Community Crime ForumThe Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center and the East County Citizens Advisory Board will host a community crime forum from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring. Representatives from the Montgomery County Police Department and the State's Attorney's Office will make presentations and answer questions. For information, call 240-777-8400.

'Tree City USA' HonorThe National Arbor Day Foundation, the National Association of State Foresters and the U.S. Forest Service have named Montgomery County a "Tree City USA" for the 12th year.

The county met four standards required for the honor: It has a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance and a comprehensive community forestry program, and it observes Arbor Day.

"Trees are one of the few truly renewable and sustainable resources that improve air and water quality, contribute to a healthier environment and ultimately enhance the quality of life in our communities," said County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) in a statement.

Housing Loans for SeniorsThe Montgomery County Area Agency on Aging, the Maryland Department of Aging and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development offer income-eligible seniors affordable housing through no-interest loans. The loans, up to $10,000, are designed to make seniors and those with disabilities able to maintain independence or live with loved ones for as long as possible. For information, call 240-777-3000.

Arts Award Is AvailableGraduating high school seniors interested in a career in visual arts can apply for a 2007 Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award, worth $3,000.

Students can attend a free application workshop hosted by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County at 1 p.m. Saturday at 801 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring. The application deadline is March 24. For information, call 301-565-3805, Ext. 22, e-mail or visit

Names Sought for AwardsThe Montgomery County Volunteer Center seeks nominations for two awards that honor local residents for their achievements. Nominations are sought for the Marriott Spirit to Serve Community Award, which recognizes those who serve the community at large, and the Path of Achievement Award, which honors county residents 60 and older for achievements in advocacy, arts, community service, sports and fitness or for workplace contributions.

Nominations for the Marriott award are due March 9; nominations for the Path of Achievement Award are due March 19. Forms for both are available at or at the Volunteer Center, 401 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. For information, call 240-777-2600.

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN