Wednesday, April 2, 2008

College hosts poetry workshop

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In honor of National Poetry Month, the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College is holding a poetry reading and workshop 11 a.m. April 22 with Anne Becker, poet laureate of Takoma Park.

The event will take place in the Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center, Room 301, located on the college’s Takoma Park⁄Silver Spring campus, 7600 Takoma Ave. Call Francine Jamin at 240-567-1385.

Read a favorite poemat the library

The Takoma Park Maryland Library is hosting its 10th annual Favorite Poem Evening 7:30 p.m. April 24.

The event is modeled after the public readings begun by national Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.

Those who wish to participate should choose a poem by a published poet, and send the title and author along with their name and generic occupation to Ellen Robbins at the Takoma Park Maryland Library, 101 Philadelphia Ave., or by e-mail to

The deadline for submissions is April 18.

Readers are encouraged to bring friends and family. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. This year’s event will be hosted by Takoma Park’s Poet Laureate, Anne Becker.

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 which make these remarkable feats possible.

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

Tour Silver Spring’shistorical spots

A walking tour of Silver Spring sponsored by the Silver Spring Historical Society will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday starting at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave. Cost is $5. E-mail or call 301-537-1253.

Dist. 4 Democratsto debate tonight

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.

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. Call 301-572-7004.

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.

Join Takoma Park’sIndependence Day parade

The Takoma Park Independence Day Committee is encouraging neighborhoods, civic associations, businesses, churches, organizations, families, schools and anyone interested in celebrating July 4 to contribute to the annual parade in Takoma Park. The theme will be ‘‘Unity in Diversity,” and residents can build floats, decorate bicycles or wagons and perform as a musical or dance group. For more information, visit or call 301-270-6876.

Volunteer trainingat trolley museum

The National Capital Trolley Museum, located at 1313 Bonifant Road in Layhill, is seeking volunteers to train as docents. Duties and responsibilities of this position include welcoming and assisting visitors, conducting tours of cars on display and managing the auditorium for media presentations.

The staff provides training. A volunteer orientation session will be held 9 a.m. to noon at the museum. To register, call Joanie Pinson at 301-384-6352 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 is $20 or $15 in advance for adults; children age 12 and younger pay $10. For tickets, contact Sheryl Sears at 301-649-7464 or

Lecture seriesat Columbia Union

Columbia Union College in Takoma Park will host the G. Arthur Keough Lecture Series themed ‘‘Understanding Other Faiths Among Monotheistic Religions Islam and Judaism” on April 11 and 12.

Experts in Judaism and Islam, Jack Spiro, Judaic Culture department chairman at the University of Virginia, and Imad Damaj, president of the Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs and an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, will be on hand to discuss other religions.

The series, which is free and open to the public, is held every year. It will be held in H.M.S. Richards Hall Chapel. The college is located at 7600 Flower Ave. in Takoma Park. Call 301-891-4503.

Book saleat Takoma Park Middle

A new and used book sale will be held at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. More than 6,000 new and used books, CDs, DVDs and computer games will be at the sale, which will benefit the Takoma Park Middle School PTA. A student-staff basketball game will also be held 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets to that event are $1. Call 301-650-6444 for more information.

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