Cycle Across Maryland 1995, the annual cycler's fest, will stop at Centennial High School in Ellicott City July 28.
Many volunteer groups will be involved in feeding the 1,200 cyclers three meals, providing them with showers and entertainment, and giving them a safe place to sleep.
"It's like creating a small town overnight," says coordinator Darrell Krasoski, a volunteer for Centennial High School's PTSA.
While creating a small town, Mr. Krasoski is also trying to turn a profit to help pay for upgrading computer technology at the school. "For a high school, we have inadequate computers, and we are engaging the entrepreneurial spirit to change that," he says"
The group of cyclists comprises 31 states and one foreign country, but 75 percent are Maryland residents. More than 65 percent of the group has at least a college degree. Two-thirds of the bikers are male, and the largest age group participating is 41-50.
The youngest participant is 10; the oldest is 79. By the time they arrive in Ellicott City, they will have cycled five days -- from Oakland in Garrett County over the Appalachian Mountains.
The speedier cyclers in the group will arrive at Centennial High about noon, and stragglers should show up by 4:30 p.m.
After showering in Centennial High's or Burleigh Manor Middle's locker rooms and buying a hearty meal from the school's concessions, the bikers will be on their own in the county.
Two shuttle bus routes will be operating to transport people to local sites of interest. One bus will travel a Dorsey Search Pool/Columbia Mall/Lakefront route, and the other will take bikers to Centennial Park and then to Historic Ellicott City.
To help them navigate, the visitors will be armed with sponsor books, which will guide them to businesses and tourist destinations. Advertisement space is still being sold for the books, but the deadline for an advertisement is Friday. Call Ed McCaffery at 730-4333 or Mr. Krasoski at 465-1673 for details.
Mr. Krasoski is looking for volunteers who enjoy showcasing Ellicott City or helping out for community service credits. He needs greeters or hosts to help the Department of Tourism, performers of all kinds to help fill the open stage at night, people to help set up before cyclers arrive and clean up after they leave, and recyclers to bag the many bottles and cans generated by thirsty bikers. Call 465-1673 and leave a message to volunteer.
By 10 a.m. the next day, the cyclers will be long gone, pedaling 30 miles on the last leg of the trip to the Johns Hopkins University.
Faith Bible Church has invited the public to two programs.
At 7 p.m. July 27, the Joy Quartet from Pensacola Christian College will present an evening of inspirational music. The Joy Quartet is one of eight traveling groups representing the college during the summer.
The group also will give a short multimedia performance about the growing college on the Gulf Coast of Northwest Florida. No admission is charged for the evening's entertainment.
For children, Faith Bible Church offers "Seaside with the Savior," a vacation Bible school program, from July 31 to Aug. 4. The Bible school will be held from 9:15 a.m. to noon for children age 5 to 11. Call the church office at (410) 796-2727 for more information.
Faith Bible Church is at 5810 Timberview Drive in Elkridge.
Mount Hebron High School's Viking Backers announce their first fund-raiser of the year, a linen sale Wednesday through Saturday this week. Each weekday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the high school will be transformed into a bed and bath store, as the Viking Backers sell comforters, sheets, blankets and bathroom accessories.
The wholesaler who helped the Backers prepare for this event has promised prices as low as or lower than those in the retail market. A large selection of extra-long sheets will be available for new grads looking to furnish their dorm rooms in the fall.
Proceeds of the sale will benefit extracurricular activities at Mount Hebron High School.
Stacy Swiney of Elkridge is brewing magic of her own in the world of fast-pitch baseball. Stacy plays on Maryland's Magic Softball team, one of 24 teams that competed recently in the five-state Central Atlantic Fast Pitch tournament in Beltsville.
On July 9, Maryland Magic played a marathon of five consecutive games, twice trouncing the previously undefeated Shamrocks of Virginia. The Maryland Magic finished the tournament with a 7-1 record, winning first place in the Central Atlantic division.
Stacy hit the game-winning single at the top of the seventh inning in the final game, helping her team to a 3-2 victory over the Shamrocks.
Now, the Magic has qualified for American Softball Association's Junior Olympic Fast Pitch.
Stacy was promoted from Ellicott Mills Middle School to continue her education at Howard High School next year. Her mom, Brenda Swiney, acknowledged that she is "busting buttons" with pride and said Howard's softball and basketball coaches have already contacted Stacy.
Trinity Episcopal Church is cooking crab cakes and ham again. Its annual crab cake and ham dinner is scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
The price of crab meat this summer has pushed prices up. Adults now eat for $10, and kids for $5.
The Department of Recreation and Parks announces that full-day kindergarten care will be available next school year at Elkridge, Forest Ridge, Rockburn and Waverly elementary schools. In addition, a similar program will be available for students at Manor Woods and Centennial Elementary schools at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. The program, which runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., is designed to enrich the kindergarten program, including learning and social activities. The biweekly fee is $198.
After-school middle school enrichment programs will be available Mount View, Patapsco and Mayfield middle schools. This program runs after school until 6 p.m. and includes time for homework, sports activities and free play.
Regular before- and after-school care is offered at many county elementary schools.
Call 313-4620 for registration information. The deadline is Friday.
Elkridge Branch Library is presenting many children's programs.
A sampling includes:
* "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly," an introduction to wildlife from a storyteller from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and a troupe of live animals.
The program will be presented for children age 6 and older from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. July 26. Registration begins today at 10 a.m.
* "A Medieval Feast," when children ages 6 and up can enjoy a taste of the Middle Ages with stories and a craft, will be presented from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 29. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
* "Puppet Parfait," puppet plays for children age 5 to 8, to be presented from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. July 27. Registration for this program begins at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Register for these children's programs by phone at 313-5085 or in person.