Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Dist. 4 Democrats to debate tonight

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A debate featuring Democratic candidates for the Montgomery County Council’s open District 4 seat will be held 7:30 p.m. today at White Oak Middle School, 12201 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. The event is being sponsored by the Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club.

A primary election for the seat will be held April 15. District 4 had been represented by Marilyn J. Praisner, who died Feb. 1 after complications from heart surgery.

The district includes Burtonsville, Silver Spring, Cloverly, Colesville, Wheaton, Olney and Sandy Spring.

Cannon Road ES cancels flea market, fun fair

A Cannon Road Elementary School PTA-sponsored flea market and fun fair scheduled for April 19 has been canceled. For more information, call 301-989-5662 or e-mail

Enjoy an afternoonof music

The Sears Trio with special guest Marshall Keyes and other musicians will perform 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 3 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, 10309 New Hampshire Ave. Cost $20 or $15 in advance for adults; children age 12 and younger pay $10. For tickets and information, contact Sheryl Sears at 301-649-7464 or

Science and magic makea sensational show

‘‘Sensational Science Show” performed by children’s entertainer Mike Offutt will be held 2 p.m. Saturday in the gym at Woodside Methodist Church, 8900 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. The show is part of the Kaleidoscope Family Performance series by the Silver Spring-based Class Acts Arts.

Offutt, a science teacher and past recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching from the National Science Foundation, will perform unusual demonstrations of oddities and seemingly magical tricks — such as the exploding rocket skateboard and electric pickle — with explanations of the scientific principles that make these feats possible.

Cost $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For tickets, call 301-588-4475 or visit

Talent hunt slatedfor community center

A talent hunt competition for high school students, sponsored by the Mu Nu chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at the East County Community Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring.

Competition categories include instrumental music, classical or popular⁄contemporary; vocal music, classical or popular⁄contemporary; dramatics; dance, either ballet, creative, modern or tap; and visual arts, paintings or sculptures.

Contestants must be high school students in a Montgomery County school. Performances are limited to five minutes. Winners will earn cash prizes.

For information, contact Dante Mayo at 301-537-7632 or e-mail Online registration is available at⁄TalentHunt.

On campus

Silver Spring residents Kelly Stegman, Cara Costello, Brendan James Flynn and Allyson L. Sasser were named to the fall 2007 semester dean’s list at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Students must earn a 3.5 grade-point average or above with 15 credits to earn dean’s list honors.

Michelle Smith of Silver Spring was recently admitted to Alpha Kappa Delta’s sociology honorary chapter at Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss.

Quilter earns honors

Marina Baudoin of Silver Spring has been named a semifinalist for the annual American Quilter’s Society Show and Contest April 23-26 in Paducah, Ky. Her quilt, ‘‘Mothers and Children,” will compete with about 400 others for prize money, according to a news release from AQS.

At White Oak Library

A Chinese⁄English bilingual storytime will be held 10 a.m. April 12 at the White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Call 240-773-9555.

At Fairland Library

A reading of poetry and prose by the members of the Fairland Library Literary Salon will be held 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 240-773-9460.

A free computer class on how to use Microsoft Excel will be held 7 p.m. Monday at the library.

The Fairland Chess Players will meet 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Members are ages 8 and older.

Get your mulch

The annual mulch sale sponsored by the Springbrook High School Athletic Booster Club will be held rain or shine 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at White Oak Middle School, 12201 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring. Mulch should be pre-ordered on Bags are $4 each. Home delivery within the Northeast Consortium is available on orders of 10 or more bags at a cost of $4.25 per bag. All proceeds benefit Springbrook athletic programs. For more information, call the school’s athletic department at 301-989-6070.

James Hubert Blake High School will hold its mulch sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The sale is sponsored by the Blake Booster Club and benefits school activities. Three-cubic-foot bags of shredded hardwood mulch cost $4. To order, contact Ken Salins at 301-384-7616 or

Forum on White OakCommunity Center

A forum on the proposed White Oak Community Center will be held 7 p.m. April 10 at the East County Community Recreation Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring. Call301-572-7004.

Author of photo bookto speak

Shannon Thomas Perich, author of ‘‘The Kennedys, Portrait of a Family,” a collection of the late Richard Avedon’s photographs of John F. Kennedy and his young family, will speak at Sandy Spring Friends School 7:15 p.m. Monday in the school’s performing arts center at 16923 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring.

A reception and book signing will follow. The events are free and open to the public.

Perich is an associate curator in the photographic history collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Her book is based on more than 75 selections from the collection of his photos that Avedon donated to the Smithsonian, according to a news release from the school.

Perich, who holds a master’s degree in museum studies from George Washington University and a bachelor’s of fine arts in photography from the University of Arizona, is the parent of a first-grader at Sandy Spring Friends School.

Call 301-774-7455 or visit

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