Volunteers sought for alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration
Dec. 16, 1998




First Night Montgomery, the county's annual alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Silver Spring, is looking for volunteers for this year's event.

The event will feature comedian Ron Gallagher, whose act includes smashing large fruits and vegetables with a sledgehammer.

Other acts will feature a 10-piece zoot-suit band, Bobby and the Braggers, the a capella group Da Vinci's Notebook and the National Chamber Orchestra. Fireworks shows are scheduled from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Admission buttons will be on sale for $10 at the event beginning at 7 p.m. They also will be on sale for $7 through Dec. 24. Buttons will be sold at Giant Food stores, public libraries, senior and recreation centers, and regional services centers.

To volunteers, call 301-565-7441. For more information about the event, call 301-217-6798.

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Family Learning Solutions Inc., a nonprofit group based in Silver Spring, is looking for volunteers to tutor elementary and middle school students from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Rosemary Village Cooperative community center in Silver Spring. Orientations and training are available. Call Lori Melman at 301-608-8096.

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Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring will hold community Taize services at 6 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Meditative in character, the Taize services will be held in the darkened church with candlelight.

The church is at 9115 Georgia Ave., one-half mile south of the Beltway. Call David Wilson at 301-585-3517.

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Seven new members have been elected to serve on Montgomery Community Television's volunteer board of directors. The board consists of representatives of various countywide organizations and other people independently elected or selected at-large.

The new members are Eugenia Brown of Montgomery County Red Cross, Amy Harbison of Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, Andrew Kennedy of Montgomery County Humane Society, Nadim Khan of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, Brenda Lizzio-Lukis of Maryland Municipal League, Karen Norris of American Association of University Women and Karen Rountree of Disabled Sports USA.

Montgomery Community Television is the independent, nonprofit organization established in 1984 to operate community television in the county.

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The Adventist Development Relief Agency based in Silver Spring is continuing to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras. The agency is assisting those needing housing, food and medical attention. For information on how to help, call 1-800-424-ADRA.

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Helping Hand Food & Toys is looking for volunteers to sort food and toy donations at a warehouse in Silver Spring this weekend. Baskets will go to needy families referred to the organization through public-referral agencies and schools. This year, 1,150 families have requested baskets. The activity is suitable for supervised children. Call 301-217-4434, 301-585-HELP or 301-384-3591.

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"Vintage Silver Spring" calendars for 1999 are on sale for $6 each at the Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Calendars contain 14 black-and-white photographs of area landmarks and are produced by the Friends of the Silver Spring Library. All proceeds benefit the library. Call 301-565-7689.

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Holy Cross Hospital is looking for volunteers to meet and greet patients. A minimum commitment of one day a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is required. Training will be provided. Holy Cross Hospital is at 1500 Forest Glen Road in Silver Spring. Call volunteer services at 301-754-7305.

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Allied Silver Spring Interfaith Services for Seniors Today is looking for volunteers to provide escorted transportation, friendly visits or shopping assistance for homebound individuals. Speakers of languages other than English are encouraged to apply. Call Sue Dollins at 301-587-1411.

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Volunteers are needed to teach English-as-a-second-language classes at Rosemary Hills Community School, 2111 Porter Road, Silver Spring. Teachers are needed to run one two-hour class per week from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. No experience is necessary. Call 301-650-6405.

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The Long Branch Senior Center offers free flexibility and muscle-strengthening classes from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring. Classes are sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and the Montgomery County Recreation Department. Participants must have permission from their health-care provider. Call 301-431-5708.

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A support group for working people with disabilities will meet from 5 to 7:30 p.m.Tuesdays at the Rock Creek Foundation, 1107 Spring St., Suite C, Silver Spring. The group offers help with problems on the job, social and job networking, low-cost recreation, and financial management. For information and to register, call Joyce Reimherr at 301-589-6675.

Montgomery County Volunteer Fire/Rescue Association will collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children.

Collections sites have been set up at Montgomery County Volunteer Center, 401 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Upper Montgomery County Center Library, Route 118 and Middlebrook, Germantown, Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and the Housing Opportunity Commission main office, 8580 Second St., Silver Spring, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The dropoff sites have decorated boxes for the toys.

For more information, call 301-972-6121.

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Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center is collecting toys for families in need for the holidays. New toys will be accepted at the center at 13436 New Hampshire Ave. this evening until 7.

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Bally Total Fitness in Wheaton will serve as a collection point for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign until Dec. 21.

Those making a donation will receive a 30-day guest pass to work out at the fitness center. Toys should be new and unwrapped. They can be dropped off in the reception areas at any Bally location in the Washington, D.C., area.

Bally Total Fitness Center is in Wheaton Plaza Shopping Center at 11160 Viers Mills Road.

News items and photos appropriate for Silver Spring Notes may be mailed to Gazette Newspapers, 8650 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md. 20910 or faxed to 301-562-3262. Items should arrive by Wednesday to be considered for the following Wednesday's paper.