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       "Together we can accomplish great things!"
        County Executive Ike Leggett
December 2013 - Issue 68:
Volunteer Center
January 20th, Make it a Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr. LogoYou can make Martin Luther King Day a "Day On, Not a Day Off" by volunteering on January 20, 2014! Community organizations and groups can help the Volunteer Center plan projects for our fabulous Martin Luther King Day of Service Events. We will be working with partners at sites including the Marriott Conference Center in North Bethesda and the Silver Spring Civic Building where we will have hands-on service projects for all ages. Many great projects are already planned including making scarves and hats for hospice programs, packaging lunches for homeless shelters, making cards to send to troops overseas and more. We need more ideas from community groups! Check out our website for last year's projects and photos, and click here to propose projects ideas for this year.  

Watch the Martin Luther King Day page on the Volunteer Center website for more information and event signups coming soon!

Ways to Serve & Give During the Holidays
Check the Volunteer Center website to see ways you can make a difference over the holiday season. Provide food and gifts for a needy family, visit patients in nursing homes and hospitals, wrap gifts as fundraisers for many wonderful agencies. Find these opportunities and year-round ways to help at www.montgomeryserves.org.


Gilchrist Center
Local Families Enjoy Festive Thanksgiving Dinner

In the spirit of the holiday season, the Gilchrist Center  partnered with A Wider Circle and Leadership Cares to give away 100 Thanksgiving baskets, which included turkeys, to local families. The event took place at the Gilchrist Center in Wheaton on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. Thanksgiving Project

A combination of Gilchrist Center students and volunteers from the community coordinated and ran the event. These folks contributed in many different capacities; helped unload the food delivery trucks, set-up the distribution stations, checked-in families/checked IDs, and aided recipients to their cars with the Thanksgiving baskets.

We thank everyone who pitched in to help these local families enjoy a festive holiday with good food on the table.This is the second time that the Gilchrist Center participated in The Holiday Giving Project.

Gilchrist Center's Winter 2014 Classes Information

Service Providers, please mark your calendar!
The Gilchrist Center is getting ready for its Winter 2014 session. Registration dates for Winter 2014 programs are as follows:

For programs offered at our Wheaton Sites here are the dates you do not want to miss:  
  • ESL (Beginning & Intermediate):
    January 14 & 16, 2014
  • Basic Computers: January 9 & 11, 2014
  • Saturday Beginning English: January 11, 2014

For our Germantown Site:
  • ESL class registration will take place on
    January 6, 2014.

For more information, please visit our website or call our office at 240-777-4940. 
African Community
Global Trade Forum: Doing Business in Africa 
Montgomery Economic Development, MCCC and Doing Business in Africa Logo

The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce together with the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development hosted a successful forum on Doing Business in African on November 18, 2013. The event featured sector specific panel discussions on current opportunities in Africa and participants learned about financing options to export their American products while networking with business leaders already doing business in regions of Africa. For more pictures of the event visit Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce on flickr .

Crowd Funding Campaign for Montgomery County Business "Blessed Coffee"

Blessed Coffee LogoAt a dinner last month, while celebrating Blessed Coffee's third anniversary at the Addis Ababa restaurant in Silver Spring, Tebabu Assefa and Sara Mussie, co-founders of Blessed Coffee, unveiled their "Brewing Change" crowdsourcing campaign. This campaign will raise funds to build a prototype facility in Montgomery County. Tebabu and Sara hope to duplicate this model across the country. The event was attended by County Executive Leggett, other officials, business leaders, social entrepreneurs and activists - among them state Senator Jamie B. Raskin who authored Maryland's Benefit Corporation law. For more information visit http://blessedcoffee.us/index.html.

AIRF Present: African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation Logo
"Charting New
Course in Health Education and Health Among African Immigrant Youth"

The African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIRF) will present a one-day conference entitled, "Charting a New Course in Health Education and Health behavior among African Immigrant Youth," on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the Silver Spring Civic Building in Silver Spring, MD.

African immigrants encounter numerous challenges to optimal health and access to healthcare. For African youth, their physical, mental and social well-being is informed, in large part, by the intermix of identity, parental heritage and the host society. To better understand and promote the health of African immigrant youth, the conference will provide an opportunity to discuss issues affecting the development of positive identities and health experiences for African immigrant youth. For more information, visit http://airfound.org/.

Asian American Community
Community Roundtable on Relief Efforts Related to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda
 

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin hosted a community forum on relief efforts for the Philippine community with Ambassador of the Philippines Jose L. Cuisa and USAID on November 18th in Bowie, MD. The Ambassador urged the community to help by making financial contributions only as medical and other supplies are too difficult to distribute due to logistical challenges.  To find reputable relief and charitable organizations working in the disaster zone and where to donate, contact the Center for International Disaster Information.

