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PICTURE THE POTOMAC: MOBILE PHONE IMAGE CONTEST

It’s a Phone – It’s a Camera – It’s a Winner!

Photographs are not limited to cameras anymore.  The theme of FotoWeek DC’s mobile phone image contest is “Picture the Potomac,” so any and all Potomac River images -- monuments, picnics, boats, joggers, fishermen, commuters – have equal opportunity to capture the prize.  The contest, which runs from now until November 13, aims to highlight awareness of the city's stunning and ever-changing waterway and to challenge the creativity of both professional and amateur photographers of all ages.

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. 

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.”

Potomac Horse Center's Fall Open House

Come out on October 3rd for The Potomac Horse Center’s North Potomac Community Day!

The event takes place from 11am to 4pm.

Since the Fall of 1994, The Potomac Horse Center has been hosting Open Houses for the local community.  They offer Horse & Pony rides, Hay Rides, a Moon Bounce, Barn Tours, Personalized Horseshoes, Carnival Food Vendors, Riding Demonstrations, and much more!

The Potomac Horse Center is open 363 days a year -- offering trail riding classes in Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park, Birthday/Pony Parties, Pony Rides, an accredited Summer Camp Program, Therapeutic Riding, Competition Horseback Riding Shows, and of course... a full course schedule inclusive of all types and levels of fine English horseback riding for Mini-mites aged 5 to 8 years - to Teens - and all Adults including Seniors. 

Senior Players Kick Off Tickets Fore Charity

Tournament officials at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship have extended local charitable organizations the opportunity to participate in TICKETS Fore CHARITY, an innovative fundraising platform designed to improve the quality of life in communities where the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events are held. The program offers registered 501(c)(3) organizations a chance to raise funds by promoting ticket sales to the Champions Tour's final major championship of the year, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship to be held Oct. 7-10 at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Md.

TICKETS Fore CHARITY enables participating charities to receive contributions based on the number of tickets sold in their name. One-hundred percent of the net proceeds from AREVA Championship Club tickets purchased through the program will go to the charity promoting the sale. Net proceeds excludes taxes and handling charges.

2nd Annual Bubba's Belly Run

Army Captain Brian “Bubba” Bunting was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2008, and returned home for a two-week visit in January 2009. He was back in Afghanistan for four days when he was killed by a roadside bomb on February 24, 2009. Bubba and his wife, Nicki, started their race toward a family on their honeymoon, and their son, Connor, was born on July 2, 2006. Just four days after Nicki received the notification that Bubba was killed, she found out that their second child was conceived.

Bubba’s Belly Run is a 5K race and 1 mile Maternity Walk/Fun Run that was established in memory of Capt. Brian “Bubba” Bunting, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan in February 2009. All proceeds from Bubba’s Belly Run go directly toward supporting the families fallen service members.

Potomac’s Own Wins Two Titles at USATF National Junior Olympics

Ronald Darby from Potomac, Md. defeated many; winning two sprint titles at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Ca.

A member of the 747 track club, Darby won the 100 and 200 meter dashes in the intermediate boys age group. He ran the fastest qualifying time in the 200 meters (21.52) and performed even better the next day, lowering it to a winning and personal-best time of 21.24.

This isn’t the first win for Darby, he also won three gold medals in the Maryland 3A State Meet held in May.