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Saturday, December 10, 2016

PFlag's holiday potluck December 13th

   I received the following information from PFlag about their Holiday Party next week: 

"Please join us at our  December meeting for our
Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner Party !"

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
at Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way,  Columbia, MD 21045

We’ll be treated to a holiday musical performance
by the New Wave Singers.

Please join us,  bring a dish to share
and  be prepared to relax & enjoy!!

If you can , please bring a donation for homeless families at Grassroots Shelter 
so they can enjoy the holiday.
Grassroots has given us the following suggestions for donations:

Must be a new item
Gift cards from Target, Walmart, Giant, Safeway, Sunoco, Exxon, BP, Shell, AMC Theaters are welcomed
Gifts for ages 12 & over in the Shelter might include:
 Sweaters, flannel pajama bottoms (keep store tags on them), sweats (small, M, L, XL), Sports Team Items, hand-held video games under $20, Footballs & basketballs.
Games, DVD’s, watches & wallets, robes & slippers, CD’s


Friday, December 9, 2016

Howard County Bike Master Plan

    For anyone who wants to have more bike friendly paths in our County should be encouraged by a recent action the County to move ahead in this direction.  Here is the information from the Bicycle Advocates of Howard County:
"It took Bicycle Advocates of Howard County 8 years of lobbying and 4 years of effort to get a Bicycle Master Plan signed by the County Executive and approved by County Council in April this year. Now comes the hard part – we need to get the projects funded and built. Bicycle Advocates of Howard County will be testifying at the County Executive initial budget hearing for FY 2018 in 2 weeks to get this process started
Right now we have scattered short bike paths that don’t connect to much.  It’s hard and sometimes unsafe to go on a bike ride or bike your kid to school or bike to work.  A coalition of groups led by the Bicycle Advocates of Howard County and the Horizon Foundation is asking County Executive Kittleman for a near-term investment in 50 miles of connected bike routes (including 9 miles of paths pedestrians could use too) called “The Bikeway”  The Bikeway would provide a continuous bike route that would run from Ellicott City to Laurel and from Clarksville to Elkridge.   It’s good for health, the environment, and business! (see details about those benefits here).
The routes come from the Bicycle Master Plan (with the exception of some short connectors).  The Bikeway provide a great north-south and east-west axis foundation from which we can continue building the entire plan.  It’s within one mile of 56% of county residents, and we can build it with $3 million in bond funding for 3 years. This is what we’ll be asking for in the FY 2018 budget.
If you want to support this effort please tell County Leaders by filling out this online form:"


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Green Turtle's Tips for Tops program for Toys for Tots on Wednesday Dec. 7th

     Last night's blog party at the Green Turtle was one of the best blog parties I have been to.  The food was great and the company was delightful. 

    The Green Turtle sponsors a Tips for Tots every year to support the Toys for Tots program.  Today Wednesday December 7th are accepting unwrapped toys to donate to the program and 100% of tips today will go to Toys for Tots.  If you are looking for a good place for lunch or dinner today the Green Turtle is the place to go for good food and to make a donation to a great program.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

And you thought our weather has been bad!

    Do you know that meteorological Winter began on December 1 and runs through till March 1st.  Somehow this scheduling seems more logical to me than the start date for Winter being December 21st with the Winter solstice.  Just to remind you what the next 3 months may hold here is a video from Montreal.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Blog party at the Green Turtle Tuesday

     Tomorrow evening, Tuesday Dec. 6th, is the next blog party at the Green Turtle on McGaw Road in Columbia.   The Green Turtle restaurant chain has been of supporter of Toys for Tots for a number of years.  This event is a great way to support a good organization and meet with bloggers and blog readers.  You always meet interesting people at a blog party.  Here is the info on the event from HoCo Blogs:

"You've heard of Toys for Tots, right? But have you heard of Tips for Tots?

Tips for Tots is an annual tradition The Greene Turtle staff have held for a number of years where on one day, the staff donate 100% of their tips to Toys for Tots. Last year, across The Green Turtle restaurants, over $60,000 was raised. The goal this year is $90,000.

Come out on December 6th for our next HoCoBlogs and TotallyHoco party, 5-7 p.m. at The Greene Turtle. We'll have, as a thank you for your help and social media support in sharing news of the December 7th Tips for Tots event, light fare and a buffet provided by the restaurant. Each attendee will get a free drink ticket, too.

And if you bring an unwrapped toy for a child, you'll get a second drink ticket to use that night.

Even if you can't attend, will you kindly take a few minutes right now and retweet this tweet, or write your own to promote the event.

There may be a few bloggers from nearby communities and cities, so this is a great opportunity for some holiday cheer, mingling and reaching beyond our own county zone.

RSVP here.

So, please remember ...
Our event is December 6th (food, drink, opportunity to bring an unwrapped toy for a kid)
The Tips for Tots event is December 7th. You can come to that, too, of course. Your help to spread the news locally is much appreciated.
An unwrapped toy will get you a second drink ticket.

See you on the 6th!"

    Toys for Tots has always been an organization I have supported since this organization provided toys for an organization I ran in Baltimore called "Baltimore Grandfamilies."   I remember each November and December as a busy time collecting information from grandfamilies on toy requests and then getting volunteers with vans to go to the Toys for Tots warehouse to collect the toys to distribute. The toys were in bins by age and gender.  While we couldn't guarantee that we would find the exact toys requested by any child it was always a challenge to search for the specified toys requested.
   Volunteers then distributed the toys to over 100 grandfamilies throughout Baltimore during the week before Christmas.  A lot of fun memories.