Ever tailgated at a polo match? Here's a rare opportunity[Clarksville]

The eighth annual Ten Oaks Cup Polo Match will be held at the Lewis family farm, 6005 Ten Oaks Road, on Saturday, June 22. Gates open at noon.

This is a fantastic event to benefit Our Daily Bread, a Catholic charity in Baltimore. This one event raises over $50,000 for Our Daily Bread's homeless shelter.


The match is brought to you by Washington, D.C., area Land Rover retailers.

Tailgate admission is $30 in advance or $50 at the gate. There are prizes for best tailgate. Food is also available for purchase.


Seeing a polo match right here in Clarksville is a rare opportunity. To learn more, go to http://www.tenoakscup.com.

You know summer has arrived when the Village Center Concert Series begins.

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band kicked off the series with country music on June 14. Janice B and Queen Earth will perform R&B music on Friday, June 21. You'll be treated to R&B, jazz, Latin and soul from the Swingin' Swamies on June 28.

It's all free in the common area of the River Hill shopping center, from 6 to 8 p.m.

There's something new coming to the River Hill Village Center on Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — the River Hill Health Fair, sponsored by the River Hill Community Association and Coalition Halting Obesity in Children Everywhere, or CHOICE, a nonprofit charity started by local teen Athena Kan. You'll find health and wellness screenings, nutrition games, child safety seat installation instruction and demonstrations, a scavenger hunt for children, balloon sculptures, a moon bounce, giveaways, raffles, mini-massages, and more. It's educational free fun for all.

Healthful living helps, but there are still accidents and unanticipated health emergencies. Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church is hosting a blood drive on Sunday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call the church office, at 410-531-5653, to give the gift of life.

What would summer be without all our Independence Day celebrations? A local highlight on July 4 will be the 14th annual parade along Great Star Drive beginning at 9 a.m.

You can be part of the action. Create a float. Get your band or singing group together to march or ride in the parade. Help the kids decorate bikes to ride in the parade.

There are many options. Go to http://www.villageofriverhill.org or stop by Claret Hall to pick up a registration form. Registration is due by Monday, June 24.

Helping hands are needed at the staging area and servers are needed to provide refreshment to marchers at the end of the parade in the fire station. Trust me, refreshment is most welcome after that long uphill climb at the end of the parade route.

Another summer tradition is the 135th annual St. Louis Parish Clarksville Picnic coming up on June 29, from noon until 9 p.m. General Chairperson Tom Louden and Co-Chairperson Joanne Yuvanc have a huge job made lighter by help from the prior eight general chairpersons and dozens of helpers throughout the year.

Tracy Mayer has been sharing the news. You'll find details of live entertainment and more here next week, or you can check all the details at http://www.stlouisparish.org/fellowship/picnic.


Volunteer Coordinator Suzy Hill is welcoming all helping hands. You don't need to be Catholic or even a Clarksville resident. Contact shill@verizon.net or stop by to see her at Curves in Glenelg.

Alberta Hatmaker and St. Louis quilters began working months ago on the beautiful queen size quilt to be raffled.

Fast Food Chair Scott Sokolowski has a good group of helpers. Stand co-chairs Tony Comberiate and Chrissie Day use even more helpers at carnival game stands, hayrides, pony rides and other activities.

Busboys, maître d's, waiters, waitresses, hostesses and ticket sales for the family-style fried chicken and ham dinner are under co-chairs Edna and John Ballard.

This is an area where entire families work together. Pat and Patricia Marlatt will be prepping chicken, while the Jennie Thompson family prepares the cucumber salad. The Ingraham family handles table arrangements.

If you'd like to donate to the silent auction, Karen Brooms is the point of contact for the ACTS Ministry Committee running that area. Reach her at kbbrooms@yahoo.com or 443-755-0498.

Dave Burton and Sandy Kendall are in charge of the white elephant sale. This usually opens about a week in advance of the picnic. Watch for signs.

Chris Feaga and Brad Jones co-chair logistics. Their team will see that everything runs smoothly on picnic day June 29.

Admission is free. All are welcome.

For 33 years, Cindy Stitz has been teaching kids their ABCs. Twenty-five of those years have been at Clarksville Elementary School, where her influence touched the lives of over 500 students. As of June 15, she is retired.

Students, parents and staff created a surprise memory book for Stitz's retirement party. If you'd like to add a note or photos to her collection, contact Laura_Walters@hcpss.org or 410-313-7050.

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