Elkridge: Anonymous donor puts Hop/Shoot/Jump-A-Thon over the top

Nothing beats a feel-good story than an extra feel-good sequel! I am thrilled to report some exciting news from Amy Bahrijczuk about the recent (and final) Elkridge Elementary School Hop/Shoot/Jump-A-Thon to help fight Cystic Fibrosis, which has been an Elkridge Elementary fundraising event for the past 11 years.

This paper recently ran a fabulous article about the event when it was held Feb. 15 and 16, complete with some great photos. Now, in follow-up, according to Amy, as of Feb. 23, an extra-special special donation was made (from an unnamed donor) on behalf of the Hop/Shoot/Jump-A-Thon to meet the school's ultimate goal of $100,000!

Also, to complete the event update, the class winners were: Lisa Goldberg's class won a pizza party; Brittany Mitchell's class won an extra hour of gym class time; and, in Paige Zimmer's class, each student received a homework pass.

And, taking the truly coveted prize, two students from each grade won the chance to throw a "pie-in-the-face" of a physical education teacher in a post-event celebration. In Kindergarten, the honors went to Forrest Springer and Kadence Kimmel; first grade, Ryan Fischer and Maria Shinnamon; second grade, Jacob McCoy and Julie Barr; third grade, Ryan Anderson and Lauren Dearing; fourth grade, Zachary Rozgonyi and Sophia Mumper; and fifth grade, Joshua Bahrijczuk and Abby Kuhn. Congratulations, everyone!

Amy, her family, friends, Principal Diane Mumford and the great folks of Elkridge Elementary want to extend their gratitude to the school families and the community at large for their tremendous support and generosity! Thank you, Elkridge and Hanover, for making such a difference on behalf of those who deal with cystic fibrosis every day of their lives.

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighters will sponsor their St Patrick's youth dance for ages 9-15 Saturday, March 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road. 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.

Here's a wonderful opportunity for young women that I'd love to share with you. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, with support from the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, Maryland Space Business Roundtable, and Multinational Development of Women in Technology, will present: "Girl Power – Reach For the Sky: Career Opportunities for the Women of Tomorrow in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" on Sunday, March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, in North Laurel.

There will be plenty of hands-on activities, demonstrations, displays and career representatives. Students will have an opportunity to talk to professional women in STEM careers.

Parents are invited to accompany their daughters. Directions are available at http://www.jhuapl.edu . There is no admission fee for the event; however, registration is suggested. For more information, call 443-778-6125.

Calling all hungry, fun-loving Lions and their friends! The Howard High School Lions Pride Booster Club annual bull and oyster Roast will be held March 24 at Martin's West, 6821 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

For those who have attended in the past, it's always a grand time, and 2012 is no exception. The committee is planning another great year of food, dancing, raffles, prizes and silent auction.

If you'd like to help make this year's event a success, donations for the auction are greatly appreciated and can be anything from tickets to sporting or cultural events, timeshares, gift certificates, company merchandise or services (i.e. lawn care, painting, etc).

If you would like to help in any way, email event coordinator Laurie Huffman at laurie.huffman@alcatel-lucent.com or call her at 443-280-4864. For tickets, contact Renee Wilkins at rmrw21@aol.com or by phone at 410-747-6192.

Just about everyone appreciates a great deal, and that's precisely why Harwood Park United Methodist Church urges you to visit the new thrift shop they recently opened. This local little gem of bargain shopping features high-quality, gently-used clothing, shoes, bags, small household and home décor items.

Almost everything in the store is priced less than $5 and features items for men, women and children. The shop is opened on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Donations are also accepted on the days the shop is open for business.

When you go, the entrance is on the side of the church at 6635 Highlands Ave. — just look for the Thrift Shop entrance sign. For more information, or to inquire about making donations, call Jill Lloyd at 443-285-1369.

I believe the countdown to spring begins when we finally reach March. Spring just seems soooo close… even if there is still a wintery chill in the air. Kate Tufts of the Howard County Bird Club is urging all Howard County students ages 9-13 to share their artistic talent and overall creativity by entering the third annual Student Birding Art Contest.

Draw or paint your favorite Maryland bird and submit your entry for a chance to win a backpack containing a pair of Eagle Optics binoculars and field guides. For more details, check out the club's web site at: http://www.howardbirds.org.

So, come on, boys and girls: Don't be shy about participating… even if you never considered an art contest, here's the chance to do something new and different, and tap into a creative zone you might never knew existed within you!

Here's a reminder that the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association, a proud Elkridge community organization for more than 30 years, is accepting applications from area high school seniors for its 2012 scholarship awards.

Applications will be accepted until April 22, 2012. More information about the EAAA scholarship and the application process can be found on the EAAA Facebook page, or by callling Jeff Lockard at 410-796-8088 or email jeff.w.lockard@gmail.com.

The Howard High School Class of 1962 is planning a great party for its 50th class reunion, slated to take place this fall. If you are an alumnus of the class of '62, know how to find long-lost classmates, or interested in helping out, call Judy Pool Merson at 410-796-2838 or email judymerson@yahoo.com.

Coed, recreational softball players wanted! An informal coed softball league (the Cindy LaRue League) is looking for players age 19 and older — especially couples and women — from all parts of Howard County. This is slow-pitch, non-competitive softball league with games played on Sunday afternoons at Wilde Lake Middle School fields from late April to August.

Athletic skills are not required; the goal is to have fun in a relaxed, social setting. Everyone plays. Registration fee is approximately $20 per person. For more information, call Morse Solomon at 410-461-6712 or email mbsolomon@verizon.net.

Please keep in touch and let me know what you'd like to share in this space. I'd love to post your news and events, any special occasion, anniversaries, birthdays, births, graduations, wedding bells, etc. This is your space, Elkridge and Hanover, so share your news. Thanks and have a stellar week!

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