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Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton: St. Andrew's Church goes cajun for its August Community Feast

St. Andrew's Church, 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood, will be holding its August Community Feast Aug. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. This month's theme will be a Cajun Feast.

Come enjoy gumbo, rice, salad, garlic bread, marinated vegetables and homemade desserts. The cost for the feast is $9 per person or $30 per family. Children 5 and under eat free.

Proceeds of this month's feast will help to support a new worship band to include drums, guitar, bass and amps. The new band will lead worship music once a month at St. Andrew's for the 9 a.m. service, beginning in October.

If you love music and good food, take a night off from cooking and come enjoy a meal with other neighbors and friends. As usual, the meals have been generously donated by Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille in the Inwood Shopping Center. Meals are available for either dine in or carry out.

I am trying to figure out what happened to summer, but the kids will be heading back to school this coming Monday, Aug. 27. You can find bus schedules in this issue of the Times. Keep in mind that the published information is subject to change.

Parents are encouraged to check the most current information on bus assignments, stops and times at http://www.hcpss.org. Click on "School and Bus Locator" and enter your address.

If you are a Howard County senior citizen, you may be interested in a special back-to-school deal. Many grandparents enjoy attending high school performances and sporting events.

This year, the school system offers Senior Passes to Senior Citizens. This is a great way to enjoy quality performances this school year. Each Senior Pass holder is entitled to a half-price ticket to high school theater productions, as well as a free ticket to home athletic contests, music and dance performances, pending availability.

The Senior Pass Program is the Howard County Public School System's way of saying "thank you" to residents aged 65 years and above. To request your free Senior Pass, call 410-313-6682 or visit the HCPSS Public Information Office at 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City.

The Glenelg High School PTSA will host its second annual Welcome Back Block Party the evening of Aug. 23 in the school parking lot. Planned activities will include a DJ, obstacle course, various school club and activity information, food, and other fun activities to get students ready for back to school.

The Howard County Master Gardeners will be hosting their 2012 Bay-Wise Garden Tour on Sept. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 7661 Sweet Hours Way in Columbia. The tour will allow those interested in gardening to be inspired by how a homeowner helped to protect the Chesapeake Bay by using good gardening practices.

The homeowner reduced the size of their lawn and strategically placed flower beds to catch storm water run-off. Through design and selection of native plants and trees, the homeowner also created a wildlife habitat for all to enjoy.

This free event is sponsored by the Howard County Master Gardeners of the the University of Maryland Extension. Native plants will be available for purchase during the tour.

For additional information regarding the tour, call Melissa Jacoby at 301-490-4469 or email jacobymelissa@hotmail.com.

The Glenwood 50+ Center will present an interesting program on Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. "At Your Service Mr. President" will feature a former White House staffer, who will share personal experiences on White House functions, lunches, dinners and receptions.

This former staffer will also answer questions and share memorabilia such as programs, menus and personal photos. For additional information, or to register to participate in this program, call the 50+ Center at 410-313-5440.

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