As the holidays draw closer, it seems that the spirit of the season is growing. People are moving at a bit faster pace, but are still pleasant with the holiday spirit, and I find myself humming Christmas carols throughout the day. Music seems to be filling the air all around these days. The Glenelg music department will host its popular winter concert tonight, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Glenelg High School Auditorium.

This annual concert will feature sounds of the season from the Glenelg band, orchestra, Madrigals and choir. Tickets are $8 and proceeds go to support the various groups in the music department. This community favorite is usually a sell-out concert, so it is recommended that you call the school at 410-313-5528 the day of the show to see if any tickets will be available at the door that night. If you have not yet caught the holiday spirit, attending this concert will certainly put you in the mood.

If you are looking for some more sounds of the season, then make plans to take in the Marriotts Ridge High School Music Foundation's 2011 Holiday Jazz Cabaret Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at Marriotts Ridge High School. The Holiday Jazz Cabaret is a fun-filled evening of holiday cheer, featuring the fabulous singing from the school's award-winning Madrigals, women's ensemble and other choral groups, as well as tunes from the Marriotts Ridge Big Band jazz group combined with delicious food and drinks.

Admission to the Cabaret is $10 per person For more information email event chairwoman Donna Flemister at donna@fdaexpo.com.

On Nov. 21, you could find the students of Folly Quarter Middle School outside strutting their stuff as part of the school's third annual Turkey Trot. The 1.25-mile cross country fun run was for students, staff and parents of Folly Quarter Middle School.

Although fitness and pacing awareness was the main goal of the Turkey Trot, prizes were awarded to the top male and female winners in each grade level.

Incidentally, Joe Piwowarski completed the course in the fastest time, 8 minutes, 9 seconds. Many of this year's winners were also in the top 5 for last year's Turkey Trot. Congratulations to all students who took part and completed the entire 1.25-mile course. Keep up the great work.

Folly Quarter would also like to extend a special thanks to the many community sponsors who provided generous gifts for the event, including Garbis Dental Associates, Supreme Orthopedic Systems, Eck's Officials, Inc., OX Orthodontix and Roots Market of Clarksville. Folly Quarter Middle School is fortunate to have such a supportive community.

The student services department at Glenelg High School is pleased to announce that this year's Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador is Jessica Cooper.

Jessica, a sophomore at Glenelg High School is being recognized for her excellent leadership skills. Jessica will attend a three-day leadership conference in the spring with other Ambassadors from the state.

Congratulations to Jessica for being such an exceptional student.

Just a reminder that the Howard County Food Bank will be open at Glenelg United Methodist Church Saturday, Dec. 17, 9-10 a.m. The Food Bank comes to GUMC the third Saturday of each month and will give out groceries from both the Howard County Food Bank, as well as the GUMC Pantry for those in need of assistance. For additional information, call GUMC at 410‐489‐7260 or email glenelgumcpantry@gmail.com.

The Thanksgiving basket drive was a great success for Neighbor Network.

Thank you to all those who helped put the "giving" back in Thanksgiving this holiday season. Neighbor Network was able to provide 45 Thanksgiving baskets to families in need. Many donors provided not only a complete Thanksgiving meal, but also extra nonperishable food for the family.

A special thank you to the Howard Huskies youth hockey teams for providing 22 Thanksgiving baskets; Folly Quarter Middle School for their donation of five Thanksgiving baskets, along with a collection of nonperishable food, personal care and household items for each of the five families; the Glenelg High School's girls and boys junior varsity and varsity soccer teams for their four Thanksgiving baskets; Clarksville Elementary School for the 12 turkeys from their Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.

Recipients of the turkeys were the newly opened GUMC Food Pantry and the St. Vincent DePaul Beans and Bread Homeless Day Shelter.

Thanks to a donor, a family of eight living in a motel, was given a gift certificate to Denny's Restaurant so the family could enjoy a holiday meal in a welcoming environment on Thanksgiving.

The giving keeps on going with the Home Depot on Route 40, in Ellicott City. A special thanks goes out to the store manager Gregory Barber, who donated a new refrigerator, plus provided free delivery, to a family in need living in Baltimore and to the kind supporter, who orchestrated the delivery with the family. This family was able to experience the joy that giving can bring. We will certainly share the generosity of Home Depot with our community.

Neighbor Network is grateful to the high school students and parents who volunteered their time to help in the delivery of these baskets. Neighbors helping neighbors is such a small act, yet has such a large effect.