Pet festival Sept. 28 at Lake Elkhorn supports Animal Advocates [Ellicott City]

Animal Advocates of Howard County is hosting its annual Walk for Paws and Pet Festival fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Elkhorn, rain or shine.

The Ellicott City volunteer organization's mission is to prevent the suffering of animals in our area. The money raised by the not-for-profit group will go to help local homeless animals find homes, rescue shelter animals, provide spay and neuter services and conduct education programs for young people. 

You don't need to bring a pet to participate. T-shirts and bandannas will be available on a first-come, first serve basis for walkers who bring a minimum of $30 in pledges. 

In conjunction with the walk, the Animal Advocates will host a pet festival with contests, games, raffles, animal agility courses, an animal communicator, unique merchandise for sale, pet photographer, caricaturists, $20 microchipping and a fly ball demo sponsored by Coventry School and 4 Dog Night.

In additional, meet a host of animals looking for homes. 

To register or for more information, contact Animal Advocates at 410-880-3488,  go to the website at or visit the Animal Advocates of Howard County Facebook page. 

September is the last month to attend The Wine Bin's free outdoor summer movies. Movies start at 8 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the store in historic Ellicott City. The lot closes to vehicles at 7 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and picnic dinner. Enjoy a wine tasting before each movie and coolers of ice are on hand to chill beer and wine purchased from the business. Popcorn and water bottles will be available for sale to benefit the Voices for Children of Howard County. The movie schedule is as follows: Sept. 14, Top Gun (PG); Sept. 21, Star Trek: The Movie (PG) and Sept. 28, Monty Python and The Holy Grail (PG). The Wine Bin's website is

Kiwanis Club, of Ellicott City, has selected a 2013 scholarship winner, Brianna Livesay. According to Kiwanis Publicity Chairperson Gus Katsampis, she will receive $7,000 over two years to complete her undergraduate degree. The Marriotts Ridge High School graduate plans to continue her undergraduate work at Hood College as a sociology major.

She began her college education at Howard Community College where she was selected as a Rouse Scholar. Livesay's record of community service includes the founding the Stealing Stalemate Fundraiser Coffee House and the Be Still and Give Thanks Campus Movement, as well as volunteering at SERRV International, Girls on the Run, the Samaritan Women and My Sister's place. Congratulations Brianna!  

Would you like to help local veterans? On Saturday, Sept. 14 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m, Ellicott City's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7472 is partnering with Bob Evans restaurant to host a fundraiser for the Post's Veterans Relief Fund. 

Bob Evans has agreed to donate 15 percent from all meals purchased to the Veterans Relief Fund when patrons present a flyer at the time of purchase. Simply download a copy of the flyer at the Post's website and eat at the restaurant. Bob Evans is at 4900 Beaver Run in Ellicott City (Route 100 Exit 1 B-C). For more information, contact VFW Post 7472 Officer Al Hernandez at 410-465-1801. 

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