Phelps Luck event raises Special Olympics funds


The Phelps Luck Neighborhood Swim Team raised money for Howard County Special Olympics by participating in the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League's Swim-A-Thon on July 9, an all-night affair.

The team, composed of about 180 swimmers ages 4 to 18, collected pledges for swimming laps at the Phelps Luck Pool. Phelps Luck has chosen to contribute its earnings to the Howard Special Olympics aquatics program. The money will help pay for pool fees for Special Olympics swimmers at Howard Community College during the training season.

The Phelps Luck team raised about $3,572, said parent volunteer Zulma Whiteford, whose children, Brooks, 18, and Brittany, 17, coach the Phelps Luck team. Both also coach for Howard County Special Olympics.

Lauren Murphy, 15, won an iPod shuffle for raising the most money in the 11-and-older category. Lauren, who began swimming this year as part of her recovery from cancer, raised $570, Whiteford said.

Chris Cyryka, 10, won a Game Boy Advance for raising $376.

Parents group to present program on discipline

The Parent Encouragement Program Inc., a local independent nonprofit group of parents, will present "The Truth About Consequences: Effective Discipline Without Punishment," from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way.

The program, which emphasizes using "natural" and "logical" to motivate behavior, is designed for parents of children ages 4 to 14.

The cost is $28 a person; $53 a couple. Registration is required.

Information: 301-929-8824, or visit www.ParentEncourage

Around Town

Tuesday bridge: The 50-Plus Senior Center at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way in Owen Brown village, holds a continuing drop-in bridge session for beginners (and advanced beginners) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and intermediate bridge group from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $6 a class and includes a snack. Some mentoring is available. Mah jongg classes are held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $31 for three classes. A drop-in session of play is held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.

Lively body: Long Reach Community Association, 8775 Cloudleap Court, will offer a four-week, introductory weight-loss program, "Body for Life," from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, tomorrow through Aug. 15. The cost is $55 for four weeks; a 5 percent discount will be applied for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property. Belly-dancing classes for adults will be offered from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, tomorrow through Sept. 19. A class for advanced dancers will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $64 for eight weeks, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property. 410- 730-8113.

Music outdoors: A free Tuesday night concert series at Lake Elkhorn concludes at 7 p.m. this week with a performance by Walt Michael & Company in the band shell at the Lake Elkhorn spillway. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the pavilion at the lake. The concert series is sponsored by Kings Contrivance, Long Reach, Oakland Mills and Owen Brown community associations. 410- 730-4610.

Night out: The Oakland Mills community policing office will celebrate National Night Out, a national crime prevention program, at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at the satellite police office, 5820 Stevens Forest Road, in Oakland Mills. Streets or blocks planning a celebration are asked to call Officer Mike Johnson at 410-313-5805.

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