Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Helping needy students head back to school

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Damascus Ecumenical Layman’s Association Inc. and Damascus Help are collecting back-to-school supplies again this summer for local needy children so they can start the new year with the necessary items.

Organizers of the school supply drive say area schools are telling them the need is even greater this year.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations in the labeled, yellow boxes: Tom and Ray’s, Damascus Senior Center, Damascus Post Office, Potomac Valley Bank, Sandy Spring Bank, Damascus Community Bank, Curves, Fitness 4 You, Music Café, Safeway, Ruyter’s Academy of Martial Arts and area churches.

Donations will be collected until Aug. 10 and all supplies will be given to children in the Damascus and Clarksburg communities.

Thor Teams needsmentors, tutors

Thor Teams Inc. is looking for volunteer and salaried mentors and tutors for the 2008-2009 school year.

Thor Teams is an enrichment program that provides educational and cultural experiences to financially disadvantaged youths in the Damascus community.

The organization meets 3-5 p.m. weekly with students at the Damascus Recreation Center.

For more information and interviews, call Mike Thornett at 301-253-6397 or send an e-mail to

Picnic and Bazaarneeds volunteers

The Montgomery General Hospital Women’s Board’s 88th annual Picnic and Bazaar — a beloved rite of summer that draws people from all over the county — will be here in two weeks

This year’s event will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 22 on the old hospital grounds at Route 108 and Prince Philip Drive.

The community event will feature fried chicken, corn on the cob and other picnic foods; tables filled with antiques, books, CDs, DVDs, collectibles, jewelry, plants, garden produce and baked goods; and entertainment throughout the day.

The Thrift Shop will also be open for business.

But to make it all come together, the Women’s Board is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of activities and donations for the used book, antiques, jewelry and baked goods tables.

For more information, call Dee Hawkins, chairwoman of the event, at 301-774-5229 or send an e-mail to, or call Joan Murphy, Women’s Board president, at 301-879-3428 or send an e-mail

BlackRock offerssummer concerts

Pack a blanket, grab some chairs, bring a picnic dinner and unwind on Saturday nights this summer during free concerts at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown.

The outdoor concerts begin at 7 p.m. on BlackRock’s lawn, 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown.

The show schedule is as follows:

*Saturday, speed things up as the Crawdaddies show off their CajunéZydeco music.

*On July 19, it is blues night with the Mary Shaver Band.

*On July 26, hear the vocal sounds of the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters.

There will be a variety of artists and activities at the BlackRock Blast-Off on Aug. 2.

For more information about the concert series or any other events at the arts center, call BlackRock at 301-528-2260 or visit

On campus

*Kristen Lynn Stevens graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education as part of Bethany College’s Class of 2008. She is the daughter of Wayne and Cindy Stevens of Damascus. She was among the 163 students a the West Virginia college to accept diplomas during the May 17 commencement exercise. Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. ‘‘Bud” Selig delivered the Commencement Address.

*Alyson L. Foreman was named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Towson University. She is majoring in education. Foreman graduated from Damascus High School in 2007 and is the daughter of Daryl and Kathleen Foreman of Damascus.

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