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Have an extra bicycle? Leos Club could use it [West Friendship]

Leadership, experience and opportunity. That's the motto for the Leos Club, the junior service organization under the wider umbrella of the Lions Club.

Local Leos under the mentoring of Larry Orwig, a member of the Glenwood Lions Club, are on the receiving end of examples of those three character building attributes. The Glenwood Leos are currently seeking bicycles for a container load the middle school students are readying for shipment to needy communities throughout the global village.

In 2013, the club members gathered 117 bikes for the Bikes for the World organization. This year the Leos hope to increase the number of bikes collected. The Glenwood Leos are accepting bikes on May 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Glenwood Middle School, 2680 Route 97 in Glenwood.

Along with tremendous support from Dave Brown, principal of Glenwood Middle, adult Lions Club members like Larry Orwig and a local business donation from Race Pace, the students hope to see truckloads of bikes coming their way on May 17. Questions about the program? Call Dave Brown at 410-313-5520.

Congratulations to Shyami Codippily Murphy of West Friendship who was recently ranked No. 1 in the United States in her age and weight class for her Power Lifting expertise. The local artist admits that, "the benefits of training with weights have far surpassed my expectations, and I feel like I am 17 and not 47."

Seventy-six trombones. Well just about. The Glenelg United Methodist Church Concert Series presents Brass of the Potomac on May 18 at 4 p.m. at the church, 13900 Burntwoods Road, in Glenelg. Brass of the Potomac is a collection of local professional brass and percussion artists whose collective musicianship results in a dynamic brass band. The 30-piece ensemble fills the Glenelg Sanctuary with resounding and uplifting music. This concert, like the others in the series is free of charge and open to the public.

More music in the air at the Howard County Historical Society Museum on May 17, 7-9 p.m., when Vicki Scarinzi and Richard Walton will perform the music of contemporary artists during a concert titled "Three's a Crowd". The museum is at 8328 Court Ave. in historic Ellicott City. Tickets are $15 per person. Questions? Call Shawn Gladden at 410-480-3250.

If the kids didn't get enough of bunnies and rabbits at Easter time, bring them out to the Howard County Fairgrounds on May 24, beginning at 9 a.m., when the Hare Raisers 4-H Club is participating in the club's annual rabbit show. The herd action takes place in the sheep and goat building. No admission for this wonderful opportunity to see rabbits up close.

Mark your calendar for the annual Red Cross sponsored blood drive at Saint James United Methodist Church on May 29, 2:30 to 8 p.m. Donors may schedule an appointment time by calling 1-800- RED-CROSS or online at http://www.redcrossblood.org. The sponsor code for the Saint James blood drive is 05312858.

The Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church mini flea market is set for June 7, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carole Kramer, coordinator of the yearly Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church book sale announces the Seventh Annual flea market and "mini" book sale. Vendor spaces are free of charge. Six foot long vendor tables are available for a rental fee of $5. Questions about the sale? Call Kramer at 410-442-2475 or e-mail her at carolekramer@hotmail.com. Shepherd of the Glen is at 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood.

"Splash into God's Word" is the theme for Vacation Bible School at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, July 21-25, 9 a.m. to noon for rising kindergartners through fifth grade students. To register for the summer vacation bible school, go to http://www.standrews.episcopalmaryland.org or call the church office at 410-489-4035.

Congratulations to Wendy and Kevin Meetze who welcomed new baby girl Natalie Emerson on March 3. Natalie's big sister Vivian could not be more delighted.

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