Cancer is the bad news no one wants to hear, but more than 8 million survivors in this country prove that cancer doesn't always kill.
To celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day, Cancer Resource & Support Center, at 8055 Ritchie Highway, presents an open house and craft show from noon to 5 p.m. June 6 at the center.
There will be activities for the whole family, and spaces are available for a $25 tax deductible donation. Call CaRES at 760-2273.
* The Greater Severna Park Council Cancer Task Force and Meridian Nursing Center on Truckhouse Road are making affordable breast examinations and mammograms available with the University of Maryland's portable mammography unit.
For information on dates, call Carol Clemmens at 544-4220.
* The American Cancer Society needs drivers for its Road to Recovery program. If you have a car and can spare as little as one afternoon a month, call 721-4304.
A raffle for a 26-inch television on June 19 will benefit the Providence Center for the developmentally disabled. The fund-raiser is sponsored by Germanos & Reed Inc., a Millersville building company.
The winner need not be present at the drawing at Quiet Waters Park.
Tickets, $1 each or 6 for $5, can be purchased by calling 987-1118.
The county library system will be launching a summer reading program on June 14 for preschoolers and children entering grades one through six.
Kids can register at any time during the six-week program and need only register once to use different branches.
All participants will receive a free pass to the Baltimore Zoo, with many prizes available. Each week there will be new books, stickers, activity sheets and events.
The Severna Park branch has a number of events this summer, starting with storyteller and poet Marc Spiegel at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on June 23.
The following shows are matinees at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.:
Professional actors use props and costumes for a blend of storytelling and theater on June 30.
Kids will meet local author Richard Stack and Josh the Wonder Dog on July 8.
The musical duo, "Magpie" (Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino), will perform on July 13.
And magician Michael Chamberlin will wow youngsters and adults on July 22.
For details, call 222-6290.
Toastmasters International believes there is a successful communicator and leader in every young person.
Two weeks ago, a room full of eighth-graders from St. John the Evangelist School demonstrated their speaking, listening and thinking skills at graduation ceremonies for the annual public speaking/leadership course sponsored by the Kritikos Toastmasters Club and the FDC Toastmasters Club of Glen Burnie.
Students, who were in charge of the entire graduation, were presented certificates by St. John's principal Sister Linda Larsen, language arts teacher Constance LaMore, Distinguished Toastmaster Dolores Miko and Able Toastmaster Douglas Golden.
At a presentation by the Westinghouse Electronics Systems Group, Archbishop Spalding High School science students watched with interest as engineers explained how ideas are turned into reality.
Dino Fieni, a senior Westinghouse engineer, presented the school's science department a check for $1,000.
Meanwhile, Spalding art students participated in their first juried art exhibition. The work was judged by Dr. Jane Bates, a nationally recognized art educator from Towson State University. A watercolor and chalk, "Heads of This City," by senior Ji Kim, was named Best in Show.
Congratulations to John and Lynn Gass on their 61st wedding anniversary. Until her retirement, Mrs. Gass was a first-grade teacher at Benfield Elementary School.