Celebrate diversity, browse books at upcoming school events [Maryland City]

While we wait for spring to take hold of the weather pattern, remember to take advantage of every nice day available to enjoy the outdoors. On those "not so outdoor-friendly" days, make sure your spring plans are solidified so you can spring into action as soon as the weather breaks.

Snow definitely wreaked havoc on the schools this year. My kids announced that they have not had a full week of school since December. Not only did the students miss out on important instructional time, but there were also a number of field trips and after-school activities canceled. Hopefully the next batch of activities will successfully occur without any more weather interventions.

Maryland City Elementary School plans a Multicultural Night on March 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Stop by to help celebrate our diversity.

Brock Bridge Elementary School PTA hopes all students "get moving" and enjoy an evening at the Laurel Skating Rink on Monday, March 31, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Brock Bridge Elementary School also invites the community to enjoy its Spring Book Fair, Friday, April 4, through Friday, April 11. The book fair will be open during regular school hours and during the school's Spaghetti Dinner event on April 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The dinner will cost a couple of dollars per person, and proceeds will benefit the school's Student Council. I hear that there may even be karaoke available during the dinner, and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Club will be raising funds through a dessert sale. Support the local students and join the fun.

At last, the hard-working MESA (Math, Engineering and Science Achievement) students from Brock Bridge get to compete with other students throughout the county on April 8, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Old Mill Middle School North in the Regional MESA Competition, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. The competition, originally scheduled for March 17, was canceled due to snow.

Students have been working all year long — building strong bridges and safe storybook theme park rides, learning computer programming, and preparing public service announcements for the competition. All of the students are excited that the competition was rescheduled so they can show off their projects. Venture out for the evening to see what the future holds from our MESA students.

The Maryland City Recreation Council Mustangs are still accepting last-minute registrations for the spring soccer season for ages 3 through first-graders. The snow has held off the season a bit, but practice is expected to start soon. Maryland City Recreation Council baseball is also taking last-minute registrations for remaining spots for T-ball, coach pitch and baseball for ages 10 and under. Practices will begin soon.

MCRC is proud to announce that the coach-pitch teams will compete against teams from Fort Meade this year.

Join in America's favorite pastime and register now. For more information on either program, please contact John at 301-725-7711 or dpws@aol.com.

Finally, the Maryland City Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, located at 3498 Fort Meade Road, invites everyone to its next Longaberger Basket Bingo on Saturday, April 5, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., so you can find the perfect seat and enjoy a tasty dinner prepared by our local Fire Department. Have fun playing the regular games and, for more fun, join in playing the two jackpot games: King Tutt pull tabs, trying to win the two prize raffles or the 50/50 cash raffle. Mighty Balls and Pull Tabs for cash prizes are also available.

Support the men and women who help to keep us all safe. Tickets start at $21, with discounts for reservations; go to the MCVFD Facebook page or call 301-483-4985.

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