The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will be offering a 10 week ESOL course for adults at the Silver Spring Library beginning Jan 13 2010, MWF 2-5. Attending orientation (Jan 4 or 6) is REQUIRED. Orientation is First Come First Served. Classes are free but the books cost about $40.
The Council also offers free tutoring, on occasion in Takoma Park. Tutors meet with students at various locations. Please call them at 301.610.0030
Some other providers that give tutoring or classes in, or near, Takoma Park:
Beginning English: Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 240.777.4940 Free. Offers some services in TP.
Beginning English: Montgomery College Adult Education ESOL, 301.962.8950 Free
Beginning English: CASA de Maryland, 301.431.4185 (Ext. 208) Cost varies
Advanced English / Business English: Moshe Briel, 301.801.1972 Classes are listed as $50 or less.
Intermediate / High Beginner: Montgomery College English as a Second Language (ESL), 240.567.7262 $350+
Various Levels: Montgomery County Public Libraries - Conversation Clubs, 240.777.0196 Free.
Various Levels: The International Language Institute MD (ILIMD), 301.527.0600 $100+
For a database of places where one can take ESOL classes, go to the MCAEL Provider Directory and put Takoma Park in the search box (it works better than using the zip code).
We have several book/CD sets for people learning English. Come in and ask for assistance at the desk. We will show you to the collection.
The library will be open today, Wednesday, until 9 PM. Closed Thursday and Friday. Open Saturday 10-5.
The Community Center (which includes the computer rooms) will be closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Leonid meteor shower should peak here around 4 AM the 17th. Try to get away from light pollution, though that is increasingly difficult in Takoma Park. Forecast? Clear skies.
The spectacular Leonids this year should be in Asia, where two debris streams, from the 1466 and 1533 crossings of the Tempel-Tuttle comet, should both hit at the same time.
More information on this year's Leonids
Mayor: Incumbent Bruce R. Williams won a second term.
Ward 4: Terry Seamens won another term, defeating write-in candidate Eric Mendoza
Ward 6: Frederick Schultz defeated Navid Nasr-Esfahani
The other races were uncontested. Check the Takoma Park City Web Site later today for additional information.
We used a new sort of voting system - marking paper ballots that voters could later confirm had been counted correctly.
Takoma Park was the first town in the country to vote this way.
Every year we close on Veterans Day, November 11th.
AKA Armistice Day, in Canada Remembrance Day, November 11th has been a national holiday since 1938.
Some basic facts.
History of the holiday.
War of the poppies.
The Wednesday morning computer class for seniors will resume in January. See Paula in Rec for details. To attend the classes you need to:
Click on the big arrow below to watch a bit of video of earlier classes. (You may then need to double-click the central arrow - depends on your browser.)