Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Kensington’s Antique Row holds summer block party

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Charles E. Shoemaker⁄The Gazette
Colleen Kelly of Chevy Chase holds nine-month-old daughter Francesca as she buys a glass of lemonade at a block party on Howard Avenue in Kensington on Saturday. The lemonade stand was run by D.J. Donatelli, 14, sister Annie, 10 and Connor Whitcomb, 14, all of Kensington.
The fun and excitement of a summer block party will continue until Sunday at the shops along Howard Avenue in Kensington.

The second annual Summer Sizzler Block Sale started last weekend and continues through this weekend.

Last Saturday, kids sold lemonade as people walked by the decorated storefronts of Antique Row during the first weekend of the Summer Sizzler Block Sale.

‘‘The summer is sort of a slower doldrum time,” said Margaret Goldsborough, event planner and antique storeowner. ‘‘We started it last year, and it was a pretty good time.”

The Row’s famed antique shops will spill out onto the street, which will be dressed up with festive balloons and flags for the occasion for both weekends, she said.

The West End, a Rockville rock band, played for the crowds last Saturday afternoon, and Goldsborough said there was a good chance a band could play this Saturday as well.

For more information, call Goldsborough at 301-996-1830.

Girl Scouts honored

The Montgomery County Older Girls and Leaders association recognized several girl scouts from Kensington for their outstanding community service during an April 26 ceremony in Rockville.

*Katherine Sanford earned a Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts for her research of the roots of her church.

*Anna Alikhani and Allison Arai earned Silver Awards, which recognize efforts to make life better in their community.

*Catherine Colliton and Allison Silverman earned a Silver Trefoil award that honored their efforts given to improve either the international community, state, local or federal governments.

* Jessica Comstock was recognized for her nine years in Girl Scouts. She volunteered for the Oakland Terrace Elementary School Martin Luther King Jr. day events for eight years.

Local graduate news

Evan Heon, son of Kensington’s George and Tara Heon, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va.

Heon is a sophomore studying economics and graduated from St. Johns College High School in Washington, D.C.

New Kids (and puppets)on the Block

Kids on the Block, a program of the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, needs volunteers to perform scripts with ‘‘life-size” puppets for pre-school and elementary school children.

Lauren Hochman, association spokeswoman, said in a press release the plays center on social and moral lessons for young children such as early childhood aggression prevention, mental wellness, bullying and substance abuse prevention.

Volunteers train and rehearse for several weeks before performing, so no previous experience is necessary.

The next training event will be held in early August, she said, although the specific day will be based on the availability of potential volunteers and the trainer.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and are asked to give one performance per week for a minimum of one year. Performances take place throughout the county and volunteers must provide their own transportation.

Interested volunteers should contact 301-424-0656, ext. 130, or for more information.

This cave rocks

Michael Colella of Kensington is set to open up the crystal cave for the 58th annual gem show of the Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Washington, D.C., held at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 4 and 5 at the school, 9101 Rockville Pike.

‘‘It’s a family event, a kid-friendly event and the cave is going to be there again,” Colella said.

The cave is a tunnel draped with black cloths built inside of a12-foot-long and 6-foot-high wooden box. Colella said he has a few new gems inside the cave this year, after what he called a successful debut at last year’s gem show.

Colella has also helped arrange for door prizes at the event.

For more information, visit

Jubilee Associationseeks volunteers

The Jubilee Association of Maryland seeks volunteers to help make a difference in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities.

The adults in Jubilee care live in group homes throughout the county and require volunteers to help with activities and maintain the homes.

The association seeks volunteers for the Friendship Exchange program that provides bridges to connect clients to their communities, according to the group’s Web site.

Volunteers spend four hours a month, spending one-on-one time with the Jubilee association members.

Jubilee also has ongoing opportunities for projects to maintain and beautify the homes where the Jubilee residents live.

Volunteers can also host parties and craft events, or provide administrative support to make the homes more attractive.

Anyone interested in donating time, or getting more information can visit, or call Sharon Freedman, development and volunteer director, at 301-949-8628.

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