On the fourth annual Community Service Day Saturday, volunteers will be doing everything from cleaning up local waterways to handing out red ribbons in support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
The statewide event, which often spreads into a weekend of service and fund-raising, was designed to encourage residents to volunteer and get involved in their communities.
In Harford County, among other things, businesses will run food drives, Boy Scouts will help Meals on Wheels and the American Association of University Women will spruce up Harford Glen, an outdoor education center.
Residents are encouraged to spend time in their neighborhoods, cleaning up, painting and landscaping. Each year the county tries to focus on one area in its general call for volunteers.
This year's efforts will highlight Edgewood, said Mary Chance, Community Service Day coordinator. She hopes at least 300 volunteers will sign up for one of four projects there.
The projects will be at the Edgewood Multi-Purpose Youth Center on Cedar Drive; the Edgewood Library on Hanson Road; the Otter Point Creek area off Perry Avenue; and the grounds surrounding Lake Serene in Edgewater Village. Ms. Chance said that volunteers will help with landscaping as well as indoor and outdoor painting at the youth center and the library. Workers at the creek and lake areas will concentrate on general cleaning up.
Registration, followed by a pep rally, is set for 8:30 a.m. at Edgewood High School on Willoughby Beach Road. Volunteers will report to their projects after that.
Other projects include:
* Wilson Ministry Center: Landscaping and inside finishing work will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
* Harford Glen, on Wheel Road: The AAUW will be painting rooms in the mansion house and cleaning up on Saturday at 9 a.m.
* Blood drive Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a mobile unit at the county courthouse on Main Street in Bel Air. Pre-register with the Red Cross at 879-6764.
Volunteers should call Ms. Chance at 638-3117 in advance to indicate the project of their choice.