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October is National Car Care Awareness Month

Montgomery College and its Industry partners are celebrating by offering Free Car Inspection Lanes to the public.  These inspections are provided by local repair shops and their ASE Certified Repair Technicians who volunteer their time to conduct the inspections.  When the inspection is complete the technician will discuss the items inspected with the vehicle owner, answer questions and make recommendations.  The inspection takes about 15-20 minutes.  Items inspected are: Tires, Fluids, Batteries, Wipers, Belts, Pulleys, Hoses, Air Filters, Lights (both dash & exterior lights).  Just in time for winter!

Human Rights Office Announces Annual Contests For Students to Highlight Human Rights Day

The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights (OHR) is sponsoring essay, poster and video contests for students -- with the theme “The Faces of Human Rights, Then and Now” --  in conjunction with its annual Human Rights Day Celebration. 

Participation will be open to all students who attend Montgomery County public schools, as well as private and parochial schools in the County, children who are home-schooled and students living in the County and attending school elsewhere.

Winners will be announced at the annual Human Rights Day celebration on Friday, December 10, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, Arts and Theatre Building.

Breast Cancer Survivors Take to the Runway on Oct. 21st for Key to the Cure in Chevy Chase

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! And you can do your part to support this important cause while also enjoying an altogether delightful evening.

Key to the Cure sponsors are planning an evening to remember with shopping, entertainment, cuisine from local restaurants, and, of course, a fabulous Key to the Treasure raffle. At 6:00 p.m., prior to the evening’s runway show, event co-chairs Maura Fitzgerald Shannon and Linda V. Courie will host a cocktail party for all Key to the Cure guests. 

On the runway, swimsuit designer Minno Mobin-Ventura of Belafigura Swimwear will team with breast cancer survivor models to showcase her exclusive Miami-inspired, upscale swimwear line for mastectomy patients.

Montgomery Organizational Reform Commission to Hold Public Forum on Wednesday, October 20

        The Montgomery County Organizational Reform Commission, appointed by County Executive Isiah Leggett and the County Council, will hold a public forum on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.  Residents who can offer suggestions on ways to restructure and improve the current organization of County Government and County-funded agencies are encouraged to attend.

        The eight-member commission, named in July, was created at the urging of Leggett and Councilmember Roger Berliner.  It is composed of County residents who are experienced in government, business and non-profit service delivery. The volunteer commission is scheduled to provide recommendations to the County Executive and Council by Jan. 31, 2011. 

Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center Hosts Classes and Meetings in October and November

The Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, located at 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, will host a variety of classes and meetings in October and November. A description of these offering is listed below:

• Evening ESOL Classes. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes continue to be open to new students. The Beginner and Intermediate ESOL classes, for all adults who want to learn English, meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost for the classes is $20. There is also a $20 book fee. To sign up for a class or to receive more information, call 240-777-8400.

Montgomery County Public Libraries Hosts"Meet the Author" Programs Featuring Local Writers

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will host three “Meet the Author” programs in October featuring local authors.

On Wednesday, October 13 at 7 p.m., Olga Grushin, author of “The Line” and “The Dream Life of Sukhanov,” will be at the Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd.

Grushin’s first novel, “The Dream Life of Sukhanov,” won the 2007 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Washington Post Top Ten Best Book of the Year. Her second novel, “The Line,” published in April 2010, was chosen as an Editors' Choice book by The New York Times. She is now at work on her third book.

On Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m., novelist and short story writer Dolen Perkins-Valdez will be at Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville for a reading and book signing of her debut novel, “Wench.”

Author of “Brain Food: 100 Games That Make Kids Think” To Present Program at Chevy Chase Library

Dr. Paul Fleisher, author of “Brain Food: 100 Games That Make Kids Think,” will share games that explore the fun in learning on Monday, October 18 at the Chevy Chase (MD) Library, beginning at 4 p.m. The library is located at 8005 Connecticut Ave.

The book is a compilation of new and traditional games that have been classroom tested and are tailored toward enhancing the thinking power of students.

Dr. Fleisher is the author of more than three dozen books for children and teachers.

The free program is designed for children ages 10 and up, parents and educators.  To request ADA program accommodations, at least five days in advance of the program, contact the Chevy Chase Library at 240-773-9590; TTY 301-622-6596.