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Potomac Funfest

<bt>The Potomac Community Center Funfest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features a variety of rides and games for children, including a moon bounce and ball crawl. An unlimited number of rides and games may be purchase for $6. Bingo follows from 5-8 p.m. Call 301-983-4471.

<sh>Adaptive Sports

<bt>The Potomac Adaptive Sports Association begins Sunday, Sept. 22. The adaptive sports program is offered to youth with special needs between the ages of 6-15. The fall program will consist of soccer and basketball in a noncompetitive environment. Volunteers are also needed.

Call Larry Chloupek at 301-594-3992.

<sh>Police Open House

<bt>The 2nd District Police Station, which handles calls from much of Potomac, will hold an open house on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The station is located at 7359 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda. Events include child finger printing, tours of the station, a SWAT demonstration, K-9 demonstration, motorcycle demonstration, child safety passenger display, bicycle registration, command bus, police cruiser display and an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog.

<sh>Itching for Vendors

<bt>Vendors are wanted for the Potomac Community Center Indoor Flea Market and Community Yard Sale, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The flea market will take place at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road. Booths are available to vendors for $25 and tables for $5. To register, call Linda Barlock at 301-983-4471.

<sh>Citizens of the Year

<bt>The Potomac Chamber of Commerce encourages nominations for the Potomac citizen, youth and businessperson of the year. The awards are given annually by the Potomac Chamber and the winners will be featured in the annual Potomac Day Parade on Sunday, Oct. 26. Award plaques will be presented to the winners at the chamber's Awards Banquet on Nov. 16, at TPC at Avenel.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 27. Nomination forms and guidelines may be obtained from Fred Goldman at 301-294-0007. Entries should be mailed to: Potomac Chamber of Commerce, Inc., 9812 Falls Road, Suite 114, Box 320, Potomac, MD 20854.

<sh>Country House Tour

<bt>The 47th annual Potomac Country House Tour, sponsored by St. Francis Episcopal Church, will feature four Potomac area homes on Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour. Tickets are available at St. Francis' church office, 10033 River Road. Call 301-365-2055.

<sh>Reward Offered

<bt>A 25-year-old Chevy Chase resident was walking in front of the Montgomery Grill restaurant, 7200 block of Wisconsin Ave., in Bethesda, at 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, when he accidentally bumped into two intoxicated men who were leaving the restaurant, according to Crime Solvers of Montgomery County. The two men then physically assaulted the victim, repeatedly striking him on the face and head. Though the victim was able to flee the scene, he was treated for serious injuries including facial fractures and is recovering from reconstructive surgery.

A cash reward is offered for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the two men responsible. The suspects are described as white males, 20-25 years old, 5-feet-10 to 6-feet tall, weighing 175 to 200 pounds.

Anyone with information about the assault should call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-800-673-2777. Visit www.mccrimesolvers.com. Callers may remain anonymous.

<sh>Voter Deadline Nears

<lst>The voter registration deadline is 9 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2002, for the Nov. 5 general election.

Voter registration applications are available from the Elections Office, 751 Twinbrook Parkway, in Rockville. Call 240-777-8500 and leave a message at the 24-hour voter information line at 240-777-VOTE.

Forms are also available at all Montgomery County public libraries, Montgomery College, public high schools, U.S. post offices and county government regional service centers.

The form can be printed from the state elections Web site at www.elections.state.md.us and mailed back.

<sh>Child Safety Seats

<bt>Over 74 percent of child safety seats checked in Montgomery County were used incorrectly, according to data from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign.

The county opened a permanent child safety seat inspection location on Aug. 29. The inspection center will be staffed by nationally certified child passenger technicians from Fire and Rescue Services, Division of Consumer Affairs, Health and Human Services and other volunteers. Trained safety specialists will check car seats for proper installation, age/size appropriateness and to determine if seats have been damaged or recalled.

The inspection station, located at the Department of Fire and Rescue Services Building, 14111 Georgia Avenue, in Silver Spring, is one of 30 new centers opening in the United States and the only one in Maryland. The station will be open by appointment Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 a.m.-noon, and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call the county's Division of Consumer Affairs, 240-777-3636, for appointments.

Car seat safety checks are also held monthly at various locations, including Fitzgerald's Auto Mall, 5501 Nicholson Lane, in Rockville.

Children under four weighing 40 pounds or less must be transported in a child safety seat. Since 1996, there have been 15 reported cases in Montgomery County where children involved in automobile crashes were saved from injury because they were in a car seat installed by a child passenger safety technician.

<sh>Civic Calendar

<cal1>Late September/Early October 2002

<cal2>Park and Planning is scheduled to publish the staff draft of the Blockhouse Point Master Plan. To send comments about the park master plan in writing, or to get on the mailing list to receive information about the Blockhouse Point Master Plan, address letters to: Blockhouse Point Master Plan, 1109 Spring Street, Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

<cal1>October 2002

<cal2>Park and Planning has tentatively scheduled a public meeting, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, to solicit comment and input on the staff draft of the Blockhouse Point Master Plan. Visit www.mc-mncppc.org/environment/blockhouse_mp/blockhouse_mp.htm

<cal1>Thursday, Sept. 12

<cal2>Montgomery County Council resumes committee worksessions after its annual recess, which began on July 31. Regular Council worksessions begin the following Tuesday, Sept. 17.

<cal1>Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.

<cal2>County Council Public Hearing on Councilmember Nancy Dacek's Bill 26-02, which would prohibit pedestrians from standing in a travel lane, roadway median or intersection, or approaching a motor vehicle in a travel lane to solicit or sell anything to occupants of the vehicle. County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Call 240-777-7900 to testify.

<cal1>Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.

<cal2>Western Area Recreation Advisory Board Meeting, Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac. Call 301-983-4471.

<cal1>Saturday, Sept. 14, 5-7 p.m.

<cal2>Fundraiser for Sen. Jean Roesser (R-15), at the home of Janet and Bill Phillips, 13301 Manor Stone Drive, Darnestown. $75. For information, call Fran Ichijo, 301-972-7561.

<cal1>Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.

<cal2>Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board Meeting, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center, Room A, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.

<cal1>Tuesday, Sept. 17

<cal2>County Council Public Hearing, Zoning Text Amendment 02-21. Exemption provision — private schools on land owned or leased by a religious institution. County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Call 240-777-7900 to testify.

<cal1>October 10, 7:30 p.m.

<cal2>Western Area Recreation Advisory Board meeting, Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road.

<cal1>Tuesday, Oct. 15

<cal2>Deadline for voter registration to vote in the Nov. 5 general election. Call 240-777-VOTE.

<cal1>Tuesday, Nov. 5

<cal2>General Election.

<lst>Send items for the civic calendar to Potomac Almanac managing editor Ken Moore, 10220 River Road, Suite 330, Potomac, MD 20854; call 301-983-2600; e-mail to PotomacAlmanac@hotmail.com; Fax to 703-917-0991.