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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Rock Creek Regional Park Opens 6 Trails to Bicycles

Montgomery County's Parks Department has opened six natural-surface trails in Rock Creek Regional Park to bicycles for the first time. The change, which went into effect Saturday, opens an additional 3.75 miles of trails to bicyclists.

The routes -- all west of Lake Needwood -- include Westside, Gude, Lake Ridge and Blue Heron trails, Parilla Path and Dogwood Run. Trails east of the lake will continue to allow only hikers, ensuring that certain areas remain quiet for fishing.

The change was made to comply with the Rock Creek Regional Park Master and Upper Rock Creek Trail Corridor plans, approved by the Planning Board in October.

For information, visit http://www.montgomeryparks.org.

4 Sessions Scheduled On Silver Spring Library

Montgomery County's public library system and Division of Building, Design and Construction are hosting four community workshops to gather feedback on exterior design elements for the new Silver Spring Library.

The sessions are scheduled on the following dates:

-- Next Thursday -- Designers will give background on the library's building schedule, organization and architectural details.

-- May 7 -- A presentation of the library's initial building and open space concepts.

-- May 28 -- Designers will present refined concepts and seek feedback.

-- June 18 -- Designers will present and seek feedback on plans before making a recommendation to county officials. The session will address the library's specific site and exterior design plan, including elevations and environmental standards.

All meetings are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center, 2450 Lyttonsville Rd. in Silver Spring. For information or to request disability accommodations, call the library at 240-773-9420. Accommodation requests must be made at least five business days in advance.

Active Aging Expo to Come To Gaithersburg in May

Gaithersburg has scheduled an Active Aging Expo next month that will include many fitness and recreational activities that are increasingly popular with seniors.

Weight training, massage, health screenings and tips on landing a part-time job will be addressed during the event. Forty-five vendors are expected.

The free expo is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at the Bohrer Park activity center, 506 S. Frederick Ave., next to Gaithersburg High School.

For information and directions, visit the Gaithersburg Web site at http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/activeaging or call 301-258-6380.

Safeway Stores Help Easter Seals Campaign

Safeway stores in the Washington-Baltimore region are assisting with a campaign this month to raise funds for Easter Seals Disability Services.

Shoppers who want to donate may do so at the checkout counter. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit organization, which provides services and support to people with special needs.

For information, visit http://www.gwbr.easterseals.com.

Meeting to Focus On Crime Prevention

Montgomery County officials have scheduled a "Crime Prevention -- Perception, Reality and Awareness" public meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. April 20 at Wheaton High School, 12601 Dalewood Dr.

Topics will include crime statistics, what the county is doing about crime, summer crime prevention, teen programs, and gang awareness and prevention. Representatives from the county, Metro, the state's attorney's office and Westfield Shoppingtown Wheaton will serve on a panel. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session and opportunities for one-on-one discussions with officials.

For information, call the Mid-County Regional Center at 240-777-8100 or e-mail midcounty.citizen@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Animal Services Offers Rabies Vaccinations

The Montgomery County Police Department's Animal Services Division will sponsor six rabies vaccination clinics this year.

The clinics, scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m., will be at the county shelter, 14645 Rothgeb Dr. in Rockville, on the following Sundays: April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20.

The free rabies vaccinations will be administered by a participating veterinarian for dogs and cats owned by Montgomery residents. There will be a $4 charge for ferrets and out-of-county pets. All dogs must be leashed. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers. County residents, as well as residents of Rockville and Gaithersburg, will be required to purchase a pet license if they have not done so.

Maryland law requires that dogs, cats and ferrets older than 4 months be vaccinated against rabies. Failure to vaccinate a pet may subject the owner to a $500 fine.

For information, contact Paul Hibler at 240-773-5929.

-- Compiled by SARAH MARSTON

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