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New tennis pro at River Creek

Tennis professional Sean Moran will begin his role as the teaching pro at River Creek this week. His lessons will be given on weekends until the beginning of the summer then from June 21 to Aug. 26 he will be available during the week. According to his bio, he has been a tennis player all of his life and will be playing on the George Mason University tennis team beginning this fall. Meanwhile, he has been teaching tennis for two years and “has a wide range of teaching experience, including kids and adults of all ages and levels.”

Color Run at Riverside High School

On Saturday, May 21, Riverside High School in Lansdowne will be sponsoring 5K and 10K runs on behalf of two charities: Wounded Warriors Project and L.E.A.P. for Ghana. There will also be a “fun run one-miler.” The costs to enter vary depending on the date of purchase: up until May 20 the one-miler is $20, on race day $25; the 5K $32 and $35; the 10K, $35 and $37. Go to riversidehscolorrun5k.itsyourrace.com to purchase tickets in advance. Those entering any of the races are encouraged to wear colorful outfits.

All of the money collected will be split between the aforementioned two nonprofits. Wounded Warriors Project assists military families, helping with finances and emergency needs.

L.E.A.P. for Ghana has multiple roles – supporting education and health in Ghana. Kwame Alexander, whose book “The Crossover” earned him The Newberry Award, will be on hand to sell and sign this book in addition to another one entitled “Acoustic Rooster.” Alexander's publisher, according to a librarian at Riverside High School, has donated 1,000 books to be sold at $25 each, all of which will be donated to L.E.A.P. as part of the school’s Global Education Program.

Real Geniuses

On Saturday, May 29, the Potomac Club in Lansdowne will engage the band Real Geniuses from 7 to 11 p.m., free for residents. The band was formed in 2000 and has played at weddings and other special events in the Baltimore area. They feature songs from the 50s and 60s into the 70s and 80s. According to testimonials and their experience, they can appeal to all ages.
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River Creek and Lansdowne Blog: Operation Homefront golf outing and a testament to Mother’s Day
Cutline: Retired Gen. John Pray, CEO of Operation Homefront giving his talk at the organization's golf outing at River Creek. Photo Courtesy/Operation Homefront
Last week nature appeared to be swayed by the presence of Operation Homefront (OH) at the River Creek Golf Club. The weather was ideal for golf and from all indications the tournament went well with participation by military folks, past and present, sponsors, individual contributors and a host of community volunteers along with the OH staff to help run the tournament. The purpose of the outing, in addition to having fun, was to raise money for OH. As the organization's ninth annual event, it was highly successful in that regard.

Making the rounds during the tournament, we met a foursome from the major sponsor Booz Allen, and, according to one of the golfers from that company, one-third of their staff are former military. A representative of LMO, another sponsor, said simply: “We like to give back to the community.” Another foursome included two gentlemen who were medics during the first Gulf War. They now are hospital nurses.

The featured speaker at the dinner following the golf outing was Dillon Behr, who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, where he suffered wounds and earned the Silver Star for valor in addition to the Purple Heart. He grew up in a town near Rock Island, Ill. and told me he “floundered” around in colleges for four years. He subsequently went into the military, entered special forces and became a Green Beret. After Afghanistan, he returned to the states and spent a year and a half in Homefront Village undergoing physical therapy. He later earned a master’s degree in security studies at Georgetown University and he works for a cybersecurity firm.

John Pray, the new national CEO of Operation Homefront attended the event and spoke briefly at the dinner. Pray comes to his job with impressive credentials: former Air Force general, an official in the USO and policy formulation for the president and White House officials. His talk centered on military families, particularly what the wives of servicemen must go through when their husbands are in combat.

He cited as an example his father, who had endured the Bataan Death March in World War II, and ended up for three-and-a-half-years in a Japanese prison camp. Meanwhile, Pray’s mother went through mental and emotional anguish not knowing whether her husband was alive or dead at that time. He said that his father recognized that his wife had suffered more than he had during that ordeal -- a testament to Mother's Day.

Operation Homefront has 120 staff and 3,200 volunteers nationwide for the express purpose of providing emergency aid to military families.
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River Creek and Lansdowne Blog: Dialogues of discovery
The Janelia Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) will continue its Dialogues of Discovery series with featured speaker Dr. Michael Kennedy of Northwestern University. The topic of his speech will be “The Power of the Community: Improving STEM Futures for Urban Youth.” Kennedy initiated a program to educate youth in the school system in and around Chicago.

His concepts got underway in 2008 when he approached the Boys and Girls Clubs in Chicago with, “the Science Club concept, a fun, mentor driven, science … experience for middle school kids” Since then his outreach has engaged “hundreds of youth and mentors, teaching critical thinking skills and revealing new career paths.”

In this lecture he will “talk about the work he’s done using an innovative, mentor-based approach to train and support scientists working with students in Chicago Public Schools.”

Kennedy earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at St. John’s University in 1991 and his doctorate in biochemistry at the Mayo Clinic in 1997. He joined Northwestern University in 1998 in the Department of Neurobiology and Physiology. He has been involved in the Human Genome Project, stem cell biology, human cloning, genetically modified foods and global warming.

The program gets underway at 7 p.m. after the doors open at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments. The event, unfortunately, has sold out. However, to can check to see if there is a cancellation, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Yard sale in Lansdowne

I’m going to risk conjecture here and suggest that a yard sale can mean something other than selling yards. To sell your yard, you would have to strip the turf from the front of the house and stack it in the trunk of a car so the buyer could cart it off. You would be left with bare ground that would be taken over by weeds unless you go to another yard sale.

But not this one, because starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 homeowners in Lansdowne and Lansdowne Town Center will be digging into the deepest recesses of their garages, store rooms and closets to retrieve furniture, toys, clothes, utensils, etc. to put on the market in their front yards. The HOA says, “All homeowners yard sale signs may be displayed on their property during the dale but must be promptly removed when the sale is over.”
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