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Fall fun on tap at Grace Episcopal Church festival [Elkridge]

By Lisa Madera, lisamadera@verizon.net 410-796-8713

11:05 AM EDT, October 17, 2013

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What better way to enjoy the colors and scents of the autumnal equinox than with a good old-fashion festival! Fall Fest, hosted by Grace Episcopal Church, 6720 Montgomery Road, in Elkridge, will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 4-8 p.m.

Offering fun for the whole family, the schedule of events includes pumpkin roll races, a costume parade, trick or treating, donuts on a string game, and a toasty bonfire (weather permitting, of course).

There will be fall crafts to make and take, face painting and hayrides, too. Food will be available for purchase at the Flippin' Pizza food truck and CookieRide!

However, if you need a little more excitement in your autumn antics, consider a visit to the annual Elkridge Adult Athletic Association Haunted Experience at Rockburn Branch Park. Use the Montgomery Road entrance by Rockburn Elementary School to make your way to this hair-raising Halloween tradition.

The Haunted Experience will be held on the following dates: Friday, Oct. 18 and 25, 7-10 p.m; Saturday, Oct. 19 and 26, 6:30-10 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.

EAAA does not recommend its Haunted Experience for children under the age of eight. However, to entertain the little ones, the Not-So-Scary Hayride is just the ticket for a fun, daytime Halloween experience. The hayride is open Sunday, Oct. 20 and 27, 2-4 p.m., and admission is $5 per person. All proceeds help support the EAAA Scholarship Fund, as well as the many other programs and community initiatives this organization has supported for over 30 years.

Spring, a peer program of the Howard County Office on Aging, is hosting a Bereavement Group beginning Thursday, Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

This is a seven-week program for adults mourning the loss of a loved one, with emphasis on how to explore the process of mourning, coping strategies, and how to reconnect with life after loss. A commitment to the full seven-week process is essential to success; cost is only $15 for the full program, and pre-registration is required. Contact Karen Hull at 410.313.7466 or via email to khull@howardcountymd.gov

Mark your calendars to celebrate Patapsco Valley Heritage Week Oct. 28 through Nov. 3. On Monday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., at the Belmont Manor Carriage House, you can experience the Patapsco River Valley and the Industrial Revolution, presented by architectural historian and author Henry Sharp. Admission is $10 per family or $5 per person. For more information, call the Howard County Conservancy at 410-465-8877.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., at the Howard County Miller Branch Library, enjoy the History Talk "Oella's Renaissance Required Vision, Creativity, Patience and Determination" presented by Charles Wagandt, the man behind the town, as he describes Oella's evolution through floods, fires and financial ruin and the decades of perseverance it took to rise above the challenges. History Talk is presented courtesy of the PHG and its partners, the Howard County Public Library System and Howard County Historical Society.

Continuing the Patapsco Valley Heritage Week, tree planting prep work will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers are needed to mark areas on the tree-planting plan. For more information, email betsy@patapscoheritagegreenway.org. Pre-registration is required no later than Tuesday, Oct. 29. Volunteers may register at http://www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org

Then, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1-4 p.m., you can enjoy the Historic Ellicott City History and Watershed Guided Walking Tour. Learn about Ellicott City's history and its watershed through a guided walking tour along Main Street, Ellicott City. The excursion is free; however, pre-registration is required and limited to the first 25 registrants. Register at http://www.patapscoheritage greenway.org no later than Tuesday, Oct. 29.