The cadence of "stroke, stroke, stroke" will carry across Marley and Furnace creeks Saturday when participants in the third annual Ariel Head of the Patapsco rowing regatta take to the water. Sponsored by the Baltimore Rowing Club, this event draws hundreds of rowers from clubs and colleges throughout the mid-Atlantic area.
Singles, doubles, foursomes and crews of eight will compete, beginning at 8 a.m. Rowers start the 3-mile race on Furnace Creek, and turn at the point at Curtis Creek onto Marley Creek for the finish.
Calm, scenic and protected, the course provides favorable rowing conditions, according to race organizers.
The Coast Guard is expected to be in the area to minimize boat traffic and the accompanying wakes.
Spectators are invited to watch the race from the banks of the Country Club Estates Recreation Association (CCERA) at Paul Marr Drive.
The shoreline offers a view of the finish line and an insider's glimpse of the sport.
"When a race is over, occasionally you'll hear the winners celebrate with a 'Pip, pip, hurray.' It's wonderful," CCERA board member Janie Ballard says.
Members of the CCERA swim team will be selling refreshments throughout the day.
Parking is available on the association grounds and surrounding public roads.
The well-being of our community is the focus of a health and safety fair from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Highway.
Sponsored by North Arundel Hospital and the GBIA, the fair will provide screenings and information on a range of health-related topics.
A stroke screening will include a blood pressure check, cholesterol test, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a pulse check. A $4 fee is requested for the cholesterol check.
Representatives from North Arundel Hospital, the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company, state police, the county Department of Aging and the Baltimore Spirit professional soccer team will offer demonstrations and information.
For additional information, call North Arundel Hospital, 787-4367.
A mini health fair that targets the needs of senior citizens will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road.
Sponsored by the county Department of Health and the Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program, the fair will provide blood pressure checks and diabetic monitoring.
"Medication Management" will be addressed by representatives from American Day Treatment, North Arundel Hospital, the University of Maryland Brown Bag Program and the Senior Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program.
Reservations are not required.
For information, call 222-6680.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 873 of Glen Burnie Park will sell Trail's End Popcorn through October as a fund-raiser.
Proceeds from the sale of the Boy Scouts of America-approved snack will be used for summer camp programs.
The scouts will sell the popcorn at two locations this month: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Oct. 21, at West Coast Video, at Route 3 and Old Mill Road; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23, at the Giant Food supermarket in the Cromwell Shopping Center on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.
For information, call Gary Hawk, 761-3937.
A schedule of October's programs at the Parent Involvement Center at Oakwood Elementary School is available for parents and educators.
Seminars include: "Improving Student Achievement through Parent Involvement," 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today, Oct. 12, 19 and 26; "Understanding Special Education," 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., tomorrow, Oct. 13 and 20; "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen," 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18 and 25; "Infant and Toddlers' Parent Support Group," 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Oct. 19; "The Role of the Pupil Personnel Worker in the School, Home and Community," 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 27.
The seminars are free. For information, call 222-6429.
Members and boosters of the Old Mill Middle North Band are trading their saxophones for sponges at a car wash, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland National Bank on Hospital Drive.
The car wash is free, although donations are welcome. The students have been collecting pledges based on the total number of cars.
In case of rain, the fund-raiser will be changed to 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Money raised by the pledges will help defray expenses for competitions. Last year, the OMMN band won first place at the Dorney Park "Music in the Park Festival" in Allentown, Pa.
Information on the car wash and other activities planned for the school year will be addressed at the band booster's general meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the school's band room.
To sponsor a student in the car wash or for additional information, call John Carpenter, 969-0379.
Anyone with information for the Glen Burnie Neighbors' column should call Bonita Formwalt at 766-4549.