The Howard High School PTSA Pandora and Bags Bingo (teeming with goodies galore) will be held Saturday, Nov. 10. Doors open 6 p.m., the games begin 7 p.m., at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 4795 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City.

Tickets are $18 in advance; $20 at the door (if available); and the concessions will be open for refreshments.

You can directly support the event through one of these great options: a) sponsor a bag or bracelet (individually, as a family, business, or with another group); b) fill a bag/purse; c) make a flat monetary donation to help offset related expenses; d) donate baked goods, sodas, water, bagged snacks, etc., for concession sales; or e) solicit support from your employer, or other business owners for donations.

All contributions are tax deductible and will be acknowledged in the event program. To help in any fashion, contact Sharon Stencil at 443-803-4105, or via email at SharonL1963@aol.com; or Marie Fiorello at 410-203-0167 or email mariefio@hotmail.com 410-203-0167. You can also email your interest in helping the cause to bingo@howardptsa.org.


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The Elkridge Senior Center always offers great programs and this month is no exception. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, take advantage of a driving refresher course called Carfit.

This class is free and offered 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It covers a variety of driving details and street smarts that all drivers should strive to perfect, no matter what your age. Have the experts keep you and your friends safe behind the wheel and on the roads.

Then, on Oct. 26, join the senior center on its annual trip to the Cozy Inn and Gettysburg Outlets. The bus departs at 9 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. and cost is $30 a person.

You'll enjoy lunch at the famous Cozy Inn, and, after lunch, the group heads for the Gettysburg Outlets for some shopping. So, relax, and leave the driving to the Howard County Office on Aging while you socialize, shop and enjoy great food and camaraderie. For more information, contact the Senior Center at 410-313-5192 or 410-313-4930.

I received a concerned note from long-time Elkridge resident Connie Bauman, who said she wrote a bill payment check to Home Depot and left it in her mail box for pickup by her mail carrier.

As it happened, the next day, an employee at her bank called her. Someone had tried to cash a check for despite the fact that it was made out to Home Depot. Obviously, Ms. Connie stopped payment on the check but, as she says, "I'll never put another payment in my mail box, unless I stand out there until I see my mail person in person."

Connie has lived here in Elkridge a long time (having recently celebrated her 80th birthday), but as she lamented, "I have always thought everybody tells the truth and nobody would take what isn't theirs. Guess I was wrong."

I'm offering a big shout out to Lawyers Hill resident Cathy Hudson for having been named Preservationist of the Year by Preservation Howard County, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the county's historic sites.

Those of use that have been fortunate to know her personally, and have viewed, first-hand, her tireless efforts on behalf o Elkridge, are, without a doubt, bursting with pride and gratitude. Thanks, Cathy.

A quarter auction to benefit H.O.P.E. (For All) is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, at St. Philip Neri Church, 6405 S. Orchard Road, Linthicum. doors open at 6 p.m., auction begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $5 (includes your first paddle) and food will be available to purchase through the St. Philip Neri Knights of Columbus and Ladies Sodality.

All proceeds benefit the recipients of H.O.P.E.'s community outreach to homeless families and those struggling to stay in a home environment with their children. The organization provides much-needed clothing, furniture, toiletries, school supplies, etc., for those most in need. Please support this worthy effort on behalf of these families. For more information, contact Sue Wenzlick at 410-850-5680 or wenzlick@verizon.net.

That's all for this week, but keep those emails coming and let me know what's going on in your backyard.