Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock: Girl Scout Cadette uses love of dance to earn prestigious award

Scouting provides a wonderful opportunity for boys and girls to learn new skills, yet it also encourages them to use their existing talents in service to the community.

Hannah Roberts, a freshman at Marriotts Ridge High School, recently planned and implemented a unique project for her Silver Award, which is the highest level of recognition a Girl Scout Cadette can receive.

Hannah has a background in dance and is also a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church, in Ellicott City, so she decided to combine her interests by teaching the preschoolers at her church about different ways to worship God. On Sept. 25, she visited the 3- and 4-year old Sunday School class and led the students in a special ballet lesson.

Hannah began by reading Psalm 150, which talks about praising God and specifically mentions music and dance. She let the children play with her pointe shoes, danced for them and taught them a few ballet positions. She also engaged them in a discussion about activities that they enjoy. With her help, the little ones created a poster for the Sunday School wing that shows some of the ways children can praise God; for example, riding a bike, singing, enjoying nature and drawing.

Great job channeling your talents and interests, Hannah. Make sure to keep us updated on your Silver Award.

The latter half of the month looks pretty exciting for Marriotts Ridge High School. This weekend, of course, marks the much-anticipated presentation of "Jukebox," the annual fall music revue. Performances are Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 13-15 at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $10. Email to check on availability or take your chances at the door.

The following weekend, Oct. 22 from 7 to 10 p.m., the Marriotts Ridge Music Foundation will host its annual fall fundraiser, "In Perfect Pitch." The evening will include amazing performances by the school's music directors (plus some friends), themed baskets and specialty items for auction, and a decadent assortment of hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages. Tickets cost $45 per person.

To learn more or reserve tickets, email or "In Perfect Pitch" will take place at Historic Hebron House, 2331 Calvin Circle, in Ellicott City.

Finally, the last Saturday of the month, Oct. 29, may burst at the seams for the Marriotts Ridge community because two favorite events – the annual Mustang 5K Stampede & Scream and homecoming – both take place that day.

Stampede & Scream is the Booster Club's ghoulish annual Halloween fundraising race that welcomes both serious runners and costumed families, many of whom participate in the 1-mile Zombie walk. The race begins at the school at 9 a.m., rain or shine, and concludes with a large variety of trophies, prizes, gift certificates, and other tricks and treats.

Registration for the 5K race/1-mile walk costs $20 by Oct. 24 ($60 maximum per family) or $25 on race day. To register online, click here or print a registration form at and mail to the address listed on the website. Make checks payable to "Marriotts Ridge Boosters Club."

If you would like a hearty breakfast before the race, the Marriotts Ridge poms team is sponsoring a homecoming pancake breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The meal will include plain and chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, fresh fruit, doughnuts, and beverages: coffee, hot chocolate, milk and orange juice.

Students may purchase tickets during their lunches the week before the event at a cost of $6 for students and $8 for adults. The day of the event, tickets will cost $8 for students and $10 for adults.

After the breakfast and the race, the school will kick off its second annual homecoming tailgate at 11 a.m. Keep in mind that no grills, alcohol, or outside food will be permitted on school property, but hot chocolate, snow cones, concessions and bake sale goodies will be available onsite. The fun will also include a disc jockey, face painting, games and raffles.

Although the games require cash, general admission is free, and all are welcome – this is a family event. (Younger siblings must be supervised at all times.) For additional information, email

Of course, the big event after the tailgate party is the football game – Marriotts Ridge Mustangs vs. Centennial Eagles at 1 p.m. Go Mustangs!

Have you ever considered starting your own agricultural-based business venture? If so, the University of Maryland Extension would like to help you develop a business plan, enhance your entrepreneurial skills and pinpoint innovative ideas and marketing opportunities.

The Extension will offer a three-day agricultural entrepreneurial business plan course Oct. 17, 24 and 31 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, 2400 Route 97, in Cooksville.

The course costs $25 for up to two people from the same family or business, and the registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 14. For more details on how to register, call 410-386-2760.

Two reminders — first, the new food pantry at Glenelg United Methodist Church opens Saturday, Oct. 15 and the third Saturday of every upcoming month, from 9 to 10 a.m. The address is 13900 Burntwoods Road, in Glenelg.

Anyone in need of grocery assistance may stop by without an appointment. Guests must sign in and show proof of residency to receive Howard County food bank items, but the church also keeps a separate inventory. Food is distributed according to family size.

If you need more information or would like to donate to the food pantry, call the church at 410-489-7260, or email

Second, the Town of Sykesville will offer its hour-long Ghosts and Legends tours Oct. 21, 22 and 28 beginning at 7 and 9 p.m. Squire Frederick Taylor, the official Town Crier, will greet participants at the Sykesville Town House, 7547 Main St., and then guide them through a variety of historic, and perhaps haunted, locations. To learn more about the tours, go to

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and younger or seniors 65 and older. To register, email Ivy Wells at Previous tours have sold out, so make sure to act quickly if you are interested in attending.

Two weeks ago I mentioned the Sykesville Fall Festival Oct. 8 and promised more details. Unfortunately, although I did receive the information in time, I forgot to include it in my column last week. My apologies!

Our area does have another fall festival coming up, this time at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church Oct. 22. The event, which is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will include a variety of contests, including a chili cook-off, a pie contest, and a pumpkin carving competition. Families can also enjoy a moon bounce, pony rides, and crafts and games, as well as hot cider, Chik-fil-A seletions and other delicious items.

For more information, call 410-442-5800, or go to The church's address is 2600 Marriottsville Road, in Marriottsville.

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