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Free Video Production Classes for high school students

Registration is underway for free 12-week video production classes for high school students that will begin September 25. The classes are being offered by Gandhi Brigade Youth Media at their location in the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre at 8641 Colesville Rd. and at five county library locations.
  • All programs meet after school from 3:30 – 5:30pm
  • Rockville Memorial Library (Mondays)
  • Marilyn Praisner / Burtonsville Library (Mondays)
  • Long Branch Library (Tuesdays)
  • Kensington Park Library (Tuesdays)
  • Aspen Hill Library (Wednesdays)
  • Silver Spring Black Box Theater (Thursdays).
Gandhi Brigade Youth Media is an after-school program that empowers young people in Montgomery County to use multimedia tools to promote community building, multicultural understanding, and the common good.

Property Taxes – Homeowners Tax Credit Deadline Extended to September 15, 2017

The Homeowners Property Tax Credit provides tax relief based on income and age. This valuable state and county program requires an annual application and has been historically under-subscribed. The deadline to apply this year has been extended to Friday, September 15, 2017. Click here to download the HTC-60 form or to get more information.  

Property tax bills for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 are available for viewing online via this page on the Montgomery County government web site. Property tax bills are determined by the assessment (updated every three years) times the tax rate. State, County and Municipal property taxes all appear on the same bill. County property tax rates are set by the County Council, State property tax rates are set by the Board of Public Works and municipal tax rates are set by municipal governments.

National Suicide Prevention Week September 10–16, 2017

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.  There is no single cause to suicide. It most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. In order to recognize National Suicide Prevention Week, September 10–16, 2017, AFSP provides this information on what you can do to #StopSuicide. In Montgomery County, if you our someone you know needs help, call one of our Crisis Hotlines:

Register Now for September Community of Practice Workshops!

Our Youth Development Community of Practice (CoP)offers professional learning opportunities for youth development practitioners serving young people in Montgomery County.

Register here for September Workshops with our Community of Practice:
September 15th: Building Community

September 15th: Planning and Reflection

September 22nd: Homework Help

September 25-28th: Advancing Youth Development

September 29th: Ask-Listen-Encourage

September 29th: Cooperative Learning

Montgomery County’s Mid-County Regional Services Center moves to temporary locations

The building that has been home to the Montgomery County’s Mid-County Regional Services Center at 2424 Reedie Dr. in Wheaton has been closed as part of the ongoing Wheaton revitalization project. However, the services that have been available from the center will operate from temporarily locations while awaiting moves to their respective future permanent locations. The former regional services center building will be demolished as part of project that will include construction of a new 14-story Montgomery County office building and an adjacent town square around the Wheaton Triangle business district. Businesses in the area are continuing to operate during the construction period. The new 308,000 square-foot, LEED platinum certified building is scheduled for completion in 2020. It will be the relocated home of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which has long been located in Downtown Silver Spring. It also will house the new Mid-County Regional Services office, several County departments and will have retail operations on its ground floor. The building is being constructed on the Parking Lot 13 site that is located between Grandview Avenue, Reedie Drive and Triangle Lane—an area between Veirs Mill Road and Georgia Avenue. The Mid-County Regional Services office has been temporarily located to 11435 Grandview Ave. in Wheaton. That building was the former home of the Wheaton Fire Station. The office can be reached at 240-777-8101. Other services that were located in the Mid-County Service Center will be permanently relocating to the Westfield South Tower at 11002 Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton beginning in January 2018. Those providers include Proyecto Salud, the Adult Behavioral Health program, Mid County United Ministries and the Gilchrist Center Immigrant Resource Center. Until then, the agencies have been temporarily relocated as follows:
  • Proyecto Salud: Has two temporary locations. Mobile units have been set up in the parking lot of the Ambassador Apartments at 2729 University Blvd. West in Wheaton. Information about the service can be obtained at 301-962-6173. The other temporary location is 18111 Prince Philip Dr., No. 132, in Olney. For information about that location, call 301-260-1074.
  • Adult Behavioral Health: Relocated to the former Broome School building at 751 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville. Information about the service is available at 240-777-1384.
  • Mid County United Ministries: Relocated to the former Broome School building at 751 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville. Information about the service is available at 301-929-8675.
  • Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center: Relocated to Westfield North Building at 2730 University Blvd. West, Suite 220, in Wheaton.  Information about the center is available at 240-777-4940.
  • Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC) meetings will be held at the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad at 2400 Arcola Ave. in Wheaton. The meetings will be held in the Green Room on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
  • Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board (MCCAB) meetings will be held at the Mid-County Community Recreation Center at 2004 Queensguard Rd. in Silver Spring. The meetings will be held in the large conference room on the third Tuesday of each month.
More information about the plan to revitalize Downtown Wheaton can be found at wheatonproject.com. For more information, view the release from the Montgomery County Government site.

