Conservancy's history-initiative meeting set for March 21

Western Howard

March 11, 2007

The Howard County Conservancy has rescheduled its meeting for former students and friends of Ruth and Frances Brown, former owners for 50 years of the conservancy's headquarters, the 233-acre Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock.

In addition to serving as the conservancy's headquarters, the farm is a land trust and environmental education center.

The meeting, which is to initiate a history project honoring the Browns, was canceled because of inclement weather. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 21 at the conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road.

Anyone with memories, photographs or memorabilia is invited to attend or to call 410-465-8877.

Soroptimist invites police officer to speak

Soroptimist of Howard County will sponsor a talk by Pfc. Chris Davis of the youth services section of the Howard County Police Department at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Mangia Italian Grill in the Waverly Shopping Center, Woodstock.

He will describe Camp Bear Trax, a Police Department outreach program designed to enhance relationships between police officers and children. The name, Bear Trax, refers to children following in the footsteps of the law enforcement officers.

Ann Roach, administrative assistant in the Police Department's youth services section and a recipient of a Soroptimist scholarship, will discuss how the award changed her life.

Soroptimist of Howard County, a local chapter of the international service organization of business and professional women, sponsors several awards programs for women and girls in the community.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

Around Town

Fruit sale -- The Glenelg High School Marching Unit is holding its citrus fruit sale fundraiser. Order forms are available at www.; click on the "Fruit Sale Web site" link, or call Danita Kinnison, 410-489-5260. Order forms are also available at the school.

Basket bingo -- A basket bingo to benefit Glenelg High School will be held at 7 p.m. March 22 at the Sykesville-Freedom Fire Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. Longaberger baskets filled with prizes will be featured. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Lucy Dembin, 410-313-5535.

Glenelg jazz -- The Glenelg Jazz Ensemble will present its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. March 23 with soloist and jazz trumpeter Alex Norris of Howard County. Tickets, which will be available at the door or at the school's front office (410-313-5528), are $10. Proceeds will help pay for the band's European tour this summer. The band is to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Switzerland, and in Lyon, France; Freiburg, Germany; and at an event near Nice on the French Riviera. Glenelg High School is at 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg.

HCYP scholarship -- The Howard County Youth Program awards a $2,000 scholarship to a high school senior who has participated in a sports program sponsored by the organization. The scholarship, which is in its 14th year, commemorates the life of Christopher Kelly, who played baseball in the program. Kelly died in a bicycle accident. Application forms are available in high school guidance offices and must be submitted by March 30. Stephen Lee, 443-276- 9595.

Benefit bingo -- A basket bingo to benefit the Howard County 4-H All Stars will be held at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Mount Airy Fireman's Activity Building, Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event includes 20 regular games, four specials and three raffles. All the baskets will be filled. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. 301-829-1449 or 410-489- 6258.

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