While people in the entire northeastern United States are shivering in the freezing cold, Emily Ogorzalek and Gabriella Cook are basking in Florida sunshine. Emily and Gabriella are participating in the college program at Walt Disney World.

Emily is a student at James Madison University. While at Disney, she is working in quick service foods at the Animal Kingdom.


Gabriella, a student at Flagler College, is a lifeguard at Blizzard Beach, but has been working in quick service foods at ESPN Wide World of Sports during chilly weeks. "Chilly" is a relative term.

The young ladies will have interesting stories to share when back in Clarksville. Way to go, girls.

There will be a screening of "Cowspiracy" at Great Sage on March 2 at 7 p.m. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $5. Call 443-535-9400 or stop by Great Sage.

"Trees, Wonderful Trees" will be presented by Master Gardeners at the Savage Library on March 4 at 7 p.m. Register online at http://www.hclibrary.org or with library staff at 410-313-0760.

The River Hill High School Theatre Arts Department will present Disney's "High School Musical" March 5-8. They promise to have the entire audience singing and dancing along. What more could you ask?

All performances will be held in the River Hill auditorium. Curtain time is 7 p.m. March 5, 6 and 7, plus 2 p.m. March 8. Order advance tickets at $12. Tickets at the door will be $13, but you can save the increase by bringing a nonperishable food item to donate to the food bank. Why not bring the food even if you have advance tickets?

To purchase tickets online, go to http://www.seatyourself.biz/rhhs or contact teacher and director Pam Land at pland@hcpss.org or 410-313-7120 to learn more.

Enjoy a lunch date with history. The Howard County Historical Society Museum will host "The National Road" with Virginia Frank on March 6. Bring your own lunch. Drinks and treats are provided. Tickets are free for Society members and $5 for non-members. Doors open at 11:30. The lecture runs from noon to 1 p.m. with an optional tour of the museum from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

Does your family have a telescope? Would you like to have one?

Families will have the opportunity to build a "Galileoscope", a sturdy plastic model of the telescope Galileo used when he discovered the moons of Jupiter and craters and mountains on the moon in the early 1600s. It comes with a tripod for backyard viewing.

The final opportunity to share this family experience is March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Robinson Nature Center. The cost is $24 for a family of up to five members. This program is sponsored by the Maryland Science Center, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and supported by the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from Howard County Government.

To learn more or register, call 410-313-0400 or go to http://www.howardcountymd.gov/Robinsonnaturecenter.htm.

St. Louis Catholic Church Youth Ministry will present the 34th annual Italian Dinner on Sunday, March 8, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. All meals include salad, garlic bread and homemade desserts. Tickets for spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sauce will be $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Lasagna is $12. For those with a hearty appetite, there is a $15 spaghetti-lasagna combo. For an immediate family of 6, the cost is only $40. Proceeds support Youth Ministry activities. Call 410-531-6668 for more info.

March 9 is the deadline to apply for Amanda Wins Scholarships for 2015 graduates of River Hill or soccer players in Howard County. More information is available at http://www.cfhoco.org/receive/scholarships. Scroll down about halfway to Amanda's scholarships.


The Howard County Historical Society's Music in the Museum March Concerts have been set for March 14, 21 and 28, 7-9 p.m.