Open house showcases farm life and fall activities [Ellicott City]

Howard County Times

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) hosts its open house (rain or shine) on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center – Clarksville facility, at 4240 Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City. Admission is free, as well as the activities, including a wagon ride and pumpkin give-aways.

Learn about AGNR programs such as wood energy, hops and crops, food preservation, 4-H opportunities for youth, healthy living, climate resiliency, composting and the Terp farm. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., workshops on these topics (and more) will run every 15 to 20 minutes.

Thinking about applying to AGNR or another college within the University of Maryland? Then, don’t miss the “How to Apply to the University of Maryland” workshops at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Or visit the recruitment table in the big tent.

Food is available for purchase from youth and student organizations. For more information, go to, e-mail, or call 301-432-2767 x350.

Calling all Hollifield Station Elementary School current and alumni staff, students and community members. This Friday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m., join Principal Lisa Booth at the school’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Reconnect with classmates, parents and staff at this community event designed to celebrate 20 years of the school’s “kindness, community and commitment to learning.”

The anniversary party includes a concert by the music department, fun pictures and memorabilia from the past 20 years and food trucks where attendees can purchase dinner and dessert items.

In honor of National Fire Prevention month, the Howard County Fire Department will host events this month in various locations throughout the county including the Ellicott City, Savage, Clarksville and Elkridge fire departments. On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department welcomes the community to its open house. The station is at 4150 Montgomery Road.

The choirs from Glen Mar, Glenelg, Linden-Linthicum and Mt. Zion United Methodist churches unite in harmony to support the American Cancer Society on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City.

The benefit concert features vocal and instrumental soloists and groups. Admission is free, however, a free-will offering will be taken for donations to the American Cancer Society. A reception follows the musical presentation. For more information, call 410-531-2324 or 410-796-0290 or go to

Looking for a Halloween activity for the kids? On Friday, Oct 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.. bring the family to the Bethany United Methodist Church for a Trunk or Treat event in the church parking lot. Dress in your Halloween costume and enjoy holiday treats and activities. BUMC is at 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City. For more information, go to or call 410-465-2919.

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