Baltimore County

Time to play golf to raise money for a good cause [Owings Mills]

Spring is the time of rebirth and renewal . For some, that means tee time and a chance to be outdoors, unwinding from the stresses of everyday life. If golf is your sport of choice, then you need to check out the Zero Prostate Cancer Golf Classic. This event takes place on May 13 from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Towson Golf and Country Club, where LPGA tour players will join other golfers to help fight against prostate cancer. Founded by Chesapeake Urology Associates as the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge Baltimore Classic, this event raises funds to further research and provide free screenings in dozens of cities across the U.S.

A Driving Range Clinic with the LPGA pros, plus a brunch, is from 10:30 a.m. until noon when a shotgun start begins the 18-hole adventure. Following the game, dinner will be served about 5 p.m. with an open bar cocktail hour. There will be awards for the first-, second- and third-place teams as well as other achievement prizes. Nine sponsorship levels are available, and registration can be completed by calling Linda Frederick at 443-738-2738 or emailing her at


Chesapeake Urology Prostate Center is like no other medical office in Owings Mills. This beautiful space has a fireplace set amid a stone wall, complete with a flat- screen TV above it. But it is the staff that goes the extra mile in making the male patients feel cared for and special. In the morning, there is a breakfast treat for those who haven't eaten, and there is always lunch there for the patients. On the day my husband had his appointment, there was a large serving tray of macaroni and cheese, and we thought it was a special luncheon for the staff. Imagine our surprise when we were told that this was an everyday event!

The patients at the office bond as they come for treatment for 8 weeks, usually at the same time. One gentleman was graduating from his treatments, and another patient's wife baked him a special apple pie to take home. She baked a second apple pie to share with everyone else. The goal at the office is to make the experience as relaxing as possible for the men who are going through such an uncertain time. This is indeed a step above and beyond, but one that is much appreciated!


The Harbour School at Baltimore hosts its 2nd annual Museum Day on April 19 from 10 a.m until noon. Multiple interactive exhibits will be throughout the school, and the theme will be Societal Change through Art and Technology. The students are the museum curators and docents, and do a fantastic job. It is always interesting to see how each class interprets the theme and then implements it according to their vision. The Harbour School is located at 11251 Dolfield Blvd. For more information, email Martha Schneider at

Summer is just around the corner and the little ones will be out of school. What to do? What to do? Sign them up for summer camp at Irvine Nature Center! The youngsters can explore the Caves Valley woodlands, climb trees, catch frogs, and run in vast meadows. There will be over 40 sessions with hikes on the trails, nature crafts and games, and science experiments. Small group sizes are a bonus, and the Summer Nature Camp at Irvine is a Maryland state-certified camp. Registrations can be made by logging on to

For those craving outdoor activities, Soldiers Delight offers two events this weekend. Star-gazing takes place Saturday, April 13 from 8-10 p.m. On Sunday, April 14 from 2-4:30 p.m. there will be a Mining History Hike. Volunteer Ranger, and mining historian Johnny Johnsson will lead a two-mile hike to the historic Choate chromium mine, and participants will get the chance to pan chrome sands in a restored buddle. I have taken this tour before and it is fascinating! Soldiers Delight is located at 5100 Deer Park Road in Owings Mills.

There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive on April 23 from noon until 7:30 p.m at the VFW Post 521. This quarterly event sets a goal each time for a set number of pints to be donated. This time the goal is 20 pints. Volunteer donors do not need to schedule an appointment. If you haven't thought about donating blood before, maybe this is the time to give back. The VFW Post is located at 214 Tollgate Road in Owings Mills.

Tollgate Action Group has announced the date of their semi-annual Communitywide Yard Sales. The "untold treasures shopping extravaganza" will be on Saturday, May 18 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Die-hard yard sale enthusiasts always hit the streets early because that's when the best treasures are found. Tollgate is a community of 500 homes and dozens of streets, so there will be lots to choose from that day. Don't worry if you are late getting around to them all because the best deals are found at the end of the day. Many times things are free because who wants to pack it all up again? Hopefully the weather will cooperate and be warm and sunny. If not, a rain date is the following Saturday, May 25. Tollgate is located off of Reisterstown Road, just north of the railroad underpass.

April is chock full of birthdays so here's wishing a most special day to father-daughter duo, Brian and Hanna Donovan who celebrate on April 17 and 14 respectively. Marilyn Coslett, their neighbor, has her special day on April 14 as well. She will celebrate 8 decades although no one would ever guess that looking at her! Jennifer Reeder has a birthday on April 18, while her daughter Brianna celebrated on the 5th. And yours truly celebrates another birthday today, April 11. What are the chances of having so many people on the same street in the same neighborhood celebrating April birthdays?

Call with your special news. I'll see you in May!