The Knights of Columbus Council No. 13294 keeps busy with many large fundraisers throughout the year. Saturday, Nov. 17, marks the date for the group's sixth annual Bull and Oyster Roast at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church, 10800 Old Court Road, in Woodstock.

The bull roast runs from 7 p.m. to midnight, with music and dancing all evening. Food will be available until 10:30 p.m., and the bountiful menu features pit beef, turkey, ham, pulled pork, oysters — both raw and fried — and Maryland crab soup. Side dishes include mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh green beans, coleslaw, potato salad, garden salad and macaroni salad with shrimp, plus cake for dessert. Soda, coffee, beer and wine will be available until 11:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $45, and proceeds will benefit a variety of charitable efforts, both near and far. For tickets, call Ed Pelsinsky at 410-313-8808.

Last year's event was such a success that the Mt. View Middle School PTA has decided to again sponsor the family-friendly James Munsey Comedy Hypnosis Show. I can vouch that my children talked about the show for weeks afterward and were delighted to see their friends and classmates on stage.

This year's show is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., in the Marriotts Ridge High School auditorium, 12100 Woodford Drive, Marriottsville. Tickets cost $10 in advance, or $12 at the door, and proceeds will benefit the school PTA. To reserve tickets, email Don Hester at donanddemetra@netzero.com.

The Marriotts Ridge Music Foundation is now accepting orders for the second of four citrus fruit sales this fall and winter. Orders are due Monday, Nov. 26, and the selection includes red grapefruit, Florida navel oranges, tangerines, and a variety pack. Pickup is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15, at the school.

Go to http://www.mrhsmusic.net/Fundraising/citrus-sales for pricing information or to print an order form. Questions? Email mrhsfruit@yahoo.com.

Every month, the Glenelg United Methodist Church food pantry has served a growing number of residents from across Howard County. Twenty-nine families received assistance last month, thus prompting the pantry to increase its hours. It will still open on the third Saturday of the month but will now remain open for two hours, 9-11 a.m. On Nov. 17, the pantry will provide turkeys and Thanksgiving meal fixings, all packaged by the Glenelg United Methodist Women.

A growing clientele naturally means a growing demand for food and toiletry donations, and the community has responded generously. Sports teams, school service organizations and a local Weight Watchers group have all contributed recently.

Ellie Feaga, a 5th grader at Bushy Park Elementary School, held her fourth annual bake sale and designated this year's proceeds — more than $2,300 — to the food pantry. Food pantry representatives are grateful for all donations and for the responsiveness of the community. They continue to welcome a variety of donations, but especially seek laundry detergent this month.

To learn more about how you can help or receive help from the food pantry, call the church at 410-489-7260, or email glenelgumcpantry@gmail.com. The church address is 13900 Burntwoods Road in Glenelg.

Lynne Quinn, from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, would like to remind the community, "No St. Andrew's feasts in November or December due to the holiday season. We will be back in January." That date, of course, is Jan. 24, the fourth Thursday of the month.

Friday, Nov. 16, National Geographic photographer George Grall will present "Return of the Spring Pools: The Amphibian Awakening and More" at 7 p.m. at the Howard County Conservancy. Through a series of breathtaking images, Grall will take the audience with him as he wades into springtime pools and explores these transient, wet ecosystems.

Registration costs $10 per person in advance or $12 on the day of the program. Children under 8 are free. For more information, go to http://www.hcconservancy.org, or call 410-465-8877. The address is 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Woodstock.

St. James United Methodist Church will showcase its annual Shop for the Holidays Craft and Vendor Show Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 12470 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Marriottsville. Vendors and crafters will sell their wares, and the church will host a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a bake sale throughout the event.

For more information, email janetsowers1641@verizon.net.