Odenton Elementary School and the new Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center have developed a free mediation program to help area residents settle disputes between neighbors, family members, businesses, or landlords and tenants.
Trained mediators are available to meet with people in the evenings at the school to help work out options and potential solutions. They do not decide who is right or wrong, nor do they impose solutions on the parties. All proceedings are confidential.
Although the service is free, donations are welcome.
Odenton Elementary is the first satellite center for the AACRC, which recently opened its main office at 32 Parole Plaza in Annapolis.
The school is at 1290 Odenton Road in Odenton.
For more information, call (410) 266-9033.
The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce has just published "A Guide to West Anne Arundel County," to help newcomers learn about the area.
Almost every West County service, organization and product is listed in the guide.
It also includes important government and medical care phone numbers.
If you would like a copy, stop by the chamber offices at 8373 Piney Orchard Parkway, Suite 100.
* The chamber is having a "Women's Networking Social" at
TC p.m. Thursday at Odenton Elementary School.
The forum will give chamber members an opportunity to talk and get to know other businesswomen in the community.
The evening will include presentations by participants about their products and services and a holiday dessert.
Topics for subsequent meetings, scheduled quarterly, will be set at the meeting.
There is no charge to participate, but reservations are required. Call the chamber office at (410) 672-3422.
The Howard L. Turner Unit 276 American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring a Breakfast With Santa Buffet from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 10.
The price is $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for children. The event also will have a bazaar table and bake sale.
The post is at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn.
For more information, call (410) 551-6568.
The Gambrills Teen Club will meet in the clubroom from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to complete plans for the holiday party later next month.
The club meets at 981 Bowie Shop Road in Huntington.
Also, the club will take a holiday shopping trip to Towson Town Center Dec. 11. Members will leave the club at 11 a.m. and return at 7 p.m.
The cost of the trip is $5. Parents are invited.
For more information on either activity or membership, call (410) 257-6749 or (410) 923-6997.
The Odenton Heritage Society will be selling baked goods Friday at the Bank of Glen Burnie on Route 175 in Odenton.
On Saturday, the group will have an open house at its newly renovated museum building from 9 a.m. to noon. Stop by and have a cup of cider and see some of the memorabilia on display. Society members will be selling jams and jellies, postcards and copies of the book, "Odenton -- The Town the Railroad Built."
The museum is off Odenton Road, behind the train station.
Hands in Harmony, a Columbia sign language musical group, will present "Seasonal Songs in Sign" from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Provinces branch library, in the Severn Square Shopping Center in Severn.
* Seasonal stories, crafts and music will highlight a holiday Storytime for preschoolers at the Odenton branch library, 1270 Odenton Road, at 10 a.m. Dec. 14.
* The Crofton branch library will again take its holiday Storytime on the road to cheer the residents at the Crofton Convalescent Center.
Families are asked to meet at the convalescent center, at the intersection of Reidel Road and Route 424, at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and to bring along a dozen cookies to share. Seasonal stories and a sing-a-long are planned.
Cub Scout Pack 663 recently met for its monthly Pack party and presentation of awards and badges:
Bobcat: Matthew Castle, Brian Felts and Chuck Snyder.
Bear badge: Andrew Carter.
Webelos badge: Kellen Alexander, Jeffrey Fonteneau, Charles Grace, Brian LaAsmar, Tony McAllister, George Norris, John Perdue, James St. Hilaire, Bobby Yeager and Billy Yeaton.
Bear Den 1 awarded beads signaling progress toward a higher rank to: Andrew Dzydrbouslin and Ian Hines, one bead; Jordan Fly and Mark Shifflin, two beads; Clarence Allen, three beads; Andrew Carter, four beads.
Webelos Den 1 awarded activities badges to 13 scouts.
Kellen Alexander: artist, fitness, scientist and outdoorsman.
David Campbell: fitness and scientist.
Matthew Castle: artist, fitness and scientist.
Brian Felts: fitness and scientist.
Jeffrey Fonteneau: artist, fitness, scientist and outdoorsman.
Charles Grace: fitness, scientist and outdoorsman.
Brian LaAsmar: artist, fitness, scientist and outdoorsman.
Tony McAllister: artist, fitness, scientist and outdoorsman.
Patrick Mullen: scientist.
John Perdue: artist, scientist and outdoorsman.
Chuck Snyder: fitness and outdoorsman.
Bobby Yeager: artist, fitness, scientist and outdoorsman.
Billy Yeaton: fitness, scientist and outdoorsman.
Webelos Den 2 recognized four members.
Russell Cosner, Craftsman and Readyman badges and compass point device.
C.J. French, Aquanaut badge and compass point emblem.
Ben Nardone, Craftsman and Readyman badges and a physical fitness belt loop.
Craig Pangle, Readyman badge and physical fitness belt loop.
Pack 663 is sponsored by American Legion Post 276 and meets the third Monday of the month at the post home. The next Pack party will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 19.
For more information, contact Cubmaster Linda Fonteneau at 315-8113.
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