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Greenway invites you to adopt-a-stream workshop [Elkridge]

The Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway invite you to make a difference. Adopt a section of the lower Patapsco River or a stream near your home or a place you love to visit!

Attend a free workshop on Oct. 4, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to learn about how you can keep our streams clean, how to monitor stream health and how to report problems to local officials.

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The workshop will be held in the Historic Belmont Carriage House Conference Room, 6553 Belmont Woods Road, in Elkridge. Pre-registration is required. You may request more information by emailing patapscofriend@gmail.com

Sky Zone Columbia is opening enrollment for its fall dodge ball leagues. Come play the classic game with a twist; you play on trampolines! Youth aged 15 and under play on Tuesdays from Oct. 7 through Nov. 14 and ages 16 and over play on Wednesdays. The cost is $80 per jumper and play is from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, email Richie@alljumping.com.

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Howard County Library System's annual Choose Civility Symposium theme will take to the athletic field this year to present an engaging community discussion that concentrates on civility in sports.

The 2014 Choose Civility Symposium, which takes place at HCLS Miller Branch on Thursday, Oct. 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m., asks the important question "Can Civility and Sports Coexist?"

Former NFL ProBowl lineman Joe Ehrmann, George Washington University sports psychology expert Dr. Amanda Visek and Mt. Hebron High School Athletics and Activities Manager Jeannie Prevosto will discuss the topic with NPR's Korva Coleman. The panel will also include a student athlete.

The conversation will focus on how adults' behavior exerts a profound influence on children's success in sports. The panel will explore whether the pressure to win, the competition for scholarship dollars, and mounting aggression on the court and field are eroding the time-honored code of good sportsmanship. Members will also offer their perspective on what it really takes to succeed in today's sports environment.

Fans, parents, coaches, athletes, and other interested observers are encouraged to participate in this fascinating discussion exploring teamwork, leadership, role models, sportsmanship, and competition. Attendees are encouraged to prepare for the symposium by watching Howard County Public School System student athletes reflect on the impact of their parents' behavior in the online video "I Wish My Parents ...," which can be found at: hcpsstv.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=679.

Following the discussion there will be a reception and book signing with Mr. Ehrmann. His latest book, "InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives," and the New York Times bestseller about his life, "Season of Life," will be featured. Books will be available for purchase.

To share your news, accomplishments or events with the Elkridge community please email rebecca_lippa@hotmail.com

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