Local senior centers to host senior art shows
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:53
    Local seniors are invited to submit artwork for art contests hosted by the Ateaze Senior Center on Tuesday, Aug. 12, and the Edgemere Senior Center on Friday, Aug. 15. Winning entries will be featured in the Power of Age artshow and contest at the Baltimore County Baby Boomer/Senior Expo, which takes place Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 22 and 23, in Timonium.
    Submitted artwork can be in seven categories: drawing, handmade jewelry, sculpture, painting, color photography, black and white photography and woodcraft. The senior centers will each have their own judges. One first place winner for each category will be chosen.
    To enter artwork, seniors must be age 60 or older and the entry must have been created since the artist was 60. Seniors must be registered members of a Baltimore County senior center, but do not have to be members of the senior center that is hosting the art show. Artists can only enter artwork at one senior center and are limited to two entries. Previous winners are not permitted to re-enter winning artwork. Entries must include the artist’s name, phone number, senior center and entry title.
    For more information on the preliminary and countywide art contests, contact Julie Lynn at 410-887-3094 or
County encourages immunizations
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:38
The Baltimore County Department of Health encourages parents to immunize  infants and toddlers by age two against whooping cough, measles and 12 other serious childhood diseases.
    For information on local immunization locations, contact the Baltimore County Department of Health Immunization Action Program at 410-887-2705.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:32
Sollers Point Library News
Free programs at the Baltimore County Public Library’s Sollers Point branch,
323 Sollers Pt. Rd. (Info: 410-887-2485)
•   Teen Tuesdays for youths age 11 to 17 meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. for crafts and activities.
•   Board Game Day for youths ages 6 to 16 meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. Games and snacks provided. •   Tech 10, basic technology skills for patrons age 13 and older, meets Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call the library for details.
•   Wii kids gaming for youths ages 5 to 11 meets Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
•   Xbox teen gaming meets Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. 
•   Lego Fun for youths 6 to 12 meets Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Supplies provided. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
•   Preschool Story Time for children 2 to 5 years old with an adult meets Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Activities include stories, songs and bouncing, followed by play time. Registration required.
•   Baby Boosters Story Time for infants and toddlers ages 23 months and younger with an adult meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Activities include movement, rhymes, stories and music, followed by play time. Registration required.
VA volunteer drivers needed
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:32
    The VA Maryland Health Care System is looking for volunteer drivers to transport veterans to and from clinic appointments in VA vans.
    To qualify as a volunteer driver, candidates must pass a background check and physical, hold a current driver’s license, have private auto insurance and complete an orientation.
    To apply for positions at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and the Fort Howard Outpatient Clinic, applicants can contact voluntary service specialist David Sevinsky at 410-605-7102 or at david. To apply at the Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehabilitation Center, contact voluntary service specialist Barbra A. Swann at 410-605-7000, ext. 5877 or at
Government offers tips to prevent arson
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:20
Arson kills about 300 people annually and is directly responsible for $500 million in property damage per year.
    The U.S. Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Administration offer the following precautions that homeowners can take to reduce the risk and lessen the impact of arson:
    • Install smoke alarms and sprinkler systems, as well as bright, shadow-free lights around the perimeter of a home.
    • When leaving interior lights on, use timers to turn them off and on.
    • Trim trees and bushes to allow others to see your home from the street.
    • Arsonists are opportunists; lock all doors and windows.
    • Keep your property free of trash, garden cuttings and household cleaning supplies.
    • Ensure the property of vacant homes and businesses is kept clean and that utilities are turned off.
    • A neighborhood watch group with frequent communication with police and fire officials will discourage arsonists from targeting your neighborhood.
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