Recently, the congregation of the Sherwood Episcopal Church, 5 Sherwood Road, was host to a visit from Bishop Joe Goodwin Burnett. He came to the Diocese of Maryland after serving as Diocesan Bishop in Nebraska. He assists Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton in overseeing the churches, schools and social service agencies of the diocese.

One of the highlights of his visit was welcoming two new members of the church — M.J. Moran and Ginny King. Sherwood is an historic church, and has been on its current site since 1830.

In observance of Catholic Schools Week, Sunday, Jan. 29 through Friday, Feb. 3, St. Joseph School will host a week of activities under the theme "Catholic Schools: Faith. Service. Academics."

Students kick off the week by showing off their creativity with posters designed to tell the community about St. Joseph School. The posters will be displayed in local offices and stores.


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At Masses on Saturday, Jan, 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29, students, faculty and alumni will speak. In addition, school information will be displayed at a coffee fellowship in the Parish Center after each Sunday Mass.

Monday, Jan. 30, at an 8:30 a.m. prayer service, the Student Council will discuss service areas for parents and students in the multi-purpose room.

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, students will wear red, white and blue as they welcome U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, who will speak about the House of Representatives.

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, students will dress as scientists for a science fair, and middle schoolers will display their Science Fair projects.

School volunteers will be honored at a "thank you" coffee from 8:15 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. Each class will create a prayer for vocations, and students will hear about vocations from members of the St. Joseph parish and school.

And on Friday, Feb. 3, faculty, staff, volunteers, grandparents and friends are invited to a 9 a.m. open house assembly. For more details, call 410-683-0600.

The Rotary Club of Hunt Valley will host its wine-tasting fundraiser, "Sip 'n' Sweet," on Saturday, Feb. 11, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Hayfields Country Club. An evening of tasting fine wines, gourmet chocolates and wonderful hors d'oeuvres — with music and live and silent auctions — will benefit the club's projects of warm coats for kids and its Four-Way Test scholar program.

The Four-Way Test competition is being held at seven elementary, three middle and three high schools to instill the value of ethical thinking.

Monetary prizes are awarded to first, second, and third place winners at elementary and middle school levels, to be presented at an evening ceremony at Dulaney High School on April 26.

Oratorical contest winners participate in a final at a club's meeting March 14 at the Hunt Valley Marriott, then go on to speak at the Rotary District semifinal contest March 17 in Glen Burnie.

The Hunt Valley Rotary invites the community to attend that evening event. For details and tickets, go to http://www.huntvalleyrotary.com.

"The Civil War in Your Attic: Having Civil War Collections Digitized," will be presented by the Baltimore County Historical Society, and held at Towson University's Albert S. Cook Library, Saturday, March 10.

In conjunction with the Maryland History and Culture Collaborative, the Historical Society is inviting interested persons to bring in letters, diaries, photographs and other documents that have been kept by families and handed down through the generations.

Members of the Maryland History and Culture Collaborative, working with Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage and representatives from local institutions, have partnered to create a statewide online collection of Civil War manuscripts that remain in private hands.

Trained archivists, librarians and digitization professionals will be available to scan privately held manuscript material for inclusion on the Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage website.

The project focuses on items created between 1859-1867 that reflect social, political, military, business, and religious life around the time of the Civil War and early Reconstruction periods.

Residents may bring family materials to be scanned and included in the project. Visit http://www.mdch.org/civilwar for more information.

To participate in the event at Towson University, contact Joyce Garczynski at jgarczynski@towson.edu, or call her at 410-704-5168.

The ninth annual wine tasting and auction to benefit long-term care residents at Stella Maris will be held Saturday, April 14, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Grand Lodge of Maryland, 304 International Circle, Hunt Valley.

Tickets are $125 each with $45 tax deductible. The evening will include more than 100 wines for sampling, heavy hors d'oeuvres, music from the Cold Spring Jazz Quartet and a silent auction.

For more information, contact Kathy Deane at 410-252-4500, Ext. 7570.

The event, presented by CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield, has a limited number of corporate sponsorship opportunities available.