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Things could get hot at chili cook-off for Grassroots

Members of the Howard County Chinese School will perform as part of the Lunar New Year Celebration on Feb. 23 at Clarksville Commons.

The Clarksville edition of the Great Chili Cook Off will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Food Plenty. Proceeds from this tasty event will benefit the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center.

Nine local chefs will participate in the contest to vie for Best Overall Chili and Most Unique Chili. The panel of judges will include Tim Banks, chair of the hospitality and culinary department at Howard Community College; Tonya Kennon, president and CEO of the Howard County Library System; and Creig Northrop of Northrop Reality, a Long & Foster Co..


The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $20 and include three samples along with a vote for the People’s Choice Award. For more information, go to

If you are looking to add some international flair to your wardrobe, local women’s clothing store Mumbai Boutique will host a networking brunch on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The Indo-Western clothing and jewelry store, which opened last summer at 6363 Ten Oaks Road, features the designs of Nisha Sheth. Born in India and raised in London, Sheth adds a contemporary touch to her designs that feature the centuries-old traditions of hand-beading and embroidery. Four of her outfits were recently selected to be modeled on the New Delhi runway.

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It is hosted by lifestyle guide Penn2Pratt and will feature anchor Yolanda Vazquez of Comcast and Maryland Public Television.

Sheth will explain how her designs can be added into everyday wardrobes, such as with boots and jeans, or can be used to prepare for a gala event. In addition to clothing, the store also carries designer jewelry. The event is free but registration is required. RSVP to

A Lunar New Year Celebration will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Clarksville Commons. An afternoon of dances, performers and fun will be offered from the Howard County Chinese School and the Howard County Chinese Cultural Center. The celebration of holiday traditions and culture is free and open to the public. The event is made possible with the support of the new restaurant Kung Fu 12 Szechuan.

Finding quality health-care providers can be a challenge for many people. A new type of primary care practice has opened in Clarksville and recently held an open house.

KellyCare is unique in that it is owned and operated by a nurse practitioner. The office at 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 105, is the third location opened by Kelly Goodman. She also has offices in Bethesda and at L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C.

Goodman “saw a desperate need for comprehensive, accessible and insurance-based primary care within the DMV area.” The concierge practice is designed for today’s modern—and often hectic—lifestyle, promising to value patients’ time, to spend time to understand their issues, and to keep appointments on time. In addition to providing primary care for adults, children and seniors, the practice also offers services for women’s health, weight loss counseling and immunizations. Same-day sick appointments are also available. For more information, go to