Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock: Time to play the 'Jukebox' again at Marriotts Ridge High

"Jukebox!" This popular and highly-anticipated musical revue is a signature event at Marriotts Ridge High School, which has staged a variation of the production every fall since the school opened its doors in 2005.

Students are involved in every aspect of "Jukebox," from writing and choreography to set design and lighting. A live, 16-piece band will perform a selection of catchy tunes spanning musical genres and eras, while a cast of more than 60 sing, dance and act onstage.

Every year, the collective talent of these students delights audience members.

"Jukebox 8" will run Thursday, Oct. 18, through Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12 each and always sell out, so make sure to reserve them early at (Online orders include a service charge of 50 cents per ticket.)

Tickets will also be on sale at the high school during lunch shifts — 10:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. — the week of Oct. 15. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door, beginning at 6 p.m. on show nights.

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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," on Friday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grace Garrett, of Appreciative Café Coaching and Consulting, will lead a morning session, followed by lunch and an afternoon job search skills. Bon Secours suggests a freewill offering of $15.

Bon Secours will also offer a day-long retreat, "Seeing Yourself through New Eyes," on Saturday, Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at a cost of $55. Father Joe Breighner, a radio host, will help attendees discover their potential.

Finally, Dr. Katherine Johnson will lead "SoulCollage and Creativity: Tools for Personal Transformation," on Saturday, Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop, which costs $60, will teach participants how to use collages and connect with others.

To register, call 410-442-3120. The address is 1525 Marriottsville Road, in Marriottsville, and the website is

This autumn, the Howard County Master Gardeners group will continue its "Rake and Take" program. Here's how it works — rake your yard and bag the leaves as usual, but instead of hauling the bags to Alpha Ridge Landfill, a Master Gardener will come to your home and take the leaves for composting. Win-win!

To join the program, email, and make sure to include your address and phone number. Once the leaves start to fall, a Master Gardener will contact you to arrange for pickup.

Halloween is nearing, and on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m., the Howard County Conservancy will present a repeat of last fall's successful Wonder Talk, "Creepy Creatures: Toads, Worms, Spiders, and Snakes." Ashley Jarvis, of the Conservancy, and Billy Heinbuch, of the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center, promise to teach visitors all about these "warty, slimy, hairy, scaly, slithery animals."

The program is free and will take place rain or shine. No registration is required. 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).

As a reminder, the Conservancy will host its annual Fall Festival this Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at a cost of $10 per vehicle. The event will include live bluegrass music, blacksmith demonstrations, pony rides, children's crafts, and more.

The West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department yard sale is also this Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fire station lies on the corner of Sykesville Road (Route 32) and Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Sykesville.

One more event to note on Oct. 6 — the University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will present its annual open house, "The College in Your Backyard," from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center, 4240 Folly Quarter Road, in Ellicott City.

Take a hay wagon farm tour, visit the animals, check out the educational displays and participate in a variety of hands-on activities. Food will be available for purchase. To learn more, go to

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