Ellicott City: Fourth annual Howard County Family Wellness Day is June 3 at Centennial Park

Don't miss the fourth annual Howard County Family Wellness Day (formerly Healthy Howard Day) Sunday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Park.

Organized by the We Promote Health organization, this is a free family and community event with fun physical activities for kids and adults, healthy food tastings, screenings and information.

Cheer for your school during the School Mascot Challenge, participate in live exercise classes, enjoy the interactive activities in the Healthy Kids Zone and listen to Phelps Luck Elementary school students sing the National Athema at the opening ceremony at !0 a.m.

New this year is the Howard County Fire and Rescue "2 Hands 4 Life Pump-a-Thon" starting at 12:30 p.m. This program is a community-wide effort by the County's Fire and Rescue to teach citizens this important lifesaving technique.

Teams from the schools, religious organizations, senior centers, neighborhoods, worksites will participate in the Pump-a-Thon.

We Promote Health partners with the following community organizations to bring you Family Wellness Day: Howard County Public School System, Horizon Foundation, Healthy Howard, Howard County General Hospital, Columbia Association, Howard County Health Department and Recreation and Parks, Tai Sophia, Y of Central Maryland, University of Maryland Extension and more. For more information about Family Wellness Day 2012 visit the website at http://www.familywellnessday.org

It's finally here — Centennial Lane Elementary School PTA's Spring Fair! The two-day festival of fun begins on Friday, June 1, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with a kickoff party complete with a DJ and Captain Jean the pirate Queen, free freezer pops and giveaways.

Parents can preview the silent auction items and place their bids.

It continues on Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a variety of carnival games, crafts, cake walk, inflatable slide and obstacle course, and a radio controlled race car track where six drivers compete for first place.

The auction continues with Bob Lucido as the live auctioneer and silent auction items such as a Paul Reed Smith guitar, Washington Capitals Mike Green-signed Jersey, Disney Park Hopper Tickets, Washington Nationals dugout seats, Under Armour packages, dinner for 10 at Marrakesh Restaurant, party package at Union Jack's and more.

Enjoy the live entertainment, including a stilt walker, Tae Kwon Do show, Brownie Troop No. 3292 performing the Italian Tarantella dance, an Irish dancing troupe, plus many more local performers.

For more information visit the Centennial Lane Elementary PTA's Spring Fair website at http://www.clespta.org and click the red "Spring Fair" button or contact the PTA Fair Chairperson Michelle Berry at shelberry@verizon.net.

Ellioctt City residents Cecily Cummings Wood and her husband Ralph Wood are early music lovers and regularly attend performances in and around theWashington, D.C., area.

Ralph told me about one of the largest east coast gatherings of early music aficionados — the biennial Washington Early Music Festival. It begins this weekend Saturday, June 2, and runs through June 30 in Washington.

The 2012 festival theme is "Vices and Virtues: Passionate Music of Early Europe" and will feature a variety of affordable musical shows, workshops, demonstrations, hands on instruments and lectures celebrating early music from the medieval to the baroque (1100-1750).

If you attend the festival, look for Cecily's artwork on the festival program. including the cover design. You'll know it's Cecily's art if you find "cecwood" — her artist signature — in the bottom right-hand corner of the program.

After retiring from a career in information management, Cecily resumed her love of drawing and painting that reflect her passion for history, travel, museums, theater, concerts and literature.

She has studied under numerous important artists, including her current teacher, renowned Howard County artist Alice Webb.

Cecily's watercolor, stained glass and photography work can be found in homes across the United States. For more information about Cecily and her art, go to her website at http://www.cecwood.com.

The Banner's Hallmark store in Long Gate shopping center got a visit last week from the sister team of Polly Thatch and Susan Newcott, the authors and the illustrator of the new children's book "Olive's Balloon Adventure."

This was the authors first official booking signing event. The book's main character, a young girl named Olive, is an independent-minded, free spirit who accidentally finds herself afloat in a hot air ballon and travels around the world before she realizes she needs the help of others to help her return home.

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