Bodkin PTA plans annual 5K, fun run


August 23, 2002|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHILE THEIR kids are savoring the last hours of summer vacation, parent volunteers from Bodkin Elementary PTA are making final preparations for a race and fun run fund-raiser scheduled for Oct. 12.

The one-mile walk or fun run, geared to attract Bodkin pupils, will begin race-day activities at 8 a.m. The five-kilometer race will start at 8:30 a.m.

Now in its sixth year, the 5K run and one-mile fun run have become popular events, drawing supporters and participants from throughout the county. Judy Bonn, co-chairwoman of the event, said that besides attracting local support for the fund-raiser, many avid runners return year after year to participate in the race.

"We have several runners who can't wait to find out the date of our event," Bonn said. "We don't offer big awards to the winners, so they obviously must enjoy the family atmosphere of our race."

To encourage school participation, the PTA waives entry fees for Bodkin Elementary pupils who sign up and collect at least $15 in sponsor pledges. Pledge sheets are due Oct. 9. Prizes will be awarded to the three pupils who raise the most money.

The nonrefundable entry fee for adults and for pupils who do not attend Bodkin is $12 in advance. Advance entries must be postmarked by Oct. 4. The entry fee after that will be $15.

Participants can also sign up for the race online at

Race-day entries will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

The 5K course will begin at the school, 8320 Ventnor Road, and pass through several communities around the Pasadena school.

The first 300 entrants will receive a free T-shirt. Awards will be presented to the top male and female 5K finishers in seven age groups. Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the event. Winners must be present to collect prizes.

No wheelchairs, strollers, inline skates, bicycles or pets will be permitted in the race.

Packets for those registering in advance can be picked up from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 in the school gym.

"We're hoping that the community will come out and support this year's race," Bonn said. "It's a lot of work for us, but it's a fun day for everyone who participates."

Bonn is sharing race-coordinating duties this year with Mary Beth Benson.

Information: 410-360-3990 or 410-360-8163.

Concert in the Park

Nineteen performers representing faith communities across the county have signed up to raise a joyful noise at the Concert in the Park, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow in the Riviera Beach Community Park at Greenway and Dale Roads.

Besides the concert, local church and community groups will be selling food, refreshments, crafts, tapes, and books.

Admission is free; take a blanket or lawn chair. The concert will be held rain or shine.

Information: 410-636-0334 or 410-437-3830.

Business meeting

Pasadena Business Association will hold its monthly general membership meeting at noon Sept. 4 at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie. Reservations must be made by Aug. 30.

Constance Sparrow, president of the Anne Arundel Genealogy Society, will speak about researching family genealogy on the Internet.

The cost for the meeting is $12 with a reservation or $15 at the door.

Information: Cindy Klebe, 410-360-1100.

Bus trip to New York

The parish of St. Jane Frances de Chantal is sponsoring a fall bus trip to New York City to see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

The bus will leave the church at 7 a.m. and return at 11 p.m. The performance starts at 2 p.m.

The cost for the trip - which includes transportation, a show ticket and a continental breakfast - is $125.

A few seats have been set aside for anyone interested in traveling to New York without attending the show. The cost for the bus ride and breakfast is $50.

Information: 410-255-4646.

Bingo in Orchard Beach

Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Department is holding a basket bingo Sept. 20 at the fire hall, 7549 Solley Road.

The doors will open at 6 p.m., with bingo starting at 7 p.m. The bingo package includes 20 regular games. Specials and raffle tickets will be sold separately.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Information: 410-255-0921 or 410-360-1257.

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