Office of Community Partnerships Header Office of Community Partnerships - Community Engagement Cluster Newsletter  - October 2011, Issue 42


TopOfPageHold These Dates!
 World of Montgomery Festival 10/16
Community
Service Week 10/16-10/22
Community Service Celebration 10/22
   

Come celebrate cultural diversity at The World of Montgomery Festival on Sunday, October 16th, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, at Wheaton Triangle, 2424 Reedie Drive (Grandview Avenue & Reedie Drive, 1 block from the Wheaton Metro station) Wheaton, MD 20902.

 

The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates, explores and shares the diverse cultural heritages which play an active role in the lives of Montgomery County residents and communities. The Festival will feature music and dance performances by County-based artists, food and craft vendors and a hands-on cultural education area, and a health fair.  Local non-profit organizations and County agencies will also be represented. 

The festival will also serve as the kick-off event for Montgomery County Community Service Week with volunteer opportunities available on event day and throughout the week.

 

For more information, go to http://www.worldofmontgomery.com/   

 

Community Service Week will culminate with a Silver anniversary celebration in downtown Silver Spring. Join us as we recognize volunteers who have completed our Pledge 25 Challenge and all the great service that was accomplished during Community Service Week and throughout the year. There will be music, giveaways, fun and more! Saturday, October 22nd, 5 to 7 p.m. Downtown Silver Spring.  For more information about this and other events that week, go to http://www.montgomeryserves.org/community-service-week-2011.    

      

 
DirectorWhere Will You Serve On October 22nd?
Bruce Adams
Director, Office of Community Partnerships

Twenty-five years ago, Montgomery County held our first Community Service Day. Now, that day is celebrated nationwide as Make a Difference Day.

This year, in celebration of our 25th anniversary, we have set an ambitious goal of 25,000 volunteers. We are going to kickoff a week of community service at our World of Montgomery Festival on Sunday, October 16th, from noon to 5:00 PM, in the heart of Wheaton. And we will conclude with a Silver Anniversary Celebration of Community Service Day on the Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring on Saturday evening October 22nd from 5 to 7p.m. 

I hope you will roll up your sleeves that week and be one of our 25,000 volunteers. We are going to do a census of volunteering during the week. This snapshot of service will document the extraordinary impact that volunteers have in helping our neighbors in need and making Montgomery County such a special community. Please make sure that your community nonprofit, PTA, business, civic association, union, or faith congregation participates in our survey. I believe the report we will compile will help our nonprofit and other partners demonstrate to grantmakers the impressive manner in which their dollars are leveraged by volunteers in Montgomery County.

To share your experiences as a volunteer in our survey, go to http://www.montgomeryserves.org/community-service-week-2011#Survey.

Or, contact Molly Callaway at the Volunteer Center to ensure your participation in this important survey: molly.callaway@montgomerycountymd.gov.  

To view our brochure outlining all the fun events and volunteer opportunities during Community Service Week and at the World of Montgomery Festival, please go to http://www.montgomeryserves.org/sites/default/files/Brochure.pdf. Please pass this brochure on to friends and family! 

I look forward to seeing you at the World of Montgomery Festival on October 16th and at our Silver Anniversary Celebration in Silver Spring on October 22nd.
 
Volunteer-Center Volunteer Center Launches Improved
Engaging New Website
Montgomery County's Volunteer Center has launched a redesigned website with new and improved features that not only make it easier for individuals to search for and find volunteer opportunities around the County, but also share their volunteer experiences with online visitors.  The new site, www.montgomeryserves.org, focuses on how volunteers can make an impact in our community.
           
"The new website is a powerful tool that will allow individuals, businesses and community and faith organizations to find meaningful projects that will make a real impact in meeting the County's most important needs," said County Executive Ike Leggett.  "I would also like to acknowledge and thank Ed Woods, president and CEO of TerpSys, who partnered with Montgomery County to create this engaging new website."

County Executive Ike Leggett recognized the company TerpSys for their pro bono work in developing the Volunteer Center's new website, www.montgomeryserves.org.

New Website
County Executive Ike Leggett recognizes the company TerpSys for their pro bono work in developing the Volunteer Center's new website. Pictured (left to right) are: Molly Callaway, Volunteer Center Operations Manager; Ed Woods, President and CEO of TerpSys; Ike Leggett, County Executive; Lucy Yost, Volunteer Center Community Engagement Specialist.

