The Savage Boys and Girls Club Inc. has received a $5,000 grant from the Soccer '94 foundation for its soccer program.The grant was presented Saturday before a league game on the field behind Bollman Bridge Elementary School.
According to a news release issued by the club, the downturn in the economy has resulted in a dramatic reduction in sponsorship money it receives from local businesses, while fees for the use of Howard County fields have increased.
"In past years, we've had between 30 to 50 [businesses] who have sent in money to sponsor the Boys and Girls Club," said Ralph Albano, the club's soccer commissioner. "This year, it's about 15 to 20." The club serves about 450 children who play on 36 teams, he said.
"A lot of people have shortfalls this year ... so they approached me and said, `Can you help?' " said Michael Wagener, chairman of the Soccer '94 grants committee. The grant money will be used to purchase uniforms and equipment for the club.
The Savage Boys and Girls Club also offers baseball, basketball, football and softball programs for children ages 5 and older.
Soccer '94 foundation, a nonprofit group formed to bid for and act as host for the Washington region 1994 World Cup games, maintains a grant program for youth soccer in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington area.
- Fay Lande
Laurel Regional Hospital to offer flu vaccinations
Laurel Regional Hospital will offer free flu shots from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 13 in the hospital's J. Russell Jones Conference Room. The vaccinations will be available only to people at risk of serious illness from flu, including senior citizens and those with chronic respiratory conditions. Inoculations will not be given to children.
Nurses will administer the shots on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointments will be made. Supplies are sufficient to vaccinate 350 people.
Information: 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.
Kailey Renee Merrell: To Brandon Merrell and Shannon Johnson of Scaggsville on Oct. 6.
Culture, jobs: Fatimah Steffanoff and others will share their Muslim culture - food, music, dance, clothing, crafts and activities - at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane. Lloyd Day, of the Maryland Job Service CareerNet One-Stop Career Centers, will talk about resources for job-seekers at 10 a.m. Nov. 8. Registration is required for both events. 410-880-5975.
Auditions: Laurel Mill Playhouse will hold auditions for male and female roles in John Guare's play House of Blue Leaves at 5 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday at the theater, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617- 9906. Directions: www.laurelmill playhouse.org.
Holiday crafts: South Laurel Recreation Council Inc., which is celebrating 34 years of community service, will present its 28th Holiday Craft Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at Deerfield Run Community Center. Continuous free shuttle service is offered from Towne Centre Shopping Center at Route 197 and Contee Road. Registration for holiday workshops will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Admission to the fair is free. Refreshments will be served. 301-776-2805; TTY, 301- 445-4512.
For seniors: Savage Senior Center, 9525 Durness Lane, offers bingo from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, except the first Monday of the month. A mill walk, for indoor walkers, is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Historic Savage Mill. Social line-dancing is offered from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. A "Sit and Stitch" group meets from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays. Howard County General Hospital sponsors a 50-Plus Agewell Exercise class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $24 for 16 classes. Therapeutic massage is offered bimonthly, by appointment, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Edith Bennett, 410-880-5915.
For children: The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, offers stories, activities, finger-plays and songs for preschoolers at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 19. Registration starts one week before each program. 410-880- 5978.