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Consevancy invites you to hike and learn to read the landscape [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

The Howard County Conservancy hosts a weekend-long lecture and hiking series, "Sense of Place: Learning to Read Our Landscapes."

Noted ecologist Tom Wessels, an emeritus professor at Antioch New England Graduate School, in New Hampshire, will be on hand to present a lecture and two educational hikes.

On Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m., Wessels will argue for cultural change as he teaches "The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future." He will analyze how our current idea of progress — economic expansion and inefficient use of resources — contradicts three fundamental laws of sustainability.

Wessels will follow up with two educational hikes titled, "Reading the Forested Landscape." He believes that "reading the landscape is not just about identifying landscape patterns … it is an interactive narrative that involves humans and nature."

The first hike, on Saturday, March 23, will take place in the Patapsco Valley State Park and the second, on Sunday, March 24, will explore the Conservancy grounds. Both hikes will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration costs $35 for the "Myth of Progress" lecture and a hike, or $20 for just one activity. Because of limited space on the trails, participants may register for only one hike. Go to to register or learn more.

The Conservancy is headquartered at Mt. Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Woodstock. The phone number is 410-465-8877.

Looking for a fun way to welcome spring? Historic Sykesville will celebrate with "Mimosas on Main Street," on Sunday, March 24, noon to 4 p.m. Participating Main Street merchants will offer shopping specials, as well as different flavored mimosas — both alcoholic and non-alcoholic — at each location. To learn more, go to, or call Main Street Manager Ivy Wells at 410-795-8959.

Come out to Glenelg High School on Friday, March 22, to hear the school's annual jazz concert, featuring guest saxophonist Chris Vadala ( and the GHS Jazz Ensemble. Tickets cost $10, and proceeds will help fund the band's summer tour of Europe.

The address is 14025 Burntwoods Road, in Glenelg. For more information, go to

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on March 24, followed by Maundy (Holy) Thursday on March 28 and Good Friday on March 29. Easter, of course, falls on Sunday, March 31. Local churches are celebrating with a variety of services and activities.

At St. James United Methodist, 12470 Old Frederick Road (Route 99) in Marriottsville, Palm Sunday worship will begin at 10 a.m. Holy Thursday and Good Friday services will both take place at 7:30 p.m. The church will offer two Easter celebrations — a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. in the outdoor Chapel in the Woods, and a traditional service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Doughnuts will follow.

West Liberty United Methodist will also offer a 10 a.m. Palm Sunday service. Maundy Thursday worship will begin at 7 p.m., and Good Friday worship will begin at 6:45 p.m. On Easter, the sunrise service will take place at 6 a.m., followed by a traditional breakfast and another worship service at 10 a.m. The address is 2000 Sand Hill Road, in Marriottsville.

Start times for Palm Sunday services at Chapelgate Presbyterian are 9 and 10:30 a.m., at 2600 Marriottsville Road, in Marriottsville. The church will offer a Maundy Thursday Soup Supper and Communion at 6:30 p.m. and a Good Friday service at 2 p.m. On Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m., children are invited to join Chapelgate's annual community-wide Easter Egg Hunt. This year, toddlers will have their own special area with age-appropriate treats. Easter services will take place the following day at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Friendship Baptist will offer a Palm Sunday service at 11 a.m. A Good Friday service is scheduled for 7 p.m., and Easter celebrations will take place at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. The address is 1391 Sykesville Road, in Sykesville.

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