Glenwood: Glenelg UM Church's food pantry gears up for Thanksgiving

The Glenelg United Methodist Church Food Pantry will be open Saturday, Nov. 17. In October, the pantry served 29 families.

The growth has prompted the pantry to expand its hours each month, so it will now be open from 9 to 11 a.m. The pantry continues to look to the community for food and monetary donations.

Over the past month, the pantry has received donations from Glenelg High School sports teams, a local Weight Watchers groups, and local school service groups. In addition, Ellie Feaga, a 5th grader at Bushy Park Elementary School, recently held her fourth annual bake sale, raising over $2,300. This month, the pantry is collecting laundry detergent, in addition to the regular food items.

Families picking up food from the pantry this month will have plenty to be thankful for when Thanksgiving rolls around. They will receive turkeys, as well as other Thanksgiving meal fixings, put together with the assistance of the United Methodist Women.

Glen Mar United Methodist Church, at 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City, will hold its fifth annual Walk to Bethlehem on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. each evening.

This event is a great way to celebrate the spirit of the season. The public is invited to drop in anytime between these hours, allowing about 60 minutes to see the wondrous Christmas story. Led by guides, attendees will journey through outdoor settings where actors will enact the events leading up to and immediately following the Messiah's birth. The event is free. For more information, visit or call 410-465-4995 ext. 204.

The Gary J. Arthur Community Center will have a Holiday Train Garden on display from Nov. 17 through Jan. 20. Holiday train displays are a favorite for people of all ages, so make plans to stop by the center and enjoy some holiday fun provided by train enthusiast Dennis Moore. While viewing the garden, enter a free drawing to win four passes to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. The Train Garden is free and open during center operating hours.

Band students at Dayton Oaks Elementary School have been busy practicing with their instruments, and learning the various musical scales. Amy Bejm Syversen, director of bands at Dayton Oaks, recently shared some of the school's scale stars who have mastered playing scales by memory. Mastering the Chromatic Scale are Elliott Hendricks, Amy Waddington

Jenni Cook, Wenxi Ye, and Darren McGowan. Mastering the C Major Scale are Gregory Morris (on both the flute and the saxophone), Elliott Hendricks, Ellie Cirvoski, Amy Waddington, Jeffrey Du, Jesper Kwon, Sarah Lathrop, Pauline Shin, Wenxi Ye and Jessie Lala. Elliott Hendricks, Amy Waddington, Claire Waddington, and Wenxi Ye have all mastered the F Major Scale. Learning the B Flat Major Scale are Sean Krein, Gregory Morris (on the flute), Pauline Shin, Jasmine Yoltay, Wenxi Ye, and Elliott Hendricks. The E Flat Major Scale has been mastered by Jeffrey Du and Wenxi Ye. Sarah Lathrop and Wenxi Ye have each mastered the A Flat Major Scale. Learning the G Major Scale are Elliott Hendricks and Wenxi Ye. Mastering the D Major Scale are Jeffrey Du, Wenxi Ye and Elliott Hendricks.

Wenxi Ye has also mastered the A Major Scale.

An additional challenge has been offered to all band students to master all of the scales before the end of the school year. Good luck to all these young musicians.

Bushy Park Elementary School will sponsor a speaker presentation by Roseanne Wilson from the Howard County Office of Student Services on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. The presentation will focus on Bullying/Cyberbullying.

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