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Clarksville: Foster care program for youth headed our way

Congratulations to Rex Smith, president and CEO of Hearts and Homes for Youth, on receiving a Harris Heroes Award during the Harris Heroes Luncheon at the National Press Club last month.

Hearts and Homes will open a foster care program in Howard County next month.

ABC 7's Leon Harris created Harris Heroes to add positive attention to the evening news.

HHY began in 1964 as Boys' and Girls' Home of Montgomery County. It has grown to include seven group homes, emergency shelter care, a homeless shelter, therapeutic foster care, independent living, a young adult career academy and a unique foster care program for pregnant and parenting teens.

More than 30,000 children have benefited.

To learn more, go to

Last call for children wanting to "hang with Daniel in old Babylon."

Vacation Bible school in Babylon begins at 6 p.m. at Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church on Brighton Dam Road this Monday evening. Call 301-854-3678 to let them know you're coming, or just drop in with the other captives.

Billed as "Food, Farms, Films and Fun," the third annual "Film Feastival" will kick off Farm-to-Table restaurant weeks (July 18-Aug. 6) at Clark's Elioak Farm on July 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Martha Clark's family has been farming in Howard County since 1797. Martha will highlight the connection between farms, restaurants, food producers and the community.

There are still many local sources of fresh food even if you don't have space or inclination to grow your own. There is also a week-long Buy Local Maryland Challenge from July 21 to 29.

Those who attend the Feastival can speak with farmers, restaurateurs, chefs, business owners and agricultural experts while sampling farm-fresh foods prepared by Aida Bistro and Wine Bar, Eggspectation, the Mango Grove, Bistro Blanc, the Town Grill at Lisbon, Baldwin's Station and the Woodstock Inn.

A Farmer's Market will feature farm produce and products such as 100 percent grass-fed beef, local cheese, honey, fruits, vegetables and preserves. They might even share a recipe so you can try your hand at making healthy treats at home.

The feature film of the evening is "American Meat," explaining our current industrial meat system through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there and shifting into the sustainable, local-food movement. To learn more, go to

The cost for the evening is only $5, which goes toward Farmer's Market coupons for free fresh fruits and vegetables for Howard County families in need through the WIC program and Howard County Food Bank.

Registration is limited and is required. Go to or call 410-313-2707.

Hey, kids, let's fly away on a summer breeze. "Amazing Wonders Aviation" is the theme for vacation Bible school at Rolling Hills Baptist Church on Johns Hopkins Road July 23-27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The program is geared to children entering grades 1-6. There is no kindergarten or pre-K program.

Register online at For more information, contact the pastor,, or call 301-490-4777.

Success in Style needs your help in providing good business attire for women size 14 and larger. They also need new large size bras, men's socks and underwear. Drive on over to Charity's Closet, a resale boutique, at Savage Mill to shop, donate and learn more.

Ask about the volunteer breakfast coming on July 26, Girls' Night Out parties and other events.

Congratulations to winners of the 2012 Howard County Bird Club Student Art Contest. Tiffany Lee, a fifth grader at Manor Woods Elementary took first Place in the elementary category with her stunning cardinal. Honorable Mention went to fifth grader Mason Suess of Pointers Run Elementary for his nuthatch.

At the middle school level, Patapsco 6th grader Kruti Patel took first place with his colorful goldfinch. Clarksville MS 6th graders took 2nd and Honorable Mention. Christine Kwan chose a bluebird and Bill Cao rendered a wren.

Both first place winners are students of art teacher May Fong Tsay.

The competition was judged by Holly Highfill, who designed the tree and other displays at the Robinson Nature Center.

You can view the winning art at or wait a while and see them close up. The birds will be on display at the Robinson Nature Center Aug. 10-20, at Mt. Pleasant Aug, 20-31 and at Glenwood Community Center all through September

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