Community Forum

The first of three community forums that will allow residents to offer their ideas about the future of Montgomery public schools will be held at 7 p.m. today in the auditorium of the Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Dr. in Rockville.

The forums will give residents an opportunity to help update the school system's strategic plan, "Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence," and to discuss budget issues related to the plan.

The remaining two sessions are at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 and Oct. 7 at the Carver Educational Services Center. The forums will be videotaped and broadcast later on the school system's cable channel.

In addition to attending the forums, residents can post comments on the school system Web site at or mail comments to the Board of Education, 850 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, Md. 20850

Orchestra Tryouts

Montgomery College is holding auditions for its college orchestra Monday in Room 104 of the Rockville campus's Music Building, 51 Mannakee St.

The orchestra is open to community members and students, including high school students. Participants will be asked to perform a music selection of their choice and then sight-read another selection chosen by the conductor. Those interested in auditioning should call 301-279-5209 to schedule an audition time of either 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

Those selected for the orchestra must enroll in the orchestra class offered at 7:30 p.m. Monday nights on the Rockville campus.

For more information about the Montgomery College orchestra, contact Wen Kurkul, professor of music and orchestra conductor, at 301-251-7550.