Youth Tennis and Tutoring

Three tennis organizations have partnered with Montgomery County to offer an eight-week, after-school program designed to provide tutoring, mentoring and tennis workshops for children of all backgrounds, with an emphasis on serving Latino youth.

The program, which starts Monday at the Wheaton Regional Park Indoor Tennis Bubble and Ice Arena, is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and can accommodate up to 48 children. The cost is $75, which includes a new tennis racquet and T-shirt.

The pilot program first will be offered to students at Silver Spring International and Eastern Middle schools in Silver Spring. Unfilled slots will be open to all other interested Montgomery County students.

The program is supported with a $25,000 contribution from the United States Tennis Association, a $10,000 contribution from the Mid Atlantic Tennis Foundation and a $5,000 contribution from the Montgomery County Tennis Association.

For more information or to register, call 301-924-2249 or visit

Plaque to Mark Davis Mill

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will place a historic plaque near the ruins of the historic Davis Mill at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The water-powered grist mill, built in 1783, was used to grind wheat and corn into flour and meal for local farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries. The mill is located along the Seneca Greenway Trail, at the intersection of Davis Mill and Huntmaster roads in Goshen. For information, call 301-563-3405.

Hispanic Health Festival

Montgomery County will host Buena Vida, a Hispanic Heritage Month Festival for Health from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Wheaton Regional Park. The event will include relay races, raffles, games, live entertainment, health screenings and information on social services. 2000 Shorefield Rd., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-3221.

Town Hall Gathering

The Montgomery County Council will hold a reception and town hall meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Friendship Heights Community Center, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 240-777-7939.

Kudos for County Web Site

Montgomery County's Web site -- -- earned two Digital Government Achievement Awards and an honorable mention at the Best of the Web awards ceremony held in Las Vegas.

The Center for Digital Government recognized the county Web site for its eSubscription Service, which offers citizens e-mail versions of county news and bulletins and for its Juvenile Justice Information system, which allows officials to review relevant information online. The Web site earned an honorable mention for its internal online financial disclosure system.

The center judges Web sites on their ability to communicate well with citizens, businesses and schools.

Meeting on Parks' Budget

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss the agency's proposed 2007 operating budget at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at commission headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring.

Priorities for the 2007 budget include maintaining park infrastructure, reforming the development review process, improving community outreach, putting documents on the Internet and developing a "better coordinated system of access to playing fields." To testify, call 301-495-4600. Written testimony can be sent by e-mail to mcp-chairman@, mailed to Planning Board Chairman Derick Berlage at 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910, or faxed to 301-495-1320.

Author Pat Conroy to Speak

Novelist Pat Conroy, whose books include "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides," is the featured guest at this year's F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference at Montgomery College on Oct. 22. The all-day conference, which starts at 7:45 a.m., will include workshops, readings and lectures by writers, the naming of winners of two short-story contests and a presentation about the life of Fitzgerald, who is buried in Rockville.

Theatre Arts Building, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $75; $55, seniors; $20, students. Evening-only tickets also available. 301-309-9461 or

Forum on County Charter

The Montgomery County Charter Review Commission will hold a public forum from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 24 to discuss whether revisions are needed in the county's charter.

The commission seeks public comments about the size and structure of the County Council; whether the charter should specify that a council position be full- or part-time; whether state law should be amended to increase the number of signatures required to change the county charter; and whether the county attorney and County Council should make final determinations on ballot language before the collection of petition signatures.

To testify, call 240-777-7929. Written testimony can be sent by e-mail to charterreview.commission or mailed to the Stella Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Seventh Floor, Rockville.

The 11-member, bipartisan Charter Review Commission is charged with offering the County Council recommendations for charter revisions every even-numbered year. The current members are Kenneth Muir, Barbara Smith Hawk, Julie W. Davis, Mollie N. Habermeier, Cheryl C. Kagan, Michael W. McKeehan, Randy Scritchfield, Robert M. Skelton, Shelton Skolnick, Sally Sternbach, and Robert Reeder. The charter is available for review at

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN