In between the earthquake and Hurricane Irene, the children and staff at St. Vincent's Center found time to celebrate a special event a their Pot Spring campus.

Multi-cultural day was held in the Pot Spring gym, and began with everyone "boarding" the S.S. St. Vincent's Villa for a cruise around the world. Decorations depicted the various ports of call, and each unit at St. Vincent's was represented in the building.

The countries included Germany, France, Italy, Burma, Greece, China, Japan, Puerto Rico, Mexico and England. A luncheon featured an international menu, followed by a sundae bar with toppings from around the world.

Each child received a passport which was stamped as they went to each country. Mexican wedding cookies, cannolis, tea biscuits, Greek yogurt, wasabi, German chocolate cake, fresh coconut and French eclairs and creme puffs were just a sampling.


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Volunteers from University of Maryland, Friends School, Dulaney High School and McDonogh School served as "cruise directors," and two of the high school volunteers dressed as Donald and Daisy Duck to pose for pictures with children.

For those involved, it was a perfect ending to the summer and a wonderful start to the school year.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, Maddy and Franny Brancati, both sophomores at Dulaney High School, will lead a group of high school students, neighbors and colleagues who work with their parents' office — Drs. Liz Jaffee and Fred Brancati — as members of Team Maroon Walks

The team will be part of the Walk to Defeat ALS, being held at Arundel Mills Mall, with check in 9 a.m., and the walk at 10 a.m.

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive disease that affects all motor neurons. Eventually this disease results in the loss of control of all limbs and can affect a person's breathing and eating. It typically strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and affects about 30,000 Americans. Currently, few treatments are available.

Franny and Maddy want to help raise awareness because, they feel, most people have not heard of this disease until they know someone who develops it. They want to do their part so people will have treatment options in the future.

Money raised at the walk will help the support research, assist people with ALS and helf fund clinical care centers. To find out more about the ALS Association and the upcoming walk go to http://www.alsa.org/about-us.

The Business and Professional Women group and the Small Business Administration, Baltimore, will present "Women's Business Workshop-Social Media, Part II," on Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium.

Bring a laptop for a hands-on workshop by Dennis O'Neil to help improve social media marketing skills. The cost, $20, includes light buffet, registration required. For details, contact Donna Smith at 301-797-8761, or DSmith7119@aol.com.

Cockeysville Recreation Council's aerobics program will start up again the week of Sept. 12. Classes are Monday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. at Padonia Elementary; Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Pot Spring Elementary; and Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Warren Elementary. It is an eight-week session for $40. Call Susan Grill, at 410-667-4630.

The Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier in Hunt Valley is holding a bull and oyster roast on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Manor at Gunpowder Falls in Parkton. Tickets are $50 (adults only) for an afternoon of food, music, dancing, a silent auction, prize wheels and more. For tickets, call Peggy Schneider, at 410-241-1749 or 410-296-3045.

The Day of the Horse event will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Graham Equestrian Center, 10301 Harford Road, Glen Arm, a local, nonprofit equine educational facility.

The event is an open house for families and horse lovers of all ages, and will include of many breeds, crafts, hay rides for children, food and a silent auction, according to Ginny Branden, organizer.

For more information, go to http://www.grahameq.org/content/day-horse. All are welcome. Suggested donation is $5 per car.

Perk up the middle of your week with an engaging discussion of favorite books. Enjoy coffee while you chat at the next Books, Coffee and Conversation event at the Cockeysville Library, 9833 Greenside Drive, on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 11:30 a.m. For details, call 410-887-7750.