BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAMS AT LIBRARY BRANCHES
Charlotte Blake Alston, master storyteller, narrator and singer, will share traditional and contemporary stories from the African and African American oral and cultural traditions. She will bring her unique talents and knowledge of cultural lore to four MCPL branches in programs geared for various age groups. Her solo performances are often enhanced with traditional instruments.
February 23 – “Come Tell with Me! Stories for three- to five-year olds. 10:30 a.m. Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Call 240-777-0910.
February 23 – “Tell the Stories So That They May Know” program for adults. 7 p.m. Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd. Call 240-777-0110.
February 24 – “Come Tell with Me!” Stories for three- to five-year olds. 10:30 a.m. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Call 240-773-9590.
February 24 - “Let My Stories Tell You Who I Am.” Stories for all ages. 7 p.m. Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Call 240-773-9420.
Other programs include:
February 27 – The Black Hall of Fame Show, an interactive program about contemporary and historic figures in African American culture. Presented by John Taylor, a.k.a. The Kinderman, three-time Emmy Award winning host and co-producer of ABC, Channel 2’s “The Kinderman Show.” For ages six to 10. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. Call 240-777-0970.
CRISIS IN HAITI: IMPACT, NEED, AND GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
Join us as we examine the situation in Haiti both before and after the recent earthquake. Topics include the earthquake's immediate and long-term impact, the effects on the Washington region's Haitian community, and advice on charitable giving to aid the people of Haiti. The informative panel discussion will be moderated by Yves Dayiti from WPFW. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so be sure to register by February 12. Please forward this invitation to your colleagues! February 18, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC.
THE TREE AND GARDEN COMMITTEE OF THE GLEN ECHO HEIGHTS CITIZENS ASSOCIATION
All neighbors are invited who live close to and appreciate the Potomac River to join them on February 24 for a presentation by Mary Travaglini, Potomac Gorge Habitat Restoration Manager at the Nature Conservancy. The presentation will begin at 7pm at Washington Waldorf School at 4800 Sangamore Road. For more information, please visit www.glenechoheights.com or call (301) 229-3469.
ATTEND A TOWN HALL MEETING WITH CONGRESSMAN CHRIS VAN HOLLEN ON FEBRUARY 22 AT MONTGOMERY COLLEGE
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD-08) will convene a town hall meeting for residents of the Eighth Congressional District. The Congressman will report to residents about the activities of the 111th Congress and the important issues facing the nation. For more information go to: http://insidemc.montgomerycollege.edu/showStory.php?id=16615
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING MOVED TO FEB. 17
Due to weather conditions, the Board of Education has postponed its Feb. 9 meeting to Wednesday, Feb. 17. The board will vote on the Superintendent’s proposed FY2011 operating budget at this meeting.
UPCOMING FREE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN THE CITY OF GAITHERSBURG
Preschool Songs and Stories
Tuesdays (except holidays), 11 – 11:45 a.m.
Creative music and stories for children ages 3 to 5 with guardian.
Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD
Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro. A Rockville Little Theatre Production
March 5 – 21, Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
To what lengths will 4 Italian-American grandparents to keep their grandson from leaving New York?
$13 residents / $15 nonresidents
Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD
Arts & Crafts Show at Kentlands Mansion
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 12, 13 & 14, time TBA
Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD
10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented in partnership with the Harp & Shamrock Society
Saturday, March 13, 10 a.m.
Celtic dancers, floats, bagpipe bands, equestrian units and much more.
Washingtonian Center, Grand Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD
The Little Mermaid, an American Family Theatre Production
Sunday, March 14
Performances at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Gaithersburg High School, 314 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD
Free. Preregistration required and donation of non-perishable food items requested.
Indoor Flea Market
Saturday, March 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free Admission, vendor spaces available for a nominal fee
Montgomery County Agricultural Center, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg, MD
Spring Bridal Showcase at Kentlands Mansion
Sunday, March 21, Noon – 4 p.m.
Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD
See how easy it can be to plan the wedding of your dreams.
Music on the Move
Friday, March 26, Time TBA
A joint concert program between the Arts Barn and Kentlands mansion
Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., and the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD
“The Comedy and Mystery Society”
Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m.
Astounding magic and sleight of hand combined with interactive theatre and hilarious fun!
