Brock Bridge Elementary's PTA transformed the property at the school through the generous donations of flowers, plants and time. The landscaping facelift brings a new brightness to the school property. Thank you to all of the parents and students who spent a Saturday transforming the entrances to the school property and building. Another major undertaking by the PTA includes a push for a new playground. Area residents can help out by going to http://www.togethercounts.com and entering Brock Bridge for a chance for the $30,000 grand prize and a new playground as a part of the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes. It would be great for the community to show their support in this endeavor as the last time the playground equipment was upgraded was when my 26-year-old was a student at Brock Bridge. So, show your support. You can log on and vote daily. Also, don't forget to mark your calendar for the BBES fall book fair taking place Oct. 26 to Nov. 2. The book fair provides an excellent avenue for purchasing some early holiday gifts and supporting education in our community. The book fair will be open on the evening of Oct. 26 while the PTA hosts its annual Fall Dance for the students.

Football, cheer and soccer finish competition the beginning of November, which means that we need to be thinking about what programs our kids can be involved in after the final whistle blows. The Mustang Basketball program is currently accepting registrations for the winter basketball program. There will be a registration evening on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in front of Brock Bridge Elementary. Players ages 4 to 7 play in-house and the cost is $50. Players ages 8 to 14 play in the Anne Arundel Recreation and Parks travel league and the cost is $95. For more information, contact one of the basketball co-commissioners: Carlos Hill at black5131972@gmail.com; or my husband, John Venit, at dpws@aol.com or 301-725-7711. Practices begin in November with games starting the beginning of December.

Don't forget to visit the Laurel Senior Friendship Club's Craft Show on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. The craft show offers more than 30 vendors displaying jewelry, pottery, baskets, cross-stitch items, handmade sweaters, baby blankets and dolls. The craft show is another way to find some early holiday gifts made with extra love and care. Also enjoy some coffee and sodas or join them after 11 a.m. for hot dogs, chips and pizza. For more information, contact Betty Manas at 301-953-2503.

Finally, mark your calendar to attend the Community United Methodist Church "Freaky Friday" free Halloween event on Friday, Oct. 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a "Mummy" hot dog, some "Monster" mac and cheese and a variety of other foods and wash them down with punch with "frozen eyeballs" of ice. After dinner enjoy a Crafty Bat Table, Apple Bob and Monster Face Painting and find your way through the Tunnel of Terror. Once you have enjoyed all the games, join your friends around the bonfire pit for s'mores and singing. For more information, contact Pastor Michele at 301-725-4918.


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