Health expo to offer fun, food and fitness for the entire family

March 14, 2003

A neighborhood advisory board to Howard County's premier health organization hopes to make the medicine go down more easily by adding a dose of martial arts, jazz, cheer routines, search-and-rescue dogs and balloons.

The Southeast Horizon Council's "Fun, Food & Fitness Family Expo," scheduled at Murray Hill Middle School on March 22, will feature performances by the Murray Hill Unity Step Team and Jazz Band, as well as squads, bands and teams from nearby schools. Eighth-grade Murray Hill artists will offer face painting, and the Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S. Inc. of Baltimore will perform.

The first 400 people can look forward to a free lunch (turkey, ham or cheese sandwich, bottle of water and fruit); the first 200 will get free first-aid kits.

Murray Hill Middle School is in North Laurel, where many parents speak English as a second language. Finding health care and other affordable resources for themselves and their children can be difficult. The council plans to steer them in the right direction.

"Many of our parents don't have health insurance," said Carolyn Jameson, principal of Murray Hill Middle School and a member of the council. "We really want them to come and see what they can have access to here in the county."

The health expo will bring 51 human service organizations to Murray Hill Middle School. Among the exhibitors are the Foreign-born Information and Referral Network, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, the Alianza de la Cumunidad, the Health Alliance, the North Laurel Civic Association, the LAMP Program and the Howard County Public Library.

The Horizon Foundation was established in 1998 with an endowment of $60 million to promote the health of Howard County residents. The Southeast Horizon Council advises the foundation on the needs of Savage and North Laurel residents.

"This is the one area that's left in Howard County that does have affordable housing," Jameson said. "So with that come families with other needs. ... Right across the street from us are cornfields that are being turned into $400,000 and $500,000 homes. Many of those families will have access to health care."

Savage Historical Society to meet Monday

The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Faith and Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St., Savage. The group will discuss the history of Savage and how its collection is cataloged. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

Information: the Rev. Galen R. Menne, 301-727-7630.

Birth

Hunter Matthew: To Matthew and Laura Watring of Jessup on Feb. 28.

Around town

Changes: North Laurel Civic Association will focus Tuesday on changes on the horizon for its community. Representatives from Howard County agencies will talk about revitalization on U.S. 1, rezoning, new parks and the introduction of slots. The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Laurel Woods Elementary School. 301-776- 6509.

Bull roast: Reservoir High School Boosters will sponsor the school's first bull roast to raise money for extracurricular activities and athletic teams from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 4 in the Great Room at Historic Savage Mill. Only adults are invited. A disc jockey and dancing are planned. Tickets are $37.50 and include the buffet dinner, beer and wine, a silent auction (including Longaberger baskets), casino games, raffles and door prizes. 301-604-7194, 301-776-8298 or e-mail Costa8337@aol.com.

Theater: Burtonsville Players will present a new location with a comedy by Israel Horovitz, The Primary English Class, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through March 22, at its newly renovated Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. Tickets are $10. 301-617-9906 or www.burtonsvilleplayers.org.

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