County Executive and First Lady Host Joint China Mission Trip Reunion


Shown with the County Executive (from left) are members of the Northwest Chinese American Association of Greater Washington and leaders of the Xi'an Sister City Initiative: Councilmember Hans Reimer, Nan Qiao, Rong Zhang, County Executive Ike Leggett, Shannon Yang, Director of Special Projects Lily Qi, and Catherine Leggett.

Apply today for the Yuri Kochiyama Leadership Prog
ram!

The Yuri Kochiyama Leadership Program is an interactive workshop series held at the University of Maryland, College Park for high school juniors and seniors who identify as Asian/South Asian/Pacific Islander American. This program offers students an invaluable opportunity to learn more about Asian American history & activism, and develop as young leaders in their journey of self-empowerment. The YKLP is completely free and will meet every Saturday 1-4pm for eight weeks beginning on Saturday, February 15. Application deadline is January 15, 2014.  For more information and to apply visit the Yuri Kochiyama Leadership Program website.

Home Savers Program Helps Residents Behind on HOA/Condo Fees

Are you behind on your HOA/Condo fees? 
Homeowners can avoid foreclosure and mounting collection and attorney fees by taking advantage of this Montgomery County funded HOA/Condo Fee Rescue Program.  Home Savers can help pay your past due HOA/Condo Fee up to $4,000.  For more information, call (301)760-7636 or email counseling@aa-hc.org. You can also visit the Asian American Homeownership Counseling website.
Interfaith Community 
35th Anniversary Celebration of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington
 35th Ann. Celebration of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Wash.
The Montgomery County Executive's Faith Community Advisory Council and friends were well represented at the 35th Anniversary Celebration of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitian Washington honoring its Executive Director, Clark Lobenstine and featuring sacred song, dance, chant and chorale.  Pictured above is the Kikh Kirtani Jatha of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation in Rockville that is part of the Montgomery County Faith Community Advisory Council.

Clergy Beyond Boarders Caravan of Reconciliation
Clergy Beyond Boarders Caravan of Reconciliation
The County Executive's Faith Community Advisory Council hosted the Clergy Beyond Boarders Caravan of Reconciliation at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville on October 27th.  The caravan that included the Interfaith Community Liaison, Rev. Kaseman, covered 10 cities in Maryland and cited Montgomery County's Clergy Response Team program for responding to acts of hate and violence as a model for localities and the State of Maryland.
Latin American Community
Celebration of Morazan-Montgomery
Sister City


Montgomery-Morazan Sister City Celebration
Shown are the leaders of the Sister City initiative (from left): Evelyn Gonzalez-Mills, Neftali Granados, Isis Salmeron, County Executive Leggett, and Karla Silvestre.

County Executive Ike Leggett helped the Montgomery-Morazan Sister City committee celebrate another successful year at the Fiesta de Hermanamiento at the Silver Spring Civic Building on Saturday night November 16, 2013. Funds were raised to support educational programs including the new satellite university in Morazan. Certificates of appreciation from the County Executive were presented to two valuable nonprofit partners -- Paul Holland of the Washington Area Wheelchair Society and John Paukstis of Habtat for Humanity Metro Maryland.

Middle Eastern American Community
Middle Eastern American Advisory Group Member Speaks at Women's Economic Agenda

Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) held a forum on women's economic agenda in her district at First Baptist Church of Glenarden. Three women told their personal stories about the importance of paid sick leave and affordable health insurance and child care including Mimi Hassenein, member of the Montgomery County Executive's Middle Eastern Advisory Group. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and the Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) both spoke about the importance of women to the American economy and their economic initiatives for women, such as raising the minimum wage and equal pay for women. Click here for the full video.

The Islamic Society of Germantown Masjid (Mosque) Construction

 
The Islamic Society of Germantown Masjid (mosque) construction project was construction was launched on July 10th, 2013 and should be completed next year.  Please visit the ISG website for progress updates.

Montgomery County Muslim Foundation (MCMF) Donates over 3,000 Pounds of Meat
 
On Sunday October 27, 2013, MCMF held its Annual Zabiha-Qurbani meat donation.  Each year Muslims celebrate the "Solemn festival" of Eid ul-Adha by remembering Prophet Ibrahim's humility and obedience to the almighty.  Thanks to generosity of MCMF members this year, eight cows (more than 3,500 pounds of meat) were donated to many neighbors in need. Five hundred bags, each with 5 to 7 pounds of meat, were distributed to more than 300 families organized by IMPACT Silver Spring. For more information on MCMF's work, please visit www.mcmfmd.org.

