Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Singer is hoping for her big break

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Krista Flickinger, 19, of Germantown says she is hoping that the exposure she’s getting from an online contest gives her the experience she needs to make it big.

Flickinger, a 2006 graduate of James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, entered the Web contest ‘‘Big Shot Live.” Her dad, Mark, told her about the contest and they entered a video of her performing her song ‘‘Note to Self.”

‘‘We put it on the Web site and told everyone we knew about it to vote,” she said last week. Flickinger, who plays the piano and is learning guitar, won during week four.

She was flown out to Hollywood and met with Grammy-nominated songwriter Mark Wilkerson, who co-wrote ‘‘It’s Not Over” for the band Daughtry. She played two songs for him, including her song ‘‘True Love.”

‘‘He said that he liked them and he was wondering if I could work with him and a member of his band,” said Flickinger, a sophomore major in music education for voice at Towson University. ‘‘They helped me improve it a bit...make it more intense.”

Now she’s vying for the chance to go back to Hollywood in the ‘‘Call-backs” section of the Web site, Judges pick one person of the top five vote-getters in the call-back section to return to Los Angeles and meet with an industry professional. The contest ends in a few weeks.

‘‘It’s definitely helping me get some exposure. Hopefully if this doesn’t work out something else will,” she said.

Help clean up thePotomac watershed

Do your share to rehabilitate Germantown’s watershed by helping out with the 20th annual Potomac River Watershed Clean-up 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. The event is being organized by the Seneca Creek Watershed Partnership and sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation.

The clean-up sites are Seneca Creek State Park- River Road, Seneca Creek State Park- Clopper Lake headwater, Clopper’s Mill West, Gunners Branch Local Park, Whetstone Run and Upper Magruder Branch Park.

Volunteers should wear weather-appropriate clothes that can get dirty and expect moderate to difficult work. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

To volunteer, contact Adam Griggs at Also contact Tom Vegella at for River Road and Stephen Hughes at for Clopper’s Mill West. For more information, visit⁄trash_initiative⁄trash_cleanup.html.

Library poster contest

Get out those markers and crayons, the Poolesville Library’s Advisory Committee is sponsoring its annual poster contest.

The contest is open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade and homeschoolers are invited to participate. The theme is ‘‘My Favorite Book.” Fliers with contest rules were sent home with local students and can be picked up at the library, 19633 Fisher Ave.

Posters are due by 5 p.m. April 26. Prize winners in each grade will receive gift cards during a ceremony on May 22.

For rules and information, call the library at 301-773-9550.

Bingo at Boys & Girls Club

The Keystone Club & the Parent Advisory Committee of the Germantown Boys & Girls Club are sponsoring a Dinner and Bingo Night on April 10.

The proceeds will benefit the club.

Dinner, sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7:45 p.m.

Tickets, which include dinner, beverages, a Bingo card and a raffle ticket, are $18 for adults in advance and $7 for children 12 and younger. Tickets at the door are $22 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger.

For more information call 301-353-9600. The club is located at 19910 S. Frederick Road, Germantown.

Holistic seminarto benefit relay

Kym Martin, a 25-year breast cancer survivor, will discuss ‘‘Holistic Nutrition & Your Health” on April 14 as a fundraiser for next month’s Damascus Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

In the free presentation, Martin, a holistic nutrition consultant and certified fitness trainer, will share strategies to improve health and minimize risk for disease.

The presentation is 7-8:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 13700 Schaeffer Road, Germantown.

For more information and to register, contact Martin at 301-704-7812 or

Women’s car care clinics

April is National Car Care Month and Precision Auto in Germantown is offering free car care clinics for women.

Participants will learn what to do when the ‘check engine light’ comes on, how to check basic car functions and what to do when your car won’t start. There will be a question and answer session.

The sessions are 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 6-9 p.m. April 10 and 9 a.m. to noon April 19.

Participants must be at least 16. To register, call 301-428-3447. Precision Auto is at 12811 Middlebrook Road, Germantown.

Oktoberfest charity sought

Though spring only just started, the 26th Germantown Oktoberfest, a family-oriented festival held every autumn, is looking for this year’s charity beneficiary.

The non-profit will receive a portion of the proceeds from the event and will also help to organize and staff a fund-raising activity on the day of the festival. A member of the nonprofit will participate as a committee member. Traditionally, the non-profit has staffed the ‘‘Build Your Own Scarecrow” activity which is one of the most popular activities. All fees charged for the selected activity will go to the non-profit.

Applications are due by April 11. They are available at Volunteers from the non-profit are expected to attend monthly planning meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown. For more information, e-mail or call 240-777-8003.

This year’s Oktoberfest will be 11 a.m. to dark on Oct. 4 at Ridge Road Recreational Park, 21155 Frederick Road, Germantown.

Darnestown Spring Social

The Darnestown Civic Association will hold its Annual Spring Social for Darnestown residents from 6-9 p.m. on April 23 at Smokey Glen Farm, located at 16407 Riffleford Road in Gaithersburg. For more information, contact Lisa Patterson-Troike at or 301-548-0999.

Submissions for People and Places must be received by 10 a.m. Thursday. Send submissions to Melissa A. Chadwick via e-mail at, fax at 301-670-7183 or mail to The Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Photos will also be considered.