Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Writer’s Center gets new director

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The Writer’s Center, Bethesda’s nonprofit literary center, will welcome new director Charles Jenson with a reception from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the center, 4508 Walsh St.

Jensen comes to Bethesda from Arizona State University where he was the assistant director of The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

At the Piper Center since 2004, Jensen has been instrumental in developing a vibrant writers’ community in Tempe, Ariz. In addition to managing the center’s daily operations, he coordinated the 2008 ASU Writers Conference Desert Nights, Rising Stars; founded Marginalia, the center’s semiannual magazine of creative writing; and created the Piper Friends donor program. A frequent literature panelist for the Arizona Commission for the Arts and the Arizona Humanities Council, Jensen is a 2008 nominee for the Board of Directors of the Association of Writer’s Programs, the nation’s leading organization of writers’ programs.

Jensen is a widely published poet and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. In 2007, Arizona State University awarded him an Entrepreneurial Advantage Grant for LOCUSPOINT: the place of poetry, a poetry journal that he founded. He is currently completing a Master of Nonprofit Studies at ASU.

At the Writer’s Center, Jensen will oversee the continued development of the center’s core activities—its workshops and events—and will extend its reach in local, national and international literary communities.

‘‘I’m excited to be a part of the Writer’s Center’s exciting and dynamic literary community,” Jensen said in a statement. ‘‘I am ready, energized, and excited to make the leap toward a new challenge, where I can build on my successes and foster new growth, stabilization, and positive change.”

Visit the center’s new Web site at

Bethesda student trains with National Opera

Joshua Rosenberg, 17, of Bethesda was selected by audition to train in the Washington National Opera’s Opera Institute, which culminates with a performance at the Kennedy Center this summer.

Rosenberg is one of 110 teenagers from across the United States, Canada and Costa Rica who auditioned for 28 spots in the rigorous summer session. The institute focuses on coaching, rehearsal and study.

Two Italian Art Song Recitals will be held at noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday in the Ward Recital Hall on the Catholic University campus.

Select students will perform at 6 p.m. Monday on The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. The performance is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 202-448-3465 or

GreenKids directorreceives award

Lisa Alexander, GreenKids project director, received the Montgomery County Outdoor Educator of the Year Award from the Montgomery County Outdoor Education Association.

GreenKids, a partnership between the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase and the Montgomery County Public School System, works with individual schools to bring environmental education into classrooms through teacher training, lesson modeling and school infrastructure projects. GreenKids assists its participating schools to apply for Maryland Green School certification. Over the past two years, 10 MCPS schools have achieved this certification through their involvement with GreenKids and with the help of Alexander.

Celebrate Frenchculture and language

Jabberü will host a free event for children ages 4 to 10 to celebrate French culture in recognition of Bastille Day. The event, Vive La France, will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Bethesda center, 4926 Del Ray Ave.

Jabberü’s native French-speaking instructors will lead the children through fun and games and traditional hands-on crafts such as indoor fireworks. Children will learn how to greet new friends in French, sing traditional French songs, and hear traditional French stories. For more information, call 301-951-1101.


Jason Tam of Bethesda graduated in May with a master’s degree in Christian Counseling and Discipleship from Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham. He is looking into full time ministry opportunities for equipping, leading small groups, and lay counseling and discipleship.

Volunteers sought forEnglish classes

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County is recruiting volunteer teachers for the new ‘‘English for Daily Living” classes it hopes to offer to adult students. The classes help students develop basic English skills for daily living.

Volunteers should have some experience working with adult learners or other classroom teaching experience. The classes run one to two hours per week for eight to 10 weeks at various locations in the county.

For information, call 301-610-0030 or e-mail

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