Servant Leader:  
Clark Lobenstine

On Tuesday night November 19, a thousand or so of Clark Lobenstine's closest friends celebrated his 35 year long career as the leader of metropolitan Washington's interfaith movement in glorious fashion. Clark has announced his retirement, and the annual concert of the InterFaith Conference did double duty as a celebration of Clark's IFC career.

The always eloquent leader of the host Washington Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi Bruce Lustig spoke of Clark's ability "to bring diversity to the table and turn it into harmony." Recognizing that our common humanity is so much more important than our differences, Clark has been able, in the words of Rabbi Lustig, "to build bridges to each other through faith." I had the good fortune of being introduced to this important interfaith work in the 1980s by a master, Montgomery County's Lon Dring. Montgomery County is the caring and welcoming community that it is today because of the extraordinary community building work of Lon (Community Ministries/now Interfaith Works), Clark (InterFaith Conference), and our very own Kasey Kaseman (Rockville Community Ministries) who now serves as County Executive Ike Leggett's faith community liaison.

The annual IFC concert is a celebration of sacred song from around the world as the Washington Hebrew Congregation was transformed into a global stage with musical contributions from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu-Jain, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, and Sikh traditions. Clark's home congregation -- Silver Spring Presbyterian Church - was represented by the Cameroonian Fellowship group pictured below.

As Clark concluded at concert end: "community can be created from diversity and out of that diversity can come the unity needed to change the world."



P.S. In the Clark Lobenstine tradition, we are recruiting candidates for a brand new program of service to our community. We are hiring six local residents to help us with our community engagement work - promoting volunteerism, supporting immigrants, and strengthening our regional offices. The Montgomery Corps members will be hired at a living wage with modest benefits for ten or twenty hours per week for one year of service. Click here for more information or to apply or contact erin@awidercircle.org.

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Bruce Adams
Director, Office of Community Partnerships
County News & Events
Leggett Announces Public Forums on the FY15 Operating Budget;

Residents' Input Crucial in Determining Priorities

 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 2015 Operating Budget priorities. Leggett encourages residents to attend the forums and provide input.

"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 17," said Leggett. "Input from residents for the FY 15 budget is crucial in helping me determine the County's budget priorities."

All of the forums are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., on the following dates:
  • Monday, January 6, BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown.
  • Monday, January 13, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.
  • Thursday, January 16, Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring.
  • Monday, January 27, Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring.
  • Wednesday, January 29, Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, 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 karen.falcon@montgomerycountymd.gov.

The County Executive announces his Recommended Fiscal Year 2015 Operating Budget on March 17. The County Council approves the operating budget at the end of May.
Applications sought for Montgomery Corps 

There are six-part time positions working with Montgomery County Government. These positions will focus on performing outreach to and engagement of immigrant communities, increasing opportunities for volunteerism, and supporting the services provided at Regional Centers throughout the County. The six positions will serve in various capacities including providing community outreach at the Regional Service Centers, helping to manage the Language Bank program of volunteer translators and interpreters, and working with volunteers and nonprofit organizations at the Volunteer Center.

See the job description and application instructions for more details.

Giving Hope for the Holidays

Montgomery County's Holiday Giving Project team gathered with the County Executive at a recent meeting of the County's Zip Code Coordinators! This collaboration of government, nonprofit organizations, and religious and civic associations is one of the largest in the region, with members working to make sure that every family in the County gets a chance to enjoy the holiday season.

This year, more families than ever are in need of support - if you or your group can help, please click here or email or call Susan Klavon at sklavon@awidercircle.org or 240-687-9629.
Cross Cultural CommunicationsThe 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Tribute

Montgomery County will be celebrating the 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Tribute and Celebration on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 3:00PM.  This event will be held at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD and is hosted by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the Commemorative Committee.

Each year, the multi-cultural program engages diverse and talented performers and award recipients and is attended by approximately 2,000 residents, including Montgomery County officials and local press in a commemoration of the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The program is free and open to the public.  Tickets will be available starting January 2, 2014 at www.strathmore.org, 301- 581-5100.
Governor's Service Awards 

Montgomery County Winners of Governor's Service Awards Three Montgomery County residents and the Chinese American Senior Services Association were honored with Governor's Service Awards on November 4 in Annapolis. Photo from left: Anwar Masood, president of the Montgomery County Muslim Council (MCMC); Rev. Kasey Kaseman, Montgomery County Faith Community Liaison, Special Honoree Tufail Ahmad, co-founder of MCMC and Montgomery County Muslim Foundation; Izzy Patoka, executive director of Governor's Office of Community Initiatives; Theresa Testoni, Montgomery County's representative on Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism; Special Honoree Naseem Mahdi, national vice president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA; Ke Jian Lei, CASSA program director representing Special Honoree CASSA; Teacher Demonstrating Excellence in Service Learning Honoree Margaret Van Buskirk, advisor to Student Service Learning Environmental Club at Gaithersburg High School; Molly Callaway, manager of Montgomery County Volunteer Center; Bruce Adams, director of Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships; and Kimberly Bloch-Rincan, Montgomery County Public Schools Service Learning coordinator.

