Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Forum set to discuss White Oak Community Center planning

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A public forum to discuss early planning for the White Oak Community Center will be held 7 p.m. June 18 at White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring.

The event, hosted by the Montgomery County Department of Recreation, will update residents on the direction of the center as well as provide a chance for input. The new center will be located at the corner of April and Stewart lanes. Construction is set to begin in 2010 or 2011. Call 240-777-4925.

Have a voice in Burtonsville community planning

A meeting to gather public input on the design for the Burtonsville Community Legacy Plan will be held 6 p.m. June 19 at Burtonsville Elementary School, 15516 Old Columbia Pike. All are invited to attend and give their opinions on how to revitalize Burtonsville.

The study area includes neighborhoods extending to the Prince George’s County line on the east, Fairland Road on the south, the residential area to the west of Route 29 and the intersection of routes 29 and 198 to the north.

See ‘Iron Ladies of Liberia’

A free public screening of the ‘‘Iron Ladies of Liberia,” a documentary of the first woman to be elected president in Africa and her first year in office, will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 19 at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road. The screening is presented by the regional center and the U.S. State Department.

Jazz festival atEast County center

The annual East County Jazz Festival will be held for two days this year, 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. June 27 and again June 28 at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road.

Tickets are $15 and proceeds will benefit The People’s Community Wellness Center, a free clinic at the regional services center. Tickets will be sold at the gate (cash only) or can be purchased at the wellness center. For the event, enter at the corner of Gateshead Manor Way and Briggs Chaney Road.

Lawn chairs are welcome, but no coolers or grills are allowed. Call 301-847-1172.

Hampton scholarshipdeadline approaching

Two $1,500 scholarships will be offered to students attending Hampton University for the 2008-09 school year. The scholarships are sponsored by the Montgomery County Maryland Chapter of the National Hampton Alumni Association. However, the deadline to apply is Sunday. Applicants must be current residents of Montgomery or Prince George’s counties, continuing their education as a full-time sophomore, junior or senior for the next school year and have at least a 3.0 grade-point average. For more information, call James Marshall, scholarship committee chairman, at 301-924-4461 or see the application requirements at⁄alumni⁄nhaa⁄chapters⁄mcmd.

Strawberry dip-a-thonat Riderwood

Riderwood, a retirement community located at 3140 Gracefield Road in Silver Spring, will host its first ever strawberry dip-a-thon 2 p.m. June 19 in the performance hall of the Montgomery Station Clubhouse. It will be held in conjunction with the ice cream social. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds will benefit Riderwood’s Annual Benevolent Care Fund. Call 301-572-8396 to register by Friday.

Take a swingat golf tournament

The People’s Community Baptist Church will hold its annual golf tournament 7 a.m. June 27 at the Hampshire Greens Golf Course, 616 Firestone Drive, Silver Spring. The tournament benefits the church’s Boy’s Rites of Passage, a faith-based mentoring program for boys ages 11-18. To be a sponsor, contact Ron Wright at 240-461-6971. Donations must be made before Sunday. The People’s Community Baptist Church is located at 31 Norwood Road in Silver Spring. Call 301-384-2601.

Walk to honorAfrican-American history

In celebration of National Black Health & Fitness Month, a three-mile Health Freedom Walk will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, with registration starting at 9 a.m. The walk will begin and end at Rural Legacy Trail at the Woodlawn Manor Park, 16501 Norwood Road in Sandy Spring.

Participants will walk a section similar to the route slaves traveled in their quest for freedom and will be given the name of an abolitionist, Quaker or slave to honor those who walked for freedom and those who assisted in the struggle.

The event is sponsored by the Community Health Awareness & Monitoring Program, the African American Health Program, the Montgomery County Department of Recreation, the Montgomery County Glorifying Our Spiritual and Physical Existence for Life Program, Care First, Blue Cross⁄Blue Shield and the American Heart Association’s Maryland Affiliate.

Registration is $20. All ages are welcome. To register, call Xerxeser Kayode at 301-421-5445 or visit or

Fairland Library events

Join an adult book discussion of ‘‘Midwives” by Christopher Bohjalian at 7 p.m. today at Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Registration is required. Call 240-773-9460.

Family Game Night will be held 7 p.m. Thursday. Board games and card games will be provided for an hour. No registration is necessary. Call 240-473-9460.

The Young Reader’s Book Club, for grades 1-3, will meet 7 p.m. June 18 at the library to discuss five books and delve into messy crafts. Registration is required. Call 240-773-9460.

Summer reading will kick off with the Kaydee Puppets, a puppet production for all ages, 2 p.m. June 19 at the Fairland Library. No registration is required but arrive on time because space is limited.

The Fairland Library’s Summer Reading Club sign-up starts Thursday. Children can join anytime between Thursday and July 31 to receive their free Summer Reading Log. On or after June 26, children will turn in the reading log to the library to receive their first prize and two Ride On Courtesy Cards. The second prize can be redeemed on or after July 10. Reader contestants may finish between Aug. 1 and Aug. 21.

On campus

Nicholas Bugden of Spencerville was named to the dean’s list at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in South Bend, Ind., for his outstanding academic achievements during the 2008 spring semester.

Christopher Michael Tabisz, a University of Maryland student from Silver Spring, accepted membership in the Golden Key International Honor Society. He joins 1.7 million members worldwide who have been recognized for their academic achievements and have access to scholarships and career and internship opportunities.

Send news items, announcements and community events to Amber Parcher at, or call her at 240-473-7563. Send them by mail to Burtonsville Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707.