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Early Care and Education Initiative Community Forum. 5:30-8 p.m. At 1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville. The public is invited to join community leaders for a conversation about the Montgomery County Early Care and Education Initiative (ECEI). Attendees will learn about the County’s early care and education priorities and be invited to share their thoughts. The free forum will provide an opportunity to learn about accomplishments to date, and a and a chance to voice opinions about priorities moving forward. Free childcare will be provided for children six weeks to eight years of age. Call Michelle Gallipoli at 240-777-4582.
Crisis Prevention Services
EveryMind Crisis Prevention and Intervention specialists are available by phone, text and chat every hour of every day. The community can also look to EveryMind for mental health professionals who are prepared to talk about warning signs and ways anyone can help to prevent suicide from ending lives far too soon. EveryMind is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Visit Every-Mind.org. More resources include:
Call or Text Montgomery County Hotline: 301-738-2255
Chat: Crisis Prevention Chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
Call: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
High School Poetry Contest
The Gaithersburg Book Festival announces its annual high school poetry contest is now open for submissions. First and second place winners will receive $250 and $100, respectively. Third place and fan favorite winners will receive $50 and $25, respectively. Winners will be unveiled at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 16, 2020, at its new, temporary location – Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. To participate, students must be enrolled in grades 9-12 at a public or private school, or be in a homeschool program, for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, entrants must reside in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia. Poems must be the original work of the student and must not have been previously published online or in print. Poems must be submitted electronically via web at https://tinyurl.com/yyvgqdpl by midnight ET on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Complete rules and regulations can be found online at https://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/gbf-programs/poetry-contest/. Questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
Cancer Support Groups. Held at Hope Connections for Cancer Support, Beaumont House at FASEB, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Free. Weekly support groups for people with all types of cancer, caregivers, people with advanced cancer and a bereavement group. An ovarian/gyn support group and group for young adults with cancer are offered twice a month, as are monthly groups for people with breast cancer, bladder cancer, blood cancers, and gastro-intestinal cancers.Orientation sessions are held every Monday at 11 a.m. and the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in Bethesda. RSVP at 301-634-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alzheimer's Association's Memory Cafes offer a fun and relaxed way for people living with early-stage memory loss to get connected with one another through social events that promote interaction and companionship. The memory cafe in Rockville (4860 Boiling Brook Parkway) operates the third Wednesday of each month from 2:30-4 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Contact Lindsey Vajpeyi at 240-428-1342 or email@example.com.
Suicide Grief Support Group. At JSSA, 6123 Montrose Road, Rockville. This ongoing bereavement support group is for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. This group meets every first and third Monday. No charge. Pre-registration is required to attend. Call 301-816-2708.
Because I Love You is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting parents of troubled children of any age. The group helps parents deal with drugs, runaways, truancy, verbal abuse, physical abuse, curfew violations and other misbehavior, as well as help parents deal with themselves, to manage and live their own lives without obsessing over their child's behavior. The group meets 7:30-9:30 every Thursday at Bethesda United Methodist Church Room 209, 8300 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Visit www.becauseiloveyou.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-530-3597.
Adult Bereavement Groups. Dates and times vary depending on group members. Hospice Care, 518 S. Fredrick Ave., Gaithersburg. Peer driven support groups in those in need of support. Free. Contact Penny Gladhill at 301-990-8904, or Pennyg@hospicecaring.org.
Potomac Rotary Gatherings. 7:15-8:30 a.m. at Founding Farmers MoCo, 12505 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac. Rotary Club of Potomac meets for breakfast first and third Wednesday of each month and a Happy Hour at Sugo Pizzeria, 5-7 p.m., on the last Wednesday. Learn how to serve humanity globally. Individuals pay for their own breakfast. No admission fee. Visit www.PotomacRotary.org for more.
24/7 Homeless Information Line. Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with EveryMind, has launched a 24/7 Homeless Information Line, with trained specialists to provide information on County homeless services and shelter resources. Callers can also provide information about the location of individuals in the community experiencing homelessness. The reports will be forwarded to community outreach partners who will attempt to locate the individual and offer support and resources. The information line number is 240-907-2688. Visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/homelessness for more.
Senior SmarTrip Card. There is a SmarTrip card, for those 65 and older, that may be used to ride Metrorail at senior fares, ride free on Ride On buses and some Metrobuses in Montgomery County Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. or half fare at all other times. The cost of the Senior SmarTrip card is $2. There is no value on the card at the time of purchase. Visit any library in Montgomery County, the Silver Spring TRiPS Store, the Mobile Commuter Store, or the Montgomery County Treasury Office and bring proof of age (state ID, birth certificate or passport). For more information, call 311.
Seeking Applicants. Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is looking to increase their service to the veteran community and all Veterans or spouses if Veteran spouse has died who meet our income limits are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted year round. The application is at rebuildingtogethermc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FY18-Homeowner-Application.pdf. Income requirements are listed on the first page.
Tally Ho Toastmaster's Club. 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road. Become a confident public speaker and strong leader with Tally Ho Toastmasters. First and third Mondays each month.