Two new features of the website include "Share Your Story" and "Create a Toolkit."  Volunteers can share a photo and story about their service experiences or share step-by-step instructions for others about how to plan and initiate a service project based on their experiences.

Also included in the new site is information about this year's Community Service Week, which kicks off on Saturday, October 16 at the World of Montgomery Festival and concludes on Saturday, October 22 with the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Community Service Day in downtown Silver Spring.  Individuals can find information on how to sign up for existing service projects looking for additional volunteers or register a project of their own.

The new website was developed and built by TerpSys, a customer service company focused on technology with headquarters in Rockville.

"We are proud to partner with Montgomery County to help encourage volunteerism and community service," said TerpSys's Woods.

"The generous support of TerpSys is another extraordinary example of Montgomery County's long tradition of corporate responsibility," said Montgomery County's Office of Community Partnerships Director Bruce Adams.

For more information about Community Service Week, or volunteer opportunities throughout the year, visit www.montgomeryserves.org.
 
SisterSister Cities Update 
County Sister Cities assisted the U.S. Ukrainian Commission in hosting a delegation from Luhansk, Ukraine last week.  Luhansk has expressed interest in sister cities partnering with the County. Last week's hosting included sessions with County Executive
Ike Leggett, other County leaders, and Silver Spring non-profit executives at the Silver Spring Civic Center. The delegates also participated in a number of other business, agricultural, recreational and educational meetings around the County.

Beit Shemesh, Israel will be the second sister city partner for the County. The partnership will probably be completed in January. The Mayor has visited the County recently and Ike Leggett visited Beit Shemesh several years ago at which time they suggested that community partner with the County.

Gondar, Ethiopia is a possible location for the County's third sister cities partnership. This city was recommended for this purpose by the County African Affairs Advisory Board. County Sister Cities expects to have an exploratory trip to Gondar in late January and hopes that a partnership may be entered into with that city. Under this plan, Ike Leggett would lead a self paid delegation from the County to Gondar for the signing of the agreement in the fall of 2012.

Montgomery Sister Cities will have a table and make a presentation at the World of Montgomery Festival on October 16th. The presentation will include information about the recent partnering between the County and Morazan, El Salvador.

--Mier Wolf, Senior Fellow 

Get-InvolvedCommunity Service Week - Get Involved!   
Join 25,000 of your neighbors October 16th-22nd and volunteer during Montgomery County's Community Service Week!  Make a difference in your community by joining a project looking for volunteers, planning a project to meet a need in your neighborhood, or volunteering at a local nonprofit.  You can also stop by our volunteer engagement expos and open houses during the week to learn more about ways to get involved throughout the year.


HinduHindu Community Honors Lily Qi

Hindu_Lily Qui
Left to Right: Lily Qi, His Holiness Desikendra Mahaswamiji, and the two musicians who performed at the event.


The JSS Spiritual Mission is a large Hindu faith community and temple in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Each year, it celebrates the contributions of its local volunteers by having a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, with His Holiness Desikendra Mahaswamiji from Mysore, India, presenting a small token of appreciation to the volunteers.  This year, JSS honored Lily Qi, a special friend and guest of the Mission for her support of JSS and her efforts in helping JSS obtain necessary permits to host community events in its facility.  

Rockville-WBCRockville Women's Business Center Workshops 
The Rockville Women's Business Center will offer 5 workshops in October, ranging from the ABC's of starting your own business to doing business with the Federal government.

Join local banker Saule Miller, for example, from Citibank on October 6th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM to learn why writing a business plan is important, how to develop a good one, and the right way to do it. This workshop takes place at the Rockville Women's Business Center at 95 Monroe St., Rockville, MD 20850. 

The Center will also conduct regular Monday work sessions for women entrepreneurs, starting October 10th, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Rockville location.

For more information on the workshops or sessions call 301-315-8096, or email

AfricanAfrican Heritage Month Draws Leaders and Legislation
Daniel Koroma
Senior Fellow & Liaison to African and Caribbean Communities


On September 4, 2011, County Executive Leggett, Councilmember Marc Elrich, and Congressman Chris Van Hollen kicked-off the annual African Heritage Month celebrations in Montgomery County by issuing a joint Proclamation from the County and a Citation from Congress. The theme for this year's celebrations was "Volunteerism - Paying Tribute to Volunteers in Montgomery." The African Affairs Advisory Group honored leaders from various works of life for their contributions to the local community and the broader African Diaspora. A congressional bill was also sponsored by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) which passed the U.S. Senate, S. Con. Res. 26, recognizing 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent.

