West Friendship: War of 1812 is topic at Shrine of St. Anthony

Mark your calendar for Nov. 11, when Judge Roger Whelan will speak on "The War of 1812" in the glass room at the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

The talk is set for 1:30 to 3 p.m. Fee for the discussion is $10 and registration is required. Judge Whelan, who leads the monthly historical tours of the Manor House, embodies a wealth of information and knowledge about history, the State of Maryland and Catholicism.

If you are interested in registering, contact the Shrine office at 410-531-2800 or email to info@shrineofstanthony.org.

Speaking of history in Maryland. The Howard County Tourism office is currently offering a display of artifacts found in Maryland which relate to the Civil War.

Laluna and Bjorn Moreau of Finders Seekers are generously sharing many of their historic finds for the exhibit. A solid cannonball found in Elkridge, musket balls, knapsack hooks, harmonica pieces, Union eagle buttons and an eagle breastplate are among the artifacts on display.

The Tourism Welcome Center is located at 8267 Main Street in historic Ellicott City. Hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

The Howard County Antique and Farm Machinery Club of West Friendship is sponsoring a Basket Bingo Party on Nov. 9 in the Dining Hall at the Howard County fairgrounds. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets which are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, may be purchased ahead online at http://www.farmheritage.org. The event includes 20 regular games, three specialty games, three raffles and a 50/50 raffle. Questions? Visit the above mentioned website or call 410-988-8069.

Mark your calendar for the St. James United Methodist Church annual Holiday Mart, which will be held on Nov. 17, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food, bake sale, hot dogs, pancakes, a Christmas gift room, craft tables and vendors that will include Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple and Thirty-One. Questions? Contact Janet Sowers at janetsowers1641@verizon.net.

Just a reminder. The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission invites Howard County middle and high school students to participate in the Commission's annual Student Essay Contest. Winners will be recognized during the commission's 28th annual celebration on Jan. 20 at Howard Community College.

Students must be a resident of Howard County. The theme of this year's essay contest is, " Out of the Mountain of Despair: A Beloved Community". For all information, rules and guidelines go to the commission's web page at http://www.howardcountymd.gov/mlkholidaycommission.htm or phone the Office of Human Rights at 410-313-6430.

Essays must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov.13. Any questions? Call Gwen Hackney at 410-313-6467 or email her at mhackney@howardcountymd.gov.

As holiday calendar notes begin to pile up on your schedule, mark Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-2, 5-8 p.m., at the Glen Mar United Methodist Church. The church at 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City, is holding its fifth annual "Walk to Bethlehem."

Folks are invited to come anytime during the 5 to 8 p.m. hours to observe the wonders of the Christmas story. Led by guides, attendees will journey through outdoor settings where actors will enact the events leading to the Messiah's birth.

After each walk, participants are invited to join in holiday carols led by Glen Mar choir members. The church congregants have even created and staged an indoor marketplace as it looked in the time of Jesus.

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