RATTLEWOOD GOLF Course will be the gathering place for 40 Special Olympics golfers at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The athletes will play the first tournament in a series of nine that will conclude in a championship round at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 28.
The event is sponsored by Professional Golfers Association of America, Nissan Motor Manufacturing and NFL Charities, and draws many Special Olympics participants from Howard, Carroll, Frederick and Montgomery counties.
After the players are instructed in the game, they will participate in skills-challenge events and play the nine-hole tournament.
They will compete in contests for putting, driving and chipping skills.
In 1998 and last year, Rattlewood Golf Course received plaques for its participation in the tournaments from the Middle Atlantic PGA.
Rattlewood Golf Course is at 13501 Penn Shop Road in Mount Airy. Information: 301-607-9000.
Open basketball games
Woodbine Recreation Council invites all high school students to drop by the Mount Airy Middle School gymnasium for open basketball.
The gym will be open from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 24.
An open basketball program for adults 35 years and older also will be offered at the Mount Airy Middle School gym.
The program will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 25.
Participants in both groups will be required to fill out a registration form and pay a $1 per night registration fee.
Jaycees yard sale
The Mount Airy Jaycees will hold its annual fall yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Fireman's Activities Grounds at Ridge and Twin Arch roads in Mount Airy.
The event will be held rain or shine and is one of Maryland's largest yard sales.
Admission is free. Cost for vendor space is $40 up to the day of the yard sale.
Vendors are asked to arrive at 5:30 a.m. to set up.
This is the Mount Airy Jaycees' main fund-raiser and averages more than 250 vendors, who rent about 400 spaces.
Kids' stuff sale
Mount Airy Elementary will hold its fall Kids Stuff yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 30.
Infant- and child-related items such as toys, clothing, games and accessories will be sold.
The event will be held rain or shine, and vendors are requested to bring only items for children.
To reserve a space or for information: 301-829-9994.
Editor's Note: This is Donna Abel's last Southwest Neighbors column. Christy Kruhm, a former Southwest Neighbors columnist, will take over the weekly Friday column beginning Sept. 22.