Good Counsel to celebrate 50th anniversary with Mass, picnic
The Mass will take place in the Kane Center on the school's Olney campus at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a picnic at 12:15 p.m., which will feature a moonbounce, a concessions stand, field games, contests, face painting and a dunk tank filled with Good Counsel teachers.
Twenty-nine teachers and staff members will also be recognized at the event for serving Good Counsel for 20 years or more.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Good Counsel's Web site at www.olgchs
Good Counsel is located at 17301 Old Vic Blvd. in Olney.
Students to take part
in Global Youth Service Day
County students are invited to take part in Global Youth Service Day, an international event highlighting the creativity, energy and compassion of young people, 12 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Bauer Drive Community Center.
The event is an opportunity to celebrate community service with the county Recreation Department's Youth Advisory Committee. Activities will include decorating T-shirts, making journals and cards, cleaning the neighborhood and performing other projects to benefit the community.
To register in advance, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec. The registration code is 249417. Students can also register onsite. For more information, call 240-777-6985.
Bauer Drive Community Center is located at 14625 Bauer Drive in Aspen Hill.
A jazzy evening at Magruder
The Grammy-nominated Don Junker Big Band and the Col. Zadok Magruder High School Jazz Ensemble will present an evening of big band jazz at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school's auditorium.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and children and will be sold at the door before the concert.
For more information, call instrumental music director Mark Eisenhower at 301-840-4622.
Magruder is located at 5939 Muncaster Mill Road in Derwood.
Washington Christian Academy to present Little Women'
Washington Christian Academy's Kings Players will present "Little Women," a play based on Louisa May Alcott's novel about four sisters growing up in Civil War-era Massachusetts, at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday on the Olney Theatre Center's Historic Stage.
Tickets are on sale at the Washington Christian Academy's office at 16227 Batchellors Forest Road in Olney. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $15 for reserved tickets (front seven rows) and will be on sale at the school through 12:30 p.m. Friday. The remaining tickets will be sold before each performance at the Olney Theatre Center.
For more ticket information, call 240-390-0429.
The Olney Theatre Center is located at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road.
Oklahoma!' charges into Blake
The James Hubert Blake High School Stage Company and music department will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!," a musical comedy that tells the story of a cowboy who falls in love with a farm girl, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and April 30, May 1 and 2.
Tickets are $12. Performances will take place in the school's auditorium, located at 300 Norwood Road in Silver Spring.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 301-879-1300.
A celebration of transportation
Mill Creek Parish Preschool will pay tribute to cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles at its Transportation Day fair 9-11 a.m. May 1.
The event will feature a crane, RV, school bus, cement truck and other vehicles. There will also be face painting, temporary tattoos, a bake sale, cake walk and a basket raffle with prizes.
Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the event. For more information, call 301-926-3592.
Mill Creek Parish Preschool is located at 7101 Horizon Terrace in Derwood.
Van Hollen announces annual Congressional Art Competition
The 28th annual Congressional Art Competition is now accepting submissions.
High school artists who live or attend school in the 8th Congressional District are invited to submit work for the competition, which is sponsored by U.S. Rep Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist.8) of Kensington.
The winning entry will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year and runner-up artwork will be displayed in Van Hollen's congressional offices.
A juried exhibition of approximately 80 pieces of the submitted artwork will be shown May 4-30 at The Mansion at Strathmore, located at 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda.
To participate, students must complete and submit an entry form, which they can get by going to www.
vanhollen.house.gov or by calling 301-424-3501. Entry forms need to be signed by the student, a parent or guardian, and a faculty member and faxed to the Rockville district office by April 17.
Van Hollen will host reception to showcase the exhibit, honor all participants and announce awards May 4 at The Mansion at Strathmore.
For more information, call the Rockville district office at 301-424-3501 or Linda Pepper, Congressional Art Competition coordinator, at 301-657-8650 or e-mail her at pepper461@
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