The holiday season is rapidly approaching. Are you ready?

You'll get more than a taste at the country breakfast sponsored by the Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department at the Ten Oaks Ballroom Sunday, Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon.

The buffet includes scrambled eggs, sausage, gravy, pancakes, scrapple, bacon and much, much more. If you leave still hungry, there's probably no one to blame but yourself.

Bring the family. Meet friends and neighbors in a nice community setting. Proceeds help pay for equipment used by the volunteers as they serve our community.

For more information, call 410-313-7215.

After filling your tummy at the ballroom, you might enjoy taking a little drive out Ten Oaks Road to Brighton Dam Road to check out the yard sale at Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church. You'll need to be quick; the hours are only 1-3 p.m. You never know who you will meet or what treasures may be waiting at a yard sale. To learn more, call 310-854-3678.

Get into the holiday spirit at Roots Market Nov. 19 with tastes of cheeses, appetizers, side dishes and more for your holiday entertaining. It's always fun to serve something yummy and just a wee bit distinctive. This is a good opportunity to check it out.

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner and Turkey Trot activities have begun at local schools. Pointers Run Elementary students want everyone to know they have both kind and healthy hearts. Students are bringing non-perishable food items to be donated to the PTA's Food on the 15th Campaign. Every food item earns five points toward the class score in the Turkey Trot competition.

Last year, students were able to make a huge difference in the lives of many seniors. The children look forward to doing that again this year. The annual Turkey Trot will be run by grades Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21 and 22. Walking or running with your kids is a good way to help them develop healthy hearts and it might help keep your heart healthy, too. If you have no kids, find a friend and get moving.

Janet Jagdhani tells me the secret to staying young is to have a young child like daughter Nila. If you don't have a young child, you can still enjoy the benefits of youthful exuberance by volunteering at your local school. There are even opportunities to help by working on projects at home. Call your nearest school and see how you can help.

Did you notice an unusual number of vehicles in the parking lot at the Ten Oaks Ballroom recently? It was the annual senior Thanksgiving celebration luncheon and show. Guests enjoyed food, fellowship and a special performance by Russ Margo and the Guyz. Each senior was encouraged to bring a can of food to support the Maryland Food Bank as part of "Giving Thanks." Howard County is blessed with many wonderful senior programs and activities.

To learn more, call Terry Hansen at the Office on Aging at 410-313-6537.

Just because I can read an eye chart, does not mean I always see what's in plain view in front of my face. How about you? From the express cash registers in Giant a board featuring River Hill High is clearly visible. It promotes sports, drama, music, summer camps, club activities and more.

The River Hill PTSA appreciates support from Giant Foods. Last year, Giant contributed more than $5,000 to the school. While you're in the store, check out the River Hill board and those of other schools. You may find items of interest to you.