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 abut 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.

Meet local printmakers

A reception for a new exhibit by emerging printmaking artists will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pyramid Atlantic gallery, 8230 Georgia Ave.

The exhibit, "Scratching the Surface," features 23 artists from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, many of whom will be in attendance. The event will be catered by Mayorga Coffee Factory in Silver Spring.

Pyramid Atlantic also will have work from its private collection on display and for sale. Call 301-608-9101 or e-mail

Pyramid Atlantic is a nonprofit contemporary arts center located in the arts and entertainment district in downtown Silver Spring. For more information, visit

Movie under the stars

A free showing of the movie "Madagascar" will be held 7:45 p.m. Friday at Ed Wilhelm Field, 7510 Maple Ave., behind Piney Branch Elementary School in Takoma Park. The movie will be shown on a 21-foot screen provided by Fun Flicks.

Viewers are encouraged to bring blankets for the outdoor screening and popcorn will be served. "Madagascar" is a computer-animated PG movie about animals at the Central Park Zoo who are unexpectedly transported to Madagascar.

A performance by the Takoma Park Community Band will precede the showing at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call Carey Antoszewski at 301-891-7233.

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.

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.

On campus

Takoma Park residents Morgan Halvorsen, Jennifer Frank and Jack Graul, and Silver Spring residents Shreemal Perera and Melissa Gudiel were recently named to the spring 2008 dean's list at American University in Washington, D.C. Students must obtain a 3.5 grade-point average or better on their semester courses to make the list.

Silver Spring resident Anna Chandra Helfeld Coughlan has been named to the spring 2008 dean's list at the University of Rochester in New York.

The following Silver Spring residents received diplomas from Washington College in Chestertown earlier this year: Carimanda A. Baynard, bachelor's degree in sociology, recipient of the Sociology Service award; Elise M. Conway, bachelor's degree in business management, minor in economics, departmental honors, recipient of the Schottland Business Leadership Award; A. Allan Peterson, bachelor's degree in international studies, minor in economics.

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 askdep@ with the participant's name, the parent or guardian's name, address and home phone number.

Information session

for adult volunteers

An open house on how adults can volunteer with school-based programs will be given 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Holiday Park Senior Center, second floor, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. The session is designed for adults age 50 and older and is sponsored by Interages. Training, materials and onsite staff support will be provided. Contact Sara Cartmill at 301-949-3551, ext. 19, or

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.

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