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Autism Society meets tomorrow

The Harford County Chapter of the Autism Society of America will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the McFaul Center, 525 West MacPhail Road, Bel Air.

Parents, teachers and others affected by autism are welcome.

Information: 410-836-7177, Ext. 617, or

Red Cross seeks youth volunteers

The American Red Cross is seeking youth volunteers ages 14 and older for the summer to assist staff in blood collections in the metropolitan area.

Blood drives last about five hours, and a commitment of six blood operations is requested. Youths must have transportation.

Responsibilities include greeting donors, providing them with donor reading materials, offering refreshments and observing donors for post-donation reaction.

Training will be provided from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in Harford County.

Information: 800-272-0094, Ext. 1.

Outpatient nutrition program offered

Upper Chesapeake Health offers an outpatient nutrition services program for those who need to eat healthier.

A registered dietitian will evaluate your eating habits, assess your nutritional needs and discuss a meal plan that will fit your lifestyle. A written order or referral from your physician is required.

To register, call 443-843-7000 or 800-301-4799.

The Arc gets $100,000 donation

The Dresher Foundation recently donated $100,000 to The Arc Project for The Arc: Northern Chesapeake Region.

The Arc Project is designed to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities who are aging and have increasing needs for accessible housing so they can "age in place."

Torri Dietrich, director of development at The Arc said the donation from the Dresher Foundation helps provide a strong foundation for helping people with developmental disabilities to have rich and rewarding lives.

School, group win statewide awards

The Arc: Northern Chesapeake Region and a Harford County school recently earned statewide awards from The Arc of Maryland at its state convention.

Churchville Elementary School was presented with the School Inclusion Award for outstanding contributions in advocating for the inclusion of students with developmental disabilities in educational settings.

The school has instilled in students, faculty and staff, parents and the Churchville community the value of accepting all students for who they are and not for their disability.

Michele Stutzer, president of The Arc: Northern Chesapeake Region, won the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award for her exceptional volunteer efforts at the local and state level.

Her work includes supporting The Arc through public policy, testifying before the legislature and serving on committees at the state and local levels.

The Arc: Northern Chesapeake Region's Community Partners program earned the Light the Fire Meritorious Service Award for its significant efforts in inclusive community-based activities.

The Partners Program was started two years ago to support people with disabilities by providing them with individualized community-based activities. The Arc has 28 people in the program.

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