Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock: Local farm products on sale at Howard County Conservancy

By now you may be growing of tired of winter and begun dreaming about farmer's markets selling fresh county produce.

Good news! Several farmers who provide food for local stands and Community-Supported Agriculture programs will hold a mini-market inside the Gudelsky Environmental Education Center at the Howard County Conservancy on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2-4:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family to this free "Meet Your Local Farmers" event, and learn why the farmers have chosen to work the land and what they love most about farming in Howard County.

Also, discover where to find meat, eggs, cheese, dairy products and winter root vegetables while the county markets are closed for the season.

To learn more, go to or call 410-465-8877. The Conservancy lies between Woodstock Road and Bethany Lane, at 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Woodstock.

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Howard High School Gifted and Talented Orchestra will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a side-by-side concert at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., in Baltimore.

Eighteen of the 104 high school orchestra members hail from Marriotts Ridge High School — Christiana Choe, violin; Ashley Choi, violin; J.D. Fishman, trombone; Noah Fu, violin; Paul Han, trumpet; Jenny Huang, violin; Alisa Hwang, cello; Minji Kim, violin; Grace Kim, violin; Emily Klawson, cello; Mary Lin, cello; Nancy Liu, viola; John McIntyre, viola; Andrew Park, viola; Niklas Schnake, French horn; Christine Shi, violin; Jayne You, viola; and Emmie Zhang, violin.

In addition to playing cello, Alisa Hwang is also an accomplished pianist. She won the Howard County Concerto Competition and will perform the first movement from Prokofiev's "Third Piano Concerto" during the side-by-side concert.

Admission costs $15. Tickets can be purchased through any of the students involved in the event, or through Rosemary Lather at

Glenelg High School would like to alert the community about two upcoming events.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, the PTSA will host a Bingo Bag-A-Palooza at the school to benefit the 2013 after-prom party. Prizes include items by Vera Bradley, Thirty-One, Coach, and Pandora Jewelry, as well as prom tickets, ski tickets, golf and spa packages, restaurant and movie passes, and more.

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., with games beginning at 7. Tickets cost $15 in advance through, or $20 at the door. The school address is 14025 Burntwoods Road.

On Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., the Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble will perform its first concert of the year at the Glenwood Community Center. Tickets cost $5 per person, in advance only, and seating is limited.

Proceeds will support the band's 2013 tour of Europe. Purchase tickets from any jazz band member, the front office of the school, or the Community Center, at 2400 Route 97, in Cooksville.

The community feast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will return on Thursday, Jan. 24, with a menu of Italian favorites. As always, Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille will donate the delicious food.

The meal runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $9 per person or $30 maximum per family; kids 5 and younger dine for free. This month's proceeds will help send the church youth on its annual J2A (Journey to Adulthood) Pilgrimage.

For more information, email, or call 410-442-5445.

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