Darlington fire company to host car-truck-motorcycle swap meet

The Darlington Volunteer Fire Co. will having a car-truck-motorcycle show Swap Meet June 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2600 Castleton Road in Darlington. Cars, trucks or motorcycles show registration is $10. Vendors also available space $10. We will also have food and drinks available. Contact Ben Levine, 443-356-2454, or Diana Jones, 410-404-9180.

Franklin Missionary Baptist Church food pantry ministry, Boxes of Blessings, will be open every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the church's fellowship hall. Every week, a different variety of groceries, including cold items, will be available to everyone at no charge. For more information call Pastor Rick, 443-252-1630.

Yoga classes are held at Grace Church Parish Hall every Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

A Knitting Group will be held every Thursday at the Wilson Ministry Center from 10 a.m to noon.

Come out to the Darlington Volunteer Fire Co. for Zumba Fitness. Zumba is a variety of dance and fitness movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and music. Not a dancer? No worries, with Zumba, dance experience is not required. Classes are held every Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. $5 is the drop-in rate. Bring water and a towel. Dress for comfort and a workout.

The Harford Artists Gallery presents Spring In Bloom through June 29. Gallery hours are: Thursdays and Fridays, 1 to 6 p.m., Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. The gallery is at Rockfield Manor, 503 E. Churchville Road, in Bel Air.

Mark your calendar for the Darlington Independence Parade and Fireworks Celebration Saturday, June 28. Several of the community volunteers who have organized this event for a number of years have stepped down from those responsibilities. The Darlington Lions Club has stepped in to fill this organizational void and with continuing assistance from Parade Director Jerry Scarborough and Publicity Director and Parks and Recreation liaison Jane Howe, the event will continue to go on. The Darlington Lions Independence Day Committee Inc. has been established to serve as the fundraising aim to cover the cost of hosting this event.

This year's celebration will begin with the parade starting at 5:30 p.m. from the weigh station on Route 1. Those interested in participating in the parade can register by sending an e-mail to DarlingtonParade@aol.com. Participants should plan on arriving at the weigh station at 4 p.m. the day of the event. For more information regarding the parade, contact Scarborough, 410-836-3506.

Following the parade, there will be a presentation of trophies to selected parade participants in Francis Silver Park followed by the annual Darlington Idol contest. The committee has also arranged for food vendors to be located in the park with some of those proceeds coming back to the committee to help defray event costs. The day will be capped off at the park with fireworks being shot off at dusk. In the event of inclement weather, only the fireworks will be rescheduled for Sunday, June 29.

Harford County residents already are engaging in their favorite outdoor activities like camping, hiking, fishing, golfing and working in the yard. Unknown to many, however, is that simply by enjoying these activities or working out of doors, they will put themselves at risk for Lyme disease, the most common vector borne disease in the United States.

Also skin cancer affects all skin types and is the most common cancer in Maryland. The American Cancer Society states that in 2014, appropriately 1,400 Marylanders and 76,100 persons in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer, the deadliest form of skin cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, the number people with melanoma, particularly young women, continues to rise. Please use protection at all times, even on a cloudy day.

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