Run, walk, bike, clean up, eat and get your dog's rabies shot in Harford this weekend

The final weekend of April 2015 in Harford County presents a bevy of community activities on Saturday and Sunday, plus the first of two health department rabies vaccination clinics on Sunday.

In Her Shoes


On Saturday, SARC's seventh annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser will be held on the sidewalks of downtown Bel Air from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The event starts and ends at the Main Street Oyster House, 119 S. Main St.

Walk a Mile in her Shoes challenges men to walk a mile in high heels to raise awareness about domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and stalking. Women, children and groups also are invited to participate, and the walk annually draws many county political, community and business leaders.

All proceeds benefit SARC. Donations to sponsor walkers are accepted at http://www.sarc-maryland.org and participants can register the day of the event.

For information, contact Eileen Phelps at ephelps@sarc-maryland.org or call 410-836-8431.

Clear Your Clutter

Also on Saturday, another Clear Your Clutter Day will be held at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

For a nominal fee of $5, area residents can drop off one carload of items ranging from papers to be shredded to plastic grocery bags to clothes.

In addition, Vehicles for Change will be accepting cars on site. Please note: televisions will not be accepted this year.

Last year more than 11,000 pounds of paper, three and a half tons of electronics and more than 12,000 pounds of scrap metal were collected.

All proceeds from Clear Your Clutter Day benefit Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna.

This event is hosted annually during Earth Month by professional organizers Sappari Solutions and HCC, giving people the opportunity to get rid of clutter in an environmentally-responsible way.

For information, contact Nettie Owens at info@sapparisolutions.com or phone 443-904-5412

Bike Adventure


Another local Saturday event is the third annual Great Harford Hills Bike Adventure from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., a fundraiser for The Arc Northern Chesapeake.

This year's ride starts from the Campus of Harford Community College at the Towson University in Northeastern Maryland building off Thomas Run Road.

Participants can choose between an intermediate level 30-mile loop or a more advanced 62-mile metric century loop. All riders must wear helmets and be able to complete their chosen course by 2 p.m.

Registration is $45 and is accessible by visiting http://www.active.com and searching for Harford Hills Bike Adventure.

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region is a non-profit organization providing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For more information contact Julie Chmura at jchmura@arcncr.org or phone 410-836-7177.

Ag Dinner

Celebrate Agriculture in Harford County at the annual agricultural dinner, sponsored by Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Deer Creek Overlook, 6 Cherry Hill Road in Street, near Rocks State Park.

Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door and can be reserved in advance. Food will be provided by Smithson Catering. For information, contact Mike Mason with Harford County government at mpmason@harfordcountymd.gov or 410-638-3538.

Adam Thompson Run

The fourth annual Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk will be held Sunday at 8 a.m. at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air.

The race, on a USA Track and Field certified 5K course, honors the memory of Adam Thompson, a first-year Harford Community College student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. Proceeds from the race will benefit scholarships supporting students attending Harford Community College.

On-site race registration takes place in the Susquehanna Center Auxiliary Gymnasium beginning at 6:30 a.m., with the race starting at 8 a.m. Participants may run as individuals or organize themselves as part of a team.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three men and women finishers as well as for the first to cross the finish line in various age categories. The overall top male and female finishers will receive an Under Armour gift bag valued at $200 each.

T-shirts will be given to the first 400 registrants, and all participants will receive refreshments after the race.

Proceeds from the race benefit The Adam Thompson Memorial Nursing Scholarship at Harford Community College and The Adam Thompson Memorial Education Scholarship at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. Both scholarships support students attending Harford Community College.

Rabies clinics

The Harford County Health Department is sponsoring the first of its annual rabies vaccination clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets that are at least three months of age on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

The health department's spring rabies clinics have undergone two significant changes this year, a direct result of tighter budgets and the need to streamline costs.

For the first time in more than 30 years of making rabies vaccinations available through its community outreach efforts, the cost of each vaccination has increased to $8. The Whiteford clinic has been eliminated this year.

Locations of Sunday's clinics are:

• Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company, 3308 Abingdon Road;

Harford County Equestrian Center, parking at 702 N. Tollgate Road, Bel Air; and

Susquehanna Hose Company, Intersection of Revolution Street and Bloomsbury Avenue, Havre de Grace.

Pet owners wishing to take advantage of the clinics and save time are encouraged to download vaccination forms, available online at the health department's website, http://www.harfordcountyhealth.com. Forms must be completed using a ball-point pen and brought with the pet to the clinic.

For pets to be vaccinated at the clinic sites, dogs must be on a leash, while cats and ferrets should be secured in cages. No animals other than dogs, cats or ferrets will be vaccinated. David Reiher, rabies clinic coordinator, asks the exact amount of cash necessary be brought to vaccinate their animals.

The second series of rabies clinics will be Sunday, May 3, at firehouses in Jarrettsville, Joppa and Darlington.