ANYONE concerned about high cancer rates and air pollution in North County and southern Baltimore communities is welcome to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Brooklyn O'Malley PAL Center on Patapsco Avenue.
The meeting is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the Baltimore City Health Department, Concerned Citizens for a Better Brooklyn and the Community of Curtis Bay Association.
Hopkins will begin a study this fall to determine the levels of volatile organic compounds, such as benzene and carbon petrochloride, airborne particulate matter and indoor house dust, to which the residents of these communities might be exposed.
Tim Buckley, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health at Hopkins, will lead the meeting. He said he wants to set priorities for the study, which is expected to last through next summer.
"I hope to develop a dialogue with the community. We're really here because of the interest in the community," he said. "There isn't much data on this subject. This is the problem. Based on state data, there is some indication that there are higher levels in [southern] Baltimore, but not that much higher than at other sites. The whole idea is to generate data and get some sense if there is a problem."
Although the study will focus on Brooklyn and Curtis Bay, the results will also be of interest to the residents of Brooklyn Park.
Back to school
Brooklyn Park and Park elementary schools will hold back-to-school nights on Tuesday.
Back-to-school night at Park starts at 6 p.m.
Brooklyn Park's event will begin at 6: 30 p.m.
Parents may tour the schools and meet teachers.
Brooklyn Park Principal Donald Leuschner welcomes several new staff members this year -- Lisa Eichorst, primary special education; Kelin McNaboe, second grade; Anita Cline, sixth grade; Darleen O'Brocki, cafeteria manager; Linda Fliersuk, custodian; Robert Bloor, pupil personnel worker; and Susan McKann, school psychologist.
Developing a strategy for taking the SAT has changed since I was a student. The test is now computerized, and studying for it is more involved than checking out a study guide from the public library.
To help students of all ages prepare for this event, North County High School and the Princeton Review will be offering a full-length practice SAT test from 9 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Sept. 25.
A follow-up strategy session will be held from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Oct. 6. Representatives from the Princeton Review distribute the scores from the practice test and will provide information on the role that the SAT plays in the college admission process, the content of the test and strategies to use in taking it.
High school and middle school students and their parents are welcome to the follow-up session. The cost is $10.
To register, call and leave a message for Jon Apellt or Linda Swenson at North County High, 410-222-6970.
The Health and Welfare Committee of the St. John United Methodist Church is sponsoring a health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lloyd Keaser Center.
Representatives from Harbor Medical Center and the Health Smart Program of Anne Arundel County will distribute information. Lectures on diabetes and nutrition will be given at 11: 30 a.m. and noon.
Children under age 16 can play in the Moon Bounce, while parents and caregivers take part in the health fair.
The center is at 5757 Belle Grove Road. Information: 410-789-4135.
The Family Ministry of the St. John Lutheran Church will hold its annual churchwide picnic at 1: 30 p.m. Sept. 12 on the church grounds.
All are welcome to this annual event, where current and former church members meet. Appropriate casual attire will be acceptable.
St. John United Methodist Church has begun a new session of its church school. Classes for all ages are held at 9: 30 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 6019 Belle Grove Road. Information: 410-636-2578.
The county Department of Parks and Recreation will sponsor a step aerobics class from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 13 at the Belle Grove Elementary School.
This class is designed for those who are looking for a nondance format and costs $47.50. Information: 410-956-1084.
The Rev. Scott Neiswender and the Rev. Mike Pollack of the Townsend Avenue Baptist Church have arranged a "Light Night" program for children through grade five this year, from 7 p.m. to 8: 15 p.m. every Wednesday.
The program will include songs, skits and Bible lessons followed by a presentation of numerous clubs that children may join. The themes of the clubs include sports, crafts, music and reading.
The first session will be Sept. 15. Orientation meetings for parents and children will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Parents must attend one of these meetings for their children to register.
The Children's Choir of Townsend will present the musical drama "This Little Light of Mine" at 6 p.m. Sunday. The community is invited to hear this 25-voice choir under the direction of Lori Lebhart.
Townsend Avenue Baptist is at Fifth Street and Townsend Avenue. Information: 410-354-0347.
The fourth annual fashion show sponsored by the Women's Club of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in the church hall.
The Dress Barn of Severna Park is providing the fashions. Admission is $9 in advance, $10 at the door. St. Athanasius is at 4708 Prudence St. Information: Eleanor Znamirowski at 410-360-2833 or Arlene Gaskill at 410-636-6573.
American Legion Post 34 holds a Steamed Shrimp Night from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Friday of the month at the post home, 5526 Belle Grove Road.
For $4.95, you get a half-pound of steamed shrimp, and for $5.95 a steamed shrimp platter. You need not be a member of the post to attend. Information: 410-789-9682.
High school reunion
The Brooklyn Park High School classes of 1968 and 1969 are holding a combined reunion on Oct. 16. Interested class members should contact Tom Thompson at 410-859-1774.