Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Functions at Takoma Junction

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A free summer concert series will kick off 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Takoma Junction with the band Ruthie and the Wranglers.

This is the first time the Junction will host regular live music, and came as a result of input from the public, said Melanie Isis of the city’s Housing and Community Development office. The city hosted a number of public meetings in commercial areas to hear what they wanted the city to do to improve those sections.

‘‘A number of residents wanted to have programming there, something to bring people to the Junction, and music,” Isis said.

The series will continue May 23 with The Billy Coulter Band, the Panmasters on May 30, Lea and Her Band on June 6, a drummer’s circle June 20, and Green the World on June 27.

A ‘‘battle of the bands” of high schoolers ‘‘getting together and having a showdown” will be held 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the site June 13, and a special Sunday event with band Chopteeth will be held 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 29.

The series is sponsored by the City of Takoma Park and the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op. Each event will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the city-owned parking lot next to the Co-op, which is located at 201 Ethan Allen Ave. Call Isis at 301-891-7231 for more information.

Chelsea Schoolwalks for charity

The Chelsea School, a private middle and high school in Silver Spring for students with language-based learning disabilities, will host its annual Walk-a-Thon 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday to raise money for the Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Shepherd’s Table. Students will be walking a four-mile circuit or biking for 12 miles along trails in Sligo Creek Park. For more information, visit

Trees in Sligo Creekexhibit

The exhibit ‘‘Reflected Glories: Trees in Sligo Creek” will be on display through the end of May in the Atrium Gallery at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. The exhibit is made up of work from photographer Julius Kassovic, who was inspired by the images reflected in the water flowing through Sligo Creek. For more information, contact the Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission at 301-891-7224 or

Make-A-Wishyouth triathlon

The annual Make-A-Wish Kids’ Triathlon will take place 9 a.m. Sunday at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park, 1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring.

In this event, children ages 5-8 compete in a biathlon (run, bike, run) and children ages 9-14 compete in a triathlon (swim, bike, run). Children may race as an individual or as a member of a relay team. Any mix of boys and girls is permitted.

Participants will be raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic Inc., a nonprofit organization that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

For more information or to register, visit or call Nikki McDermott at 301-962-9474. Race day signups begin 7:30 a.m.

Used book salein Takoma Park

The Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland will hold their semi-annual used book sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the lawn of the Takoma Park Maryland Library, 101 Philadelphia Ave. Visit or call 301-891-7259 for more information.

Film Fest sneak previews

The Takoma Park Film Festival will hold a one-night screening of ‘‘A Thing as Big as the Ocean” 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. The film is by Maryland filmmaker Joe Cashiola, and was shot over five weeks. It records the travels of two people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The event is free and open to the public.

The film festival also will present ‘‘The Free Translators,” seven short videos that explore the idea of multiple translations, at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 24. Pyramid Atlantic is located at 8230 Georgia Ave.

Visit ore-mail for more information.

Temple holdsIsraeli art events

Temple Shalom, 8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase, will hold an Israeli art exhibit and sale from the Safrai Gallery of Jerusalem with an opening night patrons reception 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $35. The exhibition will be open for viewing and sales from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Saturday will feature a gala celebration from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. featuring a concert by the Israeli musical group Shorashim, desserts and raffles. Cost is $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

For tickets and information, call 301-587-2273. For a preview of the art, visit

Tour Forest Glen

A guided walking tour of the National Park Seminary historic district in Silver Spring will be held 1 p.m. May 24. Those interested should turn off Linden Lane directly across from the Walter Reed fence and parking lot. Tour signs will be posted on Linden Lane. See detailed directions at, or call 301-589-1715. Reservations are not required, but $5 donations per person are requested. Tours involve extensive walking on outdoor paths with steps and rough areas.

Folk Fest T-Shirtcontest launched

The Takoma Park Folk Festival’s organizers are looking for this year’s winning festival T-shirt design. The winner will receive $200 and have their design printed on T-shirts promoting the festival. The deadline for entry is June 6, and anyone in the Washington, D.C., area is welcome to submit designs. There is no entry fee, and designs can be submitted in most formats. Visit for more information. This year’s festival will be held on Sept. 14.

Summit Hills hostsflea market

Summit Hills Apartments, 1701 East West Highway in Silver Spring, will hold its annual flea market 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31st. Call 301-587-7111.

Habitat hosts youth,family event

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County will hold a youth volunteer service event 10 a.m. to noon June 7 at Pyramid Atlantic, 8230 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring. Youth and families are invited to hear about affordable housing issues in the community and volunteer to help complete 24 townhouses in Burtonsville. Children age 7 and older also will be able to participate in a miniature paper house-making activity. E-mail Emily Hoban at or call 301-990-0014, ext. 21 or for more information.

Send Silver Spring news to Agnes Jasinski and Takoma Park news to Mike Meno at The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707. The fax line is 240-473-7501. Items can be e-mailed to or