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Bethesda-based art gallery celebrates 25th anniversary

Carol Leadbetter (left) and Grace Peterson, chair Waverly Street Gallery’s silver anniversary celebration.  COURTESY PHOTOCarol Leadbetter (left) and Grace Peterson, chair Waverly Street Gallery’s silver anniversary celebration. COURTESY PHOTO  Though she was always interested in taking pictures, Carol Leadbetter became a professional photographer later in life. That was after a formal course in photography motivated her to earn an associates’ degree at Montgomery College, specializing in portrait photography. Now she does a great deal of what’s called “photographic transfer,” or alternative printing.

“With transfer, each piece is done individually and looks different,” Leadbetter said. “It’s not making 100 copies of the same thing.”

Grace Peterson always loved art; first she became a self-taught oil painter and later worked in stained glass until arthritis kicked in. She then returned to oils, also obtaining a degree from Montgomery College.

Peterson exhibited and entered competitions, but felt the lack of an artist’s “home base.” After Strathmore sent her a list of area art galleries, she found Creative Partners, a precursor of the Waverly Street Gallery.

Leadbetter also found her home base at the Gallery.

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Diverse performances featured in Maryland Youth Ballet’s Spring Concert

Corps de Ballet achieves perfect synchronization in Maryland Youth Ballet’s “La Bayadere.”  COURTESY PHOTOCorps de Ballet achieves perfect synchronization in Maryland Youth Ballet’s “La Bayadere.” COURTESY PHOTO  Dancing a lead role in a classical ballet is something Elena Remez dreamed of ever since she was a girl. It’s also something she “worked up to” during her 12 years of study at Maryland Youth Ballet.

Now Remez is living the dream: she’s dancing the title role in “La Bayadere” (which translated from French means “The Temple Dancer”), one of the three pieces comprising the Spring Concert of the school. It’s only a portion of the long ballet – set in India, with music by Ludwig Minkus, and the 1877 original choreography by Marius Petipa – entitled “Kingdom of the Shades.”

“It’s an honor to dance the lead in ‘Bayadere,’” said Remez, a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School.

The ballet is also challenging. “The two leads come on and off constantly ... There’s not much of a break,” she said. “Usually as soon as I stop breathing heavily after one part, I have to go right back to another.”

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Pennyworth celebrates the entire penny’s worth for 65th anniversary

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pennyworth storefrontThe storefront of Pennyworth. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKFor the past 65 years, Silver Spring’s Pennyworth Thrift Shop has used its Bonifant Street location to offer gently used clothes, kitchen items and toys for sale at low prices and used the profits to help those in need, both locally and internationally. This week, the shop, which is operated by Grace Episcopal Church, is celebrating its 65th anniversary with sales and a Friday afternoon party. 

The shop got its start back in the early 1950s when a Grace Episcopal parishioner held a rummage sale out of her car, which she drove around the County to up donations and distribute items to those in need. Her efforts led eight women to start the thrift shop using a $500 loan from the church, which they repaid four months after the shop first opened its doors on Thayer Avenue on Valentine’s Day in 1953.

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Church celebrates 150 year anniversary

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DSC 5355St. Paul United Methodist Church celebrates its 150-year anniversary. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH 

LAYTONSVILLE – The St. Paul United Methodist Church celebrated its 150-year anniversary Oct. 30, welcoming congregants from a variety of backgrounds decades after the formerly segregated church first broke its racial barrier.

Joan Eames, a regular church-goer and former writer for the Gaithersburg Gazette, grew up a Baptist but in the 1970s joined St. Paul UMC.

She has since integrated into the church family. Both her husband and daughter are buried in the church cemetery.

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