Conservancy to hold fundraiser

November 13, 2005

The Howard County Conservancy will hold a holiday-shopping fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at the conservancy's Gudelsky Environmental Education Center, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

Shoppers can create a gift bag or fill baskets they bring with them. Nature and gardening books, journals, children's books, puppets, birdseed ornaments, pottery, soaps and candles are to be available for purchase.

Prices will be discounted 10 percent for nonmembers; 20 percent for members. Proceeds will benefit conservancy programs.

The Howard County Conservancy, a private nonprofit, preserves land through conservation easements and manages the 300-year-old Mount Pleasant Farm, which serves as a teaching center and the conservancy's headquarters.

Information: 410-465-8877.

Learn to prepare for a disaster

The Howard County district of the Red Cross will conduct a free disaster-preparedness training class from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at Claret Hall in River Hill Village Center, 6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville.

The workshop will cover how to prepare for a natural or manmade disaster; how to make a disaster kit; how to find shelter; when to evacuate, what to do with pets; and being ready for the unexpected.

Registration is requested but not required.

Information: 410-531-1749.

Session set on aiding those in depression

Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will hold a workshop for spiritual directors, therapists, and health care professionals from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The workshop will focus on strategies to help people struggling with depression.

The cost is $60, including lunch. Registration is required.

Information or to register: 410-442-1320.

Book club to discuss `The Birth of Venus'

The Contemporary Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Library associate Lucie Pettis will be the discussion facilitator.

The Western Howard County Seniors Book Club will discuss The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at the library.

Registration is not needed. Copies of the books are available at the branch.

Information: 410-313-5577.

Military

Graduated -- Travis W. Kidwell, son of Judy Simmons of Mount Airy, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Around Town

Fruit sale -- The Glenelg Marching Unit will hold its citrus fruit sale this month through March. Pink grapefruit, navel oranges and tangerines, and a variety pack will be offered. Order forms are available at the school, or at Glenelgbands.com. Or call Danita Kinnison, 410-489-5260.

Women in ag -- 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 Tuesday 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 the industry. Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., with sessions on various topics from 9:10 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. The cost is $20. Ginger Myers, 410-313-6500, or Caragh Fitzgerald, 410-313-2707.

forum for parents -- The PTSA of Marriotts Ridge High School will sponsor a forum for parents, "Setting Limits: How to Say NO to Your Teen," from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the school's media center, 12100 Woodford Drive, Marriottsville. Teacher and coach Amy Ferrell, a parent of six children ages 7 to 27, will lead the discussion.

Poms clinic -- The River Hill High School Poms Squad invites second- through eighth-graders to attend a Poms Clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the school. River Hill squad members will teach dance and poms skills. Performances are planned at the end of the clinic. The cost is $30, and includes a T-shirt and snacks. Participants should take a lunch. Early registration is suggested, although walk-ins will be accepted if space permits. To register, mail the child's name, age, grade, address, telephone number, school and emergency contact information with a check payable to RHHS Poms to Leirdre Galloway, Poms Coach RHHS, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville 21029. 410-313-7120.

On the farm -- Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road in Brookeville, is offering free hayrides to its fields of pumpkins and squash, Indian corn and popcorn. The farm also has a 5-acre corn maze 410-854-6275.

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