Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Christian hip-hop at area church

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A free, all-day Christian hip-hop camp for children ages 3 and up will be offered 10:45 a.m. Aug. 25 at the First United Methodist Church at 6201 Belcrest Road in Hyattsville. A light breakfast and lunch will be served and free school supplies will be given to all participants.

‘‘We’re going to have a workshop for arts and crafts, tap dancing, steel drums and storytelling,” said Sandra Chambers, the Sunday school superintendent at United First Methodist. ‘‘We hope we just have a lot of youth who come and celebrate with us for the beginning of the school year.”

Guest speakers will include tap dancer Joe Webb and Susan Spurlark of Kaiser Permanente.

Parents are asked to register their teens and children by calling 301-927-6133 or Mary Carter-Williams at 301-270-1216.

Kindermusik in Takoma Park

Kindermusik classes with Becky Linafelt will begin in September through the City of Takoma Park Recreation Department. Kindermusik is a classroom learning experience that teaches young children music in order to foster their development.

A full fall schedule of classes is listed at Registrations are taken at the City of Takoma Park and will be accepted when the City of Takoma Park Fall Recreation Bulletin is published at the end of August. For more information, contact Becky Linafelt at or visit the Web site.

Leukemia fundraiser

Mark’s Kitchen at 7006 Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park will be holding a fundraiser Sept. 18 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A portion of the proceeds earned that day will be donated to the society. The funds will go toward supporting blood cancer research, patient services and advocacy. The Maryland Team in Training program from the society is hosting this event. For more information on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Team in Training, go to⁄nca.

Public comment on proposed Metro project

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has released its staff report on the public testimony provided at last October’s Compact Hearing on transit changes at the Takoma Metro property that would result from a proposed townhouse development at the site. Public comment on the staff report will be accepted until 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the addresses listed on the first page of the staff report, which can be found at⁄about⁄community⁄Takoma_landing.cfm

Information on the project and the city’s position on the transit changes are on the Takoma Metro Development page of the city’s Web site at

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.

Host families needed

The Pacific Intercultural Exchange is looking for host families for foreign high school students for the upcoming semester and year. The students are 15 to 18 years old, English-speaking and from a variety of countries including Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and Australia.

Families will be matched with students after an informal meeting with Pacific Intercultural Exchange. If interested, call 1-866-546-1402.

See a lunar eclipse

The Montgomery College planetarium invites stargazers to a viewing of the lunar eclipse at exactly 4:51 a.m. until sunrise Tuesday. The lunar eclipse will be viewed outside the planetarium as weather permits, or inside the planetarium via a web camera on the Internet in the case of inclement weather. The planetarium is located at 7651 Fenton St. on the Takoma Park⁄Silver Spring campus. Visit http:⁄⁄⁄Departments⁄planet⁄planet⁄LunarEclipse8-28-2007.html for more information, or e-mail planetarium coordinator and astrophysicist Harold Williamsat

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.

Build, racesolar-powered cars

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. The event will conclude with a race of the cars, weather permitting.

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

Annual children’s daycelebrates trees

Brookside Gardens’ annual Children’s Day will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. The theme of the day is ‘‘Treerific Trees,” and will include the popular children’s entertainer Billy B: The Natural Science Song and Dance Man.

Events will include puppet shows, a tree-climbing demonstration by an arborist, tree identification walks, arts and crafts.

The event also continues Brookside’s Year of the Tree theme. The event, which brought out 3,200 children to Brookside last year, is free. For more information, call 301-962-1400 or

Opportunity for poets

The Arts and Humanities Commission is looking for poets for its 2007-2008 poetry series. Send three to five poems to the Arts and Humanities Commission at or by mail to 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912. The deadline is Sept. 4.

At the library

Bedtime storytelling will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Takoma Park Maryland Library, 101 Philadelphia Ave. Stuffed animals, pajamas, pillows and blankets are welcome. Call 301-891-7259 to sign up.

Arts and Humanities Day

Takoma Park’s Arts and Humanities Commission is looking for volunteers interested in assisting with the planning of the first Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Day scheduled Oct. 20.

Those interested in leading workshops and sharing their artistic talents with the community should contact Sara Daines at 301-891-7224 or

Send Takoma Park news and announcements to Mike Meno at The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707. The phone number is 240-473-7505. The fax line is 240-473-7501. Items can be e-mailed to