Last month, West Friendship Elementary School conducted its annual Tiger Trot, which serves as both a fundraiser and a fitness activity.
The students found sponsors to support them in this endeavor and then gleefully devoted their recess on Oct. 24 to maneuvering the Walk and Weave, the Balance Crawl and the Jump.
To sweeten the pot, the top three fundraisers earned prizes.
The first place student won an overnight trip for six to Great Wolf Lodge, in Williamsburg, Va., plus a $100 gift card. The second place student won two tickets to a Ravens football game, and the third place student won a winter party for 25 children at the Ellicott City YMCA.
In all, the students raised $4,000 for the school. Way to go!
Several West Friendship Elementary students deserve recognition as the November Band Musicians of the Month. Congratulations to Jonathan Bitterli (tuba), Eric Ellis (trumpet), Avery Gloyd (trombone), Leslie Looney (trumpet), Kyle Parker (trombone), Alyssa Peffall (percussion), Luke Whalen (percussion) and Will Vaxmonsky (trumpet). These students have worked hard and demonstrated good attitudes.
Friendship Baptist Church would like to invite the community to a traditional Christmas Hymn Sing on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. All are welcome to gather around the piano to share in the songs of the season.
The church is at 1391 Sykesville Road (Route 32), in Sykesville. For more information, go to http://www.fbcmd.org or call 410-442-5506.
Looking for a great holiday photo op for your children? On Dec. 8, jolly old St. Nicholas will visit St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2892 Route 97, in Glenwood, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Come out for a delicious breakfast, and stay to browse the holiday crafts and gifts. Children can keep busy with a variety of youth-led activities, and they may also enjoy visiting the St. Nick Shop, where gifts cost just $1 each.
Breakfast with St. Nicholas costs $7 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets or obtain further information.
Don't forget your camera!
Remember, too, that hypnotist James Munsey will delight families with his Comedy Hypnosis Show on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in the Marriotts Ridge High School auditorium, at 12100 Woodford Drive, in Marriottsville.
The Waverly Mansion Holiday Tours will kick off on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m., and will continue on Monday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon and again, by candlelight, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Refreshments will be served during all of the tours, and Die Liedersänger Madrigals will perform during the afternoon and evening tours. Holiday greenery and handmade crafts will be available for purchase, and all proceeds will support the Howard County Council of Garden Clubs' community projects. Entry costs $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children 12 and under.
Need more details? Go to http://www.facebook.com/HolidayToursAtHistoricWaverlyMansion, or call 443-812-2410.
My column last week included the wrong start time for the Natural Holiday Sale at the Howard County Conservancy. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.