Art Stars Awards

Montgomery College is holding its first Art Stars Awards next week to honor community leaders who helped revitalize Silver Spring and promote the creation of the Silver Spring arts and entertainment district.

Recipients of the awards are County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) and his wife, Barbara; Jean Picker Firstenberg, director and chief executive officer of the American Film Institute; Martha Gudelsky, a major benefactor of the arts in Montgomery County; John Hendricks, founder and chairman of Discovery Communications; and state Sen. Ida G. Ruben (D-Montgomery).

The event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. next Thursday at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. It will feature performances by the Montgomery College Jazz Ensemble and musical theater students, dancers and musicians from the school. Tickets are $50. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Montgomery College Arts Institute.

For more information, call Isabel de la Puente at 301-279-5287 or LaVerne Gordon at 301-610-4023.

Community Service Day

Thousands of volunteers will fan across Montgomery County on Oct. 23 to help fix homes of low-income families, collect litter from streams and prepare meals for the homeless during the 18th annual Community Service Day.

The day of service will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a rally and civic action fair in the Executive Office Building's cafeteria, 101 Monroe St., Rockville.

The fair will feature a display of new voting machines, fingerprinting kits for children, and information on county recycling and other programs.

When the fair ends at 10 a.m., participants will go to prearranged destinations to work on service projects. For information on how to volunteer, call the Montgomery County Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600 or 240-777-2621.