Opportunity:  Animal Lovers Need Apply

It's kitten season and shelters, already overflowing with cats, will be taking in even more kittens. If you love animals -- especially cats -- volunteer at an animal shelter. Volunteers are always needed, including fostering kittens in your home until a permanent home is found.

Check out the opportunities at these shelters:

Healthy Ways to Help Your Brain

The County (Aging and Disability Services)-supported Brain Health Initiative of the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter focuses on teaching a new perspective on fitness and quality of life. The health of your brain plays a critical role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling, remembering, working and playing - even sleeping. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to help maintain a healthy brain.

The following Brain Health Blitz Races and special event reinforce the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Capital Area Chapter to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

June 19 -- Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg; 8 a.m. - 2k Run; 9 a.m. - 5k Run
Washingtonian Boulevard.

June 25 -- Sunrise at Fox Hill, Bethesda; 8 a.m. - 2k Run; 9 a.m. - 5k Run
8300 Burdette Rd., Bethesda.

For more information about the Blitz Race Series or to register, click here, call 800-272-3900 or e-mail BrainHealth@alz.org.

June 23 -- Arts and the Healthy Brain: An Open House
Strathmore Mansion 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Explore the connection between music and the brain.  Enjoy live music and hands-on activities that demonstrate how music and visual art help keep the brain healthy and strong. Listen to Strathmore Artists in Residence, pop-folk duo, The Sweater Set; hear brief presentations; and engage with local experts in the field. This event is free with light refreshments. RSVPs are encouraged. Learn more and sign up here.

Read more information about healthy aging and ways to Maintain Your Brain® here.

Give the Gift of Reading: Be a Literacy Council Volunteer

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold an information session for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write or speak English on Wednesday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Rockville Library.

Once volunteers have completed the orientation, they can select a two-part training session that fits their schedules. No foreign language skills are necessary. Tutors work one-on-one or with small groups and typically meet with students in libraries or community centers at mutually convenient times.

For details, call 301-610-0030, email info@literacycouncilmcmd.org or visit www.literacycouncilmcmd.org

Elder Financial Exploitation is a Crime; the Montgomery County State’s Attorney Can Help

Elder financial abuse is widespread and growing. No one really knows how much money is lost this way, but any amount is too much.

The good news is that Maryland law makes it a crime to financially exploit “vulnerable adults” -- those who are unable to manage their daily needs due to mental or physical disability and those 68 and older.

If you think you or someone you know has been the victim of financial abuse, the State’s Attorney’s Office can help.

Signs of possible financial abuse:

  • New spending patterns, increased use of credit and/or debit card;
  • Purchase of expensive, uncharacteristic items (e.g., car by a person who doesn’t drive);
  • Change in ability to pay bills, bounced checks;
  • Presence of new “friends,” relatives, caretakers, companions, especially if much younger; person speaks for the senior and/or keeps others away;
  • Revisions to wills, powers of attorney, other legal or financial documents, such as
    changes to account beneficiaries;
  • Suspension of usual activities, social isolation

Who's committing the crime?

  • It can be a staff member at a care facility who is able to cozy up to a resident to get
    jewelry, money or power of attorney;
  • It can be family members who believe they are entitled to an inheritance before their
    parents or grandparents pass away;
  • It can be a stranger. Con artists prey on older people because, as a group, they control a
    large amount of money.

If you suspect that you or someone you know is the victim of financial exploitation, report your concerns. The people committing these crimes need to be caught and punished. Do not assume that someone has already reported a suspicious situation.

Contact Deborah Zuckerman, Senior Financial Exploitation Prevention Initiative 240-777-7340; or email deborah.zuckerman@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Join the Election Day Team: It’s Not too Soon to Sign Up

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is looking for registered voters to serve as Election Judges in the upcoming 2012 Elections.

Volunteers are needed who are willing to be trained to conduct fair and efficient elections and who will provide voters with a courteous and friendly environment in which to vote.

Volunteer judges of all party affiliations are needed, however Republicans and Spanish speaking Election Judges are needed the most.

The Primary Election will be held on April 3, 2012, and the General Election on November 6, 2012. Sign up today to add your name the Board of Elections database. Training will begin early next year and enrollment information will be sent closer to that time.

For more information, visit the Board of Elections website at www.777vote.org, email election.judge@montgomerycountymd.gov, or call 240-777-8533.

Montgomery County Master Gardeners Announce Free, Walk-in Plant Clinics

It’s the growing season and Montgomery County Master Gardeners are answering gardening questions at 11 locations around the County. Bring your full and intact plant and insect samples, garden problems and questions to any of the following locations and get free answers.

  • Bethesda: Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., through Sept., Saturdays, 10 a.m. -1 p.m.
  • Bethesda: FRESHFARM Market. Norfolk Ave. (between Fairmont Ave. and St. Elmo Ave.), through Sept., first Saturday of each month, plus second Saturday in Oct. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Chevy Chase: Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., through Sept., Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon.
  • Derwood: Montgomery County Extension Office, 18410 Muncaster Rd., through Nov., Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Gaithersburg: Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., through Sept., Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Germantown: Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd., through Sept., Wednesdays, 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.
  • Olney: Olney Farmers Market, 2801 Olney/Sandy Spring Rd.(Rt. 108) at Prince Philip Dr., through Sept., first and second Sunday of each month, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Poolesville: Poolesville Library, 19633 Fisher Ave. through Sept., Wednesdays, 1– 3 p.m.
  • Rockville: Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., through Sept., first and third Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Silver Spring: Silver Spring FRESHFARM Market, Ellsworth Dr. between Georgia/Fenton; April - Oct., 3rd Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wheaton: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., year-round. Saturdays,10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sundays, 1p.m. - 4 p.m., plus April - Oct., Wednesday and Thursday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

For further information call the, Plant Hotline -- 301-590-9650 -- weekday mornings or email mgmont@umd.edu.



Consumer Protection Asks: Did You Know?

One of the notable victories for Maryland consumers from the 2011 Maryland legislative session: New credit check legislation that will prevent many Marylanders from being denied jobs they need as a result of credit issues unrelated to their job application.

To learn about other victories, visit http://www.marylandconsumers.org.

CATEGORIES: Worth Noting
POSTED AT: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 3:00:00 AM |
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