October

Grocery Assistance Volunteers Needed
The Meals on Wheels Grocery Assistance Program is looking for volunteers! Do you have three hours a month to help a home bound individual? Do you like to shop? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity with flexible hours? Then we need your help! Our Grocery Assistance Program pairs volunteers with a client in need, and with their shopping list in hand the volunteer goes to the store on the client’s behalf. You don’t spend any of your own money and may make a friend for life! If interested, contact Meals on Wheels at 443-573-0933 or jones@mowcm.org.
John French: CSI
John French, of the Baltimore Police Department, presents a class from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Essex Library, 1110 Eastern Blvd., about crime scene investigation, DNA, fingerprinting and firearms identification. For more information, call 410-887-0295.
BCMHA Meeting
The Baltimore County Mobile Homeowners Association will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Williams Estates/Peppermint Woods Community Center, 123 Whistle Stop Road. We encourage you to bring a friend or neighbor and join us at our meeting. For more information, call 443-317-8366.
Rosedale Community Association Meeting
The Rosedale Community Association will hold a special community meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at St. Clement Church, 1220 Chesaco Ave. in Rosedale, on the basement floor. The meeting is in reference to the Riverside Drug Treatment Center that is impacting Rosedale residents and businesses. Refreshments will be served.
Mastering the Parent-Teacher Conference
Do you ever feel like you don't know what to ask at a parent teacher conference? Melissa Metzger, regional director at the Huntington Learning Center, shares strategies for preparing for your conference, questions to ask, what to do and the follow-up required from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd. Make sure your child's next parent-teacher meeting is a successful one! For more information, call 410-887-5195.
No-Cost Business Consulting
Need help writing your business plan? Do you have a new or existing business? No-cost, confidential business consulting is available at the Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center, 323 Sollers Point Road in Dundalk, for things like business start-up, business development or industry programs. Make an appointment today by contacting 240-342-9410 or jsmithfu@umd.edu. A business consultant will be on-site from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 19, Nov. 2, 16 & 30, and Dec. 14.
Clear Creeks Project Open House
Stormwater runoff - the rain that flows over roofs, parking lots and other hard surfaces - is the leading source of pollution into the Chesapeake Bay. The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy's Clear Creeks Project is hosting an open house Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. showcasing ways you can reduce pollution, beautify your yard and solve local flooding issues on your property. Drop by the Maryland State Game & Fish Protective Association, 8735 Honeygo Blvd. in Perry Hall, to view examples of rain barrels, rain gardens and other techniques that can be used to improve water quality. Light refreshments will be served. A mid-day flag retirement ceremony will also be conducted by a local Scout troop. For more information, contact Amy Young at ayoung@gunpowdervc.org or 410-404-4748 or visit gunpowdervalleyconservancy.org/calendar.
CHS Stadium Grand Opening
Chesapeake High School in Essex is proud to celebrate the grand opening of its new stadium, featuring bleacher seating for 770 spectators. CHS will host a ceremony open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 12:30 p.m. The junior varsity football team will host Randallstown at 10 a.m., followed by the varsity team at 1 p.m. All stakeholders who were part of this 10-12 year stadium fundraising project are encouraged to attend this presentation. For more information, call Rod McMillion, CHS athletic director, at 410-687-5242.
Meditation for Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Vidich, author, educator, consultant and international speaker, has been practicing meditation for over 40 years. From 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 at the Rosedale Library, 6105 Kenwood Ave., he will discuss how meditation can improve your physical, mental and spiritual health and present effective methods for creating a more satisfying lifestyle, including harmonious relationships and a deep sense of peace. Also learn effective strategies and a simple but profound meditation technique that helps remove stress and worry. Practice this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth. For more information, call 410-887-0512.
Fourth Annual Fall Festival
Join St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7834 Eastern Ave. in Dundalk, on Saturday, Oct. 21, 1 - 3 p.m., for trunk-or-treating, costume contest, games, moon bounce, face painting, crafts and fun! Rain or shine - free for the whole family. In collaboration with Colgate Elementary PTA and the Colgate Improvement Association.
Free Hearing Screenings
How's your hearing? Find out with a free hearing screening 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oct. 23, courtesy of Advanced Hearing Group with Dr. Arifa Gir, Au.D. at the White Marsh Library, 8133 Sandpiper Circle in Nottingham. For more information, call 410-887-5097.
The Colts’ Baltimore: A City and Its Love Affair in the 50s
Join Michael Olesker, longtime columnist for The Baltimore Sun, commentator for WJZ-TV's Eyewitness News and author of six books, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24 as he talks about his book "The Colts' Baltimore: A City and Its Love Affair in the 50s" at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library. For more information, call 410-887-5195.
Roll Up Your Sleeve and Help. Donate Blood.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Hosts American Red Cross Blood Drive

On average, the American Red Cross must collect 14,000 blood donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. At times, blood donations are distributed faster than they come in.

You can help. Roll up your sleeve and participate in Johns Hopkins Bayview’s blood drive, scheduled for Oct. 25 - 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Knott Conference Center. All participants will receive a meal coupon, parking pass and special gift from the medical center.

