Liver-transplant fundraiser planned for next month

March 05, 2006

David Hillen, parent of an Oakland Mills High School student, is in need of a liver transplant and has been unable to work because of his disease. He has been judged by the medical team at Johns Hopkins Hospital to be an excellent candidate for the procedure but the cost is high - about $350,000 for the transplant alone.

The Oakland Mills PTSA is planning a dinner and silent and live auction next month to help raise money for medical expenses, and it is seeking donations of gift certificates or products from businesses for the auctions. Donations of cash or goods are welcome.

The family is working with the National Transplant Foundation. Checks should be made payable to the National Transplant Assistance Fund and earmarked for David Hillen. They can be sent to 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, Pa. 19087.

Information: 800-642-8399, or

Art exhibition, concert set March 18

The Oakland Mills Community Association will present "Taste of the Arts," a multimedia art exhibition and concert featuring local musicians, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 18. Wine, cheese and desserts will be served.

Performances are to include classical piano and flute with Larissa Sanders, Diane Greene, Denis Karp and Mandy Whisenant, and guitar music by Bruce Casteel, Matt Dixon and Chris Maggitti.

The Oakland Mills High School string quartet - Ben Magruder, Madeline Robsen, Christian Richardson and Molly Barnes - will also be featured.

Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Senior citizens pay $8; students pay $5. The concert will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. A free preview of the artwork is planned from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Information: 410-730-4610.

Football camp set at Hammond High

Howard County Football Technique Camp for children and youth in grades three through nine is accepting registration for its summer season. The camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 10 to 14 at Hammond High School.

Instruction is to include offensive and defensive techniques and kicking. Certified coaches will offer speed training, and weight trainers will present an age-appropriate program.

Each day will conclude with noncontact, competitive football games under the supervision of Howard County high school coaches.

Tuition is $160. An early-registration discount of $10 is offered to those who register by May 1; an additional $10 discount, to members of all youth football leagues.

The Scott Swope Quarterbacks and Receivers Camp, for those in grades three through 12, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15 at Hammond High School.

Quarterback and receiver skills will be taught in the one-day camp, and coaches will offer speed training. The day concludes with seven-on-seven games under the supervision of high school coaches.

Tuition is $80, with a $10 early-registration discount for registration by May 1, and a $10 discount for members of youth football leagues and high school players. Those who register for both camps receive a 50 percent discount.

Registration forms can be downloaded from www.hoco

Information: 301-776-8962.

Around Town

Good choices -- The Family Tree, a nonprofit organization, will offer Positive Parenting classes, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, this week through April 25, at Columbia Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place. Admission is free, but child care will not be available. 410-889-2300, ext. 1226.

Relay for Life -- Howard County's Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held June 2 and 3 at Hammond High School. Teams are being formed for the community overnight event during which participants camp out while team members walk on a track through the night. Team captains can register members at, and volunteers can register for a team. A team captains' meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Bank Nights, when team captains can turn in funds raised, will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 5 and 18 and May 3, 18 and 30 at the Bain Center. Debra Wilkenloh, 410-997-8700.

For children -- The Kinderman and KinderTwin will return to The Other Barn in Columbia in a performance for children ages 2 to 5 and their chaperones Friday. Performances are planned at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The interactive program costs $4.50 for ages 2 and older. 410-730-4610.

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