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o The Harford County Department of Community Services will present its annual Volunteer Expo Saturday at Patterson Mill High School, 85 Patterson Mill Road, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The expo is designed to inform the community about volunteer opportunities available throughout Harford County and is free and open to everyone of all ages. Nearly 60 participating organizations will have representatives at the expo. Whether once a year, once a month or once a week, exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunities are available.

Contact the Department of Community Services’ Volunteer Harford, 410-638-4444 or e-mail for questions regarding the expo. For a list of participating organizations, visit

o Performer auditions for “Harford’s Got Talent” fund-raiser to help build a Center for the Arts in Harford County will be held Saturday in preparation for the Harford’s Got Talent show May 1.

Instrumental auditions will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and vocal/theater and other auditions will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Havre de Grace High School auditorium, 700 Congress Ave. in Havre de Grace. Dance auditions will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Harford Ballet, 701 Whitaker Mill Road in Joppa.

Forty performers of varying ages from throughout Harford County with diverse backgrounds are expected to participate. Auditions will include classical guitar, piano, illusionist, monologues, contemporary and traditional dance, vocal, bands, comedy, hip hop, pop and more.

Judges will determine the finalists at the auditions, but the audience will choose the winner during the Harford’s Got Talent show May 1 at the Amoss Center in Campus Hills.

Audition judges include: Todd Starkey, resident director and board member, Tidewater Players; Paul Labe, dean for visual, performing and applied arts at Harford Community College; Richard Hauf, director of bands and fine arts department chair at Havre de Grace High School; Bernie Cook, director of Paint & Powder Show and a music educator; Sheldon Bair, founder and music director of the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, a music teacher in Harford County Public Schools and adjunct professor at Harford Community College; Martha Valentine, dance educator and coordinator of the Harford County Cultural Arts Board; Tom Rzepnicki, owner of Dancing With Friends; and Chuck Bowden, executive director of Bel Air Drama Company at Bel Air High School, member of the adjunct faculty at HCC and festival director for North East Theatre Festival.

For more information contact Lyndi Richards, or 410-838-2177.

o The Harford County Division of Emergency Operations recently hosted a three-day regional hazardous materials training course regarding clandestine drug labs.

The course was co-sponsored by Harford and Cecil counties and was held at the Level Volunteer Fire Company. The course was paid for with federal grant funds acquired by the two host counties.

In all, 22 hazardous materials technicians and specialists from Baltimore, Cecil and Harford counties, the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department and the Maryland Department of the Environment participated in the training, according to a press release from Harford County government. Thirteen of the 27-member Harford County Hazmat Team attended.

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