Hear it from the expert! On Oct. 29, from 7-8:30 p.m., Mike Gimbel, former director of Baltimore County's Office of Substance Abuse, well-known radio and television guest and current substance abuse consultant, will tell you "everything you ever wanted to know" about alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention, education and awareness. Sponsored by Dumbarton Middle School's PTSA, this free Parent Education Night covers these very timely subjects for parents today. Ellen Sheridan, PTSA vice-president has done a splendid job of organizing this information-packed evening and has allowed time for a question-and-answer session following the lecture's conclusion at 8 p.m.

What better way to herald Halloween than with a costume party. Amy Kline, President of Dumbarton Middle School's PTSA, and her Social Committee are doing just that on Friday, October 25th. This festive night will delight all grades with games, prizes and dancing, from 7-9 p.m.

There is a new flagpole at St. Pius X. Dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Family Fun Day-St. Francis Festival, with County Councilman David Marks in attendance, the stunning new flagpole is the result of monies raised by Cub Scout Pack 187.

The Family Fun Day was the perfect occasion to unveil this St. Pius Community flagpole. It was an afternoon filled with fun, food and opportunities to see and learn about many non-profit organizations. This splendid event, very appropriately, culminated with the Blessing of the Animals. The handsome flagpole will always stand as a reminder of this exciting event, the Cub Scout's generosity and will become a beacon at St. Pius X.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, from 6-10 p.m., St. Pius will hold its annual bull roast to benefit the parish's Greatful Hearts Foundation. This wonderful and caring foundation was the inspiration of a few parishioners about eight years ago. Its purpose is to assist school families in the times of crisis and long-term need. Since its inception, the fund has saved many families from foreclosure, helped with medical expenses, paid tuitions and helped with utility bills, etc. Tickets and more information may be obtained by emailing Linda Ross at lross@stpius10.org or Sheryl Piron at spiron@stpius10.org.

On the academic side, St. Pius X School has welcomed a new Student Council for this year. The executive board consists of president Zack Bollinger, Vice-President Sarah San, secretary Helen O'Neill and treasurer Frankie Andrews. Congratulations to a fine group of leaders.

At Towson High School, Stephanie Papadopoulos, president of Towson's Music Boosters, tells us that the Music Booster's seventh annual fall social will take place on Friday, Oct. 25. SHUNDA will perform live, from 7-10 p.m., at the Sheraton Towson for this "Adults Only (21 or over) Night of Entertainment". Dinner and music, along with a silent auction, raffles, door prizes and more await you for only $50 per person. You may purchase tickets by emailing the musicboosters@gmail.com or Karen Kaftol at akaftol@comcast.net.

The Rodgers Forge Community Association's (RFCA) membership drive is in full swing and Dave Crockett and his board colleagues hope that you have joined or will join this drive before it closes on Oct. 31. For your $30 dues, you will be entered in a drawing for a gift card to Giant, Well's Liquors and other area retailers, as well as Rodgers Forge merchandise. Each group of houses where all owners have paid by Oct.31 will be entered to win a gift card-for $100 to be used for their block party. See the recent flier that was left at your door for more information.

At the RFCA's recent open meeting, board member and current treasurer Janice Moore was recognized for her 25 years of service to the association. Janice has served as president twice, has been treasurer for many years and has served in numerous other board capacities. The board, the community and we thank you for your long dedication, Janice.

At the meeting, Rob Williams and his co-leaders of COPS (Citizens On Patrol), Karen and John Falconer, urged attendees to keep a record of serial numbers and to engrave valuables with a driver's license number or the like and to place a warning that valuables are so marked.

May all of you have a very spooky Halloween on Oct. 31.

Till we met again —