It's ham and oyster supper time again at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church

It's time for the annual ham and oyster supper at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church Saturday, Nov. 5 from 3-7 p.m. The menu includes hand-patted oysters. ham, potato salad, succotash, rolls, jelly, relish, iced tea and coffee. A children's menu is also available.

Advance tickets are $16 or $18 at the door. It's $5 for children age 10 and younger. For tickets and information, call 410-531-5653 or order online at The church is across from the Freestate station on Route 108.

"Dichosos los que oyen la palabra de Dios y la guardan." You can find the English translation in Luke 11:28. Students in Spanish classes at St. Louis School were thrilled to be able to collect winter coats for the Esperanza Center of Catholic Charities in Baltimore to assist recent immigrants as part of the school's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Local realtor Pat Hiban's first book, "6 Steps to 7 Figures" was released Sept. 26 and soon became No. 6 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Pat grew up in Howard County and went to Wilde Lake High School, in Columbia. As a young child, he was labeled "learning disabled with speech deficiencies" and put in special classes. He was struggling and "failing forward" through life.

After graduating from Wilde Lake High and getting a college degree, he was turned down for several corporate sales positions and jumped into real estate where he has been a full-time agent for 25 years. The first year he earned $13,000 — today Pat is one of only a handful of residential agents internationally to earn the title of Billion Dollar Agent.

In his book, Pat shares his common sense approach to setting and reaching goals. Once a "raging workaholic," Pat now takes off on average 156 days a year. On July 21, 2008, he achieved one of his personal life-time goals when he successfully reached the summit of Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro. Pat and his wife and two daughters live in Clarksville. Check out the book. We can all learn from those who succeed and sometimes even from those who fail.

"Landmarks: Songs I Meant to Sing, Stories I Need to Tell (A Musical Birthday Celebration with Pam Land and her family, friends and alumni)" will be coming to Clarksville for one performance only Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. in the River Hill High School Auditorium. The show will benefit the Howard County Food Bank and the River Hill High Fine Arts Scholarship Fund.

Pam Land, River Hill High School 's founding theater arts director, is planning a musical birthday celebration that will include her family, her friends, and River Hill High School alumni. The show will feature songs and dances that will include many styles of music from standard Broadway show tunes, to contemporary pop, to rock, to country.

The evening will include a live orchestra to be conducted by Patty Hammer who has taught music in Howard County for more than 20 years. Other members of the orchestra will include Steve Synk (River Hill High '09), Greg Land (Pam's husband), Erik True (an old friend of Pam), Kathryn Knaus (River Hill High '09), Richard McCready (River Hill High Faculty), and Ryan McMichael (River Hill High '06). Ryan McMichael will also serve as the "opening act" in which he will play some of his original music.

This rousing musical celebration will include a cast of more than 20 performers, as well as the River Hill chamber choir and musical theater classes. The impetus for the show comes from Pam's looking for a way to mark a major birthday while getting a chance to perform with family, friends, and alumni, and raise money for two charities that mean a great deal to her.

The show will include appearances by:

Adrienne Andersen, Lynn Broderick, Billy Burke, Erin Coffman, Rhonda De La Mar (River Hill High Faculty), Alex Fast (River Hill High '06), Sam Gershman (River Hill High '06), Olivia Keane (River Hill High '19), Ryan Krasney (River Hill High '02), Sarah Land (Pam's daughter), Carole Graham Lehan (Glenelg Country School faculty), Robbie Metzbower (River Hill High '06), Amanda Ogorzalek (River Hill High '08), Michelle Shankar (River Hill High '08), Larisa Stahl (River Hill High '99), Betsy True and Emily Woodhouse (River Hill High '07)

General admission tickets are $20 and available online at or at the River Hill High front office, weekdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. See Carla Styczynski, River Hill High bookkeeper or email Pam at if you have questions.

They will also collect non-perishable food donations at the door. It sounds like a fantastic show that you will surely want to attend.

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