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Playwright's Festival returns

Open Space Arts' Summer Playwrights' Festival is back and looking for submissions. Amateur playwrights and veterans are encouraged. The theme is "Surprise and Mystery." All plays must be about 10-15 minutes (8-13 pages typed), be family-friendly, incorporate the theme in some way, and have minimal technical requirements. Plays can be for any age, but actors are usually between the ages of 10 and 25, with a higher ratio of female to male actors. All plays should be e-mailed to by April 15. For more information, e-mail, or go to

'Once Upon A Matress'

Franklin High School presents its annual spring musical, 'Once Upon a Mattress,' on Thursday, Feb. 16; Friday, Feb. 17; and Saturday, Feb 18, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults. Franklin High School is at 12000 Reisterstown Road, in Reisterstown. For more information on the school, go to


FHS alumni to meet

The Alumni Association of Franklin High School will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., at 308 Main St. in Reisterstown in the Dale Chambers Community Youth Center. The entrance is on the driveway side, parking in the rear or in the adjacent church lot. The meeting is held on the second floor. The Alumni Association meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. and welcomes all Franklin alums. For more information, e-mail, or call 410-833-1703.

Pancake breakfasts

Holy Family Parish, 9531 Liberty Road in Randallstown, is holding a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 8 a.m. - noon, in the parish hall. Breakfast is $3 per child 12 and under, and $5 per adult, and includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, juice, milk, coffee and tea. For more information, call 410-922-3800.

Reisterstown United Methodist Church and the Kiwanis Club of Reisterstown are hosting a Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Reisterstown United Methodist Church, 246 Main St. in Reisterstown, from 4-7 p.m. Price is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, and free for children under 5.


RIA to meet

The Reisterstown Improvement Association is holding its next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Long & Foster, 321 Main St., in Reisterstown. The group meets each month on the third Tuesday to discuss issues of importance to the Main Street corridor and surrounding communities. For more information, call Glenn Barnes at 410-833-5400.

Chamber news

The Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce is holding its annuaCharter Night, Thursday, Feb. 23, from 6-9 p.m at the Pikesville Hilton, Preakness Ballroom.

For more information, contact chamber office, 25 B Main St., Reisterstown, at 410-702-7073,e-mail, or go to

American Legion news

American Legion Reisterstown Post 116, 1090 Westminster Pike, is hosting these winter events:

Saturday, Feb. 18, Comedy Blast, Inc presents and evening of Stand-Up Comedy. Dinner at 7 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m., $35 per person.

Saturday, March 17, Bull and Oyster Roast, $35 per person. Details to follow.

For more information, go to

Valentines for Vets

The Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System, present "The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards" for a free Valentines For Veterans Concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets are required, call the box office at 410-783-8000. All tickets are general admission, with a limit of two tickets per caller. For more information, go to

Senior Hall of Fame Nominations

The Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is currently taking nominations for the 2012 Hall of Fame. Nominees must be Maryland residents, age 60 or older who are active volunteers and have made outstanding contributions to improve the community.

A completed nomination form, a reference letter, and photo of the candidate must be postmarked by April 30 and sent to Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, Inc. at 800 Southerly Road, P.O. Box 1, Towson, MD 21286. Forms are available from Parker Koons at 410-828-5852. Awards will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Michael's Eight Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Peace Groups Writing Contest

The Anne Arundel Peace Action, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund, the Benjamin Peace Foundation, and the Peace and Justice Center of Annapolis Friends Meeting are sponsoring a writing contest for all Maryland 7th and 8th grade students focused on themes of peace and social justice.

To enter, students must submit an entry of up to 1,200 words on the topic: "The year 2042. Robots have been invented to replace soldiers on the battlefield, as an extension of the use of drone aircraft today. These robots are stronger than humans, have artificial intelligence that allows them to learn and solve problems, and have built-in weapons. Many countries want to develop these robots. However, others have expressed concern and called for a worldwide ban on the robots. The president of the United States has established a committee to consider how to proceed and have name you as a member. The president wants the committee to provide arguments for and against the use of robots in warfare as well as a recommendation. What are the pros and cons? And what advice would you give the president on this issue and why?"

Along with the entry, students should submit a cover letter including the student's name, address, phone number or email address, their school's name, address, and phone number or email address, and the name of the teacher sponsor, if applicable. Entries must be postmarked by April 30, and mailed to Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Contest, 310 Riverview Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403. For more information, call 410-263-7409 or e-mail

Maryland Archives Summer Internship

The Maryland State Archives is accepting applications for its 2012 summer student intern program for high school and undergraduate or graduate level college students attending Maryland schools or Maryland residents attending out-of-state schools. The 10-week program is a paid internship that runs from June 6-Aug. 14. Qualifications for applicants include academic excellence, preferably with an interest in history, archival science, library science, computer science, American studies, African-American studies, museum studies, or related fields.

For more information, go to Applications should be postmarked on or before April 2, and applicants will be notified of decisions by April 30. There are also student internships available for academic or community service credit throughout the year. For more information, contact Emily Oland Squires at Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401, or e-mail

Smith scholarship

The Martin J. Smith Foundation, Inc., announced it will again be awarding a scholarship to a high school senior living or attending high school in Reisterstown, Owings Mills, or Glyndon. The award will be made on the basis of financial need, scholastic merit and school or community activities. Any student attending Franklin, Owings Mills, or Hannah More schools may obtain an application from their guidance counselors. Students not attending these schools wishing to apply should write to Martin J.Smith Foundation, c/o Shirley W. Smith, 143 Main St., Reisterstown, MD 21136 for an application. For more information, call Shirley Smith at 410-833-0410.

Citizens on Patrol Training

There will be a training/refresher course for community groups wishing to start a Citizens on Patrol program, Tuesday, April 24, from 7-9 p.m. at Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive. For more information, call Community Outreach at 410-887-4714.