Calvary Lutheran plans Christmas service in German [Lisbon/Woodbine]

Calvary Lutheran Church will present a Christmas service in German on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Traditional German Christmas carols will be sung, and the Christmas gospel will be read in German. A brass choir will also be providing some of the music.

An offering will be taken to benefit "Neighbors in Need." The church is at 16151 Old Frederick Road in Mt. Airy. For more information, call 410-489-5280.

Mark your calendars for Howard County's Department of Citizen Services Preschool/Child Care Information Fair, "Children On Board."

The fair will be held on Jan. 26, which is a Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. Admission is free.

Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Howard County Food Bank. The fair will provide a "one stop shopping" opportunity to acquire information about child care and pre-school and summer programs.

For more information, call 410-313-1940 or go to

Speaking of the Howard County Food Bank, I happened to ride past the food bank last month and could not believe the line of people who were there to get food for their families.

If you are looking for a charitable organization to support on a regular basis, it doesn't take much effort to buy a few extra cans of vegetables or boxes of macaroni and cheese or cereal that you can donate to the Food Bank.

It was truly a shock to me that there are so many people in need who live in such a wealthy county as Howard County.

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