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Hilltop Child Care invites parents to Science Day [Clarksville]

The next big event at Hilltop Child Care Center behind Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church will be Science Day on Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Parents are invited to bring pre-school aged children to explore, discover and learn. There will be free exciting hands-on science experiments and activities plus free snacks. Come meet the teachers and tour the school.

Hilltop is currently enrolling for summer and fall sessions with full and part-time programs available. To learn more, go to or call 443-535-8505.

The Frederick Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will meet Saturday, March 1, at the Edenton Retirement Community Manor House in Frederick. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and is followed by a social time. Howard County residents are encouraged to attend.

The speaker for March is Denise Portis, professor at Anne Arundel Community College and a Cochlear Implant user since 2005. Denise started the Frederick Chapter of HLAA in 2004. She will discuss what speech reading is and what it is not. Tips to improve the understanding of visible speech will be discussed.

HLAA Chapters are support groups for people with hearing loss, their families and friends. The focus of the group is to increase awareness of those with hearing loss and to advocate for those with hearing loss. Everyone is welcome to attend.

River Hill PTSA, Reflections chairperson Kalpana Prakasa and lots of other people are wishing good luck to school participants who are advancing to Howard County Reflections competition. Freshman Natalie Kelley will compete in dance choreography. Tenth graders Ethan Parker and Morgan Politow and senior Manasa Mamillapalli will all be competing in literature. In addition, Morgan competes in photography and Manasa in visual arts. Congratulations on local success and good luck at the county level and beyond.

Boy Scouts of America sponsors an annual community service project, Scouting for Food. Every district, including our National Pike District, participates.

This year the Scouting for Food pick-up date is March 8. As you know, all schedules are subject to weather changes. Watch for bags and further instructions shortly before pick-up. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing Crew Members and Girl Scouts will collect unexpired nonperishable foods in those bags.

Last year the Scouts collected over 56,000 pounds of food. They hope to top that as there is even greater demand today. The food is taken to 26 food pantries in Howard County and a few outside. These food pantries become especially important during school breaks when children do not get free meals. Share what you can of nourishing foods with taste appeal.

St. Louis Catholic Church Youth Ministry will present the 33rd annual Italian Dinner on Sunday, March 9, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Be sure to take note of the new hours. Spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sauce or lasagna will be served from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Meals include soda/coffee/tea, salad, garlic bread and homemade desserts. The cost for spaghetti is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Lasagna is $12. If you're really hungry, you might choose the spaghetti/lasagna combo for $15. The cost for an immediate family of 6 is only $40. Proceeds support Youth Ministry activities.

It's hard to imagine that I wrote of and attended the first CYO Italian dinner. It doesn't seem so long ago. The food is good. The kids do a great job of preparing and serving meals. Come early to avoid the 4-6 p.m. rush and you will be able to drive in daylight.

For more info, call 410-531-6668.

While friends in Clarksville were shivering in their boots, Margaret Walton was warmly celebrating her birthday with family and friends in Florida. Way to go, Margaret! I vote to stay warm, but somebody is definitely doing the "Snow Dance." Have a great year.

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