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Civic Calendar

<i>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.</i>

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.

Planning and Board Meeting. The Montgomery County Planning seeks public comment on a draft of its new rules of procedure that will be used to guide the way Planning Board hearings are run. At M-NCPPC auditorium, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Check out the Planning Board agenda page http://www.mc-mncppc.org/board/agenda/agenda_home.shtm or call 301-495-4600 for information on testifying or time.

Saturday/Sept. 30

First District Police Station Open House. 12-4 p.m. at First District Station, 1451 Seven Locks Road, Rockville. Some of the events include demonstrations by SWAT and K-9, child safety seat inspections, and more. There will also be a clown and moon bounce to entertain children. Call 301-279-1591.

Open House. Special Needs Library, a branch of the Montgomery County Public Libraries, is having an open house from 1-5 p.m. in the Bethesda Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd. There will be a program from 2-3 p.m. that will include an awards ceremony for volunteers. For more information or for other accommodations, contact the Special Needs Library at 240-777-0960, TTY 301-897-2217.

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 Crabnd 20855.

Open House. Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual open house from 12-4 p.m. at Fire Station 10, 8001 River Road. The community will have the opportunity to view CJPVFD’s extensive fleet of fire trucks, specialized vehicles, and boats, including a brand new, customized combination ladder/rescue truck, one of only a few in the country. There will be a number of live, interactive demonstrations including rope rescue and repelling and car extrication. Moon bounce for younger children and volunteer opportunities for prospective high-school members. Visit www.cjpvfd.com.

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.

Community Forum. The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is holding a community forum to gather input from the public on the department’s FY2008 operating budget from 6-8 p.m. at the Children’s Resource Center, 332 W. Edmonston Drive in Rockville. To sign up to speak, call 240-777-1058 (voice) or 240-777-1295 (TTY) by October 1. Those requiring special aids or services to participate in this event should call Darlene Fairfax 240-777-1058 (voice) or 240-777-1295 (TTY).

Thursday/Oct. 5

Public Meeting. The Montgomery County Planning Board seeks public comment on the agency's proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2007 during a public forum at 7:30 p.m. at the M-NCPPC auditorium located at 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Call 301-495-4600 to sign up. Written testimony may be sent to the Planning Board Chairman Royce Hanson at 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 20910, faxed to 301-495-1320 or e-mailed to mcp-chairman@mncppc-mc.org.

Saturday/Oct. 7

Training Session. Residents who would like to learn how to establish and staff a Volunteer Mobilization Center during a local disaster are invited to attend an Emergency Volunteer Training session from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, 401 Hungerford Drive, Rockville. The deadline for registering for the training is Friday, Sept. 29. For more information and to register, call the Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600.

Housing Fair. Sixth Annual Housing Fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park located at Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Receive information about financial literacy issues. Workshops will be held hourly about how to get, read and understand credit reports. Entertainment will include an Elvis impersonator, an appearance by Screech, the National’s eagle mascot, and entertainment and surprises for kids. Food will also be included with hourly raffles. For more information about the Fair, call 240-777-3602.