Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Kemp Mill Elementary honors secretary for 29 years of service

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A reception for Kemp Mill Elementary School Administrative Secretary Carole Osburn, who will be retiring in June after 29 years at the school, will be held 6 p.m. Friday at the school’s media center, 411 Sisson St. The community is invited. Call 301-649-8046.

The school’s multicultural celebration will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the all-purpose room.

Lunch to supportlocal moms

Moms Inc. of Silver Spring, which supports the needs of stay-at-home mothers attempting to run at-home businesses, will be holding a networking lunch noon to 2 p.m. May 21 at Dream Dinners, 720 Cloverly Street in Silver Spring in the Cloverly Towne Center at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Briggs Chaney Road. The lunch will cost $10, in addition to chocolate and meal-making, costs for which will vary. Part of the proceeds and the meals will be donated to a ‘‘business mom” who recently developed cancer. RSVP today to Yihung Mohs at or call 240-515-8983.

Azalea sale and gardening lesson at Brookside

A demonstration on azaleas will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave. in Wheaton. The demonstration, ‘‘Rejuvenating Azaleas,” will be run by Phil Normandy, Brookside’s plant collections manager, and is free. For more information, call 301-962-1400 or visit Attendees should meet at Brookside’s visitors center.

Also, Brookside will hold an azalea sale 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday outside the visitors center. Spring blooming, fall blooming and native azaleas will be on sale, in addition to companion plants. Instructive handouts will be provided. For more information, call 301-962-1400.

Networking lunch with Chamber of Commerce

A lunch mixer sponsored by the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce will be held noon to 1:30 p.m. May 28 at Suite 700 of the Wheaton Business Innovation Center, 11002 Veirs Mill Road.

The event will feature John Korpela, manager of the Business Innovation Network of Montgomery County’s Department of Economic Development, which provides office space and business development assistance to help emerging companies. The lunch costs $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Return reservations and payment to Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce, 2401 Blueridge Ave., Suite 101, Wheaton, MD 20902 or call Vicky Surles at 301-949-0080 for more information.

Park and Planning hosts speech on development

As part of the Montgomery County Planning Board’s Expert Speaker Series, Bernadette Hanlon, research analyst at the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will give a speech on urban and suburban development 7:30 p.m. May 22 at the Park and Planning headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave.

Hanlon is a doctoral candidate in public policy and holds master’s degrees in policy sciences and philosophy. The speech will be presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board and is open to the public. Call 301-495-4600.

Music and entertainment part of honoring seniors

In celebration of National Older Americans Month, the National Council of Negro Women, Montgomery County Section, will hold its Annual Senior Citizens Recognition Program, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Genesis Health Care at the Layhill Center, 3227 Bel Pre Road in Silver Spring. NCNW will honor two Layhill residents, Margaret K. Williams, 105, and Margie J. Smith, 98.

Entertainment will be provided by The Delta Players, eight active senior citizens directed by Charles H. Clyburn, a professional actor and director.

The Generettes, a line dance group led by Jessie Barnes, and Ray Greene, a retired National Institutes of Health scientist and area pianist, also will perform.

For more information, contact Alice Scipio at 301-598-9261.

Wheaton library hosts opera workshop for children

A one-hour workshop where children will learn how music and emotion create characters in an opera will be held 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 31 at Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. The Washington National Opera will present an interactive exploration of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, ‘‘Hansel and Gretel,” for ages 4 to 10, who can be accompanied by their parents and caregivers. Preregistration is required due to limited materials. Call 240-777-0678 to pre-register.

Walk your dogfor Humane Society

‘‘Paws in the Park,” the annual Pet Walk & Family Fun Fair sponsored by the Montgomery County Humane Society, will take place noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the ice arena at Wheaton Regional Park, 11751 Orebaugh Ave.

Participants can walk their dogs on the ‘‘Yorkie Trail” or ‘‘Beagle Trail” and shop for food, photos and gifts for their pets.

The event is part of the Montgomery County Humane Society’s 50th anniversary celebration. Registration is free and proceeds will help the Humane Society care for its animals. Go to to register for the walk or to create a fundraising page. Call Jan Sapp at 240-773-5967.

The kids run the show at Loiederman Middle School

Students from A. Mario Loiederman Magnet School for the Creative and Performing Arts, 12701 Goodhill Road in Silver Spring, will perform ‘‘The Music Man Jr.,” working both on the stage and behind the scenes.

The shows, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, will include stage performance from 39 Loiederman students, and tech support, makeup, costuming, lighting, sound, videotape production and set design from nearly 40 others. The musical will be produced by Andrea Kibbe, the co-vice president of Loiederman’s PTSA.

Tickets are $4 for students and seniors and $6 for adults. Call the school at 301-929-2282.

On campus

Taundria Cappel of Silver Spring was named to the Alpha Kappa Chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honorary Society and Alpha Lambda Delta, the national honor society for first-year students, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Silver Spring resident Rachel Melo recently received a bachelor of arts degree from Warren Wilson College, Asheville, N.C. She majored in Latin American studies.

