The award-winning Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble's annual concert will be held on Friday, March 22, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Glenelg High School auditorium.

This year's guest soloist is saxophonist Chris Vadala. Tickets are $10 per person; proceeds will go toward funding the Jazz Band's annual tour of Europe in July. This is a popular community event you won't want to miss.

Glenwood's own band, the Mighty Kelltones, is back for the annual St. Patrick's Day Concert at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center. The concert will be held Friday, March 22, at noon.

The Mighty Kelltones can be sampled on the website http://www.mightykelltones.com. Admission to the concert is free.


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The River Hill High School music department will host RHHStival 2013, a popular evening of music featuring local rock bands, both electric and acoustic, presented in a battle of the bands format. This year's festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, from 6 to 11 p.m.

Plans are currently under way for the annual Community Clean-Up of the Triadelphia Lake watershed walkways and boat landings. The event is Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.

Plan to meet at either the Pigtail area (at the end of Greenbridge Road) or Big Branch (on Triadelphia Mill Road, just east of the bridge). Dress in old clothes, appropriate shoes and bring work gloves. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commision will provide trash bags and take away the collected trash. This worthwhile spring event is a great way to earn some community service hours or just join others in the community to help make our town a nicer place.

At the end of January, I shared news of Anastasia Lesho, a sixth-grader at Folly Quarter Middle School who had won the school's Geo Bee and advanced to the county level of competition. After taking the qualifying test, Ana will now advance on to the state level of the National Geographic Bee. Great job, Ana, and good luck in the state contest.

News of results from the annual PTA Reflections art contest continues to fill my inbox. At Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School, Sienna Rader-Gowda won the Award of Merit at the Howard County level for her entry in the PTA Reflections program's Visual Arts category. Her piece was titled "Lunar Eclipse," and will now be judged at the state PTA contest.

At Bushy Park Elementary School, several students represented the school at the county level in the arts contest. Students in kindergarten through second grade were represented by artists and writers Kennedy Richman, Catherine Taylor and Michael Richman. Students in the intermediate grades were represented by fourth-grade artists, writers and photographers Maggie Yin, David Richman and Caleb Taylor.

A special congratulations goes out to Caleb for his photographic entry of retired Raven Ray Lewis, which won the Award of Excellence out of all intermediate photography entries in the county. His entry will now represent Howard County at the state PTA level contest. Winners of the state level contest will be announced in about two months.