Cam's mom says thank you to hundreds who came out for carnival [Elkridge]

Cam's Carnival — a fundraising event on behalf of 3-year-old Cameryn Rehbein — was recently held at Daniels Restaurant in Elkridge. Cameryn is the daughter of Maureen and Joey Rehbein, and granddaughter of lifelong Elkridge residents Luanne (Castiglia) and Chris Cisna.

Due to renal failure at birth, she endures an intense regimen of medications every day, and also deals with complications from Cerebral Palsy. In a few months, Cameryn will receive a kidney transplant from her mom.

Cam's Carnival was organized to help the family with astronomical medical bills. Maureen would like to extend her gratitude for the support the family received at the event. "I want to thank everyone for coming … I can't believe the amazing love and support … from the corporate donations to the kind letters and words of encouragement that we have received, and the fact that all these people came out to give so generously on behalf of Cameryn. We estimated the turnout was over 300 people! We are so blessed to live in this community where people really do reach out to help one another. Thank you, Elkridge."

Conrad Brookhart, physical education teacher at Elkridge Elementary School, extends an invitation to an autumn celebration in honor of the men (young and old) who serve as role models for the students.

If you're one of the dads (biological, step, adoptive), an uncle, cousin, family friend (and anything in between), join the school administration and student body for this "guy-focused" fall festival on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the school.

This event will feature some fun contests and is attendance is free. For more information, contact Brookhart at

Howard High School will celebrate Homecoming 2013 Friday, Oct. 18. This is a schedule change, which means that, with a Friday night game, the parade will commence in the afternoon prior to game time, as opposed to previous years when the parade followed the Lions Pride pancake breakfast on Saturday morning.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. when the Howard Lions will welcome the Centennial Eagles under the lights for this festive weekend of good food, exciting football and the magic of the Homecoming dance.

The Howard High Lions Pride Athletic Boosters are kicking off a new tradition, to complement the new Friday night football game "under the lights." Whether you are a current Lion, faculty, staff, alumni, or just want to support the boosters, join the fun on Thursday, Oct. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the first Fall Spirit Italian Dinner in the school cafeteria.

The menu will feature a variety of pasta dishes, salad, bread and dessert; all for only $8 per person. Take the night off from cooking and come out and enjoy an evening of casual dining and celebration. This event will benefit Howard High families, but the entire community is invited to enjoy an evening out, relax, and support a good cause on behalf of these student athletes.

New traditions can still exude old school values. The Lions Pride parents are asking everyone to help give back to the community by bringing a nonperishable food item to the dinner for donation to the Elkridge Food Pantry.

A local resident of Elkridge and Lawyers Hill community activist, Chris Vale, recently shared his experience at a cultural event.

According to Vale, "An assembly of artists and sponsoring persons recently gathered at the Howard County Arts Council on High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Awards totaling $526,000 were distributed for various artistic endeavors, including operating grants and project grants given to a wide range of artists and performers. Graphic, sculpture, dance, theater, and other miscellaneous groups received checks. Bonnie Branch Middle School, in Elkridge, was awarded for a facet of their music program; a 10-day jazz residency with musician Matt Belzer earned the notice and the support of the Council." Vale said.

"The Howard County Center for the Arts accommodates 60 artists and their work and has several on-site studios. The Center for the Arts is funded in part by the county with the support of many civic and culturally minded local businesses."

The center is a wonderful place to visit; on behalf of Bonnie Branch Middle, thanks for sharing this wonderful news, Chris.

That's all for this week. Let me know what's going on in your backyard and, until next time, have a stellar week, and enjoy the glorious landscape of autumn!

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