Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Safety program honors Scout’s memory

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Boy Scout Troop 1083 of Silver Spring gathered at the headquarters of the Dewey Beach Patrol in Delaware for the sixth annual Beach Safety Day program on water safety.

The program was created in memory of Silver Spring resident Michael Johnson who drowned Aug. 23, 1998, at Rehoboth Beach. Michael Johnson was a member of Silver Spring Boy Scout Troop 495, whichhas sincedisbanded.

Susan Johnson, who sponsors the event in memory of her son, said that more education is needed to make people aware of the dangers of the ocean.

‘‘On Saturday, there were strong shore breaks and lifeguards put up [signs of] precaution,” Johnson said. ‘‘These things didn’t happen that much before in that area until this accident.”

She said it was also important to teach the Boy Scouts life skills, such as how to swim out of a strong rip current, that they can then pass along to friends and family.

The scouts received hands-on water safety training and participated in simulated water rescues. They also received advice on physical requirements to become a lifeguard and learned about water hazards and first aid.

The weekend of events was sponsored by the Dewey Beach Patrol, Susan and Carl Johnson, and Peter Hartsock, board member of the U.S. Lifesaving Association and coordinator of the United Open Water Lifesaving Program.

Trolley Museum program

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

On campus

Wheaton resident William Shields was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2007 semester at American University in Washington, D.C.

Church holds annualrummage 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.

Woodside Thrift Shop reopens

The thrift shop at 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.

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

Interfaith group holdsopen house

The Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington will hold an open house 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 16 at Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Mill Road, Kensington. The IFFP is an independent community for families of both Jewish and Christian traditions.

Prospective members are welcome. The open house will include a service, back-to-Sunday school presentation, and explain the programs and activities offered through the IFFP. Spiritual leaders include Rev. Julia Jarvis and Rabbi Harold White.

To RSVP, call 301-270-6337 or e-mail For more information, visit

Volunteers neededfor the Literacy Council

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.

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County is also looking for volunteers to teach adults to read, write and speak English. Tutors work one-on-one or in small groups and will meet with the students in libraries or community centers at mutually convenient times. No foreign language skills are necessary. Orientation will be held 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Rockville Library, 99 Maryland Ave. Registration is required.

For more information, call 301-610-0030 or e-mail

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. Monday 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

Church holdscommunity funfest

A Community Funfest will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 George Ave., Wheaton. There will be activities for all ages including a moon bounce, face painting, dunk tank, games and crafts. Steel drums, puppets and Irish dancers will provide entertainment. Call 301-949-8383.

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