Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Learn about feathered creatures

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The Wheaton Library will hold ‘‘Wings and Things” 2 p.m. Thursday at the library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. The event will be run by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Scales and Tales Program, which allows children to learn more about wildanimals.

Program leaders will teach children how birds live and survive in the wild. Children will be encouraged to pick up books about what they learn.

Anne Gerlach, library associate for the children’s library at Wheaton, said any event at the library that includes animals is popular.

‘‘Libraries are also meeting places and places of lifelong learning,” Gerlach said. ‘‘... [The different programs] connect reading with real lifeoutside.”

Gerlach said free tickets would be required to control the amount of people that come to view the animals.

Tickets are limited to five per family. Large groups should call by today for ticket availability. Call 240-777-0678.

Swim-a-thon to raise money for infant liver transplant

A swim-a-thon will be held at the Connecticut Belair Swim Club Saturday and Sunday to raise money for Savannah Anselmo, a 7-month-old in need of a liver transplant. The event begins noon Saturday and lasts 24 hours.

Swimmers are asked to line up pledges prior to the event for each lap they swim during the 24-hour period. Participants must complete a registration and waiver form. Contact Carolina Peraza at 240-793-0118 or caper213@yahoo.com.

Connecticut Belair Swim Club is located at 3901 Ferrara Drive, Silver Spring.

Viers Mill Baptist Church holds Bible school

Viers Mill Baptist Church will hold Game Day Central: Vacation Bible School 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 2 at the church, 12221 Veirs Mill Road, Silver Spring. Classes are for people age 3 and older. For more information, call 301-942-3210.

Kemp Mill churchholds blood drive

The St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church is sponsoring an American Red Cross mobile blood drive 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the church, 11600 Kemp Mill Road in Silver Spring. Blood donors must be 17 years old or older, or 16 years old with a consent form, weigh 110 pounds, be in good general health and should not take aspirin for at least three days prior to donating. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or contact Tony Gentilcore at 240-478-4407 or agentilcore@comcast.net.

On campus

Michelle Dadourian of Silver Spring was recently inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, a freshman honor society at Salisbury University. Dadourian is a 2006 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring.

Wheaton Sizzles in the Summer series is back

Wheaton Sizzles in the Summer outdoor concerts will include music by the Nighthawks 8 p.m. Aug. 18 outside the Mid-County Regional Services Center, 2424 Reedie Drive. The concert is free. Fourteen restaurants in downtown Wheaton also will be offering 20 percent discounts on meals before the concert. For a list of the participating restaurants, call 240-777-8100 or stop by the information booth near the stage beginning 6 p.m. for directions.

Gilchrist Center is looking for volunteers

Volunteer positions are available at the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. High school students are welcome. Available positions include an information and referral assistant, assistant program coordinator, ESOL instructor⁄instructor aide, basic computer instructor and Spanish language⁄culture instructor. Call 240-777-4940.

Knit for needy children

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.

Brookside displays botanical art and illustration

An annual exhibit of artwork by students and faculty of the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration, called Botanica 2007, is currently on display 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until Aug. 3 at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Original art and archival quality giclee prints are also on sale. For more information, call Ellen Bennett at 301-962-1470 or e-mail MargaretSaul@BotanicArtist.com.

Holiday Park offersseries about WWII

Gerald Schneider, a longtime volunteer at Holiday Park Senior Center, will start an eight-part series called ‘‘The Home Front” 1:15 p.m. Aug. 13 at the center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton.

A series of short Public Broadcasting Service films will focus on World War II and the impact it had on the country. A discussion will follow each film.

Part one of the series includes the bombing of Pearl Harbor and how the event redefined the American perspective on forming relations with the rest of the world.

Schneider also leads the Think Tank discussions at the center. ‘‘The Home Front” will include six sessions in August and two in September. For a full schedule, visit www.holidaypark.us or call 240-777-4999.

County libraries hostReading Club 2007

The Montgomery County library system is hosting Reading Club 2007 until Aug. 25 at any public library in the county. Students from kindergarten to sixth grade can join until Tuesday. Students receive a free summer reading log, attend special programs and earn prizes, which include a chance to be published in a countywide booklet in October. Other prizes include movie tickets, gift certificates for books and recreation department classes and an iPod Nano. For more information, call 240-777-0001 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov⁄library.

Brookside’s Wings of Fancy

The annual Brookside Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Sept. 16 at the Brookside Gardens South Conservatory, 1500 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. More than 30 species of Asian, Costa Rican and North American butterflies will be flying freely among tropical plants in the exhibit. Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 12.

For more information, call 301-962-1400 or visit www.brooksidegardens.org.

Items for People and Places may be sent to Kristina Gawrgy, The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707. The fax line is 240-473-7501; or e-mail kgawrgy@gazette.net. Call 240-473-7559. Deadline is one week prior to publication.

WSSC holds art contest

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission invites all artists to enter in its first ‘‘Life at the Reservoirs” art contest before Oct. 31.

Entries should be submitted in one of four categories including animal life at the WSSC reservoirs; plant life at the WSSC reservoirs; recreation at the WSSC reservoirs; or water use by people. Winners will receive $250. Second-place finishers will receive $100 and third-place finishers will receive $50.

Contestants can enter only once in each category. Entries may be in any medium and should be submitted on quality bond or drawing paper, or illustration board. Preferred image sizes are 8-by-11 inches or 11-by-14 inches. Entries should not be framed and must be original.

Send entries with artist’s name, age, home address, phone number and e-mail address on the back of the entry or on a note attached to the back of the entry.

Send entries to the WSSC Community Outreach Office, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707.

For more information, call 301-206-8100 or e-mail communications@wsscwater.com.

MUM food pantry looking for donations

The Mid-County United Ministries, which operates the Capt. Joseph A. Mattingly Jr. Food Pantry, is looking for more donations to provide emergency food supplies and care to county residents.

Canned goods, cleaning supplies or cash donations will be accepted. Goods can be dropped off at MUM, Mid-County Regional Services Center 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton. Call 301-929-8675.

Volunteers needed at Senior Connection

The Senior Connection, a nonprofit that provides mobility to seniors, is looking for volunteer drivers to provide free transportation services. Volunteers may attend an orientation program 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Volunteers are matched with seniors who need transportation for medical appointments and are required to work two to three hours a week. Volunteers are protected with liability insurance coverage. For more information, call 301-962-0820 or e-mail seniorconnectionmc@gmail.com. An application can be found at www.seniorconnectionmc.org.

Trolley Museum needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed to care for, restore and operate vintage trolleys; maintain the track, switches and electrical wires; and serve as docents at the National Capital Trolley Museum, 1313 Bonifant Road, Silver Spring. For more information, call Joanie Pinson at 301-384-6352 or e-mail educator@dctrolley.org.