Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Build, race solar-powered cars

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A solar car derby for children ages 8 through 14 will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road in Silver Spring.

The derby includes the assembly of a functional, model solar-powered car that participants can take home. Clean energy information and education materials will be available to connect solar cars with broader energy conservation efforts. At the same time, understanding how a solar-powered car works – energy generated from the sun is transmitted through solar panels to start the car’s motor – will help students understand how household electronics work, said Eric R. Coffman, a senior energy planner with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection.

‘‘A lot of the principles with the cars in their hands is the same as for the electric grids to their homes,” he said.

The event will conclude with a race of the cars, weather permitting, though Coffman said the derby was moved to August from October to increase the chances of sunshine and because students are still on summer vacation.

Registration is required by Friday. Participation is limited to 15 students, and a parent or guardian must accompany participants. To register, call Coffman at 240-777-7754 or e-mail

Entertainment bookson sale

The Burtonsville Lions are selling the 2008 Entertainment Book for both the Maryland-District of Columbia and Greater Baltimore areas. Each book costs $25 and includes coupons for local and area-wide restaurants, entertainment, sports events, car rentals and carryout orders, among other services. All proceeds go toward the Lions’ charitable works. To purchase a book or for more information, call Herb Bricken at 301-421-9688.

Burtonsville Dayparticipants wanted

Vendors, parade and car show participants are needed for the 17th annual Burtonsville Day, to be held this year Sept. 28 and 29. Registration forms for the parade and vending can be found at To register for the car show, call Bob Hart at 301-384-2345 or e-mail

This weekat White Oak Library

A discussion of Kafka’s ‘‘Metamorphosis” will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The White Oak Library is located at 11701 New Hampshire Ave. Call 240-773-9555.

Youth chess championship at Fairland Library

The Montgomery County Chess Championship for students kindergarten through grade 12 will be held beginning 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call Vaughn Bennet at 202-351-2627.

This weekat Fairland Library

Preschool story time will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Chess for age 8 or older will be played 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Fairland Library is located at 14910 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville. To register for any of these events or for more information, call 240-773-9460.

Calling all crafters

Craft vendors are needed for the annual Winterfest and Craft Show to be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Road in Burtonsville. Interested vendors can call Phyllis Bottegal at 301-260-1528 or e-mail

Volunteer with Interages

An open house for prospective Interages volunteers will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 5 on the second floor of the Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive in Silver Spring. Adults age 50 and older will learn about volunteer opportunities for the intergenerational, school-based programs throughout Montgomery County. Volunteers need as little as two hours a week, and training, materials and supervision are provided. For more information, call Sara Cartmill at 301-949-3551 or e-mail

Attention B-CC class of ’71

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School class of 1971 will celebrate its ‘‘35+1” reunion Sept. 29 at the Chevy Chase Women’s Club. For more information, visit http:⁄⁄⁄usa⁄md⁄bethesda⁄bcchs⁄1971⁄.

Chorale singers wanted

The Central Maryland Chorale is looking for singers to join its non-auditioned community chorus. The fall season will include two concerts in collaboration with the Queen Anne’s Chorale, and the spring concert will feature Maurice Durufle’s ‘‘Requiem.” Rehearsals are held 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at the Laurel Presbyterian Church, 7610 Old Sandy Spring Road. For more information, call 301-317-9646 or visit

Employment services offered

The Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, in conjunction with Montgomery Works Career Development Center, is offering employment assistance 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 at the services center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road in Silver Spring. County residents can get help with skills assistance, resume writing, interview skills, career planning, network and using computers. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call240-777-8400.

Top quilter

Silver Spring resident Karen Schulz is a finalist in the art-naturescapes category of the International Quilt Association’s annual judged show, ‘‘Quilts: A World of Beauty,” for her work, ‘‘Deep Into Summer: First Fall.”

The winners will be announced Oct. 30 in Houston.

On campus

Silver Spring residents Notoya Russell, Andrew Parker, Dinesh Perera, Makda Ammanuel and Matthew Lynch, and Takoma Park resident Lillian Rosen were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2007 semester at American University in Washington, D.C.

Sell wares at yard sale

A yard sale hosted by the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center will be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15 outside the services center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road in Silver Spring. The cost is $10 for one parking stall, $15 for two and proceeds from the spaces will go to the Peoples Community Wellness Center. Call 240-777-8400.

Ukrainian festival in town

The Washington Ukrainian Festival will be held Sept. 8 to 9 at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 15100 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Doors open noon Sept. 8 and the opening ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Admission and parking is free.

For more information, call 301-593-5316 or 301-384-9192, or visit

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