Civic Calendar

To submit an item for the Civic Calendar, e-mail almanac@connectionnewspapers.com or fax the submission to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Thursday at noon two weeks prior to the event. For questions, call Rebecca Halik at 703-917-6476.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 19

<cal2>"The Good Enough Child: How to Have an Imperfect Family and be Perfectly Satisfied." From 7-9 p.m. at Suburban Hospital Auditorium, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Dr. Brad Sachs is a psychologist specializing in clinical work with families. "The Good Enough Child" was named as an editor's choice by Amazon.com and became its best-selling parenting title that year. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. $15/person, $25/couple with fee waivers available. All proceeds fund the prevention services of YMCA Y&FS. To register for this seminar only, call 301-896-3939, option 1. Contact Pam Mintz at 301-229-1347 by October 13.

Women's Gala. Women Business Owners (WBO) of Montgomery County hosts 10th Annual "Women in Business Celebrate Success" Gala at the Pooks Hill Marriott in Bethesda from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. WBO will be celebrating its success and recognizing the contributions of women in business. Included are a luncheon, a business showcase and a silent auction. The cost for advance registrations received by Sept. 30 is $55. After Sept. 30 and before Oct. 13 is $65 (at door $75.) To register go to www.wbo.com/gala.

Housing Seminar. Nehemiah supports a seminar on how to use the Nehemiah Program and its gift money to help renters become homeowners from 6:30-8 p.m. at Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. This seminar is designed to help low to moderate income buyers find an affordable solution in an almost unaffordable marketplace. To attend, call 1-800-523-1069, code 3802, or go to www.thehomebuyingevent.com.

School Open House. Parents of prospective Washington Episcopal School students are invited to attend an open house at 9 a.m. The school is located at 5600 Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda. The program begins with a panel presentation and question/answer period, followed by a tour of the school. Call the Admissions Office at 301-652-7878, e-mail admissions@w-e-s.org or visit www.w-e-s.org.

County Health Forum. The Montgomery County Commission on Health is sponsoring a community forum on health care resources and services from 7-8:30 p.m. Visit http://montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/News/press/PR_details.asp?PrID=2810.

Safe Driving Course, 9 a.m.-1 p.m, Special Operation Division, 9125 A Gaither Road, Rockville. The course is designed to tune up seniors driving skills and update knowledge of the rules of the road, assist drivers age 50 and over, with the age-related physical changes and how to adjust there driving skills to allow for those changes. $10 fee. To make a reservation contact PO Michele Smith at 301-840-2771, or email at michelle.smith@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Solutions for Maryland's Future: A Partnership for Workforce Development and Maryland Higher Education — A Listening Tour, 2-4 p.m. (networking begins at 1:30 p.m.) at Universities at Shady Grove, Shady Grove Building II, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville. A candid discussion about what Maryland higher education is and should be doing to help meet the state’s workforce and economic development needs. To attend, e-mail dyuhas@mhec.state.md.us.

Hispanic Business Conference, 12 p.m. Sen. Rob Garagiola will attend this conference that is being hosted at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center (5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda).

11th Annual Celebration of Excellence, 6 p.m. Sen. Rob Garagiola will attend the "11th Annual Celebration of Excellence," which is being hosted by the African American Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County. The event will be held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center (5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda).

District 15 Democratic Caucus Dinner, 7 p.m. Sen. Rob Garagiola will attend a District 15 Democratic Caucus Dinner that is being held at Normandie Farm (10710 Falls Road, Potomac).

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 22

<cal2>Parenting. Listen to Debbie Roffman, nationally certified Sexuality and Family Life Educator, as she discusses parents' roles in shaping our middle and high-schoolers' sexual values and supporting their healthy development, 7-9 p.m., Congregation Binai Tzedek, 10621 S. Glen Road, Potomac. Q & A will follow. Email TVBonnie @aol.com to reserve a seat.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 23

<cal2>Town Hall Meeting. A Conversation about Depression: Warning Signs, Interventions, and Treatments, 7:30 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Auditorium. For teens and adults, this educational forum is open to the entire community. Contact Carole Brand, csbrand@verizon.net or 301-657-2547; Lauren Hochman, lhochman@mhamc.org or 301-424-0656.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 25

<cal2>Retracing the Lewis and Clark Expedition. State senator Jennie Forehand and husband Bill present a slideshow/discussion about their 7,000-mile journey following the 1803–1806 Lewis & Clark Expedition across our country from 7:30-9 p.m. at at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive. They will display mementos collected along the trail, and Bill will be attired as a typical member of the Corps of Discovery. Free. Call 301-762-7666 or visit www.uucr.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 26

<cal2>MCPS Meeting. All Montgomery County public and private school Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend evening information meetings to learn about the high school application magnet program options at Montgomery Blair High School at 7 p.m. Visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org /curriculum/specialprograms/.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 27

<cal2>Luncheon Meeting. The National Council of Jewish Women is having a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the JCC of the Greater Washington in Rockville. Speaker is Myrna Tech, who will talk about Jewish art. Reservations must be made by Oct. 21 by calling Gerri Scholar 301-598-2964. $8/lunch or $2/dessert and beverage. Contact Evelyn Macfadden 301-468-6124 for address and information.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 30

<cal2> MCPS Meeting. All Montgomery County public and private school Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend evening information meetings to learn about the high school application magnet program options at Poolesville High School at 7 p.m. Visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org /curriculum/specialprograms/.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 1

<cal2>Campus Wide Open House. 4:30-7 p.m. at John Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville. All Schools will be represented. Visit www.mcc.jhu.edu.