Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Comcast volunteers build playground for CentroNía

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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

LEDC holds upcoming events

A financial seminar sponsored by LEDC will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. The event is free and bilingual. For more information and to pre-register, call Eric A. Aldrette at 240-777-4957.

Wheaton and Kensington chamber hosts mixer

A lunch mixer hosted by the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce will be held noon to 1:30 p.m. May 28 at the Wheaton Business Innovation Center, 11002 Veirs Mill Road, Suite 700, Wheaton. Lunch will be provided by Baja Fresh. Cost is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Call 301-949-0080 for information.

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

Items appropriate for Business Notes may be mailed to The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707. They may also be sent by fax to 240-473-7501 or by e-mail to

Contractors association holds upcoming events

The Associated Builders and Contractors of the Metro Washington Area have several events planned for May and June.

The ABC of Metro Washington will hold a sporting clay event 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Prince George’s Trap & Skeet, 10400 Good Luck Road, Glenn Dale. Certified instructors will assist first-timers or those who just need a refresher. After lunch, there will be a safety briefing, followed by a target round of sporting clays

Cost $150 for play and lunch; $50 for lunch only.

A 10-hour program on OSHA standards for the construction industry will be held 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22 at ABC of Metro Washington, 4061 Powder Mill Road, Suite 120, Calverton. Cost is $135 for members, $185 for nonmembers.

A first-aid and CPR training will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 27 at ABC of Metro Washington, 4061 Powder Mill Road, Suite 120, Calverton. Cost is $125 for members, $175 for nonmembers.

A seminar on the fundamentals of construction estimating will be held 8 a.m. to noon May 28 at ABC of Metro Washington, 4061 Powder Mill Road, Suite 120, Calverton. Cost is $99 for members, $139 for nonmembers.

Two half-day sessions to prepare participants for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accreditation examination will be held 8 a.m. to noon June 4 and June 5 at ABC of Metro Washington, 4061 Powder Mill Road, Suite 120, Calverton. Cost is $425 for members, $525 for nonmembers.

ABC CraftMasters Training Inc. graduation will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 9 in the auditorium at Wheaton High School, 12601 Dalewood Drive.

ABC of Metro Washington’s 50th anniversary celebration will be held 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 11 at Union Station, Washington, D.C.

For more information, call 301-595-9711

Simple networking workshop

A workshop titled ‘‘Networking Made Simple” sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women, Counseling & Career Center will be held 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. today at the commission office, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. Call 240-777-8300.

Tech council awards

The Tech Council of Maryland will hold its annual awards dinner 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Montgomery County Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda. E-mail

CPAs present Biz Expo

The first MD Biz Expo, an event featuring 12 speakers, more than 100 workshops and 100 exhibitors, and intended to address economic challenges facing business, will be held June 17 and June 18 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Presented by the Maryland Association of CPAs, the event will include a keynote address by author James B. Swartz with his most recent research and innovation and growth strategies.

Others include XBRL International founder Mike Willis; author Jerry Solomon; and pricing strategist and value builder Ron Baker.

To register or to learn more about the event, go to: Workshops, booths, sponsorships, and advertising opportunities at the MD Biz Expo 2008 are still available.