Horse-rescue farm to hold adoption parade

July 30, 2006

Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon will hold an adoption parade, featuring horses that were victims of abuse and neglect that have been rehabilitated, at 5 p.m. Saturday. The gate is to open at 4 p.m.

The community is invited to see the horses, which are available for adoption, and tour the farm. A variety of breeds will be available. All the horses have had current shots and have been vetted. Copies of medical and other history will be given to the new owners.

A minimal donation is requested to help defray the costs of rehabilitating other horses. A specified donation is requested to adopt a horse.

Those interested in adopting a horse can also schedule an appointment to visit the farm. Volunteers, foster homes, financial sponsorship for severely abused horses and donations or gifts are also needed.

The farm is at 15856 Frederick Road.

Information: 301-854-5037 or 410-442-1564. Or www.defhr.org.

Around Town

Get fit -- Clinton James, a certified personal trainer, is offering two four-week sessions of summer youth fitness training for ages 10 to 13. The classes are held from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays at Triumph Fitness Center, off Carrs Mill Road. The cost is $48 for four weeks of classes for members' children and $64 for children of nonmembers.443-745-1168.

Book clubs -- Western Howard County Seniors Book Club, a group of retired women that discusses contemporary fiction, will talk about The Queen of the Big Time, by Adriana Trigiani, at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Glenwood library. Copies of the books are available at the branch. Registration is not necessary. The group welcomes new members.

The library's Contemporary Fiction book club will discuss The Monk Downstairs, by Tim Farrington, at 7 p.m. Aug. 7. The discussion will be led by library staff members. New members are welcome. Copies of the books are available at the branch. Registration is not needed.

"Decorating 101," a program for teens on how to give a space a personal flair, will continue next month with "Locker Decorating 101" from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Glenwood branch library. Registration is required. 410-313-5577.

County fair -- The 61st Howard County Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 12 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. The fair features agricultural and commercial exhibits, music, contests, midway rides and parades. The Miss Howard County Farm Bureau Contest will be held Aug. 6. The farm queen will represent the county at the Maryland Farm Bureau Contest, held at the Maryland State Fair. Animal entries of 4-H projects will include fancy and egg-production poultry, as well as goats, sheep, rabbits, horses, pigs and dairy and beef cattle. A grand champion steer and about 49 other prize-winning market steers will be offered for sale Aug. 11 at the 43rd 4-H livestock sale. A sale of small and medium-size animals will begin the auction. Indoor exhibits will include arts, baked goods, clothing, creative writing, crafts, home environment, photography and woodworking. Home arts will include baking, food preservation and table-setting contests. Apple pies from the baking contest will be auctioned; proceeds will go to the Howard County branch of the American Cancer Society. A farmers' market is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12. 410-442-1022, or www.howardcountyfair. com.

Reading together -- The Howard County Library has joined Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization, in "Read for the Record," a celebratory event to engage adults and young children in a shared reading experience. The book recommended for the day is The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper. Jumpstart mentors preschool children in one-to-one relationships to help build language, literacy and social skills. Children's librarians at the Glenwood and east Columbia branches will offer story times featuring the book, followed by a make-your-own-train activity. Refreshments will be served, and all ages are welcome. Copies of the books will also be available at all branches for reading and to check out. The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Glenwood branch, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Registration is required. 410-313-5577.

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