$12 residents / $15 nonresidents
Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD
School’s Out for the Arts Featuring Jessie and James
Tuesday, March 30, 1 p.m.
$8 residents / $10 nonresidents
Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD
ARTS ON THE BLOCK PRESENTS VALENTINE OPEN HOUSE
Join Arts on the Block on Saturday, February 13 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for Valentine card making, puppet making, face painting, studio tours, and much more. The Open house will be held at 11501 Georgia Ave, Suite 104, Wheaton, MD. For more information visit www.artsontheblock.com or call 240-645-0730.
HOARDING AND CLUTTERING WORKSHOP
The Gaithersburg Hoarding Task Force and the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington will present a workshop regarding hoarding and cluttering on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 from 7 to 9 p.m. It will be held at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg. The workshop is open to all members of the community at a cost of $20 per person. To reserve a seat for the workshop please call the City of Gaithersburg Community Services Division at 301-258-6395 x2. For information on the Task Force and hoarding related questions in Gaithersburg, please contact Stephen Rainone in the Neighborhood Services Division at 301-258-6340.
MISSION: EARTH - AN EXHIBITION AT THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
The event will be held on Feb. 6-13, 2010, 11 am - 4 pm, weekdays and Saturdays (Closed Sunday, Feb. 7). Enter the world of Earth observation science and technology during 'Mission: Earth,' a special exhibition at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Silver Spring, MD. 'Mission: Earth' will feature a vast array of tools NOAA uses to study land, sea and sky, along with hands-on exhibits, guest speakers, video presentations, and more! NOAA scientists and other experts will be on hand to talk about the work they do every day to take the pulse of the planet and support public safety, safe navigation, and commerce.
Located in the NOAA Science Center at 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, admission is free. Public parking is available, near the Silver Spring Metro Station, photo ID required for adults. Visit www.preserveamerica.noaa.gov or call 301-713-7615 for more information.
PETER AND THE WOLF - FEBRUARY 3-MARCH 21, 2010
The familiar musical story is expanded into a lively theatrical version, with bold movement and original songs. We meet the clever Peter and his friends, the starving Cat and the bickering Duck and Bird. Together they scheme to capture the Wolf and make the forest a safer place. But Wolf is a wily trickster and will stop at nothing to capture his prey! There are mad chases, mysterious appearances, high comedy, suspense and, of course, the brilliant music. For more information go to: https://tickets.imaginationstage.org/public/show_events_list.asp
THE TREE & GARDEN COMMITTEE OF THE GLEN ECHO HEIGHTS CITIZENS ASSOCIATION
Invites all neighbors who live close to and appreciate the Potomac River to join them on February 24, 2010 for a presentation by Mary Travaglini, Potomac Gorge Habitat Restoration Manager at the Nature Conservancy. The presentation will begin at 7pm at Washington Waldorf School at 4800 Sangamore Road. For more information, please visit www.glenechoheights.com or call (301) 229-3469.
MID-ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL – FEBRUARY 19-21
Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival ignites the return of that big fun at the same great venue – the Hilton Executive Meeting Center in Rockville, MD for three days of good vibes, great socializing, and opportunities to hear the music as it was (classic sounds in the tradition), as it is (the current scene), and as it will be (the Next Generation)! For more information go to: http://www.midatlanticjazzfestival.org/
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMUNITY HOME AND REMODELING EXPO
Being held at The Conference Center at the Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD on February 13-14, 2010. Cost: Adults $5.00, kids under 12 free, active and retired military $4.00, Tickets on sale at the door day of show. For more information go to: http://www.delmarvahomeshows.com/annapolisinfo1.htm
B-CC RESCUE SQUAD FEBRUARY 14TH EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 28
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad Alumni Association will hold a shrimp and oyster feast on Sunday, March 28, from 1-5 pm, in the Anastasi Room at the Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814. Tickets cost $40 per person for all-you-can-eat steamed shrimp, fresh chucked and fried oysters, potato salad, apple sauce, sliced ham, baked beans, rolls, beer, and soft drinks. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Buy your tickets now to reserve your space! For tickets or further information, call 301- 977-6634, visit www.bccrs.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
DISCOVER CREEK SPRING CAMPS
We are offering two Discovery Creek Camps beginning in March: One at The Stables at Glen Echo Park for 4 to 6 year olds and one at The Historic Schoolhouse for to 7 to 10 year olds. For more information contact: Anne Zuk, 202-488-0627 x236 or via email email@example.com
ADULT LEARNERS WORKSHOP FEBRUARY 18: WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?
Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People? This topic will be explored by counselors then followed with a presentation on ways to manage the emotional repercussions that sometime surface when dealing with trials and tribulations on Thursday, February 18 from 5-7 pm in Room 133, Humanities Building, MC-Rockville Campus. For more information go to: http://insidemc.montgomerycollege.edu/showStory.php?id=16409
ROCKVILLE CELEBRATES LUNAR NEW YEAR
The Rockville Mayor and Council and the City's Asian Pacific American Task Force will host a Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, Feb. 20. The event, which celebrates family and the reaffirmation of family bonds in the Asian community, will be held at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre and Social Hall, 603 Edmonston Drive. This event is free and open to the public. For more information go to: http://www.rockvillemd.gov/news/2010/02-february/02-03-10a.html
TWO FREE PERFORMANCES OF “LITTLE MERMAID”
The City of Gaithersburg and American Family Theater present the Little Mermaid, live on stage at Gaithersburg High School, 314 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD. Two performances will be held on Sunday, March 14, one at 2:30 p.m. and one at 4:30 p.m. Tickets to this enchanting show are FREE but must be picked up in advance. Resident tickets are available starting on Monday, March 1. Nonresident tickets will be available on Monday, March 8. Visit the Activity Center at Bohrer Park Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or send a self addressed stamped envelope to: Little Mermaid, Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877.
Those attending are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food items, which will be distributed to local food banks and those less fortunate. Last year, 20 overflowing tubs of food were collected at this program, with hopes of even more this year. For more information please call the City of Gaithersburg at 301-258-6350 or visit our website at www.gaithersburgmd.gov.
DEP SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON STATE OF COUNTY STREAMS
The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host two regional public meetings to discuss the state of the county’s streams. The public will be able to provide input on watershed-specific restoration plans that address stream pollution and meet new stormwater permit requirements. Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting that addresses the watershed plans in their region.
The first “State of the Streams” meeting will focus on restoration approaches for the Lower Monocacy, Potomac River tributaries (including Muddy and Watts Branch) and Seneca Creek watersheds. It will be held on Saturday, February 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Seneca Valley High School, 19401 Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown. The second meeting will be held on Saturday, March 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton to discuss plans for the Anacostia and Patuxent rivers and the Cabin John and Rock Creek watersheds. For more information, go to http://montgomerycountymd.gov/dep and click on “Stormwater Permit (MS4)” or contact Watershed Outreach Planner Ryan Zerbe at 240-777-7744 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MÚSICA, FIESTA, & FUNDRAISING
The Embassy of Spain and the Board of Directors of Coral Cantigas invite you to join them in celebrating Coral Cantigas’s 19th season. Private Concert & Reception featuring members of Coral Cantigas in a private performance, directed by Diana V. Sáez, founder and artistic director. Private tour of the American University Museum guided by Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator. Exquisite Spanish hors d'œuvres, tapas, and wines. Saturday, February 13, from 7-9 p.m. at the American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Rotunda, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC. Business Attire. Space is limited. $85 Person - $150 Couple. RSVP by February 11 at 301-230-1361 or www.cantigas.org.
ALZHEIMER’S ACTION SUMMIT
One of the most moving remembrance ceremonies you will ever attend, the Candlelight Tribute Rally at the Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's Action Summit helps inspire dedicated Alzheimer advocates to continue their efforts in the fight against this disease. Held at the Lincoln Memorial in our nation's capital, the rally is a unique opportunity to honor loved ones with Alzheimer's and those who care for them. Learn more about the Alzheimer's Action Summit and Candlelight Tribute Rally.
SKATE YOUR HEART OUT FOR HAITI” FUNDRAISER
To help raise funds for the earthquake victims of Haiti, the City of Gaithersburg Skate Park will host “Skate Your Heart Out for Haiti.” For just $10, skaters can use the park from Noon until sunset on Saturday, February 13. Additional donations are highly encouraged and greatly appreciated. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross International Relief Fund-Haiti. Skaters must have a valid 2010 waiver signed before participating.
