Actor Lou Diamond Phillips visits downtown Silver Spring
The former home of Ceviche restaurant on downtown Silver Spring's Ellsworth Drive was a mess of wires, laptops, lighting equipment and lukewarm cups of coffee.
"If there can be blah! If there can only be..." actor and former Navy brat Lou Diamond Phillips began as he slowly walked toward a camera and read from a teleprompter. "We're already off to a good start," he laughed.
Phillips wrapped a week of filming interviews with notable military officials Friday at a former restaurant space, which was transformed into a studio by Discovery Communications officials. The interviews will be paired with blockbuster military-themed movies for the Military Channel's new feature, "Officer and a Movie," which premiered at 8 p.m. Friday with "The Great Santini.''
During a break from filming Thursday, Phillips said his tie to the military is strong. His father was a Navy officer, and he was named after Marine legend Lou Diamond. He also testified in front of a Senate subcommittee in support of the Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2006, he said. And it doesn't hurt that he starred in the military-themed film, "Courage Under Fire,'' he said.
Phillips said participating in this project has been both enlightening and humbling.
"For me, what it's just really done is to underline the respect I've always had for our military figures," he said. "... And it really has been a crash course on military history for me. The fact that I'm getting it straight from the horse's mouth has really been like a series of mini-lectures."
He hopes that the viewers of "An Officer and a Movie" will have a similar experience, he said, learning that the films aren't just special effects and fictionalized events.
"A lot of times when you watch a [military] film, you're not thinking about the real component to it. This stuff isn't just fabrication. Real people paid the sacrifice that inspired these films,'' Phillips said.
Thursday afternoon's taping was with Gen. Ronald Keys, a retired Air Force commander for the U.S. Joint Forces Command and the U.S. Northern Command. He talked about the realistic aspects of the 1964 film, "633 Squadron. "
Housing rights workshop will discuss foreclosure prevention
The "Fair Housing Matters" workshop on foreclosure prevention, state and county housing rights and warning signs to avoid loan scams will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring.
Hosted by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the presentation will feature light refreshments and is free and open to any area residents, landlords, neighborhood associations or other interested parties.
For more information, contact either Brien Boone, 410-514-7019, or Cecelia Hatton, 240-777-8468 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and cecelia.hatton@montgomerycounty
Takoma Park Jazz Festival preview concert and fundraiser
Check out one of D.C.'s newest music venues and support the upcoming Takoma Park JazzFest at a preview and fundraiser performance from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Brightwood Bistro, 5832 Georgia Ave. in NW Washington, D.C.
Legendary D.C. drummer and vibraphonist Chuck Redd will make a special appearance at the Bistro alongside an impressive lineup of performers selected to play at the city's 2011 JazzFest later this summer. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to fund the free festival, now in its 16th year.
For additional information about the fundraiser or directions to the bistro, call the Brightwood Bistro at 202-545-5014. For information about the JazzFest, including online applications to secure a vendor stall at this year's festival June 5, visit the festival's website at www.tpjazzfest.org.
April is National Poetry Month
What better time to delve into your creative side than during National Poetry Month? Kick April off right with an appearance by accomplished poet and Takoma Park resident Kathleen O'Toole, who will celebrate the publication of her new book.
Meanwhile, with a reading of poems Thursday at the Takoma DC Library, 416 Cedar St. in NW Washington, D.C.
The reading will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to all those interested in attending. For additional information, visit the library's website at email@example.com.
A few days later, Takoma Park's very own Poet Laureate Anne Becker will host a haiku writing workshop in the Sant Ocean Hall of the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue in NW Washington, D.C., from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Email Anne Becker directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The celebration comes back to Takoma Park Sunday at 11 a.m. with the "Spring for Poetry" event held during the weekly Takoma Park Farmers Market at Laurel and Carroll avenues in Takoma Park. Fresh produce and refreshing verses will be on the agenda with a reading of poems selected from this year's citywide poetry poster project.
For information on these and other upcoming poetry events in and around Takoma Park, email Becker, email@example.com, or visit the city's website, www.takomapark
md.gov and search for upcoming events.
Free dementia workshop
The onset of dementia can be almost as hard to handle for the family and loved ones as it is for the person suffering from the symptoms. Because of this, family members of dementia patients are invited to register to attend a free dementia education workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. April 13 at the Arden Courts Memory Care Community, 2505 Musgrove Road in Silver Spring.
Steve Elville, an estate planning and elder law attorney with the Elville and Associates law firm will also speak at the event, which will feature adult daycare by qualified staff as needed. Seating is limited, so participants are asked to register in advance by telephone, 301-847-3051 or email at
Second annual Art Hop
in Takoma Park
Check out a wide array of artwork and the unusual, interesting stores of Takoma Park at the Second Annual Art Hop from Thursday through Sunday. More than 30 stores and offices in Takoma DC, Old Town Takoma, and Takoma Junction will host more than 30 artists. Artist receptions will allow attendees to meet the faces behind the work.
For a full schedule of locations and artists, visit http://arthoptakoma.com.
Seeking a shopper
The Senior Connection is looking for volunteers to shop with a senior at the grocery store.
The volunteer position would entail taking weekly or bi-weekly trips to the grocery store, reading product labels, reaching stock, handling carts, putting away groceries and providing companionship. The job could also be shopping for a senior from a prepared list and putting groceries away in their home. To volunteer for additional information, contact Greg Muncill at 301-942-1049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking summer guides
The Potomac Conservancy is looking for volunteers to work as summer guides at the River Center at Lockhouse 8.
Guides share history about the C&O Canal and the Potomac River with visitors at the center.
New volunteers are invited to a training session from noon to 3 p.m. April 17 at the River Center, 7906 Riverside Drive in Cabin John. The session will also feature a meet-and-greet with previous volunteers and refreshments.
Volunteers are expected share knowledge with visitors at the River Center at least one weekend a month from May through October.
Guides must be at least 18 years old to participate. For details, contact Deanna Tricarico at email@example.com or 301-608-1188 ext. 204 or visit www.potomac.org.
Spring house tour
The deadline to buy discounted tickets for Congregation Har Shalom's annual Potomac Spring House Tour is April 14.
Tickets are $20 and will go up to $25 after April 14.
The house tour will be held 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. May 15 and 16 and feature five homes in Potomac and Bethesda. Proceeds will benefit Har Shalom, a conservative Jewish synagogue in Potomac and its local and national charitable efforts.
Tickets may be purchased at www.PotomacHouseTour.org. For details, call 301-299-7087 ext. 336.