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People enjoy the first movie night of the year in Sykesville at Millard Cooper Park on May 14, 2016. The new season begins June 10 with “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.&#8221
People enjoy the first movie night of the year in Sykesville at Millard Cooper Park on May 14, 2016. The new season begins June 10 with “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” (Submitted photo)

Community Ties Inc. brings to you their first Free Community Picnic on June 17.

Starting at 12 p.m. at Watkins Park in Mount Airy, Community Ties, a new nonprofit, presents their Free Community Picnic to announce their mission and the importance of joining forces and working together for a better community.

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Community Ties is now part of our community and it is here to help people who are going through difficult times and help them find the resources to come out of those crises.

Kathy E. Barna, the president of Community Ties, stated in an email interview, that this event is a grand opening to the community and the purpose of it to announce themselves and to make themselves available to help those in need.

Barna stated that she heard God's call when she decided to start this organization for the community. For her, it is very important to use the skills and gifts that we each have to help each other.

"I have personally witnessed families in crisis that are overwhelmed and can't even see clearly enough to know what their needs are let alone reach out and ask for help...that's where Community Ties comes in. We help individuals in crisis discern their needs and then connect them with the resources they need to not just survive their crisis but come out of it," stated Barna.

For Barna this event is important because it gives them an opportunity to connect with other people. Also, they will have free food and fun activities "to break down walls" between the people in the community. This will give people in the community the opportunity to become involved in other activities to help others.

Throughout this event, Barna explained that they will have activities for people to get hands on experience in helping others.

"We will be putting together 100 Caring Summer Camp Bags for underprivileged children within our communities," stated Barna.

According to Barna, these bags will be dropped off to the Salvation Army and then taken to the YMCA overnight camps. Many of the children that attend the camps, every year, are homeless and show up with only the clothing on their backs.

"Our hope is that this becomes an annual event and that Community Ties becomes a prototype for other communities to emulate," stated Barna about the Community Picnic. "Everyone (both the giver and receiver) benefits when kindness and love are shared! Being involved in Community Ties, Inc. will make a better, stronger, more compassionate, loving community."

Throughout the event, people will be able to enjoy delicious foods and drinks. There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options available. They will also have games, a moon bounce, and face painting.

Attendees are welcome to bring their picnic blanket and chairs

To learn more about this organization, you may visit their website, www.commtiesinc.com.

This event ends at 3 p.m. and it will be hosted at the Watkins Park in Mount Airy.

Sykesville Cinema at Cooper Park

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Come to Millard Cooper Park with family and friends to enjoy the movie, "Ferris Buller's Day Off," which is part of the Sykesville Cinema at Millard Cooper Park series.

"Ferris Buller's Day Off" will be presented on June 10 and this is the eighth season they have this series for the community.

The movie will be presented on a 12-foot inflatable movie screen and a powerful audio and video system.

This event is also sponsored by the Sykesville Parks and Recreation Committee.

The movies will be shown the second Saturday of each month throughout the summer and they will be shown at around dusk. People are welcome to bring their lawn chairs.

Throughout the event, they will have the "Snack Shack" serving popcorn, hot dogs, ice cream, candy, soda pop, bottle water, and glow sticks.

Parking will be available at Sykesville Middle School. For more information, visit www.townofsykesville.org.

The Millard Cooper Park is located at Springfield Avenue in Sykesville.

Red Cross Blood Drive on June 6

The Calvary Lutheran Church and the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company are working together to host the next American Red Cross Blood Drive.

This blood drive starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. People may also schedule their donation by calling 410-489-5280.

For more information about this blood drive, you may visit the church's website, www.calvarylutheranmd.net or the American Red Cross's website, www.RedCross.org.

The blood drive will be hosted at the Fire Hall located at 1330 Woodbine Road, Lisbon.

Sharina Taveras Lopez covers Eldersburg, Sykesville, Mount Airy, Winfield, Taylorsville and neighboring communities. Reach her at st008@connections.mcdaniel.edu.



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