You have an opportunity to support local agriculture, local schools and your own family health in one easy step. It's called Community Supported Agriculture.
The Zahradka Farm has teamed with PTAs at Clarksville and Pointers Run Elementary, Clarksville Middle and River Hill High. Here's how it works.
Individuals select a membership — small is four items for $360, medium is eight items for $672 or large is 12 items for $936. Your fresh-from-the-farm produce will be available to pick up at Clarksville Middle School each Thursday for 24 weeks starting June 4 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
In addition, you may purchase eggs, bread, meat, specialty items and a Thanksgiving turkey. For every 50 memberships, the farm will raffle one free membership. For every 15 memberships, the farm will donate one share to Food on the 15th.
On top of all this, 1 percent will be donated to the PTAs. If you pay for your membership in full by April 30, you will get a 10 percent discount.
Some people love to sing and not just in the shower. Shelby Scott, a freshman at River Hill, is one of those people and she does it very well. Shelby won first place for Freshman/Sophomore girls in the category of musical theater at the MD/DC NATS Competition.
NATS is the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Shelby was eligible to compete in Regionals in South Carolina, but chose not to go this year. Maybe next year she will do regionals and the nationals.
Shelby amazes family and friends by her ability and willingness to perform in front of large audiences. Last year, she got to sing for Kelly Ripa on her show and did great. Shelby has been opening for some signed artists and sang at Rams Head Live in Baltimore for 1,500 people.
As you read this, Shelby and the River Hill Chorus should be in Florida performing at Walt Disney World April 25-29. How exciting!
New Hope Church is looking for volunteers willing to sweat a bit with them as they participate in Rebuilding Together Howard County on April 27.
Pastor Rajkumar Dixit will be heading the group doing a makeover of a home in Howard County. All skill levels are needed and welcome. Get details and let them know if you're coming by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Circle Series second annual event sponsored by the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will be held May 2, 5:30-7 p.m., in the Columbia mall at Lord & Taylor. The panel discussion on protecting, preserving and transferring your wealth is free, but you must register by email to Alison.Canning@morganstanley.com.
Congratulations to River Hill scholar George Ge on winning the National Merit Science Applications International Corp. Scholarship. Way to go, George.
On May 4 at 8 p.m., the Columbia Pro Cantare chorus under the direction of Frances Motyca Dawson, will perform music of Spain and Latin America for its final concert of the season. There is a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.
Look for neighbors and chorus members Susan Huerta and Alison Gatwood. Alison will be playing the piano solo, Malaguena and singing the alto solos in Romancero Gitano. The chorus will be joined by classical guitarist Magdalena Duhagon, soprano Laura Whittenberger and a brass ensemble led by Jared Denhard.
For tickets or more information, call 301-854-0107 or 410-799-9321 or go to http://www.procantare.org/.