Sykesville Main Street is gearing up for its fall activities. Registration has ended for the contest portion of the Sykesville Chili Cook-Off and Beer Festival, but the event needs participants to enjoy the fun!

Come out between noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, to sample a variety of local beers and homemade chili; tickets cost $30 to taste all 12 beers (4 oz. each) and $5 to taste all of the chili selections. Go to http://www.facebook.com/sykesville or http://www.sykesvillemainstreet.com to learn more.

Registration has also begun for the Sykesville Ghosts and Legends tours, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 18, Saturday, Oct. 19, Thursday, Oct. 24, Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26. The tours begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Sykesville Town House, 7547 Main St. Participants are asked to arrive by 7:15 p.m. and bring flashlights.

Tickets cost $13 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 10 and under, and they must be reserved in advance by emailing ivy@sykesville.net. Since tours sell out quickly, make sure to reserve a spot soon.

Americans love yard sales. Sellers get to recoup some of the cost of their no-longer-needed possessions, and buyers get to find gently-used treasures at bargain prices. It's a win-win opportunity that occurs frequently in our area every spring and fall.

The West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its fall community yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., rain or shine. Indoor spaces cost $25, and outdoor spaces cost $20. A limited number of oversized spaces will also be available for vehicles with trailers; that cost is $25. Proceeds will benefit the West Friendship fire station.

To learn more or register online, go to http://www.wfvfd.org. Direct any questions to Sandi Hawkins at 410-442_1471.

The Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours will host two health-related programs this month.

On Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., Dr. James P. Richardson will present an informational session about "Understanding Alzheimers Disease." He will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimers and other forms of dementia and will also share information about healthy lifestyle choices, as well as resources for patients and families. Bon Secours will collect a freewill offering for this program.

Also, a Women's Wellness Weekend will run from Friday, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 29. In this retreat, titled "Bumps in the Road: Detours to Wellness," Linda Mastro will help participants assess their lives and well-being. The weekend will include a variety of workshops. Check-in begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, and the program begins at 7. The cost is $225.

To register for programs, call 410-442-1320. The address is 1525 Marriottsville Road, in Marriottsville, and the website is rccbonsecours.com.