Chevy Chase residents volunteer across states, seas

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005

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Fun at the library Chevy Chase resident Kent Holland sits with his sons Scott, 2, and Will, 4, as they watch a juggler perform at the Chevy Chase Library Family Fun Day and 40th Anniversary on Saturday.

*Kate Kiggins and her son, Eli Blum, of Chevy Chase, spent a week in July volunteering building and repairing homes in Fayette County, W. Va.

They were part of an 18-member team of volunteers coordinated by St. Paul, Minn.-based Global Volunteers, a nonprofit organization that offers short-term service programs in 19 countries.

Working elbow-to-elbow with participants in the YouthBuild alternative education program, the volunteers repaired old homes and helped build new ones. Some also provided GED tutoring.

Eli spent most of his time applying drywall and sharing life stories with youths.

‘‘I think they’re all people who are very intelligent and capable, but they haven’t really been given enough direction in life,” he said in a written statement.

As an added bonus, Eli brought along his cello to entertain the other volunteers and West Virginians.

During free time, the volunteers listened to musicians performing mountain music, toured the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and crossed the New

River Gorge Bridge, one of the longest arched bridges in the western hemisphere.

*Chevy Chase resident Jill Rivers, a teacher at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, spent two weeks this July living and volunteering with the Aboriginal community of Kennedy, Australia.

The trip was also through the Global Volunteers organization.

Rivers worked on a variety of labor projects including installing irrigation systems, building a shed and painting furniture.

Rivers said a highlight of the trip was hunting for wild turkey with local people.

A salad supper

The Junior Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase will hold its annual Salad Supper for potential new members at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chevy Chase Woman’s Club, 7301 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase.

Come to meet current members and learn about the organization.

RSVP to Carol Hynes Assmann at 301-718-8090 or e-mail

Kensington resident isworld fencing champion

Larry Pinkus, a member of the USA Veterans World Fencing team, won the World Championship in Veterans Men’s Sabre 60-plus category at the Veterans World Championships in Tampa, Fla., this month.

‘‘I was quite thrilled with the whole thing,” said Pinkus, a Kensington resident. ‘‘A friend told me this was the culmination of my career, but I’m not ready to retire yet.”

More than 250 people competed in the tournament’s 12 events.

Pinkus was awarded a gold medal by the Federation Internationale Escrime, which controls fencing in the World Championships and the Olympics. He was also given a first place medal from the tournament.

Pinkus said in preparation for the tournament, he trained two to three times a week. He has been fencing for 35 years.

He is the president of the National Institutes of Health Recreation and Welfare Fencing Club and works at NIH.

Free safety seat inspections

There will be a free child car-seat check-up from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Fitzgerald Auto Mall - Gaithersburg, 903 N. Frederick Ave. in Gaithersburg.

The dealership says this is the largest seat inspection event in the state and recommends that guests be in line by noon.

For more information, call 301-548-4847.

We salute

Civilian Jocelyn A. Waller recently participated in the

U.S. Naval Academy’s weeklong summer seminar program in Annapolis.

Waller is currently attending Connelly School of the Holy Child. She is the daughter of Maria R. and J. Michael Waller of Bethesda.

Referrals availableto High Holiday services

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has a listing of synagogues and other venues that offer low cost or free tickets to upcoming Jewish High Holiday services in the Washington metropolitan area for those who are not affiliated with a local synagogue. For information, call 301-770-4848 or 703-978-3910 or go to

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins the evening of Oct. 3 and through runs through Oct. 5. Yom Kippur begins the evening of Oct. 12 and runs through Oct. 13.

New president at Beth El

Walter Arnheim was recently elected president of Congregation Beth El in Bethesda.

Prior to becoming president of Beth El, Arnheim served as treasurer of the synagogue and member of its executive committee and board of trustees.

Arnheim is married to Marsha Rehns. They have two sons.

Help boost a child’s skillsand self-esteem

Interages, a nonprofit in Montgomery County, needs volunteers to work with children at local schools starting in September. With as little as one daytime hour each week during the coming school year, volunteers can make a real difference to children.

Volunteers provide friendship, encouragement, and help with reading, word games, crafts, and cultural activities.

Training, all materials, and on-site supervision are provided. Contact Sara Cartmill at 301-949-3551, x19 or for more information.

Rescue Day 2005

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad’s Rescue Day 2005 will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad station, 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda.

Rescue Day 2005 features fire and rescue trucks, tours of the station, live demonstrations of medical and rescue equipment, a visit by a helicopter, free firefighter hats for children, a free moonbounce and KidCare Photo Identification kits.

For more information, call 301 652-0077 or visit

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