August

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.
Free Meal and Groceries
Thursday, Aug. 17, Victory Villa Baptist Church, 75 Chandelle Road in Middle River, will once again be serving a meal from 5 - 6:30 p.m. and giving away a bag of groceries. All are welcome.
Perry Hall Book Club
On Aug. 17, from 7 - 8:30 p.m., join the Perry Hall Book Club for a lively discussion of "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah at the Perry Hall library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library. For more information, call 410-887-5195.
Free Clothing
Free clothing will be available to anyone in need at St. John's Lutheran Church, 518 Franklin Ave. in Essex, on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Please bring your own bag. Donations also accepted by calling 410-687-4621.
Back2School Day Fair
As families prepare their children for a successful school year, Frontline Outreach is encouraging Baltimore County parents to put health at the top of their back-to-school checklists. On Aug. 19, Frontline Outreach Ministries will present a Back2School Day Fair at Living Faith Ministries, 7544 Holabird Ave. in Dundalk, featuring "A Healthy Start from Head to Toe." The event will feature information, education and activities focused on improving the health and lives of children and families. This free event will help attendees learn about and embrace lifestyle choices that will help them live healthier and more satisfying lives. Bring the family and join us from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. We will be giving away book bags to the first 100 children to register on our website: www.frontlineoutreachministries.org.
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 Aug. 24, Sept. 21, Oct. 5 & 19, Nov. 2, 16 & 30, and Dec. 14.
Your Donation Matters. Give Blood.
In the time it takes you to read this announcement, nearly 250 blood products will be used by patients in need. You can ensure there is an ample blood supply in our region by making a life-saving blood donation.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Aug. 28 - 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Francis X. Knott Conference Center. Every participant will receive a meal coupon, parking pass and special gift from the medical center. More importantly, participants will take pride in knowing they saved up to three lives!

Individuals can make twice the difference by scheduling a double red cell blood donation. During a double red cell 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.

September

White Marsh Book Club
Join us at the White Marsh Library, 8133 Sandpiper Circle, from 7 - 8 p.m. Sept. 6 for a lively discussion of "Thirteen Moons" by Charles Frazier.
Community Input Meeting
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., the developer for Vincent Estates, a.k.a. the Moran Property, located along Vincent Road directly behind 10326 Vincent Road, will hold a community input meeting at Our Lady Queen of Peace church, 10003 Bird River Road in Middle River. This is a very important meeting for residents of Bird River, Ebenezer and Vincent Farm area. The project proposes 19 single-family detached dwellings on 8.91 acres. No dwellings are proposed on the remaining 11.82 acres. The plan also indicates the multiple parcels primarily located outside the Urban Rural Demarcation Line (URDL) to be conveyed to adjacent properties. The site does not currently have any improvements and is mostly forested. Please attend and share with your neighbors.
Shipbuilding in Baltimore
Sept. 12, from 7 - 8 p.m., Glimpse Into History Series, Part 1: A survey of Baltimore's shipbuilding industry from the earliest days of a settlement to the closing of the last shipyard at Sparrows Point. Learn how Baltimoreans toiled in dozens of locations, building some of the finest vessels ever constructed. Presented by the Baltimore Museum of Industry at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd. For more information, call 410-887-5195.
Homework: A Parent’s Survival Guide
Has homework become a nightly battle? Do you often find your child forgetting to hand in assignments? From 6:30 - 8 p.m. Sept. 13, Melissa Metzger, the regional director at the Huntington Learning Center, shares practical advice for tackling common homework problems that will help make homework more productive, successful and enjoyable for all members of your family at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd. For more information, call 410-887-5195.
Airbrush Tattoos
On Sept. 16, from 2 - 3 p.m., learn about airbrush tattoos and get your own realistic, nontoxic airbrush tattoo that can last up to a week or more at the Essex Library, 1110 Eastern Blvd. For more information, call 410-887-0295.
Flu Shot Clinic
On Monday, Sept. 18, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Retirees United Local 9477 USW will hold their annual flu shot clinic at the Steelworkers hall at 550 Dundalk Ave. All steelworkers and spouses are invited to attend; no charge if on Medicare or other secondary insurance. Community residents are also invited to attend. Bring Medicare card with you. For more information, call Don Kellner at 410-227-8462.
Book Talk: Boys in the Boat
From 7 - 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 19, William Barry will present Daniel James Brown's "The Boys in the Boat," a powerful and popular story of life in the 1930s. This program, held at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd., will develop the background for the events, and look at the history of the 1930s, with special focus on the 1936 Olympics. It is recommended that you read the book prior to attending. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library. For more information, call 410-887-5195.
Perry Hall Book Club
Join us for a lively discussion of "The Grownup" by Gillian Flynn from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library. For more information, call 410-887-5195.
Meet the Author: Greg Pearson
Local author Greg Pearson will discuss his book, "Maybe Next Year" at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd., from 2 - 4 p.m. on Sept. 23. Find out how diehard sports fans maintain their devotion through the tough times. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library. For more information, call 410-887-5195.
Senior Volunteers Needed
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Baltimore County Public Schools are actively seeking senior volunteers, aged 55 or older, to assist teachers in the classrooms. Volunteers help to support the best possible learning experience for students while also serving as a valuable resource to teachers and administrators. To learn more, you can attend an informational session on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Essex Senior Center, 600 Dorsey Ave. in Essex. Sign up by calling the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at 410-887-3101 or emailing volunteers@baltimorecountymd.gov.

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.