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Office of Community Partnerships - Community Engagement Cluster Newsletter  - January 2012, Issue 45

 In This Issue

TopCounty Executive Leggett Sponsors Five Budget Forums

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is sponsoring five budget forums throughout the County during the month of January to seek input from residents about Fiscal Year 2013 Operating Budget priorities.  Leggett is encouraging residents to attend the forums to provide input in light of budget shortfalls predicted in the coming fiscal year.  


"These public forums give our residents an opportunity to tell me what's important to them as I prepare next year's operating budget for submission to the County Council on March 15," said Leggett. "In light of the shortfalls that we are facing, input from residents for the FY 13 budget is crucial in helping us determine priorities."


All of the forums are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., on the following dates:


January 9, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Center,  

4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.


January 12, Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring


January 17, Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring


January 23, BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown


January 31, Eastern Montgomery Regional Center,  

3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring


Sign language interpreter services will be provided only upon request with notice as far in advance as possible, but no less than 72 hours prior to the event. If these or other services or aids are needed to participate in this activity, please call 240-777-6507, TTY 240-777-6505 or email a request to


The County Executive announces his Recommended Fiscal Year 2013 Operating Budget on March 15. The County Council approves the operating budget at the end of May.

BagsCarryout Bag Law Is Now In Effect  

Montgomery County passed legislation (Bill 8-11) on May 3, 2011, that places a five-cent charge on each paper or plastic carryout bag provided by retail establishments in the County to customers at the point of sale, pickup or delivery. Retailers retain 1 cent of each 5 cents for the bags they sell a customer.


Montgomery County's legislation, similar to Washington DC's Bag Law, is designed to create an incentive for the public to reduce use of disposable bags by bringing reusable bags. The legislation is an important tool in the County's strategy to meet State-mandated MS4 stormwater permit requirements, including reducing litter pollution in the Anacostia River and the commitment to a Trash Free Potomac River.


The revenues from this charge will be deposited into the County's Water Quality Protection Charge (WQPC) fund. The revenues will effectively shift the burden of litter clean up costs from public taxpayers to consumers who have a choice to avoid the 5-cent charge by bringing reusable bags.

 DirectorMessage From The Director:
Building America's most welcoming community.
Where will you serve on MLK Day January 16?
Bruce Adams
Director, Office of Community Partnerships
I hope you and to your families had a wonderful holiday season and that we all have a spectacular 2012.
Photo: Esther French
Nearly 100 people attended the Gilchrist Center's 10th anniversary including several members of the Gilchrist family, partners, volunteers, and students. Please follow the links below to read Gazette and Wheaton Patch  coverage of the event.
2011 was a year of important anniversaries. In addition to documenting 25,000 volunteers who helped us celebrate the County's 25th Community Service Day, we celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of the County's Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity. On December 7, County Executive Ike Leggett and County Councilmember Nancy Navarro led the celebration. The Gilchrist Center, named after Montgomery County's second County Executive, is a small yet mighty force helping to drive us toward our goal of becoming America's most welcoming community. The Center's mission is to help connect our diverse population to public and private services while promoting civic engagement and economic empowerment.

My hope for 2012 is that we will take a giant step forward in strengthening the Gilchrist Center network of public, priva
te, and community organizations. Click here to see the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity Annual Report.

Please put our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on your calendar for Monday, January 16, 2012. We will be at the Marriott Conference Center in North Bethesda again this year and will have two additional large service sites - one at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville and the other at the Civic Building in Silver Spring. To learn more, register your own organization's MLK Day project, or sign-up to volunteer, please log onto: Again this January, Manna Food and Giant are teaming up on a very worthy project the weekend prior to MLK Day. You will be able to donate food to our neighbors in need at every Giant Food all weekend January 14-15! Manna will have volunteers at each store on both days. There is still time for you to sign-up your civic association, PTA, faith congregation, or business to staff a store one day that weekend. To sign up, please contact:  
Where will you serve on Monday January 16, 2012?
MomentumImpact Silver Spring Call for Nominations for Momentum Awards

People and organizations with spirit, new awareness, and vision are guiding the dramatic transformation of the greater Silver Spring community.  The Momentum Awards seek to recognize those individuals and institutions that are harnessing and building on the power of our community's diversity to bring forth greater creativity and innovation for positive social, economic, and civic impact.


