Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Get ready to strut your mutt

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This Saturday, Bethesda goes to the dogs for the third annual Strut Your Mutt festival to benefit the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.

The festival, organized by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club, takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Woodmont Avenue between Bethesda Avenue and Hampden Lane.

The event promises fun for dogs and their owners, and offers more this year than ever before.

‘‘I think that people really have a bond with their dogs and they love spending time with them and pampering them,” said Cheryl Staab, event co-chair. ‘‘Each year we add new components and people come out because this event means a lot to the community because it’s benefiting the B-CC Rescue Squad.”

New for this year, there will be a dog adoption show featuring dogs from various rescue organizations that will allow people to see dogs available for adoption and to get information about taking them home.

This year’s festival will also feature an expanded kids’ area with children’s games and activities, including an interactive dog and child story time.

There will also be more than 30 dog-related exhibitors showing services from pet photographers to doggie diapers.

In addition, old favorites will return like the dog parade, dog fashion show and dog⁄owner contests including the best kisser contest and look-alike contest.

For a schedule of activities or to register visit

The goal is to raise $40,000 for the Rescue Squad, which responds to more than 11,500 incidents a year with more than 150 trained responders providing emergency services.

Mohican duathlon coming up

The third annual Community Swim & Jog Duathlon is set for 8 a.m. Saturday at the Mohican Pool, located at 7117 MacArthur Blvd., Bethesda. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

The event, which includes an 800-meter swim and 10K race, benefits the Mohican Swim and Dive Team. Events are open for individuals and pairs. Registration before Friday is $35. After that, it increases to $45.

For more information or to download forms, visit or e-mail

NCCF to hold car wash

The National Center for Children and Families will hold a car wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday to benefit summer youth programs. NCCF is a nonprofit that serves vulnerable children and families in the region. The car wash will be held at the center, 6301 Greentree Road, Bethesda. Cars cost $5 and SUVs and trucks cost $10.

Additional car washes will be held on June 14 and July 26.

For additional details, call Heather Buckman at 301-365-4480 ext. 266, or e-mail

Literacy council honors volunteers

Bethesda and Chevy Chase residents were recently recognized by the Literacy Council of Montgomery County at its 45th annual meeting.

Ed Schumacher of Bethesda received the ‘‘Distinguished Service Award” for donating more than 300 hours of service to the Literacy Council since 2005. Schumacher has tutored three students individually, and one group of students. He also facilitates a conversation class and has served on the board of directors. Schumacher was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the Literacy Council’s English for Daily Living program, which is designed to develop basic, common-sense skills for daily living, improve English competence, and engage adult students who are wait-listed for the Literacy Council’s tutoring program.

Chevy Chase resident Roberta Liebman received the ‘‘Tutor of the Year” award for donating more than 560 tutoring hours. Liebman has been a tutor since 2004, and has helped her student make significant advances.

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County, established in 1963, is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping adults learn to speak, read and write English.

New exhibit comes toNational Library of Medicine

National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, recently opened a new interactive exhibition, ‘‘Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health” on the NIH campus in Bethesda.

‘‘Against the Odds” focuses on how individuals and communities, in collaboration with scientists, advocates, governments and international organizations, make a difference in the health of people around the globe.

The exhibit presents a look at the public health problems posed by Hurricane Katrina. It showcases the barefoot doctors program, which trained more than one million young people to treat the common ailments of residents of rural China in the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition also profiles a campaign for oral rehydration in Bangladesh that was so successful that it has been adopted in Afghanistan as well. In another example of nation-to-nation collaboration, ‘‘Against the Odds” shows how the Pholela Health Center in South Africa inspired the community health center movement in the U.S.

For more information, visit the Web site at http:⁄⁄

Bethesda Urban Partnership seeks volunteers

The Bethesda Urban Partnership is seeking volunteers for Imagination Bethesda. The annual street festival celebrating children and the arts, needs volunteers to help with set-up duties, children’s arts activities and more on June 7. If interested, please contact Lauren Hamilton at the Bethesda Urban Partnership at 301-215-6660 or