Click here for more information about the awards event.
Visit www.montgomeryserves.org for volunteer opportunities in Montgomery County.
MD Governor's Office of Minority Affairs Logo
The Governor's Office of Minority Affairs
cordially invites you to Maryland's premiere conference for small, minority- and women-owned businesses 

Join us at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for a day of educational workshops, business development and one-on-one matchmaking opportunities as we present The MBE University Conference in Baltimore City.

Location: The MBE University Conference
Date: December 10, 2013
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For more conference information and registration, please click here.
Montgomery County Board of Elections
As the Fall/Winter season starts, we have begun our preparations for the 2014 Gubernatorial Elections and once again we are asking for your services.  How can you help?
  1. Mark these "Save these Dates" on your calendar
    • June 24, 2014             Gubernatorial Primary
    • November 4, 2014      Gubernatorial General

  2. Update your Voter Registration;  if your name, address, or party affiliation has changed.    

  3. Be on the lookout for our email between January 2 - 6, 2014 regarding how to submit your 2014 Election Judge Application and the 2014 Training Schedule. It is NOT necessary to submit an application at this time. 
The 2013-2014 Catalogue is Here!

Catalogue for Philanthropy The 2013-2014 edition of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is heading your way! We hope you'll take a few moments to look inside, read the inspiring stories from each of our 74 charities, give generously, and pass it on to a friend, neighbor or colleague. If you can't wait to get inspired by our region's best charities, check out the new digital edition of our Catalogue here. We may be biased (alright, we're definitely biased), but we think this is our best issue yet!
Committee for Montgomery LogoCommittee for Montgomery Annual Legislative  Breakfast 

Don't miss Montgomery County's unofficial launch of the 2014  Legislative session!

Save the date: Monday, December 16, 2013
Time: 7:30am - 9:00am
Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

For event details, including ticket and table pricing, visit Committee for Montgomery.
100,000 Home Campaign Logo Montgomery County 100,000  Homes Campaign

In past weeks, the Montgomery County campaign made a statement that we were not going to stand idly and forget about our most vulnerable citizens.

The campaign mobilized over 200 volunteers who  braved the elements and came out at  4:00 a.m. to make a difference, and you are to be applauded. Because of what you did, 159 of our most chronically homeless citizens will have a chance at a better life.

To continue the theme of serving our most vulnerable citizens, the campaign is organizing it's next service project. The campaign is looking for volunteers to deliver and serve dinner to 200 men at the Home Builders Care Assessment Center (HBCAC) men's emergency shelter located at 600-A East Gude Dr, Rockville, MD 20850 between the hours of 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12. We are looking for people who can prepare and deliver food and 10 people who can stay and serve.

If you are interested in participating in this community service project, please RSVP to Campaign Manager Herb Smith at herb@mcch.net  ASAP.
Maryland Women's Business Center Maryland Women's Business Center
December Workshops and Events

Marketing Plan to GROW Your Business

Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM  

Leepson & Associates will help you develop a marketing plan including identifying target market based on the strengths of business, exploring strategies for reaching your target market, and learning how to measure outcomes and success.  

Fee: $25  

 

Using Online Quickbooks

Friday, December 13, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM  

Learn how to use QuickBooks to pay your bills and track the financial performance of your small business. This workshop is perfect for new users who want to get started right. Topics include: setting up QuickBooks, processing invoices and payments, working with bank accounts and running reports. Fee: $75

 

Writing a Successful Business Plan   

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
New and existing businesses benefit from a strong business plan. Learn why you need one and how to develop a good one, the right way. Includes comprehensive business plan outline, financial templates and additional resources.  

Fee: $25    

 

For more information visit www.marylandwbc.org or contact Alicia@maylandwbc.org.  

 

The Kaur Foundation Launches:
"Break the Silence Campaign Against Bullying
"


Kaur Foundation Logo The Kaur Foundation (KF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving communities through education. KF works to end bullying starting at the elementary school level and continuing through high school. Join the campaign to end bullying and sign-up to bring cultural education to your school. You can watch the full-length PSA on YouTube.

