Lauren Bennett clears her weekend calendar at this time of year. The bibliophile, who works on the Eastern shore, rearranges her schedule in order to get to the one sale that satiates her book addiction.
Bennett has a bundle of empty book satchels just waiting to be filled during the annual Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church book sale, which is set for Sept 11-13 this year with hours on Sept 11 and 12, 3-7 p.m., and Sept. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shepherd of the Glen is at 14551 Burntwoods Road. Chief book honcho Carol Kramer catalogues, organizes, collects and stores thousands of books each year in anticipation of this event, in its 19th year.
Proceeds from this, the largest used book sale in Howard County, benefit church mission programs.
Baltimore historian Wayne Schaumburg will host a discussion titled "That Nest of Pirates on the Chesapeake" at the Howard County Historical Museum, 8328 Court Ave., in Ellicott City, on Sept. 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
History buffs are encouraged to join the discussion commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. Tickets may be reserved at http://www.hchsmd.org or by calling 410-480-3250.
Don't forget — there is always a need for nonperishable items to fill the shelves at the Glenelg United Methodist Church food pantry. Bring your donated items by the church office at 13900 Burntwoods Road in Glenelg. For information, call 410-489-7260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The food bank is open on the third Saturday of each month from 9 to 10 a.m.
The Kids Nearly New Sale will be in place at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship on Sept. 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bargains galore, including baby equipment, books and DVD's. scads of clothing and shoes and just about anything related to kids.
Stop by the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Station 3 at Routes 32 and 99, where dozens of vendors inside and outside are selling their flea market treasures. The fire department auxiliary hosts this big yard sale and invites the community to come out and shop from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
And while you're at it, the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is collecting pantry supplies for local food banks as part of the organization's Community Outreach Program. The greatest needs include paper towels, toilet paper and small sized liquid laundry detergent. Items may be dropped off at the front entrance of Station 3, Routes 32 and 99, up until Sept. 10. The supplies will be delivered to West Liberty United Methodist Church for distribution in September.