Charity plans golf tournament to help Mount Airy boy, 12, pay for cancer treatment

July 24, 2005

For the Kids, a Crofton-based charity that has applied for nonprofit status, will hold a golf tournament to help pay medical and other expenses for Mount Airy resident Erik Lerch, 12, who received a bone marrow transplant in April.

Doctors say Erik, who recently spent about three months in the hospital, has several types of cancer, including leukemia.

The tournament is sold out, but sponsors and donations of money, products and services are still needed. The organizers are also collecting baby supplies, which will be donated to a local charity.

Gary Heldt of Bowie and Michael Thomas of Crofton founded the organization this year.

"If we don't take care of the children of today, who will take care of them?" Heldt said.

Information: 301-261-3503 or 410-721-6000. Or visit www.sbad

Volunteers being sought to remove invasive plants

Howard County Master Gardeners and the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks are seeking volunteers to help remove woody invasive plants and vines in the wildlife meadows of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, off Trotter Road.

The event is part of the Conservation Stewardship project, sponsored by both organizations.

Volunteers, who will have a chance to learn about the biology and behavior of area butterflies, are needed from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Bring water, hand-pruners and gloves, and dress for the weather.

Information: 410-992-9889. Or e-mail,

Around town

Lacrosse camp:

Glenelg Country School offers summer lacrosse camps on the school's playing fields. An indoor sports facility is available in case of inclement weather. A day camp for boys ages 11 to 18 will be offered tomorrow to Friday. The cost is $280 and includes lunch. Equipment rental is available for an additional $35. A discount is available for goalies. Kevin Boland, 410-531-8600, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or

Sports camps:

River Hill High School Boosters offers summer sports camps to help young athletes improve their skills. More than 20 camps are to be offered in various sports. The one-week camps 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.

Craft workshop:

The Glenwood library will offer "To Dye For," a workshop on tie-dyeing for youths and adults, ages 11 and older, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants should wear old clothes and can take as many as five white cotton items to dye. T-shifts, pillowcases and other items are welcome. Registration is required. 410-313-5577.

Lively discussions:

The Western Howard County Seniors Book Club, which holds discussions of contemporary fiction, will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 3 at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. The Amateur Marriage, by Anne Tyler, will be discussed at the next meeting. 410-313-5577.

Wacky Wednesdays:

The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will present "Wacky Wednesdays," summer activities with books, crafts and discussions for youngsters ages 11 and older. "Stamping Up!" with stamping expert Kathy Bodine, is planned from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Registration is required. A soap-making workshop is planned from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Registration is to begin Wednesday. Materials for the workshops will be provided. "Back to School Crafts," a workshop on making desk caddies and magazine files, decorating shoes or a bag, is to be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Participants should take a canvas bag, shoestrings, or white canvas sneakers to decorate. Registration is to begin Aug. 3. 410-313-5577.

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.

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