One more New Year’s resolution – Volunteer!

One of my favorite themes is the power of the volunteer. I do not believe I can possibly say enough about how important volunteers are to the Foundation. All KCF programs are organized by volunteers and run by volunteers—an amazing feat! Consider joining in and getting to know these remarkable people.

As of now, we have some particular needs where you could really make a difference. The Musica Viva concert committee is looking for someone who could help with a marketing plan. While the classical music concerts have become very popular, the committee realizes it is in need of someone who understands marketing and advertising. The GoGreen committee is looking for new members and a new chair for the committee. GoGreen organizes the lake clean up each spring and helps to maintain the courtyard garden at Rachel Carson Elementary School. Last year, GoGreen showed a documentary that highlighted the pernicious effects of pesticides. Please contact me if you could help either committee.

Now is a great time to volunteer for the Kentlands/Lakelands 5K in September. The race link is live and you can sign up to run or to volunteer. If you plan to run, now is the best time to sign up. Prices will never be lower and you will guarantee a low bib number! If you plan to volunteer, now is the best time to sign up. You will have your choice of prime times and locations—especially for race marshals. The race is always held the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, which this year is on September 5.

Mark your calendar for March 29. Musica Viva will hold its annual fundraiser to help defray the costs of the concerts. These fundraisers are a treat in themselves. Delicious Italian food has been served and Maestro Simeone Tartaglione and Alessandra Cuffaro have performed during past fundraisers. Watch for the announcement in the coming weeks. I am sure this year’s fundraiser will be as marvelous as in the past. Two concerts are scheduled again this year and Maestro Tartaglione is planning a wonderful selection of pieces. Continued financial support of the community is paramount to the concert series continued success.

The KCF participated in the tree lighting in Market Square for the first time this year. I had a wonderful time introducing the talented musical groups and our mayor and council. Thank you to KIMCO for the continued financial support of this event and a special thank you to Jodi Rappaport, the owner of My Big Finds and a Lakelands resident, for her hard work in putting together this event. Thank you to everyone who donated warm hats, gloves or socks to support The Dwelling Place.

Please note that the first Kentlands Serves event has been moved to March 1. The volunteer event to pack personal products for a charity serving women in Africa will take place in the Kentlands Clubhouse from 2 pm through 4 pm. SSL hours will be available to students who help.

The Kentlands Film Society is showing its next film on March 22 in the Arts Barn. Please look for the wonderful synopsis of “The Shoplifters” by Kathy Hunte in this edition.

Lastly, I recently found out it is possible to check out pick-up poles and buckets from the Kentlands Clubhouse to clean up around the neighborhood. While this is a great way to keep our lovely neighborhood clean, it is also a great way to earn SSL hours. Let me know if you are interested in this activity. If you are eligible to earn SSL hours, I will be happy to verify your hard work.

Please come say hello. I am in the Foundation’s office in the Carriage House every Monday from 9:30 am to noon each Monday.