There's still time to support the Elkridge Elementary School Hop/Shoot/Jump-a-thon for Cystic Fibrosis. This fundraising event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15 for K-second grade and Thursday, Feb. 16 for third, fourth an fifth grades. The 2012 HOP theme is "Who's Ready to Rock (and Roll)?"
Since this will be the 11th and final HOP at Elkridge Elementary, try and support the event and help it exceed its fundraising goals. Since its inception 10 years ago, the HOP at Elkridge Elementary has raised $90,900 in contributions to CF research and their end goal is set for $100,000 before the end of this year's worthwhile effort.
If you'd like to make a donation to the Hop/Shoot/Jump-a-thon, go to http://www.cff.org/Great_Strides/AmyBahrijczuk5121. 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 Bahrijczuk at 410-796-7963. Thank you for making a difference on behalf of those who deal with CF every day of their lives.
There's still time to catch the James Munsey Comedy Hypnosis Show, which will be presented at Howard High School Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Munsey's hilarious, family-friendly program uses members in the audience to entertain the crowd, transforming mere would-be attendees into instant comedians and making them the stars of the show.
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.
Don't forget the chance to give the gift of life at the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department Blood Drive scheduled for Feb. 23 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge. Walk-ins are always welcome; appointments are appreciated.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Red Cross at 800-REDCROSS, or go to http://www.redcrossblood.org. Please make sure you specify that you are calling on behalf of the Elkridge Volunteer Firefighters drive Feb. 23.
The Elkridge Volunteer Junior Firefighters will sponsor a Valentine-themed youth dance for ages 9-15 Feb. 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the fire hall. Tickets are available at the door for $10 per person with a maximum of 200 tickets sold. Food and beverages, which include pizza, corn dogs, pretzels, nachos, candy, water and sodas, will also be for sale at the dance.
The department does have a "no exceptions" policy on appropriate behavior and dress code for its youth dances, and also enforces a strict adult sign-in/sign-out procedure for attendance.
For more information on the dance, call 410-761-6633 (and select option 5), or go to http://www.ElkridgeVFD.org.
Make plans now and get your tickets to attend the seventh annual bull and oyster roast of the St. Augustine Church Knights of Columbus, Council #11618 Saturday, Feb. 18. This event is always very well done with great food, music, and gaming wheels.
The food is provided by Old World Delicatessen and features a full menu of oysters on the half shell, oyster stew, pit beef, ham and turkey, pork barbeque, roasted chicken, Italian sausage and an assortment of side dishes and other goodies to nosh.
Beer on tap, wine and sodas, coffee, tea and dessert will certainly round out the food and beverage offerings. The event will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. and will feature music by a local disc jockey, game wheels, door prizes and 50/50 drawings.
Tickets are $40/person; tables will be reserved for parties of eight or more. To purchase tickets, call Jim Zerr at 443-386-6776 or Andy Williams at 410- 461-1637.
Leo Zerhusen is the founder and director of H.O.P.E. (for all) in Linthicum. H.O.P.E. is an acronym for "He Opens Paths for Everyone," but it is best known as H.O.P.E. (for all). Leo is the brother of Elkridge resident Mark Zerhusen and Leo and his wife give selflessly of their time to the homeless in the area.
H.O.P.E. is in great need of assistance for the growing number of homeless, especially families with young children. This ever-expanding population is mainly located in and around the BWI corridor around Glen Burnie, Ferndale, Linthicum, etc. in neighboring Anne Arundel County.
I received word from Zerhusen that "As the first month of 2012 comes to a close it is very evident that the new year has begun pretty much where the old one left off… The need continues to grow at a very alarming rate. The cost of living for food and fuel continues to mount. The number of children going home hungry from school continues to grow."
Zerhusen wants to spread the word about H.O.P.E.'s upcoming indoor yard sale scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to noon, at 323 Azar Court, off Roesler Road, in Glen Burnie (take the third right at the end of the bowling alley). Call 410-766-0372 for more information, or email Leo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you have winter clothes that you can spare, they are very much in need of men's and women's sweat pants, sweat shirts, jeans, and heavy winter type shirts in all sizes. The same is true of boys and girls winter clothing, including sweat pants, sweat shirts, hoodies, jeans and winter jackets in sizes 6-16.
And, if your son(s) or daughter(s), scout troop, community, school, church, and/or youth group would like to undertake a service project, H.O.P.E. has plenty of opportunities available, and all are fairly direct and simple. There are also two Eagle Scout projects, if anyone is interested in the challenge. Call 410-766-0372.
The organization is also in the midst of its second annual Sharing H.O.P.E. Campaign. They are trying to get 2,000 individuals to pledge donations equivalent to 12 1/2 cents a day (or $50 per year) so they can continue the work they do on behalf of these homeless families.
Pledges can be mailed to H.O.P.E., 329 Double Eagle Drive, Linthicum, MD 21090. Zerhusen asks, "If you know of others who could assist with this campaign, we would be grateful for you to pass on the request. Please help us reach our goal so no child sleeps on the floor; and help us ease the pain of our growing number of hungry children right here in our own backyard."
Although largely focused on romantic love, Valentine's Day (celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 14) is the perfect opportunity to share varying degrees of affection, whether it be an amorous relationship, a great friendship, respect for a colleague, awe for someone who truly makes a difference, or simply letting someone know how much you value their being in your life. "Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own." Happy Valentine's Day!
In this month of February, reach out to those around you each and every day in some gesture of love and compassion. In the words of Maya Angelou, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
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