This time of year there is never a shortage of "paying it forward" in our region. The fun loving "cabbagers" of the Pink Cabbage shop kick off the holiday season on Nov. 16 and 17 when the shopkeepers hope to fill a Thanksgiving basket for a Howard County family in need. Turkey, all the fixin's, pies and more.

Come by the shop located at the corner of Triadelphia Road and Route 144 , bring a nonperishable item to add to the basket and participate in the giving fervor that is a signature of the Pink Cabbage.

Suzy Hill thrives when she's doing for others. The manager of Curves in Glenelg, Hill is on the go once again with her annual Toys for Tots bin. Earlier this month Hill held an indoor holiday bazaar with vintage and new seasonal items. Proceeds from the sale went to a local charity. In addition to the Toys for Tots campaign, the fitness center is also the site of a collection bin for nonperishable food items for a local food bank.

Local middle school student Ellie Feaga's bake sale in early November earned a whopping $5,300 for charity. Such sweet news from such a sweet and philanthropy-minded youngster.

Just a reminder. The gang at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church invites the community to its second annual Night of Shopping on Nov. 14, 6-9 p.m., in the parish hall at 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood. The shopping spree, with the no hassle ease of a huge parking lot, free admission and refreshments galore, will feature over 15 vendors selling shabby chic decor, jewelry, personalized stationery, gourmet chocolates and lots more. Proceeds from the shoppers paradise will benefit the parish youth group activities. Questions on this shopping spree? Call organizer Mary Ellen Wilson at 240-372-8878.

Speaking of St. Andrew's, itsmonthly dinner benefits the outreach ministry of El Hogar in Honduras. The feast is set for Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. This month the menu is Mexican and as always is donated by Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille at the Inwood Center. Dine in or carry out for a family fee of $30 or an individual fee of $9. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is at 2892 Route 97, between Union Chapel Road and the Glenwood Post Office. Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-442-5445 or e-mail Lynne at lynnequinn@comcast.net.

It's not too early to mark the calendar for Bette Hoover's "Celebrate the Season" gathering on Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m., at Eden Valley, 5085 Green Bridge Road in Dayton. "Good music, good company and a good cause". That's what Hoover promises during a house party which will include pianist Bronson Hoover playing jazz and the folk sounds of duo Harry Walker and Janet Griffin. In addition to the food, drink and music, Eden Valley will also be the venue for handcrafted items made by the Mayan women of Guatemala and an assortment of items made by local artists. Children are welcome . Proceeds from the evening will benefit Just Peace Circles. Questions? Call Bette Hoover at 410-531-5610.

As holiday calendar notes begin to pile up on your schedule, mark Dec. 6-8, 5-8 p.m., at the Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City, which is holding its sixth annual "Walk to Bethlehem." Folks are invited to come anytime during the 5 to 8 p.m. hours to observe the wonders of the Christmas story. Led by guides, attendees will journey through outdoor settings where actors will enact the events leading to the Messiah's birth. After each walk, participants are invited to join in holiday carols led by Glen Mar choir members. The church congregants have even created and staged an indoor marketplace as it looked in the time of Jesus. Questions? Go to the church website at http://www.glenmarumc.org.

A must for holiday shopping is what the organizers of the Maryland Alpacas and Fleece Festival call a fun-filled festival. Alpaca garments, fleece items, yarns, batting and more will be on display and on sale during the fourth annual show and festival at the Howard County fairgrounds, Nov.16-17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fiber artists, spinners, weavers, knitters and craft artisans will be on hand to describe their works. Real alpacas for the little kids to enjoy as well. Organizers do remind folks to "leave your dogs at home". Need more information on this colorful event? Go to the web site http://www.marylandalpacas.org . Or for more information email festival@marylandalpacas.