Back-to-School Donations

School supplies, including new backpacks and used musical instruments, are needed to help low-income families get ready for the school year. Donated items should be delivered by tomorrow to participating stores at the following locations:

Congressional Plaza, Rockville Pike and Congressional Lane, Rockville.

Wildwood Shopping Center, Old Georgetown Road and Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda.

Federal Plaza, Rockville Pike and Congressional Lane, Rockville.

Mid-Pike Plaza, Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road, Rockville.

Gaithersburg Square, North Frederick Avenue and Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg.

Quince Orchard Shopping Center, Quince Orchard Road and Clopper Road, Gaithersburg.

For more information, call the Montgomery County Housing Opportunity Commission at 301-929-567.

Credit Workshop

A free seminar on improving your credit will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today on the second floor of the council office building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. The workshop, "Fixing Your Credit," is being sponsored by the county Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Washington. It will provide information on the benefits of establishing and maintaining good credit, instructions on how to obtain a credit report and how to correct errors on it. For more information, call 240-777-3600.

Soccer Cleat Drive

New and used soccer cleats are being collected throughout Montgomery and Frederick counties to benefit DC SCORES, a nonprofit organization that provides academic support and soccer opportunities for disadvantaged youths in the District. The cleat drive, which was organized by Thomas Pandolfi, 11, and his sister Francesa, 8, of Frederick, will continue through Sept. 10. Cleats can be dropped off at the following locations:

Montgomery County

All American Bicycle Center, 26039 Ridge Rd., Damascus; Bethesda Optical, 7101 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; Big Wheels Bike Shop, 6917 Arlington Rd., Bethesda; Chevy's, 668 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg; Chevy Chase Cars, 7725 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; Family Barbershop, 109 Booth St., Kentlands; Hard Times Cafe, 1117 Nelson St., Rockville; Ledo Pizza, 12619 Wisteria Dr., Germantown; Long & Foster Potomac Village, 9812 Falls Rd., Potomac; Mama Lucia, 18101 Town Center Dr., Olney; Maryland SoccerPlex, 18031 Central Park Cir., Boyds; Mercantle Potomac Bank, 10113 River Rd., Damascus; ReMax, 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Sandy Spring.

Frederick County

Collamor's Deli, 405 W. Main St., Middletown; Farmers & Mechanics Bank, 300 Commerce Dr., Walkersville, 206 E. Ridgeville Blvd., Mount Airy, 5279 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, 2070 Yellow Springs Rd., Frederick, 110 Thomas Johnson Dr., Frederick; Frederick Sportsplex, 1645 Brookfield Rd., Frederick; Italia New York Pizza, 30 E. Frederick St., Walkersville; Middletown Sportsland, 108 Main St., Middletown; Rocky's Pizza, 205 Tippin Dr., Thurmont; Spring Ridge Real Estate, 9093 Ridgefield Dr., Suite 206, Frederick.

For more information, e-mail