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Eat out and support River Hill Spirit Night Feb. 12 [Clarksville]

We all need to eat. You will have plenty of opportunities to do just that throughout February.

Head on over to Chick-fil-A on Johns Hopkins Road for River Hill Spirit Night Thursday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. RHHS Boosters have partnered with Chick-fil-A and will recieve a portion of sales. To see more dates when you can show your support of RHHS, go to http://www.riverhill.org.

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Parents of a child who will be preschool age 2 1/2-5 years old and toilet trained by the June 15 start of the summer "Around the World" program at Hilltop Child Care Center are reminded to check them out now. There will be an open house Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon with crafts and activities while teachers introduce themselves.

To learn more, go to http://www.HilltopChildCareCenter.com or call 443-535-8505.

Many of us have lived through momentous historical events and recall those events from a personal perspective. Where were you when JFK was shot? Do you remember seeing live coverage of the first man to walk on the moon? Where were you the day the first black child attended your school — or were you that child?

The Howard County Library System joins the Columbia Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for a look at the 11-year era of public school desegregation. On Saturday, Feb. 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Central Library, Patrick J. O'Guinn Sr., Professor of Criminal Justice and Computer Forensics at Howard Community College, will examine the dymanics of the time between 1954 and 1965 and the effect on local lives.

"Come and get it!" will be the call of the day on Feb. 15, weather permitting. The 5th District Volunteer Fire Department will host a Country Breakfast in Ten Oaks Ballroom from 8 a.m. until noon. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, scrapple, breakfast beverages and much more. Proceeds from the breakfast will help fund equipment for the volunteers who help protect our homes and lives. Your support is greatly appreciated.

The next dining-with-a-purpose opportunity will be Feb. 17 from 4 until 9 p.m. at Ledo's pizza in Clarksville. A portion of proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Those with an interest in beekeeping are reminded to register for a short course beginning Feb. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. The class runs through March 24 plus one field trip. Go to http://www.HowardCountyBeekeepers.org. Click on Classes.

Howard County's Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) has been awarded a grant of $38,000 through the Watershed Assistance Grant Program, a partnership of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Maryland Department of Natural resources and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The grant covers one square mile in Hobbitt's Glen to address urban stormwater control and invasive plantlife in the area. Data collected as part of a 2007 watershed assessment showed only fair to poor biological conditions and only partial support of habitat conditions. Lessons learned in the study will apply to the entire MPEA.

Clarksville residents enjoy access to the MPEA along Trotter Road and participate in control of invasive plants.

At 1,021 acres, the MPEA is the largest parkland in Howard County and is managed by the county's Department of Recreation and Parks. MPEA is home to about 150 species of birds, over 40 species of mammals and numerous reptiles, fishes, butterflies and plants. It is one of our prized local assets and a great place for a quiet walk in nature.

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