History Day is Saturday at Marriotts Ridge High

March 19, 2006

Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville will be host for Howard County History Day on Saturday, a districtwide competition. This year's theme is "Taking A Stand in History: People, Ideas, Events."

National History Day requires students to research topics related to the theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances or papers that can be entered in district, state and national contests. Students in grades six through eight compete in the Junior Division; students in grades nine through 12, in the Senior Division.

The program also provides educational services, such as a summer internship program, curricular materials and teacher workshops.

Winners in the district contest will advance to the state competition, to be held April 22 at Montgomery College in Rockville. The national contest will be held June 11-15 at the University of Maryland.

Prep courses set for PSAT and SAT

Registration is being accepted for preparatory courses for the new SAT and PSAT tests. Courses in western Howard County will be held from noon to 4 p.m. April 22 and 29 at Chapelgate Christian Academy in Marriottsville, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 and May 21 at Glenelg High School.

Tuition for each course is $175 and includes materials. A portion of the tuition benefits each school.

Students should attend on all the dates listed for the location they choose. The classes are open to all high school students.

Information: 410-442-1600, or www.MarthaGagnon.com.

Entries sought for poetry contest

River Hill High School and the family of Caitlin Dunbar, who died unexpectedly of undetected leukemia in December 2004, will sponsor the second Caitlin Dunbar Memorial Poetry Contest, open to all River Hill High School students and Caitlin's friends.

Those who enter are encouraged to write from the heart, and they must include the word "live," love" or "laugh" at least once in the poem.

Entries, which must not have been previously published or won any prize in a competition, should be submitted to the school's guidance office by April 4.

Firefighters breakfast scheduled for Sunday

The Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department in Clarksville will hold its monthly country breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to noon March 26 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

The cost is $8; $7 for those ages 60 and older. Children ages 5 to 11 pay $4.

Information: 410-313-7215.

Around Town

Book club -- The Glenwood library will "Try Yoga," an opportunity to learn basic postures and relaxation techniques with yoga instructor Susan Kain, at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and take blankets. Registration is required.

Fred Glueckstein, author of The '27 Yankees, will provide glimpses of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other stars, and detailed accounts of events on and off the diamond at 7 p.m. March 27. Rare photographs will be shown, and copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is required. 410-313-5577.

Coffee with principal -- Folly Quarter Middle School, 13500 Triadelphia Road, near Glenelg, will offer coffee and conversation with Principal Carl Perkins from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Parents are invited to hear about school activities and talk informally with the principal. 410-313-1506.

Basket bingo -- Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company Inc. will sponsor basket bingo at the Lisbon fire hall, 1330 Woodbine Road, at 7 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food will be sold. Tickets are $15 in advance (including one free game) and $18 at the door, if available. Tickets include 20 games and door prizes. Specials an d raffles are also planned. Joan Bennett, 410-489-4933, or Doris Bowman, 410-489-4821.

Bull roast -- Tickets are being sold for the Reservoir High School Boosters' fourth Bull Roast & Silent Auction, to be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday in the Great Room at Historic Savage Mill. Tickets for the adults-only event are $37.50 and include dinner, dancing, a silent auction, casino games, raffles and door prizes. Allyson LeFevere, 301-604-7194.

Fruit sale -- The Glenelg Marching Unit is holding its citrus fruit sale through this month. Order forms are available at the school or at glenelgbands.com. 410-489-5260.

Benefit bingo -- West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department will hold Longaberger basket bingo at 6 p.m. April 1 at the Sykesville-Freedom Volunteer Fire Hall on Route 32 at Freedom Avenue. The event, which includes 20 regular games, three specials and a raffle, is to raise money for medical expenses for Pieter Lucas, a volunteer firefighter and auxiliary police officer from Glenwood who was injured Nov. 23 while directing traffic at the scene of an accident on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City. Information or to purchase tickets for the basket bingo: 410-489-9958. Donations can be sent to the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Inc., c/o Pieter Lucas, P.O. Box 216, West Friendship 21794.

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