Rake and Take program ready for all of your fall leaves

When autumn leaves drift by the window, you know it's time for "Rake and Take." Don't overload the landfill. If you have excess leaves, a Master Gardener would be happy to pick them up for compost or you might try composting them yourself. If you would like to participate as a "raker" or "taker," send an email to phooker9440@gmail.com with your address and phone number.

"Revelation of Hope, Exploring Prophetic Scriptures in the Context of Our Time" begins Friday, Oct. 21 at 7:15 p.m. at Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church on Brighton Dam Road.

Pastor Robb Long will present fascinating topics with eye-catching graphics each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at 7:15 p.m. now through Nov. 20. Admission is free.

For more information, call 301-854-3678.

The first country breakfast of the season will be served by the Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department at The Ten Oaks Ballroom Sunday, Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. until noon. The buffet includes scrambled eggs, sausage, gravy, pancakes, scrapple, bacon and much, much more.

For more info, call 410-313-7215.

The River Hill High School music department is excited about the new "Make Music Happen" fundraising campaign. River Hill Music Boosters will use the proceeds to purchase acoustic shells for the stage and a new sound system for the string/choir classroom.

If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, email ptshultz@comcast.net to learn more.

Another way to support the music program while helping yourself to better health is by ordering fresh citrus. Place your order by Oct. 28 for delivery Nov. 12. This shipment will include Navel oranges, grapefruit and tangerines direct from Florida.

There will be fruit shipments in December, January and February. Go to http://www.riverhillmusic.org or e-mail wakegirl85@yahoo.com.

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the annual River Hill Pops Concert Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. or the 15th annual Tiny Tots Concert Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. For Tiny Tot ticket info contact shultz33@comcast.net.

Dayton Oaks Elementary is participating in the Howard County PTA Coat Drive. If you have new or gently used (clean, ready to wear with buttons and zippers working) coats for boys, girls, teens or adults to share, bring them to the school by Oct. 28. Hats and gloves of all sizes are also needed for families right here in the county.

Rachel Quade is aiming to collect 50,000 pairs of new or gently used shoes for Soles 4 Souls. Claret Hall is serving as a collection point through October. The shoes are provided to people in need, including victims of natural disasters in U.S. and worldwide.

To learn more contact requade@hotmail.com.

Kids can trick-or-treat at the River Hill Village shopping center Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. This Haunted Hallows Eve event will offer crafts, games, face painting and a spooky science extravaganza by Eric Energy in Claret Hall. Showtimes are 6 and 6:45 p.m. Remember to bring those shoes to drop off at Claret Hall.

Basket Bingo sponsored by River Hill Boosters has a new date. Doors open to the River Hill High cafeteria Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. for games beginning at 7 p.m. You get 20 games of six cards each with additional cards available for purchase. All baskets will be filled with goodies. There will be special game cards, 50/50, door prizes and fun for all ages.

Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door. Emai riverhillfootball@hotmail.com or gohawks@verizon.net.

You can take a crack at the crab, a 10-acre corn maze on the Mullinix farm across from the Western Regional Park. It looks like fun. They also have a children's straw maze, corn pit, hay rides, mums, pumpkins, apples, cider, food and drinks.

The maze is open every weekend in October; Fridays 3-10 p.m. (last tickets sold at 8:30 p.m.), Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (last tickets sold at 5 p.m.). Bring a flashlight for the night maze or you can buy one there.

Rainy weather did not deter friends and family who came to celebrate Cowboy Glenn Hopkins' Oct. 1 Pig-pickin birthday. Randy and Margaret Walton remember when Glen was just a boy helping them build a new home on Wayside Drive. He was just old enough to be a big help. Now he's all grown up and driving around four states shoeing horses. Time flies.

Curves of Glenelg is collecting food for FISH of Howard County. You are invited to drop off donations. If you want to become a Curves member and you bring a bag full of food for FISH, Suzy Hill and staff will waive your sign-up fee.

On Nov. 5, Margaret Walton will be walking in the ninth annual Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville to support grandson Randy Williams and more than 350,000 people with Down syndrome in the U.S. She signed up as co-captain of Team Randy.

It's hard to believe Randy and Jack are 5 and in kindergarten already. Randy rides a bus to his school all by himself and he's had a great year so far. Probably the highlight was being crowned king at the Citrus Pageant. This may be the first time a boy with Down syndrome has won the title. The very adorable and personable young man will be riding in the Citrus Bowl Parade in Orlando, Fla., in December. Be sure to look for Randy.

Margaret would love to see some of you at the ninth annual DSAJ Buddy Walk or you could support Team Randy by going to http://www.buddywalk.kintera.org/dsaj. If you have questions, you can call Margaret at 301-854-0345.

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