Elkridge: Community invited to run and walk with Harwood Park Methodists

Summer time means lots of extra activity, plenty of places to go, things to do and events to support, and Elkridge is no exception.

Harwood Park Community United Methodist Church is hosting its second annual 5k Run/1k Walk on Saturday, June 23, at the church, 6635 Highland Ave..


This event is open to the public; registration opens at 7 a.m. and the event kicks off at 8 a.m. Registration is $20 per person; kids under 15 are $10; each registrant will receive an event T-shirt while supplies last.

Advance interest and early registration is appreciated. Make your tax-deductible check payable to Harwood Park United Methodist Church.


For more information, or to help with the event, please contact event coordinator, Linda Mayer, at 443-514-4876, or email

Last week, I shared the story of the small town of Pimentel in the Dominican Republic and the mission of CrossLife Community Church in Elkridge and Matt's House Church in Arbutus to help the pastor of this tiny town, Radhames Quezada, to educate the children of Pimentel and also realize a dream to lift his people out of poverty and despair.

So, as Crosslife and Matt's House prepare to help Pastor Quezada in his mission to provide his town hope and dignity, you can help their initiative as well — without leaving Elkridge. Their Coffee House fundraising event will be held at the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 6275 Old Washington Road, on Saturday, June 16, from 7 to 10 pm.

Advance tickets will be available for a suggested donation of $15, at the door $17, and free for children 10 and younger . The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. If you do not have an advance ticket, seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Three live bands will perform, and coffee and baked goods will be sold. So, bring a few friends, and come out for a fun, family-friendly evening.

Plan to support this coffeehouse fundraiser that will help send as many people to Pimentel as possible to help build and repair homes, businesses, hearts and lives.

WomenFest, presented by the Howard County Office on Aging, will be held this Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, 2400 Route 97.

This annual event is an interactive day focusing on health, wellness, fashion and beauty, and is designed to inspire women to live more balanced, healthy and fulfilled lives.


In addition to a wide array of vendors and exhibitors, WomenFest includes relevant and engaging seminars and free health screenings, and will also feature a free blues/jazz concert by Howard County's own Deanna Bogart.

Admission is free, lunch is available for purchase, and don't forget to bring a lawn chair for the concert. For more information, go to, or call 410-313-5440.

Fore! You might still be able to support the Elkridge Hurricanes as they host their annual golf tournament on Monday, June 18, at Hobbits Glen Golf Course in Columbia.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. The cost to participate is $125 per person or $450 per foursome. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

You can sign up at, or contact Bill Leishear, event coordinator, at Here's hoping for perfect "golf weather" and have fun supporting the Elkridge Hurricanes and Cheer program.

Calling all Lions from the Howard High School Class of '72. It's time for your 40th reunion (and my, how the years have flown)!


Judy Shehan Wheeler, is the reunion coordinator and hopes to see as many former classmates on Saturday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.-midnight at Jilly's Bar and Grill, 10030 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, 21042. Cost per person is $12 (with a cash bar on site); and an RSVP is helpful. It's only $10 per person if you register ahead of time.

Make checks payable to Howard High Class of '72 and mail your RSVP to Judy Shehan Wheeler, 6288 Montgomery Road, Elkridge, MD 21075.

Take note all you former Lions — Saturday, Oct. 13, is Howard's Homecoming Game. So, make a day of it by roaring for the home team on the gridiron and then join the gang for an evening of memories, reconnecting and laughs.

If you can't be there, please send regrets via email to to help Judy build a solid contact database for future events. If you're in still in touch with others from the class who are out of the area, be sure to share the invitation about the reunion.

The Howard High School Class of '62 is also planning a great party for its 50th Class Reunion (Has it really been 50 years? Already?), slated to take place this fall.

If you are an alumnus of the class of '62, know how to find long-lost classmates, or interested in helping out, please contact Judy Pool Merson at 410-796-2838 or


Keep those emails coming and let me know what's going on in your back yard.