SUPPORT. Two county services can help residents find out more about services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The Aging & Disability Resource Unit (ADRU), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, provides assistance, referrals to services and specific information to seniors, individuals with disabilities and caregivers by telephone and in-person. The Connect-A-Ride program provides information and referral for older adults and adults with disabilities about transportation options; including public, private and volunteer transportation services. In addition, the program assists callers with applications for programs such as the Escorted Transportation Program, Call-n-Ride and Metro Access. Language interpretation is available for both services. The Aging & Disability Resource Unit is open Monday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call the ADRU at 240-777-3000. The Connect-a-Ride program, funded by Montgomery County and operated by the Jewish Council for the Aging, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Connect-a-Ride at 301-738-3252.
The Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) has launched a new online training program for common ownership community board members. Visit www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/CCOC-Training.
Master Gardener Plant Clinics. Montgomery County Master Gardeners are available to answer gardening questions at walk-in plant clinics. Bring plant and insect samples, garden problems and questions. Drop off plant and insect samples, Monday-Friday, year-round, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 18410 Muncaster Road, lower level, Ballard Phone Room.
English Classes. The Literacy Council of Montgomery County is offering free day and evening English classes (beginning, intermediate and advanced levels) to adult county residents at several locations. Prospective students must attend a 3 1/2 hour orientation in Rockville. The Literacy Council is always looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways. For more information email email@example.com or call 301-610-0030.
Shades of Green Program. The Montgomery County Planning Department is offering free trees to qualifying property owners in certain urban districts of Montgomery County. Qualifying property owners are invited to participate in the program by filling out a form at www.montgomeryplanning.org/shadesofgreen.
Catholic Bible Study. Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 9222 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac. The local chapter of “Walking With Purpose” invites women to personal study, small group discussion and speakers designed to link everyday challenges with biblical teaching. Childcare available. Visit walkingwithpurpose.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Youth Basketball Registration. Montgomery County Recreation is now accepting team and individual registrations for youth basketball leagues and programs for all skill levels. Call 240-777-6870 or visit www.mocorec.com for more.
Career Gateway Program. Learn how to write a resume, polish networking, interviewing skills and use internet job search resources more effectively. Each session of the Career Gateway features 30 hours of small group classroom instruction over five days, comprehensive take home materials, practical exercises and a long-term mentors. Cost is $75. Call 301-255-4215 or egreenberg@AccessJCA.org for more.
The county's Department of Permitting Services (DPS) is conducting a "sign sweep" to get rid of signs posted illegally in county right-of-ways. DPS plans to have regular sweeps throughout the year. Call 311 to report signs in the public right-of-way for removal.
Victims of graffiti should file a report with Montgomery County Police by calling 301-279-8000. Make sure to take a photo of the graffiti. Property owners are responsible for removing graffiti on their property. Visit graffitifree.org/contact.html.
Find information for home care, housing, transportation, or senior lifestyle issues by calling the Senior HelpLine at 301-255-4200. This free service, offered by the Jewish Council for the Aging, and open to everyone, provides expert referrals to more than 4,000 resources in the area.
County residents can drop off bulky rigid plastic items such as laundry baskets, kiddie pools, chairs, trash cans and pet carriers at the Shady Grove Solid Waste Processing Facility and Transfer Station. All items should be empty, rinsed and free of loose dirt, soil, etc.
Connect-A-Ride offers low-priced transportation to medical appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores and more for low-income, disabled residents 50 and over. Contact the Jewish Council for the Aging at 301-738-3252.
Alzheimer's Association support groups provide a place for people with Alzheimer's, their caregivers, family members, and/or friends to share information, caregiving tips and concerns throughout the Alzheimer's journey. Groups are facilitated by trained group leaders and are ongoing, free and open to the community. Call the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 before attending a group for the first time to verify meeting information. Visit www.alz.org/nca.
Zumba at Village Yoga. A Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party. Classes held on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., and Sundays at 5:15 p.m. at 10154 River Road. Call 301-299-1948 or visit www.villageyogayogi.com.
Beginner’s Yoga Classes at Village Yoga as well as Beginner’s Gentle Flow class throughout the week. 10154 River Road. Call 301-299-1948 or visit www.villageyogayogi.com.
Members Wanted. The Potomac Area Newcomers Club is a group of more than 200 women who have moved to the Potomac area. The club offers bridge, mah jong, book groups, golf, luncheons and museum trips as a way to help newcomers and current residents form new friendships, expand horizons and take advantage of opportunities in the area. Visit www.potomacnewcomers.com
Free Parent-Child Playgroup. Every Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Har Shalom Early Childhood Education Center. Meet new friends as you and your child play with age appropriate toys. Call 301-299-7087.
Montgomery County Master Gardeners are seeking applicants for their upcoming training class. Class size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To be placed on the application list, or for more information, call 301-590-2836.
