WHEN YOU hear about a local rock band whose members describe their style as hard-core rock, chances are that a certain image of these teen-agers springs to mind. You probably would be surprised to learn that these kids, members of the Howard County group Oddzar, are involved in a project to help Baltimore's Bea Gaddy and to improve the image of teens in the community.
Gaddy, a community activist who runs shelters in the city, said that on March 17 she lost two stoves in a kitchen fire.
Jason Tipton, 17, a student at Old Mill High School in Anne Arundel County and member of the rock group Proof89, saw the story on television and decided to do something to help Gaddy and the people she serves. Tipton contacted five other bands and booked the VFW Hall in Glen Burnie for a concert Saturday to raise funds for Gaddy.
Although she received the donation of another stove to replace the one she lost in the fire, Gaddy said the shelters are in desperate need of money.
"This is our bad time of year," she said. "After January, there is never any money for food, gas and electric, or anything."
Gaddy. a member of the Baltimore City Council, said she is grateful for help of the teens.
"It's just wonderful," she said. "A lot of teens have raised money to help us, and I'm just proud of anyone who wants to help. This is a very special group of kids."
Oddzar won a Battle of the Bands last month at Wilde Times Cafe. Its members are Howard County high school and college students Greg Jung, 17, Travis Lockhart, 18, Blake Silvea, 17, and Russ Eckell, 20.
Silvea, a junior at Oakland Mills High School, said his band is happy for the opportunity to play at the concert.
"We want to help out. That's the main thing," he said. "It's a good cause to get behind. We're all teen-agers, and we want people to see that we're being responsible in some way instead of causing trouble."
Jung, who plays guitar and is a senior at River Hill High School, added, "Teen-agers don't have a chance to help out the community very often. Adults see us as being useless, but I think we really can give back to the community by doing something like this."
Lockhart is a senior at Oakland Mills High School, and Eckell graduated from there and is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park.
The concert will run from 6 p.m. to midnight at the VFW Hall, 2597 Dorsey Road. The bands Oddzar, Neglected Life, Join the Conspiracy, I'm Sorry Damien, Hybred and Proof89 are scheduled.
Admission is $6, or $4 if you bring two canned goods.
The Columbia Association will sponsor the Columbia BikeAbout on Saturday to help Howard County residents become more familiar with the historic, artistic and natural sites along Columbia's bicycle paths.
Coordinator Barbara Kellner said that nearly140 people have signed up to participate.
The tour begins and ends at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront, with staggered start times between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. As they weave through Town Center, Wilde Lake, Oakland Mills and Owen Brown, cyclists can learn about the ruins of Bleak House, Historic Oakland Manor, the cemetery in Oakland Mills and more.
"The tour takes about three hours if you stop and visit all 10 sites," Kellner said.
Children can participate in a Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the American City Building parking lot. From noon to 1 p.m., teen bands will perform at the finale celebration, which includes refreshments and a raffle.
Election Day celebration
On Saturday, Columbians will elect new members to their village boards and representatives to the Columbia Council.
Residents of Harper's Choice village can celebrate the election with food, crafts, raffles and free gifts.
The Harper's Choice Community Association is sponsoring the event, which includes entertainment provided by Chazz the D.J., Nellybelle the clown and baton twirlers. Voting begins at 9 a.m. with entertainment scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.