The call for IMPACT Momentum Awards nominations is now officially open!  Access the Nomination Guidelines and the Nomination Form at IMPACT's website:

Nominations Guidelines are translated into Spanish (although forms will need to be completed in English) and will have the Spanish version available on the website.

The nominations deadline has been extended to January 20th.

Look for ads calling for Momentum Awards nominations in The Gazette and The Voice soon.

Contact Lanita Whitehurst at to help you in promoting the Momentum Awards within your networks and assist in garnering nominations.  


The 2012 Momentum Award winners will be announced at the IMPACT Now! event on April 26th at the Silver Spring Civic Building.


 MLKMontgomery County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Celebration at Strathmore and Day of Service

County Executive
 Leggett invites you to join him and other elected officials at Montgomery County's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, January 16, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, at The Music Center at Strathmore.  This multi-cultural musical celebration will feature many local artists, and promises to be a fabulous celebration of Dr. King's legacy in Montgomery County.

The music center is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852.
Free tickets are available at  For questions call 240-777-5334.

Make it a Day On! Sign up to volunteer at one of the service events being held on the King holiday, you will find information about them at 
or call 240-777-2600.  

womensWomen's Legislative Briefing
The Commissions for Women of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties invite you to the 2012 Women's Legislative Briefing from 12:30 to 6 p.m. on Sunday January 29 at The Universities at Shady Grove, Building II, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville. The conference will open with a panel discussion on legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, followed by compelling seminars on legislation in the Maryland General Assembly. A reception will conclude the event providing an opportunity for you to meet with County and State elected officials, advocates, and representatives of the most prominent County, State, and National women's organizations.

General admission is $15. To register click here.

For more information, please call the Commission for Women at 240-777-8333 or log onto:
PhilanthropyApplications For Philanthropy Catalogue Open on January 3rd
Applications to the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington open on January 3, 2012. Check out the APPLY link for eligibility requirements, a description of the application process, and other important information. The Catalogue has helped raise over $15 million for featured nonprofits since 2003 and acceptance provides a valuable "stamp of approval." Applications are due by midnight on Monday, February 13th.
Click below to learn more:
LibraryLorenzo Dow Turner Exhibit at Rockville Memorial Library
Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Friends of the Library, Rockville Memorial Chapter, will host the "Lorenzo Dow Turner:  From Lincoln Park to Leading Scholar" exhibit at the Rockville Memorial Library.  The exhibit, presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, will be on display from January 5 through February 29, 2012.

Dr. Turner (1890-1972) was the first African American linguist, and a founder of the field of African American Studies.  Dr. Turner lived in the Lincoln Park community of Rockville and was educated in the Montgomery County segregated public schools where his father had a long career as a teacher and principal. His research demonstrated how African Americans retained linguistic ties with their African past through centuries of slavery and segregation.  

On Saturday, January 21, at 2:00 p.m. a special program about the exhibit will be held at the Rockville Memorial Library, located at 21 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.  The program features Alcione Amos, Museum Program Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution, Anacostia Community Museum. Ms. Amos will talk about the significance of Dr. Turner's research.  The program is free and requires no registration.   
faithleadersmeetleggettFaith Community Leaders Meet With County Executive, Director of HHS, and Coordinator of infoMontgomery  

