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Mount View Middle School goes green on its field day [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

By Cassie Felch, mswnews@gmail.com 410-615-5632

8:00 AM EDT, April 18, 2013

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On Wednesday, April 24, the students at Mount View Middle School will participate in their third annual Green Field Day.

Adults may remember traditional field days filled with outdoor games and competitions, but what makes a field day green? Well, the activities still take place outdoors, but they now cover a wide range of interests, from crafts to cooking to sports, and they all have one thing in common — they teach students about the environment.

This year, some of the activities include a reduce-recycle-reuse obstacle course, a "make your own cosmetics" workshop that uses natural products found around the house, green cookie-baking, and an opportunity to "meet" some live animals and learn about their habitats.

The school is also incorporating a charity drive to raise money for the Baltimore Zoo. Students have formed teams and named these teams after animals found at the zoo. If they jointly raise $3,000 or more, the top-earning team will get to pour green slime on some very accommodating teachers. The top three teams will win a pizza party.

Mount View teacher Susan Mako, coordinator of the Green Field Day, promises to send photos after the event, so stay tuned to see if the teachers get slimed.

By now, your home has probably received a tan plastic bag for the Boy Scouts' annual Scouting for Food Drive. Fill the bag with unexpired, nonperishable food and leave it by your mailbox or front door on Saturday, April 20. The Scouts will begin collecting the bags at 8:30 a.m., and donations will be distributed to 25 county food pantries. For more information, email scoutingforfoodnpd@verizon.net.

The Glenelg United Methodist Church food pantry is one that will receive donations through the Scouting for Food Drive. Coincidentally, its monthly opening also falls on Saturday, April 20, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The food pantry currently has a high need for peanut butter and jelly and condiments. For more information about making a donation or receiving assistance, call 410-489-7260, or email glenelgumcpantry@gmail.com. The church address is 13900 Burntwoods Road, in Glenelg.

If fishing sounds like a fun activity that you'd like to try, perhaps with your children, but you don't know how to get started, the Howard County Conservancy has the perfect solution — an Adult Angler Education Workshop on Saturday, April 27, at 9:30 a.m.

Martha Shaum, an environmental educator with the Department of Natural Resources, will teach about fishing gear, bait, knots and casting techniques. Then the class will head to Centennial Lake to practice its newfound skills.

This workshop is for ages 18 and older and costs $10 per person. To register, go to http://www.hcconservancy.org.

Additionally, now that spring has arrived, the Conservancy seeks drop-in volunteer gardeners on Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, to help maintain its many gardens. All experience levels are welcome. To learn more, call Tabby Fique at 410-465-8877. The Conservancy's address is 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Woodstock.

Amy Syversen, the band teacher at West Friendship Elementary School, says that her April Musicians of the Month have worked hard and demonstrated terrific attitudes. Congratulations to Jack Baxter, percussion; Jonathan Bitterli, tuba; Cassidy Keyser, clarinet; Alexandra Lindahl, flute; Rona Okojie, clarinet; and Will Vaxmonsky, trumpet.

After a hiatus in March because of Holy Week, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will again offer its popular community feast on Thursday, April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dine in or carry out, the meal costs just $9 per person or $30 per family of four or more. Kids 5 and under eat for free. As always, Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille will donate the food.

The church lies between the Glenwood Post Office and Union Chapel Road, at 2892 Route 97. Look for a sign on the road marked with balloons. To learn more, email lynnequinn@comcast.net, or call 410-442-5445.