River Hill High School will hold its first Caitlin Dunbar Memorial Poetry Contest in memory of a student who died suddenly last year at age 15 from undiagnosed leukemia.
The contest is open to River Hill students and Caitlin's friends. Contestants are invited to write from the heart, as Caitlin is said to have done in times of stress.
Entries can be rhymed or free verse and up to 150 words. The poems must not have been previously published or won any other competition. They also must not include profanity.
Gift certificates to Borders Books & Music will be offered to three winning poets. Caitlin's family and friends hope to publish a book of the poems to help raise money for a scholarship fund in her name.
Poems -- one per person -- should be submitted to guidance counselor Annette Jackson. They will be judged by a panel of English teachers. Some will be read at a memorial tree-planting at the school at 2:30 p.m. May 13.
Wells and septic systems to be library focus April 26
The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will present "Managing Your Well and Septic System" at 7 p.m. April 26.
Representatives from the Howard County Health Department will speak.
Registration is encouraged.
The library's Contemporary Fiction Book Club will discuss The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon, at 7 p.m. May 2. Library associate Lucie Pettis will lead the discussion.
Master gardener Pat Greenwald will talk about the history of gardening at 7 p.m. May 10 at the library. Registration, which is encouraged, is to begin April 26.
Firefighters' breakfast to be held in Clarksville
The Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department will hold its monthly country breakfast April 24 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.
The all-you-can-eat buffet includes eggs, sausages, bacon, scrapple, gravy and pancakes.
The cost is $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens. Children ages 4 to 10 pay $3; children to age 4 are admitted free.
`Purple Heart Ride' to start at 10 a.m. today
The Blue Knights Maryland IX, a motorcycle club, will sponsor its first "Purple Heart Ride," to demonstrate for and win support for members of the armed forces who have been wounded. The ride is to begin at 10 a.m. today.
The ride will start at Freedom Park in Sykesville and travel to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.
Registration is to be held from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Participants must register, and they are asked to donate a prepaid telephone calling card or a gift certificate to a national retail chain of $25 or more.
Information: www. bkmdix.org.
Garage sale: Frisky's Wildlife & Primate Sanctuary Inc. in Woodstock is holding a "Huge Fund-Raising Garage Sale," with antiques, collectibles, jewelry, glassware, books, toys, exercise equipment, appliances, clothes and furniture, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays this month. Customers can fill a bag with clothing for $5. Proceeds from the sale will help pay for the care of sanctuary animals. The sanctuary is at 10790 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. 410-418-8899.
Writers' circle: The Glenwood library will offer a Writers' Circle, for aspiring authors who want to share their original writing with other writers, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The group will offer feedback and support. 410-313-5577.
Donations sought: Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road, Glenwood, is seeking donations of books, compact discs, videos, records, cassettes and computer software for its 10th Media Sale on Sept. 9 and 10. Items can be left at the church. They should be placed in a blue box at the side door of the church. Contributions are tax deductible. 410-442-2475 or 410-442-1204.