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Fun times await at third annual MRHS-tival Jan. 20

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Marriotts Ridge High School keeps our community hopping with a variety of fun events, including the third annual MRHS-tival, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20 from 7-11 p.m.; doors will open at 6:30. This free family event promises a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, moon bounces and other inflatables, karaoke, art displays, improvisational comedy and more.

Email jennifer_skahill@hcpss.org or terry_eberhardt@hcpss.org with any questions.

A brand-new Eco-Fest Carnival is also in the works at Marriotts Ridge, so mark your calendars for Feb. 11 from 1-3 p.m. The school is working toward its Green School Certification and has partnered with neighboring Mt. View Middle School (which earned Green Certification last year) to host a fun-filled, family afternoon centered around green games, crafts and activities. Several local organizations that aid with green choices will also be on hand during the event.

You can encourage Marriotts Ridge in its endeavor by donating cardboard egg cartons and cardboard tubes from wrapping paper, toilet tissue and paper towels. Simply drop your contributions off at the front office during regular school hours.

Additionally, the high school is now a drop spot for old electronic devices (cell phones, GPS devices, laptops, graphing calculators, game consoles, empty ink cartridges, MP3 devices, non-rechargeable batteries, etc.), so you can recycle these items at the front office, too.

On March 3, Marriotts Ridge will host its popular Mustang Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit the Marriotts Ridge Music Foundation. Start gathering any gently-used treasures you would like to donate to this huge second-hand sale; collection will take place at the school during the following times: Feb. 24 from 5-7 p.m.; Feb. 25 from 9 a.m.-noon; and March 2 from 5-8 p.m. Email Kathy Wehr at kiwehr@verizon.net with any questions.

The Music Foundation is also in the midst of its winter citrus fruit sale, and delivery for the Jan. order will take place this weekend. Currently, the time is set for Friday, Jan. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m., which is different from the previously reported date, but this information is still subject to change. Those who have ordered fruit can email mrhsfruit@yahoo.com to confirm delivery details.

The food pantry at Glenelg United Methodist Church continues to grow and assist greater numbers of individuals. At least one patron learned about the pantry through an alert neighbor, who saw the information in this publication. If you know of someone in need of grocery assistance, tell them about this valuable local resource.

The GUMC food pantry is open from 9-10 a.m. on the third Saturday of every month, so the next date falls on Jan. 21. Appointments are not necessary, but guests must sign in and show proof of residency to receive Howard County food bank items. Non-residents may still visit to receive groceries from the church inventory.

Church members and local organizations have responded generously to the call for food donations, but supplies must continually be restocked. If you have questions about donating, call the church office at 410-489-7260, or email glenelgumcpantry@gmail.com.

The church address is 13900 Burntwoods Road, in Glenelg.

Have you ever thought about growing your own food, perhaps even selling your bounty to turn a little profit? If so, you may have an interest in "Commercial Food Production and Marketing for the New Farmer on Small Acreage," a brand-new course offered through the University of Maryland Extension – Montgomery County Office.

This program, which is a response to the burgeoning demand for local produce, will cover topics such as Marketing; Cover Crops – Planning and Rotation; Soil and Soil Management; Pest Management; Season Extension Technologies; Good Agricultural Practices – Production and Post Harvest Handling; Business Planning; and What Vegetables to Raise – Timing of Crop Planting and What Actually to Raise.

Classes will take place at the Montgomery County office (18410 Muncaster Road, in Derwood) from 6-8:45 p.m. on the following Tuesday evenings: Jan. 24 and 30; Feb. 14, 21 and 28; March 13 and 20; and April 10. The program costs $15 for materials and refreshments; to register or learn more, call Chuck Schuster at 301-590-2807 or email cfs@umd.edu.

The community feast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is back on track after taking a break for Christmas! Come on out between Jan. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a delicious Italian meal, courtesy of Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille. Food costs $9 per person or $30 maximum per family, and children five and under are free. Proceeds this month will benefit the youth program at St. Andrew's.

The address is 2892 Route 97, between Union Chapel Road and the Glenwood Post Office. Call Lynne Quinn at 410-442-5445 or email lynnequinn@comcast.net with any questions.

Don't forget that St. James United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 2-8 p.m. If you can help give the gift of life, call the church office at 410-442-2020 to make a reservation.

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