Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008

Telling stories that aren’t just for kids

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Stories aren’t just for children, according to Chevy Chase resident Ellouise Schoettler. The professional storyteller and artist has a few tales to share with a distinctly grown-up audience next month.

She will perform Rogue Tales, a collection of folktales for adults and children over 12 at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Woodend Sanctuary, 8640 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase. For information or reservations, call 301-951-1213.

‘‘I’ve chosen some stories that are more adult,” said Schoettler who usually tells more family-oriented tales. ‘‘They focus on relationships, men and women, and there’s a rogue in each of them, but the rogue is not always who you think it is.”

Schoettler will bring her show on the road in March and perform the same stories at the Rogue Festival in Fresno, Calif.

Schoettler will also be telling a different sort of story — through pictures. She and artist Lucy Blankstein will show digital photo journals at an exhibition called ‘‘Glimpses” at Gallery 10 in Dupont Circle, opening Feb. 1.

‘‘It will show glimpses of things that you don’t have enough time to look at,” she said. ‘‘Because we all do that, just catch a glimpse as we’re passing by.”

Racing for children

Chevy Chase native and Landon graduate Pete Olson is on the fast track in a successful career in auto racing.

Olson raced for several years in Taiwan and mainland China until last February, when he moved to Toronto Canada to work at the Bridgestone Racing Academy at Mosport International Raceway near Toronto, Canada.

At the Bridgestone Racing Academy he participated in the Bridgestone Formula 2000 race series and won the championship in October.

This March, he will return to Toronto to race and instruct. The championship win provided him with a fully-sponsored Formula 2000 season this year, thanks to Bridgestone, and the opportunity to be teach as a racing instructor at the

Bridgestone Racing Academy and as a part-time National Auto Sport Association instructor for Porsche, BMW and other racing events in 2008.

But aside from Olson’s love of the sport, he races for another cause: Christian Children’s Fund. In 2003, he placed the charity’s Web address on the side of his racecar for a race in California, in hopes that spectators would see the address, visit the site and donate. Having sponsored two children through the CCF, Olson felt that generating publicity for the organization was important. Since then, Olson said each accomplishment in the racing world has meant more opportunities to get the CCF name out there through his Racing for Children program.

For more information on Olson and his races, visit his Web site at For more information on the Christian Children’s Fund, visit

Entries accepted forBethesda Painting Awards

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is accepting applications for the fourth annual Bethesda Painting Awards, a juried competition honoring four selected painters with $14,000 in prizes.

The deadline for slide submission is Feb. 15. Up to eight finalists will be invited to display their work from June 4 through July 5 in downtown Bethesda at the Fraser Gallery.

The competition will be juried by Timothy App, a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore; Anne Collins Goodyear, assistant curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Portrait Gallery and Reni Gower, a professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The first place winner will be awarded $10,000; second place will be honored with $2,000 and third place will be awarded $1,000. A ‘‘young” artist whose birth date is after February 15, 1978 may also be awarded $1,000.

Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C.

For applications and rules visit, call 301-215-6660 or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Bethesda Painting Awards, c⁄o Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Davis Library welcomes book donations

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health recently conducted an agency-wide collection to benefit Davis Library’s book sale.

The library, located at 6400 Democracy Blvd., sells gently used books and audio-visual materials to raise money to support the library.

The institute’s donation came just before the December gift-giving season.

Dr. Rachel Permuth-Levine, the acting director of the Office of Strategic and Innovative Programs at the institute chose Davis Library to be one of the recipients of the institute’s charitable drive because she wanted to give back to a community facility that has given her so much.

‘‘I walk to Davis Library at least once per week during my lunch hour and have gained so much enjoyment from the books that I have borrowed,” she said in a statement. ‘‘I wanted to give something back, as did my colleagues – particularly because we feel like we have such abundance in this area.”

Donations to the book sale usually come from community members who bring a bag or box of books to the staff at the Davis check-out counter. All donations are tax-deductible and staff members will give donors tax-deductible receipts on request. Davis depends on donations to stock their sale shelves.

Paperbacks sell for 50 cents each and hard covers sell for $1. The profits from the sale support children’s library programs, book talks for adults, and the purchase of shelving, signage, and other items to augment library services.

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