Opportunities abound for autumn activities, fun


October 25, 2001|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GET INTO the spirit of the season: Take advantage the many fall activities offered around western Howard.

Ride over to Sharp's at Waterford Farm this weekend. Activities there are focused on the fall harvest. With no admission fees, free parking and free hayrides to the pumpkin fields, you and your family can enjoy a low-cost day.

Slow down and take in the beautiful western Howard scenery, feed the farm animals and take a nature walk. Visit the farm museum and chat with Denise and Chuck Sharp. The produce stand sells fruit and vegetables, cider, jams and jellies. The farm, open weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is at 4003 Jennings Chapel Road.

Information: 301-854-6275.

The Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant Farm will hold a Halloween event from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The conservancy, at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock, strives to protect open spaces, the rural environment and the agricultural resources of Howard County.

Information: 410-465-8877.

The Glenwood library has several programs available. Little ones, ages 2 and 3, can sing Halloween songs, listen to stories and make a craft at "Halloween Fun" from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday. Those ages 3 to 5 can attend "Halloween for Me" to listen to spooky stories and make crafts. Two sessions will be held from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Children ages 5 to 8 can join naturalist Jennifer Blandford for a look at fall foliage. Register by Nov. 3 for this program, to be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10.

Adults can learn to find recipes on the Internet. Register, starting Wednesday, for "Cooking with a Web of Recipes," which will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 14. If you would like to make a fresh flower centerpiece for the holidays, try "Centerpieces You Can Make" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Master gardener Marilyn Rogers will share her expertise and teach basic floral designs.

Registration is required and space is limited for all of these classes.

To register for children's programs: 410-313-5579; for adult programs: 410-313-5577

Mark your calendars for Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran's ninth Christmas bazaar, "Star Over The Stable," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10. The sale will offer craft items, including wreaths, wall hangings, ornaments and floral arrangements, along with gourmet gift baskets and a nearly new gift table. Don't miss the bake sale tables stocked with homemade cakes, cookies, and muffins.

"We especially boast of our grand pies," Carole Kramer said.

Keep your children entertained while you shop at the "Children's Make It and Take It Room." For $1, children ages 3 and older can create crafts while being supervised by members of the church's youth group.

Shepherd of the Glen is at 14551 Burntwoods Road, Glenwood.

Information: 410-442-1204.

Also, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 is the "Crafts in the Woods Bazaar" held each year at St. James United Methodist Church. If you're an artisan and want to sell your wares: Nancy Thompson, by Nov. 1, 410-442-2020.

Young scholars

Eleven River Hill High School students have been named Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level AP examinations.

Of the 840,000 students who took the tests May, only about 13 percent scored high enough to earn the recognition. Students take the tests after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools.

Karl Balsara, Suneel Bhat, George Sirois, and Jingya Wang qualified for the AP Scholar With Distinction Award, while James Lee, Philip London and Shengping "Shelby" Yu qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award. Benjamin Schwartz, Weijie Si, Adam Skutt, and Stephen Tung qualified for the AP Scholar Award.

Drawing boundaries

Many Howard County students will be affected by the school boundary-line adjustments that are being decided. To find information about the proposals, including dates for meetings, go to www. howard.k12.md.us and click on "What's New." Then click on "Boundary Line Adjustment Process."

Some parent groups can keep you updated and you can, of course, call your school to check on what's new.

New digs

After living in Clarksville for more than 20 years, my family and I have moved to a new house in Fulton. You can still reach me at westernhoward@aol.com, but my telephone number has changed. I am looking forward to hearing from some new neighbors, along with all my regular contributors. E-mail or call me at 301-854-1352 with your community and neighborhood news.

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