Mount View Middle psyched for geography bee [West Friendship]

Happy Thanksgiving to all in the community of West Friendship. How lucky are we to live in such a wonderful place?

While most of us are enjoying the leftovers from the holiday meal, the students at Mount View Middle are busy drilling on the most remote regions of the world. From Zimbabwe to Addis Ababa, the kids are readying for the National Geographic Bee on Dec. 4. Steven Lewis is the moderator and Ellen Flynn Giles will act as judge. Winners of the bee will have an opportunity to move on to the nationals which will be held in May of 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Visitors in for the holiday? Here's a nearby outing for locals and their guests to enjoy. The community is invited to a Family Fall Festival on Nov. 30, 1-4 p.m., on the grounds of the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road. Hayrides, snacks, apple cider, Advent wreath making, a glimpse at the holiday train garden and even a bonfire. No admission for this community event in a beautiful pastoral setting. Questions? Call the Shrine at 410-531-2800.

It's Home for the Holidays at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton. Come out to see the latest pottery and ceramic gifts, sip some cider and enjoy the holiday hymns and tunes of Nathaniel Espey from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 . The gallery will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. during the holiday season. Becky Moy Behre has shelves full of new work. Greenbridge Pottery is at 5159 Greenbridge Road in Dayton.

The Holy Land comes to Howard County Dec. 6-8, 5-8 p.m., at the Glen Mar United Methodist Church. The church which is located at 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City, is holding its sixth annual Walk to Bethlehem. 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

St. Nicholas is coming to town. Mark your calendar for Dec. 7, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., when St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Route 97 in Glenwood will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Breakfast with St. Nicholas and a St. Nick gift shop are on the agenda. Kids are encouraged to give their wish list to St. Nicholas and grown ups can enjoy the holiday wreaths which are for sale. Breakfast, crafts, a Christmas shop and photo opportunities too. Admission is $8 for those 10 years and older and $6 for children under the age of 10. Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-292-8202 or email

The shopkeepers at the Pink Cabbage are collecting for Toys for Tots. The shop will be the setting for a holiday Open House on Dec. 7. The gift emporium is at the intersection of Route 144, Frederick Road and Triadelphia Road. The "cabbagers," as the workers are known, work for weeks decorating the shop.

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