Free Diabetes Prevention Program

For those who are pre-diabetic, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is offering a free, year-long lifestyle modification program that includes nutritional guidance, exercise sessions and support to help prevent or delay diabetes onset. The program begins on Tuesday, September 12, 7-9 p.m. at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. Visit: http://bit.ly/2wLJV6Bto learn more. Holy Cross Germantown Hospital Starts Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital (English) – Starts Wed., Step. 13, 7 – 9 p.m. (Spanish) – Starts Thurs., Sept. 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Holy Cross Senior Source Starts Wed., Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m To obtain information on diabetes prevention screenings at Holy Cross Hospital and in the community, please call 301-754-8800

Register Now for September Community of Practice Workshops!

Our Youth Development Community of Practice (CoP)offers professional learning opportunities for youth development practitioners serving young people in Montgomery County. Please join us at our upcoming CoP Workshops: “The Friday Series”
  • Active Learning ( 9/1/17)
  • Youth Voice (9/8/17)
  • Reframing Conflict ( 9/8/17)/em>)
To register and for more details visit the CoP registration page.

Helping a Client in Crisis

EveryMind of Montgomery County is offering the following training for professionals:

Helping a Client in Crisis (3 CE’s for Social Workers and Counselors)

Friday, September 29, 2017 9:00am – 12:00pm EveryMind Large Conference Room 1000 Twinbrook Parkway Rockville, MD 20851 Many clients seeking mental health support and treatment are at risk for suicide. This seminar will help to ensure you and your clients are prepared. This seminar is designed to help you:
  • Understand how to ethically treat suicidal clients
  • Identify how to discuss suicidality with your clients
  • Create safety plans with your client
  • Document suicidality in client notes
  • Apply evidence-based strategies on how to treat a client after a suicide attempt
*Light breakfast will be provided Speaker Rachel Larkin, MA, LCSW is the Director of EveryMind’s Crisis Prevention & Intervention Services, which provide supportive listening, information and resources, and crisis intervention via phone, text, and online chat. Rachel is an expert in suicidology and has spoken throughout the National Capital Region on issues related to suicide and mental health crises for organizations such as the Federal Drug Administration and Montgomery College. COST: $50.00 MAXIMUM ATTENDEES: 35 (we will maintain a waiting list after capacity is reached) IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
  • Pre-registration deadline is 12:00pm on September 28, 2017.
  • No refunds will be made after 12:00pm on September 28, 2017.
  • In the event of inclement weather, please call EveryMind’s office after 6:00am on the day of the seminar for an update on the status of the seminar.
  • Credit hours are ONLY given to those who attend the entire seminar.
  • Registrants must sign in and out.
Continuing Education: 3.0 Credit Hours
  • Approved Category I by Board of Social Work Examiners of the State of Maryland.
  • Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #5796. Seminars that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. EveryMind is solely responsible for all aspects of the seminars.
  • Based on approval by the above licensing boards, continuing credits provided by EveryMind will be approved by the licensing boards of Washington, DC and Virginia for social workers.

Free Vaccinations Offered at Health Clinics for Students Entering Seventh Grade

Montgomery County health officials urge parents or guardians of students entering seventh grade to show proof their student is vaccinated against Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal meningitis (MCV4) prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Montgomery County health officials urge parents or guardians of students entering seventh grade to show proof their student is vaccinated against Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal meningitis (MCV4) prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Students not in compliance with Maryland vaccination requirements are excluded from attending school until they provide documentation of the required Tdap and MCV immunizations. The requirements are in place throughout the State of Maryland.

Free Tdap and MCV4 immunizations will be offered to incoming students at the following locations:

School Health Services Center
4910 Macon Road, Rockville
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Dennis Avenue Health Center
2000 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring
Tuesdays
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Germantown Health Center
12900 Middlebrook Road, 2nd floor, Germantown
Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursdays 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Silver Spring Health Center
8630 Fenton Street, 10th floor, Silver Spring
Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A copy of the child’s immunization record must be presented to staff to receive vaccinations. For more information on immunizations, call the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services’ Immunization Program at 240-777-1050 or School Health Services at 240-777-1550.

Become a U.S. Citizen Workshops

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is offering free legal assistance to help you apply for naturalization. Download flyers about our upcoming workshop on August 26, 2017.

CHINESE | HINDI | KOREAN | VIETNAMESE | SPANISH | ENGLISH

BECOME A U.S. CITIZEN WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? YOU QUALIFY IF YOU:

    • Are at least 18 years old
    • Lived in the U.S. as a green card holder for more than 5 years (3 years if married to U.S. citizen)
    • Have been physically present in the U.S. for more than 2 .5 years (18 months if married to U.S. citizen)
    • Can show you have good moral character
    • Can speak, read and write basic English
    • Can pass a test on the U.S. government and American history
You can VOTE and run for elected office. You won’t ever have to worry about being deported or losing your visa or Legal Permanent Resident status. You could bring your family living abroad to live in the United States more quickly. You will be eligible for a U.S. passport, making travel easy. You can apply for government jobs that requires U.S. citizenship.

CALL US FOR FREE HELP

Saturday, August 26, 2017 — 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

White Oak Community Recreation Center

1700 April Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Call (202) 393-3572 for an appointment

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