Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Bethesda girl raises funds for babies

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In 1995, Bethesda resident Maggie Strader was born three months early, weighing only 1 pound, 3 ounces. It took her more than four months to grow strong enough to come home from the hospital.

Now at age 12, Maggie, a student at The Barrie School in Silver Spring, is helping to make sure other babies are born healthy by walking for the fourth year in a row with March of Dimes’ Walk for Babies. Maggie has raised $8,325 over the past four years she has participated in the walk, formerly called WalkAmerica. For the past two years, she was named the number one youth walker in the Washington area, meaning she raised the most money.

‘‘I think it’s important to help all babies,” Maggie wrote on her March of Dimes fundraising Web page, www.marchforbabies.org⁄personal_page.asp?w=41005162&u=deweystrader. ‘‘We need to learn how to stop babies from being born early and how to help moms who get sick here in the United States. And we also need to help moms and babies in other countries by giving them medicine and by sharing things they may not know about caring for small babies and sick moms.”

This year, Maggie hopes to raise enough to bring her total contributions to $10,000. She will walk with her dog, Sam, on April 27 starting at the grounds of the Washington Monument in downtown Washington.

Bethesda kid shines lighton Invisible Children

Bethesda fifth-grader Noah Katz seems like a typical kid, but in his spare time, he is undertaking an extraordinary goal of helping children in Africa.

Partnering with Sun Night Solar, a Houston, Texas business, Noah is organizing a bulk purchase of BoGo Lights, high-tech solar rechargeable L.E.D. flashlights.

BoGo means ‘‘buy one, give one” and for every flashlight purchased in the United States, Sun Night Solar organizes the delivery of a matching flashlight to a relief organization in the developing world. Noah plans to designate his ‘‘give one” lights to Invisible Children, an organization that helps children victimized by war in Uganda.

‘‘Last summer I attended Camp Sea Gull in Arapahoe, North Carolina. Every camper had to bring a flash light, and I brought the BOGO Light, which was the best and brightest flashlight in my cabin,” he wrote on his Web site, www.sharonfinegallery.com⁄bogo.htm. ‘‘Plus, by buying the BOGO Light, I was able to help a kid whose life was messed up by war in Uganda.”

Inspired by his personal experience at camp, Noah decided to integrate the BoGo Light into his community service project at Beth El Religious School in Bethesda. With a little help from his father, Noah created a brochure, a Web page under his mother’s art gallery web site, and a comic strip that tell the story of the BoGo Light. Noah is amassing a bulk order this spring from fellow Bethesda residents, which will save everyone $6.95 on shipping.

Noah will accept orders until early May, and will deliver the lights later in May, in plenty of time for sleep-away camp, Father’s Day and the summer thunderstorm season. Information is available at http:⁄⁄www.sharonfinegallery.com⁄bogo.htm.

American Idol to appearat White Flint

Former American Idol contestant Ace Young, known to many fans of season five as the dreamy Idol, will be at the Borders Books location at White Flint Mall at 2 p.m. Saturday to sign copies of the book, ‘‘Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul: Stories from the Idols and their Fans that Open Your Heart and Make Your Soul Sing.”

The book is a collection of inspirational stories by Idols and their fans about overcoming obstacles and living your dreams and includes a foreword by Idol judge Paula Abdul.

White Flint is located at 11301 Rockville Pike.

Springfield meetingto discuss traffic calming

The Springfield neighborhood between River Road and Massachusetts Avenue, will hold a community meeting on traffic calming at 8:30 p.m. at Woodacres Elementary School, 5800 Cromwell Drive, Bethesda. For more information e-mail Andy Russo at arusso321@verizon.net or visit www.springfieldweb.org⁄association⁄cahome.cfm.

‘American Builder’comes to Bethesda

Brian Gurry, host of ‘‘American Builder” a show on Comcast’s CN8 channel, will be in Bethesda this week as the show counts down viewers’ top five favorite episodes.

Gurry will be at Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, when there will be a screening of ‘‘American Builder” at 6 p.m., a live musical performance by Honor By August and prizes, happy hour specials and giveaways. Ten percent of the proceeds from the event will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle is located at 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda.

A spring strollthrough Kenwood

The Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club is sponsoring a seasonal, self-guided Kenwood Cherry Blossom Walk in Bethesda starting Saturday and lasting through April 30. The 10-kilometer walk, with two five-kilometer options, follows the Capital Crescent Trail, through the Kenwood neighborhood and some downtown streets in Bethesda. The terrain is suitable for strollers, but not for wheelchairs.

Pick up a map of the route at Starbucks in The Shops at Sumner Place, 4611-E Sangamore Road, Bethesda.

The club was formed in Gaithersburg in 1987 by a few county residents who wanted to stay fit through walking.

For more information, call Jim Hathaway at 301-229-1356 or e-mail hathawayjd@aol.com.

Take pride in the canal

Volunteers are needed to take part in Canal Pride Days, a community-wide effort to take on more than 100 revitalization and stewardship projects within the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Both individuals and organizations are needed to lend a hand on Saturdays from April 19 through May 10. Scout troops, religious groups, schools and businesses are encouraged to get involved. Painting lockhouses, constructing trails, fixing visitor signs and attending to vegetation overgrowth are just a few of the projects volunteers will tackle during Canal Pride Days. Volunteers can take part for an afternoon or several Saturdays. The event is organized by the C&O Canal Historical Park in conjunction with the C&O Canal Trust, a nonprofit group that partners with the National Park Service focused on protecting and revitalizing the park. To fill out an application to participate, visit the www. Canaltrust.org. For more information, call 301-714-2233.