Open house is a chance to get outside with the kids [Clarksville]

Are you enjoying crisp fall days? Cooler weather usually makes us want to get out and absorb sunshine and activities with family, friends and neighbors. There are always plenty of opportunities to do that in October.

An open house presented by the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources provides a perfect time for free interactive fun and learning for all ages. The event is held at the farm at 4240 Folly Quarter Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. There are prizes for kids' activities.

To learn more, call 301-596-9330 or go to

The River Hill High School Class of 2014 is sponsoring a crab feast on Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school dining center. Check to see if tickets are still available. It's $35 with a T-shirt or $30 without.

Don't let that unused old bike gather dust and rust in your garage or find its way to the landfill. That bike could provide essential transportation for work or to obtain education in a developing country.  

Bikes for the World will be collected in the parking lot at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church on Oct. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. Your donation of bikes, bike parts and cash for shipping will be greatly appreciated. Learn more at, email or call 410-531-2331.

You can be a hero and save a life by donating blood at Clarksville Middle School on Oct. 14. Schedule your appointment between 4 and 8 p.m. by going to and using the sponsor code 05311152 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

 This column is coming to you from Dayton, Ohio. There is a story behind that statement.

In February, my cousin Janyce Shull came to visit. She brought a beautiful hand made gift — a quilt complete but for the binding which she would add during her visit. I was most appreciative and asked. "How long does it take you to do this?"

Janyce answered, "About six hours." I was amazed she could make a quilt in six hours but said only, "Wow! It's gorgeous!"

In July, our aunt died. Janyce wanted a suggestion of something special she or we could do for our cousin Gloria. I suggested she make a quilt. Janyce suggested I come to Ohio and help to make the quilt.

I've been here nearly a week. Evidently six hours is the time she thought it would take to add the binding to my quilt. Gloria's quilt will contain 12 squares each containing 25 triangles of varying sizes and colors. When those squares are completed (they are not yet), sashing must be added before I may view the operation of the wonderful quilting machine in the basement.

If anyone ever gives you a quilt they have made, treasure the gift of love it represents. It is probably not a six-hour project.

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