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Tenant lineup taking shape at new River Hill Square | CLARKSVILLE

A new year will bring new businesses to the Clarksville area. The River Hill Square development has been taking shape at the site of the former River Hill Garden Center. Two tenants, credit union SECU and Starbucks, opened their doors in 2020. Other businesses tentatively scheduled to open in 2021 include the ice cream shop Cold Stone Creamery, the burger chain Five Guys and a new location of Salon Suna, a beauty salon from Glenwood.

A much-anticipated Clarksville branch of the U.S. Postal Service also is slated as a tenant. Space still is available for additional occupants.

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Although the coffee shop is new to the community, Starbucks is already giving back by serving as a drop-off location for the Howard County Food Bank. Those who wish to contribute to the food bank now have a local spot, located in the lobby, to donate nonperishable food.

The items that are most in need at this time include canned and dried fruit, hot and cold cereal, soup, pasta and sauce, tuna, 100% fruit juice, peanut butter, as well as canned beans and vegetables. Baby items including food, diapers and wipes are also accepted.

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Howard County Restaurant & Craft Beverages Weeks will be celebrated Jan. 18 to 31. Visit Howard County, which organizes the annual winter and summer restaurant weeks, states that participating businesses will be following state and local COVID-19 guidelines. Clarksville restaurants taking part include Bushel and Peck Kitchen & Bar, Great Sage Organic Green Cuisine, Koshary by Misteka and Tasty Empanadas. Learn more at visithowardcounty.com.

It’s never too early to start planning your garden. The Master Gardeners of Howard County can help. The group’s monthly presentations are now available online. On Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., experts from the organization will present tips and tricks on “Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring.” Registration, required for the free event, can be completed by sending an email to events@villageofriverhill.org. A confirmation with login instructions will be sent out the week of the event.

Congratulations to two local students whose artwork is featured in a new book. Olivia Shim, an eighth grader at Clarksville Middle School, had her digital illustration selected as the cover of the book. The paperback also includes a picture submitted by Janet Sun, a freshman at River Hill High School. The artists entered a competition after learning about it last spring in a writer’s workshop taught by Margaret Brothman, a gifted and talented resource teacher at Clarksville Middle School.

Author Carol Van Gorp held a national competition to feature students’ drawings in her new book, “Step out of the Blues with Gabby’s Red Shoes.” The book, the first in a series, follows the character Gabby as she deals with sadness and loneliness during the pandemic and other difficult times. When Van Gorp viewed Shim’s illustration of a girl walking in the rain, she immediately knew that the picture captured the title character. Learn more at carolvangorp.us.

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