4-H horse clubs holding cancer-fighting benefit

June 26, 2005

Equine enthusiasts will ride and walk in a variety of activities July 23 at the Howard County Fairgrounds to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The event is sponsored by Howard County 4-H horse clubs -- the Centaur; and Spur and Stirrup 4-H clubs -- and the American Cancer Society.

Participants will be at the fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Ride for Life, a family-oriented event for people of all ages that is to include rides around the ring, walks for individuals or teams of two, a yard sale and flea market in the six shaded cow barns, old-fashioned candy and food. Half-hourly give-aways, a 50/50 raffle, and equine-related demonstrations are planned.

A Wall of Remembrance, to honor cancer survivors and those who did not survive, will show names of honorees on hand-painted wooden horses, which can be purchased for $5.

Demonstrations by drill teams, a book-signing by author, actress and horse wrangler JoAnn Dawson, a petting zoo, pony rides and a craft area for children are planned.

The idea for the event came from Alexandra M. Barnard, 17, a member of the Centaur 4-H Club, whose grandmother was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Alexandra is participating in the 4-H Diamond Clover award program, which is patterned after the Boy Scout Eagle Award; to qualify for the award, she was asked to submit a detailed plan for approval, and she will write a report on what was accomplished when the event is finished.

Funds raised will help the American Cancer Society support cancer research, community education programs and local services and resources for cancer patients and their families.

Information: Marie Barnard, 410-461-3985 or www.geocities. com/centaurs4hclub.

Paul Iwancio to perform at Baldwin's Station

Paul Iwancio & The Art of Meaning will perform at Baldwin's Station restaurant in Sykesville at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Tickets are $12.

The concert room opens for seating and dining at 6:30 p.m.

Baldwin's is in the B&O Railroad Station, 7618 Main St.

Information: 410-795-1041.

Around town

Anniversary celebration:

Maryland Western Horse Association is making plans for its 50th anniversary celebration, to be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The afternoon will include children's activities, dancing and music provided by a disc jockey, food, displays and recognition of the organization's past presidents. Former members are urged to attend. Tickets are $5. The group, a private riding and horse-showing organization, meets at the Howard County Fairgrounds. 410-988- 9350 or 410-795-6256.

Wildlife walk:

River Hill Community Association will present "Wildlife Watching," a walk in search of deer, fox, birds and squirrels along one of the village's longest pathways, at 6 p.m. today. The village was the site of the River Hill Game Farm, and includes a section of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. The group will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Claret Hall in River Hill Village Center. Registration is required. Each child will get binoculars and a book to record the animals seen. Bottled water will be available before the walk, which ends at Claret Hall. Lystra Braddy, 410-531-1749.

Comics fans:

The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will sponsor a meeting of its Graphic Novel Club, a discussion club for comics enthusiasts ages 11 to 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the library. 410-313-5577.

Sports camps:

River Hill High School Boosters offers summer sports camps to help young athletes improve their skills. The program, held at the school, started last week. More than 20 camps will be offered, including football, soccer, baseball, softball, field hockey, volleyball, distance training and conditioning, cheerleading, weight training and dance. The one-week camps will run through Aug. 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $115 a camp. Forms are available in the school office; or 410-313-7114.

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