Conservancy plans Earth Day celebration

March 26, 2006

The Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant will present its Earth Day Celebration from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 at the farm and nature preserve that serves as conservancy headquarters.

Events will include a guided bird walk with Kurt Schwarz of the Howard County Bird Club from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; tree planting and cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon; a children's story hour at 10 a.m.; and picnicking and self-guided nature hikes from noon to 4 p.m.

The conservancy, the county's largest private land trust, preserves land through conservation easements, manages the 232-acre Mount Pleasant Farm and provides educational programs for children and adults at its new Gudelsky Environmental Education Center.

Through a partnership with Howard public schools, the conservancy offers hands-on programs for elementary children, service learning for middle schoolers and eight weeks of summer camps for ages 5 to 11.

Mount Pleasant Farm is at 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

Information: 410- 465-8877, or www.hc conservancy.org.

River Hill to present `Guys and Dolls'

The River Hill High School drama department will present the musical Guys and Dolls at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. next Sunday.

The cast includes more than 60 drama students, 30 musicians and 20 students working on sets.

Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Group rates are available for matinee performances.

Information: Pam Land, 410-313-7120.

Around Town

Firefighters breakfast -- The Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department in Clarksville will hold its monthly country breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to noon today at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. The cost is $8; $7 for those ages 60 and older. Children ages 5 to 11 pay $4. 410-313-7215.

At the library -- The Glenwood library will offer a program with Fred Glueckstein, author of The '27 Yankees, who 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. tomorrow. Rare photographs will be shown, and copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is required. 410-313-5577.

Benefit bingo -- West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department will hold Longaberger basket bingo at 6 p.m. Saturday 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 an accident on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City. Information or to buy tickets for 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.

Fruit sale -- The Glenelg Marching Unit is holding its citrus fruit sale this month. Order forms are available at the school or at glen elgbands.com. Danita Kinnison, 410-489-5260.

Poetry contest -- River Hill High School and the family of Caitlin Dunbar, who died 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 in a competition, should be submitted to the school's guidance office by April 4.

Prep courses -- Registration is being accepted for preparatory courses for the new SAT and PSAT tests. Courses 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. 410-442-1600, or www.MarthaGagnon.com.

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