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Summer's over, but much is just getting started [Clarksville]

The calendar may say there is nearly a month before the first day of Fall, but we all know summer is over when school is back in session. Labor Day is as early as possible this year. My summer has definitely ended. How about yours?

The fall season gets into full swing in September.

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Columbia Pro Cantare begins rehearsals for the 38th season on Sept. 2. They practice Tuesday evenings at Hammond High from 7:30 to 10 p.m. You must audition to participate. If interested, call 410-730-8549.

Arundel Mills is offering Free Coupon Book Fridays until Sept. 26. The information they sent me looks like you need more tech savvy than I have, but it may be perfect for you. Check it out.

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The Frederick County Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) will meet Saturday, Sept. 6, in the Edenton Retirement Community Manor House. Howard County residents are welcome. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and is followed by a social time. The guest speaker will be Paul S. Haines, president of Hear World Communications. He will provide information about the caption call phone.

HLAA Chapters are support groups for people with hearing loss, and their families and friends. The focus is awareness and advocacy. All are welcome.

Did you know the Howard County Public School System offers evening original credit and credit recovery classes for junior and senior students trying to graduate in a timely fashion?

Parents, be sure to attend back-to-school nights and become active PTA members. It's important to stay informed. 93 percent of Howard County students graduate from high school and 85 percent go on to college. Our area offers many opportunities for young people, but it is also a highly competitive environment. Keep on your toes.

HCPSS is not the only source of enrichment. The Howard County Library System is offering a wide variety of classes for children, teens and adults beginning in September.

Other items on my September calendar include a health fair at the River Hill Village Center Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There is an opportunity to meet Board of Education candidates on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Other Barn in Oakland Mills.

September also welcomes the return of Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department country breakfasts. Look for breakfast in Sept. and Oct followed by pizza with Santa in December.

Does anyone have helpful suggestions on how a not-tech-savvy lady can use windows 8 on an HP? Some days everything works flawlessly. At other times, I think I am clicking the same spots and nothing works right. This is a nothing works day. If I didn't really need the thing, I'd be tempted to throw it in the trash.

Thanks for letting me vent. Have a great week.

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