Patti LaBelle
Her career has spanned more than 50 years and she has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. The American singer, author, actress and entrepreneur will perform her solid genres of R & B, soul, disco, dance, gospel and funk in two shows - June 30 and July 1.

When it comes to your future home, one of the biggest questions you may face is whether you should rent or buy. While there’s no right answer, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Read More> 
May is a busy month, what with Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. It is also Trauma Awareness Month and the American Red Cross is asking eligible blood and platelet donors to consider making a blood donation in order to save the lives of trauma patients and others.

According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for nearly 41 million emergency room visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions every year which explains why blood is constantly in demand. A victim of a serious car accident, for example, can need as many as 100 units of blood.

More than 2,600 hospitals nationwide receive blood from the Red Cross, including 75 in the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region that covers the local region. "When seconds matter, having a readily available blood supply is critical to trauma patient care," says Natalie Haney, donor recruitment director for our area. In emergency trauma situations when there may not be time to determine a patient's blood type, type O negative blood and type AB plasma are used because they can be given to patients, regardless of blood type. Since about 7 percent of the population has type O negative blood and only about 4 percent has type AB blood, those donors are encouraged to donate as often as they are eligible.

The PGA Tour is back in town June 21-26 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda when 120 of the best men's pro golfers play for $6.9 million in prize money. The tournament, which distributes thousands of dollars to local charities, relies heavily on volunteers to handle a variety of tasks from manning Shotlink lasers to working in the admissions booth. In all, there are more than 20 volunteer committees to choose from. Volunteers will receive a Quicken Loans National volunteer package which includes a volunteer Nike golf shirt and hat, volunteer admission badge and guest ticket, volunteer parking pass and complimentary food and beverage on the days you are scheduled to work.

Need a birthday party idea or rainy day activity for the little tyke or teen in your family? Here are three great MoCo events and businesses that cater to kids and birthdays.

The 34th annual event in Olde Towne Gaithersburg is a fun-fest for kids of all ages. From noon to 5:00 p.m., kids can laugh and explore with free amusements, sports, games, entertainment, and exhibits. There will be magicians, face painting, balloons, bouncy floors and more.

Even from the outside, kids will know this is no average library. Located in Kensington, Noyes Library is a charming one-room library just for young kids. It is filled with books and programs specifically for early childhood. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers can also read and play together with their special adults.

For kids 5 and older, this is the place to come. The park offers some of the best climbing and zip lines around. There are 13 separate trails of varying levels of difficulty. Reservations are required.

New Eats For the Foodies in Montgomery County

FINNEGAN"S WAKE - The county's newest Irish bar is in Rockville Town Square where Finnegan's Wake is serving up traditional Irish pub fare. And you can bet the bartenders know to pour a Guinness in a 20 ounce glass at a 45 degree angle. 301.339.8267

KAPNOS KOUZINA - The new restaurant in Bethesda is a Greek concept by popular chef Mike Isabella. Kouzina is Greek for kitchen and the home-style cuisine features rustic dishes and sharable platters served in a warm, but casual setting.

TARA THAI - The third Montgomery County location of the popular Thai restaurant recently opened at Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. With its traditional soothing decor and outstanding gourmet-quality dishes, Tara Thai raises the level of dining options at the mall. 

Montgomery County is one of the nation's wealthiest counties, yet there is need throughout our region. Support your neighbors by donating to a county-based charity. The issue's charity focus is the Federation for Families for Maryland Residence (FFMR). FFMR provides resources and/or tools for residence and their family who are experiencing difficulties of all kinds. It will also find and refer residence to appropriate charities and nonprofits/not-for-profit organizations. Now FFMR has started a peer to peer fundraiser where interested parties can register to raise money on the FFMR Web site. or
Meet Marabelle! This lovely girl is looking for a permanent place to call home. She is an adult beagle, pretty spry actually, excellent with other dogs and loves all people. This wonderful girl deserves a wonderful family and to live out her life full of harmony and happiness. Just click on adoptables. Roxie's Fund is a 501(c)3 charity helping abused and homeless animals.

If you live in the Bethesda area or don't mind the drive or Metro, there are two free concert series to take advantage of this summer. The Bethesda Urban Partnership hosts its series every Thursday night in Veterans Park from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Moonshine Society plays on May 19 followed by Gary and the Groove on May 26.

North on the Pike at Strathmore Hall, the free concerts start July 6 with Tuelo and Charm City Junction on July 13. Performances run every Wednesday in July and August. Sitting under the stars and enjoying a picnic on the lawn is a great way to spend an evening.


Quote of the Day
"You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage
to lose sight of the shore."     Christopher Columbus