Latino Economic Development Center LogoLatino Economic Development Center's Wheaton office in Montgomery County has moved:

LEDC-Wheaton
Westfield South Building 
11002 Viers Mill Road, Suite 503
Wheaton, MD 20902
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin invites you to a Non-Profit Organizations Grant Workshop

Non-Profit Org. Grants Workshop Please join U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, the Maryland Governor's Grant Office and Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations for a grants workshop for Maryland non-profit organizations.

December 6, 2013 at 9a.m. to 12p.m.
Johns Hopkins at Shady Grove
9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD

Presentation will explain what grants are available, how to search these opportunities, and what's needed for a successful application. The speakers will be available for one-on-one questions from attendees after their remarks.

Please RSVP to Grants@cardin.senate.gov or call 410-962-4436 by December 3, 2013.

3-red-ornaments.jpg Montgomery County Recreation is offering a wide-range of community events for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season:
  • Holiday Magic and Fun -December 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Good Hope Community Recreation Center, 14715 Good Hope Road, Silver Spring. Free. Celebrate the magic of the holidays with Speed, one of the east coast's premiere magicians.

  • Bauer Drive Craft Show - December 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville.  Free. The show features an assortment of vendors showcasing their artistic talents and creativity. Items for purchase include fiber arts, holiday items, jewelry, photography, pottery, woodwork and more.

  • Clara Barton Holiday Craft Show - December 7, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Boulevard, Cabin John. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of Clara Barton Community Recreation Center, the show features local artists and crafters.

  • Scuba Santa -- December 8, noon to 4 p.m. Olney Swim Center, 16605 Georgia Avenue. Ages 10 and up may use provided scuba equipment after receiving instruction. Those nine and under can hold their breath and swim down for a quick shot with Santa. Or, Santa will go to the concrete steps leading into the pool's shallow end. A suggested donation is any non-perishable food item of $5 or more. Cash donations are also accepted. All donations benefit Manna Food Bank.

  • Clara Barton Senior Lunch - December 11, noon to 2 p.m. Irish Inn, 6119 Tulane Avenue, Glen Echo. For more information, call 240-777-4910.

  • Workshop and Winter Wonderland - December 11, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Damascus Community Center, 25520 Oak Drive.  Cookie Exchange -- bring six dozen -- four dozen to share, and two dozen to trade. Local craft vendors and music. Also, hot chocolate, caroling and a visit from Santa. Crafts, games, dreidels, etc. Bring two canned food items for the needy. Volunteer musicians, prop person (train conductor with train), toy builders or event helpers are needed. Student Service Learning (SSL) hours available.

  • Potomac Community Center Senior Holiday Party -
    December 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Potomac Community Recreation Center, 11315 Falls Road. Live holiday music by "Rearview Mirror."  Refreshments served for a nominal fee. For more information, call 240-777-6960.

  • Winter Bash Middle School Dance (Grades 6-8) -
    December 13,  8 to 10:30 p.m. Good Hope Community Recreation Center, 14715 Good Hope Road, Silver Spring. Bring a friend for games, music, food and fun. Dance contest and a door prize. $5 per person. Course #370931.

  • Clara Barton Community Holiday Party - December 15, 5 to 7 p.m. Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Boulevard, Cabin John. Free. Holiday activities for the whole family.

  • Active Adults 55 + Jingle Bell Fun, December 16, noon. Longwood Community Recreation Center, 19300 Georgia Avenue, Brookeville. Catered lunch and performance by the Rearview Mirror Band. $12 per ticket or $20 per couple. For ticket information, call 240-777-6920

  • Annual Jingle Bell Breakfast - December 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring. Holiday music and a continental breakfast of bagels, juice, coffee and tea. No charge, but reservations must be made by December 16. Call 240-777-6975.

  • Winter Wonderland - December 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike Burtonsville. Includes "Pigs at the Pole" presented by Blue Sky Puppet Theater, holiday crafts, cookies and punch, and visits with Santa. Course #370029.

  • Breakfast with Santa - December 21, 9 to 11 a.m. East County Community Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring. Kids will enjoy a hearty breakfast, have their picture taken with Santa and participate in fun activities. Cost is $3 for children ages 3-7 and $5 for ages 8 and up.

  • Santa's Workshop - December 21, 1 to 4 p.m. Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring. Family fun includes Rufus the Red-Nosed Raindog performed by the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre. Also, activities include crafts, games and a visit with Santa. Free, but pre-registration is requested.  Course #365235.

For more information about these activities, or to register for one of the courses, visit Montgomery County Recreation, or call 240-777-6840.


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