The community is invited to a discussion titled "Celebrating the Turning Point of the Civil War with the Battle of Gettysburg" on July 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the Shrine Conference Room at the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

No need to travel to Pennsylvania for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The community is invited to a discussion titled "Celebrating the Turning Point of the Civil War with the Battle of Gettysburg" on July 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the Shrine Conference Room at the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

Judge Roger Whelan, who often leads the historical tours of the Shrine and Manor House, will head up this historical lecture. No admission. Questions about the event? Call 410-531-2800 or email info@shrineofstanthony.org.

Native American singing, dancing, story telling, crafts, food and more are in store for those who attend the annual Pow Wow at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship on July 13, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and July 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A Pow Wow is a celebration of Native American culture. The word Pow Wow derives from the Naragansett word "powwaw". The spectacular and vivid Parade of Nations is set for noon on July 13.

General admission is $14, children ages 3 to 12 are admitted for $7 and children under the age of 2 are admitted free. For information or for a discount ticket coupon, email powwow@vance.net or call Barry Richardson at 252-532-0821.

Howard County was mentioned in the Summer 2013 issue of Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. An insert in the magazine on the topic of the War of 1812, makes mention of historic Savage Mill, a 19th century textile mill on the National Register. I learned that canvas was manufactured at Savage Mill and supplied sailors and soldiers for more than 150 years.

Family fun continues at the Sunset Serenades Concert Series sponsored by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. July 18 is the date to come out and hear the jazz of David Bach. The David Bach Consort has been called "impeccable, shimmering and refreshing" by critics at the Washington Post.

The group will perform at Centennial Park in Ellicott City on July 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments are available. The concert is free .

In addition, the famed U.S. Navy Band Country Current will perform at the Gary J. Arthur Glenwood Community Center on July 12 at 7 p.m. Bring a chair, a quilt, a lawn blanket and get ready for some wonderful summer concerts.

This just in. Misty Meadow Farm Creamery will be a guest vendor at the Howard County Farmers Market in Glenwood on July 13. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. Specials from Misty Meadow include fresh cheese, chocolate and strawberry milk and ice cream. If you would like to check out their items go to the website at http://www.mistymeadowfarmcreamery.com.

Congratulations to the new roster of PTA officers for the 2013-2014 school year at West Friendship Elementary. These volunteers make things happen in the best of ways. The team includes President Cheryl Triska, Vice Presidents Kathy Baur and Lisa Cumberland, Treasurer Hina Naseen, Recording Secretary Cathy Morton, Corresponding Secretary Karen Cizek and PTA delegates Michael Scott and Jorge Suris. Many thanks to outgoing West Friendship PTA President Pascale Fagerstrom.