Healthy Howard wants to make us, well, healthier [North Laurel/Savage]

Healthy Howard is coming to the North Laurel, Savage and Jessup area. It will be starting a new Healthy Eating and Active Living Zone or HEAL Zone in our area.

This will bring resourses to our community to help increase the availability and affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables, increase physical activity, decrease calories consumed and increase access to affordable healthcare.

The kick off is Jan. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, at 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road. For more information, contact Monica Lewis at or 410-313-1777.

Congratulations to the Superbowl Champs! No, this is not a year-old column for the Ravens. It is for the Laurel Steelers 6-8-year-old Centennial team that finished the season undefeated and won their State Superbowl against the Bowie Bulldogs and had a final record of 15-0.

Coach Fernando Falcon could not be prouder of his team. We had three teams that made it to the state finals, something very impressive. The 6-8 Federal team lost in a close match and the 7-9 Centennial team played hard but came up a bit short in their game as well. Still their coaches were so proud of how hard they played and that they made it to the state tournament. Seems like three great seasons of football in our area.

Gorman Crossing Elementary School is hosting a series of We Can Workshops for its families to learn how to enhance student's activity and nutrition. It was created by the National Institutes of Health and will be on Jan. 15, 22, 29 and Feb. 4, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

This is the last chance to get in some free tutoring for any Reservoir High School student on Jan. 12 before midterms. The Gator Academy at the North Laurel Community Center starts at 2 p.m. For more information on the Academy, contact Beth Weith at or phone Miriam Cruz at 240-640-7885.

Cyberbullying has become one of the biggest issues our youth face today. On Jan. 16, starting at 7 p.m., Reservoir High is hosting a presentation with Erin Stoll, an expert on bullying and a clinical psychologist. This is a serious issue today with almost half of all students being bullied.

Terrapin Adventures will hold Adventure in Heels on Jan. 25 starting at 2 p.m. This is their version of the amazing race. Race through the Savage Mill, in heels, and support Success in Style, an organization that helps people in a time of crisis get back to work.

Adventure in Heels offers a race of games and challenges throughout the Mill. A percentages of the tickets will go directly to Success in Style. There will also be prizes that can be won with raffle tickets — 100 percent of those sales will go to success in Style as well. There will also be wine and appetizers and a raffle. Cost is $39. For more information or to sign up, go to

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