St Louis Knights of Columbus will host a Longaberger Basket Bingo in the church social hall on Jan. 31. Doors open at 6 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m. Funds raised will support various charities.

Win filled Longaberger baskets. There are 20 regular games, special games, raffles, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. The cost is $20 plus $5 for extra game packets. To learn more, contact 410-290-8290 or mjleumas@verizon.net or 410-531-6162 or ustranch@verizon.net.

The Y-Fi Challenge Youth Finance Event is an eye-opener for students ages 12-18 and their parents. Using real life simulation, learn the realities of career choices and financial decisions.

Register at http://www.2014yfichallenge.eventbrite.com, then come to the Kittleman Room in Duncan Hall at Howard Community College on Saturday, Feb 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Frederick Chapter (which includes people in Howard County) of the Hearing Loss Association will meet Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. in the Edenton Retirement Community, Manor House. Zac La Fratta, a clinical audiologist, will speak. be A social time will follow. All are welcome.

A curriculum information session will be held at Glenelg High On Feb. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Parents of student in K-12 are invited to attend to learn about math and English/Language Arts and its alignment to the Common Core state standards. Learn how you can help your child at home.

Our local schools are a constant source of good news.

Clarksville Middle School recently held the annual National Geographic Bee, commonly called the Geo Bee. Nearly 40 students participated with good support from parents, teachers and staff.

Congratulations to first place Geo Bee winner Jacob Recht, runner-up/alternate Nathan Scollar and all participants.

Eight Clarksville Middle students participated in the First Lego League competition at Marriotts Ridge recently. Simon Barn, Ty Nachenberg, Kartik Gupta, Andrew Sage, Ananth Josyula, Justin Samuel, Sujay Polieni and Sebastian Silberman built interactive robots and competed against other schools in the region.

Students selected to participate in the All-State Jazz Ensemble are a very select group of only 25 musicians. They are definitely the cream of the talent crop in the field of jazz. Congratulations to all River Hill students who represented us well by auditioning, and especially to Ethan Farkas, who has been selected as piano-alternate in the All-State Jazz Ensemble. Way to go, Ethan.