The Skate Park is located behind the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 510 S Frederick Avenue. For questions or to make a donation prior to this event, please contact Maura Dinwiddie at 301-258-6350 x168.
YOUNG ARTIST AWARD WINNERS PRESENTED IN CONCERT
The winners of the 2010 Young Artist Awards will be presented in two concerts at the Arts Barn. Sponsored by the City of Gaithersburg and the Kentlands Community Foundation, the Young Artist Award is a juried competition providing talented musicians ages 12 to 18 with an enriching artistic experience. This year there will be two concerts featuring the winners of the contest on Saturday, February 27. The first will take place at 2 p.m., and the second, followed by the presentation of awards, will take place at 7:30 p.m. The Arts Barn is located at 311 Kent Square Road.
Tickets for the concert are $8 for residents and $10 for nonresidents and may be purchased in advance by calling the Arts Barn at 301-258-6394 or online at www.gaithersburgmd.gov using RecXpress.
BROOKSIDE NATURE CENTER HOSTS FREE, POPULAR MAPLE SUGAR FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 20 & 21
Brookside Nature Center will host the exceptionally popular Maple Sugar Festival on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days at the nature center, 1400 Glenallan Avenue in Wheaton. For more information go to: http://mncppc.typepad.com/news/2010/01/brookside-nature-center-hosts-free-popular-maple-sugar-festival-february-20-21.html#more
MONTGOMERY COUNTY’S OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS CO-SPONSORS CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORIC BUS TOUR
The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Libraries, the African American Employees Association, the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, is again this year hosting a civil rights historic bus tour that retraces the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights heroes. The tour will travel to Atlanta, GA; Selma, Tuskegee, Montgomery and Birmingham, AL; and Memphis, TN. The bus tour leaves Rockville on March 29 and returns on April 3. For more information go to: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/News/press/PR_details.asp?PrID=6205
MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES CELEBRATES ASIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR 2010
Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will welcome the Year of the Tiger with a variety of programs celebrating the New Lunar Year 4708 during February and March. For more information go to: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/News/press/PR_details.asp?PrID=6213
ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL SMALL BUSINESS DAY ON FEB. 18
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is hosting an event for small business owners at the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) designed to provide information about doing business with the AOC and the CVC. The CVC is looking for products that are made in the U.S. and manufactured with U.S.-made materials such as educational toys, jewelry, and souvenir apparel whose product themes are focused on the Capitol for its two Gift Shops. For more information go to: http://www.aoc.gov/business/Small-Business-Industry-Day.cfm
SAVE THE DATE - PUZZLE-A-THON COMMUNITY-WIDE FUNDRAISER
Because of the impact of the economy on state, local and personal budgets, the Collaboration Council is partnering with other non-profits in the county by having the First Annual Collaborative Puzzle-A-Thon: "Putting the Pieces Together to Help the Montgomery County Community," to be held on March 20th and March 21st. The money raised will benefit the Collaboration Council, a 501(c) 3 organization, and all participating nonprofits especially those who assist families with children who have behavioral, emotional and physical disabilities.
Because of the tremendous needs, a portion of the proceeds will also go to specifically support the Collaboration Council's Emergency Care Fund which is often the last hope to prevent eviction and job loss for parents who have the challenge of caring for their children with disabilities. Please contact Jill Lyons at 301-354-0172 or 301-466-5285 to learn more about how you can be a part of this county-wide event whether as a host site, volunteer or with a financial or in-kind donation. By working together, we can raise awareness about the issues that face so many in our community. We hope you will join us in this county-wide event.
2010 CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES SEMINAR SERIES SET TO BEGIN
The 2010 Contemporary Social Issues Seminar Series is set to begin in February. Social scientists and researchers at the forefront of their study areas will be on hand to present fact-driven, research-based findings in several areas of health services and communication. Practitioners in the field will bring the findings to life, with examples from real-world local settings.
