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The Love Liberty Campaign is in full swing for Liberty High School's International Thespian Society and Drama Club.

Why are these students raising money? It's so 35 students and their chaperones can travel to the International Thespian Society National Festival from June 23 to 28 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Why are so many headed to the national festival? The school's one-act play, "The Trench," won first place for a main stage production at the Maryland International Thespian Society Festival in January. Because they won at the state festival, the Liberty students will be taking the show on the road to Nebraska in June to compete with schools all over the country.

Getting the performers, technicians and equipment set for traveling is a major undertaking, according to Liberty Drama Boosters publicity chairman Cindy DeBandi. "There are also kids not in 'The Trench' who got a superior rating on their individual presentations at the state festival who will also be going to compete for scholarships," she said.

DeBandi explained that, even though the students and chaperones will be flying to Nebraska, they're not the only ones headed westward. "We have two dads who are going to drive a van and a truck to Nebraska with the set and the musical instruments," she said.

The Love Liberty Campaign's goal is to raise $48,000 to cover the group's travel expenses, lodging and meals for the Nebraska trip. The students are asking for direct cash, check or credit donations to reach this goal.

This student campaign has an additional component. Each student has selected a Liberty High School teacher as a "pay it forward" recipient.

The student raising the most money beyond $1,200 - the cost of the trip per person - will win an Apple iPad, provided by the Drama Boosters, for his or her sponsored teacher. The due date for contributions to the "pay it forward" contest is March 15, although the campaign will run through June.

The students are asking the whole community to show support for them and their program. All donations are tax deductible, and tax receipts will be available on the drama club website.

You may give donations by cash or check to individual students to be turned in, or you can mail your check donation to Love Liberty Campaign, c/o Liberty Drama Boosters, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784.

If you'd like to donate by credit card, you may do so at http://www.lhsdramaclub.com/love-liberty-campaign.html. You can designate the name of the student being sponsored, or you can make a general donation.

Along with the Love Liberty Campaign, the Liberty Drama Boosters and Drama Club are sponsoring a plant sale to raise funds for the trip to Nebraska. Flats of annuals, hanging baskets and combination planters will be available, all supplied by Walnut Springs Nursery Inc. Orders are due by April 1, and pickup will be from noon to 2 p.m. April 27 in the Liberty High School parking lot. All orders must be picked up that day.

You can order plants at http://www.lhsdramaclub.com/plant-sale.html. You will need to email your order to Debbie Smith, the plant sale coordinator, and pay for your order through the website. You can also order plants from any drama club member.

If you have questions about the Love Liberty Campaign or the plant sale, contact the Liberty Drama Boosters by calling 443-280-5975 or by emailing LibertyDramaBoosters@gmail.com.

Clubs offer breakfast

Shrove Tuesday is over, but do you still need some pancakes? The Freedom District Lions Club, along with the Leo clubs of Century and Liberty high schools, will be serving a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church.

What makes this breakfast different is that the Leo club members will be the hosts and hostesses. The high school students will seat and serve the customers, even filling requests for seconds and thirds.

Meanwhile, the Lions club members will be cooking and handling the ticket sales.

The all-you-care-to-eat menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and fruit cup, along with coffee, tea and orange juice.

Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children younger than 12. Proceeds will go to support the clubs' 2014 Christmas project for families in need.

Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church is at 961 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg.

For more information, call Don Champ at 410-795-4180.

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Coffeehouse planned

Believe it or not, spring is on its way. Piney Run Nature Center will be celebrating with its Spring Fever Coffee House from 7 to 9 p.m. March 14.

Come on out for an evening of Celtic music played by Wherligig, featuring the Koons family. The music, played on traditionally crafted instruments, will be woven into a historical narrative and stories.

In addition to the music, you'll be served an array of desserts. You'll also be able to choose from a variety of coffees and teas.

The coffeehouse is for ages 12 to adult, and the cost is $20 per person. To register, call 410-386-2103 or visit ccrecpark.org.

To learn more, call the nature center at 410-795-6043 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Piney Run Park and Nature Center are at 30 Martz Road, Sykesville.

Packing snack bags

Attention, middle and high school students who want to earn service-learning hours: Bethesda United Methodist Church will offer you a chance to earn hours from 7 to 9 p.m. March 14.

Student volunteers will be packing snack bags for the homeless. The bags will be delivered by church members to the Safe Haven shelter in Westminster.

To preregister, which is encouraged but not required, or to get more information, call Beverly Smith at 410-795-1286 or email ssbevett@aol.com.

Bethesda United Methodist Church is at 328 N. Klee Mill Road, Sykesville.

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