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Potomac Bulletin Board May 8

Thursday/May 9

Downtown Lunch and Learn. 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Williams & Connolly, 725 12th St., N.W. Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt will discuss some of the historic controversies that Jews argued about and how they were debated and resolved. Free, lunch included. RSVP to bperlmutter@bnaitzedek.org.

Through May 10

Vote. Abner Cloud House has been chosen to participate in Partners in Preservation, a community-based initiative that will award $1 million in grants to local historic places. Visit www.preservedmv.com/competitors to earn points by voting, sharing photos and more.

Saturday/May 11

Grateful Shred VI. 9 a.m.-noon at Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John. Clean out old files and shred them. $5/box of paper. 240-777-4910.

Dog Adopter Workshop. 11:45 a.m.-1:15 .m. at Your Dog’s Friend Training Center, 12221 Parklawn Drive. Trainers will teach how to deal with common issues and give advice on concerns. Free. Register at yourdogsfriend.org/blog/free-workshops or 301-983-5913.

Fit Fair. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at LEVEL, 7687 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John. Free. Enjoy classes, workshops and nutrition clinics. Visit levelclasses.com or 301-229-0080.

Monday/May 13

Talk. 7:45-10 p.m. at the County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Discuss the Green Open Space Park Facilities and Athletic Field Study. Free. Visit www.montgomerycivic.org for more.

Tuesday/May 14

Breakfast Club. 7:30-9 a.m. at Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education. Leadership Montgomery is hosting economist Dr. Stephen Fuller. $20/Leadership Montgomery members; $30/nonmember. Register by May 9 to www.leadershipmontgomerymd.org.

Afternoon Grief Support Group. A six-week group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one, led by Montgomery Hospice professional counselors. 1-2:30 p.m. at North Bethesda United Methodist Church 10100 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Registration required: 301-921-4400.

Saturday/May 18

5th Annual 5k Run/Walk. 8:30 a.m. at Mercy Health Clinic. Features screenings and health information booths. $30/early bird; $35/on site; $25/youth. Visit mercyhealthclinic.org for more.

Tuesday/May 21

Parent Loss Support Group. A six-week group for adults who have experienced the death of one or both parents led by Montgomery Hospice professional counselors. 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Woodside United Methodist Church 8900 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Registration required: 301-921-4400.

Wednesday/May 22

Evening Support Group. A six-week group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one, led by Montgomery Hospice professional counselors. 6:30-8 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (Montgomery General Hospital) 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Registration required, call 301-921-4400.

Loss of a Child Support Group. A six-week group for parents grieving the death of a child of any age, led by Montgomery Hospice professional counselors. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville. Registration required: 301-921-4400.

Through May 24

Kindergarten Registration. Kindergarten orientation sessions will take place for children who will enter kindergarten in the 2013-2014 school year. During orientation, parents and students will meet the school principal, kindergarten teachers and other staff members. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions about the school’s procedures and programs; enroll students for next school year and complete important forms. The sessions will also help students become acquainted with the school environment. Parents should call their home school to make an appointment to register for that school’s specific orientation date(s). Parents who are not certain which elementary school serves their area should contact the Boundaries office at 240-314-4710. Parents can also access the School Assignment Locator on the MCPS website at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org.

Wednesday/May 29

Conversation. 1-3 p.m at Montgomery County Planning Board office in Silver Spring. Topics include the status of the White Flint and Wheaton development projects as well as updates regarding the Purple Line and Rockville Pike corridor. Free. Register by May 24 to www.leadershipmontgomerymd.org.

Thursday/June 6

Downtown Lunch and Learn. 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Williams & Connolly, 725 12th St., N.W. Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt will discuss some of the historic controversies that Jews argued passionately about and how they were debated and resolved. Free, lunch included. RSVP to bperlmutter@bnaitzedek.org.

June 17 through Aug. 9

Social Skills Summer Camp. Children in grades 1 through 6 can attend camp and learn friendly behaviors, working as a team, anger management and more. Held by the Jewish Social Service Agency and the McLean School of Maryland. All potential campers will be interviewed to make sure the camp is appropriate for their needs. Visit www.summeredge.org/ for more.

Thursday/June 20

Downtown Lunch and Learn. 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Williams & Connolly, 725 12th St., N.W. Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt will discuss some of the historic controversies that Jews argued passionately about and how they were debated and resolved. Free, lunch included. RSVP to bperlmutter@bnaitzedek.org.