The seminars are sponsored by the Rockville Institute and the Universities at Shady Grove. Each seminar, which is free and open to the public, is held in the Camille Kendall Academic Center, Building III, Room 3241, 9636 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland, 20850. For more information go to: https://www.rockvilleinstitute.org/news/012110.asp
NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM PRESENTS THE 2010 “HERITAGE FAMILY DAY” SERIES
How did the Apollo 11 Command Module travel to the moon and back? How did the Wright brothers dare fly that flimsy-looking contraption? What does the cosmic dust inside comets look like? What makes kites soar in the air? Every year the National Air and Space Museum hosts’ educational family days where experts, who were inspired by their own sense of wonder, share their achievements in aviation and spaceflight. For more information go to: http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/pressroom/releaseDetail.cfm?releaseID=236
RE-IMAGINING COMMUNITY SPACE
Wednesday, March 3, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Washington DC/Silver Spring, 8777 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD. Join hundreds of community members at the fourth annual Silver Spring Action - an opportunity to network across lines of differences, envision a thriving community, and take steps for positive change! This year, in collaboration and partnership with the Silver Spring Regional Center and Silver Sprnig Town Center, Inc. invite you to come together to re-impagine community space in Silver Spring and spark action around the creative use of space in downtown and beyond. NETWORK with members of our diverse community, LEARN and build AWARENESS about issues in your neighborhoods and institutions, and FIND others to act with you for positive change to experience the power of community-based action. To learn more about the event, or to RSVP, please contact Noelle Haile or call 301-495-3336.
COMMUNITY MEETING TO INFORM DOWNTOWN WHEATON SECTOR PLAN PROCESS
Those interested in the future of downtown Wheaton should attend a Thursday, February 25, forum hosted by Montgomery County planners. The forum will start at 7 p.m. at the Gilchrist Center located at 11319 Elkin Street in Wheaton Maryland. It will provide an opportunity for the community to take a second and more in-depth look at the recommendations for the proposed Wheaton Sector Plan before they are presented to the Planning Board later this spring. The community will be expected to offer their comments and suggestions about the proposed plan recommendations. Learn more about the Wheaton plan at www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/wheaton/index.shtm.
SEVENTH ANNUAL LIBRARY LOVERS MONTH
Montgomery County Public Libraries will host special programs and activities throughout February to celebrate the seventh annual Library Lovers Month, designed to raise awareness -- to residents and elected officials -- of the wide-ranging role that public libraries play in the life of the community. Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, the month-long celebration of public libraries will kick off with an appearance by children’s entertainer and author Barry Louis Polisar on Saturday, February 13, at 11 a.m. at the Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. The program is free and suitable for families with children at least five years old. Polisar will perform inspirational songs, tell amusing stories and recite original poetry. He is a four-time Parent Choice award winner who has written songs for the popular children’s television show, “Sesame Street.” In addition to Polisar’s lively performance, children will be treated to a Mad Hatter’s tea party and are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite story book character costume. Crafts, snacks and prizes will be provided while supplies last.
PRO BONO FINANCIAL CLINIC
Having problems with money? Want to save for the future? Let the financial experts help you! At the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 11319 Elkin Street, Wheaton MD 20902. They can help you...solve financial problems, obtain a car loan, plan your financial future, save for education, improve your credit rating, buy your first home, pay off your credit cards, and save money on financial services.
Wednesday, February 17, 6-8 pm
Sunday, February 21, 2-4 pm
Wednesday, March 17, 6-8 pm
Sunday, March 21, 2-4 pm
First-come, first-served, until full. Please call 240-777-4940 for more information.
YOUTH AND WISDOM WORKSHOP
The Plum Gar Women’s Support Group is sponsoring a five week workshop for “at risk” youth (high school age), to be held every Saturday in February from 10am-1pm at the Upcounty Regional Services Center (12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD 20874). This program teaches our youth the importance of making positive choices and fostering positive relationships with “mature” adults in our community. Various activities and information will be shared with both groups; with opportunities for them to share with each other. The final session will be held March 6th at Covenant Village in Germantown, Md.
If you know of an at risk youth who may benefit from this workshop or for more information, please contact Karen Brown @ at email@example.com %20">firstname.lastname@example.org
FORECLOSURE INTERVENTION AND DEFAULT COUNSELING CERTIFICATION, PART I
February 22 - 26, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring MD 20904. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is bringing NeighborWork's 5-day HO345 Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling Certification, Part I as a place-based training in Maryland. Lloyd London and Ed Sparkman are scheduled to be the trainers. Registration deadline Febraury 8th and passing score on pre-test required!
