Discussion group NewsTalk invites your participation [Elkridge]

Want to keep up with current events around the world? A new discussion group, NewsTalk, will meet 10-11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, beginning Thursday, March 14, in the Patapsco Room at the North Laurel 50+ Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel.

Come ready to engage in lively discussion or just listen and learn as the group focuses on current news and events, locally, nationally and globally.

Participation is free and the program is sponsored by SPRING (Senior Peer Resources: Individuals, Networks and Groups) of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services Office on Aging. To register for the program, or for more information, contact Carmen Faye at 410-313-0380.

The Patapsco Valley Heritage Greenway is looking for a few committed volunteers for their TGIF (The Garbage Is Finished) Team, a group of enthusiastic and energetic people, who want to make an immediate difference in improving the Patapsco River Valley.

TGIF meets the third Friday of the month, 1- 4 p.m. The group pulls junk and trash from the Patapsco River and surrounding feed streams, performs tree maintenance that inhibits or adversely affects the area, and takes on other projects as deemed necessary to their mission.

If you are interested in getting down and dirty (in a fun sort of way… think mud pies and stream exploration when you were a kid) and want to work with a great group of environmentally focused folks, email betsy@patapscoheritagegreenway.org.

In other PHG issues, you are invited to learn about the "Patapsco Heritage Greenway: Past, Present and Future" at an informative meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6-9 p.m., at the Howard County Office Complex, Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Board members will give a short presentation on ideas and plans for Greenway Certification and the benefits it will bring to help preserve, protect and enhance the Patapsco River Valley. For more information, email president@patapscoheritagegreenway.org .

Don't miss the Purse and Pandora Bingo fundraising event to support the Elkridge Hurricanes 12U Travel Team Saturday, March 3. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. at St. Augustine Hall, 5990 Old Washington Road in Elkridge. For more information, or to purchase tickets, email the organization at bingo12U@yahoo.com.

The Howard High School Lions Pride Booster Club annual bull and oyster roast is Saturday, March 9, at Martin's West, 6821 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn, 7:30-11:30 p.m.

This fun evening features an all-you-can-eat buffet, beer and wine, dancing, raffles, door prizes and the ever-popular silent auction. Donations for the silent auction are greatly appreciated and can be anything from tickets to sporting or cultural events, timeshares, gift certificates, and company merchandise or services (i.e., lawn care, painting, etc).

For auction donations, contact Tom Singleton at tom.singleton@dii-ins.com or 443-570-8299. Event tickets are available through March 3 and cost $55 each; however, you can save $50 on a table of 10 when purchased in full by Feb. 28.

Please note tickets will not be sold at the door, and you must be 21 years old to attend. Contact Renee Wilkins at rmrw21@aol.com or by phone at 410-747-6192.

Hosted by Howard High School for its 12th straight year, the annual Karl Wolf Memorial Lacrosse Tournament will be held Saturday, March 30, at Rockburn Branch Park, Landing Road, Elkridge. The games begin at 11 a.m. and the battles run throughout the day until the championship match at 4:30.

This fundraising event is named after a 1984 graduate of Howard High School who died in 1999 from Hodgkin's disease. Wolf was the leading scorer on a team that posted a 14-1 record in his senior year at Howard, and, to date, still remains ranked as the fourth leading scorer in Howard's history.

He was a young man who exemplified outstanding leadership, showed academic promise and portrayed impressive athleticism. Every year, his parents, Dolly and Bill Wolf, provide two $1,000 scholarships to two Howard senior lacrosse student athletes who are selected as winners of the Karl Wolf Essay Contest.

This tourney comes together at the hands of many volunteers and the money raised is a major source of funds for the lacrosse programs at Howard. For more information, contact Doug Emery, Tournament Director, at doug_emery100@yahoo.com.

That's all for this week, but please keep in touch and let me know what you'd like to share in this space.

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