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Zaching Against Cancer Foundation hosts 'Living the Dream' [Ellicott City]

The Howard County Muslim Council hosted an Early Voting Rally for the community to meet state and local candidates from all political parities before casting their votes. Pictured are HCMC leadership at the event, from left: Hasan Askari, secretary of Howard County Muslim Council; Rizwan Siddiqi, president, United Maryland Muslim Council; Asad Rizvi, director of Howard County Muslim Council; Shahan Rizvi, president of Howard County Muslim Council; Ali Abidi, director of Howard County Muslim Council; Mehwish Qureshi, director of Howard County Muslim Council; and Bano Rizvi.
The Howard County Muslim Council hosted an Early Voting Rally for the community to meet state and local candidates from all political parities before casting their votes. Pictured are HCMC leadership at the event, from left: Hasan Askari, secretary of Howard County Muslim Council; Rizwan Siddiqi, president, United Maryland Muslim Council; Asad Rizvi, director of Howard County Muslim Council; Shahan Rizvi, president of Howard County Muslim Council; Ali Abidi, director of Howard County Muslim Council; Mehwish Qureshi, director of Howard County Muslim Council; and Bano Rizvi. (Submitted photo)

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Head down to Baltimore for the 1st annual Zaching Against Cancer Foundation's "Living The Dream" event on Friday, Nov. 7 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Sports Legends Museum. The fundraiser features food by Chefs Expressions, full open bar, silent auctions, Motown band The Winstons, magician, photo booth, parking and access to the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.

The Zaching Against Cancer Foundation was established in honor of Centennial High School graduate and University of Maryland student Zachary Lederer who inspired millions of people during his courageous battle with brain cancer. He spurred a movement called "Zaching," which refers to striking a muscleman pose to show warrior strength and perseverance. It was started with a photo of Zach, posing in his hospital bed just after brain surgery, with his arms up and flexed to let his family and friends know he was staying strong in his fight against cancer.

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The photo was shared on the Internet and quickly went viral as a symbol of hope for all those with cancer. Soon, people from around the world, including celebrities, posted photos of themselves "Zaching" to show their support of Zach and others fighting the disease.

While Zach's vigilant crusade against cancer ended with his passing on March 11, 2014 at age 20, the ZACF will continue his legacy of hope and determination by providing support for people with cancer and their families.

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Money raised at ZACF's events will fund college scholarships for those who have overcome adversity as a cancer survivor or caregiver and provide donations to the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center as part of its support, strength, inspiration and positive influences to cancer patients and their support networks. For more information about ZACF, to purchase "Living The Dream" tickets at $150 per person and to make donations, go to zachingagainstcancer.org .

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Howard County Muslim Council hosted an Early Voting Rally for the community at Harper's Choice Middle School in Columbia, next to polling booth at Florence Bain Senior Center. The Council, a nonpartisan community organization, invited all state and county political candidates from various political parties to the event.

More than 30 candidates attended, including Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Councilwoman Courtney Watson and State Senator Allan Kittleman. Over 100 people from the Howard County Muslim Council and the community-at-large gathered for the opportunity to meet the candidates before casting their votes at the Bain Senior Center early voting poll.

Since its inception in 2002, HCMC has held voter registration camps, candidate forums and voting rallies during election cycles as a part of its community service initiatives. For more information about HCMC, go to hcmc-md.org. and Facebook "Hoco Muslim Council."

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Centennial High School's theater department presents "Urinetown: The Musical" with evening performances on Thursday, Nov. 13 through Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and a Sunday, Nov. 16 matinee at 3 p.m.

"Urinetown is a musical comedy, which satirizes capitalism, bureaucracy and corporate mismanagement. If you want a show that will entertain while making you think, this is the one,'' said Centennial High senior Victoria Stroud who plays Penelope Pennywise, a role she shares with Centennial High senior Montria Walker. 

Tickets, $12 per person, can be purchased online by going to seatyourself.biz/chstheatreor at the door. For more information, contact CHS Director of Theatre Arts Kathryn Carlsen at 410-313-2856 or Kathryn_Carlsen@hcpss.org.

The Boy Scouts Venturing Crew 851 is hosting a free-will donation spaghetti dinner open to the public Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church, located at 9122 Sybert Drive in Ellicott City. To RSVP and for more information contact, Lori Walker at 410-530-5499 or ldwalker2@comcast.net.

Venturing is a co-ed division of Boy Scouts, which focuses on leadership and youth development for ages 14 through 20. For more information about Venturing Crew 851, go to crew851.org.

It's almost time for the Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City's 13th biannual fall 'all-you-can-eat' country breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City.

TIckets are $8 for general admission or free for children under 8-years-old. The breakfast spread includes pancakes with a variety of toppings, scrambled eggs, Boarman's sausage and much more. Meet the high school Key Clubs and other organizations, supported by the Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, who will display promotional information to educate the public about their service projects.

Proceeds from the breakfast will fund college scholarships for deserving Howard County students and local organizations such as Girls on the Run, Boys and Girl Scouts of America, Howard Community College endowment and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For more information, contact Gus at 410-465-1891 or katsamg@yahoo.com or go to ellicottcitykiwanis.com.

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