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This Week in Potomac 12-21-05

HANUKKAH WONDERLAND

A walk-in multimedia Dreidel House and live olive oil making demonstrations are among the activities at this Hanukkah Wonderland at 5546 Randolph Road in Rockville, next to Staples.

The Hanukkah Wonderland is sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Maryland, a branch of the international non-profit Jewish outreach group.

The event will feature arts and crafts, games, a moonbounce, theater, and a cafe and gift shop.

The Wonderland will be open Dec. 18-Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. each day. Admission is $5 per child.

The Wonderland will also feature an outdoor menorah lighting complete with donuts, music and a raffle, all free, every night of Chanukah at 6 p.m.

For more information call 301-983-4200 ext. 19 or

e-mail mendelkaplan@yahoo.com.

HANUKKAH EVENT AT HAR SHALOM

Har Shalom’s annual Hanukkah Happening is Sunday, Dec. 18, 5-8 p.m. at the synagogue, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac.

Adults and children of all ages are invited an evening of arts and crafts, games, singing, dancing and a dairy dinner with plenty of potato latkes.

Admission will be $6 per adult and $4 per child up to a maximum of $20 per family. Reservations are required by Dec. 14. For more information, call 301-299-7087, extension 2321.

CABIN JOHN TOY DRIVE

As in years past, Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department will collect unwrapped toys to be delivered to local charities for the holidays. Santa Claus will be aboard the Cabin John fire trucks as they visit local neighborhoods on the following nights:

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Mazza Woods, Dada Woods, Fawsett Farms, Fawsett Farms Manor, River Falls, Potomac Ranch

Thursday, Dec. 22

Makeup day of any routes not completed

Friday, Dec. 23

Makeup day of any routes not completed

FREE HOLIDAY CAB RIDES

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program's SoberRide program will operate Dec. 9-Jan. 1 between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. each night.

The program offers free taxi rides, up to a $50 fare for residents of Montgomery County, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, age 21 and older, who are celebrating the holidays with alcohol and might otherwise drive home.

To use the service, call 800-200-TAXI or #-TAXI on a Cingular Wireless phone.

The program, supported by corporate sponsors and local taxi companies, has provided more than 30,000 free rides since 1993. For more information, visit www.soberride.com.

CANAL PHOTOS BENEFIT CANAL BOAT FUND

A new exhibit of color photos of the C&O Canal, particularly scenes from the Great Falls area, is now on display in the Historic Tavern at the Great Falls visitor center of C&O Canal National Historical Park. Photographer/author Dorothy Camagna will donate all proceeds from photos ordered to the Canal Boat fund. The Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern have raised more than $340,000 to date in their effort to replace the 30-year-old Canal Clipper replica boat that will no longer float. It is estimated that it will take an additional $160,000 to build a double-decked replica packet boat. Until three years ago, the canal boat carried more than 18,000 passengers each year through the original lift lock in front of the tavern. See www.BuildACanalBoat.com.

DEER HUNTS IN BLOCKHOUSE, MUDDY BRANCH

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announced plans Monday to expand its managed deer hunt program.

New hunt locations include the Serpentine Barrens Conservation Park and Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park in Potomac as well as the Dry Seneca Stream Valley Park in Poolesville, portions of the Great Seneca Stream Valley Park and North Germantown Greenway Park in Goshen.

This decision follows recommendations from an inter-agency work group commissioned to help reduce deer-related traffic accidents and other negative impacts.

Hunts in Potomac will take place at the Serpentine Barrens and Muddy Branch Parks, and Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (an existing hunt location) Tuesdays Nov. 8 and 22 and Dec. 13.

The parks will be closed from sunrise until sunset those days, and closure notices will be posted.

For more information, visit www.mc-mncppc.org/environment/deer/index.shtm or call the Commission’s deer information hotline at 301-495-3585.