Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Annual children’s day celebrates trees

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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.

‘‘It’s part of giving back to the community and it’s just a great day filled with fun activities for the children,” said Leslie McDermott, a spokeswoman for Brookside.

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

‘‘We try and provide a lot of entertainment that is also educational,” McDermott said.

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 visit

MUM food pantry collects at Labor Day parade

The Mid-County United Ministries and the Deacons of Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington will be collecting canned foods for the MUM food pantry after the annual Labor Day Parade 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 3 in Kensington.

People are asked to drop off canned goods and other nonperishable items at a booth at the Labor Day Festival near Armory and Howard avenues in Kensington where information about MUM’s services will be available. For more information about MUM, call 301-929-8675. For more information about the parade and festival, visit

Rec departmenthosts forum

The Montgomery County Recreation Department will be having a community forum 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 6 about the therapeutic recreation programs at Bauer Drive Community Center, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville. The therapeutic recreation programs provide recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in the county. Current programs as well as future needs will be discussed.

Speakers are asked to call by Sept. 4 for a three-minute timeslot. Limited child supervision will be provided free. To speak at the forum or for more information, call 240-777-4925.

Brookside plant sale

The Friends of Brookside Gardens will hold its annual plant sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at outside the visitors center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Perennials, shrubs, trees and other unique plants will be on sale.

For more information, call 301-962-1400 or visit

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.

Kamini Bajaj Hogan of Wheaton was awarded a master of science degree in physician assistant studies from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia.

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.

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 ages 15 to 18, 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, call1-866-546-1402.

Health program grants

The deadline for African American Health Program (AAHP) mini-grants is Friday. The AAHP offers mini-grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,900 to community groups for specific health related projects geared to African-Americans in Montgomery County. For more information, call 240-777-1833.

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, weatherpermitting.

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 .

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.

County libraries hold Club 2007

The Montgomery County library system is holding Reading Club 2007 until Saturday at any public library in the county. Students from kindergarten to sixth-grade can join until Tuesday. Students receive a free summer reading log, attend special programs and earn prizes, which include a chance to be published in a countywide booklet in October. Other prizes include movie tickets, gift certificates for books and recreation department classes and an iPod Nano. For more information, call 240-777-0001 or visit⁄library.

Interages holds open house

Interages will hold an open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 5 at Holiday Park Senior Center, second floor, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. Interested adults age 50 and older are invited to learn about volunteer opportunities in the center’s intergenerational school-based programs throughout Montgomery County. The adult volunteers, or grandreaders, will work with second-graders in elementary schools throughout Montgomery County.

Many of the students are bilingual or are in English for Speakers of Other Languages and need the extra reinforcement to help improve their reading skills.

Volunteers can commit to as little as one to two hours per week. Training, materials, supervision are provided. For more information, call Sara Cartmill at 301-949-3551, ext. 19

Items for People and Places may be sent to Kristina Gawrgy, The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707. The fax line is 240-473-7501; or e-mail Call 240-473-7559. Deadline is one week prior to publication.