Local high school drama productions are quite impressive and provide great entertainment for the entire family.

The River Hill Theatre Arts Department will present "The Pajama Game" March 7 to 10. The musical is loaded with popular tunes and laugh-out-loud moments. You may be able to spot some of your neighbors' kids in the cast of over 60.

Evening performances are at 7 p.m. with a matinee on March 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $11 in advance or $12 at the door. You can get the advance ticket price at the door if you bring non-perishable food items to be delivered to the Howard County Food Bank. It's an easy opportunity to provide food for those in need even if you already purchased advance tickets.

For more information, contact pland@hcpss.org or call 410-313-7120.

To purchase advance tickets, go to http://www.seatyourself.biz/rhhs.

Pointers Run sent a note to remind parents that they will hold kindergarten and new student registration the week of Feb. 25 to March 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to http://www.pres.hcpss.org/ for a list of items you will need to bring to get your child registered.

Students in grades 3-5 at Pointers Run showed their kind and healthy hearts at Jump Rope for the American Heart Association. More than 125 students raised over $5,800.

They rotated through 10 stations involving jump rope skills, dancing the Cupid Shuffle and watching a performance by Kangaroo Kids Precision Jump Rope team. It was a great event.

The Frederick Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America includes Howard County and will meet on Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. at the Edenton Retirement Community Manor House in Frederick.

A social time will follow the presentation by Matthew J. Goupell Ph.D of the Auditory Perception and Modeling Lab of the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland. He is involved with cochlear implant research at the university to understand how cochlear implants work and how they might work better. Everyone is welcome to attend.

President Obama has called this crime "one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time." What is the crime?

It is human trafficking and it exists in our area. "Hidden in Plain Sight" will be presented by Denene Yates, founder and director of Baltimore's Safe House of Hope whose services empower victims to become healthy survivors. You can learn more at http://www.safehouseofhope.org/.

All are invited to come to the Great Room at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church on March 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. A special welcome is extended to parents.

How well do you know the contents of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians and the Book of Acts? That's a lot of material to grasp in depth, but youth across North America are doing just that.

Triadelphia Church youth ages 10-15 hosted the area Pathfinder Bible Bowl competition earlier in February. The team of Christopher Berglund, Jeffrey Berglund, Hannah Klingbeil, Sarah Klingbeil, Sara Long and Heather Wahlen scored a first place to qualify the team for conference (statewide) competition on Feb. 16 in Baltimore.

The Triadelphia Sparks Pathfinder team again scored a first place to qualify them for union (seven states and the District of Columbia) competition in Harrisburg on March 16. Go, Sparks.

Under the direction of coach Sharon Crews, the team has gone all the way to North American competition for the past two years. They are well on the way to making a first place finish for a third year in a row. Congratulations and best wishes as you move ahead.

This will surely show my age. I remember the first Italian dinner presented by St. Louis Catholic Church Youth Ministry. The 32nd annual Italian dinner will be March 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. Mark your calendar carefully as this is a time change from previous years.

Come to the St. Louis auditorium for spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sauce or lasagna. All meals include soda/coffee/tea, salad, garlic bread and homemade desserts. The spaghetti price is $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under. Lasagna is $12.

Now, if you're real hungry, there's a combo spaghetti/lasagna meal for $15. It's only $40 for an immediate family of 6.

Proceeds support Youth Ministry activities. Try to come early. Peak time is 4-6 p.m.