Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Muslim leader visits Silver Spring

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The world leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslims, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Khalifa of Islam, made his first visit to the United States last week, stopping June 16 at the Baitur-Rehman Mosque, 15000 Good Hope Road in Silver Spring. The visit was part of his world tour celebrating the Ahmadiyya Muslim community's 100 year celebration of the institution of Khilafat, or having a spiritual leader.

The mosque in Silver Spring is the U.S. national headquarters for Ahmadiyya Muslims.

According to its Web site, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community is one of the largest in the world, spanning six continents and tens of millions of people. The community works on social projects, educational and health institutes and other nonprofit endeavors. It was created more than a century ago to ‘‘rejuvenate Islamic moral and spiritual values,” according to the Web site.

His visit came on the same year leaders of the Buddhist and Roman Catholic faiths visited America, which served to bolster interreligious dialogue, said Anees Ahmad, a press secretary for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Silver Spring.

Ahmad said the visit drew 1,500 to 2,000 people. He said the Khalifa inspected the mosque and gathering place and greeted the supporters.

‘‘There couldn’t have been anything better. It was perfect,” he said.

John Edwards to address National Labor College

Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards will be the keynote speaker at the National Labor College’s commencement 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. He is expected to address issues affecting working people in America, according to NLC’s director of communications, Matt Losak. NLC’s campus is located at 10000 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring. Call 301-431-6400.

Developmental disability center marks 60 years

CHI Centers will be having its 60th anniversary celebration 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. It will be a family picnic at the Hillandale Center. CHI Centers staff and families, program participants and their families, Inwood House staff and families and residents of Inwood House are invited. There will be music, barbecue and remarks from Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D), Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and Montgomery County Council President Michael J. Knapp (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown. Games and activities start at 1:30 p.m. CHI Centers provides support and service to more than 1,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Howard counties. Hillandale Center is located at 10501 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring. Call Ken Koroknay at 301-641-5689.

Free sports campsfor students

Montgomery County Department of Recreation will hold four free one-week sports clinics for Montgomery County middle and high school students during July.

A speed and agility clinic will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7-11 at Wheaton High School, 12601 Dalewood Drive. It will focus on plyometrics, flexibility and agility.

A soccer clinic will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 14-18 at the Fairland Recreation Park, 3928 Greencastle Road in Burtonsville.

The Butch Beard Basketball Clinic will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 21-25 at Briggs Chaney Middle School, 1901 Rainbow Drive. It will be coached by former NBA star Butch Beard.

And finally, a football clinic will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1 at the Fairland Recreation Park. Student IDs are required to register. To register, pick up a form in any recreation department, visit or call Jewell Lyons at 240-777-6921.

Summer teen centerto open in Colesville

The Pilgrim Hills Local Park, 1615 E. Randolph Road in Colesville, will be home to four one-week sessions of summer teen centers sponsored by the county, beginning Monday. The teen centers, for ages 13-16, include activities, sports, art projects, food and music, and off-site events at places such as Hershey Park and Splash Down Water Park. They are held 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $60 for the first week and $70 for every following week; sign up for all four for $250. To register, call 240-777-6985.

Summer vacationBible schools

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host a joint vacation Bible school with Epiphany Lutheran Church and St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. July 14-18 at St. Mark’s, 12621 Old Columbia Pike. This year’s theme, open to all ages, is ‘‘Bring Forth the Kingdom of God.” Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and the program will start at 6. Cost is $10 per person, with a family maximum of $25. Call St. Mark’s at 301-662-5860.

Colesville Baptist Church will hold a summer vacation Bible school 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 7 through July 11 at the Colesville Baptist Church, 13100 Andrew Drive in Silver Spring. All ages are welcome and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Call 301 384-9153.

Take a swingat golf tournament

The People’s Community Baptist Church will hold its annual golf tournament 7 a.m. Friday at the Hampshire Greens Golf Course, 616 Firestone Drive, Silver Spring. The tournament benefits the church’s Boy’s Rites of Passage, a faith-based mentoring program for boys ages 11-18. To be a sponsor, call Ron Wright at 240-461-6971. Donations must be made before Sunday. The People’s Community Baptist Church is located at 31 Norwood Road in Silver Spring. Call 301-384-2601.

Marilyn J. Praisner Library events

Join an adult morning book discussion of ‘‘Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike.

Registration is required. Call 240-773-9460 or stop by the library’s information desk to pick up a copy of the book.

Join the Young Adult Book Club 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday to discuss ‘‘Me Talk Pretty One Day’ by David Sedaris. Registration is required. Call 240-773-9460 or stop by the library’s information desk to pick up a copy of the book.

In other book club news, the Adult Mystery Book Club will discuss ‘‘Red Cat” by Peter Spiegelman 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 2. Registration is required. Call 240-773-9460 or stop by the library’s information desk to pick up a copy of the book.

On campus

Samuel Colton of Silver Spring was named to the dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., for the 2008 spring semester. He is a 2006 graduate of Springbrook High School.

Rebecca Asiamah and Lauren Christine Lieb of Silver Spring graduated from Hood College in Frederick in May with bachelor’s degrees.

Michelle Vanessa Smith of Silver Spring graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., in spring 2008 with a degree in sociology-anthropology and Spanish.

Suranga Chaminda Leitan of Silver Spring earned a master’s degree in business administration from Hood College in Frederick in May.

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