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Wear your best costume to Brock Bridge Elementary's Fall Dance

The quintessential sign of fall arrived with the changing colors of the leaves. Many of these colorful leaves have found their way into the house, tracked in by my 7-year-old.

Fall exemplifies a time of change as the temperatures get colder, the sports begin to transition and the first quarter of the school year draws to a close. Friday, Oct. 28 marks the end of the first quarter. All Anne Arundel County Public Schools dismiss two hours early that day.

Brock Bridge Elementary School planned its annual Fall Dance for Friday, Oct. 28, from 7-9 p.m. The PTA encourages students and family members to dress for the evening in their best costumes of the season — but not too scary — and compete in the costume contest.

The PTA also invites families to browse the Book Fair, which will also be open during the dance. Take advantage of this opportunity to pick up some early holiday gifts. The book fair continues through next Friday, Nov. 4.

Maryland City Elementary School reminds all parents and students that picture day is Wednesday, Nov. 2. Dress your best, and remember that picture day is a uniform-free day.

The Maryland City Recreation Council thanks Rocky Gorge Rugby for their generous support in re-roofing the press box at Maryland City Park. Members of the team climbed, removed and replaced the entire roof as a reach-out to our recreation program and a way of saying thanks for sharing the fields with them. The club went a step further by donating new signs that proudly hang from the press box welcoming visiting programs to the "Home of the Mustangs."

Thank you, Rocky Gorge, for your continued support of our youth sports programs.

Speaking of sports, soccer photos will be taken Saturday, Oct. 29. Coaches chose times last week and should have notified all players. Please arrive before your picture time, so we can keep all teams moving.

Mustang Basketball registration will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Brock Bridge Elementary School. Children, ages 8 and older as of Sept. 1, play in the Anne Arundel County Basketball League. Cost for each player is $95, which also pays for the uniform. Players, ages 4-7 as of Sept. 1, play in-house, and the cost is $50, including the uniform.

Practices begin mid-November with games starting in early December. For more information, please contact either John Venit, 301-725-7711 or; or Kate Johnson at Registration forms can be downloaded from and completed ahead of time.

Parents can join in on the kids' fun too by volunteering to coach. Be a role model to your child and their friends. MCRC looks forward to a great basketball season.

Finally, Monday night marks many children's favorite event: the annual best candy hunt, more commonly known as Halloween. Please be prepared for the onslaught of ghosts, goblins, couch potatoes, ninjas, cheerleaders, vampires and a host of other not-so-normal visitors.

Trick-or-treaters will venture to houses between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in Maryland City. Please leave your porch light on only if you wish to have visitors. But be prepared — you never know who may be knocking.

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