It takes a Village Co-op to to run tots' Trike-A-Thon

If you happened to pass Loch Raven Recreation Center on Glen Keith Boulevard on Oct. 9, you might have noticed bikers out in mass numbers.

No, not motorcyclists — preschoolers participating in the Village Co-op for Tots' Trike-A-Thon, a fundraiser which helps to support the nonprofit co-op.

Sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Loch Raven Recreation Council, Co-op for Tots offers educational and play opportunities for pre-school age children, and depends on the volunteer efforts of the parents.

Although the annual trike-a-thon is a fun day for the kids, participants earn money to help fund the co-op. The children get sponsors who make pledge donations based on the number of laps completed.

Will Williams, publicity chair, said, "It is great fun for the kids, and usually a good turn-out for the Village Co-op for Tots."

This year, 30 children were signed up to participate.

The recent grand opening of the Arnolia Thrift Store was a great success. County Councilman David Marks and State Sen. Kathy Klausmier attended the opening, along with representatives from Patapsco Bank, Destinations Credit Union, Baltimore County Executive office and Baltimore County Department of Social Services.

Proceeds from the first day was more than $300, and will be used to fund the church's community outreach program serving residents in Parkville and Carney.

Shoppers could view models Jen Walter wearing a three-piece pant suit for $22, brocade embellished shoes for $4 and a smart handbag for $5, while Ed Calvert modeled a dashing sports coat for $22 and a tailored black shirt for $ 4.

The shop, located in the church at 1776 East Joppa Road, is open Monday and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on the second Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It will also be open Oct. 15 during the church flea market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with additional holiday hours to be announced soon. Call the church 410-665-7005.

Cromwell Valley Park is in the development stage of a "Nature Trail for All." Alan Lake, chair of buildings and grounds for the Cromwell Valley Park Council, said, 'this is a unique program to create a trail for those with a disability to be able to enjoy the park and the natural ecology."

"Most of the trails at the park are too steep and rough for families with small children, citizens with muscular and neurologic limitations, and those with limited visual function," he said.

Baltimore County Recreation and Parks, along with Maryland School for the Blind, have been planning for this improvement with the assistance of Karen Volz, coordinator of Therapeutic Recreation Services.

Stephanie Huck, at the URS Corporation, has provided the design at no cost, and Ron Adler and Andy Harrington, at Adler Display have produced signage and designed educational display kiosks.

The Cromwell Valley Park Council is seeking corporate sponsors and donations to help fund this project. For more information, call 410-887-2503 or email

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