Youth Center Opens

The Maryland Multicultural Youth Center in Silver Spring, which offers services to disadvantaged youths, held its grand opening Monday.

The center, to be operated by the District-based nonprofit organization Latin American Youth Centers, will provide job readiness training, placement services, counseling and academic remediation.

The program is funded with money from the federal Workforce Investment Act, administered by the county's Department of Economic Development. The project is being overseen by the county's Workforce Investment Board, which monitors federal and local workforce investment and job training funds.

The facility is at 815 Silver Spring Ave.

A Clarksburg Fire Station

An interim fire station has opened in Clarksburg at 22610 Gateway Center Dr. in the Gateway Center Business Park.

Its opening last week is a response to citizen requests for a fire station closer to the community. The 3,000-square-foot facility will house one fire engine and four full-time staff members initially.

Before the station opened, the Clarksburg area was served by fire stations in Germantown and Hyattstown.

Fields Closed for Winter

The Montgomery County Department of Park and Planning has closed all its playing fields from today through March 30.

Leagues and teams that want to reserve fields for the spring can visit www.parkpermits.org to download a reservation request.

For information, call 301-495-2525.

Forum on Clarksburg

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will host a community outreach meeting Monday to discuss the status of various developments in Clarksburg.

The meeting will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Clarksburg Recreation Center, 22501 Wims Rd., Clarksburg.

Members of the commission's community-based planning and development review divisions will discuss housing for senior citizens and the site plans for Clarksburg Village and Aurora Hills.

For information, call 301-495-4567.

Council Has Town Meeting

The Montgomery County Council will hold a town-hall-style meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. The meeting, to open with a half-hour reception, is expected to end at 9:30 p.m.

"We look forward to hearing what's on people's minds -- Long Branch revitalization, taxes, growth, traffic or whatever," said Council President Tom Perez (D-Silver Spring).

For information, call 240-777-7939.

Verizon to Air Proposal

The Montgomery County Department of Park and Planning will hold a public information meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss a proposal from Verizon Wireless to open a telecommunications facility in the Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park.

The proposed facility would include a "tree monopole," with a treelike design, that would provide coverage to Verizon Wireless customers along Bonifant Road.

Verizon representatives will discuss the need for the facility. The meeting is at Stonegate Elementary School, 14911 Notley Rd., Silver Spring.

For information, call 301-495-4726.

A Call for Practiced Poets

The Office of the County Executive invites poets to submit works for display in the Poetry Gallery of the Executive Office Building in Rockville.

To qualify, writers must work, live or attend school in the county; have been published in at least three journals, magazines or books; or have been a finalist in a major writing competition within the last three years.

Poems can be no longer than 20 lines, including stanza breaks. Eight poems will be displayed for three months.

The deadline for submission is Dec. 9. Send one or two poems and a brief biography to ingrid.johnson@montgomery

countymd.gov, or mail them to Poetry Gallery Coordinator, 101 Monroe St., Second Floor, Rockville 20850. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of local poets and staff members.

For information, call 240-777-2500.

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN