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Teams raise money for Relay for Life


PLANNING CONTINUES for Linthicum's Relay for Life overnight fund-raising event scheduled June 15 to 16 at Lindale Middle School. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, it raises money for research, education and patient services but also is meant as a celebration of life dedicated to present and former cancer patients, their families and friends.

Linthicum resident Kim Orzechowski, who is recruiting teams for the relay, said 31 have signed up. Each team decides how it will raise money -- some through fund-raisers before the event, others at the event.

Children from Overlook Elementary School are calling their team "Camelot for the Cure" and are selling tarts. Linthicum Elementary School pupils are holding carnival-type games and charging a nominal fee for their "Kick Butt -- Anti-Smoking" team.

Judy and Jim Cifala call their team "Up, Up & Away" and are having a raffle of a relaxation basket valued at $200.

Cathy Ulrich, owner of the Head to Toe Beauty Salon in Linthicum, is putting together a bus trip to Atlantic City to raise funds. She will also close her shop the evening of the event so she and her staff can participate. Their team is called "Cuts for the Cure," and they will offer haircuts for a donation of $5.

Though Ulrich was sponsoring the bus trip, Orzechowski recognized the talents of the beauticians and suggested the haircut idea to Ulrich. "I talked her into that," Orzechowski said.

The team "Linthicum Leprechauns -- Our Pot of Gold for the Cure" is sponsoring a massage raffle. Lynn Marie McGowan is chairwoman of the team.

Although some groups are from outside the Linthicum-Ferndale area, most are composed of community residents. Participants include Cub Scout Pack 550, Youth for Christ, North County High School, Lindale Middle School, the Rotary Club and Nancy Duvall, Linthicum resident.

But of all the teams, one stands out as doing something extraordinary.

"It is awesome. I was amazed when I heard about it. It really came from their heart," said Orzechowski about newlyweds Tina and Dave Cobb.

The former Tina Hadjis and her husband were married two weeks ago. They asked their guests to give them checks made out to the American Cancer Society instead of wedding gifts. The money was more than $3,000 -- a generous donation to Relay for Life.

The Cobbs are also co-chairmen of the Linthicum Relay for Life.

Orzechowski said others can form a team or sign up with one already organized. Last year, 45 teams participated, and the goal this year is to match or exceed that number.

Information: 410-721-4304.

Concert series discount

This is the best time to subscribe to the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum's 2001-2002 season, with its series of five concerts offered at a discounted $29 for those signing up by May 31.

The normal price is $34, and with the discount the cost of each program drops to less than $6.

PAAL will perform in the new Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts on Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park.

"It will be our new home," said Jo Barker, president of PAAL, whose concerts were formerly based at North County High School. "The change will be a tremendous advantage for everyone. We can keep our own identity but be in partnership with the Chesapeake Center."

The association is celebrating its 20th season and prides itself on choosing performances suitable -- and affordable -- for the family.

Its 2001-2002 season will feature:

The Tamburitzans of Duquesne University, an eastern European folk ensemble, Sept. 29.

Monumental Brass, Dec. 2.

Jocelyn Taylor, soprano, performing opera, ballads and show tunes, Jan. 20.

Maryland Sings, a high school and college troupe, March 17.

A tribute concert to the Count Basie band presented by John Tegler, April 27.

PAAL receives partial funding through grants from the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Information: visit the new PAAL Web site at http://members.aol .com/wskillman/paal.htm, or call Jo Barker at 410-859-3308 or Eloise Vaughan, campaign chairwoman, at 410-859-8047.

To subscribe by mail, send a check to PAAL, P.O. Box 321, Linthicum Heights 21090.

Community yard sale

More than 70 families will participate in Crestwood Association's annual community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The association is selling hamburgers, hot dogs and sodas, and the Crestwood Homemakers Club will have a bake table.

This is the association's only fund-raiser, and it helps to cover the costs of Santa's visit, a Halloween party and Easter egg hunt for community children. It also helps a needy family at Christmas.

The Crestwood community entrance is on Ardmore Road, off the 400 block of N. Hammonds Ferry Road across from the Maritime Institute of Technology.

Information: Cecelia Dietz, 410-859-1795.

Family Bible event

Ann Arrundell County Historical Society and Anne Arundel Genealogical Society will co-sponsor Bible Copying Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 at their Kuethe Library, 5 Crain Highway in Glen Burnie.

Participants may bring family Bibles that contain family history information. To help preserve the data, photocopies of Bible records will be made and become a part of the holdings of the library.

Information: 410-760-9679.

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