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Office of Community Partnerships Newsletter
February 2011, Issue 36

In This Issue

winterstormWinter Storm Information and Updates


  Delay, Closings, & Other Information due to Winter Storms & Emergencies

      Click Here for delays, closings, power outages, downed trees, and additioanl snow clearing information.

coffeeconvCoffee Conversations with Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards

Please click here to see the lists information on upcoming Coffee Conversation events Congresswoman Donna Edwards will hold in the 4th Congressional District. Here is information for next meeting in Montgomery County:

February 12, 2011, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Kefa Café

963 Bonifant Street

Silver Spring, MD20910

msgfromdirectorMessage From The Director:

Will you pledge 25? How will you serve?

Bruce Adams

Director, Office of Community Partnerships


Is this a great County or what? We had 5,000 people volunteer over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Service. Six hundred volunteers collected 21 tons of food for Manna at 28 Giant Food stores all across the County. Yes, 21 tons of food - 43,000 pounds to be more precise. More than three thousand residents worked on scores of projects at the Marriott Conference Center on MLK Day while several hundred worked at the new Silver Spring Civic Building on service projects organized by the Gap Buster Learning Center. Special thanks to Giant Food for opening all 28 Montgomery County stores to the Manna volunteers and to Lucy Yost, the AmeriCorps superstar from our Volunteer Center who orchestrated the MLK Day volunteer activities. And thanks to all of our sponsors who helped make this such a success.


For me, the highlight of a great day came at the County's annual MLK Day tribute at The Music Center at Strathmore when County Executive Ike Leggett urged all County residents to Pledge 25 hours of service between MLK Day and our 25th Annual Community Service Day on October 22, 2011. The County Executive asked us to "Stand Up to the Challenge of Poverty." Follow this link to see portions of the County Executive's MLK Day remarks at Strathmore. I hope you will join County Executive Leggett and stand up to the challenge of poverty by volunteering with one of our community serving nonprofit partners. Follow this link to see 25 poverty fighting organizations where you can serve. And if you want to understand the magnitude of poverty in Montgomery County, click here for a report by HHS Director Uma Ahluwalia.


Montgomery Community Media and reporter Cheryl Kagan deserve great thanks for an outstanding Special Report on the Pledge 25 campaign and the County Executive's call to action to stand up to poverty. County Executive Leggett's Strathmore remarks are included in full in the 28 minute report. Click here to watch the Montgomery Channel On Location Special Report.


We are going to kick-off a week long celebration of service with our annual World of Montgomery Festival in Wheaton on Sunday October 16. Our goal is to log 25,000 volunteers in honor of our 25th anniversary of Community Service Day. We are going to have a silver anniversary celebration in Silver Spring on Community Service Day October 22 with recognition for all who fulfill their 25 hour pledge. Thanks to our friends at Downtown Silver Spring for funding our flyer promoting the Pledge 25 campaign. We handed out 10,000 flyers on MLK Weekend. Where will you serve?



asianartLunar New Year Family Day: A Celebration of Asian Culture

A family fun FREE event exploring and celebrating Asian art and culture!

Saturday, January 29, 2011, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 155 Gibbs St. Rockville, MD 20850

The day will include professional Chinese Lion Dance performance, free culture food, and more!

Learn more at www.VisArtsCenter.org or call 301-315-8200. Click here to see the event flyer.

chinesenyCounty Public Libraries Celebrate Chinese New Year
Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will welcome the Year of the Golden Rabbit with a variety of programs in February marking the New Lunar Year 4709. Lunar New Year, which starts with the new moon on the first day of the New Year, falls this year on February 3.

To receive more information about programs, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library


Programs will include an introduction to customs behind the Lunar New Year, traditional dances, hands-on art activities, storytelling, shadow puppet shows, arts and crafts activities, Chinese yo-yo demonstrations, workshops and traditional Chinese lion dance performances. Programs will be held according to the following schedule:


Chinese Lion Dance Performances by the Washington, DC Chinese Youth Club (CYC)

Saturday, February 26 -

11 a.m., White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring; 240-773-9555

2 p.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., 240-773-9420


Madison Chinese Dance Academy performs traditional Chinese Lion Dance, yo-yo demonstrations and Chinese arts and crafts

Saturday, February 12 -

10:30 a.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, 240-777-0922

2 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., 240-777-0200.


