Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Comcast volunteers build playground for CentroNía

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Photo courtesy of Comcast
Robert Jacobs of Comcast and a volunteer put the finishing touches on a playground slide at CentroNía’s Takoma Park location as part of Comcast’s seventh-annual ‘‘Comcast Cares Day.”
More than 200 local Comcast employees and their families and friends gathered May 3 with CentroNía, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Takoma Park community to build a new playground at CentroNia’s Takoma Park location as part of Comcast’s seventh-annual ‘‘Comcast Cares Day,” according to a news release from Comcast.

CentroNía is a community-based organization whose mission is to educate children and youth and strengthen families in a bilingual, multicultural community.

Comcast also presented a $25,000 check to CentroNía on behalf of Comcast employees and their family members to support CentroNía’s community programs, according to the release.

Realtors join area agencies to renovate homes

Nearly 50 volunteers with the Silver Spring-based Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors performed work on two area houses providing cleaning, painting, adding a railing to one of the homes’ front porch steps, fixing numerous electrical problems, and repairing drywall and vinyl floors, according to a news release.

For the fourth straight year, GCAAR Cares, the community service foundation of the association, worked with Rebuilding Together of Montgomery and Washington, D.C., to sponsor and work on a house in each jurisdiction.

Learn about creativeWeb solutions

A free networking meeting titled ‘‘Creative Web Solutions on a Shoestring Budget” for marketing staff and volunteers working in arts and humanities will be held 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. May 30 in the lobby of the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo. The free event, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, will feature Katie Wanschura, web site administrator and e-community manager of Chorus America and will include breakfast.

Registration is required. Call 301-565-3805, ext. 30 or e-mail

Adventist HealthCare receives $500,000 grant

Adventist HealthCare has received a $500,000 grant from the Avon Foundation to fund the Adventist HealthCare Navigate to Health Program that will target women in an effort to educate them about breast cancer and provide treatment and care services, according to a news release from the Rockville-based organization.

The funding will allow Shady Grove Hospital in Rockville and Washington Adventist in Takoma Park, the organization’s two acute-care hospitals, to reduce the number of patients who do not seek care for breast cancer through outreach, education and advanced technological services to low-income, uninsured or under-insured women age 18 and older in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick counties.

More than 2,500 women are expected to participate in the program over the next two years.

County chamber hosts upcoming events

A business after-hours sponsored by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce will be held 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Smokey Glen Farms, 16407 Riffleford Road, Gaithersburg. Cost is $40 for nonmembers; members admitted free. Contact Linda Ekizian at 301-738-0015, ext. 241, or

The county chamber’s annual dinner will be held

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