Kids in local Leo Clubs busy helping others [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Harrison Morson, the membership chairman of the Glenwood Lion's Club, is proud of the Glenwood Middle School Leo Club, which collected 103 bikes in its bike drive last May.

The bikes were collected for the organization Bikes for the World and joined 12,000 other bikes which were shipped to people around the world in 2013.

Right now, the Glenwood Middle School Leo Club is busy collecting canned goods to donate to the Glenelg United Methodist Church food bank.

Next door, at Bushy Park Elementary School, the Leo Club is collecting new and slightly used towels to donate to the Animal Medical Hospital in Glenwood. The veterinarians need towels to lift and clean their patients, and can use all the towels the students collect.

Matthew Pysh, a fifth grade member of the Leo Club at Bushy Park, said they are also collecting aluminum to raise money to fight childhood cancers and are busy organizing spirit days for their fellow Bushy Park students. These young people are taking an active role in the community and learning early on about the rewards of volunteering.

If you've been to the store lately, you probably know that Christmas is coming. Decorations appeared in almost every store before Halloween. Calvary Lutheran Church at 16151 Old Frederick Road in Lisbon gives you a pleasant way to start getting ready for the holidays. The church will have a Christmas Market on Friday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Featured will be a variety of local vendors, crafts, Christmas gift items, a white elephant room, and homemade food items. A crab cake dinner will start at 4 p.m., and food will be sold all day long. Come and get your holiday shopping off to a good start.

If you are heeding the advice to buy local, another opportunity is coming soon. Holiday Mart 2013, a juried arts and crafts show, will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood. Everyone is welcome. Admission is $4 per person and children under 5 are free.

This is the 41st year for this annual Howard County event. You will find seasonal gifts and merchandise created by 135 different artisans, all happy to talk to you about their creations. You will know the story behind the item you are purchasing. There will be door prizes and a children's craft corner. Refreshments will be available for purchase. This is the place to find unique, handcrafted items to give away as gifts, or keep for yourself. For more information, call 410-313-4840.

Lynne Quinn wants to remind everyone that the monthly St. Andrew's Community Feast will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a week earlier than usual, since the fourth Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is at 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood.

This month's menu will be Mexican, and is donated by Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille at the Inwood Shopping Center. You can dine in or carry out. Meals cost $9 each, with a maximum charge of $30 for a family. Children five and under are free. Proceeds benefit the outreach with El Hogar (The Home) Ministries in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The mission of El Hogar is to transform and empower abandoned and hopelessly poor children in Honduras by providing a loving home and education. For more information about the dinner or about El Hogar, call 410-489-4035.

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