Farmers Market Expands

A rejuvenated Silver Spring Farmers Market, boasting 13 vendors, more variety and additional parking, will open Saturday, June 18 on Ellsworth Drive between Fenton and Cedar Streets.

The expanded market, open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 29, will feature fruit, vegetables, organic meats, artisanal cheeses, breads, pastries, eggs, plants, flowers, herbs, fish and more.

Last year, the Silver Spring Farmers Market hosted five vendors and was located four blocks away on Fenton Street with limited parking.

This year, the market will feature "Chef at Market" demonstrations with renowned chefs who will celebrate cooking with local, seasonal foods. Chef Janis McLean of redDog Cafe will host the opening day demonstration.

The farmers market is operated by FreshFarm Markets, which operates six other area locations. For more information, call 301-565-7300 or 202-362-8889, or visit www.freshfarmmarkets.org.

Cookout for Transplant

The smell of barbecue will waft through the Ride-On bus facility in Silver Spring tomorrow in an effort to save Braxton Wiggins's life. Wiggins, a resident of Bowie and former Ride-On driver, has a rare form of leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant.

Neville Ransom, a Ride-On bus operator and vice president of United Food and Commercial Workers Union 1994, has organized a bone marrow drive from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and is offering a free barbecue dinner to anyone who gets tested.

The cookout, paid for by donations from other Ride-On drivers, will be outside at the Ride-On bus facility at 8710 Brookeville Rd., Silver Spring.

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), an organization that helps recruit minorities for the national bone marrow registry, is participating in the effort. UFCW Local 1994 represents more than 8,000 members in municipal and county government in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

For more information, call Ransom at 240-535-0018.

Mental Health Forum

A public forum will be held next Thursday on mental health resources in Montgomery County.

Staff from the Department of Health and Human Services will discuss mental health programs, and a representative of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill will discuss family support programs.

The forum will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Council Office Building, first floor auditorium, 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

For more information about the forum, call 240-777-1141.

-- Compiled by KATHRYN LYNCH