Health Expo slated at Murray Hill Middle on March 27

March 19, 2004

Murray Hill Middle School and Southeast Horizon Council are presenting the second Fun, Food & Fitness Family Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27 at the Laurel school.

The organizers hope to make Howard County human services more accessible to Savage and North Laurel residents.

Fifty-six health and human-service organizations will send representatives to the expo. Among them are Alianza de la Commidad, Conexiones, Domestic Violence Center, Earth Treks, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, Foreign-born Information and Referral Network, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Howard County Health Department, Howard County Library, Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging and the Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center Inc.

Free blood pressure, dental, vision and breast health screenings will be offered.

Young-Chan Han, ESOL (English as a Second Language) family outreach specialist for Howard County public schools, arranged for immigrants who have limited English proficiency to be called by translators who described the expo in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Urdu, Chinese and Arabic.

"This year, I wanted to make sure that our families know that this event will happen and that we will provide interpreters," Han said.

Entertainment will include step team performances by children from Laurel Woods Elementary, Murray Hill Middle and Reservoir High schools. Choruses from Deep Run Elementary and Murray Hill Middle schools will perform and, Reservoir High School's cheerleaders will also present.

The Balloon Man (Tom Lilly of First Step Magic Co.) "will be busy from the moment kids get there until the end of the fair," said Cathy Smith, the fair's coordinator. Lilly makes animals and wearable sculpture out of balloons. Gift certificates and baskets will be given as door prizes, and the first 400 people to arrive will receive box lunches.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. Murray Hill Middle School is at 9989 Winter Sun Road, Laurel.

Information: Cathy Smith, 410-461-3696 or cvsmith@com

- Fay Lande

Ladies Auxiliary to hold Easter party April 3

The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8097 will sponsor a children's Easter party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 3 at the post, 7209 Montevideo Road.

The party, for infants to those age 12, will feature an Easter bunny, balloons and refreshments.

Information: 410-799-5868.


Thomas Daniel: To James and Erin Lentscher of North Laurel on March 5.

Around Town

Players needed: American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St., Laurel, is seeking players for its 19-and-under baseball team to play in the American Legion Summer League. Players must be from the greater Laurel area, which includes eastern Howard County school districts. College players who will be 19 years old by Dec. 31 are welcome. Stan Merson, 301-776-8298.

Bull roast: The Reservoir High School Boosters group will hold its second bull roast, for adults only, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 23 in the Great Room at Historic Savage Mill. The event will benefit the school's extracurricular activities and athletic teams. Tickets are $37.50 and include dinner, dancing, a silent auction, casino games, raffles and door prizes. Allyson LeFevere, 301-604-7194 or Barb Costa, 301-490-0348. Donations are needed for the silent auction. Mary Kirk, mary.kirk@

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