Auction and feast at St. Andrew's will mark Cinco de Mayo [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is making plans for a Cinco de Mayo Auction and Feast on May 4 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The evening will feature a fun night of friends, food, drinks (cash bar), prizes and an auction. Part of the proceeds from the evening will benefit Honduras outreach, the Rainbow Camp, which helps Baltimore inner-city children whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as the churches' education and music ministries.

Tickets for the event are $30 per person. For tickets or additional information, call 410-489-4035.

Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School PTA will hold the Retriever Run, its first Fun Run/ 5K event, on Sunday, April 21. All ages are invited to participate.

The 5K race will be timed and there will be traffic safety measures in place. The one mile Fun Run will not be timed, and is open to ages 12 and under. Cost is $30 per person on race day for the 5K, and $20 per person on race day for the Fun Run. Fun Run participants who are 4 and under are free.

Boy Scouts across Howard County will be out collecting food this coming Saturday, April 20. Scouting for Food is the Boy Scouts' yearly community service project. Every Scouting district in our area participates in this food drive. You may have received a shopping bag, placed on your mailbox, last weekend. This weekend, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing Crew Members and Girl Scouts throughout the county will serve as people power for the food drive.

Place shopping bags, filled with donations of unexpired, nonperishable food by your mailbox, and the Scouts will pick up the food and distribute to the 25 food pantries in the county. About half a dozen food pantries will come to Bethany United Methodist Church, where the National Pike District (Howard County) has a food distribution center.

Last year, Scouting for Food collected over 66,000 pounds of food in Howard County, and the goal is to top that number this year.

Glenelg United Methodist Church Preschool, at 13900 Burntwoods Road in Glenelg, is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year. There are limited openings in their various age programs.

The preschool has a 2-year-old Tuesday/Thursday program that runs from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. There are also programs for 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and 5-year-olds that run from 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. To reserve a spot, call 410-489-7702 or visit their website for more information at

The Glenelg United Methodist Church Food Pantry will be open this Saturday, April 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. In April the pantry is collecting peanut butter and jelly and condiments.

Speaking of the GUMC Food Pantry, David Brown, principal at Glenwood Middle School, recently shared that the Glenwood Middle School Leo Club recently delivered to the GUMC Food Pantry over 400 rolls of paper goods, as well as several dozen boxes of tissues and other paper products, all collected during the school's Midnight Madness activity.

Principal Brown extends thanks to the work of the Leo club members, as well as Glenwood Lions Patty Aleshire, Larry Orwig and Harrison Morson for assisting with organizing the paper goods collection.

The Glenwood Middle School Leo Club is now busy preparing for its next community service project — the annual bike drive, where they collect for Bikes for the World, on May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you have been doing some spring cleaning and come across a bike you do not use anymore, set it aside, and consider delivering it to Glenwood Middle School on May 4 to be donated to this worthy organization.

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