Happy New Year and thank you! It's been said that a small act of kindness goes a long way. Whether you volunteer in your community or outside, you are making a difference in the lives of many.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, come celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at a "Day On not a Day Off" event at the Banneker-Douglas Museum located at 84 Franklin St., in Annapolis. The event will be held in two shifts, one from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the other from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The event is open to all ages and participants ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please call 410-897-9207 or e-mail holli@volunteerannearundel.org. To register, log onto http://www.volunteerannearundel.org and click on the opportunities calendar tab on the home page. There are a limited number of spaces available, so please register by Thursday, Jan. 17 by 5 p.m.

Along with that, winter is here and snow will be prevalent in the months ahead. The Department of Aging and Disabilities is partnering with the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County and the Citizens Corps Council to recruit and deploy families, Scouts, church youth groups, individuals and more for the Snow Patrol. Isolated seniors with medical needs and individuals with disabilities need assistance with removing snow and ice during winter storms so that sidewalks and driveways can be accessible. Volunteers are needed now and must pre-register in order to help residents during this winter's storms. A background check is required. For more information, contact Bill at 410-897-9207 or bill@volunteerannearundel.org.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Russett events. The Bunny Egg-stravanganza will be held Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. The cost is $2 in advance and $3 at the door. Tickets will not be available at the door if the event is sold out. Please contact, staff@russett.org or call Theresa at 301-498-3897, Ext. 12.


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Russett's sixth annual Green Day Celebration is Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Russett Community Center and Bathhouse. Admission is free. More details to follow in an upcoming column.