Conservancy hosts talks on climate and local history [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

The Howard County Conservancy boasts a full schedule this month, with two activities remaining.

First, on Thursday, Oct. 24, Sara Via, a University of Maryland professor of biology and entomology, will partner with Linda Reed, a professional corporate trainer and organizational development consultant, to lead a free Climate Reality Presentation at 7 p.m.

Learn about the latest evidence of climate change and how it impacts us both locally and globally. Discover how climate change is linked to human activity and, in turn, affects human health, agriculture, and fresh water supplies. Finally, hear how individual and joint efforts can prevent further damage. Advance registration is not required for this event.

On Monday, Oct. 28, the Conservancy's final program of the month, "Patapsco River Valley and the Industrial Revolution," will begin at 7 p.m. Architectural historian Henry Sharp, author of The Patapsco River Valley: Cradle of the Industrial Revolution in Maryland, will present research demonstrating that industrialization began earlier in the Elkridge-Ellicott City watershed than in other areas considered to be birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution. This program costs $5 per person or $10 per family, and advance registration is required at Space is limited.

The Conservancy lies on the site of historic Mt. Pleasant Farm, at 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Woodstock. The phone number is 410-465-8877.

Act quickly if you would like to order Baugher's apple products from the Marriotts Ridge High School Music Foundation this month; the deadline is Friday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m., and pickup will take place at the school on Friday, Oct. 25, 3-5 p.m. Selections include 3-pound bags of apples and a variety of apple pies, cakes, fritters, cider and more. Go to to order online, or email for more information.

Looking for some family-oriented fun this Halloween? Historic Sykesville will host a Pumpkin Carving Contest and Trick-or-Treat on Main Street on Thursday, Oct. 24, 5-7 p.m. Shops will hand out candy to costumed ghouls and boys, and the Little Sykes Railway will offer a Haunted Train Ride to children who are over 3 years of age but less than 48 inches tall. Go to to learn more, including carving contest rules.

If you love German cuisine, then you are in for a treat. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will host an "OktoberFeast" on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. As always, Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille will provide the food, and patrons may dine in or carry out. The cost is $9 per person or $30 maximum per family; kids 5 and under dine for free. This month's proceeds will support the church youth on their J2A (Journey to Adulthood) Pilgrimage.

The church address is 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood, between the post office and Union Chapel Road. Email with any questions, or call 410-442-5445.

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