St. Vincent Villa youngsters learn the secrets to heart health

The children at St. Vincent's Villa recently were participants in a "Heart Healthy"-themed summer camp held on the Villa's Dulaney Valley campus. 

The two-week program showcased healthy eating tips, exercises and more. Under the sponsorship of Harkins Builders, representatives of the American Heart Association came to promote exercise through dance, complete with a heart mascot who had the children up and dancing. 

The association's members also gave food tips on what is good for your heart health and offered some warm-up exercises to make it fun for all. One of the Harkins employees, John Dawson, provided music as the disc jockey, and Harkins provided healthy snacks of fruit for all the children.

Lisa Olsen, the administrative manager of Harkins, organized the day's events, and each child participated in an art project to be submitted for the Heart Association's annual drive. 

Also during this camp, the college interns from the company, Ernst and Young, came to sponsor a mini-field day with the children and, in spite of the warm weather, the day was also a total success — complete with water balloon exercises, of course.

The children are now looking forward to their mini-Olympics end of summer camp which will culminate in the annual Multi-Cultural Day.

Epworth United Methodist Church on Warren Road is holding a Vacation Bible School, July 30-Aug. 3. The hours of the camp are 5:30 to 8 p.m. each night. For more information, contact the church at 410-667-6054.

The Cockeysville Senior Center, 10535 York Road, Cockeysville, will host some fun filled activities in the upcoming weeks, starting with The Rat Pack Party on Thursday, July 12, 5-7 p.m., with a catered dinner and cash bar. Entertainment will be by Trish and Frank Curreri, who will perform as the great singers of the 1960s. For more information on these activities, please call the center at 410-887-7694.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, 8 a.m., the Baltimore County Department of Aging will present 5K run/walk and 1-mile walk Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium. The event will include prizes and awards, and post-race refreshments. T-shirts are available for the first 1,000 registered participants. All proceeds benefit the Baltimore County Department of Aging Fitness Programs for Seniors. Call 410-887-7694.

Cockeysville Recreation Council has July and August summer camp openings in art, basketball, chess, soccer, football, science, technology, and tennis. Programs are available for all ages. Go to and click on Summer Camps, or call 410-887-7734.

Try and stay cool and safe whether you are heading out on vacation or staying closer to home.

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