Leaders from a wide spectrum of faith communities filled the conference room of the County Executive on December 7 to become better acquainted with the state of the budget, health and human needs and ways to make a difference. County Executive Ike Leggett spoke appreciatively of the work being done within faith communities and challenged everyone to use their voices and multiple resources in meeting basic human needs. The Director of HHS, Uma Ahluwalia, prepared a power point presentation demonstrating trends and documenting needs that deserve the attention, advocacy and action by faith communities. The Coordinator of infoMONTGOMERY, Susan Guevara Augusty, presented an innovative resource including some 900 human service programs that can help faith communities with reliable information and referrals as well as promote the services provided within faith communities.
The faith community leaders responded with appreciation for the need of greater collaboration and engagement among themselves and with their public partners and private partners. Priorities were set for engagement with Budget Advocacy, Land-Use, Integration of Immigrants, Poverty, Healthcare and Interfaith Dialogue. The Executive Committee has subsequently set meeting dates throughout 2012 and is surveying its membership for forming subcommittees to achieve its goals.
 vuDiane Vy Nguyen-Vu - New OCP Asian-Middle Eastern Liaison 

Diane Vy Nguyen-Vu, most recently the executive director of the Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association (MVMA), has been selected as the Asian-Middle Eastern liaison in the Office of Community Partnerships. Diane replaces Lily Qi who was appointed by County Executive Ike Leggett in 2011 to a strategic Special Projects Manager position in the County Executive's office.
In welcoming Diane to County government, OCP director Bruce Adams praised the work done by her predecessor. "Lily did an extraordinary job. In fact, it was more like three extraordinary jobs. Serving the diverse Asian population, launching the County Executive's Middle Eastern American Advisory Group, and putting our very important language access program on a firm foundation took great creativity and awesome dedication."
"Diane is the right person for this job at just the right time," according to Adams. "She brings the energy, skills, and commitment to collaboration and capacity building that these three critical jobs require as Montgomery County continues our quest to become America's most welcoming community." Adams noted the importance of bringing Diane to this position as OCP rededicates itself in 2012 to the work Karla Silvestre is doing at the Gilchrist Center to strengthen the County's commitment to immigrant integration and strengthen the cultural competence of the County government and the work Tim Warner is doing to serve our neighbors in need and help lift residents out of poverty to self-sufficiency.
Started in 1979, the Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association is a nonprofit organization that provides linguistically and culturally appropriate direct services to Vietnamese Americans. Over the last 5 years, Diane has been instrumental in leading MVMA. "Diane understood how to grow MVMA. She built the organization's operations, increasing scale and scope of organization to meet programming needs, and created new partnerships for organizational sustainability," said Anh Tran, chair of the MVMA board.
A 20-year County resident and graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Diane has served on the steering committee of Nonprofit Montgomery, as an appointed member of the County's Commission on Aging, and as a member of the County Executive's Asian American Advisory Group. A former AmeriCorps Fellow, she has participated in the Community Foundation of Montgomery County's Nonprofit Advancement Fund's Small Emerging Nonprofits Initiative. She is fluent in Vietnamese.
Diane will start work at the Office of Community Partnerships on Tuesday January 17, 2012. We are thrilled to have her join us in this important work.

gilchristGilchrist Center Winter Programs
The Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity welcomes you to take part in the services it provides at its two locations in the Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown 20874 and at the Mid County Regional Center 2424 Reedie Drive Wheaton MD 20902.  A county-funded immigrant services program, the Gilchrist Center offers a wide range of services including English as a Second Language, Spanish conversation, citizenship preparation classes, free legal clinics, and one-on-one assistance with the N-400 application for naturalization.  For the full Winter program guide, please visit our website at Registration is January 18 & 19. For more information call 240-777-6950 for Germantown and 240-777-4340 for Wheaton.

youthawardsOutstanding Service to Youth Award Call for Nominations
The 26th Annual Nancy Dworkin Outstanding Service to Youth Awards presented by the Montgomery County Commission on Children and Youth, the Gazette Newspapers, and Adventure Theatre is now accepting nominations for this award.  All nominees must have performed a service for children and youth in Montgomery County. Nominations must be postmarked or faxed no later than January 20, 2012, and may be made by anyone who knows of the nominee's service.  In selecting the award recipients, the Awards Committee will consider the quality of service, length of time for which services were provided, number of children and youth benefiting from the service, and impact to diverse communities.  The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

Nominations must be sent to:
Awards, Commission on Children and Youth
ATTN: Mary Gies
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
7300 Calhoun Place, Suite 600
Rockville, Maryland 20855
Or faxed to Mary Gies at (240) 777-4665

