Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Church to hold community day

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Food, entertainment, games and prizes will be offered at the Community Fun Day for New Creation Church, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 11005 Dayton St.

The event will include multicultural food, snow cones and prizes. There will also be live entertainment. Children can enjoy a moon bounce or try to maneuver through an obstacle course to win prizes.

The church will also hold its annual Jazz Festival on the Lawn, 2:30 p.m. July 27 at the church. Admission is $20. The event will include door prizes, refreshments and live jazz performances from vocalists Malahalia Joseph, Janine Gilbert-Carter, Kim Mills, Rene Edwards and Anthony Compton with a backing band including Kendra Holt, Tony Martucci and Davis Marsh.

‘‘Our church is a fun church,” said Marian Fryer, a member of New Creation. ‘‘We like to have fun celebrating and worshipping.”

For more information call 301-649-6000 or

Second time aroundfor Second Sundays

Children’s entertainer Alden Phelps will provide entertainment for youth 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on the grass by the Wheaton Triangle parking lot on the corner of Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive. Phelps’ performance is the second of Wheaton’s children’s summer concert series, ‘‘Second Sundays: Arts & Entertainment for Families,” which provides music and games for children and their families the second Sunday of every month and is an extension of the ‘‘Wheaton in Winter” entertainment series.

The interactive performance is called ‘‘Moo-sic for All Ages” and will include funny songs and guitar-playing. Activities will include the limbo, obstacle courses and circle games.

The programs are sponsored by the Wheaton Urban District and the Wheaton Arts and Entertainment District. Call 240-777-8115 for more information.

Puzzle Pro honoredat Homecrest

The late Henry ‘‘The Puzzle Pro” Klein was honored June 25 with a plaque and tree in front the Edwards Building at Homecrest House, a senior living center at 14508 Homecrest Road in Silver Spring. Klein moved into the Edwards Building in 2003 and passed away last December at the age of 90. Klein helped establish a jigsaw puzzle activity group that raised money for Homecrest’s activities programs by framing finished puzzles and auctioning them off. Klein’s family, friends and Homecrest staff were on hand for the dedication.

New congregation melds song with spiritual growth

A new Jewish congregation hopes to offer a unique kind of worship through song and prayer. Shirat HaNefesh, which translates to ‘‘Song of the Soul” and already includes members from Silver Spring and Takoma Park, was founded in May.

Brad German, a member of the congregation’s outreach committee, said the group came together when members of the community learned that Rabbi Gerry Serotta, a former associate rabbi at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, and Cantor Ramon Tasat, who also worked at the Temple Shalom, became available.

‘‘We all had experiences with them at some point in our lives. ... It was a great opportunity to bring them on as our leaders,” German said.

The new congregation will focus on music as a source of inspiration and Jewish learning opportunities for both traditional and non-traditional Jews. The group has been meeting in members’ homes, with services planned at Christ the King Church in Silver Spring. For more information, visit

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.

Dance competition, magic at Wheaton Library

A competition for middle school and high school-age children featuring the video game ‘‘Dance Dance Revolution” will be held 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. in Wheaton. The game involves standing on a ‘‘dance platform” with buttons and performing dance steps that coincide with the directions on the screen and music accompanying the game.

Winners of the Wheaton competition will move on to face other local champions. The event is cosponsored by the Montgomery County Recreation Department. Registration is free and begins at 1:30 p.m. the day of the event.

Magician Mike Rose will present ‘‘Magic & Wit & Bugs,” a program that includes magic and interactive comedy, all themed around bugs, insects and books, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 17 at the library. The show is intended for children of kindergarten and elementary school age. Free tickets are required and may be picked up at the library’s children’s desk beginning July 11.

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⁄about_facility_artexhibition.htm.

On campus

Nora M. McCall of Silver Spring was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

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.

Maria N. Langley of Silver Spring graduated from Susquehanna University with a degree in biology. Langley is a 2004 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring.

Lara Linden of Silver Spring was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. Linden is a 2007 graduate of Washington Christian Academy in Olney.

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