Clarksville: River Hill High winter band concert is set for Jan. 13

You are invited to join friends and neighbors for the River Hill High School winter band concert Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The concert will feature the River Hill symphonic band, wind ensemble and percussion Ensemble with special guest clarinet soloist Kyle Coughlin. The grand finale will feature future River Hill Hawks from Clarksville, Folly Quarter and Lime Kiln middle schools. This is a free concert. Y'all come and enjoy.

Every year the River Hill music department produces and hosts the largest alternative (rock) music festival in the county featuring rock bands and emerging talent from schools throughout the county. RHHStival 2012 is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14 from 6 to 11 p.m. Bands scheduled to perform include Gnarwegian Fuzzmuffin, The Alckemists, Black Maze, Blowing the Lead, Riot Mt., The Golden Gates, Time2Go, Kick Start, Stranger Side and more. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 per person.

The musical treats continue. The River Hill music department welcomes the U.S. Army Field Band Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. This spectacular concert is free. There you have three wonderful music options over just a short time span without traveling a great distance. How great is that?

Dec. 31, 2011 was a momentous day in Citrus Bowl Parade history. Randy Williams, 5, followed in the footsteps of his twin brother, Jack, to ride as Citrus Bowl Parade King in Orlando, Fla. Randy is believed to be the first Down syndrome child selected as Citrus King. The boys are the grandsons of Randy and Margaret Walton so you know where the Waltons were for the New Year's weekend.

Little Randy had to be on the float and ready to go at 8 a.m. That was no problem for him. For weeks he had been practicing his wave and blowing kisses to the crowds. He was thrilled to ride on the float and even more excited about hanging out with all those Princesses. The family had an early start for a very long, but exciting day. The Citrus Bowl Parade was broadcast on select television stations until Jan. 8. Perhaps you managed to catch it. Randy was the littlest tuxedo-clad king surrounded by citrus princesses in gowns of canary yellow, orange or lime green to represent various citrus crops.

If you counsel or work with seniors who want to stay in their own homes, you are invited to attend The Association of Community Services General Meeting at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center Jan. 18 from noon-1:30 p.m. The meeting will focus on the experiences and expectations of "Aging in Place" in Howard County. Opting for Independence interviewed adults age 65 or older about their experiences with the aging process and the challenges they faced in staying in their homes. You'll discover what they learned and some of the next steps. The meeting is free. Lunch is available for $9. To learn more, call 301-490-7434 or email

You might guess that transportation could be a serious problem for those who want to age in place. If one of your resolutions for 2012 was a commitment to reach out to others by volunteering in the community, Neighbor Ride invites you to make a difference by providing transportation to older Howard County residents. Flexible day, evening and weekend hours are available. Neighbor Ride was recently voted Best Howard County Charity/Nonprofit for the fourth consecutive year. Since October volunteers have provide an average of 1,245 trips per month. This is an increase of 30 percent over the same time last year. As word gets around, demand will surely grow. Contact or call 410-884-RIDE.

Congratulations to Clarksville Middle School eighth-grader Shriya Sharma and River Hill High student Jasmine Eshera who each took a second-place award in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Essay Contest sponsored by the MLK Jr. Holiday Committee and the Office of Civil Rights.

Kudos to River Hilll High French II student Lu-Hua "Lucie" Hung, on becoming a semifinalist in international competition (France and USA) sponsored by the French Embassy to celebrate the 125th birthday of the Statue of Liberty. Go to to view the 100 semifinalists' works in four categories. All work was composed of recycled or recyclable materials.

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