Emily Ingalls, a junior at Marriotts Ridge High School, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award with a project in which she collected donated musical instruments. (submitted photo / March 26, 2014)

Scouts perform a great deal of volunteer work, and those seeking top Scouting awards often use their abilities and interests to implement unique service projects. Emily Ingalls, a junior at Marriotts Ridge High School, has parlayed her musical talent into a fitting Girl Scout Gold Award project.

As a bassoonist with the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, Emily has learned about OrchKids, a BSO-sponsored outreach that encourages social change through accessible youth music education in Baltimore City. She developed a two-pronged project in which she collects donated instruments for the OrchKids musicians and recruits teens to help mentor the students.

If you would be interested in helping, contact Emily at ealexing@aol.com or 410-750-6724. Tax receipts and service hours are available. Go to http://www.bsomusic.org/education-community/young-musicians/orchkids.aspx to learn more about the OrchKids program.

Great job, Emily!

Some of my neighbors keep hens, and I must admit to a little envy. Wouldn't it be great to collect fresh, organic eggs, possibly even in pastel shades of blue, green, pink or brown?

If you are intrigued by the idea of raising chickens, the Howard County Conservancy will host a free, self-guided Coop-to-Coop Tour of Howard County chickens and their enclosures on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eleven enthusiastic owners will discuss their varieties of hens and why they chose their particular coops. Visit as many or as few of the sites as you wish.

For detailed information, including addresses and a map, go to http://www.hcconservancy.org. Call 410-465-8877 with any questions.

As Easter nears, the Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours invites people of all ages and faith traditions to participate in a meditative Lenten Taízé Prayer Service, based upon the worship style of the ecumenical Taízé monastic community in France. The service will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Taízé Baltimore will conduct the service, and a freewill offering will be collected.

Also at Bon Secours this month, Katherine Johnson will offer a two-day Going Deeper SoulCollage workshop that begins Saturday, April 5, at 9:30 a.m. and ends Sunday, April 6 at a yet-to-be-determined time.

This program costs $60 for Saturday only or $175 for both days.

One of most popular sites at Bon Secours is the prayer labyrinth. Those who would like to learn more about the history and mysteries of the labyrinth may enjoy "Walking the Labyrinth Together" by candlelight with Marcia McMullin on Saturday, April 12, 7-9 p.m. The cost is $15.

Call 410-442-1320 to register for programs at Bon Secours. The center enjoys welcoming visitors "up the hill" at 1525 Marriottsville Road to enjoy the beautiful, tranquil grounds.

Historic Sykesville is hosting another fun shopping event, "Mimosas on Main Street," on Sunday, April 6, from noon to 5 p.m. Restaurants and shops on Main Street will offer spring specials, as well as complimentary mimosa cocktails for adults.

Go to http://www.sykesvillemainstreet.com or http://www.facebook.com/sykesville for more information, or contact Main Street Manager Ivy Wells at Ivy@sykesville.net or 410-795-8959.