Glenelg United Methodist Church, on Burntwoods Road, will be hosting a community concert March 11 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

A string quartet featuring Sheng-Tsung Wang and Christopher Franke playing violin, Sarah Hart playing the viola and Charlie Powers playing the cello will perform movements from several classical works.

A free will offering will be collected during the concert, with proceeds benefiting the food pantry at Glenelg United Methodist Church. Light refreshments will follow the concert.

Glenelg High School's Student Services will presents a College Planning Night Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Glenelg High School Cafeteria. Counselors will present "Preparing for the College Application Process."

The evening will than continue in a conference-style format where attendees may choose to attend three sessions: What Colleges Are Looking For, led by Monique Hyppolite, Freshman Admission Counselor at the University of Maryland; ACT vs. SAT College Admissions Testing, conducted by Liz O'Connor of the Princeton Review; The College Search: Finding the Right "Fit," led by Marty O'Connell, Colleges that Change Lives; Tips from the Experts, moderated by a panel of Glenelg students and parents; The College Essay & Teacher Recommendations, conducted by Allie McDonald, school counselor; or Athletic Recruiting & NCAA Standards led by John Plevyak, men's soccer coach at Stevenson University.

The evening will be of particular interest to junior and sophomore students, however all high school-aged students and parents are welcome to attend.

I recently received a note from Karen Mobley, founder and CEO of Neighbor Network. Karen shared that the Christmas Adopt-A-Family Program was able to provide Christmas for 77 families, with 297 individuals receiving gifts.

The number of individuals touched by the Neighbor Network program well exceeded 300 people, with many homeless children also receiving donated toys at the Island of Hope's Homeless Children's Christmas Party held in Baltimore. Karen is very appreciative of the many in the community who continue to help to support this cause.

As the holidays have finally wound down (a friend of mine finally took their live Christmas tree down after Valentine's Day!), our thoughts are turning to spring cleaning and warmer days. To that end, Neighbor Network has once again partnered with the Folly Quarter Middle School PTA and Leo Club to host a yard sale that will benefit families in need. They will be hosting an Indoor Community Yard Sale Saturday, March 17 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Space is currently available ($10 per space), if you would like to sell your own items, crafts, etc. If you have items you wish to get rid of, but don't have the time or energy to sell them, why not consider donating them?

As part of the indoor yard sale, there will be donation tables set up for special invited guests. Invited guests will be referred by local agencies serving low-income families and will have the opportunity to shop for free at the donation tables.

All donations are tax deductible. Donated items should be dropped off March 16 between 6 and 8 p.m. in the Folly Quarter Middle School Cafeteria.

Yard sale volunteers are also needed to help make this a successful event. This is a great chance for students to earn Community Service Hours. Drivers will be needed to set up Yard Sale signs and pass out flyers prior to the event. Also, volunteers will be needed both Friday, March 16th from 6-8 pm to help set up, accept, sort, & price donations and the day of the yard sale 6 am-1 pm. If you're interested in helping with any part of the yard sale, please call or email Karen at 443-506-7394 or neighbornetwk@aol.com.

The Dayton Oaks Elementary School Regional Early Childhood Center toddler and preschool programs are now accepting applications for classes for the 2012-2013 school year. These classes include children with and without disabilities. The program's focus is helping all children develop communication, literacy, math, problem solving, motor, and social skills.

Parents of children who will be 3 and 4 years of age for the 2012-2013 school year may see Patti Waldman in the school office for an application package. All applications must be returned by March 16. A limited number of openings are available for children without disabilities. Children are selected based upon screening information given on the application form and the "Ages and Stages Questionnaire," as well as observations of the child's participation in a playgroup. If necessary, a lottery process is conducted. If you have any questions, call Megan Battle or Karin Faupel at 410-313-1581.

The Howard County Bird Club will hold its monthly meeting March 8 at 8 p.m. at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane in Columbia. The program will be Birding in Wales, by Mike Bowen, past president of the Montgomery County Bird Club. Mike will give an overview of the outstanding natural areas of his native Wales and review the nearly 200 birds known to occur in one of Britain's most scenic regions.

While not an exotic world birding spot, Wales can be a most interesting, surprising and rewarding destination with a very developed infrastructure. For more information about the meeting or the club, call Ward Ebert at 301-490-5807.

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, in North Laurel, will be hosting its annual Girl Power Conference – Reach for the Sky March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. Middle and high school girls are encouraged to attend this expo that highlights career opportunities for the women of tomorrow in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Attendees will be able to talk with professional women in STEM careers and take part in hands-on activities. Parents are invited to accompany their daughters.

This free event takes place in the Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, in North Laurel. Shuttle services will be available from the parking lot to the center. For more information, go to http://www.jhuapl.edu.