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 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.

Liz Lerman Dancereceives grant

Takoma Park’s Liz Lerman Dance Exchange has received a $100,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation to fund the expansion of a ‘‘mixed-abilities” performance. ‘‘The Farthest Earth from Thee,” a dance theater work based on Shakespearean sonnets, brings performers with disabilities and those without on stage in a collaborative effort.

The dance exchange will work with partners in three other U.S. sites for a tour of the show. Visit for more information.

Crossroads Cuisine Crawl

Three Takoma Park residents looking to promote the international foods of the Takoma-Langley Crossroads area are holding a Crossroads Cuisine Crawl noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Organizers Ryan O’Donnell, Ross Marguilles and David Moon will meet those interested in trying cuisine samples from Ethiopian, Cameroonian and Salvadoran establishments at the Takoma Metro at noon, and a shuttle will be available to take the group to the three stops.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at All money raised will go toward the per person cost of the edible samplings on the tour. Any money left over will go to the restaurant owners. Call O’Donnell at 301-270-0308 for more information.

Night Out volunteersare needed

The Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement (C-SAFE) is looking for volunteers for the annual National Night Out. Those interested in helping with this summer’s multi-jurisdictional event Aug. 7 should call 301-439-0971 or 301-439-0972. The focus of the annual event is crime prevention and safety.

County seeksknitting volunteers

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.

Learn ceramics

Teens age 16 and older can learn the craft of wedging and glazing in a beginning ceramics class to be held Sundays through Sept. 2. The fee is $135 for Takoma Park residents, $145 for nonresidents. A $25 materials fee is due directly to instructor John Baker to pay for a 25-pound bag of clay and open studio time on Sundays. Classes will be held in the art room of the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. Call the Recreation Department at 301-891-7283 for more information.

Art at theCommunity Center

A reception showcasing the city’s July and August art exhibit will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. The exhibit is a series of photographs by Rob Rudick and linocuts by Norman Strike themed ‘‘The Car.” Both artists are Takoma Park residents.

Refreshments will be served. E-mail the Arts and Humanities Commission at, or call 301-270-2343.

Library to host‘Harry Potter’ party

A Harry Potter party will be held 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Takoma Park Maryland Library, 101 Philadelphia Ave. Youngsters are invited to come in costume. They will find a host of activities: ‘‘Harry Potter Jeopardy,” fortune telling, a spells and potions contest, performances and skits from the books and movies, and Harry Potter-themed desserts.

Registration is required to perform in the skits or to make one of the desserts. Prizes for the best costume will be awarded. Call 301-891-7259 to register for the event.

Ballot demonstration

The Takoma Park Board of Elections is hosting a paper ballot counting demonstration 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Azalea Room of the Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. A vendor will show those interested the latest in ballot-counting technologies in preparation for the city’s November elections. Contact Jessie Carpenter, city clerk, at 301-891-7267 or for more information.

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