Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Brookside photo contest winners selected

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Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave. in Wheaton, last week announced 31 photographs from 26 photographers were chosen as winners in its photo contest. A list of the winners is posted on its Web site

The contest drew 238 photographs from 65 photographers. Photographers were asked to submit their best images of Brookside for inclusion in a 2009 wall calendar commemorating the gardens' 40th anniversary next year. 

Winning photos will be used for featured monthly images and smaller insets. Each winner will receive a calendar, a complimentary pass to the "Wings of Fancy" live butterfly exhibit and a photo credit any time their images are used on other marketing and promotional materials or merchandise for the gardens.

"Brookside has always been a community garden and we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for our visitors and volunteers," said Leslie McDermott, spokeswoman for Brookside Gardens. "So many people have grown up at Brookside over the course of 40 years, so they consider it part of their home.

"It was very important to involve our visitors in the experience."

Brookside's calendar, the first the gardens have sold, will include seasonal and historical photos taken at Brookside Gardens, information on the history of Brookside, gardening advice, "going green" tips and a membership application to the Friends of Brookside Gardens, the nonprofit group that supports Brookside and also provided a portion of the seed money for the calendar. The calendar kicks off Brookside's year-long, 40th anniversary celebration and will go on sale early next month at Brookside's gift shops or online.

Students organize run

to benefit Katrina victims

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.

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.

Donations needed

at Wheaton food bank

The Mid-County United Ministries Capt. Joseph A. Mattingly Food Pantry, located in the Mid-County Regional Services Center, 2424 Reedie Drive in Wheaton, will have an outreach booth and food drive Sept. 1 at the Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival.

Residents are invited to stop by at the MUM booth and donate canned or packaged food items to help keep the pantry stocked for needy residents who need help. The deacons at Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, 10123 Connecticut Ave. in Kensington, also are helping MUM and will be happy to accept donations. For more information, contact MUM at 301-929-8675 or midcounty

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

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 on-site staff support will be provided. Contact Sara Cartmill at 301-949-3551, ext. 19, or

Volunteer to help a child

Adults age 50 and older looking to mentor and tutor a child are invited to visit the Interages Volunteer Open House 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 3. Volunteers will tutor children one to two hours a week in a school-based program throughout Montgomery County. Training, materials and on-site staff support will be provided to volunteers. The open house will be on the second floor of the Holiday Park Senior Center, at 3950 Ferrara Drive in Wheaton. For questions, contact Sara Cartmill at 301-949-3551, ext 19, or

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