Late last month, Maryland School for the Blind provided meeting space and entertainment for the newly organized Parkville Carney Lions Club.

Three students from the school entertained. Jenna Willis-Johnson and Chanta Brown sang several duets and Cole Moran, accompanied by his father, played various tunes including one harmonica selection. Lions member Skip Hoffman said, "The students did an excellent job!"

The members in attendance elected the following officers: Bonnie Riehl, president, Clinton Cole Jr., secretary, Adam Stone, treasurer and Sue-Ann Boggs membership chair. Plans were also started for a charter club celebration in September (the sponsor of this new club is the Jarrettsville Lions Club). The guiding Lions will be Julius Silvestri and Skip Hoffman. The club also made plans to get eye glass collection boxes into the community.

Hoffman explained the mission of the organization, "Lions Clubs International (LCI) is the world's largest service club organization, with more then 1.3 million members in more then 45,000 clubs worldwide. Lions are best noted for fighting blindness – its part of our history, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects – including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled."

The group will hold regular meetings at Hiss United Methodist Church, 8700 Harford Road. For information or to become a member, contact Hoffman at 410-409-0162 or hoffinl@msn.com.

And Parkville Senior Center Council recently installed the officers who will serve for the July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015 year. Eighth District state Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, installed the new officers. Tthey are president, Marge DelGavio; vice president, Jean Michael; secretary, Pamela Lehman; corresponding secretary, Sandy Lehman; treasurer Pat Herr; assistant treasurer, Vincent DelGavio; 2nd assistant treasurer, Theodora Betkey; advocate, Frances Cipriotti; sergeant. of arms, Mike Cherry; and board members Howie Flynn, Carolyn Forwood, Bernie Wallace, Patricia Watson and Carole Zimnoch.

Back to school season is rapidly approaching and Pleasant Plains Elementary School is ready. On Friday, Aug. 23, students and parents are invited to Sneak a Peek at Your Seat, from 2 to 4 p.m. Students in attendance can meet their new teacher, see the classroom, and meet new classmates. Parents are invited to a First Day Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Aug.t 26 in the school gym, where they will receive information about important Title I parent involvement programs and other valuable information that will help their child succeed during the 2013-2014 school year. Back to School Night, is scheduled for Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. In addition to the general meeting, parents will have the opportunity to visit their child's classroom and hear about the curriculum that is planned for each child's class.

Brainstorming for the school year began this summer with a series of four meetings for parents and staff. Topics covered were the examination of a parent survey, open discussions to solicit ideas for the continual increase of parent involvement, and the vision and mission of the school, which is now aligned to the BCPS Blueprint 2.0. The team also planned a calendar of activities for students and their families and various parent workshops.

Enjoy an evening of food and fun at Arnolia United Methodist Church's Murder Mystery Night on Aug. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. The entertainment will be provided by Murder Mystery Company of Baltimore who "will lead the audience in a classic whodunit called 'Crime and Pun-ishment' and will include members of the audience in their capers." Before the show, enjoy an Italian dinner. A limited number of tickets are available; the cost is $25 and includes show and dinner. For information or tickets, contact Keith Derrickson at keithatarnolia@gmail.com or call the church office at 410-665-7005. The church is located at 1776 E. Joppa Road.

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