Is the sound of a woodwind instrument skillfully played sweet music to your ears? Then, you will definitely want to hear the third annual Regional Repertory Wind Ensemble Sunday March 25 at 3 p.m. The ensemble is composed of high school musicians from across the county and middle school students who participated in all-state groups. This elite group of student musicians was selected by audition to perform under the direction of David Smith and Lori Reichl with guest composer/conductor Richard Saucedo. Best of all, the performance is free.

The Caregiver's Ministry at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church on Route 216 is hosting a Healthy Living Expo and American Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be cooking demonstrations, health and blood pressure screenings and more. The event will be held in the church Fellowship Hall. To learn more, visit http://www.mtzionhighland.com or call 301-854-2324 or 301-854-6542. You can also make an appointment to donate blood online by using the sponsor code 15757.

The community is invited to share Holy Week services at Mt. Zion. Worship April 1 will be held at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. Experience a traditional Passover service and explanation April 5 at 7 p.m. "Christ in the Passover." There will be a dramatic reading of "The Stations on the Way to the Cross" April 6 at 7 p.m. And on the seventh day, God rested. There will be a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service at Mt. Zion Cemetery on Easter Sunday followed by a pancake breakfast in the Church Fellowship Hall. Easter services in the Sanctuary will be held at 8:15, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m.

Clarksville Middle School students have been advancing in competitions and garnering accolades. This year's National History Day competition has as its theme Revolution, Reform and Reaction. It features three formats: Website, Documentary and Boards. Clarksville Middle representatives moving to county competition in the website category are Eileen Ying and Anita Kalluri with "Lewis Hine and his Influence on Child Labor," Sonali Shirali with "The Great Depression and the 21st Century," Emily Luo with "The FDIC and the Revolution of American Financial Security" and Ralph Carr with "Promoting Awareness to Racial Prejudices during World War II."


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Documentary competitors are Amanda Kiang with "Affirmative Action and its Unintended but Detrimental Effects" and Josh Kim with "The Negative Effects of the 18th Amendment." Sophia Barrios with "Quaker Influence on Sufferage is the only CMS competitor on Boards." Good luck as you advance.

Clarksville Middle artists Eileen Ying, Hannah Takemoto and Ashley Spoon have works displayed in the eighth paper arts display at the Howard County Center for the Arts now until April 19. You can see their works without leaving home by going to http://www.sites.google.com/a/hcpss.org/clarksvillemiddleschooldart/and or http://www.flicker.com/photos/63544068@NO5.

Eighth-grade students brought home a plethora of awards from last month's Howard County Schools Science, Technology, Engineering and Math competition. Blue Ribbons of Excellence went to Celina Shih, Eric Weltz, Kaitlyn Hennasy and Hannah Rosen. Anita Kalluri was a runner-up in environmental science. Two-time spelling bee winner Sam Osheroff won Best of Physics in Electricity and Magnetism. The Middle School Sweepstakes Best Overall Science Project Trophy went to Anita and Clarksville Midde received a banner. It was noted that Clarksville Middle students were prepared well by their teachers. Congratulations to all.

You might notice people dressed in a retro 80s style Friday, March 23. Those would be supporters of the Atholton High School Raiders heading for the Atholton Athletic Boosters Bull Roast at Ten Oaks Ballroom.

Success in Style/Charity's Closet is now open Tuesday through Sunday in Savage Mill and they need more volunteers to cover the expanded hours. To volunteer or learn more, call 443-538-3843 or go to http://www.successinstyle.org.