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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 Matthew Razak at 703-917-6476.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 25

<cal2>Bullying Support Group, Montgomery County’s Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) offers monthly drop-in meetings, the fourth Wednesday, to discuss bullying experiences at work and school and what to do about them. Meetings held from 7-8:30 p.m. at HHS Building, 1301 Piccard Drive, Conference Room 4001, Rockville. Free, no registration required. Call 240-777-1355.

"Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision," Montgomery College Rockville Campus, Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Three women—Huda Abu Arqoub, a Muslim Palestinian from Hebron, Palestine; Tal Dor, a Jewish Israeli from Haifa, Israel; and Amal Nassar, a Christian Palestinian from Bethlehem, Palestine—will share their own personal experiences and their hopes for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Montgomery Green Democrats' April meeting at Juanita's Restaurant, 15883 Redland Road, Rockville, 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome. Call Bill Jacobs at 301-774-3256.

Middle School Workshops. "A Parent Education Workshop: Understanding Your Teen" This workshop will feature a panel of experts from Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Center, The Reginald S. Lourie Center and Dr. Scott Hykin, a psychologist in private practice. The event will be held at Newport Mill Middle School is located at 11311 Newport Mill Road, Kensington. Call Margaret Flagg at 301-962-3818.

<cal1>Saturday/April 28

<cal2>Socrates Café. A philosophical discussion group exploring "big questions" and based loosely on the Socratic dialogue method. Coffees, teas and light refreshments will be served. Free and open to all. 7 –9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville. Call 301-762-7666 or go to www.uucr.org.

River Center Docent Training. The Conservancy is looking for river history buffs to help maintain and staff the River Center at historic Lockhouse 8 on the C&O Canal. Training will be from 2-4 p.m. at the River Center at Lockhouse 8. The full docent description is available at www.potomac.org/join/volunteer.html. Volunteers who wish to help staff the River Center should contact Judy Welles at welles@potomac.org.

<cal1>Monday/April 30

<cal2>Literacy Tutor Orentations. The Literacy Council of Montgomery County seeks volunteers to teach adults to read, write, or speak English. No foreign language skills are necessary. Tutor orientation sessions will be held at the Rockville Library from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Advance registration is required. Call 301-610-0030 or info@literacycouncilmcmd.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/May 1

<cal2>Kiwanis Club. Jay Mathews, award-winning reporter and author of books on introducing challenge and testing into high schools, will speak at the weekly noon luncheon of the Potomac Kiwanis club. The club holds its weekly luncheons at Normandie Farm on Falls Road at noon on Tuesdays. Luncheon arrangements should be made by the Sunday preceding the meeting through Dell Nylec, the club secretary, 301-340-0965, delnylec@comcast.net.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 2

<cal2>DRADA (Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association), Potomac Chapter, will meet at 7:30 p.m., on at the Parish Hall of St. Raphael's Church at 1513 Dunster Road, Rockville. The meeting is for the families and friends of people who have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar illness. Free. Call 301-299-4255 or 301-570-9065 or visit www.drada-potomac.org.

MC Public Forum. Montgomery College will hold a meetings to seek community input on the recommendations of its Rockville Campus Expansion Task Force, 7 p.m., in the College’s Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee Street in Rockville. Visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/rvexpansion.

<cal1>Thursday/May 3

<cal2>Chronic Pain Support Group. Pain Connection will meet at the Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, 1:30-3 p.m. for anyone with chronic pain, their family and friends. Participants are welcome to bring pillows, mats, ice or hot packs to be comfortable. Call 301-309-2444 or see www.pain-connection.org.

Discussion Group. Parents of adopted adolescents. The Barker Foundation, 7979 Old Georgetown Road., 1st floor, 7-9 p.m. Ages 21 and up. Call 301-664-9664.

MC Public Forum. Montgomery College will hold a meetings to seek community input on the recommendations of its Rockville Campus Expansion Task Force, 2 p.m., in the College’s Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee Street in Rockville. Visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/rvexpansion.

<cal1>Sunday/May 6

<cal2>Li-Ming Toastmasters Club welcomes guests in developing communications and leadership skills from 10:15-11:30 a.m. at the staff lounge of Julius West Middle School, 651 Great Falls Road, room 119, Rockville. Free to newcomers. Call 301-762-7978 or visit http://liming.freetoasthost.net/index.html.

<cal1>Saturday/May 7

<cal2>Town Hall Meeting. A Town Hall meeting will be held to discuss the Maryland General Assembly’s 2007 legislative session. Senator Brian Frosh, Delegates William Bronrott, Marilyn Goldwater, and Susan Lee invite you to join them at the Bethesda Regional Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda from 7:30-9 p.m.

Adoption Workshop. International and domestic adoption information at The Barker Foundation, 7979 Old Georgetown Road, 1st floor, 6:30-9 p.m. Ages 21and up. Call 301-664-9664.

<cal1>Tuesday/May 8

<cal2>Genealogy Workshop. Join expert Kimberly Bastian at the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, as she demonstrates how to get the most out of the HeritageQuest genealogy database, 1 p.m. This is the fifth and final part of the Telling Our Stories series. Call 240-777-0970.

Literacy Tutor Orentations. The Literacy Council of Montgomery County seeks volunteers to teach adults to read, write, or speak English. No foreign language skills are necessary. Tutor orientation sessions will be held at the Rockville Library from 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Advance registration is required. Call 301-610-0030 or info@literacycouncilmcmd.org.

<cal1>Saturday/May 12

<cal2>Fibromyalgia. Potomac Hospital and The Gilbert Clinic partner with regional support group to offer free screenings of the documentary "Living with Fibromyalgia (FM)," a condition of chronic pain, fatigue, and sleep problems, for FM and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Awareness Day. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. at The Gilbert Clinic, One Central Plaza, 11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1205; N. Bethesda. To reserve a seat, call 301-230-2530.

<cal1>Monday/May 14

<cal2>Introduction to E-mail. Join Bill Franz, professional teacher, for some basic email instruction at the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, 9 a.m. Call 240-777-0970.

<cal1>Monday/May 21

<cal2>Bullying Workshop. JSSA presents "Understanding and Preventing Bullying: in Schools and in Cyberspace" a program for parents and educators of school-aged children, featuring JSSA experts Stanley Fagen, Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychologist, Larisa deGraffenreid, LCSW, Child Therapist and Heidi Cohen, LCSW-C, Child Therapist at the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, 7-9 p.m. Cost is $25. Call 301-816-2633.