Friday/June 21

Deadline Entry. The county Department of Transportation's Keep Montgomery County Beautiful program is holding its annual amateur photo contest. Winners will be announced at a ceremony next October. Selected photographs will be displayed throughout the year at county libraries and other facilities. All photos must be taken in Montgomery County by county residents and submitted by the person who took the photo. Additional information and the application are available online. For questions, call 240-777-7170 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov.

Ongoing

Montgomery County Master Gardeners will be providing free, walk-in “Ask A Master Gardener” plant clinics on Saturdays at Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd. from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. from April through September. County residents may bring their full and intact plant and insect samples, garden problems and/or questions and get free answers or advice. For further information call the Master Gardener Plant Helpline: 301-590-9650, weekday mornings or send e-mail to mgmont@umd.edu.

Alzheimer's Association support groups provide a place for people with Alzheimer's, their caregivers, family members, and/or friends to share valuable information, caregiving tips and concerns throughout the Alzheimer's journey. Groups are facilitated by trained group leaders and are ongoing, free and open to the community. Call the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at 703-359-4440 or 800-272-3900 before attending a group for the first time to verify meeting information, obtain directions or other information about the group. A complete list of all groups in the National Capital Area region can be viewed at www.alz.org/nca.

Zumba at Village Yoga. An easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party. Classes are Tuesday nights, 7:15 p.m. and Saturdays 11:30 a.m. 10154 River Road. Call 301-299-1948.

Beginner’s Yoga Classes at Village Yoga. Mondays, 8 p.m. Continues ou Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Beginner’s Gentle Flow class as well. 10154 River Road. 301-299-1948. Visit www.villageyogayogi.com.

Fenton Street Market. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays May through Oct. The market is located in downtown Silver Spring at One Veterans Plaza, intersection of Fenton and Ellsworth streets.

Members Wanted. The Potomac Area Newcomers Club is a group of more than 200 women who have moved to the Potomac area. The club offers bridge, mah jong, book groups, golf, luncheons and museum trips as a way to help newcomers and current residents form new friendships, expand horizons and take advantage of opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area. Visit www.potomacnewcomers.com

Free Parent-Child Playgroup. Every Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Har Shalom Early Childhood Education Center. Meet new friends as you and your child play with age appropriate toys. Call 301-299-7087.

Volunteers Wanted

Parks need support from the surrounding communities for volunteers to work at many visitor centers. Volunteers are needed to help visitors, take phone calls, operate the cash register and keep small gift shop stocked, and assist with special events and programming. Hours are flexible and each volunteer will receive an orientation to the Visitor Center and visitor services. Volunteers are needed at Cumberland, Hancock, Williamsport, Ferry Hill, Brunswick, Lander Lockhouse, Great Falls, and Georgetown. For locations between Cumberland and Lander, contact Curt Gaul at 301-582-0813 or curt_gaul@nps.gov. For Great Falls or Georgetown, contact Becca Jameson at 301-767-3709 or rebecca_jameson@nps.gov.

Volunteers are needed to lead free Bone Builders exercise classes that help prevent falls and fractures caused by osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes bones to become thin and to break easily. Each one-hour Bone Builders session is based on bone density research and includes balance and weight training. Volunteers lead the program and there is no charge to participants. Activities include demonstrating the exercises, encouraging and assisting participants, and ensuring a safe and clutter-free environment. Volunteer leaders receive a full day of free training, as well as periodic refresher training classes, ongoing support and supervision by master trainers. Bone Builders is sponsored by Montgomery County’s RSVP program and Aging and Disability Services, part of the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about upcoming instructor training, contact Dawn Praske at 240-777-3043 or dawn.praske@montgomerycountymd.gov.

The Bethesda Urban Partnership is looking for volunteers to help assist with various local festivals including Taste of Bethesda in Oct. E-mail info@bethesda.org.

CANTER-Mid Atlantic to open a racehorse rehabilitation program with donations from Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association earmarked to serve Delaware Park trainers and owners. To find an ex-race horse, volunteer, or make a donation, visit www.canterusa.org/midatlantic.

To become a volunteer Bike Patrol member on the C&O Canal, contact Norman Liebow at liebow@comcast.net or 301-714-2218.

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to assist its blood collections staff at blood drives and blood donor centers. Call the American Red Cross Volunteer Office at 1-800-272-0094, ext. 1, or e-mail karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

Volunteers are needed to assist sexual assault victims and their families through the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. To schedule an interview visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/vasap or 240-777-1355.