Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock: Fundraiser set for Millard Cooper Park

Millard Cooper Park houses the free Sykesville Concerts in the Park every summer, but this Saturday, July 28, it will also provide the venue for a market fundraiser benefiting the Center for Infant & Child Loss, in Baltimore.

Jennifer Ebert and Emily Pattison have planned the event, "Celebrating Dakota in the Park," to memorialize Dakota Kindrick, a four-month-old local baby who died on June 18, 2012.

The fundraiser will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will include music, games, children's arts and crafts, and homemade crafts for sale.

Vendors such as Aw Boy Fries, Cookie Lee, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One and Velata will also be on hand, selling their wares. A portion of the day's proceeds will go to the center, which works to increase understanding of sudden infant and child death and provides compassionate intervention to grieving families (

For more information, email, or call 443-789-4504.

The weekly Sykesville Concert in the Park will take place as scheduled on Friday, July 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., when students from Let There Be Rock School Columbia ( take the stage.

Next week's concert, on Aug. 3, will be a charity event featuring Carroll County's JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra ( The address for the park is 7283 Cooper Drive, and parking is free across the street at Sykesville Middle School.

Go to to learn more, or contact Main Street Manager Ivy Wells at or 410-795-8959.

The Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours has announced that it will offer two spiritual retreats next month. The first, "Meditative Singing," will run from Friday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m., through Sunday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m., at a cost of $225.

Brother Stefan Waligur will use original songs, Celtic melodies and Taize chants to help participants explore singing as one of the building blocks of worship.

A few days later, Edwina Gateley will lead a study of "Mystics, Rebels and Prophets: Women Who Have Gone Before us and Walk With us Today."

The program offers an in-depth look at Hildegard of Bingen, Brigid of Kildare, Julian of Norwich and the Beguines of the Middle Ages, and also some contemporary female Christian leaders.

The retreat begins on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 5 p.m. and ends on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m., at a cost of $625 for overnight guests or $415 for commuters.

To register for programs at Bon Secours, call 410-442-1320, or go to to learn more. The center's address is 1525 Marriottsville Road, in Marriottsville.

Do you know a young child who is fascinated by fairies? The Howard County Conservancy is offering its free Wonder Walk for little tots, "Fairy Houses: Magic in the Woods," this Saturday, July 28, at 10 a.m.

This program is geared especially to children ages 4-10. Florence Miller and Audrey Suhr will help the youngsters locate natural materials and use them to build charming, cozy dwellings that just may entice a fairy to take residence. In case of rain, check the Conservancy's website at The address is 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99) in Woodstock, and the phone number is 410-465-8877.

Don't forget that St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will not host its community feast July 26. The meal is scheduled to return next month, on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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