Forum on Youth, Religion

A forum designed to increase the involvement of the religious community with problems faced by Montgomery County youth will be held Nov. 18. The forum, which begins with dinner at 6 p.m. at the Ed Bohrer Community Center in Gaithersburg, is called "Keeping Faith: The Religious Community and Our Children."

Robert Cummings, associate dean at Howard University, will give the keynote address, and Paul Vance, former superintendent of Montgomery County public schools, will moderate a panel discussion of religious and community leaders. For further information, call 240-777-7962.

Town Meeting Set on Y2K

The potential impact of the Y2K computer glitch in Montgomery County will be discussed at a town meeting Thursday, Nov. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the East County Community Recreation Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way in Silver Spring.

County officials and representatives from local utility companies will outline preparations for the so-called millennium glitch. The presentations also will include suggestions to homeowners and businesses for Y2K preparedness and a question-and-answer session. A Spanish language interpreter will be available. For more information, call the Montgomery County Y2K Office at 240-777-2940.

Family Volunteer Days Planned

Families are invited to participate in Montgomery County's celebration of National Family Volunteer Day on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21. Organizers see the event as a fun way to bring families closer together as they work on projects beneficial to their neighborhoods.

Such projects include visiting with residents of senior housing and nursing home facilities, delivering Thanksgiving baskets of food to the needy and donating canned food and gifts to be distributed during the holidays. Nationally, the day of celebration is Nov. 20, but local organizers decided to add a second day to give the opportunity to as many families as possible. A kickoff breakfast will be held next Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the Council Office Building Cafeteria, at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

For more information and a list of projects, call the Montgomery County Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600, or visit its Web site at montgomeryvolunteer.org.

Free Mulch, Firewood Available

Free mulch and unseasoned firewood are available at the Bonifant Landfill, 1201 Bonifant Rd. in Silver Spring. The landfill is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Loading and hauling of mulch and wood are the responsibility of the recipient. Those wishing to cut wood into smaller pieces at the landfill must first sign a waiver.

For more information, call the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission at 301-384-0491.

Telephone Book Recycling

Residents may recycle old telephone books at a new drop-off site at the Briggs Chaney Park and Ride Lot, at the intersection of Briggs Chaney Road and Gateshead Manor Way. Phone books may be recycled at this site through Jan. 7.

One-time drop-off is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 20, at Montgomery Village Middle School, 19300 Watkins Mill Rd., and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Church of Christ at Manor Woods, at 5300 Norbeck Rd., between Bauer Drive and Nadine Road in Aspen Hill.

A full list of drop-off locations is available at the county department's Web site, www.dpwt.com, or by calling the Recycling Hotline, 301-590-0046, or the Division of Solid Waste Services, 301-840-2370.

Waterfowl Stamp Contest

The 27th annual Maryland Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Design Contest has begun. The winner's design will be displayed on next season's duck stamps, which are affixed to waterfowl hunting licenses and are widely collected.

Proceeds from the sale of the $6 stamps fund waterfowl research and habitat enhancements on the state's public lands.

The 1999-2000 stamp, featuring wood ducks floating on a calm body of water, was designed by contest winner Wally Makuchal, of Girdletree, Md.

The contest is sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Friends of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. For complete rules and information, interested Maryland artists may call the department toll free at 877-620-8DNR, Ext. 8012, or visit its Web site, www.dnr.state.md.us./wildlife/duckstamp.