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This Week in Potomac

Village Clean and Green

<bt>Potomac Clean and Green will meet on Saturday, April 13 from 9-11 a.m. for a spring community clean up of Potomac Village. Meet at the edge of the parking lot near the Safeway bus gazebo. Wear boots or sturdy shoes, long sleeves and gloves. Litter bags will be provided. Call Peggy Dennis at 301-983-9738.

* Many of the 65 flower tubs lining Potomac Village are available for adoption. Those with a green thumb can plant any flower or plant arrangement to their liking and will be responsible for the watering and upkeep of their tub.

Call Elie Pisarra Cain, who started this annual tradition, at 301-983-1537.

<sh>Democratic Forum

<bt>A forum for District 15 Democratic candidates for the Legislature is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at the residence of Adarsh and Suresh Gupta, 10805 Nantucket Terrace, in Potomac. Karen Britto, chair of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, will moderate the forum.

Democrats Kathleen Dumais, Brian Feldman, Jinhee Wilde and John Young, who have all announced their candidacy for Delegate, will participate in the forum. The filing deadline for candidates is in early July, for the September primary.

Call Milton Minneman 301-299-2551.

<sh>Police Report

<bt>According to police reports:

* Cash was taken from Potomac Hair Design, 10111 River Rd., at 5:30 a.m. on March 22.

* A residential burglary was reported at the 10700 block of Deborah Drive in Potomac between 11 p.m. on March 15 and 6:30 a.m. on March 16. Burglars entered through an unlocked garage but nothing was taken.

* Jewelry and currency was taken from the 7600 block of Cabin Road in Cabin John between 7:50 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. on March 14, after a burglar entered the home through a rear window.

* The front door was broken at Captain's Market, 7607 MacArthur Blvd. between 4:15 a.m. and 4:20 a.m. on March 17. Nothing was taken.

<sh>St. Patrick's Day Citations

<bt>The Montgomery County Police Saturation Patrol — in effect between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day, Sunday, March 17 in Bethesda and Rockville — gave 11 citations for driving while impaired by alcohol and driving while under the influence of alcohol, 15 speeding citations, one aggressive driving citation, one citation for a suspended or revoked license and 25 other traffic violations.

In 2001, when St. Patrick's Day was on Saturday night, Montgomery County Police made 38 alcohol arrests for driving while impaired by alcohol and driving while under the influence of alcohol between the hours of 7 p.m. on Saturday and 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

<sh>Potomac Rotary Awards

<bt>Each year, the Potomac Rotary Club honors an area citizen with its Citizen of the Year Award. The association seeks nominations from residents for this year's award.

Nominees should be a non-Rotarian. The Rotary Club honors “service above self;" high moral and ethical behavior; and personal contributions to the nation and community.

Nominations should be submitted no later than April 15 to the Rev. Anne Benefield, Geneva Presbyterian Church, 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, Md. 20854.

Call Rev. Benefield at (301) 424-4347 for information.

<sh>Clara Barton House Volunteer Tour

<bt>The Clara Barton National Historical Site is holding an intake program for those who are considering volunteering at the museum but need more information.

The intake will include a behind the scenes tour of the site and an in-depth tour of the house.

There are several volunteer positions available, including working in the library, giving tours, assisting with school programs and museum projects, and staffing special events and open hours programs. Training is provided.

Clara Barton National Historic Site is located at 5801 Oxford Road in Glen Echo, adjacent to Glen Echo Park. Call park ranger Bob Cars at 301-492-6245.

<sh>Tour the Charity Canal

<bt>Free training programs for the 6th annual Tour de Canal, the country's longest off-road charity ride, will start Saturday, April 20 at Carderock Park, at 7:45 a.m.

The Tour de Canal, a 184.5 charity ride that benefits the programs and services of the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area, is scheduled for Sept. 21-22, 2002 along the C&O Canal, from Cumberland to Georgetown.

Participants can join other bikers for trips of increasing lengths, starting at 12-15 miles and ending in late August with rides of 60-80 miles. Training rides will continue every Saturday through June 8 at C&O Canal at Carderock Park, off the Clara Barton Parkway, starting at 7:45 a.m.

Completing a free, 50-mile qualifying ride is mandatory to participate in the 184- and 100-mile rides on Sept. 21-22. Qualifying rides will take place at Carderock Park on Saturdays, June 8, Sunday, July 14 and Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7:45 a.m. Riders can also take part in the 100-mile and 10-mile portions of the race.

For information, e-mail tourdecanal@together.net, visit www.alz-nca.org or call toll-free at 1-866-259-0042.

<sh>Civic Calendar

<lst>Thursday, April 4, tentative

Public hearing on the county executive's proposed Operating Budget FY03. County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md. 20850. Call 240-777-7900.

April 8, 10

Public hearings on the operating budget are scheduled to continue. County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md. 20850. Call 240-777-7900.

Wednesday, April 10, 1:30 p.m.

Vince Renzi will represent West Montgomery County Citizens Association when the Board of Appeal rehears the issue regarding the Board's authority to regulate the content of signs marking new real estate developments which are governed by the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance. Board of Appeals, County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Call 240-777-6600.

Wednesday, April 10, 8 p.m.

West Montgomery County Citizens Association's monthly meeting. Speaker and topic to be announced. 8 p.m. Potomac Elementary School, 10311 River Road. Visit West Montgomery at www.wmcca.org

Monday, April 15

Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board Meeting, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center, Room A, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.

May (tentative)

<bt>Public meeting — not yet scheduled — to be held by the Western Area Recreational Advisory Board on the issue of age restrictions imposed on use of the roller rink at the Potomac Community Center.