Jewish Federation of Greater Washington holds a Teen Mitzvah Corps program in which local high schoolers prepare gift packages for teen immigrants from the former Soviet Union on Thursday, March 27 from 7-9 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Call Nachama Fellner at 301-881-0100, Ext. 6752 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill is coming to the Connelly School of the Holy Child. On Monday, March 31, Carrabba’s will prepare a full Italian meal to help the Holy Child music department raise money for a trip to the Williamsburg Megafest Music Festival where students will participate in a vocal and instrumental festival. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Instrumental Ensemble will perform some excellent musical selections. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. in the gym. Tickets will be sold at the door. The cost of the evening is $12 per person. Please contact Ms. Michelle Smith at 301-365-0955 with questions or concerns.
Winston Churchill High School presents its 14th annual rock music revue “Blast from the Past” March 28-30 and April 4-6. “Blast from the Past” features live music, original dances and rock and roll songs for all ages. With almost 200 high school participants, it is the largest student-produced event of its kind in Montgomery County. Showtimes are Friday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 30, 2:30 p.m.; Friday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Call 301-469-1243 or see www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/churchillhs.
Scholarship Fund to Help Sniper Victims' Children. Sixteen school-age children who lost a parent as the result of the sniper attacks in Montgomery County last October are to benefit from a campaign to raise funds for educational scholarships. The children range in age from the youngest in elementary school to the oldest already in college. The scholarship campaign is being sponsored by the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, which will hold a fund raising reception on April 3, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., at Indian Spring Country Club, located at 13506 Layhill Road, Silver Spring.
A number of community leaders will be on hand, including CNN journalist Judy Woodruff who will moderate the program. The event also will honor the contributions of County Executive Douglas Duncan and Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose for their work and support during the sniper crisis. People who want to contribute to the scholarship campaign and attend the event can choose from the following several levels of financial support. Contributions also will be accepted from those unable to attend.
Checks should be made payable to the MCPS Educational Foundation (c/o Montgomery County Public Schools, 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 257, Rockville, Maryland 20850). The foundation is a nonprofit organization, and a portion of each ticket cost is tax deductible.
Dr. Betty Lou Bettner, noted author, parent and counselor presents “Raising Kids Who Can Fly When They Leave the Nest.” Part of the Parent Encouragement Program’s (PEP’s) “Noted Authors” series, Dr. Bettner shares ideas on raising healthy, competent children. Thursday, April 10 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, 1171 Hunter’s Lane, Rockville. Admission is $20 general public, $18 for PEP members. For tickets or information call 301-929-8824.
Education Hotline The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) holds its 14th annual Hotline on April 13 from 4-10 p.m., April 14 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and April 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Callers can speak directly, but anonymously, with a school principal or school psychologist who will answer questions about children and education. Call toll-free, 1-800-944-1601 or e-mail the Hotline by accessing www.naesp.org.
Scholarship Applications Suburban Maryland Business & Professional Women (BPW) is offering three scholarships of up to $1,000 each for the academic year 2003-04. Two scholarships will be presented to a woman who demonstrates critical financial need and requires further education or training in order to achieve independence. The third scholarship will be presented to a woman currently enrolled in an accredited academic institution who is seeking education for a career in science, technology or business-related fields. Applicants for both scholarships must be a resident of Montgomery County, be at least 21 years of age, demonstrate financial need, have a definite plan for use of the desired education and be a U.S. citizen. The scholarships do not cover study for advanced degrees or correspondence courses.
Applications must be returned postmarked no later than April 30. Visit www.geocities.com/SMdBPW or request an application by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Suburban Maryland BPW, Scholarship Committee, 282 New Mark Esplanade, Rockville, MD 20850-2733.
The Harbor School, 7701 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, an independent day school for preschool through 2nd-grade, is celebrating 30 years of educating young children for life’s journey. Beginning in the fall of 2003, the school will introduce an afternoon preschool class for children 3 and 4 years of age. The class will meet Monday through Thursday 12:30-3:30 p.m. The program will continue the Harbor School’s creative experimental approach. Call Marti Jacobs, admission director at 301-365-1100, or see www.theharborschool.org.
ASSE International Student Exchange is now accepting applications from host families for the 2003-04 academic year. By hosting a foreign exchange student from Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, you provide select exchange students with the opportunity to learn about this country by living as part of a family, attending high school, and sharing their own culture and language.
Couples, single parents and families without children are encouraged to apply. Call Chris Dubasak at 410-838-0470 or 800-677-2773.