Montgomery Community Events March 12-19, 2009

Montgomery Community Events March 12-19, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday 12

INTERNET SAFETY PROGRAM REGISTRATION, for parents and children ages 13 to 17, register by March 24 to attend a March 26 "Internet and Technology Safety for Families" workshop. Iris Beckwith, president of ConnectED4safety, will talk about setting boundaries for a child's use of the Internet, cyber-bullying, the benefits and dangers of social-networking Web sites and more. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health and the Ridge School of Montgomery County. 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 26. Universities at Shady Grove, Building II, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-251-4529 or

LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC, for low-income community residents, consultations on custody and child support issues, financial problems, immigration and more. Clients must complete intake procedures in the first half-hour to receive assistance. Sponsored in part by the Montgomery County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program. 5:30-9 p.m., Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring. Free, registration required. 240-777-8400 or 301-424-7651.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OPEN FORUM, the deadline is Tuesday to register to speak at a March 24 hearing on proposed Ride On service changes for fiscal 2010. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback; those who wish to speak at the forum should provide their name, home address, telephone number, e-mail address and organization (if any) to Carolyn Biggins, Division of Transit, Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville, Md. 20850. Free. 240-314-5000. (To see the Ride On changes for fiscal 2009 that are scheduled to begin April 5, go to and click "News." Then click "News Releases" and scroll down to "2/18/2009.")

RUNTERRA GAITHERSBURG 8K RACE AND 1K FUN RUN, register for the March 29 "eco-friendly" running event. Each runner receives a reusable grocery bag, a tree planted in his or her name, and entry into the March 28-29 Go Green America expo. A portion of race proceeds will benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 6 to 8 a.m., bib and packet pickup; 8 a.m., fun run starts; 8:30 a.m., 8K starts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. 8K, $30, in advance, $26; fun run, $15, in advance, $12. 703-586-5037, or or

ASSERTIVENESS WORKSHOP, social worker Jane Stevens leads "Finding Your Voice: Assertiveness Skills for Personal Relationships," a discussion of ways to enhance self-esteem, keep control and assert boundaries in a non-threatening style. 10 a.m.-noon, Montgomery County Commission for Women Counseling and Career Center, Suite 100, 401 N. Washington St., Rockville. $20, registration required. 240-777-8300.

COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS SEMINAR, Vivek Patil, a surgeon, talks about the latest screening processes and treatments for people with colorectal cancer; attendees will receive a Healthy Practice "pampering kit" and learn whether they qualify for a free screening with the Montgomery County Cancer Crusade; sponsored by the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund. 6-8 p.m., Suburban Hospital, auditorium, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free, registration required. 301-896-3939, Option 2, or

CANCER AND NUTRITION COOKING CLASS, a course intended to help people prevent or better survive cancer through proper diet and nutrition; Lisa Davis discusses antioxidants, phytochemicals and immune-system-boosting foods and suggests foods based on easy-to-follow recipes; sponsored by the Cancer Project. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Health Care Building, third floor, Clarksburg Room, 1801 Research Blvd., Rockville. Free, registration required. 800-542-5096.

CAJUN AND CREOLE CONCERT, for all ages, a performance by the Cypress Trio, featuring Don Henninger on button/diatonic accordion, Anne McCabe on guitar and Jim Schmidt on fiddle. 7 p.m., Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENT DISCUSSIONS, for people interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents, Linda Gore, a recruiter with Montgomery County's Foster and Adoptive Parent Services, leads an informational meeting. 7:30 p.m., Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Green Room, 401 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-3943 or

EVOLUTION OF ART DECO JEWELRY TALK, Tony Wilner, a gemstone artisan for more than three decades, will give a slide-show presentation on jewelry design, and will compare and contrast art deco with art nouveau. 7:30 p.m., Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-949-9416.

TRAVEL-PHOTO CONTEST, for beginners and advanced photographers, a travel-themed competition; contest is open to members of the Silver Spring Camera Club, annual membership fee, $45. Call for contest details. Exhibition of entries, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Marvin Memorial United Church, 33 E. University Blvd., Silver Spring. 301-593-5100.

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE, Celtic dancers, bagpipe bands, clowns, firetrucks and more, with radio personality Rob Carson as grand marshal; music by the Martin Family Band and family activities in the plaza area following the parade; sponsored by the City of Gaithersburg, the Harp and Shamrock Society, the Peterson Corp. and WRQX (107.3 FM). Parade, 10 a.m.-noon; music, noon-1 p.m., Washingtonian Center, Interstate 370 and Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350 or

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