The third annual Give Where You Live 5K Family Fun Run, a benefit on behalf of the Elkridge Food Pantry and Garden will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, at 8 a.m. at 5660 Furnace Ave., Elkridge, rain or shine.

The course is flat, paved and free of traffic. Baby strollers and wheelchairs welcome; bikes, roller blades, skateboards, scooters or motorized vehicles are not allowed. One hundred percent of the proceeds directly benefit the food pantry.


If you haven't signed up to participate, feel free to come down and show your support. Bring a few non-perishable items to help "fill the truck," or make a monetary contribution to the cause. After all, it's a great idea to "give where you live."

Don't miss the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighters "Wacky-Tacky" youth dance for ages 9-15, Saturday, Sept. 15, 7-10 p.m., at the fire hall. Tickets are available at the door for $10 per person with a maximum of 200 tickets sold. Food and beverages (pizza, corn dogs, pretzels, nachos, candy, water and sodas) will be sold at the dance.

The Department does have a "no exceptions" policy on appropriate behavior and dress code for its dances, and also enforces a strict adult sign-in/sign-out procedure for attendance.

For more information, call 410-761-6633 (option 5), or go to http://www.ElkridgeVFD.org.

The Elkridge Senior Center's six-session program "Zumba Gold" begins this Monday, Sept. 17, 2:45-3:30 p.m. The cost is $40 for six weeks of class. Zumba Gold incorporates all the fun dance movements of regular Zumba, but the intensity is specially designed for seniors and beginners to easily participate. So, get your dancing sneakers on and join the fun.

Join the fun and excitement at the Elkridge Senior Center's Baltimore Ravens Kick-Off Tailgate Party, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are only $4 each to enjoy plenty of food, games, music and more.

And don't forget to show off your Raven's gear for this designated "Purple Day." For more information on these events, contact the center at 410-313-5192 or 410-313-4930.

Three Elkridge congregations — Dorsey Emmanuel, Melville Chapel UMC and Wesley Chapel United Methodist — are teaming up to present the second annual Women's Spiritual Retreat, "I Am Woman, See Me Pray," Saturday, Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Peach Orchard Retreat Center, Silver Spring. The event will feature keynote speaker the Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, senior pastor at St. Mathew's United Methodist Church, Bowie.

Registration is $40 and will include breakfast and lunch. Space is limited; for more information or to register, contact Verna Prehn, Dorsey Emmanuel (443-622-5148); Mary Burke, Melville Chapel UMC (410-796-0863); or Lisa Mueller, Wesley Chapel (410-300-0559).

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Open House, Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This is a great opportunity to take the family (and maybe launch an exciting and selfless career) to see the facility, equipment and inside operations of the department.

Refreshments will be served, and the kids can also enjoy the moon bounce, face painting, and station tours. Plus, your family can pick up plenty of safety information.

For more information, call 410-313-4901.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, 7:30-11 a.m., join the department for its All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast, featuring a delicious menu of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, baked apples, toast, chipped beef, sausage gravy, fruit salad, cold cereal, coffee, hot tea, milk and juices.

Adults $8; seniors (55+) $7; children (5-12 years) $5; and kids under 5 eat free. Baked goods will also be available for purchase to benefit the Junior Firefighter program.


For more information, call 410-761-6633 ext. 4 or 410-313-4901.

Calling all local football fans and Howard High School students, faculty, staff and alumni!

Kick off Howard High School's Homecoming Weekend and support the Lions' Pride Booster Club at the annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 13th, from 8 to 10 a.m., in the school cafeteria. Cost is $5 per person; children under 2 eat for free.

Barring any unforeseen weather issues, the Homecoming Parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. following breakfast. Then, it's the excitement of football as the Lion's take on the Reservoir Gators at 1 p.m. (gates open at 12:30). You can even purchase game tickets at the breakfast.

Please join the fun of Howard's Homecoming and help support the Lions' Pride.

Howard High School Class of 1962 is having its 50th class reunion Saturday, Oct. 27, 6-10 p.m., at Rolling Road Country Club, 814 Hilltop Road, Catonsville.

Tickets are $60 per person; RSVP with your check and names of attendees to Mary Ann Lubinski Hoffman, 10305 Spruce Way, Ellicott City, MD 21043. For additional information, contact Andy Young at andyyoung@mris.com; Carole Woodall Haker at haker415@aol.com; or Beth Blumenfeld Hibbard at ehibbard1@gmail.com.

An extra loud shout out to Alex Lucas, who celebrates her "Sweet 16" Saturday, Sept. 15.

Alex is a junior at Howard High School and active in the dance program at school. She is the eldest daughter of Pam Poolson and Everett Lucas of Hanover. Happy Birthday, Alex!

That's all for this week, but keep those emails coming and let me know what's going on in your backyard!