The 137th annual Clarksville Picnic on the grounds of St. Louis Church is ready to roll on June 27. You'll find midway games, a silent auction, white elephants, hay rides, raffles, face painting and more. Little ones love the Swan ride. There will be pony rides from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Entertainment is free throughout the day. Magician Dean Turner (Dean of Magic) will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. Bands play into the evening.


The family style country ham and fried chicken dinner is a big draw, but there are other food stand options like cotton candy, popcorn and baked goods to take home.

There's pretty much something for everyone. Parking is free. There is no admission fee.

July will offer vacation Bible schools at multiple locations. Watch for more details to come.

Registration ends June 28 for VBS at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church July 12-16, 6-8:30 p.m. The theme is "Everest: Conquering Challenges with God's Mighty Power." The program is geared for children ages 3 tp 5th grade. The evening will be filled with interactive Bible point stations. There's plenty of space for friends and neighbors. All are welcome.

Download a registration form at www@l-lumc.org. For more information, call 410-531-5653.

Concerned area residents have scheduled a community meeting June 30, 6:30 p.m., at Dayton Oaks Elementary regarding proposed development on the Crawford and O'Keefe properties. There are concerns regarding contamination of neighboring wells from septic and stormwater runoff, flooding of Haviland Mill Road, planning for minimum sight distances and other safety requirements.

People in Planning and Zoning cannot know your concerns and desires if you don't speak up. Once plans are approved, it's too late to make changes. In the past, local residents have been sorely disappointed at decisions made without input when in fact there was a time for input and nobody spoke up. Neighbors could not imagine authorities would make such "wrong" decisions. Don't wait until it's too late. Stay alert.

The next free movie at the lovely Belmont Manor and Historic Park is set for June 30, 8:30 p.m. Come early with a picnic supper and enjoy the garden setting. The feature is "Jaws." Popcorn and water will be available for a small fee. Maximum attendance is 300. Check for bad weather cancellation by calling 410-313-0200.

In a few weeks, I'll be shaking the bushes looking for news. Right now, there is so much, that some items are being held for next week. I do want to share a brief report of the 8th annual Western Howard County Relay for Life held June 12 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The evening begins with a tasty supper, then it's off to the sports fields of Western Regional Park where little ones love riding the train. Survivors walk the first lap and are joined by caregivers for the second lap. Soon all walkers are making the rounds while others shop for food and assorted items. There were nice items at the Silent auction.

Pet Rock provided musical entertainment and dozens participated in the Zumba session. "Dorothy" from the Wizard of Oz and the Hawaiian "Lady" were quite a sight to see.

Lap beads were an interesting fundraising item. As walkers would pass the Lap Bead table they could add one bead to a string. When it's time to collect from sponsors, there is no question about how many laps you covered.

I especially enjoyed meeting some of the younger participants. Sarah Forman, a Vermont college student and her survivor brother, Sam Forman, a senior at UMBC were among the walkers. Meghan Erdman, a South Carroll High student must have been encouraged to find 67 luminaria in her honor along the lap path.

You can drop contributions for the American Cancer Society at Curves of Glenelg. Suzy Hill and other ladies at Curves will be delighted to see you.