We live in a great county for education, with public schools which are widely recognized as among the best. Folly Quarter Middle School has recently made the list of the 50 Best Middle Schools in the United States as compiled by TheBestSchools.org, who placed Folly Quarter in the number 12 position based on academic excellence, test scores, awards, diversity and reputation.

Seventh and eighth grade students were evaluated to find schools which provided a rich experience that prepared them well for high school and college, as well as for life. Folly Quarter's community service activities were considered to be important parts of the students' education, helping them to develop a sense of responsibility to the community.

This newest recognition adds to a long list of awards, including Blue Ribbon School for 2013, which the school has received. Folly Quarter is fortunate to have the dedicated staff and volunteers who make an outstanding school possible.

The Glenelg United Methodist Church Community Concert Series presents "Brass of the Potomac" in a concert on Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. This dynamic brass band consists of 30 local professional brass and percussion artists who will entertain you with exciting and uplifting music of varying styles. There will be a reception following the concert in the sanctuary on Burntwoods Road in Glenelg.

The Relay for Life of Western Howard County will be held June 13 through 14 at the Western Regional Park in Glenwood. This free, fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate cancer survivorship consists of a walk-a-thon to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

In the last two years Western Howard County Relay has raised over $145,000. The opening ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13. The final planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m., in the Glenwood Community Center.

May is a very busy month with spring sports, end of school year activities, high school proms and graduations. While you are racing around from one activity to another, you can look forward to one delicious meal that someone else will prepare for you.

The next feast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood will be Thursday, May 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. This month you will be eating Italian food donated by Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille in the Inwood Shopping Center. Dinner will cost $9 per person, with a maximum charge of $30 for a family. Children five and under are free.

For more information, email Lynne Quinn at lynnequinn@comcast.net. Proceeds will benefit St. Andrew's Mission to Appalachia, going toward the work project costs. Missioners will be traveling to St. Timothy's Outreach Center on Barnes Mountain in Irvine, Ky., at the end of July.

The Glenelg High School Spring Concerts will be held Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m., in the Glenelg Auditorium. Thursday night will feature appearances by the Men's Choir, Women's Choir, String Orchestra, Madrigals and Symphonic Band. On Friday night you can hear Barbershop, Women's Ensemble, Full Orchestra, Concert Choir and Jazz Band. Tickets are $8 per night, or $12 for both nights, and can be purchased at the door.

Glenelg High School's Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Jazz Under the Stars picnic dinner and concert at Chapel View Farm in Woodbine on Saturday, May 24 beginning at 5 p.m. The special guest artist will be Deanna Bogart. Tickets include dinner and the concert, and cost $30 for adults, and $17 for children under 12, while children under five are free. There will be no ticket sales at the gate, and the last day to buy tickets is Wednesday, May 21. For more information contact Robert Vechery at rvechery@verizon.net.

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