For additional information about the nomination process, contact Mary Gies at 240-777-4659 or email her:

 DC_nonprofitDC Nonprofit Leadership Winter Series
The Center for Nonprofit Success is a nonprofit organization whose mission to provide the training, knowledge and resources to help nonprofit leaders succeed.  The monthly seminars offered this winter are:

January 26, 2012
Proposal Writing 101
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $110
More info and to register:

February 23, 2012
Online Fundraising
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $110
More info and to register:

March 22, 2012
Program Evaluations 101
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $110
More info and to register:

Cable_showCable Show Highlights Community Use of Public Facilities
Montgomery County's latest "Did You Know?" cable show episode highlights Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF) and its policy-making arm, the Interagency Coordinating Board (ICB).

Hosted by CUPF director Ginny Gong, the 30-minute show provides viewers with valuable information about the public facilities and ball fields that can be reserved and procedures in place for booking these sites.  Spaces include school auditoriums, gymnasiums and classrooms; library multi-purpose rooms and conference rooms in government buildings; and even reception halls for weddings and large parties.  CUPF also books all Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission ball fields. Gong interviews staff from CUPF as well as administrators at Montgomery County Public Schools regarding procedures and policies for use of public facilities.

"Our office has been one of the County's best kept secrets," said Gong.  "A whole world of possibilities opens up when groups discover what is available in their own backyard.  Balancing costs with affordability and access has been a commitment of the ICB for more than three decades."

"Did You Know?" is a monthly show that provides viewers with information about services and programs Montgomery County has to offer its residents.  The show airs throughout the week on CCM - Channel 6 for Comcast and RCN subscribers and channel 30 for Verizon subscribers.  To watch online, go to and click on Programs.  Scroll down to the "Did You Know?" icon.  It is also available on YouTube by searching "Did You Know Montgomery County."

The show is written and produced by Cathy Grubman, County Cable Montgomery producer in the Office of the County Council.

For more information about the show, or about Community Use of Public Facilities, call 311.
pepcoPepco Tips for Winter Storms
Pepco is working to provide more reliable service in the event of severe storms.  The following are 5 tips to help you prepare for emergencies.

1. Assemble a storm kit
Include nonperishable foods, bottled water, a telephone with a cord or a cellphone, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, medicines, and infant supplies.

2. Develop an emergency plan and practice it regularly
Identify special needs of family members, particularly infants and elderly persons. If someone relies on life-support equipment, identify an alternate location with power where they can go during a storm.

3. Protect electronic equipment
Plug items such as computers, televisions and DVD players into electrical surge protectors.

4. Update your contact information
Update your phone number to help us respond more quickly to outages. Call our Customer Care Service Center at 202-833-7500. Please have your Pepco account number handy.

5. Sign up for the Emergency Medical Equipment Notification Program
Customers who rely on electricity to power life-support equipment can learn of planned outages and severe weather that could disrupt power. To enroll, call 202-833-7500 or visit

To learn more about how we restore power, visit, or to report an outage or downed wires, call 1-877-737-2662.

SSA_spanishSocial Security Administration Launches Improved Spanish Online Services
The Social Security Administration launched its improved Spanish-language website,, and the expanded online services available in Spanish - including the ability to apply online for retirement and Medicare benefits, completely in Spanish.  This is an important step toward making Social Security's online services and information more easily accessible to the 35 million Americans who may prefer to conduct business in Spanish.
In as little as 15 minutes, a person can apply for retirement benefits.  In addition to applying for retirement benefits, visitors to can apply for Medicare.  Applications for Medicare take as little as 10 minutes from start to finish.
There are so many things people can do at  They can access a wealth of information and publications written in Spanish, and get an instant, personalized estimate of future Social Security benefits using our Retirement Estimator.

food_councilMontgomery County Food Council Member Applications
The Montgomery County Food Council is an independent council formed and led by professionals, private businesses, government officials, individual members, community organizations, and educational institutions that broadly represent the food system both substantively and geographically.

Their mission is to bring together a diverse representation of stakeholders in a public and private partnership to improve the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of Montgomery County through the creation of a robust, local, sustainable food system.