Eligible donors can make twice the difference by scheduling a “power red” donation. During this type of donation, a machine separates the red blood cells from other blood components and returns the remaining components back to the donor. By doing this, the machine is able to double the amount of red cells it would normally collect in a standard blood donation. Donors are actually donating two units of blood, instead of one, and saving twice the number of lives.

For more information or to schedule a life-saving donation, call 410-550-0289.
Thanksgiving Food Safety 101
On Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 2:30 p.m., Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts Drive in Nottingham, will present this program designed to educate older adults about the basics of food safety and to empower older adults to follow the steps needed to prevent food borne illness in their home. Sign up in advance.
SLN: 50th Anniversary of The Beatles
On Friday, Oct. 27, at 10:30 a.m., the Senior Learning Network will present the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles at Shea Stadium: The Beginning of Stadium Rock. Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts Drive in Nottingham, is sharing this virtual program with Victory Villa Senior Center. Sign up in advance.
Reality House
The Christian Fellowship Church of God, 12909 Eastern Ave. in Chase, will host a free alternative haunted house called Reality House from 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 28 - 31. This event spreads the Gospel. Various rooms show real life events, bad choices without the forgiveness of Jesus, some things the world gets involved in and their need for Jesus. The Gospel is shared giving people a chance to accept Christ.
Trunk or Treat
Hiss United Methodist Church, 8700 Harford Road in Parkville, will hold a community Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Wear a costume and visit our members’ not-too-spooky Trunks for Treats! Refreshments available. For more information, call 410-668-5665 or visit www.hisschurch.org.

November

North Point Battlefield Monument
Members of the Society of the War of 1812 have proposed a monument for the North Point State Battlefield, one that would be dedicated to the Americans lost at the 1814 Battle of North Point. The public is invited to attend a final meeting on the project to be held Friday, Oct. 27, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., at the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum, 4 Center Place in Dundalk. All aspects of the project including text, design and location at the site will be reviewed. The battlefield site is located near the intersection of Trappe Road and Old North Point Road. The project would be funded by the society, other 1812 stakeholder groups and citizens of Maryland/North Point.
Bitter Memories: The Fall of Saigon
Author Tom Glenn was in Saigon as an undercover signals intelligence operative in April 1975 when the North Vietnamese attacked the city. "Bitter Memories" is his eyewitness account of the Fall of Saigon, of trying to evacuate all the Americans for whom he was responsible in the week leading up to the Fall of Saigon. Nov. 7, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd. For more information, call 410-887-5195.
Fall Job Fair 2017
The Community College of Baltimore County will host its 2017 Fall Job Fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at CCBC Essex in the Romadka College Center's upper lobby. Join CCBC’s Career Services office for Fall Job Fair 2017 where job seekers can meet representatives from employers throughout the metropolitan area. Dress for success and bring resumes. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 443-840-1732 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
To End All War
Meet local veteran and historian Nicholas Lambros from 2 - 3 p.m. Nov. 11 as he shares a visual presentation of World War I and discusses his historical novel, "To End All War," at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd. Book sales and signings available; cash or checks accepted. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library. For more information, call 410-887-5195.
Native American Life Program
From 2 - 3 p.m. on Nov. 18, Reptile Wonders brings a historical past into the present throughout this interactive, interpretive, hands-on program as audiences explore the lifestyles of the Eastern Woodland Indians at the Essex Library, 1110 Eastern Blvd. For more information, call 410-887-0295.
Homelessness Discussion
Are you or do you know someone facing homelessness in Baltimore County? Prologue, Inc. presents a discussion and refers customers to available services from 1 - 3 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Essex Library, 1110 Eastern Blvd. All community members welcome. For more information, call 410-887-0295.

Ongoing

Fly the Flag for our Troops!
The Angels Supporting Your Troops Inc. are in their eighth year of bringing a "touch of home" to our military troops in the war zone.

Therefore, we are asking for supplies to fill the care packages such as: Beef Jerky, Freeze Pops, Nuts, Trail Mix, Cookies, Jelly, Crackers, Tuna or Chicken in pouches, Drink mixes, Little Debbie Cakes, Nutella, Slim Jims, Dental floss, bars of soap, Deodorant, Foot powder, Chap stick, Baby wipes, Feminine products,  Wrapped Hard Candy, Gum, Mints, Razors, Shave cream (no aerosols) Frisbees, Basketballs, Footballs, Seek a wood books, Water balloons, Toothpaste, Tooth Brush, Wash clothes, Microwave popcorn, Pop Tarts, Aspirin, Bandaids, Cough drops, Pringles, Granola bars, Any Size Zip-Loc Bags.

