Happy Wanderers to hold walk March 4

North Laurel/Savage

February 25, 2007

The Freestate Happy Wanderers, which meets in Savage, will hold noncompetitive 5K and 10K walks March 4 at the Severna Park Elks Lodge, 160 Truck House Road, in Severna Park.

An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served at the lodge for $6. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Walkers can begin any time between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and finish by 1 p.m.

Information: 410-437-2164 or 301-717-3604 before 8 p.m., or www.ava.org.

Skate-A-Thon to aid Leukemia Society

The Maryland chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will sponsor a Lace Up for Leukemia Skate-A-Thon from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Gardens Ice House in Laurel.

Recreational and experienced skaters of all ages are invited to skate laps for pledges. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Maryland chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help fund research and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Information: Vince Fiduccia, 410-527-0220, Ext. 21.

Around Town

Historical society -- The Savage Historical Society is collecting World War II photographs and information about veterans from the Savage area. Submit materials by March 31. 301-725-1241.

Multiservice center -- The cooperative center created by local nonprofit organizations to reach residents in the southeast area of Howard County has a new name: North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center. In the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105 All Saints Road, the center offers help with housing, food, fuel and utilities, and crisis intervention for those in need.

Representatives of the Department of Social Services help residents apply for food stamps, cash assistance and medical assistance.

Family and Children's Services offers counseling, employee assistance, in-home services for elderly and disabled people and a Healthy Families program for first-time parents. Third-party insurance is accepted; uninsured clients pay on a sliding scale.

The Community Action Council offers help with food, eviction prevention, energy assistance and crisis intervention.

Kristin Lilly, FIRN's information and referral counselor, is fluent in Spanish and can assist with medical bills, applying for a tax identification number, legal referrals, birth certificates, housing and passports. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Domestic Violence Center is available to help people in immediate crisis from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Walk-ins are welcome. Information: 301-498-7509 or 410-997-2272 (a 24-hour hot line).

Counselor Dianne DeSantis of Grassroots is available to help with crisis resolution. Information: 301-498-7509, Ext. 302, or call the 24-hour hot line, 410-531-6677.

Barbara Coleman of the Legal Aid Bureau is available to help with issues such as denial of Social Security benefits or unemployment benefits; foreclosures, bankruptcy, custody, domestic violence, landlord-tenant problems, rights of the elderly and other difficulties. Services are not provided for criminal or traffic court cases.

Information or to schedule an appointment with any of the agencies: 301-498-7509.

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