Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Leggett to present volunteer awards

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An individual, a nonprofit organization and a local business will be the recipients of the inaugural Community Partnerships awards for their respective work at Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) will present the awards, which organizers plan to give out annually, 11 a.m. Saturday as part of the center’s annual ceremony to honor the work of the center’s more than 130 employees.

Linda Goldsmith will receive an individual award for the partnership she established with Montgomery County Public Libraries to provide Holiday Park attendees with literary programs.

For the nonprofit award, the Senior Health Information Assistance Program will be honored for its volunteer work helping seniors with health insurance concerns.

Family & Nursing Care Inc. will receive the local business award. The company has developed a partnership with the center that has resulted in support of many programming initiatives available to Montgomery County seniors.

The center is located at 3950 Ferrara Drive in Wheaton. Those interested in more information about the ceremony can call Helen Abrahams at 240-777-4968.

Dealing with your dog

The Montgomery County Humane Society along with Your Dog’s Friend, a local nonprofit focused on informing people about how to be a better dog owner, will hold two workshops May 4 at the Wheaton Community Center. The first, ‘‘Living Compatibly With Your Canine Companion” will begin 1 p.m. and focus on managing canine moods and behavior. ‘‘Canine Enrichment: Exercise, Toys and Games” will follow at 3:30 p.m. and will instruct owners on ways to keep their dogs entertained and healthy.

The center is at 11711 Georgia Ave. and registration can be completed at or by calling 301-983-5913.

Weed out the ugly

In an effort to rid its grounds of an invasive weed called the garlic mustard plant, Brookside Gardens will hold the Garlic Mustard Pull & Challenge noon to 1:30 p.m. April 26. The event is free and there is no registration required. Applicants will roam the gardens identifying, pulling and collecting the weed with a grand prize going to whoever brings back the heaviest batch of the plant. Other prizes will be available for all participants. The program is run by Weed Warrior, a Montgomery Country Parks environmental organization focused on educating the public about weed identification and removal. Weed pulls will take place throughout Montgomery County in April. For information on times and sites elsewhere in the county, call Lynette Scaffidi, natural resources specialist for Montgomery Parks, at 301-949-0223.

Applicants are encouraged to bring their own gardening gloves, or Brookside will provide them. Those interested should meet in front of the Brookside Garden Visitors’ Center. Register online at For more information or to make group arrangements call 301-949-0223.

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

The low-downon D.C. gardening

Those looking to learns some tricks of the trade for gardening in the Washington, D.C., area can get them at Brookside Gardens in a lecture held 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday. Part of Brookside’s ‘‘Classroom Talks” series, area garden writer and horticulturist Peggy Riccio will conduct a lecture ‘‘The Newcomers’ Guide to Gardening,” a lesson for beginners looking to achieve a satisfying garden and tips specific to the metropolitan area about how to maximize your garden. All attendees will receive a guide to local gardening including information on classes, book and gardening resources on the Web. The event will be held in Brookside’s Visitors Center Adult Classroom. Registration is required and costs $11.

Call 301-962- 62-1477 or visit

Museum lookingfor volunteer docents

The National Capital Trolley Museum, 1313 Bonifant Road in Layhill, will hold a training session 9 a.m. to noon April 12 for volunteers interested in becoming docents at the museum.

Docents greet visitors, answer questions, and perform general maintenance and organization of informational materials and exhibits. Docents can eventually train to become a conductor or motorman at the museum.

Those interested can contact Joan Pinson at 301-384-6352 or at

The museum is also looking for volunteers to be trained in streetcar restoration. The crew meets Tuesday and Saturday mornings but the training for prospective crew members can be completed at any time.

Learn and play at weekend long machinery show

The Agricultural History Farm Park will hold its 12th Annual Gas and Steam Engine Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12 and 13, rain or shine, on the park grounds at 18400 Muncaster Road in Derwood.

In addition to displays featuring antique cars and trucks, there will be live music, raffles and refreshments. Kids will be able to go on hay wagon rides and there also will be a tractor-driving contest. Attendants will be able to see a wide variety of farming machinery in both contemporary and historic forms. A flea market also will be on site and each day will feature a parade.

Parking and admission is free. The Gas and Steam Engine show is sponsored by The Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park Inc. and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. For more information, call the park’s events hot line at 301-670-4661.

Chamber awardshonor community

Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce will honor outstanding chamber members, businesses, public safety professionals, educators, students and residents at its 24th annual Community Awards Banquet 6 p.m. today at Hollywood East Cafe on the Boulevard, 2621 University Blvd. W., Wheaton.

Cost is $35 at the door. To register, call 301-949-0080, fax 301-949-0081 or e-mail

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