Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Relax with the help of a ‘neigh’-borly nuzzle in Boyds

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Brian Lewis⁄The Gazette
Michelle Mitchell of Clarksburg gets a kiss from Pegasus, a 7-year-old Shetland⁄Hackney mix, during a horse meditation session at Equiscovery near Sugarloaf Mountain in Boyds.
Urbanites and suburbanites looking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of city-living are invited to zip up Interstate 270 and slow down at a 200-acre Boyds farm.

Equiscovery, near Sugarloaf Mountain in Boyds, offers horse meditation and other calming techniques to help visitors get back to nature.

Visitors sit in a circle as they are lead through a guided meditation, said Nicole Ehrentraut, the program’s founder. Each month is a different theme.

‘‘It’s just themes on living the life as you know it,” she said.

A horse is lead around the circle as the group meditates and snuggles with participants, she said. After the meditation, participants are invited to engage in an informal conversation about life, Ehrentraut said.

For more information about Equiscovery, visit

Cinema hosts fair

Celebrate the release of the latest ‘‘Chronicles of Narnia” film, ‘‘Prince Caspian” at Regal Germantown Stadium 14 on Saturday.

The theater will mark the release of the movie, based on the series written by C.S. Lewis, with a festival incorporating themes and ideas from the movie. There will be activities and prizes, and a moonbounce.

Community groups attending will be the Germantown Library, the Montgomery County Police Department’s community service department, The Church Upcounty, the Stars of Hope Charity Campaign and Inova Blood Donor Service’s blood drive.

For more information, call 301-916-9235. The cinema is located at 20000 Century Blvd.

Spring sale planned

The Salvation Army in Germantown is hosting a Spring Fair 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24 at its headquarters, 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown. There will be new clothes, candles, toys and more. The money will go to the Salvation Army. For more information, call 301-515-5354.

Campus Congratulations

Margaret Renee Bivans of Darnestown, daughter of David and Laura Bivans, received the Alice McCaa Class of 1976 Biology Award at Mary Baldwin College in Stauntan, Va., this spring.

*Brandon Eickel, son of Terry and Diane Eickel of Germantown, received a certificate of recognition from the Delta Chi Educational Foundation. Eickel graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications.

New life for old jeans

Christa Guild, an eighth-grader at Thomas W. Pyle Middle School, wants county residents to know that jeans can change people’s lives. But not in a way that you might think. Guild is helping to collect jeans for a denim drive sponsored by Cotton Inc. and Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County ReStore in Gaithersburg.

The jeans will be collected and converted back into cotton fiber. Then it is made into natural cotton fiber insulation, which Habitat for Humanity will use in new houses built in New Orleans and the Gulf region.

‘‘We’re trying to get 500 [pairs of jeans] because that’s how much it takes to insulate one house,” she said.

Cotton Inc. partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County ReStore to bring the drive to Montgomery County for the first time this year, said Adeela Abbasi, marketing and communications manager with Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The goal for the county is to collect 2,500 pairs of jeans and insulate five homes, she said.

She hoped to use the jeans for insulation at Habitat for Humanity Homes in the county, but the houses currently under construction are past the insulation stage, she said. Instead, the insulation made from county jeans will most likely go to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.

‘‘We want to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing, not only in areas affected by such a large natural disaster, but right here in Montgomery County,” Abbasi said.

Drop off locations include Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 9100 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg; Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Construction Site, Linganore Woods, Burtonsville; Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Boulevard, Bethesda; and Amicus Green Building Center, 4080A Howard Ave., Kensington.

Say bonjour!

Add some ‘‘international flavor” to your summer and say ‘bonjour’ to French high school students who are visiting the country. Families are needed to host the students, who are between 13 and 19, for three weeks in August.

For more information, contact Miro Nikolov at 240-543-5296 or e-mail

Relay for Life

It’s Relay for Life time in Poolesville, and those who want to help raise money for cancer research will have plenty of opportunities over the next few months. The Relay is scheduled June 7-8 at Poolesville High School, 17501 W. Willard Road. For more information, visit

Friday: Movie Night, 7:15-9:30 p.m., Poolesville Elementary School, 19565 Fisher Ave. $5. Includes all you can eat popcorn, drink and candy. Contact Chrissie Harney at 301-407-2252 or

Saturday: Bingo, 5:30 p.m., St. Michael’s Catholic Church 1125 St. Michaels Road, Mount Airy. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., bingo begins at 7 p.m. Advance tickets $15, $20 at the door. For more information, contact Brooxxe Ruch at

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