`Wizard of Oz' at River Hill High

October 23, 2005

The River Hill High School drama department will present The Wizard of Oz at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Oct. 30.

The cast includes 50 River Hill students. Thirty-six pupils from 19 area elementary and middle schools will perform as Munchkins. River Hill music students will play in the orchestra pit, and more than 25 crew members are working on the set.

Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Group rates are available for the matinee performance; any child ages 12 or younger in costume at the Saturday matinee will receive a treat.

Information: Pam Land, 410-313-7120 or pland@ hcpss.org.

Forum for women in agriculture

The Howard County Economic Development Authority and the Howard County office of the Maryland Cooperative Extension are organizing a "Women In Agriculture Forum," to be held Nov. 15 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship.

The forum is designed to offer educational and networking opportunities to women and to empower them to thrive in agriculture.

Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and a welcome is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. with sessions on various topics from 9:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. A short question period will conclude the program.

Co-sponsors are Alternative Farming Systems Info Center, Edgewood Farm Inc. and Mid Atlantic Farm Credit.

The cost is $20.

Information: Ginger Myers, 410-313-6500, or Caragh Fitzgerald, 410-313-2707.

Shopping showcase in village center

"A Holiday Bonanza -- A Vendors' Showcase" will be held from 2 p.m. 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at Claret Hall in River Hill Village Center.

Admission is free to shoppers.

Information: Lystra Braddy Harper, 410-531-1749.

Mother/Daughter Book Club to meet

The Glenwood library will sponsor a meeting of its Mother/Daughter Book Club at 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Mothers and their daughters, ages 11 and older, will discuss Skellig by David Almond.

Refreshments will be served. Information: 410-313-5577.

Around town

Birdseed sale -- The Audubon Society of Central Maryland is selling birdseed for backyard feeders this month. Proceeds will support the chapter's wildlife sanctuaries. Order forms are available at local libraries and at centralmd audubon.org to be mailed. Seed can be picked up Saturday at Clarksville Elementary School or Nov. 5 at Prospect United Methodist Church, on Old Annapolis Road northwest of Mount Airy. Distribution times are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 301-831-5060, or 410-795-6546.

Keeping kids safe -- A workshop on preventing drug abuse, for ages 11 to 15 and their parents, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Topics include talking with children about drugs, preventing abuse, adverse health effects, risk factors and the legal consequences of substance abuse. The substance abuse prevention coordinator for the Howard County Health Department will be the facilitator. The program is co-sponsored by the Horizon Council and the Howard County Coalition for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. Admission is free and includes dinner. Registration is required. 410-313-5577.

Book club -- The Glenwood library will sponsor a meeting of its Graphic Novel Club, for ages 11 to 17, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The group discusses favorite graphic novels (comic books) and examines their drawing styles. No reading is required, and registration is not needed. The library is at 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5577.

Children's programs -- Children's programs this month at the Glenwood library include "Fall into Science," a program for ages 3 to 6 of simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature, at 11 a.m. Friday and Nov. 4. Registration is required. "Halloween Craft Days," a 20- to 30-minute program for young children, will be offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. The program, which includes crafts, is for families. Children younger than age 2 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not necessary. 410-313-5579.

Fruit sale -- The Glenelg Marching Unit will hold is holding its citrus fruit sale next month through March. Pink grapefruit, navel oranges and tangerines, and a variety pack will be offered. First orders are due by Nov. 2 for fruit to be picked up Nov. 19 at the school. Order forms are available at the school, or at glenelgbands.com. Or call Danita Kinnison, 410-489-5260.

Jazz legend -- Maynard Ferguson will perform at Glenelg High School at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. The school's award-winning Glenelg Jazz Ensemble will open. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets: glenelgbands.com, and click on the InstantSeats logo.

Farm weekends -- Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road in Brookeville, is offering free hayrides to its field of pumpkins, gourds, squash, Indian corn and popcorn. The farm's 5-acre corn maze is in the shape of a honeybee. A nature trail, observation beehives, a farm museum and a chance to feed farm animals, face-painting and scarecrow-making are also available. 410-854-6275, or sharpfarm.com.

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