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Girl Scout cookie time offers sweets and lessons for all involved [Clarksville]

Penny and Lilly Huber of Girl Scout Troop 1022 hold up signs to attract customers at a cookie booth last year.
Penny and Lilly Huber of Girl Scout Troop 1022 hold up signs to attract customers at a cookie booth last year. (Courtesy photo)

If the taste of crispy chocolate wafers dipped in a mint chocolate coating makes your mouth water, then you are in for a treat. It is Girl Scout Cookie time in our area! Local Scouts are busy running their biggest fundraiser of the year. In addition to funding activities for local troop and regional council activities, the sales also provide girls with a valuable opportunity to learn how to operate a business and interact with the public. In selling cookies, Scouts learn how to set goals, make decisions, manage money and act ethically. Many are gaining their first experience with customer service as they learn to make change and even operate credit-card readers.

The girls, from young kindergarteners to seasoned high-school students, are helping to give back as well. The Cookies from the Heart campaign is a program of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland where anyone can buy boxes of cookies to be given to heroes working to make the world a better place—community helpers such as members of the military, teachers, firefighters, police officers and EMTs. If you have a craving for some cookies or would like to donate to the campaign, girls from local troops will be running “cookie booths” at nearby locations including Kendall’s Hardware and McDonald’s of Daybreak Circle on weekends through Dec. 3.

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After filling your belly with cookies, consider helping to give a Thanksgiving dinner to a local family. The Community Action Council of Howard County plans to serve Thanksgiving turkeys and the trimmings to 1,000 local families this year. CAC currently has funding for just over half of the turkeys. You can help the effort by making a monetary donation. For more information on how to donate, go to www.cac-hc.org/1000turkeys

The St. Louis Church’s artist series of chamber recitals continues to bring first-rate musical performances to Clarksville. The next event, a piano dedication recital, will be on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m., featuring Polish pianist Martin Labazevitch in an all-Russian music program of Scriabin, Medtner and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” The internationally-acclaimed Labazevitch will play on a piano newly donated by a St. Louis Parish patron. The concert is free and open to the public but donations are accepted. For more information, visit www.stlconcertseries.org or call 443-535-1691.

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Two unique events for adults are on tap at The Robinson Nature Center. Seniors ages 55 years and up are invited to The “New” Moon on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Brett Denevi, a planetary scientist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, will present recent developments in lunar exploration including missions being designed here in Howard County. After viewing the movie “Back to the Moon for Good," participants will take part in a question and answer session with Michael Paul. Featured in the film, Paul has lead teams of citizens in a competition to launch their own rockets to the moon. The event fee is $9. A Coffee-Lover’s Hike, History, Tasting and Pairing will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10:30 a.m. Attendees will discover the history and ecology of coffee while embarking on a refreshing walk along the trails. A coffee-tasting by local coffee roaster, Pfefferkorn's Coffee, paired with handmade, baked goods by local tea room Sweet Simplici-tea, will follow. Registration deadline is Nov. 16. Fee is $25 per person. For more information and to register, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/RNC/programs.

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