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Glenwood/Glenelg: Shoe drive steps up at Glenwood 50+ Center

The Glenwood 50+ Center, located in the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, has plenty of activities going on, both on a daily basis, as well as some upcoming special activities.

The center is currently conducting a shoe drive for Soles 4 Souls. This nonprofit organization provides gently used shoes to people that need them, such as survivors of the tsunami and Katrina.

The 50+ Center has set up collection boxes in their lobby for donations. The center is collecting new or gently used tennis, dress and casual shoes.

Bring the shoes in pairs, and either tie the laces together or put a rubber band around them. The center is also raising money to help cover the cost of shipping the shoes to the nearest distribution center in New Jersey.

To learn more about the Soles 4 Souls mission, visit the website

If you have been enjoying the Olympics on T.V., you may be interested to learn that the Glenwood 50+ Center will have an Olympic event. On Friday, Aug. 24, from 11 to noon, it will host the Animal Olympics, an Intergenerational Event presented by Echoes of Nature.

The mission of this organization is to bridge the gap between people of all ages and nature. The goal is to promote understanding and stewardship of the natural world.

The Echoes of Nature show is designed for grandparents and grandchildren, and will celebrate the Summer 2012 Olympics with animal ambassadors. Of the animal ambassadors, who has the record for high jump, speed or agility?

Participants will also have the opportunity to beat the record for the animal chosen for high jump, broad jump and more. Plan on your bringing your grandchild for an entertaining program. For more information, contact the Glenwood 50+ Center at 410-313-5440.

From time to time I share news about the Glenelg United Methodist Church Food Pantry, open on the third Saturday of each month for those in need of food assistance.

In August, the pantry will be open on Aug. 18 from 9 to 10 a.m., and will hand out groceries from both the Howard County Food Bank and the GUMC Pantry.

Earlier in the spring, Glenelg United Methodist Church held a strings concert benefit to raise funds for the pantry. The pantry also received a large food donation from the Scouting for the Hungry Drive this spring.

Even with all of these donations, during the July food distribution, a record number of families were served, and supplies have been nearly depleted.

The church would be greatly appreciative of any community donations for their pantry — what better way for neighbors to help neighbors? For additional information about pantry needs or to make arrangements for a donation, call 410-489-7260 or e-mail

There are still a few more days left to enjoy the fun of the Howard County Fair.

On Friday evening, head out and support 4-H by making a purchase at the 4-H Livestock Sale, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Offered for sale will be poultry, rabbits, sheep, goats, steers, and swine. Money earned from the livestock sale will provide 4-Hers with the opportunity to fund their project for next year, save for a first car and even college. Not to mention the fresh, locally raised, quality meat you will receive for your freezer.

Other Friday activities at the fair include Craft Day in the 4-H Activities Hall (10 a.m to 4 p.m.), horse shows, dog agility trials, and local country favorite, Richie Fields in concert.

On Saturday, the popular Baby Contest and Miniature Parade will take place at 10:30 a.m., along with a horse pull and worm race. Celebrate the end of the fair with the final Parade of Floats at 5 p.m.

Still looking for one last late summer activity for your child before they head back to school? The Columbia Gym and Supreme Sports Club will host a Schools Out Adventure Day throughout the week of Aug. 20-24.

Designed for students in grades K-6, the Adventure Day will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Throughout the day, youth will have the opportunity to play games, complete arts and crafts, swim, and more.

The cost of $48 per child per day includes activities and lunch. For more information or to register call the Columbia Gym at 410-531-8984 or the Supreme Sports Club at 410-381-7559.

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