To donate, or for more information, contact Irene Spatafore at 410-284-5275 or drop items off on the picnic table at 7914 Diehlwood Road (off Wise Avenue & Lynch Road)

The “Angels” packing location is the Sonshine Fellowship Church, 7201 Sollers Point Road in Dundalk, across from CCBC Dundalk.
Maryland Senior Citizens HOF seeking nominations
Maryland residents, 65 years of age or older, who as active volunteers (since age 65) have made outstanding contributions to improve the lives of others in the community are eligible for nomination to the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Nominations will be reviewed and up to 50 qualified nominees will be selected for induction into the 2017 Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Nomination forms and specific details for eligibility are available at mschf.org or by contacting Tom Kline at mschf1@verizon.net or 410-322-5193. All nomination forms must be received by April 10.
Senior Steelworkers 9477
Senior Steelworkers United, the country's largest steelworker retiree group, meets the third Wednesday of each month at Local 2609 Hall, 550 Dundalk Avenue., beginning at noon. Coffee, donuts and lunch are provided, with a brief business meeting between the meals to discuss matters like pensions, medical insurance, Social Security and more. All Sparrows Point retirees are invited. Dues are $30 per year. For more information, call Don Kellner at 410-227-8462.
SOAR Meetings
Chapter 8-1 of Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the UAW Hall 1010 S. Oldham Street in Baltimore. Meetings feature lunch and updates on current issues facing retirees. Retirees from any organization are welcome to join; yearly dues are $12 for retirees and $3 for spouses. For more information, call Don Kellner at 410-227-8462.
Self-Esteem Anonymous
Self-Esteem Anonymous™ is an organized support group with a 12-step program. Its purpose is to give emotional support to people who need help achieving their goals. There are many people who feel the way you do, who want to feel more confident about themselves and who want to have more control over their own lives. This group meets Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., in the parish hall at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1131 Mace Ave. in Essex. Call 410-687-5531 for more information.
Aviation Volunteer Search
Volunteers are needed at the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum as it prepares for the opening of the 2016 school year. Qualifications for education volunteers include experience working with children and a minimum availability of two days per month, three hours per day. There is also an opening for someone with web design experience to manage its website at www.mdairmuseum.org. The museum, located at Martin State Airport has been operated by a group of dedicated volunteers for over 25 years serving the community as a cultural and educational resource. To apply for a volunteer position, contact Volunteer Coordinator Peggy Smith at 410-682-6122.
Humane Society Volunteers
The Humane Society of Harford County has volunteer opportunities at the PetSmart at 1559 Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk, and you can make an impact helping the animals up for adoption there. Our volunteers commit to just one shift per week for one or two hours each time. You will provide as much love as you can while cleaning their cages, washing bedding, mopping the floor and other light duties. If you think you’re the purr-fect person, emailRebecca@HarfordShelter.org to get started!
Food Pantry
Peninsula Baptist Church, 222 Carroll Island Road in Middle River, provides a monthly food pantry on the third Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. Emergency food baskets provided by appointment. In order to receive a food pantry basket, you must be on public assistance (SNAP, medical assistance, TCANF, EUSP, energy assistance), on unemployment or have a household income below 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Limit of one basket every 30 days. For more information or to arrange an emergency basket, contact Donald Eder at 410-812-5255 orederdonald@yahoo.com.
Cooties Collecting for Comrades
The Military Order of the Cootie Pup Tent 4 is collecting toiletries for male and female hospitalized veterans at the Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore to be distributed during the monthly visit with the veterans. Items requested include one-gallon zip-lock bags, liquid hand soap, shampoo, disposable razors, shave gel, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, denture cleaner, non-alcoholic mouthwash, nail clippers, combs, socks, feminine sanitary products and wordsearch/crossword puzzles. Items can be brought to the Essex-Holly Neck Memorial VFW Post 2621, 206 Riverside Road, between the hours of 2 - 10 p.m.
Brightview Volunteers Needed
Brightview White Marsh assisted living, 8100 Rossville Blvd., is in need of volunteers to help with things like Rosary, cooking, short stories, games, discussions and visiting for their residents. For more information, contact Diane Gibson at 410-668-1588.
Free Mammograms
Baltimore County Womens Cancer Protection is currently offering free mammograms to those who wish to be screened. Call 410-887-3432 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
Bluegrass, Country Music Jamboree
Victory Villa Community Center, 404 Compass Road in Middle River, hosts a Bluegrass and Country Music Jamboree, at 6 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. The event has been run by the Cogar Family since 1972. Come enjoy bluegrass and country music to sing and dance to. Refreshments are available. Come join the fun!
Food Pantry
Dundalk Church of the Nazarene, 1626 Lynch Road, has a food pantry with non-perishable food items. If you are in need or are interested in donating, please call the church at 410-288-5136.
County Looking For Volunteers
The Baltimore County Department of Aging Home Team Program is looking for volunteers willing to assist elderly Baltimore County residents with shopping, running errands and doctor appointments. Volunteers are needed for four hours per month. For more information, call the Home Team Office at 410-887-4141.
Volunteer for Hospice
Amedisys Hospice of Greater Chesapeake is looking for volunteers to provide companionship to home hospice patients and their families.  Presently we are in need of volunteers to help our patients in the Essex, Rosedale and White Marsh areas. We are planning a class to prepare you to become a volunteer. To learn more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity, please call Richard Parron at 410-686-5635 or e-mail richard.parron@amedisys.com.