Marriotsville/Sykesville/Woodstock: Howard County Conservancy makes plans as the great outdoors beckons

During the summer, the Howard County Conservancy offers many opportunities for outdoor entertainment and education.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, Florence Miller and Tim Singleton will lead a free Wonder Walk titled "You Too Can Haiku: Walk in the Woods."

Haiku, of course, is a Japanese form of poetry that often centers on nature, and rather than rhyming, it follows a simple five-syllable/seven syllable/five syllable pattern.

The Conservancy invites you to "haiku as you hike-ooo!" This program will take place, rain or shine, and requires no registration. The address is 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Woodstock.

On Saturday, June 16, the Conservancy will again offer its Father's Dayweekend program, "Take Your Children Fishing at Lost Lake." This Patapsco River fishing area is restricted to children ages 6-15 and seniors age 65 and older, but adults ages 16-64 may assist.

Martha Shaum, of the Department of Natural Resources, and Woody Merkle, of the Conservancy, will first teach the children about fishing regulations, ethics, and safety.

The program costs $5 per child for rod, reel, and bait, and advance registration is required by noon on June 15. Call 410-465-8877 with any questions; in case of rain, check the website at

The Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours will offer its monthly community program, "Keep the Spirit Up: A Day for Job Seekers and Career Changers" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 8.

Grace Garrett, of Appreciative Café Coaching and Consulting, will lead a morning session of prayer and guided reflection, with time for relaxation on the beautiful campus of Bon Secours. After lunch, participants may attend a series of workshops focusing on personal and job search management skills.

The Center asks only a freewill offering for this program and suggests an amount of $15.

Bon Secours will also offer the following events this month:

On Saturday, June 9, Sister Sara Dwyer will present, "The Spirit and Evangelization: You Can't Give What You Don't Have" from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at a cost of $55. The group will explore ways to feel more comfortable sharing their faith.

Father Phil Cover will look at the connection between science and faith during a weekend retreat titled, "All Creation Reveals the Reality of God," scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, June 15, to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 17. The program costs $240.

A summer Directed Retreat is scheduled from 5 p.m. Sunday, June 17, to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at a cost of $600. Father Phil Cover, Mary Perschy and Martha Starrett will act as spiritual guides during this week of silent reflection.

Finally, the last retreat of the month, "Living in God: a Dream or Reality," will take place from 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, to 11 a.m. on Friday, June 29. Father Nicholas Amato will look at how to integrate prayer into daily life. This program costs $575.

To register for an event at Bon Secours, call 410-442-1320. The website is, and the address is 1525 Marriottsville Road, in Marriottsville.

Now that school is drawing to a close, I would like to give one last shout out to the West Friendship Elementary School Band Musicians of the Month: Mark Antico (percussion), McKenna Beavan (percussion), Megan Blackman (clarinet), Hanna Davé (flute), Elisabeth Degenford (alto saxophone), Alex Lindahl (flute), Emily Morton (flute), Hana Thamer (clarinet) and Will Vaxmonsky (trumpet).

Additionally, Erin Ko (oboe) and Emily Morton (flute) have reached "Super Star" status for memorizing the chromatic scale and all nine major scales up to four sharps and four flats. The following "Scale Stars" have memorized the scales noted: Sidney Parkent (Bells; Chromatic, C Major, F Major, B Flat, E Flat, A Flat, G Major); Josh Wright (Bells; Chromatic, C Major, B Flat, G Major); Tyler Brandt (Tenor Sax; C Major, G Major); Austin Cestone (Trumpet; C Major, F Major), Allison Polinsky (Trumpet; Chromatic, C Major); Megan Blackman (Clarinet; F Major); Jonathan Bitterli (Tuba; B Flat); Jacob Coomber (Alto Sax; G Major); Hana Davé (Flute; B Flat); Elisabeth Degenford (Alto Sax; Chromatic); Maura Hill (Flute; B Flat); Clare Hinds (Flute; B Flat); Isabella Hwang (Oboe; B Flat); Su Min Kim (Trombone; C Major); Alex Lindahl (Flute; B Flat), and Caroline Underwood (Trumpet; C Major). Congratulations to all!

Are you a 1972 graduate of Howard High School, or do you know someone who is? Spread the word that the 40th reunion of Howard High School's Class of 1972 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7 p.m. to midnight, after the school's Homecoming Game.

The venue is Jilly's Bar and Grill in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center in Ellicott City, and the cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door for light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Make checks payable to "Howard High Class of '72" and mail to Judy Shehan Wheeler at 6288 Montgomery Road, Elkridge, MD 21075. Send regrets via email to

Don't forget that Western Howard County Relay for Life begins at 6:30 p.m. June 8, at Western Regional Park. Come join the community in celebrating cancer survivorship and raising funds for the American Cancer Society.

For more information, go to, or contact Claudia Klahre at or 410-781-4316.

Tomorrow also marks the last day for Howard County schools. Here's wishing the students and teachers a safe and pleasant summer break, with plenty of time to recharge!

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