African Heritage Month
County Executive Leggett, Councilmember Marc Elrich, Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Members of the African Affairs Advisory Group

Mr. Ivo Tasong, outgoing Co-Chair, was recognized for his leadership leading the African Affairs Advisory Group to great success in 2011. Mr. Tasong was able to bring the various continental African Diasporans together to make policy recommendations to the County in the areas of: choosing the County's first Africa Sister City, helping ethnic community non-profits fund programs to train/re-train the underemployed, unemployed in the County and degree conversion programs for new immigrants, candidates for the County's Boards, Commissions, and Committees. To find out more about the 2011 African Heritage Month, please visit: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/african.
 
HomelessVolunteers Needed for Homeless Resource Day 
Sponsored by Montgomery County and the City of Gaithersburg, Homeless Resource Day will be held on Wednesday, October 19th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at the Bohrer Park Activity Center in Gaithersburg.  More than 30 organizations will be on-site to provide information and resources for individuals and families such as free medical screening, legal services, financial counseling, employment services, tax assistance, substance abuse and mental health counseling and social services.

Free transportation will be provided from seven locations throughout the county.  Registration is not required and the event is free.  The Bohrer Activity Center is located at 506 South Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg, next to Gaithersburg High School
         
To volunteer, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HRD or call Tanya Jones at 240-777-4151.

YBBChinaYouth Building Bridges Students Travel to Rural China  
While most high school students spend the summer working part-time jobs and hanging with friends, a dedicated group of Montgomery County students traveled to rural China to participate in Youth Building Bridges (YBB), a nonprofit educational program based in Rockville that provides community service to school children in poverty-stricken areas of China.

After months of interviews, screenings and preparation, 41 Chinese and American students arrived at He Shang Zhen Zhong Middle School in Zhejiang, Mountain area, China. Their goal was to work as teachers and mentors to 450 local students, teaching in areas of English, Computers, Music and Art, and Cultural Exchange.

Each student was required to prepare lesson plans, operate classrooms as teachers, and serve as Cultural Ambassadors. Their two-week trip involved sharing their knowledge of English and technology, as well as friendship and inspiration.

YBB
Richard Montgomery High School Claudia Xie and Princeton
University Luke Cheng teaching local students in Zhejiang Province,
China
 
"I became close to my fellow teachers and worked together to prepare each day's classes," says Claudia Xie, a sophomore at Richard Montgomery High School. "My students enjoyed their lessons of English, Music and Art, History, Science, PE, Computer, and Culture Exchange. During cultural exchange we shared how we lived our lives in the US. Though I was teaching the students, they taught me some things, too. I learned to be patient. I learned to exercise authority when I need to use it. I learned how to work with people my age, students and teachers. It was really cool seeing those lesson plans in action. My experience went above and beyond anything that I could over learn in school."

Youth Building Bridges began three years ago in response to a horrific natural disaster and a determination by Ms. RuyanTeng, founder of YBB, to educate American youth on the importance of giving back to the global community.
 
TownHallTown Hall Meeting Focuses on Students
The Montgomery County Council, which for the past several years has held Town Hall Meetings throughout the County in its efforts to find out what issues most concern residents, will learn what is on the mind of younger residents when it hosts its second-ever Town Hall Meeting for Students on Wednesday, October 12th, at the Council Office Building in Rockville. The meeting, in the Council's Third Floor Hearing Room, will start at 7:00 PM.  A pre-meeting reception will begin at 6:30 PM in the building's second-floor cafeteria.

The Council Office Building is located at 100 Maryland Ave. in downtown Rockville.  It is about a three-block walk from the Rockville Metrorail station, which also is a main stopping point for many RideOn bus lines. For students traveling to the meeting by car, free parking will be available by entering the Council parking garage from the Fleet Street entrance.

ExhibitorsExhibitors Sought for 50+Expo at White Flint Mall 
This year's 50+Expo, co-sponsored by Montgomery County Government, will be held on Sunday, November 6th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at White Flint Mall in N. Bethesda, Md. (A similar event takes place the prior week, on Sunday, October 30, at Ballston Common Mall in Arlington, Va.)

