Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Joey Lambert read his poem aloud at Montgomery County's Martin Luther King Jr. tribute.
At last week's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute in Montgomery County, two students were honored for their winning contributions to a literary contest in King's honor. Watch the video from Montgomery Community Media to hear Maya Walker of Gaithersburg Elementary School and Joey Lambert of Oakland Terrace Elementary School share their entries. Some lines from Lambert's poem: Well I too have a dream, Dr. King, except my wish is broader, and that's the thing. I dream of an ideal world where everyone has what they need, like food and water, when you have extra mouths to feed... That there would be world peace and no one is shot. If the world was like that, I would like it a lot.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Of all the holidays to celebrate, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is one that my children look forward to every year.
There are so many holidays for kids to celebrate, most of them requiring the purchase of things. Halloween requires costumes and candy, Valentine's Day requires cards and candy, Christmas requires gifts and candy, and Easter requires baskets, commercial dyes, and...candy. (I figure it will only be a couple more years before Peeps comes up with a Labor Day candy. Maybe little marshmallow chickens carrying "ON STRIKE" signs.) That is why I am so glad to see that my children have embraced a meaningful holiday in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which has become an annual day of celebration in my family. It started a few years ago with my son Jack, who is autistic. People with autism tend to have obsessive interests in specific things and for some…
Friday, January 18, 2013
Monday, Jan. 21, is an administrative holiday for the county.
Here’s what’s open (or not) on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 21: Free: Closed: Schedule Changes: Ride-On will operate on a special modified holiday schedule. Metrobus will operate on a weekday schedule with an early rush hour. Many routes will operate on detours due to Inaugural events. Metrorail will operate on a rush-hour schedule, from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m. because of the presidential inauguration. Three stations will be closed: Archives, Mt. Vernon Square and Smithsonian. Refuse/Recycling pick-up: No pick-up; collection will move to the next day for the rest of the week.
Your guide to how two major events will affect the local area.
For only the second time in history, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the public ceremony for the presidential inauguration will occur on the same day: Jan. 21, 2013. Ronald Reagan's second inauguration also coincided with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 21, 1985. The 20th Amendment (ratified in 1933) to the U.S. Constitution changed the beginning of the presidential term from March 4 to Jan. 20, so the president will be sworn in privately on Sunday, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies reported on its website. While traveling into the district this Monday will be more complicated than usual due to road closures, Metro station closures and a number of no-parking zones, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is a federal…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Find out where you can volunteer in Montgomery County this weekend.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to celebrate the civil rights activist and his life's work, but it's also an opportunity to volunteer in the community. Find out how various groups in Montgomery County are serving: Weed Warrior Montgomery Parks has organized a special Weed Warrior National Day of Service project on Monday at Rock Creek Regional Park. Beret Park Clean-Up Montgomery Parks, the Rock Creek Conservancy and volunteers from other groups will come together for a Saturday morning clean-up of the Beret Neighborhood Conservation Area of Rock Creek in Aspen Hill. Meet at 3400 Beret Lane, Aspen Hill, at 9 a.m. Service Projects and Volunteer Fair The Bethesda North Conference Center will host a service projects and volunteer fair on…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tell us what this holiday means to you and how you will celebrate.
Monday, Jan. 21, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For some, the national holiday honoring the prominent civil rights activist is a time to give back and serve the community, be it through removing graffiti or picking up litter in a local park. For others, it’s an opportunity to educate themselves about King and his life's work. And for others, it’s a time to just kick back and enjoy the prolonged weekend. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Tribute and Celebration The Music Center at Strathmore on Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda will present a musical tribute and celebration of King’s birthday at 3 p.m Sunday. Tickets are free, but limited to four per person or household. A stand-by line begins at 2 p.m. the day of the concert. For more …
Monday, January 16, 2012
Share your photos of service activities around Wheaton and the rest of Montgomery County.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Looking for volunteer opportunities or a list of county closings? Read all about it here!
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day takes place Monday, Jan. 16 and Montgomery County is encouraging residents to take advantage of the federal holiday and volunteer their time and services to benefiting the community. The Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center will host the county’s main celebration this year on Monday from 1 to 3 p.m., with projects such as decorating cards for veterans, assembling sandwiches with Whole Foods for local shelters, constructing fleece blankets for Montgomery Hospice and packing Snow Day boxes for Meals on Wheels. Following the events at Marriott, an MLK Tribute concert will be held at the Music Center at Strathmore at 4 p.m. A select number of tickets for the free show will be available from 3 to 3…
Friday, January 13, 2012
Volunteers will clean up trash from the stream and woods surrounding the Matthew Henson Trail on Monday.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is not just a day to celebrate his civil rights legacy. It’s also a recognized day of service, and various groups have organized volunteer activities around Montgomery County. In nearby Aspen Hill, the Rock Creek Conservancy has organized a trash clean-up on Monday along the Matthew Henson Trail off Veirs Mill Road. Volunteers will meet at the intersection of Turkey Branch Parkway and Adrian Street at 10 a.m. and will work until 1 p.m. Gloves and bags will be provided, and hot chocolate will be served. Register for the event on the Rock Creek Conservancy’s website. Governor Martin O’Malley briefly stopped by Turkey Branch in Aspen Hill last year for the MLK Day of Service. Turkey Branch is part of the …