'Chalk Out the Smoke'
More than 200 Montgomery County high school students took part in the second annual "Chalk Out the Smoke" event Friday, celebrating a year-long effort to educate other students about the dangers of smoking.
The event featured Sterlen Barr, a motivational rapper from Philadelphia who uses his music to educate students about staying healthy. County Council member Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg) received a special award for his support of tobacco control efforts aimed at teenagers.
The event, held at Orange Ball Billiards in Rockville, also featured the "MoCo Idol" finalists -- teen singers with an anti-tobacco message. Two students -- Danielle Brown, a student at Rockville High School who recently quit smoking, and Maureen Boice, a student at Richard Montgomery High School who helped someone quit smoking -- were given Butt-Kicker Awards.
Arlonzo Ramsey of Blake High School won first prize in the singing contest, and Justin Bours of Walt Whitman High School was runner-up.
More than 250 colleges and universities from 30 states and several foreign countries will participate in the annual College Fair, which will be held Wednesday and next Thursday.
The fair, which first was held in 1979, allows juniors from each county high school to interact with college admissions representatives.
The event will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on both days at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. A session that's open to the public will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Also, a financial aid workshop for parents will be held at 7:15 that evening.
For more information about college fairs, visit www.nacac.com/fairs.html.
Stone Ridge Book Sale
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda will hold its 37th annual used book sale tomorrow through Monday. More than 100,000 books and records will be available for sale in 80 categories.
Books will be on sale at the school, 9101 Rockville Pike, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Books will be half price on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. They will be available for $10 a bag on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m.
For more information, call 301-657-4322, Ext. 372, or visit www.stoneridge.org/booksale/default.htm.
Arts Festival at Blake
Blake High School in Silver Spring will host its seventh annual Arts and Humanities Festival and Silent Auction tomorrow at the school.
The free event, which goes from 5:30 to 10 p.m., will include performances by the Blake Jazz Band, dance troupe and television production students. Artwork by students will be for sale.
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