Don't miss your chance to directly promote your products and services to thousands of local boomers and seniors who will be attending this year's 50+Expo events in Maryland and N.Va. Join more than 100 businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations that will be exhibiting at these free events, which also feature expert speakers, health screenings, live entertainment and door prizes.

To exhibit or sponsor, or for more information, call Alan Spiegel at 301-949-9766 or email alan@theBeaconNewspapers.com.  

FIRMNonprofit Montgomery Offers "FIRM"
Financial Leadership Institute
How will the local economy affect your agency, your clients and donors?  How will you manage your agency to insure you have the financial sustainability to continue to deliver on your mission?  Answers to these questions and others will be covered in a series of 2-day intensive workshops and follow-up seminars for Executive Directors of nonprofits serving Montgomery County and offered through a new program - FIRM - a Financial Leadership Institute over 2011-2012.  Board Officers, Accounting and Finance Directors are also invited to participate.

This opportunity is being offered at no-cost to Executive Directors with support from The Nonprofit Advancement Fund of the Community Foundation of Montgomery County and Montgomery County government.

To apply, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2011-2012_FIRM_Info_and_Application 

or visit www.nonprofitmontgomery.org for more information and links to this form. The brief application can be completed online or downloaded and is due October 3rd.  

 

Please contact Barbara Garlock at bgarlock@nonprofitroundtable.org with any questions.

  

PrimaryBoard of Elections Seeks Student Election Aides for Primary
The Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking school-age students, grades 6-12, to serve as Election Day student aides during the 2012 Presidential Primary Election, Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
 
Students and their guardians must attend mandatory training to serve on Election Day and, if applicable, to receive Student Service Learning (SSL) credits.  Students are placed in neighboring precincts according to their home addresses.  This initiative combines civic participation and the opportunity to observe democracy in action.

This program is available to all students within a public, private, independent, religious or home-school setting located in Montgomery County.  U.S. citizenship is not a prerequisite to participate.  Students with bilingual and American Sign Language skills are encouraged to apply.

Interested parents/guardians can register their student(s) online by visiting the Montgomery County Board of Elections' website at https://www4.montgomerycountymd.gov/BoardOfElections/registerGuardianFv.seam. For additional information, email future.vote@montgomerycountymd.gov.

 
PanAfricanPanAfrican Cultural Festival Brings Together Groups from the Diaspora
On September 24th, the second annual PanAfrican Cultural Festival was the final event commemorating September as African Heritage Month in Montgomery County. This year, approximately 5,000 people attended the festival. The cultural festival brought together various Diaspora cultural groups from Ethiopia to Sierra Leone and Cameroon to South Africa. The festival was held at the Silver Spring Civic Center at One Veterans Plaza, 850 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring.

The festival is designed to showcase the rich and diverse cultures of African countries. This event provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the heritage and showcase the cultures of Africans as we foster collaboration within our local communities in keeping with the 2011 Heritage month theme: 'Unite and Collaborate: Supporting Partnerships for Progress.'" African Heritage Month recognizes African Union Day and the critical relationships between the United States and African nations. This was also an opportunity to welcome the newest country on the continent, The Republic of Southern Sudan.

  

For activities and photos of the festival, please visit: www.panafricanfest.org.   

BlessedGovernor O'Malley Participates in Opening Ceremony for Blessed Coffee 

Blessed Coffee
Tebabu Assefa, one of the first members of the County Executive's African Affairs Advisory Group and now part of the Governor's Commission on African Affairs, invited Governor O'Malley to officially launch Blessed Coffee.  Blessed Coffee is the state's second benefit
corporation, a concept created by a 2010 state law to protect companies that donate money to social causes.  Mr. Assefa said he plans to donate 50 percent of net profit from his wholesale revenue to social programs in the the coffee-growing regions of his native Ethiopia and 50 percent of his net profit from his planned coffee shop in Takoma Park and Silver Spring Area. 

