Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Threads of love for hospice patients

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It all started two years ago, when Riderwood residents Edie Range and Martha Vayhinger decided to undergo hospice training in Rockville to learn how to take care of hospice patients at Riderwood Retirement Community in Silver Spring. Soon, Montgomery Hospice in Rockville brought the hospice training to Riderwood, and a hospice volunteer community that knits handmade shawls for hospice patients was born.

Because of the love and support the group provides to hospice patients at Riderwood and beyond, knitting handmade shawls for the patients was a natural progression for the group, media relations director Dan Dunne said.

‘‘It’s sort of a blending of the two,” he said. ‘‘They’re melding hospice services and comfort support.”

The knitting isn’t your everyday activity to pass the time, Dunne said. Riderwood’s hospice knitters meet every Friday morning for one hour, which they start off with calming music, reflection and prayers for people in need. At the end of the session, all the knitting is blessed by the group, Dunne said.

It’s a process that makes a difference in the life of hospice patients at Riderwood and Montgomery Hospice, who altogether have received 80 handmade shawls from Riderwood’s knitters. Each shawl takes about 16 hours to craft and when finished, is accompanied by a card.

The knitting has become an institution at Riderwood. Residents, friends and neighbors contribute yarn, and the knitters display their work in Riderwood’s annual arts and crafts show each year.

Resident honoredfor charity work

Burtonsville resident Craig Atenidegbe was honored June 20 by the Washington Mystics women’s professional basketball team for his work with his charity, Network for Humanity. Atenidegbe was honored with the organization’s ‘‘Hometown Hero Award” for his community involvement civic efforts and health programs to benefit residents in Nigeria.

Grand Bahama Choraleto perform at local church

The Grand Bahama Chorale, a singing group from The Bahamas with a repertoire ranging from classical to calypso music, will be in concert 7:15 p.m. at the People’s Community Baptist Church on 31 Norwood Road in Silver Spring on July 12.

The performance, which is co-sponsored by the Embassy of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, will begin after the church’s weekly Saturday service.

Resident achievesEagle Scout

Burtonsville resident Wesley Ripley, who will be a senior at Springbrook High School in the fall, was honored May 31 by Troop 1444 for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle project, Ripley renovated the nursery at Grace United Methodist Church, the church he grew up in.

On campus

Janelle York Jolley, a 2004 graduate of Springbrook High School, graduated from Howard University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.

Robert Garza, who will be a senior in the fall at University of Maryland College Park and a 2005 graduate of Paint Branch High School, made the dean’s list for the school’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences for the 2008 spring semester. He is a criminal justice major.

Rachel Paloma Burkes of Silver Spring graduated from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., with a degree in earth and environmental science. Burkes is a 2004 graduate of the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda.

Church to hold picnic, movie night

Epiphany Lutheran Church will be hosting a picnic and movie night 7 p.m. July 25 at the church, 14411 Old Columbia Pike. All are welcome to join for a showing of Disney’s ‘‘The Shaggy Dog,” with Tim Allen. Call 301-384-4244.

Silver Spring church troupe performs in Laurel

The Tent Troupe, a traveling tent theater of high school performers from St. Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, will have two performances in Laurel July 17. A children’s matinee at 1:45 p.m. will feature a number of classic short stories, fables and folk tales. The 7:45 p.m. show is ‘‘The Curious Savage” by John Patrick. Both shows are free; donations will be accepted at intermission. The two performances will go on rain or shine at the Montpelier Mansion grounds off Route 197 and Muirkirk Roads. Call 301-588-4363.

National Night Out eventat apartment complex

Mark your calendars for East County’s National Night Out, all evening Aug. 5 at the Enclave Apartments in Silver Spring, 11215 Oak Leaf Drive, apartment 103.

National Night Out is a great way to get to know your neighbors with free food and music while raising awareness and support for drug and crime prevent programs in eastern Montgomery County. There will be fingerpainting, crafts, open swimming and bicycle registration. Local law enforcement will also be on hand to answer questions and help send the message that neighborhoods are fighting back against crime.

This year’s event is sponsored by the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, the Montgomery County Police Department and Enclave Apartments, among other supporters.

Holy Cross seekinglocal artists

Holy Cross is looking for local artists to show their work in the hospital’s Community Art Gallery next year. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 15. Artists with drawings, mixed media, digital graphics, photography and pieces using oil, watercolor, charcoal or acrylic will be considered. The gallery is located in the lobby concourse of the Professional and Community Education Center. Shows at the gallery would run from March 2009 through August 2010. The hospital is located at 1500 Forest Glen Road in Silver Spring. For more information on applying, visit http:⁄⁄⁄about_facility_artexhibition.htm.

Scout seeks instruments for school

Life Scout Patric Rizzo is seeking instruments to repair and donate to Cannon Road Elementary School’s music department.

For more information, e-mail Rizzo at

Church golf tournament

It’s time to start planning for the Colesville United Methodist Men’s third annual golf tournament. This year’s Colesville Golf Classic will be held 9 a.m. Sept. 3 at the Hampshire Greens Golf Course, 616 Firestone Drive in Silver Spring. Proceeds will benefit the church ministries and community outreach programs.

Provide a guest list of players by Aug. 15 and a check of $120 per person, made out to Colesville United Methodist Men. There are also corporate and business sponsorships available for $100; memorials, birthdays and anniversary signs for $50; plus prizes for winning foursomes. Call Earl McCurty at 301-384-6497.

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