Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Students visit homeless center

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Mark Wellman, the University of Maryland’s new director of Business, Society and the Economy, took 75 freshmen to Silver Spring homelessness outreach center Progress Place as part of the students’ service day Monday.

The students, mainly business majors, will be using the visit as a way to look at the business plans of nonprofits like Progress Place, and how nonprofits operate in responding to social issues.

Progress Place, 8210 Colonial Place, is a daytime center for the homeless and low-income families that operates in partnership with the county, Community Vision, Shepherd’s Table and the Community Clinic. The center provides emergency services, counseling, recovery and medical services. Call 301-585-4471.

Ukrainian festival in town

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

Woodside Thrift Shop reopens

The thrift shop at Woodside United Methodist Church, 8900 Georgia Ave., will reopen 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6. Women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and bed and bath linens will be on sale. Call 301-587-1215.

Church holdsrummage sale

The 34th annual rummage sale at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8. Items on sale include clothing, toys, household goods, furniture and books. The church is located at 818 University Blvd. W., Silver Spring. Call 301-593-3282.

Railroad stationopen house

The 1945 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave., will hold an open house 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The station is the only building in downtown Silver Spring on the National Register of Historic Places. The open house is a free event. Call 301-495-4915.

At the Silver Spring Library

An English conversation club will meet 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and Sept. 5 at the Silver Spring Library. Adults who are new English speakers can practice the language with the help of a leader. Registration is not required.

The Silver Spring African American Book Group will discuss John Hope Franklin’s ‘‘Mirror to America” 7 p.m. Sept. 5.

Nancy Nuttle, a music educator of ‘‘Music Together Montgomery” will lead musical activities for babies, toddlers and preschool age children and their parents or caregivers 10:15 a.m. and again 11 a.m. Sept. 6.

The YMCA’s Youth and Family Services staff will lead workshop ‘‘Respect: Dealing with the ‘Attitude’” 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Staff will give advice to parents dealing with back talk, foul language and non-cooperative behavior.

‘‘Born to Read,” a nine-week story, song, music and rhyme series will be offered during two sessions, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 20. The series is for newborns to children 23 months old and their caregivers. The ‘‘Born to Read” program will also be offered once a month Saturdays, beginning 10:30 a.m. Sept. 8.

The library is located at 8901 Colesville Road. Call 240-773-9414.

Reading at Kefa Café

A free reading by author Kyi May Kaung of her book ‘‘With or Without Womb” will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday at Kefa Café, 963 Bonifant St. Call 301-589-9337.

Annual children’s day celebrates trees

Brookside Gardens’ annual Children’s Day will be held 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 children’s entertainer Billy B.

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 visit

At the SchweinhautSenior Center

The Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, will hold a presentation ‘‘Roaring 20’s – The Jazz Age” 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5. Ed Fritz will lead the discussion.

A lecture by the Arthritis Foundation and speaker Jamie Farmer will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Farmer will discuss why physical activity is important in managing arthritis.

Mike Cramer will lead a discussion 10:30 a.m. Sept. 6 on former President Lyndon B. Johnson. Cramer will discuss Johnson’s career in the U.S. Congress and his succession to the presidency following former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Call 301-681-1255.

Trolley exhibit explores streetcar system

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

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