The North Laurel Civic Association's annual picnic is right around the corner and it should be a fun time for all.

They are happy to say that they have received some wonderful donations from the local businesses and residents. A special thanks to Joe Duncan, who owns the Exxon on the corner or Gorman and Route 1. He not only donated money for the event but a music system.

Del. Guy Guzzone, Arshad and Sharon Tahir, owners of the 7-Eleven on Route 1, Amran Pasha and Chaudhary Admad. Their generosity will help make this a wonderful event for our community.

I hope everyone is planning on attending. The cost is $10 per person or $25 per family of up to five. Not only will there be food, drinks and fun but it's a great time to meet your neighbors.


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It is also a great time to resolve to get involved in your community and join the association. Why not volunteer to be part of their executive board? The association will take nominations at the picnic.

Now is the time to step up and get involved. The picnic will be held on Sept. 16 at the Highridge Park 12:30 p.m. till 4 p.m.

The Savage Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Leon Beaty will present Growing up in Savage during the Depression and World War II. The meeting will be held at the Faith and Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St in Savage. For more information call Helen Rushing at 301-725-1241.

Attention runners. Come out to support the Carroll Baldwin Memorial Hall and enjoy a local 7K race. The Savage 7K will be held on Oct. 14 and costs $25. All proceeds will go to renovations for the Hall. To register, go to http://www.active.com/running/savage-md/savage-7-2012

Live racing is back at Laurel Park. Lots of special events are planned for the month of September including a crab feast, Racing 101 and Apron Bar-B-Que. For more information on their events or post time go to http://www.laurelpark.com/.

The Gator Academy is back. Reservoir High School offers free tutoring for all Reservoir students at the North Laurel Community Center on Sundays starting Sept. 23. This is a wonderful program sponsored by the PTSA.

Students must bring their materials for the class and a signed permission slip. They are also looking for parents who are interested in tutoring. If you want more information, contact Yvona Ward at YvonaWard@verizon.net or phone Miriam Cruz at 240.640.7885

Atholton and Hammond High Schools are very excited that they are the first high schools in Howard County to have turf fields. Come out to their sporting events and check them out.

Forest Ridge Elementary School's PTA is hosting an ice cream social on Sept. 21 starting at 7 p.m. The Back to School nights are Sept. 24 for grades 1 and 2 and Sept. 27 for grades 3 to 5 starting at 6:30 p.m.