Delivers meals to house-bound seniors, convalescents and persons with disabilities. It receives minimum government funding and relies instead on contributions. Donations are needed to help with unmet meals costs for clients who cannot afford to pay. If you can help, send a check to Rockville Meals on Wheels at P.O. Box 465, Rockville, MD 20848-0465 or visit the website to contribute through Pay Pal at www.rockvillemealsonwheels.org. For more information, call 301-340-1559, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - noon.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind - Montgomery Region is looking for volunteers to foster and train future guide dogs. Volunteers will foster a specially bred guide dog for 14 months, attend bi-monthly training classes, and teach the pup house manners, people skills and socialization within the community. Dog crates, training equipment and monthly medications are provided. Contact Margie Coccodrilli at 301-869-2216 or email@example.com or visit www.guidingeyes-md.org.
Volunteers are needed to assist sexual assault, domestic violence victims, and their families through the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Interviews are currently being conducted for a December 2016 training session. 240-777-1355 or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/vasap.
Help C&O Canal National Historical Park visitors enjoy the towpath safely by offering information, maps, first aid, and field bicycle repairs, then the Bike Patrol is for you. The Park provides training and uniform vests, volunteers provide their own bikes and helmets. Flexible hours and locations. Visit www.chohvip.org for more.
Friends of Clara Barton Community Center is looking for volunteers to serve on its board and to volunteer at events. FCBCC assists the community center staff in designing and implementing the center's programs, promotes the community center's role as a meeting place for teens, adults and senior citizens in the local community, supplements the community center's budget through community-wide fundraising and promotes community-wide awareness of and participation in the center's educational, recreational and social programs. Call FCBCC at 240-777-4910.
Work with Victims of Sexual Assault. Volunteers are needed to assist sexual assault victims and their families through the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Interviews are currently being conducted for a spring 2016 training session. Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services at Montgomery County hospitals and police stations for victims of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Bi-lingual volunteers are encouraged to apply. All potential volunteers must attend a training program. Call the Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program at 240-777-1355 or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/vasap.
Potomac Community Village is seeking volunteer drivers to take Potomac seniors to doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, social activities and other life-enriching engagements. Potomac Community Village’s volunteer drivers use their personal vehicles, receive training, get free supplemental auto insurance coverage, and don’t need to live in Potomac or be PCV members. Flexible volunteer scheduling. Contact Jill Phillips at 703-424-0494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer services provided by PCV also include assistance with electronic devices, friendly phone calls and visits, occasional pet care and simple household repairs. Potomac Community Village also offers social, educational and wellness activities, enabling members to remain contributing members of the community. Membership is open to those who live in the 20854 zip code, with Associate Membership available for those who live elsewhere but wish to participate in social, educational and wellness programs. For more information about PCV, if you need transportation or other assistance, or want to volunteer to provide services other than driving, contact info@PotomacCommunityVillage.org or 240-221-1370, or see www.PotomacCommunityVillage.org, or www.facebook.com/PotomacCommunityVillage.
Help clean up the C&O Canal for Spring. As the warm weather approaches, the C&O Canal Trust is hitting the towpath for some spring cleaning and they need help. Clear debris, paint shelters, exhibits, and benches, help maintain trails, and more. Gather family and friends and come help out. Choose from one of three Canal Pride events and sign up at canaltrust.org/trust/index.php?page=c-o-canal-pride-days.
Montgomery County Volunteer Center. 12900 Middlebrook Road, #1600, Germantown. The volunteer center is in need of volunteers to help villages grow into organizations. Training and individual assistance will be provided. Email the Volunteer Center’s pro bono consultant program or visit www.montgomeryserves.org/volunteers/pro-bono-consulting-program.
Parks need support from the surrounding communities for volunteers to work at many visitor centers. Volunteers are needed to help visitors, take phone calls, operate the cash register and keep small gift shop stocked, and assist with special events and programming. Hours are flexible and each volunteer will receive an orientation to the Visitor Center and visitor services. Volunteers are needed at Cumberland, Hancock, Williamsport, Ferry Hill, Brunswick, Lander Lockhouse, Great Falls, and Georgetown. For locations between Cumberland and Lander, contact Emily Hewitt at 301-714-2219. For Great Falls or Georgetown, contact Becca Jameson at 301-767-3709 or email@example.com.
The Bethesda Urban Partnership is looking for volunteers to help assist with various local festivals including Taste of Bethesda in Oct. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. BUP is a non-profit organization that handles landscaping and maintenance as well as promotion of the downtown through innovative marketing campaigns and large-scale events to foster an environment in which downtown Bethesda can thrive and prosper. Call 301-215-6660, or email email@example.com.
CANTER-Mid Atlantic to open a racehorse rehabilitation program with donations from Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association earmarked to serve Delaware Park trainers and owners. To find an ex-race horse, volunteer, or make a donation, visit www.canterusa.org/midatlantic.
The C&O Canal National Historical Park is seeking volunteers to participate in its Volunteer Bike Patrol program. Members patrol the canal on bicycle and offer information to visitors, report hazards, and serve as resource protection stewards. The park is also in need of boat crew volunteers to assist in the operation of the replica canal boat at Great Falls Tavern. Volunteers must be physically able to carry out strenuous activity in sometimes adverse weather conditions. Call Emily Hewitt at 301-714-2219.
The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to assist its blood collections staff at blood drives and blood donor centers. Call the American Red Cross Volunteer Office at 1-800-272-0094, ext. 1, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more.