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This Week in Potomac 2-15-06

CHURCHILL SPORTS NIGHT GALA

A dinner and cocktail reception, silent auction, and a performance by comedian Roger Mursick will all be part of CHS Sports Night 2006 at Bethesda Country Club on Friday, March 10, a fund-raiser for the athletics program at Winston Churchill High School. Last year’s Hall of Fame Gala raised $140,000 that went to restore three athletic fields at Churchill and purchased equipment for the swimming and track teams. Admission is $125, with proceeds going to field maintenance, a “reel” mower for the lower athletic field, repairs to the softball field drainage, track and field equipment, and uniforms for Churchill’s volleyball, golf, basketball, softball and baseball teams. Call Rich LaFleur at 703-847-7550 or e-mail bulldogbooster@bulldogbooster.org.

'STATE FAIR' AT HOLY CHILD

Connelly School of the Holy Child presents “State Fair,” a romantic musical comedy by Rodgers and Hammerstein on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 4 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Connelly School of the Holy Child, 9029 Bradley Blvd., Potomac. Admission is $5 and $8. Call 301-365-0955 or visit www.holychild.org.

CHURCHILL PERFORMS 'ANNE FRANK'

<bt>Winston Churchill High School Drama Department presents:

“The Diary of Anne Frank” on Thursday, Feb. 23; Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bish Auditorium of Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Rd., Potomac. Churchill is performing the newer version of the play, adapted by Wendy Kesselman in 1997 (Natalie Portman starred in the 1997 Broadway version). This version includes a Hanukkah celebration, some hints of Anne becoming a woman, and an ending narrated by the character Otto Frank who, as the only member of the Annex to survive, recounts what happens to everyone else in the concentration camps. Tickets on sale at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. the evening of each performance. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children 10 years old and under.

CONSERVANCY SEEKS EVENT LEADERS

As the Potomac Conservancy prepares the new Lockhouse 8 River Center for its first full season of operation, it is seeking volunteers to lead recreational activities and outreach events.

Volunteers are encouraged to share their knowledge and talents: lead a naturalist walk, teach a wood-carving class, or give a banjo lesson.

The River Center at Lockhouse 8 offers visitors a new understanding of the Potomac River, its connection to the Chesapeake Bay, and what they can do to protect these special resources. It will reopen in May.

Contact Heather Montgomery, conservation program assistant at montgomery@potomac.org.

CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION

High school students invited t participate in the 25th Annual Congressional Art Competition. All students who live or attend school in Maryland's eighth congressional district are eligible to participate in the contest sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

The entries will be exhibited at Strathmore Arts Center April 1-28 and the winning entry will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol with the winners from each of the nation's 435 districts.

Runners-up will be displayed in Van Hollen's congressional offices.

Entry forms must be signed by the entrant, a teacher, and a parent and faxed by March 15 301-424-5992

Forms and more detailed information are available at www.house.gov/vanhollen. Questions may be directed to Congressional Art Competition Coordinator Linda Pepper at 301-657-8650 or at pepper461@aol.com.