Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Vendors wanted for next Cloverly Day

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Based on the success of the inaugural Cloverly Day in April, organizers are looking for more businesses to take part in the next installment of the event later this year.

Organizers had originally envisioned Cloverly Day being an annual event, but community turnout and feedback led to scheduling a second festival in the fall, Yihung Mohs said.

The next Cloverly Day will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Towne Center, located at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and Briggs Chaney Road. The event is free for attendees and merchants, though vendors cannot simply hand out fliers, Mohs said.

‘‘It’s got to be meaningful and valuable to the community, and it has to be fun,” she said.

Businesses interested in participating must e-mail Mohs by Tuesday. Her e-mail address is For more information, call 301-879-4707.

Husband and wifelead local Lions

For the first time in the local Lions Clubs’ 85-year history, a husband and wife are serving as presidents of their respective organizations at the same time.

Keith Van Ness, president of the Takoma Park Lions Club, and his wife Pat, president of the North Silver Spring Lions Club, both received the title of ‘‘King Lion” in June at a special installation celebration together. They are Silver Spring residents.

‘‘We both have been Lions for a good many years. ... It’s just something we got used to,” said Pat Van Ness, who joined her club when it was still ‘‘lionesses only,” she said.

‘‘It’s two different clubs, but when there’s a blood drive I can help with or a yard sale he can help with, we work together,” Pat Van Ness said.

Keith Van Ness joined the Takoma Park Lions Club in 1996, but has also served as president of the Silver Spring Lions Club, of which he was a member since 1973. His wife, a member of the North Silver Spring Lions Club since 1976, is also a charter member of that group. The couple, married for 58 years, has three children and six grandchildren.

NWOCA to meet

The North White Oak Civic Association will meet 7:30 p.m. today at the White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave. Montgomery County Council President Marilyn J. Praisner (D-Dist. 4) of Calverton is expected to attend. Among the topics for discussion include permitting and zoning issues, and there also will be an open forum for residents. For more information, call 301-655-0943 or visit

New ESOL class offered

An English for Speakers of Other Languages class will be offered 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. this and every Tuesday through Aug. 28 at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road in Silver Spring. The class is free with a $20 refundable deposit, but space is limited. For more information, call 240-777-8400.

Hear free concert

Pianist Russell Wilson, a staff sergeant and member of the United States Marine Band, will perform a free concert 6 p.m. Sunday at the Peach Orchard Christian Retreat Center, 15712 Peach Orchard Road in Silver Spring. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 301-384-3305 or visit .

See ‘Dreamgirls’

The Montgomery County, Maryland Chapter of the National Hampton Alumni Association is leading a trip to Baltimore to see matinee brunch showing of ‘‘Dreamgirls” Sept. 30 at Toby’s, The Dinner Theatre of Baltimore. Proceeds will benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund. Tickets are $50 for adults and $45 for children age 12 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact James Marshall Jr. at 301-924-4461 or

Knit for a good cause

The Montgomery County Association for Family and Community Education is seeking volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets for sick and needy children 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 1 in the extension office, 18410 Muncaster Road in Derwood. Yarn and fabric will be provided and donations of acrylic yarn are being accepted. Call Pat at 301-460-5451.

At White Oak Library

Preschool story time will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

A series of science demonstrations about sound, chemical reactions and temperature will be performed 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Brady Hartley from Brookside Garden’s Nature Center will present nature stories with hands-on props, games or activities 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2.

The White Oak Library is located at 11701 New Hampshire Ave. Call 240-773-9555.

At Fairland Library

A discussion of ‘‘The Space Between Us” by Thrity Umrigar will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday. A free class on the basics of jazz dance will be held 7 p.m. Thursday. Registration is required and participants must be age 16 or older.

‘‘Book Time with Ronald McDonald,” with a scheduled appearance by the McDonald’s spokesman, will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The Fairland Library Young Adult Book Club will discuss Gene Yang’s ‘‘American Born Chinese” 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

A free anime film festival for ages 13 to 18 will be held 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 6. Japanese snacks and beverages will be available. No registration is required.

A class on how to create lace will be held 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2. An ice cream social featuring magician Josh Norris for all those who participated in the summer reading program will be held 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Fairland Library is located at 14910 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville. To register for any of these events or for more information, call 240-773-9460.

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