Mustang cross country team will gallop in annual Stampede [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

Drive carefully near Marriotts Ridge High School on Saturday, Nov. 2, and keep your eyes peeled for stampeding mustangs.

The Marriotts Ridge cross country teams will host the ninth annual Mustang 5K Stampede and Scream and 1-Mile Pony Trot beginning at 9 a.m. at the school, 12100 Woodford Drive, in Marriottsville. The triangular 5K course will head west on Route 99, turn left onto Mt. View Road, go left at the roundabout onto Sand Hill Road, and then left again on Route 99, back to the school.

Prizes will be awarded to the top two male and female 5K finishers in a variety of age groups and categories, and also to the top male and female 12-and-under finishers in the Pony Trot. Come dressed in your best Halloween garb for a shot at one of the additional costume prizes.

Registration costs $25 if mailed by Saturday, Oct. 26 or completed online by Tuesday, Oct. 29. The cost is $30 at the packet pickup location — Charm City Run, 12186 Clarksville Drive, in Clarksville — on Friday, Nov. 1, from 2 to 7 p.m. Race Day Registration also costs $30 and will take place 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the high school track. Proceeds will benefit the Marriotts Ridge High School Boosters Club.

To register online or print a mail-in form, go to Direct any questions to race director Rusty Allwein at

We all need to eat, and what's better than eating for a good cause? Mark your calendars now for the St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Knights of Columbus annual Bull and Oyster Roast, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m. to midnight. The event will take place in the church hall at 10800 Old Court Road, in Woodstock.

The menu will feature pit beef, turkey and ham, pulled pork, oysters — both raw and fried — and Maryland crab soup, as well as a variety of side dishes and sheet cake for dessert. Ticket price also includes beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages, plus music and dancing all night.

The cost is $45 per person, and proceeds will benefit a number of charities, both local and global. To order tickets or a table of eight, contact Ed Pelsinsky at or 410-313-8808.

Congratulations to the October Band Musicians of the Month at West Friendship Elementary School! Band teacher Amy Syversen would like to recognize Pierce Baur, trombone; Megan Boyce, clarinet; Krysta Cartee, flute; Eric Ellis, trumpet; Max Fagerstrom, trumpet; Brady Fenlon, percussion; Lexi Haddaway, clarinet; Paige Holland, clarinet; Kevin Liu, alto saxophone; Corbin Lowry, trombone; Kaitlyn McDonald, flute; Daniel Tuma, percussion; and Jessica Turner, alto saxophone. These students have worked hard and demonstrated good attitudes.

Five United Methodist church choirs will Sing for a Cure on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, in Ellicott City. This benefit concert will support the American Cancer Society.

Joining Bethany U.M.C. will be Glen Mar U.M.C. from Ellicott City, Glenelg U.M.C. from Glenelg, Linden Linthicum U.M.C. from Clarksville, and Mt. Zion U.M.C. from Highland. The Columbia Brass Quintet will also perform, as will several soloists.

All are invited to attend, and there is no admission charge. A freewill offering will be collected. Call 410-531-2324 or 410-796-0290 to learn more.

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