Attention seventh and eighth grade students. The Horizon Foundation and Howard County Recreation and Parks are sponsoring a fun after-school sports and games activity just for you.

Mix It Up Middle School is open to students at Folly Quarter and Glenwood middle schools. The activity will run on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. for five weeks beginning Jan. 31. The sessions will take place at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center and the fee is $25, which includes transportation and snack. If you are interested, visit your school's guidance office for a registration form. Registrations are due no later than Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Now that the cold days of winter are starting to set in, you may be thinking about some housecleaning while you are cooped up inside. If you have a child with old band instruments, why not clean them out of your closet and donate them.

The ECHO Project (Every Child Has Opportunities in Music) is currently seeking donations of used musical instruments for students who could not otherwise afford an instrument of their own. The will be accepting donations at Mt. Hebron High School, on Route 99 in Ellicott City, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (snow date is Feb. 11).


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Instruments should be in good, playable condition. Traditional orchestra instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass) are especially needed. For more information, email Linda Franke at Friday992@verizon.net.

While you are cleaning out those closets, there is also a great opportunity to donate all your old prom/party dresses, gently worn shoes, purses, jewelry and other accessories, all in an effort to help Project: Prom Dress.

Coldwell Banker – Enchanted Forest will be collecting these items through Feb. 17 (look for the bin set up in their office lobby. All of the donated dresses will be cleaned and then offered for resale (at a fraction of their original price), at the Howard County YMCA Feb. 26.

If you are shopping for a dress, come early. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the dresses will go fast! Project: Prom Dress is a one day-only event. One hundred percent of the money raised through the prom dress resale is donated to the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region and will help to provide food, shelter, clothing and other help to disaster victims in Howard County.

For more information call 410-624-2035 or email projectpromdresshoward@gmail.com.

Looking for a night off from cooking dinner? The popular St. Andrew's Community Feast is back to save the day. After taking a month off in December, the next event will take place Jan. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. The dinner will be held at St. Andrew's Church, 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood, and all are invited.

As always, the food has been lovingly prepared and generously donated by Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille, in Glenwood. The January menu will be Italian. Eat-in or carry-out, the cost is $9 per person or $30 per family; children 5 and younger eat free. Proceeds from the meal benefit the youth program at St. Andrew's Church.

For more information, call the church at 410-489-4035.

Help support the The Glenelg High School Key Club, which is currently collecting old cell phones for Cell Phones for Soldiers. All donated cell phones will be used to provide phone cards for the members of our armed services abroad.

If you have an old phone that you would like to donate, it may be dropped off to Carol Doermann in Room 238 by the end of the month.

A reminder that the Howard County Food Bank at Glenelg United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9-10 a.m. Groceries will be given out ot those in need. Glenelg United Methodist Church is at 13900 Burntwoods Road.

For more information or to make a donation, please call 410-489-7260 or e-mail glenelgumcpantry@gmail.com.

Glenelg High School's Class of 2013 will be holding a bingo night Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. to benefit the 2012 After Prom Party. The bingo event will take place in the Glenelg High School cafeteria.

On Jan. 27, the Glenelg High School jazz band will host a concert featuring the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Glenelg High School auditorium and is certain to be a toe-tapping, entertaining evening.

Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2012? If so, you may be interested in attending an information session about Howard County Public School Kindergarten. There will be several sessions offered in different locations. Pick the one that best fits your needs. Registration is not required.

River Hill High School will host a session Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Marriotts Ridge High School will host a session Feb. 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Check in will begin at 6:10 p.m. at both of these events.

To view a complete schedule of dates and locations where this session will take place, go to http://www.hcpss.org/schools/kindergarten.shtml. Note that these are adult information sessions. If Howard County Public Schools are closed for inclement weather, this event will be cancelled.

Questions? Call 410-313-5693.