Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

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Chris Rossi⁄The Gazette
Four-year-old Elizabeth Mudloff of Bethesda shows her mother, Colleen Mudloff, a flower while shopping at the Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market in Bethesda on Saturday.
The start of the school year is right around the corner and that means the Somerset Elementary School Back-to-School Classic can’t be far behind.

The 20th annual 8K and 2K race and Kids’ Fun Run are set for 8 a.m. Sept. 30. Line up at the corner of Dorset Avenue and Warwick Place, just north of Friendship Heights off Wisconsin Avenue. The course winds through picturesque neighborhoods in Chevy Chase and Friendship Heights.

The entry fee is $20 for adults until Sept. 21. After that, the cost goes up to $25. The fee for children 18 and under is $15.

All entrants get a T-shirt and there will be brunch and an awards ceremony and prize drawings following the events.

To register and for more information, visit

Proceeds from the race help Somerset Elementary School provide scholarships for after-school programs, build its library collections and classroom resources and offer a rich cultural arts program. The Classic is the school’s largest fundraiser.

*Also next month, the annual Make-A-Wish Triathlon returns to Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, Del., and several Bethesda residents are training for the 24th-annual event.

Hosted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic on Sept. 16, the triathlon raises money to fulfill the wishes of area children with life-threatening medical conditions.

‘‘I absolutely love it,” Bethesda resident Karen Cooper said in a release. ‘‘You feel good about yourself, and at the same time raise money for sick children.”

Cooper first participated in the event 10 years ago. It was her first triathlon. It includes a 1.5K (.9-mile) ocean swim, 40K (24.8-mile) bike ride and 10K (6.3-mile) race.

Other Bethesda residents already signed up to race are Mike Manatos, Matthew Fansler, Daniel Lader, Laura Parsons-Wandell, Dennis Cesone, Linda Del Castillo and James Jervey.

Up to 1,000 athletes will participate in this year’s event. Applications to race are still available and volunteers are needed. For more information, call 301-962-9474 or visit

Founded in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic Inc. has fulfilled the wishes of more than 5,500 children fighting life-threatening medical conditions in Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia.

*In October, join hundreds of breast cancer survivors and their supporters for the City of Hope’s annual Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer.

Josh and Debby Rales, of Potomac, chair the walk and fun run that raises funds for the renowned breast cancer research and treatment center located near Los Angeles. Held in cities across the country, the events have raised more than $20 million for breast cancer research, treatment and education programs.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. 5k fun run, 5k walk and 2k walk on Oct. 7 at Cabin John Regional Park. The event features entertainment, food, giveaways, and a Kids’ Zone with moon bounce and games. All adults who raise or donate a minimum of $45 will receive an official Walk for Hope T-shirt. To register or volunteer for the event, visit

What they did on their summer vacations

*Zoe Getzels of Bethesda recently participated in a World Horizons International community service trip to Cayambe Ecuador.

While living in Cayambe for three weeks, she helped teach children in the Los Andes School and helped paint the school building. World Horizons programs are open to high school students age 14-18. Getzels is a student at The Field School in Washington, D.C.

*Alexandra Lis-Perlis of Chevy Chase recently spent two weeks as a Landmark Volunteer at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

She stayed at a nearby summer camp and helped blaze new trails, build lean-tos and assisted with farm chores.

The museum has been a working farm since 1813 when it was owned by James Fenimore Cooper.

Landmark Volunteers offers high school students the opportunity to perform community service at nationally recognized historical, cultural and environmental institutions around the country.

Glen Echo Park celebrates Labor Day with art show

The 37th Annual Labor Day Art Show at Glen Echo Park will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 1-3 in the historic Spanish Ballroom.

An opening reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 31.

The show features the work of more than 200 artists — both adults and children — from the mid-Atlantic region. Many of the artists have a connection to Glen Echo Park, either as students or teachers.

The display includes a wide range of media, such as sculpture, paintings, works on paper, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography and furniture. Most artwork will also be for sale. Artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to display original works of art in this non-juried show.

This year, in conjunction with the Labor Day Art Show, Glen Echo Park will also host an Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 1, that will introduce adults and children to the wide range of visual arts, dance and performance classes offered at the park this fall. The Open House will take place at the Park from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature free classes and demonstrations.

The free event is sponsored by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture Inc. Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. For more information, visit

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