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Try your hand at painting, help a River Hill team [Clarksville]

You can discover the artist within while supporting the River Hill softball team during PaintNight@RHHS. It isn't at night. It's Nov. 16, 1-3 p.m. You will paint "Bridge in the Fall" and enjoy some light refreshments for $45 a person. This is open to all ages.

No experience is needed. All materials are provided — even a smock. With an artist's direction, you will be able to create and take home an acrylic canvas masterpiece.

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Contact Marni_Rosenbaum@hcpss.org to learn more. To register and pay go to http://www.paintnite.com/pages/events/view/clarksville/850007.

Contact Joe_fischer@hcpss.org, go to http://www.riverhillmusic.org or call 410-313-6927 to learn details about "An Evening at the Circus," a Prism concert by RHHS bands Nov. 15.

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The Giving Thanks Luncheon and Dance for seniors at Ten Oaks Ballroom began at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13, featuring the Retro Rockets. Students from Clarksville Middle School assist in serving the meal.

Transportation and many activities are available to seniors. Call 410-313-6537 to learn more.

Enjoy choirs from five churches in concert at Linden-Linthicum UMC Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. There is no charge. An offering will be taken to benefit the American Cancer Society. A reception will follow. For more info, call 410-531-2324 or 410-796-0290.

Auditions for the River Hill High School Theatre Arts department's March production of "High School Musical" are open to eligible RHHS students and interested students in grades 6-8. Auditions will be held at RHHS Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2:30-4 p.m., for RHHS vocal students, and 4:30-6:30 p.m. for vocal and dance students in grades 6-8. The Nov. 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m., dance auditions are for RHHS students. Callbacks will be Friday, Nov. 21, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

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Students in grades 6-8 should send email to pland@hcpss.org to request a detailed audition information packet.

Math is really fun. If you doubt that, just go to Centennial High Nov. 18, 6:30-9 p.m. There will be demonstrations, discussions, activities, giveaways, Math Magicians, rappers and dancers. The Baltimore Orioles, Peabody Institute, U.S. Air Force, NCIS, Columbia Mall sponsors and more will be participating. It's free and open to all.

Check it out at http://www.stemulatingminds.com.

The second annual Jacqueline's Gala will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna St., in Baltimore on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 11:30 p.m. This is a super event to honor the memory of a courageous River Hill graduate, Jacqueline Shearer, daughter of Barb and Danny Shearer.

One highlight of the evening will be fantastic musicians performing at the gala. The popular local band, Misspent Youth, will be opening the show followed by Mark Rivera, member of the Billy Joel Band, Foreigner and Ringo Starr Band, along with his special guest musicians.

The evening will include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a dinner buffet.

Next week you will read more about this brave young lady and the good things that are happening as a result of last year's gala and the Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Fund.

For this week, you can find tickets to the gala, special room rates and further details online. Go to http://www.ulmanfund.org/jacsgala.

I enjoyed a perfect four-day alumni homecoming weekend as guest of George and Susan Boyd Miller in Ooltewah, Tenn. It was fun meeting their son, Brett, and his wife Stacie.

Bethany Jo Ashton surprised me with a big hug. She is a freshman at Southern Adventist University.

Two days later I crossed paths with Gary and Charlene Sunderland, formerly of Mink Hollow Road. They showed me the home of Francis and Sue Wernick.

The next morning I called and went to visit the Wernicks, formerly of Pindell School Road, who now live with their son Robert. Daughter Carolyn lives nearby. Both Wernicks enjoy hiking up the mountain to the spring that sends a stream down to the little lake on their property. They send warm greetings to all their friends back in Maryland, mentioning many by name. Sue and Francis look well and happy. Would that we all should be so healthy at age 94.

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