St. Joseph teacher is tickled pink at students' efforts to fight hunger

Every Thursday, students and faculty of St. Joseph School, Cockeysville, make either peanut butter and jelly or cheese sandwiches to donate to Our Daily Bread. There is a crew of middle school students who come to school early on Thursday mornings to make sandwiches.

Isabel Blevins, eighth-grade teacher and moderator; seventh-grade teachers Fran Phelan and Mark Miller and Principal Terry Golden are on hand to help as well.;

The crew takes pride in the number of sandwiches they make — usually several hundred.

Recently, Miller told the group that he was certain they couldn't make 600 sandwiches in one morning. If they could, he challenged, he would dye his hair pink.

On Oct. 20, the count was 628, and the next day, Miller upheld his part of the deal — the eighth-grade girls sprayed his hair pink.

Everyone agreed that it gave him a pink halo — just right for a good sport.

Cockeysville Middle School's art department, in partnership with the Cockeysville Library, is displaying more than 80 pieces of art throughout the library, 9833 Greenside Dr.

According to Samuel Georgieff, Cockeysville Middle School Art Department Chair, more than 60 sixth-, seventh and eighth-grade students were selected to showcase their artwork.

"This display is the second year Cockeysville has displayed art in the community library," Georgieff said.

The art ranges from charcoal landscapes, water color paintings of flowers, pencil still-life and color pencil drawings. Georgieff hopes for a long-term partnership with the Cockeysville branch.

Short track motorcycle racing will take place inside the Cow Palace at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium on Saturdays, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

This annual event is a fundraiser for the Cockeysville Optimist Club and Baltimore County Trail Riders. Racers range in age from 6 to 60. If you like motorcycle racing, this is the most exciting event in Maryland. For riders, there will be an open practice session from noon to 2 p.m., each race date. For spectators the racing begins at 4:30 p.m. with a practice session, and actual racing beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $12, though children younger that 8 are admitted free. For more details, go to

Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, has the following activities for the month of November. Unless otherwise noted, all events are $3 members; $2 non-members. Call 410-887-1815.

•Sunday, Nov. 6, 2-4 p.m., Mother Nature's Pokemon. Discover the real life "special abilities" of animals at Oregon Ridge. For ages 5 and older.

• Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, 2 to 4 p.m., Fall Story Time. Learn how animals survive the cold months of winter, and make a crafts to take home. For ages 3 and older.

• Sunday, Nov. 13, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Birding the Ridge. Katharine Patterson leads a hike to search for feathered friends. Free.

• Friday, Nov. 18, 7 to 9 p.m., Moonlight Masquerade. Learn about the effect of the phases of the moon on different animals. Meet a few that hunt by moonlight, and take a hike to look for signs of nocturnal wildlife. Afterward, decorate a mask to mimic nighttime animals. Ages 8 and older.

•Saturday and Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m., Owls and Omens. Learn about owls and the lore surrounding them. Then meet owl One Eyed Willy. Ages 5 and older.

• Saturday, Nov. 26, 2 to 4 p.m. Campfire Sweets and Carbs. Learn how to create tasty concoctions over a simple fire.

• Sunday, Nov. 27, 1 to 2 p.m., or 3 to 4 p.m., Turkey Trot Treasure Hunt. Find clues to discover a treasure chest filled with surprises. For ages 5 and up.

Barry and Trudy Balzanna of Cranbrook Road, want to let those in the community that their Siberian husky, Blazer, passed away last month. Blazer was a gentle fixture in the area, and many of the neighbors would stop to pet and "converse" with Blazer during walks. His sweet countenance and gentle nature will be missed.

Happy birthday to my nieces, Franny and Maddy Brancati, and their mom, Liz Jaffee, who all share the same birth date, Nov. 6.

Also on Nov. 6, don't forget to turn back your clocks!

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