Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Celebrate all things Ukrainian

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The fifth annual Washington Ukrainian Festival will be held Sept. 8 to 9 at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 15100 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring. Doors open at noon both days and the opening ceremony with local and Ukrainian officials will begin 1 p.m. Sept. 8.

The festival features Ukrainian musicians and dancers from all over the world performing both days, homemade and traditional Ukrainian food and drinks. A bazaar selling Ukrainian crafts, books, paintings, jewelry and other items will also be open.

The festival was started as a way to show off Ukraine’s rich heritage, said the Rev. Vladimir Steliac, spiritual leader of St. Andrew. Much of the country’s culture was stifled for years under Communist rule, Steliac said.

‘‘This is one way to show how we have prospered as a free and independent country,” he said.

Admission and parking is free for the festival, which is open to the community. Call 301-593-5316 or 301-384-9192, or visit

BVFD carnival returns

The Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department’s 16th annual Summer Carnival will be held Sept. 6-9 and Sept. 12-15 at the intersections of Route 29, Fairland Road and Old Columbia Pike. The carnival will open nightly at 6:30 p.m. and close 10 p.m. weeknights and 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but the cost of rides depends on the number of tickets needed. Tickets are $1 each. Parking on site is available, and a $2 donation is suggestion. Proceeds from parking and the fire department’s food tent go directly to the fire department. For more information, call 301-384-8058.

Spanish classes offered

The Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center will offer Intermediate Communications in Spanish classes 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday evenings beginning Sept. 10. Classes will run for eight weeks at 3300 Briggs Chaney Road in Silver Spring. Participants should have a basic knowledge of Spanish verbs and their conjugation.

The fee, including materials, is $50.

For more information or to register, call 240-777-8400.

English classes offered

Registration for St. Stephen Lutheran Church’s fall 2007 English as a Second Language classes will be held 7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Sept. 11 and 13 at the church, 11612 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring. Classes will meet 7:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the church for 12 weeks beginning Sept. 18. Beginner and intermediate⁄advanced courses will be offered. The cost is $15 for first-time students and $10 for returning students.

For more information, call 301-254-8583 and please have a fluent English speaker with you when you call.

English languageteachers wanted

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County is seeking volunteers to teach a series of English for Daily Living classes. Volunteers should have experience in course content development, working with adult learners, teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages and classroom teaching.

Volunteers will teach one to two hours of class per week for eight to 10 weeks. Classes will be held at various sites in Montgomery County.

For more information, contact the Literacy Council of Montgomery County at 301-610-0030 or

At the Trolley Museum

The National Capital Trolley Museum will be hosting a ‘‘Trolleymen at Work” exhibit and showing the orientation film, ‘‘It’s a Big Job,” noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday. The program teaches viewers about the work involved in operating a streetcar system.

The program is free. Streetcars will be operating until 4:30 p.m. all weekend. Trolley fare is $3 for children ages 2 to17 and seniors 65 and up, and $4 for adults.

The museum is located at 1313 Bonifant Road. For more information call 301-384-6352 or visit

Anxiety disorders group

A free self-help group for people with anxiety, panic disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other nervous disorders will meet 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Glenmont United Methodist Church, 12901 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring.

The group is run by Recovery International, an international organization that advocates for the use of self-help methods along with cognitive therapy. Participants will learn how to manage stress, panic, anxiety, depression, anger, irrational fears, phobias, compulsions, obsessions and other emotional or behavioral problems.

For more information, call Trish at 301-231-7687 or visit

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

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.

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⁄.

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