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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. 

CJs C&O 5k Walk/Run to Remember

The second annual race in honor of the late Charles Jess Hull II (CJ) takes place Saturday, August 28 at 9am.

Hull was a former U.S. Marine.  He passed away in July of 2008 due to brain cancer. 

Hull was passionate about running, and could almost always be spotted wearing a bandana running on the Tow Path. This was one of his favorite places.

In honor of his memory and to celebrate his life, Hull’s family created CJs C&O 5k Run/Walk. This non-profit event is created to honor Hull and others who were taken by cancer and enable the family to raise needed funds to find a cure for this terrible disease while doing something CJ loved to do…..RUN.

A portion of the money earned will go to the Hull Family Trust.  The Trust aims to preserve cultural heritage and promote environmental sustainability by empowering communities in developing countries.

Books For Sale

The Potomac Branch Library is having a book sale Saturday September 11 at 10am. 

This event is sponsored by Friends of the Library, Potomac Chapter. 

 The books will be sold a huge bargain with most hardbacks starting at $1.00 and soft covers starting at $.50.

Come out and support you community! The Potomac Branch Library is located at: 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, MD, 20854.

School Lunches Affected by Slow Economy and Budget Cuts

Education Week reports that due to summer school and transportation budget cuts in Montgomery County schools (and in counties across the country) fewer children are getting free lunches in at least one school district.

The recession has made an impact in school lunch and nutrition programs funded by the Department of Agriculture.  The number of free lunches provided to children in the summer has dropped drastically, and the outcome is proving to be detrimental to low income families.

While the cuts in free lunch assistance are heavy this summer, the program should be stabilized for the fall school year.

To read more, visit: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/08/16/01nutrition.h30.html?tkn=MMLFZq6PoVB8iFvgg7dQ1KSCyQH0m549TsDC&cmp=clp-edweek