Passing an online pre-test is a pre-requisite for this course. This advanced level five-day course is designed for counselors with one or more years of experience providing one-on-one foreclosure intervention and default counseling. This rigorous, in-depth course covers critical elements of the default and foreclosure process as well as loss mitigation options for prime and sub prime loans. Participants will engage in exercises and utilize case studies which will sharpen their negotiating skills with servicers and improve their counseling methods with clients. There are two training requirements for certification. This course is Part I REQUIREMENT: You must pass the prerequisite test with a score of 75% or better before enrolling in this course. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Ford at Info@TheNetworkMaryland.org or 410-288-3905 (fax 410-288-3906).
COMMUNITY ACTION’S FREE “VITA” TAX ASSISTANCE STARTS JANUARY 25, THROUGH APRIL 15!
The Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services’ Community Action Agency's free VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is a volunteer-supported service helping community members who cannot afford professional tax assistance. Individuals with low-to-moderate incomes—under $49,000 per year- receive FREE help to complete and electronically file their taxes. All services are provided by trained, IRS-certified VITA volunteers and staff through a partnership among the IRS, the City of Gaithersburg’s Bank On initiative and Family Services, the City of Rockville, and the Community Action Agency. For help with federal and state taxes, and to schedule an appointment, please call:
610 East Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Mondays, 5 pm - 9 pm effective Jan. 25th
301.258.6395 -- press option “6”
*limited Saturday appointments at this site.
The Takoma East Silver Spring Center
8513 Piney Branch Road
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Tuesdays, 5 pm – 9 pm effective Jan. 26th
Courthouse Square (Wednesdays)
City of Rockville
Division of Community Services
30 Courthouse Square, Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850
Wednesdays, 5 pm – 9 pm eff. Jan. 27th
Progress Place (Thursdays)
Community Action Agency*
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Thursdays, 5 pm – 9 pm eff. Jan. 28th
*limited Saturday appointments at this site.
What to bring? Be ready: IRS requirements help prevent fraud and identity theft. The IRS does not allow VITA sites to prepare taxes without required documentation.
· Government Issued ID (i.e. Driver’s License, Passport, Age of Majority Card)
· Social Security Card or Individual Tax Identification Notices (ITIN) for each member of your family. (If you do not have ITINs, we will help you obtain one).
· All W-2 Forms, 1098s, 1099s, and other documents re: income
· If filing jointly, your spouse must be present
· Copy of prior year tax return (if applicable)
· 1099 Forms (if applicable)
· Statement of annual child care expenses prepared by provider and their tax ID (Social Security or Employer ID number)
· For direct deposit, proof of an existing bank account, including routing numbers (such as checkbook, or a bank statement, or we can help you open a savings account).
HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS? The IRS has a special exception granted to Community Action Agency to assist elderly, homeless and disabled customers in Montgomery County with tax preparation, working with case managers. If interpretation services, accommodations, or assistance to obtain ID or social security documentation is required, please alert the scheduler when making the appointment.
SILENT AUCTION FOR HAITI
A silent auction in support for Haiti tops the calendar of upcoming events at ArtSpring, Silver Spring’s unique community art store and gallery. The Silent Auction for Haiti runs from Saturday, February 6–Saturday, February 20, with a special selection of handcrafted items by local artisans available for bid by the public, along with gift certificates and other items from downtown merchants. All proceeds will support Partners in Health (PIH), chosen by the World Health Organization as coordinators for the badly stricken University Hospital in Port-au-Prince.
GILCHRIST CENTER WINTER PROGRAMS
The Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity is delighted to offer a variety of programs this winter. Please note that all the Gilchrist Center programs are free of charge, except Spanish101/102 and Basic Computer classes. For more information, click here.
Computer and exercise classes for basic to advanced computer skills. Jewish Council for the Aging, Bethesda Vital Living Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, 2nd floor for ages 65+. Cost is $10-$65, for more information call 240-395-0915.
