ArtsFest set at Marriotts Ridge High

April 20, 2008

The National Art Honor Society of Marriotts Ridge High School will present its first ArtsFest, including activities, acoustic music and a large art display, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the school commons area.

Original art will be for sale. A fashion show with garments made and modeled by students is planned, and a collective mural and make-and-take artist trading cards are among the interactive activities. In addition to a main stage, there will be a "jam stage," where anyone can bring an instrument and perform.

To celebrate Earth Day, ArtsFest will sell "green" products: recycled tote bags and other items; proceeds will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.

Tickets are $2 at the door. Information: Caroline Kessler, carolinekessler@gmail.com.

Basket Bingo in Sykesville

The Lisbon Elementary School PTA will hold a Basket Bingo at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Sykesville Fire Hall, 6680 Sykesville Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments and home-baked treats will be available.

Prizes are theme-filled Longaberger baskets.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $10 at the door, if available, and include 20 games. Three specials and three raffle baskets are also planned.

Information: Kristi Ahlquist, 410-489-0767 or kristiahlquist@comcast.net; Or Christina Barth, mmabar@comcast.net.

Around town

Teen space -- The Glenwood Community Center's game room for teens is open 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The room, designed by teenagers, is for ages 12 and older. It includes a pool table, table tennis, bumper pool and a video game area with a big-screen television. After-school activities and teen programs are planned. A center identification is required. The program is provided with assistance from the Horizon Foundation. The center is at 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. 410-313-4840.

50-plus walkers -- The River Hill Community Association is seeking people interested in walking and socializing for a 50-plus walking club. The group will meet at Claret Hall and stroll around the River Hill neighborhoods. The first meeting is to be held at 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle. Gina Harrison, 410-531-1749.

Preschool programs -- The Glenwood branch library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will offer preschool classes for young children to teach social skills, comprehension and the foundations of reading. An adult must accompany children younger than 3.

"Picture Book Parade," a 30-minute program of music and stories for ages 2 to 5, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

"Sense-ible Stories," an exploration of the five senses for children ages 2 to 5, will be offered at 11 a.m. May 3, 6:45 p.m. May 6, and 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. May 12. Registration begins Saturday.

"May Flowers," with Kristen Healey from Greenway Farms, a program for ages 5 to 8, is planned for 2 p.m. May 3, and "Cinco de Mayo," a program of Mexican-inspired stories, activities and a craft for ages 6 to 10, is planned for 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 5. 410-313-5579.

Blood drive -- Girl Scout Troop No. 3316 and the Pointers Run PTA will hold a blood drive from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 1 in the school cafeteria, 6600 South Trotter Road, Clarksville. To schedule an appointment: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

Sheep `Skillathon' -- Children and youth ages 8 to 18 are invited to participate in the Sheep & Wool Skillathon, to be held from 8 a.m. to noon May 4 at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The festival, sponsored by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, is held on the first full weekend in May at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The Skillathon consists of a series of stations where youth are tested on their knowledge and skills with livestock. The festival awards prizes in each age division. Susan Schoenian, 301-432-2767, ext. 343.

Plant sale -- The Mount Airy Garden Club will present its second annual Spring Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 South Main St., Mount Airy. Hanging baskets, spring flowers, perennials and vegetables will be for sale. Jennie Fellows, 301-829-9012.

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