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North Laurel/Savage: Hammond Middle School eighth-grader competes in All-State Junior High Band event

Devin Smith, an eighth grader at Hammond Middle School, competed at the Maryland All-State Junior High Band concert held February 25, at Morgan State University's Murphy Fine Arts Center. Devon plays percussions and did very well. He scored fifth highest in the state and earned placement in the outstanding band! Great job, Devin.

Hammond Middle raised money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by holding its annual Math-A-Thon. The students raised a whopping $9,624.85. Over the years, the students have raised an amazing $199,821.90 in support of St. Jude's. What a great lesson to teach the students about kids helping kids.

Atholton High's National Art Society has found a very creative way to raise funds for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. They are hosting Empty Bowls event March 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. For $10, you get a bowl of homemade soup, bread and a bowl, handmade by the students. No reservations are required. For more information call 410-313-7065. The school is at 6520 Freetown Road, in Columbia.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church is holding a blood drive Friday, March 16, starting at 8 a.m. for the American Red Cross. Blood is always needed so consider donating. To make an appointment go to http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation, or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. The church is at 10755 Scaggsville Road.

Girl Scout Troop 1208 is planning a trip to Italy. In order to help pay for the trip, the girls will be holding a fundraiser March 22 at the Chick-fil-A on Route 1 and Contee Road. Anytime after 4 p.m. say you are there for Girl Scout Troop 1208 and enjoy your meal while helping out the girls.

The Savage Historical Society will hold a meeting March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Faith and Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St. This month's topic is "Mill Union Organizing and the Textile Workers Strike of 1934." For more information, contact Helen Rushing at 301-725-1241.

March 17 will be Saturday Night at the Movies with the animated feature, "Tangled," at the North Laurel Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Call for reservations or information at 410-313-0390.

Sunday, March 18 is the next free Gator Academy at the Savage Branch Library from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The academy is offered for any Reservoir Student wanting academic help. Email Kris Kendall at KrisKendall@verizon.net with for more information.

Reservoir High art students have their art on display at the Columbia Arts Center until Tuesday, March 20.

Hammond High School production of the Dramastics Improvisational Group will be March 23 and April 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Atholton High's production of "Beauty and the Beast" will be March 23-25. Performances are March 23, 7 p.m.; March 24, 2 and 7 p.m.; and March 25, 3 and 7 p.m. For tickets or information, go to atholtondrama.org/.

The United Methodist Church of Savage will hold a Breakfast with the Easter Bunny March 24 from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $3 per person. Call the church office at 301-725-7630 for more information.

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