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Rodgers Forge: Strike up the band to support Towson High School music

Towson High School is known for many reasons — one of them is its exceptional music programs. However, uniforms, performances, scholarships and the overall upkeep of the program require money. To help that cause, the Towson High School Music Boosters will host the sixth annual Fall Fundraiser Dance on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Sheraton Hotel, Towson.

Carol Ridge, a parent volunteer, tells us that this fun evening is for adults 21 and older only. The evening includes dancing, hors d'oeuvres, open bar (7 to 9 p.m.; cash bar after that) and much more. Tickets are $50. Donna Brown has tickets and more information — contact her at deebeedesigns@yahoo.com. Have a swinging time and support the Towson High School Music Program.

Students always love visitors — and especially celebrities. That's why Jennifer Keats Curtis' visit to Rodgers Forge Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 1, has caused such excitement.

Editor-at-large of Maryland Life magazine and author of numerous informational and educational books, Curtis has developed a knack for teaching young children about important ecological issues and what they can do to advocate for the environment.

Known to many as "the green author," Curtis will talk with students about the importance of preserving our environment and its creatures.

She will also sign copies of her books.

On Halloween, Wednesday Oct. 31, Rodgers Forge Elementary students will don their costumes and parade through the neighborhood. This colorful procession always brings smiles of the faces of Forgers and this year will be no exception.

NBC, CBS and ABC — watch out! The Morning Announcement News crew at Rodgers Fore Elementary is gaining traction! This energetic, talented and informed group of students direct, organize, broadcast and anchor morning announcements at the school.

The first quarter crew has already produced numerous "morning editions" and received rave reviews. This terrific team consists of Matthew Schwab, Sophia Merbaum, Will Rodriguez, Jack Carter, Anya Joseph, Jack Davies, Daniella Kolen, Robert Haine and Deirdre Sevidal.

As we all know, bullying is a hot topic in today's world, and Dumbarton Middle School and its PTSA want to help.

The PTSA is sponsoring a presentation of Rachel's Challenge, on Wednesday, Nov. 7. This is an acclaimed program based on the writings of Rachel Scott, the first Columbine school shooting victim. The program emphasizes an anti-bullying campaign and creating an atmosphere of kindness and inclusiveness. A daytime program will be for students and an evening program is dubbed a Parent, Student and Community Education Program.

Ann Shenasky, first vice president of Dumbarton's PTSA, invites all parents and interested community members to attend this special event. Mark your calendars; more information will be forthcoming.

Board members covered many topics at the recent 2012-2013 Rodgers Forge Community meeting. Among them was the matter of screened-in back porches.

New president Stu Sirota felt the covenants and architectural guidelines, which govern the porches, were issues that concerned the greater Rodgers Forge Community. Therefore, he determined the community should be involved in the discussion, and plans to address this in his President's Letter in an upcoming edition of the newsletter.

The Sundays at Central Concert Series will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Central Presbyterian Church's Casavant organ with a special concert on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. Come hear music of the greatest composer of organ music: Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach's organ works are some of the most personal that he wrote. Don't miss this musical celebration.

Those of you who love a bargain still have time to shop at the GBMC Fall Nearly New Sale. The sale continues Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 24-25, from 4 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first two days are half price days and Saturday is Bargain Bag Day.

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6, General Election day. Vote for the candidates of your choice — and don't forget the many referendum questions on the ballot.

Till we meet again …

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