This Saturday is the Long Reach County Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Long Reach Village Shopping Center.
There will be fun, food and games for every member of the family. Be sure to include a tour of the Columbia Art Center. Instructors will be on hand to discuss their classes and to demonstrate art techniques.
There will be free refreshments in the center's Japanese garden, whose gate opens to the fair. Ask about the raffle, too -- interesting prizes!
Mark Sept. 24 on your calendar.
That is the date of the annual Lake Elkhorn Festival, which begins with a parade at 10:30 a.m. at Dasher Green Elementary School and marches the length of Cradle Rock Way.
Youngsters are invited to decorate their bikes and wagons; neighbors are urged to design a float. And, of course, sidewalk crowds are invited too.
* Information: 410-381-0202.
This may be a good time to remind East Columbia residents that Oakland Mills Village is planning its 25th anniversary observance for Nov. 4.
They need your help in locating 1969 "first residents" of Oakland Mills who are living in other Columbia villages or have moved from the area.
While attending village functions, be a detective; talk to friends and neighbors, collect your information and call 410-730-4610 or 410-596-5237.
You are invited to help the Village staff identify faces in archive photographs, too. They would appreciate a few moments of your time.
Hammond High School, class of 1988, needs some investigative help, too. Members are planning a class reunion and need addresses of graduates who have left the Columbia area. Call 381-0369 or 799-0369.
Boy Scout Troop 75 is holding its annual fund-raiser, Carwash-A-Thon" on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Howard County Fire Station 7, Tamar Road, Jeffers Hill neighborhood.
Friends and neighbors pledge donations based on the number of cars that the Scouts wash. Everyone is welcome to drive in for a free car wash, but donations are appreciated.
Funds earned by the Scouts will help repair and buy camping equipment for Troop 75, which is sponsored by Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, Atholton, Allview.
* Information: 410-740-4479.
Mercy Center for Eating Disorders sponsors a support group for anorexics, bulimics, diabetics and compulsive overeaters. It meets at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Owen Brown Village at 7 p.m.
September meetings will be Sept. 13 and 27. Information: 332-9000.
Oakland Mills Village is holding its annual "Community Yard Sale" Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is suggested that neighbors have a "block" yard sale.
Residents can register their streets at the village office, the Other Barn, for yellow ribbons and multi-colored balloons to be attached to participating streets' signs. Information: 410-730-4610.
If you missed today's trip for middle schoolers to Adventure Sports in Hershey, there is still time to sign up for two more trips.
Sept. 13 is the Shenandoah Canoe Trip to Harpers Ferry (canoes and life vests provided). Cost is $10 for Columbia residents and $12 for nonresidents.
Departure is 9 a.m., and you'll return at 5 p.m.
On Sept. 15, there's an end of summer trip to Ocean City.
That group leaves at 8 a.m.
I= Call the Teen Center, 992-3726, which sponsors the trips.
Fall classes are beginning in the villages.
Owen Brown's Creative Daisy Enrichment Classes for preschoolers (ages 1 1/2 to 4 years old) begin Sept. 19.
Columbia residents receive a 5 percent discount on classes held at the Owen Brown Community Center. Call 381-0202 for registration information.
Oakland Mills classes are for all ages and feature a wide range of subjects: country line dancing, "how to" seminars, low fat cooking, playtime fun, step classes, cake decorating,aerobics and Kindermusik.
E9 More details, registration and information: 730-4610.
B'nai B'rith Columbia Lodge is sponsoring a trip Saturday to the Holocaust exhibit in Washington, D.C.
The $18.50 cost includes a box lunch. Information: 461-5176 or 992-0049.
"Repair and Reuse" is the slogan for the Fifth Annual Christmas Bicycle Project sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish (Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake Villages). This year, the committee's needs are expanding to include skates and books.
If your children have outgrown skates, bikes or books, call 730-5706.