Wheaton Ice Academy wins big at 2010 junior nationals
Wheaton Ice Academy's intermediate ice dancers returned to Wheaton this week brandishing their gold and bronze medals they won at the 2010 U.S. Junior National Championships in Cleveland, putting the Wheaton skating program at the forefront of the national skating scene in the process.
Local ice dancers Rachel Parsons, 12, and Kyle MacMillan, 13, defended their 2009 Junior National Championship title by taking home the gold again this year. However, the 2010 championship marked the first time the young skaters competed as intermediates. In 2009, the pair were crowned champions in the lower juvenile category.
"Our goal this year was just to medal, because it's a new level, and there are lots of good skaters, so we are really excited to have done this well," Parsons said in a Wheaton Ice Academy press release.
The Wheaton Ice Skating Academy's other national-level ice dance team, Elliana Pogrebinsky, 12, and Ross Gudis, 14, also had an excellent showing at this year's Junior Nationals, taking home the bronze medal in the intermediate category as their first year skating together as a team.
The U.S. Junior National Championships are sponsored each year by the U.S. Figure Skating Association. The competition attracts the top young skaters from around the country at the pre-juvenile, juvenile and intermediate levels. Check out results and videos of the U.S. Junior Nationals at Icenetwork.com.
Encore Chorale seeking older adult singers for season
The Encore Chorale, a choir for anyone age 55 and older who can belt a tune, is starting its winter-spring singing season at Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center in Silver Spring and is looking of new recruits. The chorale rehearses from 10:30 a.m. to noon weekly on Mondays at the center, beginning Jan. 25. Singers will sit to rehearse and perform; no auditions required. Songs will be spirited and fun, including Lerner and Lowe, spirituals, Gershwin and more. The chorale will perform in free public concerts in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., with Encore Chorales from Washington and Northern Virginia.
The Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center is located at 1000 Forest Glen Road. For more information, call Jeanne Kelly with Encore Chorale at 301-261-5747, e-mail her at Jeanne.Kelly@encorecreativity.org or visit www.encorecreativity.org.
Area Encore Chorales are also held at the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, Langston Brown Senior Center, Potomac Academy of GMU at Woodlands, Goodwin Houses of Alexandria and Falls Church, Anne Arundel Community College and Myerberg Senior Center in Baltimore.
Local schools to host Montessori author
Join Montessori parents and educators 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 23 at Barrie School, 13500 Layhill Road in Silver Spring, to discuss with Montessori author Trevor Eissler the merits of Montessori education and his book "Montessori Madness!: A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education."
We know we need to improve our traditional school system, both public and private, Eissler argues. But how? More homework? More qualified teachers? Longer school days or school years? More testing? More funding? No, no, no, no and no, he argues in his book.
Eissler will explain why he thinks the incremental steps politicians and administrators continue to propose are steps in the wrong direction. The entire system must be turned on its head, he says. This book asks parents to take a lookone thirty-minute observationat a classic Montessori school. Parents' picture of what education should look like will never be the same.
Wheaton, Kensington chambers to hold Windows 7 lesson
Join the local Chamber of Commerce from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Jan. 20 at Crossway Community Center in Kensington for a firsthand look at Windows 7 and how it can help your business work. Microsoft partners will focus on the software's latest productivity enhancements, such as jump lists that travel right to documents, pictures, songs or Web sites used most; live Taskbar previews to scan through open files; new subtle animation and translucent windows and features such as "snap," "shake," "pin" and "peek." Door prizes, vouchers for IT services and discounts will be available at the breakfast mixer.
Space is limited; register by calling Vicky Surles, chamber administrator, at 301-949-0080, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Fee is $5 for Chamber members; $10 for non-members. Crossway Community Center is located at 3015 Upton St. For more information, visit www.wkchamber.org.
Mid-County to host budget forum with County Executive
The Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board will host one of County Executive Isiah Leggett's budget forums from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Leisure World Clubhouse One Ballroom, 3700 Rosmoor Blvd. in Aspen Hill. The meeting is open to all county residents. For more information, call 240-777-8100.
Catholic Charities to hold weekly immigration "charlas"
Come "chat" about immigration at 11 a.m. every Tuesday at Catholic Charities Montgomery County Center, at 12247 Georgia Ave. in Wheaton. For $30 a person, learn aboutyour rights before hiring an immigration attorney.
Bilingual karaoke in Wheaton
Every Friday, grab dinner and a microphone with Blinkie for Blinkie's Karaoke, held at Sergio's Place, 11324 Fern St. in Wheaton, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The bilingual karaoke event features hundreds of popular songs in Spanish and English. Fore more information on Sergio's, visit www.lasgunacas.com/sergios.htm.
The Senior Connection urgently needs Montgomery County residents to volunteer to help their neighbors 62 and older live as independently as possible by providing escorted transportation to scheduled medical appointments, helping with grocery shopping and running errands and paying a friendly visit or making a phone call to share companionship.
The time commitment and schedule are flexible, and volunteers are provided with life-skills training and recognition events. The Senior Connection also provides volunteer liability insurance coverage.
Call The Senior Connection at 301-962-0820, or e-mail senior
Tap jam to ring in 15th anniversary for dance studio
Knock On Wood Tap Studio, home of the Tappers With Attitude Youth Ensemble, will commemorate the Studio's 15th anniversary in downtown Silver Spring with a "Tap Dance Jam and Party" from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 29. The event will be hosted by Baakari Wilder and Jason Janas and held at the Knock on Wood studio at 8700 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring. The studio is in the basement of the Sun Trust Bank Building. In addition to music and dancing, there will also be a silent auction. Admission is $10 and attendees are encouraged to bring their tap shoes.
Presentation to help gardeners attract wildlife to backyards
The next discussion of the Silver Spring Garden Club will feature Sheila Emond, the proprietor of the Wild Bird Center in Wheaton, who will present "Gardening for Wildlife," which will provide information on natural methods of improving the habitat in suburban back yards in order to attract desirable wildlife. Topics will include using native plants to attract birds, butterflies and beneficial insects, supplemental feeding and shelter and nesting sites. There will be information on how to reduce common dangers to birds.
The discussion will be held 8 p.m. Monday at the Brookside Gardens Visitors' Center and Education Building, 1800 Glenallan Ave. in Wheaton. It is free and open to the public.
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College will host enrollment information session tonight
Interested in continuing your education but don't know where to start? Head down to the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College tonight at 5:30 p.m. for a walk-in session to learn more about signing up for classes and course schedules.
Just in time for the college's spring semester, which begins Jan. 25, the session will meet in room ST 302 in the Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center at 7600 Takoma Ave. Enrollment information will be provided in English and Spanish followed by a tour of the campus.
For more information, please contact Jonathan Howie at 240-567-5802 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.