Tebabu Assefa and Governor O'Malley

In his welcoming speech, Mr. Assefa said that Maryland's Benefit Corporation model will help his business connect the small coffee growers in Ethiopia with the US market, which will spur social and economic development here in Montgomery County and coffee growing regions in Ethiopia.  Blessed Coffee Company currently wholesales through the Internet, and plans to open a coffee shop in the Takoma Park landmark, on Carroll Avenue, in the heart of the city's Old Town business district.  For more information, go to 
 

Calendar Community Calendar   

Germantown Oktoberfest
The Oktoberfest Biergarten returns for its 29th year! The annual Germantown Oktoberfest takes place Saturday, October 1st, at Ridge Road Recreation Park at 21155 Frederick Road, Germantown, MD 20876. Opening ceremonies take place at 11:30 AM.  In addition to the Beer Garden, food and exhibitors, there will be activities for children, musical and dance entertainment and an evening of fireworks at 7:45 PM.  For more information, please go to http://www.germantownoktoberfest.org/.
 
Taste of Bethesda
The Taste of Bethesda will be held on Saturday, October 1st, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  More than 50 restaurants will participate and there will be 5 stages of entertainment.   

Stroll along Woodmont Triangle on Norfolk, Fairmont, St. Elmo, Cordell and Del Ray Avenues, and get a taste!  For more information, call 301-215-6660, or visit http://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/taste-bethesda.


County Offers Free Foreclosure Prevention Counseling
Representatives from County-approved counseling agencies will meet with residents for free, one-on-one foreclosure prevention counseling sessions on Saturday, October 1st. Co-sponsored by the City of Gaithersburg and the County's Housing Fair Planning Committee, the event is scheduled from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Bohrer Park Activity Center, located at Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Avenue.

Free legal advice on housing-related issues will also be available at the event.  Attorneys from Civil Justice, Maryland Legal Aid and the Pro Bono Legal Resource Center of Maryland will be on hand to answer questions.  Representatives from the Office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen will also be present to assist homeowners. 

GapBusters Celebrates 10th Anniversary
GapBusters recognized social inequities existed in public schools between minorities and non-minorities and sought to bridge those gaps through supplemental education, enrichment programs, and leadership development training.  Today, those recipients of these services, now university students, have organized the 10th anniversary celebration of this organization.  The theme of this celebration focuses on minority women who are first to achieve prominence in their fields.  The celebration, which includes dinner, will be held on Sunday, October 2nd, at the Silver Springs Civic Center, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, One Veteran's Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910. 

Tickets to the event may be purchased at
http://gblc10.eventbrite.com
For additional information, call 301-779-4252.


A Day in the Life of a Library Day:  Library Snapshot Day

Join Montgomery County Public Libraries as they participate in their second annual Library Snapshot Day on Wednesday, October 5th.  An initiative of the Maryland Library Association this event is intended to show what takes place in one day in all libraries - statewide.  Special events, such as VIP reads, where community leaders read to children, have been planned to highlight the day.

 

"During last year's Snapshot Day, we were able to capture the energy and vitality in programming and services by collecting valuable statistics, photos and stories that demonstrated the importance of libraries in the lives of Montgomery County residents," said Parker Hamilton, MCPL director.  "We hope our customers stop by and be a part of this important day."

 

For more information, visit  http://www.mdlib.org/snapshot

 

 Bethesda Green Fundraiser and Recognition Ceremony
Join Bethesda Green on Wednesday, October 5th, for its 2nd annual Gala, an evening of inspiration, celebration and community recognition of local green champions, at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  Highlights include the presentation of the 2011 Bethesda Magazine Green Awards, seasonal menu with fare from local purveyors, and an auction featuring sustainable gifts and services.

RSVP deadline for tickets is Friday, September 30th.  For more information, visit www.bethesdagreen.org.

Potomac Faith Community Inaugural Benefit Concert
The Potomac Faith Community in partnership with Montgomery County Government will present "Faiths in Action," a benefit concert on Sunday, October 9th at 4:30 PM at Potomac United Methodist Church, 10300 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854.  The Honorable Constance Morella will be keynote speaker and the concert will feature Washington vocal artists, under the direction of Rosemary Dyer.  A reception will follow the concert. All donations go to The Nonprofit Village, www.thenonprofitvillage.org, a center which provides affordable office space to a diverse community of nonprofit organizations.

For more information, call 301-299-9383.

