On the afternoon of March 16, Glenelg United Methodist Church will host its next installment of the community concert series beginning at 4 p.m.

This concert features married pianists Stephanie Kai-Win and Saar Ahuvia performing together as Duo — Stephanie and Saar. (www.stephsaarduo.com).

Their new program of music and letters will include Beethoven's quartets in C minor and B-flat major from Opus 18 set in piano four-hand transcriptions, with readings from Beethoven's impassioned letters by Stanley Morstein.

Incidentally, Saar was the organist at Glenelg UM several years ago while studying at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Their performance should be a delightful afternoon of music.


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Meanwhile, also at Glenelg UM, on Saturday, March 16, the Food Pantry will have its monthly opening. Each month the pantry seems to help more and more needy families. Food donations are greatly appreciated.

This month, pantry representatives are requesting donations of canned tuna and chicken. The Food Pantry would also like to thank Boy Scout Troop 793, which recently donated $1,578 from its annual cake auction.

This weekend you can get your fill of local theater.

The Glenelg High School Theater Department is proud to present the spring musical "Into the Woods," Stephen Sondheim's spellbinding, romantic and hilariously dark Tony Award-winning masterpiece that weaves together classic fairy tales to find out what happens after "happily ever after."

Evening performances will be at 7 p.m. on March 7, 8 and 9. A 2 pm matinee will be presented on March 10. Tickets can be purchased at the Glenelg office or at the door for $10.

Also this weekend, the River Hill High School Theatre Arts Department, including a cast of over 60 performers, will present "The Pajama Game."

Set in 1954 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this fast-paced tale centers around the employees of the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, their on-going conflict with management and, of course, a good dose of romantic entanglements. It is brimming with popular hits and musical theater standards such as "Hey There" and the hilarious "Hernando's Hideaway."

Evening performances will be at 7 p.m. on March 7, 8 and 9. A 2 p.m. matinee is on March 10. Tickets are $12 at the door. If you bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Howard County Food Bank, you can receive $1 off your ticket price.

The planning continues for this spring's annual Relay for Life of Western Howard County. On March 12, Relay for Life will meet at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Cooksville at 7 p.m. to plan for the June 7 event.

Relay for Life is a non-competitive overnight walk-a-thon event benefiting the American Cancer Society. In 2012, Western Howard County Relay raised over $84,000. So far for 2013, the event has 12 teams registered with 54 participants, but it will take a lot more to make this a successful event.

The entire community is invited to attend the team meeting to learn about the Relay for Life event, including this year's theme and volunteer opportunities to help plan or run activities. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to http://www.relayforlife.org/westernhoward on the web, contact the Relay Committee at 410-781-4316 or email jenny.hogg@cancer.org.

The Glenelg High School Boosters' annual gala, A Wine and Beer Tasting Event, will be held March 23, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the Glenwood Community Center. Tickets are now on sale for this great adult night out with plenty of tastings, great food, silent auction and door prizes.

To purchase a ticket or learn about donating an item for the auction, go to the Glenelg High School Booster website at http://loanfox.tripod.com/ghsboosterclub/.

The Howard County 4-H All Stars are currently planning the 2013 Basket and Bag Bingo fundraiser for March 22 at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department Activities Building. 4-H

All Stars sponsor many 4-H awards and activities, not just during the county fair, but throughout the year. If you want to donate or purchase tickets, contact Marjie Eyler 301-829-1449 or Martin Hamilton at 410-489-6258. Donation forms are on-line at http://www.howard4-h.org. This fun event is usually a sell-out, so purchase tickets early.

Did you know that one in four teens will be or have been dealing with a mental illness? Depression is especially prevalent in our youth today. Many times the symptoms go unnoticed as kids try to hide or mask their feelings.

On March 11 at 7 p.m., Glenelg High School will host another presentation of their Keeping Our Kids Healthy Series, "Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention."

Speakers in this presentation include Moira Baylog, GHS Student Services; a representative from the National Alliance for Mental Illness, a representative from Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, and a parent who lost a child to suicide four years ago.

If you have any questions, contact Keeping Our Kids Healthy Series Coordinator Nancy Votta at votta55@verizon.net.