Congratulations to Ciara Wholey who won the Reflections competition in literature at River Hill High School and at the county level. Next comes the state competition. Samantha Thach and Jen Smith also won for dance choreography. Congratulations and good luck, girls.

They want your blood at Clarksville Middle School. The school's PTA is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive Feb. 15 from 2-8 p.m. To learn more or to schedule your donation, email Vicki Harvey at vickiharvey@remax.net or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Elladean Brigham sent word that Columbia Pro Cantare will celebrate 35 years of song with its first ever "Singathon" Sunday, Feb. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the center court of the Columbia mall. A singathon is like a walkathon, except that participants will be singing, not walking, to raise money for CPC.

Donations will be accepted before, during and after the performance. The CPC will perform under the direction of founder and artistic director, Frances Motyca Dawson. Look closely and you will see some of your neighbors among the 120 professionally trained volunteer chorus members.


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For more information, go to http://www.procantare.org or call 410-730-8549.

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church on Route 216 invites you to a Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner Feb. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. Elizabeth Blough notes they will be serving pancakes, sausages and fruit toppings. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-8. Dinner will be served in the fellowship hall. A new small group study, "24 Hours that Changed the World" will start at 7 p.m. immediately following dinner.

To learn more, email Elizabeth at eblough@comcast.net.

River Hill High School students continually impress the judges with a wide range of talents. Congratulations are definitely due senior Alex Wang who recently was named an Intel semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search.

This is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Alumni of STS hold more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors including seven Nobel Prizes and four National Medals of Science.

Of the 1,839 applicants in 2012, Intel STS recognized 300 students and their schools. Alex's work, "Flatfield Analysis of Flourescent Microscope Images," was performed at the National Institute of Science and Technology under the direction of Dr. Kiran Bhadriraju.

There's more. More than 2,300 students took the first part of the University of Maryland math exam. River Hill's Stephen Chen finished 15th of the 280 who moved on to take the second part. Stephen was the top scorer for all of Howard County. He has also been an important part of the River Hill math team for the past three years. The team placed first at their last county meet. Stephen is currently ranked 3rd in the county. Way to go.

River Hill's Team Rocket won the MIT SPHERES Zero Robotics competition. Following a bit of drama, the code they wrote was successfully loaded onto the International Space Station. The students and their teacher, Anne Contney, remained calm and did a great job.

Somehow we all seem to accumulate all sorts of stuff in closets, the basement, attic, garage or even in a spare room. Where does it all come from? Here's your opportunity to clean house and unload some of those perfectly good items you no longer use.

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse is the key. The River Hill High neighborhood yard sale to benefit the Post Prom Party is set for March 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. indoors at the school.

There are always plenty of buyers at this event. You can help to insure that there will be plenty of buyers by telling all your friends and neighbors about the sale.

Spaces are $25 each and you keep all the profits from your sales. A charity collection truck is on site at the end of the sale so you don't need to take things home again.

If your collection of stuff is small, you might opt to donate items to the PTA. The Student Government Association will keep proceeds from the sale of donated items.

The registration form is online at http://www.riverhill.org/images/Yard_Sale_Registration.pdf. If you have questions or want to donate items call, 410-531-4939 or email Sheila@networkint.com.

Do you have a graduation gown from 2011? The River Hill PTSA is hoping you will donate it to them for the yard sale and provide someone from the Class of 2012 with a bargain. Proceeds will benefit the PTSA. They may also be doing consignment gowns. Use the phone number or email above to learn more.