Third annual Rockburn Open Car Show revved up and ready to go Aug. 20

It was unfortunate news when we found out that the Elkridge Days celebration was cancelled… perhaps because of the economy, overscheduled lives or any multitude of reasons. However, many people were erroneously under the assumption that the Rockburn Open Car Show (held in tandem with Elkridge Days) was also cancelled.

Well, folks, the car show is still on and the event organizers want as many cars and people to attend the show as possible, but you must act fast (to enter your ride), or just plan to show up this weekend and enjoy the visual feast!

The third annual Rockburn Open Car Show will be held Saturday, Aug. 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at Rockburn Branch Park, West Area. Scores of beautiful classic, antique, hot rod, and modified cars will be on display and viewing is free to the public.

Cars from 1999 or earlier can be entered to win awards in the categories of: Best in Show; Best in Class for American Cars, Corvettes, Trucks, European Imports, Asian Imports; and People's Choice. The awards, presented by the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association, are given in honor of past EAAA members Jay Herbert and Gary J. Arthur. Alongside the competitive car display will be an automotive flea market and a car sales display.

The show is free to the public. Event proceeds will benefit Howard County Recreation and Parks and the EAAA Scholarship Funds.

Rockburn Branch Park,West Area, is at 6105 Rockburn Branch Park Road, in Elkridge. Since it's late notice for the online application process, call Ann Combs at 410-313-4624 or email for additional information.

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighters will sponsor a "Summer Bash" youth dance for ages 9-15 Aug. 27 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

I'm going to keep mentioning the EVFD Blood Drive as blood supplies are dangerously low (as they typically are during the summer months) and the Red Cross really needs your help, so please share the gift of life! The EVFD and the Red Cross would be thrilled to see you on Aug. 29th from 3 to 8 p.m. Walk-ins are always welcome, and appointments are appreciated. You can make an appointment by calling Julie Casey at 410-984-2170.

The next couple of weeks at the Elkridge Senior Center (in the Elkridge Branch Library) sounds both delicious and helpful. On Aug. 26, you can join the fun of "Cooking with Becky" from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $3 per person. Becky will be making delicious empanades. Watch and learn as she prepares these delicious treats and then help sample a few for lunch. Sounds like a great challenge!

If you have a fear of falling, or just want to have more confidence in your ability to stay safe, then this is the class for you! Every Wednesday from Sept. 7 to Oct. 26, you can enjoy a great program called "Matter of Balance" from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is only $23 for a full eight-week class.

A fall could cause broken bones, internal bleeding, both temporary and permanent disabilities, and other complications. Don't miss out on a "Matter of Balance" and learn how to protect yourself at all times. For questions about any of the Elkridge Senior Center events, call the center at 410-313-5192.

Don't forget to register for the "Give Where You Live 5K" to support the Elkridge Food Pantry. This fun run/walk is happening soon! Mark your calendar for Sept. 18 at 8 a.m. for the second annual Summers End "Give Where You Live" 5K. All of the proceeds directly benefit the food pantry and garden!

The run/walk will take place at 5660 Furnace Ave. (in front of the Food Pantry building next to Melville Methodist Church). There will be a post-race celebration with music, food and family fun at the Volleyball House parking lot across the street (which is offering free parking for the race participants and their families).

Plan now to support a great cause in your own backyard and spend some time with neighbors and friends. It'll be here before you know it! You must register by Sept. 9 to receive a free T-shirt. Sign up online at

Back to school means great excitement and wicked apprehension all rolled into one. As teachers everywhere prepare for the academic year, and students begin to immerse themselves in the throes of learning, I'll share the observations of Emma Goldman, "No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.

The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure." As the 2011-2012 school year unfolds, here's wishing great discoveries on both the giving and receiving end between our children and the admirable folks that tap their learning souls.

An extra loud shout out to my son, Luke Filar, who will celebrate his 15th birthday Sunday, Aug. 21st! Luke is a sophomore at Howard High School, runs on the cross country team and is a member of the Lions' junior varsity lacrosse team and a scholar athlete. Happy birthday, Luke! It's gone by way faster than I care to admit, but I am especially proud of the young man you have become and I know that the entire family is, too!

Life is short. Enjoy every moment possible, stay safe, practice random acts of kindness, and remember to reach out to those in need. Please keep in touch and let me know what you'd like to share in this space. I always look forward to hearing from the great friends and neighbors of Elkridge and Hanover. Thanks and have a stellar week!

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