Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Students organize run to benefit Katrina victims

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A 5K run to benefit survivors of Hurricane Katrina and organized by students from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring will take place 8:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Ave. The race course goes along Sligo Creek Parkway between Wayne Avenue and Colesville Road. Registration starts 7:30 a.m. and a picnic will follow the race. Funds from race registration and donations will go to Hands on New Orleans, an organization assisting in rebuilding efforts.

Neva Bowers, Eliot Gold and Camille Huang, who will be seniors at Blair High in the fall, came up with the idea after watching the Spike Lee documentary "When the Levees Broke," about the impact of the 2005 hurricane, in a class taught by Kevin Shindel.

"After a lot of class discussions, we decided we should do something to raise awareness about the situation," Bowers said. "I enjoy running and I've done a lot of 5Ks, so this has always been an idea of mine to have my own. … It's going to be fun and it's for a really good cause."

A 1K Fun Run for children too young to run the 5K will be held 9:30 a.m. No registration is required, but prizes will be offered. The race will include Washington Redskins cheerleaders, free food and shirts.

To register for $25, go to Race-day registration will be $35. Extra donations are also accepted through the Web site and on the day of the race.

End-of-life seminar

A seminar on reaching the end of life will be held 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Arden Courts Retirement Home. Alzheimer's caregiver Ruth N. Chertkov will address difficult questions such as providing comfort and finding care at the end of life, and will explore topics such as dementia, health care options and help during the healing process. To RSVP, call 301-847-3051 or send an e-mail to Arden Courts is located at 2505 Musgrove Road in Silver Spring.

Cub Scouts popcorn fundraiser

The Burtonsville Pack 480 Cub Scouts will hold a popcorn fundraiser 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Giant Food supermarket at the Burtonsville Crossing shopping center, 15791 Columbia Pike, and again 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 30 at Zimmerman's Home Center, 3801 Sandy Spring Road. For more information on joining or supporting Pack 480,


Join Cub Scouts

All boys in grades 1 through 5 are invited for 2008 Cub Scout information and registration 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Burtonsville Elementary, 15516 Old Columbia Pike, and Fairland Elementary, 14315 Fairdale Road. Area Cub Scouts have a variety of exciting activities planned for the year, including the Pinewood Derby, the Space Derby rocket races, crafts, games, camping and outdoor sports. For more information,

e-mail Financial aid is available.

Back-to-school memories

What was it like the first time you (or your kids) boarded the school bus and left summer behind? How long did it take you to pick out the perfect back-to-school outfit? Do you have a plan for getting the best deal on school supplies? Tell us about it!

The Gazette wants to hear all your back-to-school memories, from first-day jitters and disasters, to making fast friends with your desk - or office-mate. Montgomery County Public Schools open Tuesday, so send us your photos and share your memories by Thursday.

Photos and stories will be considered for print and online. E-mail us at memories@gazette.

net or write to The Gaithersburg Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

Family carnival

The annual St. Camillus family carnival will be held 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept 5, noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 6 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at St. Camillus Church, 1600 St. Camillus Drive in Silver Spring. There will be food, games and rides. Admission is free, but a small fee will be charged for rides. From noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 6, patrons can have unlimited access to any ride for $10. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 5. To order, call 301-434-8400.

County to hold

solar car derby

Children ages 8 through 14 are invited to enter the 2008 Solar Car Derby, an event highlighting clean-energy use. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, participants will assemble a working, solar-powered model car and, if the sun's out, race them. The event is sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and the East County Regional Services Center. It will be held at the regional services center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring.

Participants must register. The program is limited to 22 children, all of whom must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is a Montgomery County resident. Participants must arrive by 10 a.m. at the latest. To enter, call DEP at 240-777-7700 or e-mail with the participant's name, the parent or guardian's name, address and home phone number.

Meetings to discuss

new Silver Spring library

A public meeting to discuss plans for the new Silver Spring Library will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Round House Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road. It will be followed by a special meeting for teenagers to tell officials their preferences for the new library 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the library, 8901 Colesville Road. Pizza will be served at 12:30 p.m. before the teen discussion. The meetings are sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries, the Silver Spring Regional Center and the Montgomery County Department of General Services.

Celebrate, taste tomatoes

Local farmers will submit their tomatoes for a free public tasting contest 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the FreshFarm Market on Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue in Silver.

The public is encouraged to come out, taste tomatoes, receive growing tips, learn recipes and engage in tomato-themed children's activities. The event is sponsored by Washington Gardener Magazine, a Silver Spring-based publication.

Class on foreclosure prevention

Advice about avoiding foreclosure will be given to homeowners at an informational class 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. The class is sponsored by the city's Committee on Landlord Tenant Affairs. Spanish translation will be available. To reserve a seat, contact Linda Walker at 301-891-7222 or

White Oak Library events

A morning book discussion of "My Dream of You" by Nuala O'Faolain will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Pick up a copy of the book at customer service.

Join a beginner's class for catalog and Internet training 9:15 a.m. Saturdays. The class will cover Web page basics and how to access the library's catalog and databases. Registration is required.

To register for programs, call 240-733-9555.

Send news items, announcements and community events to Amber Parcher at, or call her at 240-473-7563. Send them by mail to Burtonsville Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707.