On a recent Saturday, families were gathered at Western Regional Park to watch children play football, but for Dina Jones, there to watch a child's football game, something else caught her eye.

Set up near the playing fields was a 10-year old girl selling brownies, chocolate chip cookies and Rice Krispie treats. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Anyway, this isn't about all those baked goods, but the reason for those goods.

The young lady, Allyssa Gamble, who attends Mount Airy Elementary School, and has an older brother, Matthew who plays for the Western Howard County Warhawks, was fundraising for a cause.

Her pet guinea pig, Buster, had been feeling under the weather lately, and a trip to the vet revealed that Buster had a tumor on his lower back.


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Buster the guinea pig would need surgery to remove the tumor (at the cost of about $370). Allyssa's mother, Corrine, wanted Allyssa to understand the value of the cost for this procedure (as well as the responsibility of owning a pet), and asked Allyssa if she could think of a way to help earn money to pay for Buster's surgery.

After a bit of brainstorming, Allyssa decided to hold a bake sale.

With the help of her friend, Sarah Taylor, Allyssa spent the next four days baking all sorts of yummy treats.

At the end of her third day of baking, Allyssa began to worry that she would not be able to raise enough funds. But not to worry —on that day at Western Regional Park, Allyssa sold enough treats to cover about two-thirds of the cost of the surgery, and that is when Dr. Dina Jones, of Triadelphia Veterinary Clinic, discovered Allyssa, and her entrepreneurial spirit.

Dr. Jones was impressed with this young lady's determination. Dr. Jones' clinic keeps a small savings account for animal emergencies such as this, so she offered to covered the balance of Buster's needs.

By the time you read this, Buster will be recovering from his procedure. The Gambles have been impressed by the concern that the clinic staff has shown.

Allyssa is not done baking yet. She will bake treats for Dr. Jones and the Triadelphia Veterinary staff.

A few weeks ago, I shared news of the Glenwood 50+ Center and their current Soles4Souls campaign. Soles4Souls is a nonprofit organization that 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. So far they have had a terrific response.

They will continue collecting tennis, dress and casual shoes through Sept. 15. 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 http://www.solesforsouls.org.

There will be plenty of bargains to be found this Saturday, Sept. 8, around Howard County. People have been busy cleaning out basements, closets, attics and garages, and will have plenty of treasures for resale at two yard sales.

St. Francis of Assisi Yard Sale is Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church parking lot. St. Francis is at 8300 Old Columbia Road in Fulton.

A little closer to home, the Glenwood Community Center will also host an outdoor flea market on Sept. 8 from 9 a.m to noon.

Suceess in Style will host annual Pink Bag Lunch. This year, the event holds special significance, as the organization celebrates its 10th year of assisting women and men in crisis in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor work to become employed and self-sufficient.

The lunch, Thursday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Great Room of Historic Savage Mill, will feature door prizes, a chance for networking, a gourmet bag lunch by Putting on the Ritz and a fashion show, "Ten Years, Ten Stories".

The mistress of ceremonies will be Glenwood's own Brenda von Rautenkrantz. A fitness trainer and motivational speaker, Brenda is sure to inspire.

Tickets are $50 per person. For additional information, or to purchase a ticket, go to http://www.pinkbaglunch2012.eventbrite.com.

The Gary J. Arthur Community Center continues its popular Saturday Night at the Movies series. This month, "Dolphin Tales" screens Sept. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Movies are shown in the Center's Movie Lounge. Tickets include popcorn and a drink. The cost is $2 for center members and $4 for non-members. Children up to age 4 are free (but must still register). Registration is required by calling 410-313-4840.

Western Howard County Youth Baseball and Softball leagues are currently accepting registrations for fall baseball and softball.

Leagues will begin on Sunday, Sept. 9. Registration will remain open and available through that time. To learn more, or to register, go to http://www.whcsports.com.