No need to head to the Big Apple for a great show. We've got Broadway quality theater right here in town. The Glenelg Country School drama and music departments present "Pippin" Thursday-Saturday, March 8-10 at 7 p.m. with an added matinee show March 10 at 2 p.m.

Follow Pippin in his journey for life's true meaning through lively family friendly music, dance and fanciful sets. The role of Pippin will be performed by Cappie award winner and Glenelg Country senior Brian Hoyson.

The production is being held at the Mulitz Theater on the campus of Glenelg Country School, 12793 Folly Quarter Road,in Ellicott City.

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Mark your calendar for March 14 when the River Hill High School musical "Footloose" will let loose at the high school auditorium. The show opens March 14-17 at 7 p.m. and a matinee performance March 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door.

Questions? Email Pam Land at pland@hcpss.org. Need advance tickets which sell for $11? Go to http://www.seatyourself.biz/rhhs.

Speaking of performance greats. A classical string quartet will perform in a free concert at Glenelg United Methodist Church Sunday, March 11 at 4:30 p.m. The quartet, consisting of Sheng-Tsung and Christopher Franke on violin, Sarah Hart on viola and Charlie Powers on cello, have performed with a wide variety of regional orchestras.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear such top rate music in our own backyard. A free will offering to benefit the food pantry at Glenelg United Methodist Church, will be gratefully accepted.

A chili cook off can be real hot stuff, especially when the spicy delicacy is being prepared by young Mitchell Feaga. Mitchell, a sixth-grader at Glenwood Middle School is just one of dozens of chili afficionados who will participate in "Hotter Than Thou," Sunday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. The chili cook off is being held at the First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, in Columbia (the southeast corner of routes 29 and 108).

Culinary enthusiast Mitchell won the first chili contest round at his church, Lisbon United Methodist, where his prize-winning chili trumped the entries of seven adult church members. As the chili champ of Lisbon, Mitchell is headed to First Presbyterian where he will compete with chili chefs from seven other local churches.

The yummy and spicy chili contest is being held as a fundraiser for Bridges to Housing Stability. Each competing chef will have a tip jar and the chef who earns the most tips wins the contest. All the tips and winning are being donated to the Bridges to Housing Stability organization.

If you love chili and wish to support Mitchell's competition, knowing your tip donation will head to a good cause, then come out for some tasty cooking March 11.

Members of the Sunshine and Clover 4-H Club have good reason to smile. Two of the 4-H members, Raelyn and Dakota Spahr, have an active community service minded great-grandfather named Ernest Schrider who lives in Berkley Springs, W.Va. The girls' great-granddad collects unwanted bicycles, repairs the worn bikes and travels all over the Appalachian area to deliver the refurbished bicycles to kids in need. Thus the organization has become known as "Miles of Smiles".

Ernest is working along with our local 4-H to repair any old bikes that his great granddaughters' 4-H club collects. On March 31 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. members of the Sunshine and Clover 4-H will be on site at the Howard County Fairgrounds to accept any unwanted bicycles, bicycle parts, training wheels for bikes and any new bike helmets.

The 4-H members will post signs directing residents to the collection area. Club member Rebecca Miller reports that, "We will have 'Miles of Smiles' " signs pointing the way.

Sally Stevens' March 3 enameling class at her Sunroom Studios was so popular that she had to offer another class. The Level 1 jewelry enameling class is scheduled for March 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sally's studio is at 3556 Lakeway Drive, in Ellicott City.

Sally's classes fill up fast. If you are interested in Sunroom Studios classes, shows or just a browse through of the galleries, go to the web site at http://www.sunrooomstudiosonline.com.

Questions about registration? Email Sally at sunroomstudios@aol.com

Can you imagine how frustrating it would be to be without transportation? Most of us take for granted the luxury of jumping in the car, starting the engine and zooming off to wherever it is we are headed. For many folks this is not the case.

The Howard County Volunteer Neighbor Ride program has been an oasis in the desert for many in the county who for a variety of reasons can not drive and has just completed its 50,000th trip.