Dolores and Charles Voelkel of Perring Park say they were delighted to become great-grandparents for the first time on April 6 when James Elijah Blue Voelkel was born to their grandson John Christian and his wife, Melissa Voelkel, who live in Pensacola, Fla..

Have I told you about my new 'grandog' ? Waddles —- the name bestowed on him by his previous owner — is a 4-year-old, black-and-white Chihuahua-Jack Russell terrier mix. Waddles was adopted last month by my daughter's family and now is granddaughter Allison's best buddy. When school was closed during those "no- snow" days during the Easter break, Allison and Waddles came to Nana's house in Parkville to hang out. This bouncy little critter doesn't really waddle since he weighs only eight pounds, is faster than a speeding bullet when it comes to leaping up on human laps, and can walk up on his hind legs when motivated by a dog biscuit. When Lucky—my somewhat rotund 30-pound Westie/ beagle mix, met her skinny little cousin-dog for the first time they bonded well, sharing love, attention, competition for treats and barking alerts in harmony from the window sill whenever they saw humans or other dogs outside..

Check this out: Something new and exciting has come to North Plaza Shopping Center.

HobbyTown, USA, which opened there recently, is located between Rugged Wear House and Exotic Aquatics and offers an astounding selection of childrens craft kits, toy racing cars, planes, helicopters, models, games, puzzles, trains and hobby supplies . As I was browsing the shelves filled with children's crafts, I chatted with the owners, Mike and Lainy Davis, who told me that had moved "HobbyTown USA from its previous location on Aylesbury Road in Timonium to North Plaza because they needed more space.


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For more information, call 410-384-8872 or on http://www.Facebook.com/hobbytownmd

The Parkville Senior Center will hold its annual Bull Roast on Thursday, May 17, from noon to 5 p.m. Catered by Waterman's Pride, the menu will include homemade crab soup, top round beef, turkey breast, barbecue chicken, Italian meatballs, yummy side dishes and live music by The Roundhouse Ramblers, an energetic five-piece dance combo band. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at the front desk of the center, which is located at 8601 Harford Road.