The pumpkins are coming!

Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10:15 a.m., is the official arrival date for hundreds of pumpkins that will be for sale at the annual Pumpkin Patch, at Timonium United Methodist Church, at Pot Spring and Chantrey roads.

The pumpkins come from a Navajo Indian Reservation in the northwest region of New Mexico, and TUMC's purchase helps support the Indian population there.

Proceeds from the sale also benefit the church's new Alternative Worship Service — called "The Walk."


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Beautiful locally grown mums will also be on sale. The pumpkin patch will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 am. to dusk, and Sundays, 10:30 to dusk.

Several Calvert Hall students were in the news recently:

J.C. Lazzaro was recently named principal violinist for Preparatory Youth Orchestra for The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He will perform with the group during concerts at the Friedberg Concert Hall on Dec. 10, 2011, and May 12, 2012. J.C. is a member of the Calvert Hall Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and String Ensemble. He is also a McMullen Scholar at Calvert Hall.

Patrick McQuay and his Carroll County 4H Robotics team won the State 4H Robotics Competition at the 2011 Maryland State Fair in Timonium. They won a trip to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., where they competed in the National 4H Engineering Challenge.

And student athletes JP McManus, Emmanuel Holder, Matthew Manzo, Kyle Powers and Andrew McSorley, all members of the varsity football team, were recognized for their role in distributing 150 bags of school supplies to first graders at Brehms Lane Elementary School in Baltimore.

The holidays are a great time to host friends and family, which is why the Maryland Home and Garden Show is dedicating its fall 2011 show to helping people create the perfect setting for holiday living.

The "Home for the Holidays" show runs Friday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 16, and will feature more than 300 exhibitors and fall gardens showcasing home improvement and entertaining, as well as the interior design, landscaping, cooking, family recreation and handmade crafts.

Additional highlights of the show will be Brian Santos, "The Wall Wizard," who offer painting suggestions; and demonstrations by local chefs preparing holiday meals, as well as amateur cooking contests.

Some 300 exhibitors will fill the halls at the fairgrounds. Tickets are $9 for adults; $7 for seniors; $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free to children younger than 6. Admission is also free for active military, police and fire employees with proper ID.

For additional information call 410-863-1180.

Happy birthday wishes to the following October celebrants: Jim Righter, Yvonne Degener, Gene Holmen, Eunice Wichmann, Audrey Rhodey, Marie Nickel and Linda Costa.