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Upcoming River Hill High concert has circus theme [Clarksville]

An Evening at the Circus is the theme of this year's River Hill High prism concert. School bands under the direction of Joe Fischer will perform on Nov. 15. To learn more, go to .

The monthly craft and bake sale hosted by the Howard County Cat Club will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 from 2 until 6 p.m. at the River Hill Giant. You'll find holiday gifts and tasty snacks of delicious homemade baked goods. The November gourmet Cupcake of the Month is pumpkin with cream cheese filling. Proceeds from the sale benefit cats. Contact, or 410-489-2612 to learn more about this no-kill cat rescue group.


All are invited to hear the choirs of Linden-Linthicum, Bethany, Glen Mar, Mount Zion and Glenelg United Methodist churches on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City. The American Cancer Society will benefit from the concert. There will be no charge, but a free-will offering will be taken. A reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 410-531-2324 or 410-796-0290.

Clarksville is welcoming two new eye doctors to the Baltimore Washington Eye Center in the River Hill Professional Center behind Giant. Comprehensive ophthalmologist Andrew Hammer sees patients for routine eye exams as well as complex exams for diagnosis and treatment of eye problems. His area of special interest is laser cataract surgery and lens implantation using advanced technology lens implants, which correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and the age-related focusing problem of near vision presbyopia.


Hammer served as Chief of Ophthalmology at Ireland Army Community Hospital in Fort Knox, Ky., prior to joining the Baltimore Washington Eye Center. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Also joining the Baltimore Washington Eye Center is optometrist Noushin Ahmed. Her clinical experience in providing routine eye care for patients of all ages, evaluation and management of chronic and acute eye diseases, including diabetic eye disease, cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma, along with fitting simple as well as specialty contact lenses brings additional resources for taking care of the eye care needs of Clarksville area patients.

Ahmed received her undergraduate degree from Florida International University and earned her Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry, where she was elected to Beta Sigma Kappa, the Optometric National Honor Society. She completed an internship at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salem, Va., and a residency at Seidenberg-Protzko Eye Associates in Havre de Grace.

Welcome to Clarksville, Dr. Andrew Hammer and Dr. Noushin Ahmed.

Volunteer for fun on Dec. 7 when the FIRST robotics tournament will be held at River Hill. RHHS STEM Boosters along with a local Boy Scout troop and school administration are proud to support Challenge Team 4067 in this season's competition, Cascade Effect. Fifty volunteers are needed. Many of the jobs require no previous experience or technical knowledge.

There are many websites to learn more about this program. To learn about FIRST Tech Challenge, go to To register to help at the Dec. 7 tournament, go to and follow the link at the bottom to the Volunteer Matching System and look for the FTC "Howard Qualifier" on Dec. 7. You can learn more at Community support of STEM activities at River Hill is appreciated.