Bushy Park Elementary School students Olivia Paregol, left, and Keri Stevens proudly carry their LEO Club banner in Howard County Fair's parade Aug. 13 at the county fairgrounds, in West Friendship. (Submitted photo / August 27, 2011)

The Glenwood Lions Club is very proud of their Bushy Park Elementary School LEO Clubs, who came out to promote the Lions, as well as the many service activities the Cubs participate in throughout the year, by marching in the Howard County Fair Parade Aug. 13.

Club advisers Angie Cole and Debbie Carroll arranged for the participation of students who were available during their summer break. Angie even had a new banner prepared for the event. The weather on that last Saturday of the fair was a bit questionable — there were showers early in the afternoon, but Mother Nature took a short break from the rain, allowing the parade to take place. Within minutes of the parade's end, the skies quickly turned black once again and a heavy downpour soaked many fairgoers (especially those who were working hard to dismantle parade floats).

Wearing red T-shirts designed by LEO Allie Clark, and large-framed glasses to represent the Lions Club historical mission of preserving eyesight, about eight LEO Club members proudly marched and carried a banner, while the parade announcer shared that the Bushy Park Elementary School LEO Club was comprised of 40 fifth-grade students last year.

They did many projects including a food drive for the Maryland Food Bank. They also hosted a spaghetti dinner and used the profits from the dinner to make hygiene kits for the Grassroots Shelter, in Columbia. The marchers earned a red ribbon for their participation in the parade. As these LEOs move on to middle school this fall, their hard work and leadership will be missed at Bushy Park.


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The fall soccer season has begun, and this year, Western Howard County Soccer will be collecting old cleats that your child may have outgrown, but still have some life left in them. The donations are going to an organization called Caring Cleats, a volunteer initiative whose function is to collect gently used boys and girls soccer cleats and redistribute them to the Tarahumara Indian community in Chihuahua, Mexico. They will also accept shin guards, socks and soccer balls. There will be a collection bin by the snack tent during game times.

The Columbia Pro Cantare is currently holding auditions for all parts for its 35th anniversary season. Among the works to be performed with soloists and orchestra are: Oct, 14 and 15: Tom Benjamin's "Old Brick Oratorio" in celebration of Christ Episcopal Church's 200th anniversary; Dec. 4: Handel's "Messiah;" March 18: Haydn's "Little Organ Mass" and works by Debussy, Delius and Massenet; May 5: Jazz with the Eric Mintel Quartet, performing music by Dave Brubeck and more.

Regular rehearsals begin Tuesday, Sept. 6 and are held every Tuesday at Hammond High School in Columbia from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Call 410-730-8549 or 410-799-9321 or go to http://www.procantare.org for information about the chorus and the audition procedure.

The Howard County Office on Aging is pleased to present the third annual WomenFest, a wellness event for women Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, in Glenwood. WomenFest is an interactive day that focuses on health, wellness, fashion and beauty, and is designed to inspire women to live more balanced, healthier and fuller lives.

The event will feature health screenings, demonstrations, workshops, seminars, a variety of vendor exhibits and food. Attendees can participate in belly dancing, zumba and bollywood demonstrations. There will also be free blood pressure, body mass index, foot, glaucoma, glucose, cholesterol and HIV screenings available at the festival.

Health experts will be on hand to offer guidance on HIV prevention, nutrition, fall prevention, and women's wellness. Seminar topics include: "Eating for Beauty;" "Sexuality…No Expiration Date;" "Women in the Woods;" and "Money Myths that Get Smart Women in Trouble."

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit more than 40 vendors and exhibitors offering products and services of interest to women. There will also be free entertainment throughout the day and lunch will be available for purchase. Admission for the event is free.

For more information about WomenFest, call 410-313-5440 or send an email with "WomenFest" in the subject line, to glenwoodsc@howardcountymd.gov. To view a full schedule of the day's events, go to http://www.howardcountyaging.org.