Come on out for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Western Howard County at Western Regional Park June 8. Opening ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. Plan to stay at least through the impressive lighting of the luminaria honoring those who have lost the battle against cancer. It's free and fun for all ages while supporting the fight against a dread disease affecting almost every family. To learn more, go to http://www.relayforlife.org/westernhoward.

Great Sage will be hosting a benefit day for Vegan Outreach, a nonprofit animal welfare group this Sunday. 10 percent of sales will be donated. Vegan meals will be available from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Volunteers from the Humane Society of the US will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

Congratulations to River Hill High's Jennifer Warner on being awarded an Academic Scholarship from the PTA Council of Howard County.

Lifeline Screening has saved lives in Clarksville. It's simple and painless. The testing includes ultrasound for stroke/carotid artery blockages, tests for heart rhythm, aneurysm, peripheral artery disease and osteoporosis. All five screenings cost $149. This is a great opportunity for those who do not have insurance for preventive testing. The testing is sponsored by George Washington University Hospital and will be held at Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church on Brighton Dam Road on June 25. To register on-line, go to http://www.lifelinescreening.com/community_partners. Don't delay. Space is limited.


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The Clarksville area is blessed with many talented young musicians. We enjoy hearing them, but there are even more benefits. Playing a musical instrument has been shown to improve academic achievement, too. The ability to make music provides a lifetime of pleasure for musicians and hearers.

Clarksville Middle School recently participated in the "Music in the Parks Festival," a competition at Hershey Park. The Chamber Choir took 3rd place in their division. The Jazz Ensemble received a superior rating and took 2nd place in their division. The Chamber Orchestra received a superior rating and a trophy for Best Overall Orchestra at the festival. The Wind Ensemble could not to be topped. The Wind Ensemble received a superior rating and trophy for Best Overall Wind Ensemble at the festival. Congratulations. Keep playing.

CMS has only one fundraiser. Do you know what it is? It's been their strong support for generations. They take magazine subscriptions and renewals. If your magazine renewal notice comes during summer break, just save it until school starts again in August. Be sure to tell all your family, friends and neighbors to save theirs, too. It's simple, doesn't cost you anything extra and means so much to the CMS program.

I love a parade and I love music. The two just seem to go together. The search is on for musicians to play in the 13th annual Independence Day Parade along Great Star. Get your friends together and start practicing. Maybe you can form a marching band. If not, you could ride in the back of a pick-up or on a flatbed. No matter how you do it, you will be appreciated and cheered all along the way. For more information, stop by Claret Hall, phone 410-531-1749 or e-mail events@villageofriverhill.org. Go to http://www.villageofriverhill.org.

Rolling Hills Baptist Church, 11510 Johns Hopkins Road, will be offering the "Amazing Wonders Aviation" program for Vacation Bible School July 23-27 from 6-8:30 p.m. The VBS is for children entering 1st-6th grades only. There is no kindergarten or pre-k program. Registration can be done online at http://www.rollinghillsbaptistchurch.org. If you have questions, need directions or want more information, contact Pastor Russ Spikes at 301-490-4777 or russspikes@verizon.net.

Vacation time is here. What exciting plans do you have? Will you be traveling to distant shores? Have you found interesting ways to make summer fun at home? Some itineraries are expensive, but others are as much fun at little or no cost. Be sure to call or send e-mail soon after the fact to share the news with your neighbors.