For those who love numbers, problem solving, equations and modern day mathematical puzzles, the first ever Howard County Math Festival can't come too soon. Just ask Math Festival keynote speaker David Gertler, who is so enthusiastic about math solutions and technology that he is spreading the word about this inaugural math festival.

Gertler, a founding member of "Stemulating Minds" (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) hopes the math night will inspire students to embrace mathematics with a new found enthusiasm.

The math night is set for Jan. 29, 6:30 to 9 p.m.( with a snow date of Feb. 3), at Centennial High School. Planners for this first ever Math Festival, including local astronomer Joel Goodman, were disappointed when the original festival date was moved due to an early December snowfall but thrilled that the revised date is a "go".

Brought to you by the "Stemulating Minds" gang which includes the aforementioned Gertler and Goodman, along with Bill Duncan, Kathy Lilly, Bonnie Polokoff, Phil Rogofsky, Melvin Smith and Frances Turner, the primary goal of the event is to encourage students and parents to get excited about math and careers involving math.

The Knights of Columbus chapter at St. Louis Church in Clarksville are shouting bingo! and hoping that you will be among the crowd gathered on Jan. 17 when the annual Longaberger Basket Bingo fundraiser comes to the church social hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. with Bingo games beginning at 7 p.m.

Good food and drink, raffles, door prizes and the prized Longaberger Baskets too. Admission is $20. Questions? Contact Mike Leumas at 410-290-8290 or mjleumas@verizon.net or Nick Tranchitella at 410-531-6162 or ustranch@verizon.net.