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Spring concerts spotlight musicianship at two schools [Clarksville]

Music is a big part of life at Clarksville Middle School, as well it should be in all our schools. Spring concerts reveal growth and accomplishments of the year. The orchestra concert was held on May 22. The CMS Chorus Spring Concert is set for May 29 at the school beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Spring Band Concert to be held at Atholton High School auditorium will feature a reception in the cafeteria following the concert. It's a special sendoff for both graduating 8th graders and David Smith, who will be retiring from the school system this year.

Families, friends and alumni are all invited to attend the concert and reception. If you are a Wind Ensemble student or alumni wishing to participate in the final music piece, bring your instrument and report to the AHS auditorium by 5:15 p.m. All concert band members must report by 6 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. concert.

Slides of band memories will be shown during the reception. Come share this outstanding musical event. Check with the school to see what you can do to help.

Next school year, some 20 American Field Service exchange students from around the world will come to Howard County. It's a life-changing event for both the16- or 17-year old student and for the host families. You do not even need to have children of your own in the home to host a student.

Host families provide room and board. Students have their own spending money. They attend the local high school while learning about American culture and you will be able to learn about theirs. Everybody wins.

If you would like to learn more, contact Christina McGarvey at 410-997-7087 or ckmcgarvey@yahoo.com or Cindy Clemens at 410-730-7411 and cindy.clemens@verizon.net.

County residents are invited to join MIddle Patuxent Environmental Area employees in removing invasive plants and filling that space with beneficial natives. Every Tuesday and Friday until the end of June, volunteers will meet at 5795 Trotter Road from 3:30 to 6 p.m. to do the hands-on restorative work to bring our native habitat back in the abundance needed to support beneficial insects, reptiles, amphibians and local or migrating birds.

Most Clarksville homes are sited on rather large parcels of land. The knowlege you gain from this volunteer effort can be put to good use in your own yard as well as improving our local ecology.

There are added rewards such as a chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A on Johns Hopkins Road or a 16-ounce water bottle from Robinson Nature Center. Those who volunteer 10 hours will get a free ticket to a Merriweather Post Pavilion concert. Students may receive Student Service Learning Hours.

Come out on June 3 to get started or any Tuesday or Friday in June.

As part of the continuing Great Sage 10th anniversary celebration, Vegan 101 class will be held on June 2 and 9. Chef's Table with Adam Pierce will be June 5.

National Kidney Foundation of Maryland will host its fifth annual Rappel for Kidney Health signature event on June 6 and 7. Clarksville resident, David Leeser. MD, Chief of Kidney and Pancreas University of Maryland is "going over the edge" and chairing ther event. He's counting on your support and participation.

Here's the link to his Rappel fundraising page: http://www.kidneymd.kintera.org/rappel2014/DavidLeeser.

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