This month's Community Feast set for Nov. 17 at St. Andrew's

The Community Feast held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will be Nov. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $9 per person and $30 for a family.

St. Andrew's will also be welcoming St. Nick for breakfast Dec. 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost for breakfast is $7 for adults and $5 for children younger than 10. There will be craft items for sale, as well as a St. Nick shop for the children to purchase their gifts. There will also be lots of fun activities for the kids.

Calvary Lutheran Church, 16151 Old Frederick Road, in Mount Airy, will be holding its annual Christmas Market Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is a great opportunity to hit just one more holiday craft show on a different day. There are so many on Saturdays that it's hard to get to all of them.

The market will feature local vendors with Christmas gift items, baked goods, jams and jellies, cheese balls, and much more. Lunch will also be served for a nominal price. Calvary's "famous" crab cake dinners will be served starting at 4 p.m.

For more information, call 410-489-5280.

I feel so lucky to have a young County Executive such as Ken Ulman who works with his staff to come up with creative things to do to improve our county.

Ulman has partnered with the state to plan more than 490 Loblolly Pines in our county parts as part of the County's reforestation program. These pines were raised by inmates at the Patuxent Institution. Now that they are 1- to 3-feet' tall, they are ready to be transplanted to their permanent homes in Western Regional Park, Centennial North Park, and Meadowbrook Park.

Over the past four years, more than 45,000 trees have been planed through the forest conservation and Plant (It) Green programs.

For more information concerning the county's natural resources programs, go to and click on the "Land" tab.

Again, thanks to Ulman, Howard County is recognized as a great place to live. This is a plus for those of us who are trying to sell our homes. The Daily Record, a statewide business and legal newspaper, named Ulman one of Maryland's 2011 "Innovators of the Year." He was nominated for his leadership in securing the $72 million for the Inter-County Broadband Network, which connected Howard County to state and national organizations.

Most people have their day care plans in place now that school has started. But if your current arrangements are not working out or you are in need of quality day care, you might want to visit the day care center at the Lisbon United Methodist Church.

The day care is located on the lower level of the church right next to Lisbon Elementary School. They provide preschool programs as well as before and after school care. My own daughters attended the preschool program and loved going to join in the learning activities and visit with their friends.

For more information about the day care, call 410-489-7245.

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