The Food Council will be comprised of 13 - 17 diverse stakeholders including individual members, professionals, private businesses, government officials, community organizations, and educational institutions that broadly represent the food system both substantively and geographically.  The first meeting will be held Wednesday, February 15th 4:00 to 6:30 PM (location to be determined). All meetings will be open to the public and community involvement is encouraged.


To apply for membership to the Council, go to and click on the "Council Member" link.  The Council will be accepting applications through January 13, 2012.    


To view the Council's newsletter, click here.   

MannaManna Food Center Drive Needs Volunteers     
The Manna Food Center needs volunteers for its Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend food drive.  The Center has teamed with all 28 Giant Stores in Montgomery County and volunteers will greet customers as they enter the store and collect donations as customers leave the store.

Manna would like to find GROUPS (of 3 or more!) to "adopt a store" for the day to help Manna collect food from the shoppers. This is the perfect opportunity to get your faith based organization, business, civic organization, sports team, Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, school club, or neighborhood group together and makes a real difference.
How to register your group for a store:

Contact the volunteer manager at and indicate in the Subject Line: GIANT FOOD DRIVE

Store preference/location and at least one alternate choice should your preferred location and/or preferred date or time not be available.
Date preference (Saturday 1/14 & Sunday 1/15)
Time Options
Whole Day 11am - 5pm
AM Shift 11am - 2pm
PM Shift 2pm - 5pm
GROUP name
Contact phone number

Manna Food Center will send you an email confirmation after verifying availability for your preferred store, date and time. Do not contact any individual Giant Food Stores. The registration process is all handled directly by Manna Food Center.

infoMontgomeryFaith Communities Linking With infoMONTGOMERY
In an effort to meet growing needs with diminishing resources infoMONTGOMERY, through its collaborative efforts with public and private agencies, has identified some 900 human service programs. Thanks to Kasey Kaseman, Acting Liaison to the Faith Communities with the County's Office of Community Partnerships, faith communities are being added to this innovative service. The benefits to faith communities are easy access to reliable programs in providing information and referral as well as gaining deserved recognition for the services each provides. The benefit to persons in need of health, education, and human service resources is a more comprehensive, cost effective, and accessible service. To learn more and become engaged, go to:
Faith_AdvisorySurvey of Faith Community Advisory Group  
Wanting to expand its base and be effective in addressing six priorities, the County Executive's Faith Community Advisory Group is surveying its membership for going to work on one or more of the following issues:  1) Advocacy of the FY '13 Budget before the County Executive and Council. 2) Interfaith Dialogue to understand and collaborate in serving the poor and vulnerable as well as responding to concerns within faith communities. 3) Integration of Immigrants noting that a third of our residents are immigrants and we are called to be welcoming, reconciling and empowering. 4) Community Based Healthcare noting we have 130,000 uninsured residents and we are called to be healers and servants of the vulnerable. 5) Land-Use noting the high costs that have been paid by faith communities in terms of time and expense in expansion programs, and the need for better understanding and engagement with planning and permitting services. 6) Poverty noting that requests for emergency assistance have risen 129% in the past four years and the gap between the rich and poor continues to grow.
IslamophobiaResponding to Islamophobia at Lowe's
When Lowe's Home Improvement decided to pull its ads from TLC's new reality show "All American Muslim" they sparked an outcry over Islamophobia in America. Ironically Lowe's was responding to criticism not of what was in the show but what was left out, namely reference to Muslims as terrorists. The idea of depicting American Muslims as "normal people" seemed wrong to a vocal minority whose protest gained Lowe's withdrawing its sponsorship.
County Executive Ike Leggett and Majority Leader in the Maryland House of Delegates Kumar Barve spoke at a demonstration at Lowe's in Gaithersburg on December 18. To encourage greater interfaith dialogue and relationship building for the benefit of all, OCP Acting Liaison for Faith Communities, Mansfield Kaseman, invited participation from the interfaith community in the demonstration, participated himself and is empowering a subcommittee of the Faith Community Advisory Group to continue working on this and other threats to the unity of diversity we cherish in Montgomery County.

