Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Husband and wife lead Lions

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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 Springresidents.

‘‘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, have three children and six grandchildren.

Silver Spring filmmaker wins award

Silver Spring filmmaker Walter Gottlieb and his company, Final Cut Productions, have won a CINE Golden Eagle award for the 2006 documentary ‘‘Heart & Soul: The Life and Music of Frank Loesser.” CINE is a Washington, D.C.,-based organization that honors filmmakers.

Gottlieb’s documentary profiles the composer⁄lyricist of Broadway’s ‘‘Guys and Dolls,” The Most Happy Fella,” and ‘‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” along with Hollywood movie songs like ‘‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The film was broadcast on PBS stations around the country.

Get enchantedwith Forest Glen

A guided walking tour of the National Park Seminary will be held 1 p.m. Saturday. Tour signs will be posted on Linden Lane. Go to or call Save Our Seminary at301-654-3924 or 301-589-1715 for more detailed directions. Reservations are not required but there is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Tours involve extensive walking on outdoor paths with steps and rough areas.

Discover Silver Spring through tour

A walking tour of Silver Spring with Silver Spring Historical Society President Jerry A. McCoy will be held 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 4. Cost is $5. Children younger than age 13 get in free, as do historical society members with membership cards. Reservations are not required. E-mail

Resident to produce,act in play

Silver Spring resident Frank Mancino will produce, direct and act in an original show at the Capital Fringe Festival, which runs through Sunday. Mancino’s play, ‘‘A White House Tale,” is based on Charles Dickens’ ‘‘A Christmas Carol,” with the president haunted by the ‘‘Ghosts of Presidents Past.” Audiences will get to write down their favorite George W. Bush expressions for use onstage and vote on the play’s ending. For dates and times, go to Go to for information about the festival.

More residents performat Fringe Festival

Silver Spring resident Diana Tokaji will present ‘‘Tokaji: Works for the Living” at the Capital Fringe Festival through Sunday. Tokaji and her collaborators speak with dance, words, sign language and song. She will perform with opera singer Chinwe Enu, 17-year-old saxophonist Elijah Balbed, bassist David Jernigan and singer Annie Johnstone. Performances will be held at the Warehouse Downtown Arts Complex’s main stage, 1021 7th St. NW. Performances are 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at or by calling 866-811-4111. They also can be purchased at the door.

At the Silver Spring Library

An English conversation club will meet 7 p.m. Aug. 1 and Aug. 8. Adults who are new English-speakers can practice the language with the help of a leader.

The Silver Spring African American Book Club will discuss ‘‘Secret Daughter” by June Cross 7 p.m. Aug. 1.

The movie ‘‘Hoot” will be screened 3:30 p.m. Aug. 2 as part of the library’s ‘‘Thursday Afternoons at the Movies” series.

The library is located at 8901 Colesville Road. Call 240-773-9414.

Come spin a yarn

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, Derwood. Yarn and fabric will be provided and donations of acrylic yarn are being accepted. Call Pat at 301-460-5451 for more information or directions.

Musician to performat senior center

Michael Chamberlin will perform 11 a.m. Aug. 30 at the Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road. The event is sponsored by the National Theater Outreach and is free. Call 301-431-5708.

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