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DC Metro Rap Celebrity Remy Interviewed at FedTalks 2010 about His Favorite Communities in DC Area

While at the FedTalks 2010 event on Tuesday, October 12, I caught up with DC area resident rapper/funny guy Remy Munasifi.  Some of Remy's hits include "Arlington: The Rap" and "The Metro Song".  In this video, Remy answers questions about his favorite DC Metro communities, as well as what new songs he has in store for the DC area---so check it out.

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.

MCPS Fifth Graders to Attend National Philharmonic Concerts at Strathmore

The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda opens its doors to all fifth grade students from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) on October 12, 13 and 14, 2010 for free student concerts.

The Strathmore Student Concerts in the Music Center’s Concert Hall give children the opportunity to attend a performance by the National Philharmonic led by Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski. These interactive concerts feature music by Russian composers Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Modest Mussorgsky. The interactive concerts are presented by Strathmore in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools.

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.”

Maryland County Spends $1 Mil on 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', Turns Out it isn't the REAL Cabin

TheMoneyTimes.com reports, that according to historians, a Maryland county has put more than $2 million into buying and expanding a cabin falsely believed to be the basis of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Montgomery County purchased a two-story colonial house in Bethesda with the log cabin extending from one side in 2006 for $1 million and has since spent $1 million more on expanding and studying the property, which was believed to be the former home of Josiah Henson, whose life story inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

However, historians said they have now determined Stowe never lived in the cabin although it did belong to the Riley family who held Henson as a slave from 1795 to 1830.  Henson lived in slave quarters that have long disappeared, and never in the house or the cabin, which was then a kitchen.

Bethesda Greek Festival

Celebrate the Greek heritage at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George on October 2nd and 3rd.

There will be food, wine, music & raffles. 

On Saturday the event will be held from 12pm-12am and Sunday 12-7pm.  Tickets are $10-$25.

For more information please call: 301/569-7990