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Volunteer coaches make sports available to local youth [Maryland City]

Last weekend's celebration of Easter brought to life the tradition of coloring Easter eggs once again. The brightly-colored eggs decorated many households as we celebrated new life in the traditions familiar to our families. This weekend, you can also find many brightly-colored dots speckling the soccer field as the in-house program begins its games. In-house baseball also kicked off this week with practices. To date the travel programs for both soccer and baseball continue to drive through their schedules with a vengeance.  The 10U Maryland City Recreation Council Mustang baseball team defeated Fort Meade, 16-3, just prior to spring break. Check out their hot bats and pitching heat this season as the kids enjoy the national pastime.

Maryland City Recreation Council Mustangs thank all of its volunteer coaches. Without their tireless hours on and off the field, many of our youth would never have the opportunity to try team sports, which teach sportsmanship and teamwork. Next time you see them, thank the following individuals for donating their time to the travel soccer program: Willie Kendrick and Jim Watters (U10 boys), Christopher Jones (U10 girls), Jaime Blanco (U11 boys), Lauren and Kurt Wickline (U11 girls), Jose Fabregas (U12 boys), Bill McMahon (U14 girls and U18 girls), Bobby Maher (U8 boys), Kerri Orrell (U8 boys), Mike Colohan (U8 girls), John Marx (U9 boys), Chuck Williams (U9 boys), Kellianne Venit (U9 girls), and the soccer commissioner, John Venit.

If you are looking for a way to get your kids more interested in math, then take them out to Jessup Elementary School tonight at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Arthur Benjamin, a professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., has traveled across the country to present a special program for the students in this area. We all think math must involve some magic and Dr. Benjamin, a professional magician, will open the secret door to mental math in a fast-paced and entertaining manner. He will teach us all how to multiply numbers faster than a calculator and how to figure out the day of the week for any date in history. Known as "America's Best Math Whiz," he has written a number of books and a DVD course on mental math. So stop by and give your brain a mental workout this evening.

Also, if you are a parent at Brock Bridge Elementary School, don't forget to pick up your Joe Corbi's pizza fundraiser items before heading out to the math phenomenon. Pick up for the fundraiser is between 4 and 6:30 p.m. Please remember to thank the volunteers when you pick up your items.

If you are looking for an entertaining evening with friends next weekend, grab a few close friends and head out to the Maryland City Volunteer Fire Department on Route 198 on Saturday, May 3 for a Longaberger and Pandora bingo night. Doors open at 5 p.m., with games starting at 7 p.m. Prices start at $21 and up and discounts are given for reservations. Enjoy the regular games, two jackpot games, King Tutt pull tabs, two raffle prizes and a 50/50 cash raffle. You can also purchase your chances for cash prizes in the Mighty Balls and pull tabs games. Enjoy a night out with friends and arrive early to enjoy some of the delicious food available for purchase from our fire department volunteers.

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