July

Armchair Travel to the Galapagos Islands
On Thursday, July 19, at 11:30 a.m. Visit Victory Villa Senior Center, 403 Compass Road in Middle River, experience Armchair Travel with Yvette to the Galapagos Islands. Learn about the Galapagos Islands and see the beautiful scenery. This program is free, but pre-registration is requested. For more information, call 410-887-0235.
Tell Your Story
On Thursday, July 19, at 2 p.m., visit Victory Villa Senior Center, 403 Compass Road in Middle River, to hear Guest Author Sue Batton Leonard tell her story. Join us as we learn the value of sharing our memoirs and learn how to get started. For more information, call 410-887-0235.
Youth Fishing Derby
The annual catch-and-release Youth Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, July 21, at North Point State Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m., the derby runs from 8:30 - 11 a.m. and a contesting commences at 11:30. Prizes will be awarded for the most fish, the biggest fish and the most unusual fish. Registration is $3 per child and the park entrance fee is $4 per vehicle. Bring your own bait and rods. For more information, call NPSP at 410-477-0757 or visit the North Point State Park Volunteers on Facebook.
Medicare Basics
On Thursday, July 26, at 2 p.m. visit Victory Villa Senior Center, 403 Compass Road in Middle River, for Medicare Basics presented by the State Health Insurance Program. Learn the ins and outs of Medicare: when to enroll, what does Medicare cover and more. Pre-registration at the senior center. For more information, call 410-887-0235.
Kids Fishing Day
Register by July 28 for the Kids Fishing Day at Wilson Point Park on Saturday, Aug. 4 starting at 9 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Essex-Middle River Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. The fishing day is free and is limited to 50 kids accompanied by an adult. All kids will receive a rod and reel combo along with a tackle pack to take home. Food and refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to obtain a registration form, call Bill at 410-335-9480.

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.
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.