Want to be a hero? A warrior? You can be a "Weed Warrior" in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area and improve the health of Howard County's ecosystems.

You'll learn about local ecology and get a good workout removing invasive plants from the forest and replanting native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants under the supervision of a county forester.


Training will be provided at the MPEA entrance on Trotter Road on May 26 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Weed Warriors work Tuesdays and Fridays, 3:30-6 p.m., until June 25. The summer session runs June 26 to Aug. 30, Fridays and Sundays, 3:30-6 p.m.

Go to http://www.howardcountymd.gov/mpea.htm to learn more. You may contact drogner@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-0476 and sberry@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-4624 for information or to register.

It's scholarship time for 8th grade St. Louis students and others. Amanda Silvers received a Golden Counsel Scholarship from Mount de Sales Academy and the Archbishop Keough Scholarship from Seton Keough High School. Lillian Pope received the St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarship from Mount de Sales Academy. Congratulations, girls.

The Dayton Oaks Regional Early Childhood Center toddler and preschool programs are accepting applications for classes for 2015-2016. These classes include children ages 3 and 4 with and without disabilities. Applications must be completed and returned by June 5. For answers to questions, contact Megan Battle at 410-313-1581.

The Village of River Hill is promising great deals at the Flea Market in the Village Center parking lot on June 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is a special feature with this Flea Market, a gold buying event. Search around your house through things you don't or can't use and collect cash for old, broken or unwanted gold, silver or platinum jewelry, coins, single earrings, outdated fashions, gold nuggets, dental pieces or sterling silver flatware.

They do not take silverplated items. Bring your things to the Gold Party Event in Claret Hall. The evaluation is free and you are not obligated to sell. Bring a friend or family member and get an additional 10 percent.

Not only do you get to keep all your cash, an amount equal to 20 percent of all sales will go to the River Hill Community Association to be donated to Food on the 15th and Grassroots. Everybody wins.

Studies show that kids lose 2-3 months of math skills during the summer break. On the other hand, kids who participate in the TenMarks Summer Math Program actually show an 11 percent gain.The TenMarks program for grades 1 through Algebra 2 is free. Online support is available throughout the program. Students receive an end-of-summer report card.

To register, go to summer.tenmarks.com.