GENERATIONS ON-LINE TRAINING
JCA SCSEP has begun a free internet and email training program, Generations on Line (GoL). GoL is free to anyone in Montgomery County, age 55 and older, who has a low income and is in need of learning internet and email. GoL is a web-based tutorial program developed for older learners to learn at their own pace. The training is enhanced by our trained Peer Coaches who help the older learners each step of the way. The training can range from a four week period to as long as it takes for a person to learn. Not more than four people receive coaching at one time. The average learner takes four weeks at two sessions per week to master the program; however, more time is available as needed.
Training is held Monday through Friday mornings, and practice times are available during the afternoon hours. There are now two training locations – at the JCA office in the Bethesda Vital Living Center at 4805 Edgemoor Lane, 2nd floor, and our newest location at the Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington at 501 Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring. If you have clients, friends or relatives who would like to receive this free training, have them call Linda Reaves at 240.395.0918 to reserve their training time.
YOUTH JOB FAIR
On March 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a youth job fair at Montgomery College Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee St. Rockville, MD 20850. Come meet potential employers, gain valuable interview experience and explore positions and career fields of interest. For more information visit http://www.letsgetitstartedyouthjobfair.com/
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ART FESTIVAL
The first ever Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival will be held in the downtown Silver Spring Arts District from April 23-25. This event will involve more than 40 Silver Spring venues hosting more than 200 artists from 40 different nations. Events include a theater festival, film festival, dance festival, music festival, visual art exhibits, performance art, installations, workshops, a sculpture garden, human rights happy hours and teas and other happenings throughout the downtown Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District. For more information, please visit www.humanrightsartfestival.com, or contact Producer Tom Block at email@example.com.
GBTLA GOLF TOURNAMENT AND FUNDRAISER
Continental breakfast, morning tournament and lunch to benefit The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy. Providing over 3,600 Montgomery County students with tutoring and mentoring services in Saturday School and After-school programs. Friday, May 14 (Rain date: May 21), Hampshire Greens Golf Course, Silver Spring, MD. $150 per player in advance of tournament, $175 day registration. Registration materials will be mailed mid-winter. For more information, call the GBTLA Executive Office at 301-320-6545 or go to www.gbtlearningacademy.org.
SAVE THE DATE! 6TH ANNUAL DANCE BETHESDA
Dance Bethesda, a weekend celebrating dance, will feature a professional dance concert at Round House Theatre on Saturday, February 27th at 8 p.m. Six performers have been selected for the concert: ClancyWorks Dance Co., Dr. Janaki Rangarajan, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Karen Reedy Dance, Tappers with Attitude and Washington Reflections Dance Co. Tickets are now available at www.bethesda.org, $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Remaining tickets will also be available at the door. For more information go to: http://www.bethesda.org/arts/Dance-Bethesda/concert.htm
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
Wednesday, March 3 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, starting at 6 p.m. For the past twenty years, the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) has solved housing crises and strived to end homelessness with the support of people like you. They will commemorate our 20th Anniversary at Celebrating Partnerships 2010 and hope you will join them.
The Residents Take Over The Gallery.
THE CHILDREN’S WATER FESTIVAL, SAVE THE DATE, MAY 5 & 6, 2010!
The Children's Water Festival is an outdoor festival designed to provide students with hands-on learning about water issues, the environment, and the impact our day-to-day habits have on the availability and quality of water -- life's most precious resource. For more information go to: https://eservices.wsscwater.com/wps/portal/WaterFestival
MARYLAND WINTER SENIOR OLYMPICS TO HOST WINTER GAMES
The Maryland Senior Olympics (MSO) is partnering with The Gardens Ice House and the National Capital Curling Center in Laurel to present the 2010 Winter Olympics games, on Saturday, February 13. The Ice House is located at the Fairland Regional Park, 13800 Old Gunpowder Road. Events include figure skating, ice hockey and curling, and are open to participants age 50 and over. Hockey players can register as individuals and teams will be chosen to insure that the teams are evenly matched. For information on curling, contact Ann Drummie at firstname.lastname@example.org; for ice hockey, contact John Buchleitner at Jbuch@verizon.net; and for figure skating, contact Linda Monney at 410-672-7013 or email@example.com. For more information, call Barbara Buchleitner at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, 410-222-4257, ext. 226. Visit the website at www.thegardensicehouse.com, for information, directions and online registration.