There's still time to get your tickets for the Elkridge Rotary Club's 48th annual bull and oyster roast

There might still be tickets to attend the Elkridge Rotary Club's 48th annual bull and oyster roast Saturday, Jan. 28 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at La Fontaine Bleu on Ritchie Highway, in Glen Burnie.

This is Elkridge Rotary's big fundraising event and the menu includes a delicious offering of pit beef, pit ham, Chesapeake Bay oysters and clams and many other side dishes, dessert, coffee, etc. This great party also features live music by The Great Escape Band.

Tickets are $45 per person; beer, soft drinks and set-ups are included. The silent auction always has fun stuff to bid on and you can't go wrong supporting the Rotary's work in the local community, the nation and the world.

For more information about tickets, contact George Haker at 410- 925-3839 or email

OK, Elkridge, it's that time of year again for the Elkridge Elementary School Hop/Shoot/Jump-a-Thon to help fight cystic fibrosis. This high-energy, worthwhile fundraising event will be held on Feb. 15 (for kindergarten, first and second grades) and Feb. 17 (for third, fourth and fifth grades). This is also a Howard County wrap-around event for the "Great Strides Walk for CF" to be held in June. The 2012 HOP theme is "Who's Ready to Rock (and Roll)?"

The Elkridge Elementary Hop/Shoot/Jump-A-Thon was launched 10 years ago when Jodi Bahrijczuk began first grade there. It was discovered that three unrelated families (Berkley, Bahrijczuk and Cerwonka) had first-graders with cystic fibrosis. Cathy Berkley approached Elkridge Elementary Principal Diane Mumford about the school sponsoring a philanthropic event to raise money on behalf of CF, which would also give the students the opportunity to have fun while helping others.

The Berkley and Cerwonka families have since moved out of the area; however, Amy Bahrijczuk has continued to oversee the fundraising effort. Now, here we are in 2012 —10 "HOPs" later — and Elkridge Elementary has made $90,900 in contributions a reality for CF research since the inception of this grand event! Now, with Joshua Bahrijczuk (who also has CF) in fifth grade, this will be the 11th and final HOP, with a goal set for $100,000 as their total contributions to CF research.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has been ranked as one of the nation's top "Charities You Can Trust" by Smart Money. More than 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to medical research. The CF Foundation has made tremendous progress through their research, and although there is no cure as of yet, the medicines and treatments that have been developed have greatly helped those with the disease.

You can find out about CF research and obtain additional information at, and, if you'd like to make a donation to Elkridge Elementary's Hop/Shoot/Jump-a-Thon, it's easy and secure at Donations in the form of checks can be made payable to CF Foundation and dropped off or mailed to Elkridge Elementary at 7075 Montgomery Road, Elkridge MD 21075.

For additional information on the HOP, call Amy at 410-796-7963. Your support is greatly appreciated.

The James Munsey Comedy Hypnosis Show is back by popular demand and will be presented at Howard High School Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. This program is very entertaining and definitely "something different" to be enjoyed by the entire family! I took my kids last year to the show and we had a blast.

Munsey's hilarious, creative program uses members in the audience to entertain the crowd, transforming would-be attendees into instant comedians and making them the stars of the show.

Advanced tickets are on sale at Howard during lunch shifts Feb. 8-10; and at the boys and girls basketball games Feb. 7 and 9, respectively. If those options aren't convenient, tickets will be available at the door the night of the event and they are $10 each.

Come see some of Howard's favorite teachers hypnotized in front of your very eyes. Tyler Petrini, Daneace Jeffrey and Natasha LaVoie have bravely stepped up to the challenge, and student volunteers will be chosen at random the night of the event and hypnotized, as well. Don't miss the fun!

Continue to keep all of our brave women and men who are far from home (and their loved ones) in your thoughts and prayers. Commit those random acts of kindness and savor each moment of every day. Keep in touch and let me know what you'd like to share in this space. Thanks and have a stellar week!

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