The holiday rush is on. This column includes everything currently on my calendar for December. More details for later events will come next week.
Those with little ones will be heading to the 5th District Fire station on Dec. 8 for Pizza with Santa. The annual event lasts only two hours from noon to 2 p.m. in the engine bay area.
The cost is $6 for ages 6 and up and free for children 5 and under.
Dayton Oaks McTeacher's Night at McDonalds in Clarksville is Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. This is a first time event for Dayton Oaks as a fundraiser for books.
Some winter concerts are coming up. The Clarksville Middle school chorus will hold its winter concert Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Atholton High is having winter concerts Dec. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. River Hill's winter concert will be held Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
Are you getting tired and out of breath just thinking about all that must be done in the next few weeks? River Hill High School Class of 2014 has shopping opportunity relief in store for you.
You can shop until you drop on Dec. 8 while your children ages 6-12 are under the high school students' watchful eye. Bring lunch and a snack for your child. The cost is $20 per child. There is a special price of only $10 for Howard County teachers. You must reserve space by Dec. 5 by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you getting confused with so many options? Go to http://www.riverhill.org for PTSA and Booster info. You'll find happenings for all schools at http://www.hcpss.org.
Girl Scout Troop 4602 is participating in Hugs for the Homeless. You'll find a collection box at Clarksville Middle School. They need hand and foot warmers, new and used adult socks and insulated gloves to take to the Route 1 Resource Center in Howard County Dec. 7. You might be amazed at how many people are living outdoors all year round in that area.
Dayton Oaks has an opening for a lunch/recess monitor to supervise a large group of students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It pays $10.50 per hour. If interested, complete the online application at http://www.hcpss.org/. If you have questions, call Assistant Principal Winnie Dreier at 410-313-1571.
The 30th annual Turkey Trot at Clarksville Elementary and ninth annual Turkey Trot at Pointers Run were both huge success stories.
Clarksville netted 30 turkeys to help neighbors who need to use the food pantry in Glenelg. Pointers Run collected 2,476 food items for Food on the 15th. Students in grade 4 lead with 707 food items. Way to go, kids.
Did you happen to see the Clarksville Elementary School Chorus singing away at the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade?
Here's a gift you can give and it won't cost anything.
Four years ago, ninth graders at Mt. Hebron read "Night" by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and learned how six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. They began collecting six million canceled stamps to create a mural to remember.
Why stamps? Each American stamp depicts a unique person, place or event. They tell a story and remind us of six million stories that will never be.
Pointers Run Elementary is serving as a collection point, or you can take your stamps directly to Mt. Hebron.