FOLKS AT ST. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood like to reach out to the community. Their latest effort is a Care Givers Support Group, which will have its inaugural meeting at 7: 30 p.m. May 21 in the Union Chapel Parish House at Union Chapel Road and Route 97.
Why a Care Givers group? People who invest much of their lives attending to the needs of someone else need an escape. This will be a chance for those who care for elderly relatives or disabled people at home to share experiences and insights and to gain release from their routines.
If you know someone who could use this support, tell them about this group. It is open to the western Howard County community. Barbara Allen, a retired cancer research biologist, and Sally Foote, a speech pathologist with a background in social services, will work with the care givers.
Call the Rev. Harry Brunett at St. Andrew's for more information: 489-4035.
Glenelg High School's environmental science class is putting its knowledge into action. This week, the 12-student group is fighting brush and burrs to clean up a stream area near the school.
Next week, they'll follow this effort by building a small composting facility and starting a compost pile. Teacher Rick Kincaid believes that hands-on learning is particularly important in environmental science.
Western Howard County's senior center has many activities planned for May.
At yesterday's potluck luncheon, visitors heard David Fair, of Goddard Space Flight Center, discuss Goddard and "A New Look at the Universe."
Next Wednesday's free midday program is called "Down Musical Memory Lane." There will be May craft activities, health programs, an intergenerational day with Glenwood Middle School, exercise opportunities, dancing, cards, bingo and a trip to Frederick.
Betty Frey, director of the center, invites seniors to suggest other events.
If you'd like to help her organize craft classes, health education seminars or a Retired Men's Club, call Ms. Frey at 313-5440.
On Friday, students at Bushy Park Elementary School will receive a visit from County Executive Charles I. Ecker and County Council President Charles Feaga.
The fifth-grade students in Linda Jensen's gifted and talented class developed a survey to gain information about local residents' preferences for a new park to be developed near the school.
They shared the information they collected with the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Now Mr. Ecker and Mr. Feaga will visit the students to recognize their extraordinary efforts.
It's Spring Fling time at Clarksville Elementary School. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the school on Route 108 in Clarksville, families will enjoy a yard sale, petting zoo, craft sales, face painting, cake walk, bake sale, children's carnival games and more.
The PTA-sponsored event is a place to purchase spring plants, bid at a silent auction or buy a ticket for a homemade quilt raffled by a local quilting club.
Sandy Spring National Bank, a business partner of Clarksville Elementary, will sponsor a moon bounce for the youngsters at the Spring Fling, one of the largest and most successful school spring fairs in the area.
From 1: 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sandy the Dog, the Sandy Spring National Bank mascot, will be there to entertain young and old. Call 313-7050.
After you've enjoyed the Spring Fling at Clarksville Elementary, drive down the street to the United Methodist Men's Yard Sale at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church on Route 108 near the intersection of Route 32.
L There will be treasures and bargains for all. Call 531-5653.
Celebration, mission fair
Join members of the Poplar Springs United Methodist Charge, which includes Poplar Springs and Jennings Chapel United Methodist churches, at its spring Celebration and Mission Fair.
At 9: 30 a.m. Sunday, activities begin at Jennings Chapel with a Sunday School Mission Fair, including mission activities for the churches.
All ages may participate in arts and crafts, banners and other activities.
At 11 a.m., join a worship service with a celebration of word, song and communion. Luncheon begins at noon and is followed at 1 p.m. by gospel music entertainment. Call 489-7185.
River Hill meetings
The winds of change are in the air for many western Howard County families with high school-age youngsters.
River Hill High School opens in August, and members of our community are working to make the transition from feeder schools to River Hill a smooth one for the nearly 1,000 students who will attend the school next year.
If you are interested in joining the River Hill Transition Team, attend the next team meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the school.
Activities include planning a June 3 social event for the students, developing communications links with parents, fund-raising and academic transition issues.
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