Calendar Community Calendar   

"Bag It. Is Your Life Too Plastic?"
Free Screening at Brookside Gardens
GreenWheaton is partnering with Brookside Gardens, Silver Spring Green and Safeway to present a free screening of the movie: Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic? Join them at the Brookside Gardens Visitor Center on January 9, 2012 at 7 PM to watch this engaging film about how single-use plastics affect our environment and our health -- and simple steps we can take to reduce this waste.

Please register here as seating is limited.

Consumer Health Foundation Annual Meeting
The Board of Trustees of the Consumer Health Foundation will hold its 15th annual meeting on Thursday, January 12th, at George Washington University, from 2 to 5 PM.  Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, will be the keynote speaker at the meeting.  There will be a reception at 2 PM, followed by the annual meeting. 

George Washington University Marvin Center - Grand Ballroom
800 21st Street, NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20052

Click here to register to attend the meeting.

Rockville Women's Business Center January Workshops
The Rockville Women's Business Center will offer 6 workshops and one group which will meet twice a month for the next 6 months, starting in January.  A sample of the workshops offered include the following:

Putting Your Personal Brand to Work!
Thursday, January 12, 10-11:30 AM
Fee:  $10.00
How can you use your personal image to help grow your business?  Join Marva Goldsmith for a  comprehensive, educational and entertaining workshop that will show you how first impressions and professional image can impact your business and the steps you can take to make the most of yours.   

To register, click here.

Crowd Funding for Business Development
Tuesday, January 31, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Fee:  $10.00
Location:  Dixon Hughes Goodman, 111 Rockville Pike, 6th Floor. 

Filmakers, artists, political candidates, non-profit organizations and musicians have had great success raising funds for campaigns and projects through smaller donations solicited through the internet and social media.  Learn more about the opportunities and challenges related to crowd funding and how your organization might benefit from this popular funding mechanism.     

To register, click here.

Women's Success Network
Join the working group of women business owners who meet twice a month to tackle specific issues to help them grow their business.  Group is limited to women owners of existing businesses that can make a six month commitment to attending regularly.  Group starting in January.  Please contact Alicia McLeod at or see website for additional information and registration:

For more information on the January workshops, contact Lori Gillen at:

Richard Montgomery High School Celebrates
Martin Luther King Jr., Birthday

The Mayor and Council of Rockville and the Rockville Human Rights Commission will host the 40th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday on Monday, January 16, 2012 at noon, Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive. Guest speaker will be JC Hayward, news broadcaster and anchor for WUSA.  The celebration will also feature performances by various artists.  A community reception will follow the program. Admission is free. 


Call 240-314-8316 for more information.  


Seminar for Community Leaders
The Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County and BCC Regional Services Center will conduct a hands-on seminar for community leaders on January 21 and February 25, 10 - 11:30 AM at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Successful management of people, issues, and conflict are key to the quality of life in your community. The two-part interactive seminar will focus on real world tools and techniques for fostering a collaborative and rewarding environment. Discuss tips for running effective meetings and how to anticipate and manage conflict. Your own experiences and practices are a key part of this experience!

RSVP to:

Symposium on Bullying in Schools
Montgomery County Committee on Hate/Violence and Montgomery County Office of Human Rights Present Bullying in Schools, A Community Symposium on Prevention and Intervention Strategies on Saturday, February 4, 2012, 2:00 - 4:00 PM. at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  Keynote Speaker will be Martin Castro, Chair, US Commission on Civil Rights.  The symposium will be moderated by Valerie Ervin, Councilmember, Montgomery County Council.

For more information about this symposium write to:

Or visit the County website here.

Commission on Aging Forum  

The Annual Commission on Aging/Stakeholder Forum will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM, at the Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Street, Silver Spring, Maryland.  (Snow date, February 22, 2012.)
This year, the theme will be "Needs of Seniors in Ethnically Diverse Communities."  Discussions will focus on efforts and challenges by private, voluntary and public organizations within Montgomery County to reach our ethnically diverse aging population and identify and address their needs.
For more information please contact:

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