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Elkridge: Lions' Pride Booster Club's pancacke breakfast Sept. 24 kicks off homecoming weekend at Howard High School

Calling all Howard High School students, faculty, staff and alumni! To kick off Howard High School's homecoming weekend, the Lions' Pride Booster Club will sponsor its annual pancake breakfast Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the school cafeteria.

Cost is $5 per person; children younger than 2 eat for free. Barring earthquakes, hurricanes and other foul weather, the homecoming parade will begin at 10:30 a.m., following the breakfast. Then, it's the excitement of football as the Lions take on the Long Reach Lightning at 1 p.m. Please join the fun of Howard's homecoming and help support the Lions' Pride! For more details, go to howardhighsports.wikispaces.com.

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Living Well – Take Charge of Your Health is a chronic disease self-management program developed by Stanford University. It is designed for persons with chronic conditions or their caregivers. The Living Well Program is offered for six consecutive weeks and is both highly structured and interactive for all participants. The weekly sessions last approximately two and a half hours each and are facilitated by lay leaders.

Participants learn to develop action plans, support one another, and adopt healthy behaviors. Each session deals with a specific topic such as: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; understanding how to evaluate new treatments; appropriate use of medications; and nutrition.

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The next program will be hosted by Dr. Stephen Grill, of the Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center of Maryland, at 8180 Lark Brown Road, Suite 101, in Elkridge. This six-week session continues Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 3 to 5:30 p.m., and will be held every Tuesday through Oct. 25. For more information, email Sarah Enas, Living Well coordinator for the Howard County Office on Aging, at senas@howardcountymd.gov or call 414-313-3506.

Beer lovers unite! The residents of Lawyers Hill are excited about their inaugural OctoberFest Beer Tasting, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Elkridge Assembly Rooms, 6090 Lawyers Hill Road, Elkridge. The beer tasting will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 each, or only $10 for those attendees who are in lederhosen or a barmaid costume. Sounds fun!

Don't miss this event because space is limited. Call Cindy Quick at 410-340-9015 or email cindyquick1@verizon.net. All proceeds will go to the restoration of the Elkridge Assembly Rooms.

If you rake and bag your leaves and then have to haul them to the landfill, Howard County Master Gardeners would like to save you the trip. Why? Leaves are one of the magic ingredients for making "black gold," otherwise known as compost.

A Master Gardener would be happy to pick up the leaves from your house as part of the University of Maryland Extension's Rake and Take program. This program matches "rakers" with "takers" to the benefit of both. It's simple to join the program. Email phooker9440@gmail.com with your address and phone number to let them know you want to participate in the program. When the leaves start to fall, someone from the program will contact you to make arrangements for pickup.

And, in case you want to know the recipe for "black gold compost," that's pretty simple, too. Compost is made of "greens," (green vegetative material), and "browns," (fallen leaves). Leaves are a wonderful source of minerals and other nutrients that give added value to the compost for gardens, lawns and even potted plants. If you can't use your leaves, they are pure gold for Master Gardeners.

The University of Maryland Extension Howard County Master Gardeners appreciate your contributions to this program and for all "green" efforts on behalf of our delicate planet.

Remember to practice random acts of kindness and always reach out to those in need. Please keep in touch and let me know what you'd like to share in this space. I always look forward to hearing from the great friends and neighbors of Elkridge and Hanover. Thanks and have a stellar week!


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