Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 09/23/2005

Md. Yard Sale and Fun Day

A family fun day and yard sale will be held in Columbia, Md., to benefit victims of hurricane Katrina.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, Maryland-based Duratek will hold a family fun day and yard sale at its corporate headquarters at 10100 Old Columbia Road, Columbia, Maryland, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

There will be children's activities, including visits from Howard County police and firefighters, police cruisers on hand and a police demonstration of their canine bomb-sniffers; a raffle for Ravens' tickets; and a bake sale. The American Red Cross will be on hand for those interested in, and able to, donate blood.

A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005.

Information about the sponsor can be found at duratekinc.com

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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 09/21/2005

'Band Together' to Raise Money

Band Together will take place Saturday, Oct. 1, at Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington, Maryland at 4 p.m.  All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Cris Williamson, Lox and Vodka, Chicago-based Cynthia Lin, and The Hickories will perform.  Congressman Christopher Van Hollen will also speak at the event.

Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church is located at 10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD., 20895. For more information call 301-949-2900.

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Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 09/21/2005

Personal Training for Katrina

One To One Fitness Center in McLean will offer free 45-minute personal training sessions in exchange for donations of $75 or more on Sunday, Sept. 25.  Donations must be made to the American Red Cross or Catholic Charities.

All fitness levels are welcome. Membership not required. Call 703-848-0881 to schedule an appointment. Appointments may be scheduled at 9:00, 9:45, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m., and 12:00 p.m.

One To One Fitness Center is located at 7900 Westpark Dr., Suite A-030, in McLean, Virginia.

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Posted at 6:28 PM ET, 09/16/2005

A Place to Give

Many people seeking to give items for hurricane victims have run into pleas for cash-only donations. Annapolis Cares continues to provide an opportunity for you to donate your tangible goods. The group will extend its daily disaster-relief collection -- from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the parking lot of Sam's Club at 2100 Generals Highway in Annapolis -- through Sept. 28.

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Posted at 6:07 PM ET, 09/16/2005

'Heart as Big as Texas' Event

The Austin Grill in Silver Spring is hosting a "Heart as Big as Texas" concert to benefit Red Cross hurricane relief efforts on Sunday, Sept. 18. Musical talent includes Jon Kaplan, Tondy D, Tim Metz, Chris Patterson, The Making, Mike Holden, Rob Thorworth and Andrew Grimm & Andrew Norsworthy. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 and children under 12 are free.

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Posted at 5:50 PM ET, 09/16/2005

Pitching In for Displaced Pets

Kim Guarino of Reston-based Hinge will be collecting donations for animals displaced by Hurricane Katrina at the Second Annual Doggie Happy Hour at the Hunter Woods Picnic Pavilion in Reston on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Proceeds benefit the Hurricane Katrina Emergency Animal Shelter at Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine. Admission is $30 for people. Dogs are free. Reservations required by Oct. 3. Contact kim@pivotalbrands.com or (703) 391-8870 for more information.

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Posted at 3:29 PM ET, 09/15/2005

County Relief Roundup

Many of Thursday's Extras offered insight into what Washington area residents are doing to help the victims of hurricane Katrina.

MARYLAND

Anne Arundel firefighters traveled to Houston's Astrodome to deliver goods as part of an effort coordinated by Annapolis Cares, a Maryland group organized to coordinate local relief efforts. Other benefits were sponsored by the Equilibrium Horse Center and the state's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (PDF).

Howard rescue workers traveled to Gretna, La., joining a Maryland contingent of about 600 civilians and military personnel deployed to the region. The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County urges residents to give money to directly to the Salvation Army and Red Cross. Other area groups are coordinating giving efforts as well.

In Montgomery, the Post's Cameron W. Barr reports about individuals, congregations, groups and government agencies collecting goods and opening their doors to hurricane victims. Southern Maryland residents are doing their part to pitch in, too.

VIRGINIA

Displaced families are finding refuge in Northern Virginia, with churches, schools, community groups and Red Cross chapters in Fairfax/Falls Church, Alexandria and Arlington offering assistance. There are a spate of relief benefits planned in the coming days throughout the region, including Loudoun County.

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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/15/2005

Alexandria 5k Run/Walk

A Gulf Coast Relief 5k Run/Walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m., at Oronoco Bay Park in Alexandria to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Registration is $25. Forms are available at Pacers Running store and online at gulfcoastreliefrun.com. You can also register by mail or via fax at 703-836-0973.

Packet pickup will be available at the Alexandria Pacers location Thursday, Sept. 15, and Friday, Sept. 16. Race day registration and packet pickup will be available at Oronoco Bay Park, where the event will be held, beginning at the corner of North Union and Pendleton Streets.

Water, food, t-shirts and prizes will be provided. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross Hurricane 2005 Relief Fund.

For more information call Pacers Running Store at 703-836-1463, or the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703-838-4343.

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Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 09/14/2005

Free Child Safety Seats

Another helping hand is coming to the local victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Virginia Department of Health announced today it's offering free child safety seats to the evacuees who have relocated to the state. The child safety seats are available through Virginia's low income safety seat distribution program.

State Heath commissioner Robert Stroube says the relocated families need help to ensure their children are transported safely.

In order to qualify for a seat, Katrina victims must meet certain requirements including attending a safety seat installation and use class and sign a waiver of liability.

For more information on the free seats persons should call (800) 732-8333 or visit safetyseatva.org.

- Information was provided by The Associated Press.

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Posted at 5:06 PM ET, 09/13/2005

Calling All Golfers and Sluggers

Golfers and sluggers can contribute to Katrina relief Sept. 17 and 18, by patronizing Rocky Gorge Driving Range and Miniature Golf Course at 8445 Old Columbia Rd. in Laurel, Md. Half of the profits received on the above dates from their miniature golf, driving range and batting cage will be given to a Katrina disaster relief organization. Rocky Gorge is open from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. each day.  For more information call 301-725-0888.

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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 09/13/2005

Musicians Gather to Support Boutté Family

More than a dozen Annapolis-area musicians will gather at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, at the Rams Head Onstage for a special show to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina produced by Annapolis Musician's Fund in partnership with the Rams Head Tavern. This event aims to help one musical family during their time of need.

"And in the media all of the emphasis is on donating to the big organizations, leaving the individuals affected by this crisis all but forgotten. That is why we have elected to focus our efforts on helping one family, that of New Orleans vocalist Tricia Boutté," said Matt McConville, one of the organizers of the event, according to a recent press release.

Tricia "Sista Teedy" Boutté is the next generation of a long line of talented New Orleans performers, the niece of jazz vocalist Lillian Boutté and versatile vocalist John Boutté. 

Currently scheduled performers include: Dan Haas, Meg Murray, Angie Miller, Nadine Rae & the Rich Chorne All Stars with Tommy Lepson, Matt McConville, Leah Morgan, Jimi Davies, French Bread and the Chinamen, The Geckos, Dirty City Band, and Dave Glaser. Tickets are now available at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, online at ramsheadtavern.com, or by phone at 410-268-4545. All ticket sales will go to the Boutté family.

For more information contact Matt McConville, (410) 533-6853 or Jeff Muller, (443) 223-9481.

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