Mt. View Middle School students chosen for the Howard County Gifted and Talented Band include: Front row, from left: Daniel Ahn, Niklas Schnake, Tom Mallory, Dorian Barnas; Middle row: Ben Giroux, Dylan Thomas, Brennan Hartigan, Daved Polefrone, Katie Roth, Chloe Tan; Back row: Daniel Degenford, Ryan Howard, Charis Smith, Alexanda Ostrander, Grant Felch and Danny Choi. Not pictured: Johanna Alonso. (Submitted photo / October 14, 2011)

Mt. View Middle School traditionally hosts the auditions for the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Band and Mt. View band director Shelly Williams would like to thank the many student and parent volunteers who assisted this month during the event as everything ran smoothly.

Additionally, congratulations to the Mt. View students who were accepted into the GT band: Daniel Ahn (trumpet), Johanna Alonso (trombone), Daniel Degenford (trombone), Grant Felch (alto saxophone), Ben Giroux (percussion), Ryan Howard (trumpet), Tom Malloy (trumpet), David Polefrone (trumpet), Niklas Schnake (French horn), Charis Smith (percussion), Chloe Tan (clarinet), Dylan Thomas (percussion), and alternates Dorian Barnas (clarinet), Danny Choi (trombone), Brennan Hartigan (trumpet), Alexandra Ostrander (euphonium), and Katie Roth (flute). What a great representation!

The GT band will begin a series of intensive rehearsals during the last week of October and will then perform for the public Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. This year's venue will be the fine arts building at Towson University.

For more information or a complete list of seating results, go to http://www.howard.k12.md.us/music/gtband.html.


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If you read my column last week, you probably noticed how busy Marriotts Ridge High School will be the last weekend of the month with the annual Mustang Stampede and various homecoming activities. Well, add one more event to the list: the sixth annual homecoming pasta dinner, catered by Serafino's restaurant, inEllicott City.

The meal, which will take place in the school cafeteria Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults, $10 for students and $6 for children younger than 12. Proceeds will support the 2012 After Prom Event.

Tickets will be available at the door, or purchase them in advance by emailing Diana Dorsch at jaydorsch@yahoo.com or Susan Brown at Stmpnsusan@aol.com.

The Marriotts Ridge PTSA invites the community to attend another After Prom fundraiser – "Bags, Baubles, and Basket Bingo," scheduled for Nov. 4 in the school cafeteria. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with games beginning at 7 p.m. Make sure to arrive early to enjoy a delicious southern-style barbecue sandwich or other dining option, then try your chances at winning designer handbags, fine jewelry and gift-laden baskets.

Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include 20 games and door prizes. Raffles and specials cost extra. To purchase advance tickets or learn more, go to http://www.marriottsridge.net/documents/201112/PTSA_FallBingo.pdf or email THELOWES1@aol.com.

The Marriotts Ridge Music Foundation has begun its annual citrus fruit sale. The first order is due Monday, Oct. 24 for a Nov. 12 pickup at the school (12100 Woodford Drive, in Marriottsville) and this month's selection includes Ruby Red grapefruit, Florida Navel oranges, tangerines and a variety pack.

Check http://www.mrhsmusic.net for an order form (should be posted by the time this column goes to print), or email mrhsfruit@yahoo.com for assistance. Don't worry if you miss this particular opportunity – three more orders will take place before winter ends.

It's that time again — St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will host its monthly community feast Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. As always, Smokin' Hot Catering will donate the delicious assortment of main dishes and sides (Italian this month!) plus beverages and plenty of decadent desserts.

The feast costs $9 per person or $30 maximum per family. October proceeds will benefit Worldwide Shelters (http://www.worldwideshelters.org a Glenwood-based nonprofit organization that helps develop transitional housing for communities displaced by natural disasters or war.

You can find St. Andrew's at 2892 Route 97, in Glenwood, between the post office and Union Chapel Road. For more information, email Lynne Quinn at lynnequinn@comcast.net, or call 410-292-8202.

Since the need for blood products never wanes, the American Red Cross continually seeks donors. Perhaps you can help? Friendship Baptist Church will sponsor a blood drive at 1391 Sykesville Road Saturday, Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the church office at 410-442-5506 to schedule an appointment.

Time is running out for many of our area's fall activities. Have you tried out the Mullinix Corn Maze, which is designed this year in the shape of a Maryland Blue Crab? The 10-acre attraction is located in Glenwood, almost a mile west of Route 97 on Carrs Mill Road, across from Western Regional Park. Visitors can also enjoy a children's straw maze, a corn pit, and hayrides. Mums, pumpkins, apples, cider, and other food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The corn maze will open every weekend through Oct. 30. Friday hours are 3-10 p.m., with the last tickets sold at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., with the last tickets sold at 5 p.m. Make sure to bring a flashlight for the Friday night maze or purchase one onsite.

Tickets cost $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-11; children younger than 3 are free. For more information, go to mullinxmaze.webs.com.