'Give Where You Live 5k' set to help Elkridge Food Pantry with event Sept. 18

The "Give Where You Live 5K," in support of the Elkridge Food Pantry, will take place Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 a.m. and 100 percent of the proceeds directly benefit the food pantry and garden. The Howard High School cross country team is gearing up to make a collective showing at this fun run/walk, thanks to the support and encouragement of Nathan Ferrell, Howard High Spanish teacher and cross county coach.

This great outreach 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 to help make "Give Where You Live 5K" a huge success! Even if you haven't registered, you can still show up on Sunday and participate in the cause, so they hope to see you there!

Just a quick reminder from Howard Johnson, president of the Greater Elkridge Community Association, about the meeting dates of the Howard County Charter Review Commission. The Commission will hold public hearings at the following times and locations: Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, in Ellicott City; and Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Gary Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, 2400 Route 97, in Cooksville.

"Living Well – Take Charge of Your Health" is a chronic disease self-management program developed by Stanford University. It is designed for persons with chronic conditions or their caregivers. The Living Well Program is offered for six consecutive weeks and is both highly structured and interactive for all participants. The weekly sessions last approximately two and a half hours each and are facilitated by lay leaders.

Participants learn to develop action plans, support one another, and adopt healthy behaviors. Each session deals with a specific topic such as: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; understanding how to evaluate new treatments; appropriate use of medications; and nutrition.

The next "Living Well" program will be hosted by Dr. Stephen Grill, of the Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center of Maryland, 8180 Lark Brown Road, Suite 101, in Elkridge. This six-week session begins Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and will be held every Tuesday through Oct. 25. For more information, email Sarah Enas, Living Well coordinator, Howard County Office on Aging, at senas@howardcountymd.gov or call 414-313-3506.

Calling all Howard High School students, faculty, staff and alumni! To kick off Howard High School's homecoming weekend, the Lions' Pride Booster Club will sponsor its annual pancake breakfast Sept. 24 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Cost is $5 per person; children younger than 2 eat for free.

Barring earthquakes, hurricanes and other foul weather, the homecoming parade will begin at 10:30 a.m., following the breakfast. Then, it's the excitement of football as the Lions take on the Long Reach Lightning at 1 p.m.

Please join the fun of Howard's Homecoming and help support Lions' Pride! For more details, go to its Wiki site at howardhighsports.wikispaces.com.

Beer Lovers Unite! The residents of Lawyers Hill are excited about their inaugural OctoberFest beer tasting, scheduled for Sept. 24 at the Elkridge Assembly Rooms, 6090 Lawyers Hill Road, in Elkridge. The beer tasting will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each or $10 for those attendees who are in Lederhosen or a barmaid costume! Sounds like fun!

Don't miss this inaugural event, and space is limited so please make your reservations early! Call Cindy Quick at 410-340-9015 or cindyquick1@verizon.net. All proceeds will go to the restoration of The Elkridge Assembly Rooms.

The Friends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway, Inc. is dedicated to preserving, protecting, interpreting and restoring the environment, history and culture of the Valley. The group hopes everyone had a great summer and are excited about upcoming events such as environmental workshops and meetings, watershed cleanups, tree plantings and maintenance and a new stream quality workshop.

Join the group Sunday, Sept. 18 for a guided kayak ride along the Patapsco River, led by member Steve Schreiner. Beginning at Orange Grove Area of Patapsco State Park. Park entry fee is required. The kayak trip is free for group members and $15 for nonmembers. For more details, including start time, email Steve at spschreiner@gmail.com.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a stream captain training at the Elkridge Senior Center Meeting Room (in the Elkridge Library), 6450 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Come and learn how to lead a group of concerned citizens to safely and successfully clean up a local stream (with a little help from the Friends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway. To register for these events, or for more information about the organization, please go to its website at www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org.

An extra loud shout-out to Alex Lucas, who celebrates her 15th birthday today, Sept. 15! Alex is a sophomore at Howard High School and active in the Howard Dance program at school. She is the eldest daughter of Pam Poolson and Everett Lucas, of Hanover. Happy Birthday, Alex!

Remember to practice random acts of kindness and always 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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