Parents of pre-schoolers must frequently move quickly. It's an essential part of parenting. If interested, you'll need to move quickly on this info. The Dayton Oaks Regional Early Childhood Center is accepting children for the 3- and 4-year-old classes for the remainder of this school year. The child must have turned 3 years of age by June 1, 2011, Applications must be received by Feb. 3. Note this is for the remainder of this year, not next year. To learn more call 410-313-1581.

Dance companies from every Howard County high school will perform at Atholton High Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. In case of snow, the Dance Festival will be rescheduled for Feb. 11 or 25. Tickets are $8 at the door.

The Dance Festival is just one of many golden opportunities for seniors in Howard County schools. Go to http://www.hcpss.org/golden to see the January issue of this free electronic bulletin or for instructions to sign up to receive future issues and learn about entertainment activities for seniors in the county schools.

The River Hill High School theater arts department is seeking 80s prom gowns and tuxes to use in the Spring production of "Footloose." If you have these items stashed away and are willing to part with them, bring them to the school. Items not used will be donated to local thrift stores. For more details, email Pam Land at pland@hcpss.org.


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The final date to order citrus from the River Hill High School music department this year is Feb. 10. California navel oranges, grapefruit, Temple oranges, tangerines or variety packs will be available. You can also order gift cards by Scrip. The deadline for gift card orders is Monday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. There are many ways to support our schools even if you do not have a child attending or have time to volunteer during class time.

The county school system has funded upgrades and replacements to all 25 stations in the River Hill High music lab. River Hill was the pioneer, pilot school for the computer lab designed to enhance music and fine art experience. The program was so successful that it is being implemented at all 12 county high schools. For more information about River Hill music, go to http://www.riverhillmusic.org.

Dr. Ganoune Diop is a genuine citizen of the world with a wonderful understanding of global issues. Diop will present three programs at The Gathering Place beginning with "The United Nations and Contemporary Global Challenges: Understanding the Issues that Shape Our World" on Feb 4 at 4 p.m. There will be additional sessions Feb. 11 and 18 at the same time and place. It's free and all are welcome.

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Would you like to give a gift of lasting value? If you're looking for the perfect gift for your spouse, you might consider a special weekend in Ocean City. "Love for a Lifetime," a marriage enrichment retreat presented by Claudio and Pam Consuegra, is scheduled for Feb. 17-19 at the Dunes Manor Hotel.

Enjoy two nights at the hotel, brunch, tea and dinner on Saturday plus brunch Sunday and all materials for $299 per couple. The retreat is sponsored by Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church, Mt. Zion UMC and Maranatha Adventist Fellowship.

For more information or registration, email MarriageEnrichment@comcast.net or call 301-317-5428 or 443-864-6328.

Susan Weyer shared follow-up info on the recent blood drive at Linden-Linthicum UMC. Thirty donors offered to roll up their sleeves to help strangers in need. Thank you to all donors.

The River Hill High PTSA completed a great year of Reflections competition on the theme "Diversity means…" Michelle Seu (visual arts), Foluke Tuakli and Galen Clark (photography), Samantha Thach, Jen Smith and Emily Powers (dance choreography), Kathleen Hawkins (musical composition), Ciara Wholey, Japsimran Kaur and Taylor Lawrence (literature) have moved to county competition. Congratulations to you and all entrants who did something extra. Many thanks go to Danielle Hilliard for being chairwoman of the event.