Season brings back-to-school picnic, La Leche walk and concerts


August 31, 1999|By John J. Snyder | John J. Snyder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE KIDS are back in class as summer coasts toward its bittersweet end. The rhythms of life are picking up speed.

And the Jeffers Hill Elementary PTA has invited families to a get-acquainted picnic from 5: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Thursday near the playground behind the school.

Principal Steve Zagami, teachers and the Jeffers Hill Jaguars mascot will greet newcomers and old friends.

"This is the second year we've done this," said PTA President Margaret Hunt. "It's a nice, warm welcome and a community get-together."

Families should bring their own picnic dinners plus a dish to share. The PTA will provide soft drinks.

Getting off to a good start

On Sept. 11, La Leche League of Columbia will participate in the ninth International World Walk for Breastfeeding by walking around Lake Elkhorn.

World Breastfeeding Week was proclaimed by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in conjunction with the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

Walkers will promote the importance of breast-feeding for the health and well-being of children around the world. The money raised will help the league's mission: providing peer support, education and encouragement to mothers who want to breast-feed their babies.

La Leche League International, a nonprofit organization with branches in 66 countries, provides information and support to an estimated 200,000 women.

La Leche League of Columbia I meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Friday of each month at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road. La Leche II, an evening group, meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

The meetings are free.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the walk. Walkers will meet at the Lake Elkhorn tot lot at 4 p.m.

Five local La Leche groups are expected to participate in the event. A potluck picnic is planned after the walk. Babies are welcome.

If you are interested in joining the walk or sponsoring a walker, contact Cynthia Wick at 410-730-1380 or Judy Major at 410-730-4998, or check out on the Web.

Let the music begin

Sept. 26 will usher in the third season of the successful "Sundays at Three" chamber music concert series.

The season's opening program will feature Schubert's Octet for Strings and Winds, Opus 166, and Schubert's String Quartet, Opus 29.

Concerts will be held at 3 p.m. in the intimate space of Christ Episcopal Church's "New Brick" building, known for its excellent acoustics. A reception to meet the artists will be held after each concert.

Information: 410-381-3240.

Essential service

In preparation for the fall season, Essential Family Chiropractic celebrated its opening in Owen Brown with a food drive.

On July 17, chiropractor Eric Lindsell collected more than 400 nonperishable food items from patients, friends and neighbors for FISH of Howard County. FISH, which is not an acronym, is a community group that provides food and other services to the needy.

The unusual promotional idea was a hit with the staff. The staff of one, that is.

"I do it all," Lindsell said, "the bookings, the books and the bathrooms."

Lindsell likes the neighborhood where he lives, so he opened his office within walking distance of his home on Lake Elkhorn. And he feels strongly about playing an active role in his community.

"It is really important for me to give back to the community," he said. "FISH seemed like the perfect place."

Lindsell's girlfriend, Dawne Roberts, and her children, Jill and Brian Ferrick, ages 7 and 10, helped collect the boxes and cans of food.

The road to the July event was not an easy one.

A native of Rockland County, N.Y., Lindsell graduated in 1991 from Northeastern University in Boston with a bachelor of science degree in management, and he moved to Columbia to work for a defense contractor in Bethesda.

Columbia's people and quality of life appealed to him, although his job didn't. Lindsell decided to walk away from a good paycheck.

"I stepped back and took a look at what I was doing," he said. "I didn't feel like I was having a real positive impact by building missiles."

Casting about for a solution, Lindsell remembered Michael Schwartz, a family friend who is a chiropractor. Schwartz seemed to enjoy his work, and the calling appealed to Lindsell.

After four years of Boston winters during college, he decided to find a warmer place to make his new start. In February 1995, he quit his job and enrolled in the Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, Calif.

The school is a sister campus to the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa -- the nation's oldest chiropractic institution.

After 3 1/2 years of intense study and no summer vacations, Lindsell received his doctorate in chiropractic from Palmer 15 months ahead of schedule.

He returned to Columbia and prepared to open a practice. Meanwhile, he worked as a substitute science teacher at Owen Brown Middle and other county schools, and filled in for local chiropractors while they vacationed.

In May, Lindsell hung out his shingle.

He says his new profession helping others has made all the difference in the quality of his life. "Now I enjoy getting up to go to work in the morning," he said.

Information about Essential Chiropractic: 410-312-7790.

Information about FISH of Howard County: 410-964-8660.

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