Budding artist shows at BlackRock
June 4, 2003

Submitted photo

Annie Albagli stands next to her work, "A Breath of Fresh Air," which will be on display at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown from Friday until June 20.

Northwest High School junior Annie Albagli will display her work, "A Breath of Fresh Air," at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown from Friday until June 20 as the culmination of a yearlong undertaking.

Albagli, 16, completed the vibrant 16-canvas, painted mosaic as part of Northwest's Signature Program. In the project, she explored her own style of painting while studying masters such as Picasso, Matisse, Kahlo and O'Keeffe. The oil canvases -- focusing on the human figure, flora and fauna -- connect and interact with each other. Albagli will attend an opening reception 1-4 p.m. June 15.

Albagli devotes much of her time to art, which she calls her passion, through classes outside of school and as the newsletter editor of the Art League of Germantown. She will participate in Albert Einstein High School's Visual Arts Program next year.

Help to cure juvenile diabetes

Community members can help find a cure for juvenile diabetes by sponsoring "Jane's Gang" at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's annual Walk to Cure Diabetes In Washington, D.C., June 22.

Jane's Gang, a team formed on behalf of 2-year-old Janey Horman of Germantown, aims to raise $10,000 toward a cure. Janey was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 13 months and relies on insulin shots.

Those interested in walking with the team or offering a donation can call Janey's parents, Jay and Stacey Horman, at 301-540-1652, e-mail JayAndStacey@yahoo.com or visit www.geocities.com/JanesGang2003.

Local student graduates

Erik E. Nelson, a 1998 graduate from Seneca Valley High School, graduated from West Chester University May 10 with a bachelor's degree in music education. Nelson is pursuing a middle school teaching job in Pennsylvania.

Germantown host

families needed

Germantown will open its arms June 29 to July 28 to a group of students from Spain who are eager to learn about the area and American culture.

A few male students still need host families to provide meals, transportation to English classes at Watkins Mill High School and a willingness to share the American way of life.

The Intercultural Friends Foundation, which sponsors the program, is dedicated to providing first-hand experiences to foreign students through host families. To learn more or to enrich your life, call Steve Hancock at 301-91-1171.

Next Oktoberfest meeting

Lt. Walt Brown, supervisor of Seneca Creek State Park, will host the June 11 Oktoberfest planning meeting at 6 p.m. at the visitor's center located near the park's Clopper Road entrance. The meeting will end with a tour of the site. All are welcome.

Football registration

under way

The South Germantown Football Association will conduct a registration for its 2003 tackle football, flag football and cheerleading programs at the Germantown Community Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, for children ages 5-15 Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants also can register online at www.leaguelineup.com/sgfa. The association also needs assistant coaches for football and head coaches for cheerleading. For information, call 301-428-0728.


Football camps for children

* The South Germantown Football Association will sponsor the Raheem Brock Youth Football Camp for children ages 7-14 Thursday through Saturday at Northwest High School in Germantown.

The camp will run from 6-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Northwest staff will conduct the camp. Along with Raheem Brock of the Indianapolis Colts, the camp will include special guests from area colleges and universities. Register online at www.leaguelineup.com/sgfa. Registration Thursday begins at 5 p.m. at the high school. The first 100 registrants will receive a free camp T-shirt. Call 301-428-0728.

* Seneca Sports Football in association with Dallas Cowboys running back Richie Anderson will offer a free football camp for children ages 7-14 at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg June 12-14.

The camp will run 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 12 and 13, and 10 a.m. to noon June 14. Autograph and photo opportunities will be available 12-2 p.m. June 14.

The camp is free, but pre-registration is appreciated. Forms are available at www.senecasports.org. For information, call SSA football director James White at 301-924-0515.

Soccer team seeks players

The Bethesda Thunder NCSL U11 boys team is seeking impact players to join the upcoming U12 season. Interested players should have a birth date between Aug. 1, 1991, and July 31, 1992. The Thunder is trained by Devin Payton, a class B licensed coach. The team will be inviting players to practices and holding tryouts this month. Call Chip Emmet for details at 301-353-9137 or e-mail chip_emmet@yahoo.com.

Meritorious service awards

Damascus American Legion Post 171 honored Kay Boughan and Peggy Stone at a ceremony at the post home. Post commander Bill Raab and past commander George Bolling presented them with the American Legion's Meritorious Service Award for their outstanding service to the Damascus community over several years.

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