Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Folk festival seeks volunteers

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The 30th annual Takoma Park Folk Festival is seeking volunteers who can help with site setup, cleanup and many other tasks on Sept. 16.

‘‘We rely on about 250 volunteers on the day of the festival,” said Kevin Adler, the festival’s chairman. ‘‘They’re a big component of getting this community event produced each year.”

Volunteers are needed to help out on the day of the festival and also with pre-festival tasks, including publicity, programming, sound, food, logistics, construction, parking, hospitality, recycling and fund raising. Go to the Web site at⁄07 or for information.

The free festival will take place 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Takoma Park Middle School on 7611 Piney Branch Rd. Setup begins at 8 a.m.

The festival will bring together more than 50 musicians, dancers and storytellers, as well as artisans, food vendors and community groups for a day of arts, culture and activism.

‘‘We have seven stages of music and dance all day, and it’s folk music in the broadest sense,” Adler said. ‘‘It ranges from bluegrass to hip-hop to singer-songwriters with guitars to dance traditions from around the world.”

For more information, call 301-589-0202.

Local bikes across France

Andrea Bassing, who grew up in Takoma Park and now lives with her husband in Glen Echo, spent Aug. 20 to 24 bicycling in the Paris-Brest-Paris Brevet, a grueling, independent endurance bicycle ride of more than 750 miles from Paris to Brest and back held every four years. Riders must carry their own food, water, clothing and repair equipment along the ride, which usually takes 84 to 90 hours and necessitates riding all night. For more information, or to see how she did, go⁄EN⁄. Her frame number is 4690, her license number 2620. The Paris-Brest-Paris is the oldest bicycling event that is still regularly run since its first year in 1931.

Sign up for soccer

Nursery schoolers through high schoolers can now sign up to play outdoor soccer for the fall season with Takoma Park Neighborhood Youth Soccer. Online registration is at

There will also be walk-in registration on Labor Day weekend 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. The fee is $50 and includes a team jersey. Practices begin for first-graders and older the weekend of Sept. 8-9, and all players are in action the following weekend. The season ends in early November. Games and practices take place on local fields. For more information go to the Web site or contact Howard Kohn at

Film festival

Saturday is the deadline for submitting entries to the sixth annual Takoma Park Film Festival. Films and video from any genre or year will be accepted and submission is free. The festival is also seeking submissions for a special sidebar program on the theme of ‘‘displeasure,” as well as submissions for possible programs on immigration, multiculturalism, feminism and activism. The festival will take place in Nov. 17-19. Maryland and Washington, D.C.-based artists are eligible for non-monetary prizes, including motion picture processing donated by Colorlab.

The festival is also looking for volunteers to help with publicity, planning, film selection and running various events at the festival in November.

Email for more information.

Labor Day closures

Monday is Labor Day. All Takoma Park government offices will be closed except the police department. Monday’s recycling collection will be on Tuesday, and Monday’s yard trimmings collection is canceled.

Charity golf tobenefit library

The annual Mike Morrissey Mulligan Madness Charity Golf Tournament will take place Sept. 17 at Redgate Golf Course in Rockville. Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. The cost is $400 per foursome and $100 per single. This year’s registration fee includes lunch and a beverage. Proceeds will benefit the Takoma Park Maryland Library.

Local theater performsat church

The New Old Theater will present a performance of ‘‘The Stage Struck Yankee and the New King Lear” at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 and Sept. 14 at Seekers Church at 276 Carroll Avenue, Washington, D.C., one block away from the Takoma Metro station.

Directed by Steven Lampredi, the show will feature the one-act comedy ‘‘The Stage Struck Yankee,” the final act to William Shakespeare’s ‘‘The History of King Lear” (with a surprise ending), and musical interludes. Tickets will be sold at the door, and at

Opportunity for poets

Tuesday is the submission deadline for the Arts and Humanities Commission’s 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.

Arts and Humanities Day needs planners

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

Public comment onproposed 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

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 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

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