WHEN MY FAMILY attended one of the Friday night concerts this summer at Glen Burnie Town Center, we weren't sure what to expect. Not knowing if the evening would draw a small group or a large crowd, we arrived a little early.
Among the more than 200 people there that night were familiar faces - politicians, long-time community volunteers, church leaders. We saw neighbors, friends and a few former classmates.
The event turned out to be more than a concert. The evenings provided a place to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. With the completion of the Town Center, residents of Glen Burnie had a place to bring the community together.
If something's worth doing once, it's worth doing again. And so begins the second season for the free Town Center series. After the popularity of the summer concerts, a fall series has been added.
For this week's launch, Park House Jam will play blues and jazz Friday.
Other programs on the schedule are: Blue Steele performing boogie and blues Oct. 6; a triple-header Oct. 13, with the 257th Army Band, Glen Burnie High School Band and Murphy Quartet; and songs from the 1950s and 1960s by Package Deal finishing out the series Oct. 20.
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the Town Center, near Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Crain Highway. Free parking is available in the Glen Burnie garage.
Lawn chairs are recommended for seating; pets are not permitted.
Town Center businesses will be open for patrons who wish to purchase dinner or a specialty coffee drink.
Bello Machre will sponsor its 16th annual golf outing Tuesday at Queenstown Golf Links, with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.
Golf will be followed by a buffet dinner and an auction, with Tom Davis of Home Team Sports and WQSR-FM as host.
Last year's event raised more than $40,000 for Bello Machre, a nonprofit organization providing homes, support and care for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
To participate as a golfer and/or sponsor: Bello Machre Development Office at 410-255-3805, Ext. 135.
Help in losing weight
North Arundel Hospital and Roche Laboratories are sponsoring a free weight-loss support group, with the first of its planned monthly meetings at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Kristen Healy, a registered dietitian, will lead the hourlong sessions to be held the first Tuesday of each month in North Arundel's third-floor conference room.
The topic for the first meeting will be "Supermarket Smarts," to be followed by "Losing Through the Holidays" in November and "The Craving Brain" in December.
Registration is suggested by calling the hospital public relations department at 410-787-4367.
Pets on Wheels, Life Enrichment and Mom and Me programs - which match volunteers for visits with residents of hospitals, nursing homes and hospices - are selling the 2001 Entertainment Book to support their activities.
The book, which costs $25, offers hundreds of half-price and two-for-one discounts on dining, fast food, movies, sporting events, hotel stays and activities.
Participants in Pets on Wheels are accompanied by their pets on visits. Most of the animals are dogs, but other pets include cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters and the occasional potbellied pig.
In Life Enrichment, volunteers visit one-on-one with a patient or resident, while Mom and Me provides an opportunity for children and their mothers or fathers to become acquainted with an individual.
To order a book or learn more about the programs: 410-222-0738.