Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Couple nominated for Peace Corps award

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Takoma Park residents Jim and Kathy Mueller have been nominated for the Lillian Carter Award, an honor named after former president Jimmy Carter’s mother and given to senior Peace Corps volunteers.

The Muellers have served in the Peace Corps together three different times: in India — where they met in the 1960s — Lesotho and the Solomon Islands.

‘‘We just feel we have something to share,” Jim Mueller said. ‘‘The corps puts you where you can use your skills and where you’re most needed, and that’s the best thing.”

Jim Mueller’s duties overseas included teaching computer classes and assisting in the construction of new schools. His wife, Kathy, taught business development classes and worked with school administrators at the new schools.

Lillian Carter served in the Peace Corps as a senior in the 1960s. The award will be presented in Atlanta, Ga., May 16.

‘‘It’s just a nomination for now,” Jim Mueller said, adding that the couple still had ‘‘a lot of life experience to offer.”

What’s next for the Muellers?

‘‘Fiji would be great,” Jim Mueller said.

Parenting conference

A Rainbow Families, DC parenting conference will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road. Registration begins 8:30 a.m. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parents and prospective parents will participate in workshops. Kids Camp for young children and a teen and pre-teen program will provide full-day structured activities for youth. Lunch and an ice cream social will be included in the registration fees. For full program details and online registration, go to http:⁄⁄

Yard sale fundraiser

The Takoma Park Independence Day committee will hold a yard sale fund-raiser 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday outside the Takoma Park Maryland Library, 101 Philadelphia Ave. Proceeds will help pay for the city’s Independence Day celebration.

Donations for the fundraiser are being accepted 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Community Center’s side entrance, 7500 Maple Ave. The committee is looking for quality items — furniture, collectibles, household items, bicycles, toys, working appliances, office equipment, for example — to sell at the fund-raiser. Clothes are not being accepted. Call 301-270-8121 for help with larger items or Belle Ziegler at 301-270-6876 for more information or to volunteer.

Health care,hospital discussion

The Takoma Park Health Services Impact Committee will hold a community meeting 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday about the city’s health care needs. Washington Adventist Hospital’s president Jere Stocks is expected to attend to hear public opinion on what the city would like to see done with the hospital’s Takoma Park campus. The committee was appointed by the City Council to measure the impact of the hospital’s initial plans to move out of Takoma Park.

The meeting will be held at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. Contact Venita-Enola George, the city’s liaison to the committee, at 301-891-7266 or

Lions Club donated truck gets facelift

A new-and-improved 100-foot hook and ladder fire truck has already been making the rounds at its new home in Lima, Peru. The truck, a donation from the Takoma Park Lions Club, was sent to Lima to address the lack of fire fighting equipment there. Improvements made to the truck, which was once used by a department in Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J., included repainting to include the name of its new department in Spanish, and retrofitting. Takoma Park Lions Club member Jorge Alfaro was an assistant fire chief in Lima before moving to Silver Spring. Call Sherman L. Cohen at 301-588-1375 for more information on the Lions Club fire truck donation work.

Unity Festivalin Long Branch

A Unity Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 at the Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road. The festival is a family activity that has educational and fun activities, information booths, a moon bounce, games and music. There also will be multicultural food vendors as well as a celebrity basketball game with local celebrities competing against Long Branch Athletic Association coaches. The center is still reaching out to local celebrities, like county council members and school principals. Admission is free. Call 301-431-5702.

National Poetry Month events

The Takoma Park Maryland Library and the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library will hold their ninth annual Favorite Poem Evening 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The event will be hosted by poet laureate Don Berger, and will include residents’ favorite poem submissions. Refreshments and a printed program will be provided.

The library is located at 101 Philadelphia Ave. Call 301-891-7259.

Montgomery College’s Takoma ParkˇSilver Spring campus will host author Lesley Lee Francis, the granddaughter of poet Robert Frost, 11 a.m. Thursday. Francis will be giving a talk on her family background and new book in the second floor cafeteria of the Student Services Center at Fenton Street and New York Avenue in Takoma Park. Contact 301-650-1385 or Francine Jamin at

At the libraries

The Takoma Park Maryland Library will host ‘‘Bedtime Story House” 7 p.m. Monday. Children are invited to bring stuffed animals, pajamas and blankets to the free event. The library is located at 101 Philadelphia Ave. Call 301-891-7259 to RSVP.

The Takoma Park Branch Library across the border in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, D.C., will hold a poetry reading 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Writers Phyllis Berman, Heddy Reid, Cheryl Snell and Julia Wendell are expected to attend. The library is located at 416 Cedar St., NW. Call 202-576-7252.

At the Community Center

The theme of the April exhibit in the atrium lobby of the Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., is ‘‘Takoma Park: Victorian to Vibrant.” The exhibit is organized by Art Enables, a program for adults with developmental and mental disabilities throughout the Washington, D.C., area. The theme explores architectural and historical areas throughout the Takoma Park and Silver Spring areas through art by 25 artists in the program. Pieces are framed and for sale. Call 301-891-7100.

The Friends of Takoma Park Maryland Library’s reading group will hold a discussion of Don DeLillo’s ‘‘White Noise” 7:30 p.m. May 16. All are welcome to attend the free event at the Community Center. Call 301-891-7259.

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