Conference to Celebrate Disability History and Disability Employment Month

The public is invited to attend "Snapshot: Capture...Connect...Create," a free event celebrating Maryland Disability History and Awareness Month and National Disability Employment Awareness Month, on Tuesday, October 11th, 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

The event will include remarks by Cathy Raggio, Secretary of Maryland's Department of Disabilities; as well as presentations on Maryland's Senior Health Insurance Program and a hot topics panel discussion. A resource area will be featured where attendees can gather information on employment, housing and transportation options.

To register for the event, go tohttp://www.innow.org/assets/uploads/docs/Flyer_for_October_11_event.pdf or call Independence Now at 301-277-2839. The Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza is located at One Veterans Place in Silver Spring.

 

Volunteer Expo at White Flint Mall
Join the Montgomery County Volunteer Center for a Volunteer Engagement Expo on Saturday, October 15th, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at White Flint Mall.  Find ways to get involved and volunteer as well as participate in service projects on site.  There will be representatives from 20 local nonprofit organizations serving Montgomery County who will have information about current volunteer opportunities as well as services.

A Wider Circle, Charitable Organization, Hosts Annual Fundraiser
A Wider Circle, the charitable organization that helps poverty-stricken families and individuals, will host their annual fundraiser dinner and auction on October 15th at the Katzen Arts Center at American University, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  Over the past 10 years, A Wider Circle has served more than 80,000 children and adults, bringing the necessities of life as well as greater human connection and hope to those who have come to them for help.  Join this community for a night of fine dining, dancing, and a celebration of what is to come. 

For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, visit  http://www.awidercircle.org/tenyear.html.

World of Montgomery Health Fair
The "Ama Tu Vida/Love Your Life" health fair will be held at the World of Montgomery Festival, the county's festival to celebrate diversity in Montgomery County, on Sunday, October 16th, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, at 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton. (One Block from the Wheaton Metro Station.)

The Health Fair will offer residents free medical screenings by partner organizations, follow-up appointments at area clinics, fitness activities, and information to help residents stay healthy. The Multicultural festival will also include live multicultural entertainment, food vendors, information booths, and family friendly service-oriented activities.


For more information, go to http://www.worldofmontgomery.com/.
 
Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
The 2011 Business and Economics Seminar Series will feature guest speaker, Lily Qi, Montgomery County Executive's Special Projects Manager, at a luncheon on Friday, October 28, 2011, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, at the Far East Restaurant, 1776 E. Jefferson St., Rockville, MD 20852.  The topic of this seminar will be: Montgomery County Today: A Changing Community and Transformative Opportunity. 

As Special Projects Manager, Ms. Qi, has unique perspectives to share on Montgomery's growth and development.  She will share specific plans on several initiatives, including the two life science centers (Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan and East County Science Master Plan), a new countywide public transit system, and opportunities for the County's diverse communities to be part of this vision.


The cost of this seminar is $25 per person, payable by cash or check at the door.  For more information, including registration, call 410-769-6449, or email info@towsonglobal.com.
   
Silver Anniversary Celebration of Community Service
Celebrate service and volunteers in Montgomery County!  Join us as we recognize volunteers who have completed our Pledge 25 Challenge and all the great service that was accomplished during Community Service Week and throughout the year. There will be music, giveaways, fun and more! Saturday, October 22nd, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Downtown Silver Spring. For more information, go to http://www.montgomeryserves.org/community-service-week-2011.
 
Indian American Community Hosts Diwali Celebration
County Executive Ike Leggett will join the Indian American community to host a public Diwali - Festival of Lights - celebration on Thursday, October 27th, to honor the Indian heritage and the local Indian American community.  Diwali is celebrated by people of Indian origin from around the world.  This year's public celebration will start at 6:00 PM in the Executive Office Building Cafeteria, located at 101 Monroe St., Rockville.  For more information or to be a sponsor, please contact aaron.chan@montgomerycountymd.gov or Dr. Suresh C. Gupta, at suresh_c_gupta@hotmail.com.
  
Habitat for Humanity Benefit Breakfast
Join Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD for the 4th Annual Affordable Housing Benefit Breakfast on Friday, November 4th at the Bethesda Marriott.  Learn about past projects, hear about future plans, find out how you can help.  The Bethesda Marriott is located at 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

For more information or to secure your spot today, contact Special Events Coordinator, Debbie Hayden, at debbie.hayden@habitat-mc.org or call 301-990-0014 x13.

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