Lutherville: Blessed are the beasts at annual Holy Comforter celebration

The annual Blessing of the Animals at The Church of the Holy Comforter will be held Saturday, Sept. 29. Those animals in attendance, along with those absent or departed, will be blessed and remembered as valued companions.

The blessing will be held outside, in front of the main church, weather permitting. In case of rain, it will move inside to the Narthex.

Following the blessing, Baltimore County Animal Control will provide microchip services for a $25 fee, which includes lifetime registration. This potentially lifesaving procedure has proved valuable in identifying pets should they become lost.

The clinic will be from 10 to 11 a.m. in the church's parish hall. Residents are asked to register for the microchip service by calling 410-887-5961 to ensure they have enough microchips.

Ridgely Middle School welcomed several new teachers this fall. They are: Sharon Dudek, math department chair; Kelly Middlebrook, physical education; Ryan Brown, social studies; Carolyn Carlino and Jami Williams, vocal music; Lara Grace, art; Michele DiMauro, Latin; Lori Watchinsky and Marcy Howard, special education; and Dorothy Kelso, a para-professional for special education.

Speaking of Ridgely, mark your calendars now for the 31st annual Ridgely Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Registration is under way for several Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council programs.

Youth basketball is open to boys ages 6 to 14, and girls ages 6 to 17. Registration and league and travel details are on the LTRC website, Contact Eric Kihn at with questions.

Introduction to fencing, along with follow-up courses for girls and boys ages 8 to 18, will be offered at Ridgely Middle School on Fridays, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., beginning Sept. 14. No equipment purchase is necessary. For more details, call instructor Ray Gordon at 410-532-7445.

Learn self-defense, develop self-confidence and improve balance and coordination through martial arts classes for adults and children, ages 4 and older. The sessions are held Saturdays throughout the year. Also, a six-week self defense class is offered on Saturdays, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Ridgely Middle.

T'ai chi classes for children and adults, families and seniors, are held Monday evenings at Ridgely, from 7 to 9 p.m. Contact David Huya for more information on martial arts and t'ai chi at 410-661-7368.

And yoga classes are offered for children and adults, held in the activity room at Ridgely. To learn more email

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