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For Immediate Release (02-20)
Date: April 26, 2002 
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 

Editors: To help facilitate planning of coverage and compilation of community calendars, Montgomery College is issuing occasional listings of key events at our three campuses, in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus off-campus sites. Please call to arrange coverage or interviews.

Upcoming Events at Montgomery College

Commencement exercises and an appearance by a controversial critic of the linkage between cholesterol and heart disease highlight the end-of-semester agenda at Montgomery College. Here are some highlights:

  • May 1: Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley meets with students; speech plus question and answer session, sponsored by the Rockville Campus Student Senate and Office of Student Life. The community is invited. 1 p.m., Theater Arts Arena, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street. Free admission. Information number: 240-567-7970. 
  • May 2: Concert by the MC Wind/Band and Jazz Ensemble. The Band will feature John Philip Sousa’s The Washington Post March and Thom Ritter George’s Concerto for Flute and Piccolo. The Jazz Ensemble will entertain with favorite jazz standards. 8 p.m. at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street. Free admission. Information number for upcoming music events: 240-567-5209. 
  • May 3: The Black Box Theater at Montgomery College Takoma Park presents a musical and theatrical performance entitled "Harp and Fool." Acclaimed Celtic harpist Sue Richards teams with Mark Jaster for a combination of movement, theater, and mime with music. The light-hearted program is designed to delight audiences of all ages. 
    Two one-hour shows beginning at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The theater is at the corner of Philadelphia Avenue (East-West Highway, Route 410) and Chicago Avenue. Admission: $15/$12 for groups of five or more/$5 for MC students. Information number: 301-588-7525. 
  • May 6: Michael Collier, Poet Laureate of Maryland, appears at the Rockville Campus. Collier’s most recent collection of poetry, "The Ledge," was a finalist for two notable honors, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. As part of his Poet Laureate’s position, Collier is working with community colleges to develop new programs for spreading interest in the arts. Noon, Paul Peck Humanities Institute, Macklin Tower, Rm. 212, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street. Free admission. Information number: 240-567-7417.
  • May 9-12: Auditions and interviews for Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre (by appointment). Summer Dinner Theatre is a 10-week college-level course that focuses on the production of musical theatre in a dinner theatre setting. High school students and community members are welcome. Auditions-May 9-12; Interviews for technical positions-May 10-11. Theater Arts Arena, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street. For further information or to schedule an appointment, call 240-567-7676. 
  • May 15: "The Cholesterol Myths," a lecture by Swedish researcher Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Ravnskov has written extensively on what he calls the fallacy that cholesterol and saturated fats cause heart disease. The program is presented by the Maryland Nutritionists Association and the Marriott Hospitality Center at Montgomery College. 7-9 p.m. at the Rockville Campus Center, 51 Mannakee Street. Free Admission. Contact number: 240-567-1709. 
  • May 17: Annual all-campus Commencement exercises. Keynote speaker-Wendy Thompson, Montgomery College Alumna and General Manager of Washington’s Telemundo Network affiliate, WZDC, TV 64. This event honors more than 1,200 graduates. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., under the tent in the Rockville Campus football stadium. The campus is located at 51 Mannakee Street. Ceremonies will be webcast on More commencement information is available on that site under "Hot Topics."
  • June 4-6: Public Policy Institute seminar, "Communities Finding Common Ground for Action." An intensive three-day event, bringing together educators, business leaders, civic leaders, faith community leaders and government leaders to share a learning experience based on the principles of citizenship and civic responsibility. 12 noon, June 4-2 p.m., June 6, Montgomery College Business Training Center, 12 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg. For information on tuition and other issues, call Customer Service at 240-567-7920.

For more Montgomery College events, visit the College website at and select "Calendar" from the top menu bar. 

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