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Improve your financial savvy at Money Matters Fair [Elkridge]

Howard County Councilman Calvin Ball will host the seventh annual Money Matters Fair in partnership with Howard Community College, the Howard County Library, Howard County Public School System, Making Change and Friends of the Howard County Library.

The fair will be held at the East Columbia branch of Howard County Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The focus of this event is to offer Howard County residents the opportunities to take charge of their finances and make smart financial decisions. Among many exciting exhibitors, attendees will also be able to take advantage of free tax preparation for income qualified individuals, free credit reports, credit counseling and financial planning sessions.

For more details, go to


The Elkridge Heritage Society presents gifted Maryland author and poet Frank Crowson at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the Elkridge Furnace Inn, 5745 Furnace Ave., Elkridge.

Raised in Elkridge, Crowson attended the old Elkridge High School. A veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, he served for 25 years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a civilian, Crowson worked as a nuclear engineer, designing and building a number of the nation's nuclear reactors and fossil fuel stations.

With two colleagues, he established CDP Product Development Corp. and has been issued four U.S. patents. His first book, "Bearing False Witness" was published in 1997. Cost is $15 for admission, dessert, coffee and tea. For more information, go to

The Elkridge Adult Athletic Association, a proud Elkridge community supporter for over 30 years, is accepting applications from area high school seniors for their 2013 scholarship awards through April 21.

More information about the EAAA Scholarship and the application process can be found on the EAAA Facebook page or by contacting Jeff Lockard at 410-796-8088 or

Grace Daycare and Preschool at Grace Episcopal Church in Elkridge has openings for the 2013-14 school year. The facility provides early education and care for approximately 175 children.

All programs are licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education and, according to their website, "the curriculum is based on goals, objectives and activities aimed at providing a flexible, enriching environment that will facilitate the physical, cognitive and social-emotional growth of children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old." Call 410-796-4561 for more information or to get the scoop on how to register your child or children.

CrossLife Get Fit is bringing back its Zumba classes this spring, beginning Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m., at Elkridge Elementary School. The first class is free, and the rest of the classes are $5 per session.


A great big "Happy Birthday" shout-out to my daughter, Rachel, who just celebrated her 15th birthday! Rachel is an academic honors student at Howard High School, runs cross country in the fall and plays for the Howard Lions JV girls lacrosse team. Big brother, Luke, and her father, Greg, join me in wishing Rachel all of life's blessings in the coming year.

If you've got news or upcoming events, kudos, and any other notables to share, I'd love to hear about it.