Li Ming Chinese Academy performs traditional lion dance, Chinese shadow puppets, folk dance, yo-yo demonstrations and hands-on Chinese arts and crafts.

Saturday, February 5 at 1 p.m.

Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD, 240-773-9590

Saturday, February 12 at 1 p.m., Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., 240-777-0970

blackcelebBlack History Month Celebration

Daniel Koroma

Community Liaison for the Caribbean American communities


Montgomery County Caribbean American Advisory Group cordially invites you to participate in a forum as we celebrate 2011 Black History Month! Caribbean American Advisory Group Present: "Living in Montgomery County: A Cultural and Ethnic Transition" event on Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. February 12, 2011 at First Baptist Church Hall (8415 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910) For more information, please contact Mr. Daniel Koroma at 240-777-2584.

Here is the event flyer.  


Rev. Timothy B. Warner

Community Liaison for the African American and Faith Communities


The County Executive's African American, African Affairs, and Caribbean American Advisory Groups will Sponsor a Black History Month celebration entitled, "Conversations Across the Middle Passage: Dialogue and Music of the African Diaspora" on February 20, 2011 at the Black Rock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.  It will feature dialogue between African American, African and Caribbean leaders in Montgomery County, as well as music of the diaspora.  The CountyExecutive will also be present to issue a Black History Month proclamation. Attendance is FREE - please contact BlackRockCenter for the Arts:  http://www.blackrockcenter.org/

blackmonthCounty Public Libraries Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month is a nation-wide observance that provides an opportunity to reflect on the significant contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history.

To receive more information about programs, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library

Programs will be held according to the following schedule:  


"Journey through African American History" Community Discussions  

(All programs begin at 2 p.m. on Saturdays)

February 5, "Hidden Treasures:  Museums and Historical Sites," Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville; 240-773-9460.

February 12, "The Underground Railroad," Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd;

February 19, "Historically Black Schools and Churches," Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg; 240-777-0200.

February 26, "African American Veterans," Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd.;



Soul in Motion Ensemble, "Reflecting Africa" (All performances begin at 3 p.m. on Saturdays)


February 5, Long Branch, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring; 240-777-0910.

February 12, Twinbrook, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville; 240-777-0240.

February 19, Germantown, 19840 Century Blvd.; 240-777-0110.

nonprofitMontgomery College Nonprofit Leadership Institute Training Seminar

Montgomery College Workforce Development and Continuing Education announces that applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2011 Nonprofit Leadership Institute. This unique, five-day workshop is designed to train emerging leaders in the nonproft community. The Nonprofit Leadership Institute runs April 5, 6, 7, 12, and 13, from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Gaithersburg Business Training Center. The application deadline is January 31, 2011.

For detail, please Click Here or contact Ann Evans at 240-567-1828 or ann.evans@montgomerycollege.edu

philanthropist2011 Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year Award

Now through April 1, 2011, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County is accepting nominations for the 2011 Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year Award. The recipient will be honored at the Foundation's annual "Celebration of Giving" -- a high-spirited event reaffirming our community's commitment to "giving back" in Montgomery County -- this fall. Please visit www.thecommunityfoundationmc.org to learn more and download the nomination form.

youthleadershipYouth Leadership Montgomery

Youth Leadership Montgomery--Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2011.

Please visit the website to download the application form and for more information!

Youth Leadership Montgomery is an outstanding self development program for high school students with long term benefits for collage years and beyond. Any questions, please contact Carol Ippolito at (301) 881-3333.

oOffice of Community Partnerships Calendar
Committee for Ethnic Affairs: 1st Thursday of every month, 7 pm at the Executive Office Building Auditorium. Contact Lisa Austin for more information: lisa.austin@montgomerycountymd.gov.
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