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At Linden-Linthicum UM, what goes up must come down [Clarksville]

Decorating for the holidays may be a big task, but there are usually many willing hands to help. Taking down and putting away decorations is a task that may not get as much response from helpers. Perhaps we should try making the take down a fun event.

Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church is doing just that by hosting an "Un-Hanging" of the Greens on Jan. 11. Susan Mather is reminding prospective volunteers that many hands will make light work.

Parents are encouraged to attend a Curriculum Information Session to learn about the Howard County Public Schools math and English/Language Arts curriculum and its alignment to the Common Core State Standards. Learn how to help students in grades kindergarten through 12 at home. Sessions run from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 14 at Wilde Lake, Jan 16 at Howard, Jan 21 at Oakland Mills or Feb. 6 at Glenelg High.

To learn more go to http://www.HCPSS.org.

Clarksville Middle School has an outstanding music program with many talented young musicians. You can hear the band's Winter Concert on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Local families in need of food assistance will want to contact the Food Pantry at Glenelg United Methodist Church. Doors are open the third Saturday of each month. The next open date is Jan.18 from 9 to 11 a.m. To learn more 410-489-7260 or send email to glenelgumcpantry@gmail.com.

For those not in need, count your blessings and remember that donations are always welcome.

Send me an email to share your holiday happenings. I discovered once again just how small the world really is. After Christmas in Monrovia with son, Jay and Tina, grandkids John, Claire and Dominic, I headed to Brooks, Ga., near Atlanta, to bring in the New Year with son Russell and Melissa and grandkids Hailey and Joel along with Melissa's sister Candy Potter from Florida and her son Josh Moon all the way from Oregon. Here's where the "Small World" kicks in.

What to my wondering eyes did appear but a nice motorhome in the Sanford driveway owned by Judy and Mike Sharbaugh of Fulton. Judy is Kedre Molenaar Roca's mother.

Russell graduated from Atholton in 1989. There are now at least four members of the class of '89 living in the same area south of Atlanta. We welcomed the New Year 2014 with one of those classmates, Kedre Molenaar Roca, her husband Mario and son Mateo along with her Mom Judy and stepdad Mike Sharbaugh. They were traveling in a motoerhome for a stay in La Belle, Florida.

Be sure to ask Judy about singing in the new year. And also tell everyone about your holiday happenings or share up-coming news.

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