Reminiscent of those steamy summer evenings when the hottest cars in town gathered at local burger joints and drive-ins, the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association (EAAA) and the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will host the annual Rockburn Open Car Show, Aug. 18, from 12 to 4 p.m., at Rockburn Branch Park's Montgomery Road entrance. The show is free to the public and will feature classic, antique, hot rods and modified cars: 1999 or older.

Awards that will be handed out include the Gary J. Arthur Memorial Award, EAAA Jay Herbert Memorial, Best in Show and the People's Choice. Best of class awards will be given in American cars, corvettes, trucks, and both European and Asian imports.


All that auto eye candy, with great music thrown in for a real party atmosphere, this stroll down Memory Lane is sure to be a good time.

To register your cool ride, call 410-313-7275, or go to http://www.howardcountymd.gov/carshow.htm. The pre-registration fee to exhibit is $10; after Aug. 10 or onsite, $15.

Don't miss the Grace Episcopal Church Summer Jam Concert and Indoor Picnic, this Sunday, Aug. 5, at 3 p.m. Bring a picnic dish to share and enjoy the beautiful piano, organ, trumpet and vocal music.

Beautiful, historic Grace Church is located at 5787 Elkridge Heights Road, in Elkridge. For more information, call 410-796-2387.

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is always a good cause to support, and the annual shrimp and bull roast is a fun way to spend time with friends and neighbors, too.

Hosted by the EVFD Ladies Auxiliary, you won't want to miss this delicious event Sept. 8, at the EVFD hall on Old Washington Road, in Elkridge. Tickets are $40, and come with all you can eat shrimp, beef, turkey, ham, salads and sides; and beer, set-ups and sodas. Enjoy live music, the ever-popular Big 6 game wheel and plenty of door prizes.

The Elkridge Senior Center, located inside the Elkridge Branch library, will host a free Wii Tournament Training session Aug. 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Lunch is available the session.

Come join the fun, get some exercise and "train" for the upcoming Wii tournament. For more information, contact the center 410-313-5192 or 410-313-4930.

A note from County Council Member Courtney Watson: Mark your calendar for Aug. 15, at 7:00 p.m., to offer comments about the recent derecho storm outages at a Maryland Public Service Commission hearing.

Howard County has been selected as one of eight locations for evening hearings during the month of August. The hearing will be held in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City.

If you cannot attend the hearing but would like to submit comments or suggestions, written public comments can be sent to David J. Collins, Executive Secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6St. Paul St., 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202 until Sept. 10.

Global awareness of hunger, famine and devastation is important to our collective existence; however, we need only to look in our own backyards to see homeless families, struggling single-parent households, the domino effect of job loss and cutbacks, and the hard fact that hundreds of local children go hungry every day of their lives.

H.O.P.E. (For All) is a local, Christian organization that serves the homeless and families in need. H.O.P.E. founder Leo Zerhusen has issued a plea to neighbors, friends and those who just want to make a difference to remember these folks when charitable giving opportunities arise. Whether you are clearing clutter, redecorating your home, downsizing your own living space or just want to help the less fortunate — H.O.P.E. can use your help.

With respect for the dignity of recipients, it is requested that donations be free of smoke, pet hair, tears and stains.


Furniture needs include love seats, small kitchen tables and chairs, end tables and night stands, coffee tables, lamps, lightweight upholstered chairs, twin and full mattresses and box springs, and adjustable frames. Full-size sofas are too difficult to handle; the weight and size make them difficult to move with limited resources for assistance, and many folks are dealing with fairly cramped living spaces.

They also appreciate smaller household goods, cleaning supplies, books, sheets and towels.

Back to school is right around the corner, and H.O.P.E. is assisting approximately 25 elementary and middle schools with school supplies. Their wish list includes scissors; glue sticks; colored pencils; erasers; rulers; wide-rule loose leaf, single-subject notebooks; folders with prongs and pockets; marble composition books; three-subject notebooks; gently used book bags; and 1-inch and 1 1/2-inch binders (these need not to be new but must be in good shape).

If you are looking for hands-on volunteering opportunities or service hours for school, please contact Jeanne, at 410-766-0372, to set up a time to volunteer.

Also, mark your calendar. The next indoor H.O.P.E. Yard Sale will be on Aug. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.

H.O.P.E. (For All) is based in Glen Burnie and can be reached at 410-766-0372 or hopeforall72@gmail.com.

That's all for this week, but keep those emails coming and let me know what's going on in your backyard. Until next time, please pay it forward and practice random acts of kindness. Thanks and have a stellar week!