June

Free Breakfast
Middle River Baptist Church, 610 Middle River Road, will hold a free breakfast for our neighbors in need from 9 - 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 24. Includes eggs, sausage, waffles, cereal, fruit cups, orange drink and coffee. A bus will pick up at the Eastern Resource Center at 8:45 a.m. Call 410-686-8810 for more information.
Lynch Cove Run Cleanup
Clean Bread and Cheese Creek will hold a cleanup on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. of the stream that runs along the parking lot of Merritt Park Baptist Church, 1799 Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk, which flows into Bear Creek. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome and needed. Trash bags, gloves, snacks, water and lunch will be provided. A limited number of tools are available for loan, but please bring your own if you have them. Registration opens at 8 a.m. For more information, call 410-285-1202 or email Info@BreadandCheeseCreek.org.
Amateur Radio Field Day
The Aero Amateur Radio Club of Middle River will hold their annual Field Day beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Essex Skypark, 1401 Diffendall Road in Essex. Field Day is a 24-hour event during which amateur radio operators demonstrate their readiness to provide communications throughout the U.S. and around the world in an emergency or disaster. The event will include demonstrations of Morse code, voice and digital communications. For more information or directions, contact Joe Miko at 443-956-0197 or joseph.miko@verizon.net.
BCGS Research Day
The Baltimore County Genealogical Society (BCGS), 8601 Harford Road in Parkville, Room 308, will hold a research day on Sunday, June 25, from noon to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-665-8769 or visit: http://www.baltimoregenealogysociety.org/BCGShome/library.
Welcome Pastor Caruthers
On Sunday, June 25, at 3 p.m., Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1901 Middleborough Road in Essex, invites you to join us for the installation of our new pastor, Meheret Y. Caruthers. Pastor Caruthers is a native of Ethopia and has studied in Ethopia, Norway, and the U.S. to become a pastor. Her call at Hope will be her first as a full time pastor. RSVP by calling 410-686-7587.
Blood Drive: Blood shortage expected during summer months
Summer vacations and travel can contribute to less availability for people to give blood or platelets. However, patients don’t get a summer holiday or vacation from needing life-saving blood. The Red Cross relies on volunteer donors for the 15,000 blood donations needed every day to support patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive June 26 - 28, 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 important, 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.

July

Summer Food Program
Noon - 1 p.m. Monday - Friday throughout July at the North Point Library, 1716 Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and BCPS have partnered with BCPL to provide free lunches to children when school is out for the summer. There are no income requirements or registration. Any child under age 18 may come to eat. For info., call 410-887-7255.
Summer Fun for Kids
For ages 5 to 8 with adult. Looking for something for your child to do this summer? Join Mr. Robert and his librarian friends from 2 - 3:30 p.m. on July 13 in the Children's Area of the Rosedale Library, 6105 Kenwood Ave., in Rosedale, for a variety of fun activities on multiple dates this summer. Activities may include: crafts, games, art projects, LEGO building, cliffhanger stories, rhymes, puppets, songs and more. See calendar for additional dates. For info., call 410-887-0512.
World Wildlife Mission Adventure
Dr. Edna the Explorer presents this hands-on animal adventure from 2 - 3 p.m. on July 16 at the Sollers Point Library, 323 Sollers Point Road in Dundalk, as she travels the globe meeting glowing scorpions, spiky lizards, alligators and giant pythons! For info., call 410-887-2485.
Magician at Work
Magician Mike Rose performs impossible magic tricks and off-the-wall comedy featuring construction, building and architecture from 2 - 2:45 p.m. on July 22 at  the White Marsh Library, 8133 Sandpiper Circle in White Marsh. For info., call 410-887-5097.
Baltimore County Discusses Immigration: Refugees and Borders
Explore timely issues and discuss solutions at this series of forums organized in cooperation with the League of Women Voters of Baltimore County. Speakers share their viewpoints in a panel-style conversation, followed by a Q&A session from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on July 25 at the White Marsh Library, 8133 Sandpiper Circle in White Marsh. For info., call 410-887-5097.
Family STEM Night
Work together as a team to beat our baffling building challenges on July 26, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the White Marsh Library, 8133 Sandpiper Circle in White Marsh. For info., call 410-887-5097.

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.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed
Are you looking for an easy and rewarding way to serve your community? Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is seeking caring, reliable people to help deliver meals to your homebound neighbors. Give us about one hour of your time to deliver nutritious meals on any weekday (Monday - Friday) beginning at 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed at our local distribution site in Dundalk. In sharing a smile along with a little of your time you will make a lasting difference in the life of a homebound senior. To get started please call Volunteer Services at 443-573-0925 or email us at volunteer@mowcm.org.
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.