The Winter Olympic games in Sochi may be over but the Paralympics will be held Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 16. Keeping with the Olympic spirit, Anne Arundel County Special Olympics, a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of sports such as bocce, cycling, softball and swimming, is looking for volunteers ages 16 and older to be coaches in the evenings and assist with special events, fundraising, regional competitions, and more. Volunteer orientation will be held on Wednesday, March 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Severna Park Library, located at 45 McKinsey Road, in Severna Park. Spring games take place on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23, in Frederick. For detailed information, please contact Kyle Hines at 410-923-0383, khinessoaamd@gmail.com or go to soaamd.org..

Longtime Russett resident and friend Bill Berned will be cycling solo in the New England Classic 550 Tour de Cure event to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. The Tour de Cure is a series of cycling events held throughout 44 states nationwide. Bill has participated in other events for the American Diabetes Association over the years but never this one. Though not an Olympic event, the route will be 550 miles over six days throughout New England, starting in Massachusetts, Saturday, July 12 through Friday, July 18, coursing through parts of New Hampshire and Vermont. His personal goal is to raise more than $4,000. Every dollar raised helps with critical research, information and advocacy. If you would like to help Bill reach his goal, you can go to tour.diabetes.org click donate and then type in his name to locate his personal page and securely make your tax-deductible donation.

Any amount will be greatly appreciated and remember, a small act of kindness goes a long way.

Good luck, Bill!