Is it really November already? Well, then I guess it's that time of year, meaning you are cordially invited to the Grace Episcopal Church annual spaghetti dinner, Nov. 3, 5-7:30 p.m., at the Parish Hall, 6725 Montgomery Road, Elkridge.

The menu will feature delicious pasta from Mama Lucia's and, in addition to a great meal and the chance to catch up with neighbors and friends, there will be a quilt raffle, bake sale. and a gift table featuring specialty, handmade items perfect for taking care of some holiday shopping.

Face painting, bingo and other fun stuff will be available for the kids. Tickets may be purchased at the door; $8 adults; $5 ages 4-12 years; kids 3 and under eat for free. For more information, contact Betty McMullen at 410-796-2591.

Daniel's Restaurant and Open Air Bar, at 5854 Washington Blvd., in Elkridge, will host the Elkridge Music Festival on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. The musical talent includes Sam the Muleman, Oella, Slickhampton and O.R.B., offering a wonderful range from blues and country western to jazz and indie rock.


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The concert is a benefit on behalf of O.R.B.'s own Bo Oliver, a young, gifted musician, and a junior at Howard High School, who has been fighting cancer and dealing with grueling treatments to beat those odds.

In addition to friends of the family, guest bartenders will include Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology nurses. There will be no cover charge; however, free will donations are greatly appreciated.

Check out the event on Facebook at Team Go Bo. Come on out and support the Oliver family; you'll have a great time, enjoy awesome music and can still keep tabs on your fav football team on the TV screens.

Calling all railroad and history buffs! The Elkridge Heritage Society will hold its next general meeting on Nov. 13, 7 p.m., at the Brumbaugh House, 5825 Main St., Elkridge. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The evening will feature a presentation by local author and historian Dan Toomey about the Civil War. During the Civil War, the Union Army formed a special organization to guard the railroad tracks that ran from Baltimore City to Relay and from Relay to Annapolis Junction.

Toomey will share stories about this initiative that became known as the "Railroad Brigade" and other events of local interest based on his soon-to-be-published book, "The War Came by Train, The B&O Railroad During the Civil War."

Toomey is considered a leading authority on the Civil War in Maryland. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he is the author or co-author of 10 books on the subject, including: "The Civil War in Maryland;" "Baltimore During the Civil War" and "The Maryland Line Confederate Soldiers Home."

He is currently the guest curator at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum for their 5-year project entitled, "The War Came by Train," commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. More information about the meeting can be found at the Elkridge Heritage Society's website at http://www.elkridgeheritage.org.

Choirs from five Howard County churches — Bethel Baptist, Bethany United Methodist, Glenelg United Methodist, Glen Mar United Methodist and Linden-Linthicum United Methodist — and the Lyric Brass Quintet of Baltimore will unite their voices and musical talent on behalf of the American Cancer Society at a benefit concert on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m., at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City.

There will be no cover charge; however, a free will offering will be taken. Light refreshments will follow the concert. For more information, call 410-531-2324.

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is working hard to make its 22nd annual Holiday Food Drive a huge success, and they need your help. Monetary donations are especially helpful as they assess the needs of our less fortunate neighbors; checks should be made out to the EVFD, and can be mailed to: 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge 21075.

As the holidays draw near, donations of perishable and non-perishable foods can be brought to the station or given to Santa and Mrs. Claus on their annual neighborhood fire truck visits. If you have any questions or need assistance with pick-up, please contact Joe Slavotinek at 410-984-1796.

There's still time to hone your driving skills at the Elkridge Senior Center. Friday, Nov. 9, features an AARP Driver Safety Class, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Call the Center for program fees; however, classes are free for all veterans in November.

This class will cover defensive driving techniques, discuss new traffic laws and update attendees on the latest rules of the road. The course was designed for those age 50 and older; and course completion certificates will be given out at the end of the class. For more details, contact the center at 410-313-5192 or 410-313-4930.

A great big shout out to Sabrina Faulkner, who celebrated her 9th and final "single-digit" birthday on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Sabrina is the youngest daughter of Lisa and Jim Faulkner of Hanover. The family extended the celebration into the weekend with a special, friend-packed party and wanted to top off the occasion right here by saying, "Happy Birthday Sabrina! With love from Mom, Dad, Hannah and JR!"

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