Temple Hills Banquet Hall Available

The Union Bethel AME Inter-Generational Center Banquet Hall, in the Rosecroft Shopping Center at 3231 Brinkley Rd. in Temple Hills, has dates available for graduation activities, weddings, retreats, reunions and other special events.

Union Bethel will set up the room and supply the caterer, or event organizers can bring an insured and licensed caterer. The hall holds up to 300 people and offers free parking.

For more information, call Pamela King-Williams at 301-630-8891.

Baysox Plan Relay for Life The Bowie Baysox Baseball Club, Class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, will host the fourth annual Bowie Relay for Life on May 16-17 at Prince George's Stadium. The event planners will hold a kickoff meeting at 7 Feb. 6 at Borders Books & Music on Route 301 in Bowie.

The overnight event is designed to celebrate cancer survivors and raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Teams from local religious organizations, schools and businesses will take turns walking, jogging or running laps. Each team of eight to 15 participants will try to keep at least one member on the track at all times throughout the 12-hour event.

All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's programs of research, patient services, advocacy and public education. Last year, Bowie Relay for Life fielded 51 teams and raised more than $110,000.

Relay for Life began in 1985 when physician Gordon Klatt, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, ran and walked 81 miles around a Tacoma, Wash., high school track for 24 hours, raising $27,000 to help fund cancer research.

For more information about the Bowie Relay for Life, Contact David Jonas at 301-483-2600 or Deidra Stevens at 301-430-0242.

Arbor Day Foundation Offers Free Trees

Ten free flowering trees will be given to each person who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during January. The trees are being given away as part of the nonprofit foundation's Trees for America campaign.

The 10 trees include two each of white flowering dogwoods, flowering crab apples, goldenrains, Washington Hawthornscq and American redbuds. The trees will be shipped postpaid from Feb. 1 to May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members also receive a subscription to the foundation's bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and "The Tree Book," which provides information about tree planting and care.

To become a member of the foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to 10 Free Flowering Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave. Nebraska City, Neb. 68410, by Jan. 31.

-- Willie Pugh

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