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The John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation is dedicated to the memory of the brother of Victor Brick, founder

Is there a neglected bike sitting in your garage or shed? If so, then consider letting it help change someone's life. Marty Reisinger, of Lutherville, is passionate about giving new life to old bikes, even ones that might need a little bit of repair work.

Since 2007 he has been organizing an annual bike drive and has been instrumental in collecting hundreds of used bicycles for the nonprofit organization, Bikes for the World. This year's event will be held Nov.7th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Lutherville Bike Shop, located at the intersection of Bellona Avenue and York Road. Bikes for the World seeks to enhance the lives of people in developing countries by making used bicycles available to them. More than just a method of transportation, these donated bikes offer their owners an opportunity to earn more, learn more, and receive better health services.

The organization also runs an employment program, teaching people how to repair and maintain bikes. For those delivering bikes, and making a donation of $10 per bike to help cover shipping expenses, Ron Metzger, owner of the Lutherville Bike Shop, will provide a $10 gift certificate to his store. If you would like to help with the bike collection or want more information, contact Reisinger at mar@rrginc.com. Receipts will be given for all donations.

There's another big event on Nov. 7th — the Timonium-based Brick Bodies Athletic Club will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an '80s-themed Bull and Oyster Roast. The event will be held from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall at the Timonium Fairgrounds. Among the festivities will be music by '80s cover band the Real Geniuses, plus a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and other prizes. The fun-filled evening has an even more important purpose: to launch The John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, dedicated to the memory of the brother of Victor Brick, founder of Brick Bodies, whose life ended after a long struggle with schizophrenia. The focus of the foundation will be to advance research and learning about how exercise, diet, relationships, and health care can all work together to support mental health. To purchase tickets, go to www.brickbodies.com.

Twenty-five years ago, a casual conversation between friends sitting around the dinner table turned into a mission: to form an organization devoted to jazz, one in which music would be performed in a concert setting where audiences could appreciate the artists and their work. Now, Timonium resident Bill Murray is the president of that organization devoted to keeping alive its founders' dreams and furthering the mission of The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society. On Nov. 8th at 5 p.m., the Don Braden Quintet featuring Vanessa Rubin, will perform, at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The concert marks the beginning of the 2015/2016 season that celebrates the society's 25th year. To purchase tickets, or learn about other concerts, go to www.baltimorechamberjazz.org.

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