Although the ground has not yet been emblazoned with colorful leaves, our youngest soccer and flag football players dazzled the fields last weekend in their brightly colored uniforms. Check out their action on Saturday mornings at Brock Bridge Elementary for soccer, and in the late afternoon at Maryland City Park for flag football and cheerleading programs. The youngsters enjoy their chance to race up and down the field showing their new skills each week.  Come out to support them for a game.

Soccer, football and cheerleading will come to an end at the beginning of November and the sports program will transition into basketball season.  In order to run a successful basketball program, the Maryland City Recreation Council needs parents to sign up their children now. You can register in front of Brock Bridge Elementary School on Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Registration costs $120 for travel players (ages 8 and up) and $70 for the in-house program (ages 4-7).  Be sure to register now so your child can play from November to February.  And while you are registering your son or daughter, take the time to volunteer as a coach as well. Coaching creates special memories for you and your child, provides great exercise for you and your child and gives you the opportunity to bond with your child and his or her friends.

Don't miss out on some wonderful fall opportunities with our local schools. On Monday, Oct. 14, Brock Bridge Elementary hosts Parents & Pastries starting at 9:30 a.m. The school enjoys the great turnout as the students show mom and dad how hard they work each day. 

Both Brock Bridge and Maryland City Elementary participate in the Kids Helping Kids program through Harvest for the Hungry. The students collect nonperishable foods and toiletries or donate cash that will be turned over to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank in the West County area.  All neighbors can donate to this worthy cause as well by sending items with a student you know or dropping items off at either school. What a great way to help others and teach our children the responsibility of giving. 

Both schools also have other spirit-related activities occurring. Join Maryland City Elementary on Friday, Oct. 11 for the PTA Movie Night at 6:45 p.m. in the auditorium (an entrance fee will apply); or Thursday, Oct. 17 for a Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Night from 3-9 p.m.  Brock Bridge Elementary invites all parents and neighbors to the STEM Family Night (science, technology, engineering and math) on Wednesday, Oct. 16 starting at 6:30 p.m.; or to enjoy a spooky round of mini golf at their Monster Mini Golf Spirit Night on Thursday, Oct. 17 in Jessup.  Put the Brock Bridge Elementary fall dance and book fair on your calendars, too. Put together your best costume (no super-scary, masks or weapons) and dance the night away on Friday, Oct. 25 from 7-9 p.m., and check out the book fair at the same time. The book fair will also be available at the school Thursday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Nov. 1. 

Remember, all Anne Arundel County public schools dismiss two hours early on Monday, Oct. 14 and have no school on Friday, Oct. 18.  So plan ahead now.

As always, please keep the information coming. We have wonderful neighbors with stories to tell and many organizations making a difference right here in Maryland City. Help me spread the word. Please send me an email about anything you think the community would be interested in knowing. 

Enjoy the crisp, fall air beginning to arrive and I'll see many of you Halloween night!