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Relay for Life benefit is today, tomorrow

The Howard County Relay For Life, an overnight event to raise money for the American Cancer Society, will be held today and tomorrow at Hammond High School in Columbia.

Teams camp out around the track all night, while team members take turns walking or running around the track. There will be music, dancing, games and picnics.

The event will begin with a Survivors Reception, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. today. Survivors will take the traditional first lap around the track. At dusk, luminarias - paper bags holding candles honoring a person or a pet that has had cancer - will be set out. A victory lap and awards ceremony will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

A Kids' Walk for children to age 14 will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. Participants must register. Late registration will be available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. tomorrow. Entertainment will be provided for children from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. tomorrow. Each child who raises at least $35 will receive a relay T-shift and be eligible for prizes.

Information: www.howard

Savagefest kicks off tomorrow

Savagefest, an annual community celebration, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow with a parade from the festival grounds behind Carroll Baldwin Hall in Savage, down Savage-Guilford Road, Baltimore Street and Foundry Street and finishing at the festival grounds.

Participants are to include the Savage and Elkridge volunteer fire companies, Elkridge Junior Firefighters, Laurel Boys and Girls Club Poms, Scout troops, a Curves Volkswagen, Miss Maryland Sweetheart Queen (Mariah Weinkauf, a Savage resident), and local candidates for public office.

Food will be supplied by Ma's Kettle and Avanti's restaurants; Boy Scout Troop 424 will sell hot dogs. A dunk tank, operated by the Savage Boys and Girls Club, is planned. Girl Scout Troop 147 will staff a Father's Day crafts booth.

There will be pony rides, a "Wave-of-Fire" slide and an obstacle course for young children. Vendors will sell duct-tape wallets, marshmallow shooters, dog collars, handmade purses, popcorn T-shirts, hand-painted wine bottles and beer-box cowboy hats.

Kangaroo Kids precision jump-rope team, the musical group DoubleCrossed and the Bollman Bridge Elementary School rhythm and dance team will perform tomorrow. Beggars by Noon will perform Sunday.

The Savage Historical Society's 2007 calendar, "Sketches of the Savage I Remember," will be available at the society's booth.

Bethel Christian Academy will offer a free health fair, with blood pressure and other screenings and health information, at the Savagefest, and Savage United Methodist Church will hold its Strawberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Information: Jennifer Weaver, 301-980-1439.

Stepping Out class focuses on positivity

The Long Reach Community Association will offer "Stepping Out," a class in positive styles, attitudes, behaviors, manners and self-confidence, for boys and girls ages 8 to 13, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, June 10 through July 22 at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center.

The cost is $150.

The community association will offer "Top Dogg" martial arts classes from June 6 through Aug. 1. A tots class will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; a class for children ages 7 and older and adults will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost for the eight-week class is $169.

Cardio-Kickboxing, for ages 16 to adults, will be offered from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $189 a person; $220 for two for eight weeks.

A 5 percent discount is available for those living on Columbia Association-assessed property. Information: 410-730-8113.

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