Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

A Labor Day tradition rolls on

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Laurie DeWitt⁄The Gazette
A curious dog peers from a front door in Laytonsville on Aug. 17.
Gaithersburg’s 69th annual Labor Day parade rolls out Monday as summer marches to a close.

The rain-or-shine parade begins at 1 p.m. and will move through Olde Towne Gaithersburg on East Diamond and Russell avenues.

The line-up includes marching bands from all of Gaithersburg’s high schools, plus many others in the region, as well as fire engines, dance groups, giant balloons and more.

A new addition this year is the Celebrity Head TV Stars, which will be normal folks wearing oversized heads of stars such as Bill Cosby, Lucille Ball and Arnold Schwarzenegger, said city spokeswoman Britta Monaco.

Roughly 7,000 visitors attended last year’s parade, she said.

Parking is free in the Olde Towne garage, at the corner of Olde Towne and Summit avenues. Handicap parking is available behind the Victor Litz music store on the north side of Diamond Avenue, and also behind the Shell station on Summit Avenue. A shuttle bus will be available for spectators at Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers Way, and Lakeforest mall, 701 Russell Ave. in Gaithersburg, beginning at noon.

The parade is the oldest city-sponsored tradition, and originally included a band competition, carnival booths and a dance, Monaco wrote in an e-mail.

The activities were part of the Gaithersburg Fire Department’s traditional fundraising events, she wrote.

Eventually the carnival segments ceased to be a profitable fundraiser, though volunteers did continue to sponsor the parade until 1977, when a committee took charge.

For more information, call 301-258-6350 or e-mail

Grove gets athletic

To celebrate Labor Day, Washington Grove residents are hosting a series of athletic events throughout the weekend.

The activities, including a triathlon, bike races and a croquet tournament, are open only to Washington Grove residents.

Events 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday include contests such as sack races, obstacle courses and am egg toss for kids and adults at the athletic field, 200 Grove Road. At 5 p.m., the 24th Annual Grove Triathlon begins with participants propelling themselves across Maple Lake in an innertube.

Other athletic events are planned Sunday and Monday. The fun wraps up with a potluck dinner and awards at 6 p.m. Monday at McCathran Hall, 300 Grove Ave. For a complete listing or for more information, call 301-926-2256.

Itching for good buys

Antiques, clothing, furniture and books are a few goods available at the Fall Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at the North Creek Community Center parking lot, 20125 Arrowhead Road in Montgomery Village.

The event, sponsored by the Montgomery Village Foundation, also includes a Girl Scout bake sale.

Sellers must register in advance and provide their own display equipment. Parking lot-sized sales spaces are $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents.

Rain date is Sept. 22. For more information, call Ana Navarro at 301-948-0110, ext. 367.


Brooke C. Manger, daughter of Christine and Harold Manger of Darnestown, a 2003 graduate of Quince Orchard High School, graduated in May summa cum laude from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Nathaniel Jordan Paul Mesick, of Gaithersburg, graduated in May from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.

Marina Ruiz, daughter of Art and Cheryl Ruiz of North Potomac, a 2005 Quince Orchard High School graduate, a junior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa., was named to the spring dean’s list.

Emma Schwartz, daughter of Mark and Heather Schwartz of Laytonsville, a 2007 graduate of Gaithersburg High School, had a poem selected from thousands of entries as one of the top ten in her grade division in a national Poetry Contest by Creative Communication Inc., a Utah-based writing promotion company.

The poem was a satirical piece written from the perspective of Schwartz’s computer, she said. It will be featured in the poetry anthology ‘‘A Celebration of Young Poets,” and Schwartz will receive a $50 savings bond.

Raising the flag for football

Help the kids kick off the upcoming football season with a free flag football clinic Sept. 8 at Morris Park, 421 Summit Hall Road in Gaithersburg.

Flag football operates with modified National Football League flag rules, and allows boys and girls in grades one through six learn football fundamentals in a non-contact environment.

The clinic is split with first- and second-graders from 9 to 10 a.m., third- and fourth-graders from 10 to 11 a.m. and fifth- and sixth-graders from 11 a.m. to noon.

Registration for this and other fall youth sports is going on now. The deadline to sign up is Sept. 6. For more information, visit⁄sports or call 301-258-6350.

Unlocking Hope

Salon and spa O’Hair, at 424 Main St. in Gaithersburg and 6. E. Church St. in Frederick, is teaming with Habitat for Humanity through the Unlocking Hope program to provide money for home construction in the southeast United States wake of Hurricane Katrina.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9, all proceeds from the Unlocking Hope cut-a-thons will benefit this effort. For more information, call 301-977-0800.

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