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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.

Thursday/Sept. 21

Meeting. Join the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County Rockville, at 5:30 p.m. at Far East Restaurant, 5055 Nicholson Lane, Rockville, as they say "thank you" to the 2005-2006 board members and welcome in the 2006-2007 board. $45/members and $50 for guests and non-members. To register online and for more about WBO, visit www.wbo-mc.com.

Sunday/Sept. 24

Picnic. Fourth Annual "Good Ol' Fashioned Family Picnic" to support Delegate Kathleen Dumais (15). Join Friends of Kathleen M. Dumais for a picnic from 1-4 p.m. at High Point Farm in Clarksburg. $30/person; $45/couple; children free. Playground, moon bounce, soccer, volleyball & sack races. Call Donna Van Scoy or Chris Wright at 301-610-0110.

Monday/Sept. 25

Public Meeting. In advance of this year's Oct. 1 deadline, there will be a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. at the Council Office Building in Rockville. Apart from budget priorities, the Council's resolution also requests County agencies—Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, the Park and Planning Commission, and WSSC, as well as County Government itself—to provide performance measures on their programs that enable the Council and the community to determine how effective they have been.

Pedestrian Safety Meeting. Residents of the Greater Friendship Heights community can learn about state and local efforts to address pedestrian safety and express their views on improvements at an upcoming “A Dialogue on Pedestrian Safety” 7 p.m. at the Friendship Heights Community Center, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Hosted by the Montgomery County Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee. The Greater Friendship Heights area has been identified as one of the County’s priority places to address pedestrian safety.

Wednesday/Sept. 27

County Sponsors Public Forums are seeking input into Comprehensive Plan for Seniors from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. The forums will offer Montgomery County residents of all ages an opportunity to talk about their plans for the future, what concerns they may have about managing their own aging and suggestions for ways in which Montgomery County can make sure it is an “elder-friendly” community. Free. Call 240-777-1131 for more information or e-mail senior plan@montgomerycountymd.gov. Those requiring special aids or services to participate in a forum should call Gloria Huggins at 240-777-1236. Sign language interpreter services and language interpreter services are available upon request with at least three business days notice.

Emergency Preparedness Meeting. Montgomery County residents are encouraged to attend a free emergency preparedness forum to learn how to prepare for disasters, terrorism and pandemic flu from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. The forums will include various presentations and displays. For more information about the forums, call the Montgomery County Homeland Security Department at 240-777-2200.

Thursday/Sept. 28

Work Session Meeting #4. 4 p.m. at Bells Mill Elementary School, 8225 Bells Mill Road, Potomac. The Montgomery County Public School Division of Construction is planning a new modernized building for Bells Mill Elementary School to be completed in August of 2009. Several meetings have been planned and need and want community input when planning the new facility. This is the fourth session in a series of five planning sessions. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. Please confirm the meeting prior to your attendance by contacting James. R Tokar at 301-548-7542 or sending an e-mail to james_r_tokar@mcpsmd.org and/or Jerri B. Oglesby at 301-469-1046 or sending an e-mail to Jerri_L_Oglesby@mcpsmd.org.

Luncheon. The Potomac Republican Women's Club hosts a luncheon and forum featuring Republican candidates at Amada Amante Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. For further details and to RSVP, call 301-983-6192.

Sunday/Oct. 1

Grand Old Party. From 12-4:30 p.m., the Montgomery County Republican Party has its annual Grand Old Party at Smokey Glen Farm, 16407 Riffleford Road, Gaithersburg, with special guest Lt. Gov. Kristen Cox. Gather with fellow Republicans for this social event and annual awards ceremony, hear from Republican candidates, and find out how to get involved. Participate in special activities, hayrides and silent auctions. Tickets are $30/adults, $15/child 3-11 and children under 3 free. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 26 by visiting www.mcgop.net or mailing a check to MCRP at 15833 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, Maryland 20855.

Tuesday/Oct. 3

Work Session Meeting #5. 7 p.m. at Bells Mill Elementary School, 8225 Bells Mill Road, Potomac. The Montgomery County Public School Division of Construction is planning a new modernized building for Bells Mill Elementary School to be completed in August of 2009. Several meetings have been planned and need and want community input when planning the new facility. This is the last planning session. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. Please confirm the meeting prior to your attendance by contacting James. R Tokar at 301-548-7542 or sending an e-mail to james_r_tokar@mcpsmd.org and/or Jerri B. Oglesby at 301-469-1046 or sending an e-mail to Jerri_L_Oglesby@mcpsmd.org.

Wednesday/Oct. 4

Talk. “Israeli and Palestinian Women for Peace” by Janet M. Powers, author of "Blossoms on the Olive Tree: Israeli and Palestinian Women Working for Peace" from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive. Free. Call 301-762-7666 or visit www.uucr.org.