assistance this week for voters who will cast ballots in next week’s primary election.

The center has an electronic voting unit — the Maryland touch-screen system for this year — on hand for demonstration purposes. Voters confused by electronic units in past elections can stop by for assistance using the machine.

Voters can also peruse a League of Women Voters Primary Voters’ Guide at the center. The guide has presidential candidates’ statements on fossil fuel use, Iraq and the Middle East, health care coverage, campaign spending limits and immigration.

The center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. It is located at 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.

Arts and culturegrants available

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County is offering $1,000 to $30,000 grants to small and mid-sized arts and humanities organizations. The grants will benefit community programs, management enhancement, equipment and space improvements. Eligible organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) arts- or humanities-focused nonprofits with at least 12 months in Montgomery County.

Applications must be delivered by 6 p.m. March 11 to the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County’s office, 801 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

The council is offering free workshops on applying for the grants at 7 tonight at the Casey Community Center, 810 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, and 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at the council’s office on Ellsworth Drive.

Visit or contact Fran Abrams at 301-565-3805, ext. 22, for information.