This Week in Potomac 2-28-07

This Week in Potomac 2-28-07

Churchill’s Sports Night Approaches

The Winston Churchill High School Booster Club will host Churchill Sports Night 2007 at Bethesda Country Club on Friday, March 16, from 6:30 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $125. Funds raised from previous Churchill Sports Nights helped cover costs of a new stadium field, The event includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, special video presentation, live auction, coffee and dessert and music and dancing. For more information, e-mail Churchill’s booster club at

Seyed-Makki Murder Remains Unsolved

The murder of Shohreh Zahra Seyed-Makki remains unsolved. Makki died from blunt-force trauma and strangulation.

The 54-year-old resident of the Falconhurst neighborhood was found dead in her home on Oct. 6, 2005. Her son, Mark K. Makki, was arrested and charged with her murder. Those charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence. A preliminary DNA test did not tie Mark K. Makki to his mother’s murder.

"This is still an open and active investigation, but there is nothing new to report at this time," said Lucille Bauer a spokesperson for Montgomery County Police.

Seneca Greenway Trail Marathon and 50k

The Montgomery County Road Runners are holding two races from Damascus Regional Park in Damascus to Riley's Lock along the C&O Canal on Sunday, March 4. The Tmarathon trail is between 26 and 27 miles long and the 50k route is over 31.1 miles. The event begins at 8:00 a.m., so runners need to arrive at Riley's Lock between 6 and 6:45 a.m. Runners will be bussed from there to the starting point.

The race fee for MCRRC members is $15, and $25 for non-members. For registration information call Ed Schultze at 301-258-0281, or email him at

Volunteers and supporters are welcome and are encouraged to bring junk food for the runners. Ideal food includes old, half-empty bags of pretzels, M&M's, cookies, goldfish, pringles, and flat soda.

Democrats to hear Governor O’Malley and Conduct Presidential Straw Poll

The Montgomery County Democratic Party will hold its annual County Brunch from 12:30-3 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, at the Bethesda North Convention Center, 5701 Marinelli Road. The principal speaker is Governor Martin O’Malley. A straw poll will be held of Democratic Presidential candidates at the brunch; results will be announced by the end of the brunch. The theme of the brunch is "Democrats: Marching Orders…One Band, One Sound."

Cost is $50.00 prepaid to the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, 3720 Farragut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895; or $55.00 at the bandstand (door).

For further information, contact the Committee at 301-946-1000.

Holy Child Student to Perform at the Kennedy Center

Katie Pritchard, a seventh grade student at Holy Child, will perform in the New York City Ballet’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Kennedy Center. The show will run from Wednesday, February 28 through Sunday, March 4.

Shakespeare Monologue Competition Moved

The Shakespeare Monologue Competition for grades 6-9 originally scheduled for Feb. 15 has been moved to March 12 due to last week's widespread school closings. As with the original competition, participants should arrive at Imagination Stage at 1 p.m. The competition begins at 1:30 p.m. Each participant is allowed to bring a maximum of four audience members. The event is sponsored by the Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies. For more information about the event, call 301-405-6830, or visit:

Montgomery College to Hold Information Night for Prospective Students

Montgomery College invites Montgomery County students and parents to participate in its parent/student information session at the Germantown Campus on Wednesday, March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Information will be available on admissions, financial aid and other services available to Montgomery College students. Departments, such as Assessment and Placement Testing, Student Life, Student Employment Services and Disability Support Services, will also be on hand to provide helpful tips and advice about planning for college.

The Montgomery College parent/student information session will take place at Globe Hall, located in the High Technology and Science Center on the College’s Germantown Campus, 20200 Observation Drive in Germantown.

For more information about the information session, contact Kani Holt, admissions recruiter, at 301-353-7816. To request accommodations for a disability, please call by one week in advance to 301-353-7770. The TTD number is 301-353-7767.

For general information about Montgomery College, call 301-279-5000 or visit

Used Bicycle Collection

A used bicycle collection will take place in the main parking lot of St. Francis Episcopal Church on march 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The project will benefit Bikes for the World (BfW) a not-for-profit organization which sends bicycles overseas to persons in developing countries. Volunteers, supplies, monetary donations, and, of course, bicycles are welcome. The event is Dylan Thayer's Eagle Scout project.

For more information contact Dylan Thayer at 301-299-1780.

Heritage Theatre Company Seeks Volunteers

The Heritage Theatre Company, a professional year-round theater company dedicated to producing the classics, seeks volunteers ages 15 and up for Stage Crew, Light and Sound Operators, Gate/Ticket sales, Assistant Stage Managers, House Manager, assistants, etc. for a production of "The Killer Angels" at Cabin John Regional Park in May and June. "The Killer Angels" is the stage adaptation based on the Pulitzer Prize winning Civil War novel of the same title, chronicling the momentous 3 days of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. County students may earn Student Service Learning hours for volunteering. Call 301-770-9080 (leave a message if you reach voice mail), or visit

Recreation Department Offers Courses at Potomac Community Center

Art classes for toddlers, karate, dance and magic-trick lessons for children, fencing lessons for teens and yoga for adults are but a few of the courses offered by the Montgomery County Recreation Department at Potomac Community Center. Elsewhere in the county, the Rec Department offers courses from skateboarding to yoga to cooking to youth art. Registration deadlines for some of the courses are coming soon. Pick up the Montgomery County Recreation Department Guide a Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac, call 240-777-6840 or visit for course information.

Leggett Seeks Applicants for Recreation Advisory Boards

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the following county boards, committees and commissions:

(March 9 deadline)

* Commission on Children and Youth

* Commission on Children and Youth (youth members)

* Board of Directors for Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc.

* Strathmore Hall Foundation Board of Directors

* Technology Investment Fund Loan/Grant Committee

* Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board

* Water Quality Advisory Group

* Long Branch Advisory Committee

* East County Citizens Advisory Board

(March 16 deadline)

* Recreation Advisory Boards

* Sign Review Board

Applicants should write a letter of interest to County Executive Isiah Leggett at the Executive Office Building, l0l Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850 or send an e-mail to A brief resume, with work and home phone numbers and e-mail address, should be included. Members of County boards, committees and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time.

Leggett's appointments are subject to confirmation by the County Council. Applications of those selected for appointment are made public as part of the confirmation process.

For more information about the committees, visit

Public Libraries Add New Music Online Collection

Thanks to a new online service offered by Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL), customers with MCPL cards can now access a variety of music — including African American, classical and folk — from their own homes.

Entitled Music Online, the database is part of the Montgomery Online Resources (MOR) collection and may be accessed from the MCPL home page, Music Online requires Macromedia Flash Player version 7 and higher or Microsoft Windows Media Player version 10 and higher.

Critical Blood Shortage

The National Institute of Health Blood Bank has announced an urgent need for type O blood donors. Both local and regional inventories of this blood type are dangerously low. If you are a donor with blood type O, please donate today by visiting the NIH Blood Bank located on the first floor of the Clinical Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda. Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Please call for an appointment or directions at 301-496-1048. Convenient, free parking is available for blood donors.

If you have not donated blood before and are not sure if you are eligible, please visit to learn more about being a donor at NIH.