Items for People and Places may be sent to Jason Tomassini, The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707. The fax line is 240-473-7501; or e-mail Call 240-473-7559. Deadline is one week prior to publication.

Make-A-Wish youth 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 that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

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

Help protect animals through exercise

Wheaton Regional Park, 200 Shorefield Road, will host Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary’s fifth annual 5K ‘‘Run for the Animals” and 1-Mile Fun⁄Walk 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The event will benefit the sanctuary, a 400-acre nonprofit refuge that provides safety for animals and educates the public about how to best care for wildlife and farm animals.

The event is ‘‘green-friendly” and will offer vegan refreshments, in addition to the prize money and raffle prizes for which the estimated 500 participants will compete. Registrants can compete in either the run or the walk and may bring their dog for the walk. The Sergeant’s Program, a physical fitness program for adults, will lead a pre-race warm-up.

For registration or more information on the event, e-mail or call 301-625-9321. Registration is $25 leading up to the race and $28 the day of the race.

Area residents honored with service awards

Several individuals and organizations from eastern Montgomery County were recently recognized for their volunteer and community efforts in the 2008 Marriott Spirit to Serve Community Service awards.

Kristina Dittman of Burtonsville was honored for her efforts to open a Christian Day Camp at Liberty Grove United Methodist Church. Dittman’s efforts began in 2003 when she was a sophomore at James Hubert Blake High School. The camp opened with 40 children and 50 teens, according to a news release from Montgomery County government, and has grown to 95 children and 47 teens.

John Lopes of Silver Spring was honored for his years of volunteer service at Forest Knolls Elementary School. Lopes helps in classrooms, on field trips, in after-school clubs and the school office, the release said.

Vias de la Salud Health Program of the Latino Health Initiative in Silver Spring helps to teach individuals and families about good eating habits and healthy practices, such as ‘‘walking programs” to promote exercise. The organization helps provide access to health services, the release said.

Tufail Ahmad of Potomac of the Montgomery County Muslim Council led food drives and distribution efforts and other initiatives that connected area Muslims with the community.

Bannockburn Elementary School, John Poole Middle School, Walter Johnson High School and Stone Ridge School were honored for getting students involved in community projects.

Marriott International provided $500 to a charity of choice for each award winner.

Kennedy foundation to host fundraising golf tourney

The John F. Kennedy High School Educational Foundation invites the public to participate in the inaugural Cavalier Classic Golf Tournament 9 a.m. Oct. 17 at Hampshire Greens Golf Course in Silver Spring.

The registration fee is $150 per golfer, or $500 per foursome. Registration includes greens fees, golf cart and post-golf awards lunch. Prizes will be awarded, and a limited number of corporate sponsorships are also available.

The Kennedy High School Educational Foundation was launched in September 2007 to support the people and programs at Kennedy High School. In its first four months of existence, the JFK Educational Foundation, founded by a small group of parents, alumni, staff and local business leaders, has created an alumni network, a local business network and raised more than $40,000 for the school.

Additional details about the golf tournament can be found at

Additional information about the Foundation and registration information for the Cavalier Classic can be found at, or by contacting tournament director Richard Glover at or 240-299-7188.

Shaare Tefila holdsservices at Leisure World

Shaare Tefila Congregation, a 57-year-old conservative, egalitarian and socially conscious organization, recently began conducting religious services at Leisure World, a community for residents age 55 and older in Silver Spring. The services are held 8:15 a.m. Sundays in Clubhouse II, Room 2 at Leisure World, 2901 N. Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring.

For more information about these religious services or about Shaare Tefila Congregation, call Jill Goldwater, executive director, at 301-593-3410.

Local schools seek tutors

Volunteers are needed to become tutors to second-graders through the Ruth Rales Comcast Kids Reading Network to boost their reading comprehension and vocabularies.

Schools with a need for tutors in the Wheaton area include Arcola, Glenallan, Sargent Shriver and Harmony Hills elementary schools.

Each school will provide tutor training, support and necessary materials. Tutors work with the same second-grader for an hour each week. To volunteer, call Peggy Graham at 301-279-3890 or visit⁄readingnetwork

Volunteers needed to help new English speakers

The Wheaton Library is looking for volunteers who are age 18 or older to assist patrons who are trying to learn English. The library is located at 11701 Georgia Ave. Apply in person or call 240-777-0676.

Volunteers soughtfor blood collection

The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers 14 and older to assist its blood collection staff at blood drives and blood donor centers. Responsibilities include greeting donors and providing them with essential reading materials, serving refreshments and observing donors for post-donation reactions to giving blood.

Volunteers will be trained and must make a commitment of two or more blood operations each month. Blood drives last four to six hours. To register for training or for more information, call the American Red Cross volunteer office at 800-272-0094, ext. 1, or e-mail

Items for People and Places may be sent to Jason Tomassini, The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707. The fax line is 240-473-7501; or e-mail Call 240-473-7559. Deadline is one week prior to publication.