Watson and Kittleman will debate at Mt. Hebron [Ellicott City]

Those perennial rivals, Tom the Turkey and the Centennial Eagle, will race each other again at the annual Centennial High School Boosters Turkey Trot.
Those perennial rivals, Tom the Turkey and the Centennial Eagle, will race each other again at the annual Centennial High School Boosters Turkey Trot. (Submitted photo/For the Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Election day — Tuesday, Nov. 4 — is only three weeks away. To help voters learn about the candidates, the PTA Council of Howard County is hosting a Howard County Executive Candidate Forum on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Mt. Hebron High School, 9440 Old Frederick Road, in Ellicott City.

Open to the public, the forum will provide the community an opportunity to hear the County Executive candidates — State Sen. Allan Kittleman (R) and County Council member Courtney Watson (D) — discuss issues of importance to Howard County citizens.


The event will feature a moderator who will ask the candidates questions related to education and county schools. Audience members will also have a chance to ask the candidates questions at the event. If you can't attend the forum but have a question for the candidates, the PTA Council is accepting questions via its Facebook page or website at PTACHC.org.

Attendees are asked to RSVP at   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f48aba62ba02-ptachc/  by Oct. 17. For more information, contact PTA Council president Christina Delmont-Small at 703-434-2185 or president@ptachc.org.  The council represents more than 26,000 parent, teacher, student and community members through PTA units in all 74 county public schools.

For a complete list of all Howard County candidates, go to the League of Women Voters of Howard County website, lwvhc.wordpress.com and click  the "Election 2014"  and "2014 Candidates" tabs.

Ellicott City's Rockland United Methodist Church hosts its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18,  from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to Shirley Massey, the family-friendly festival will feature a flea market, cafe, music, games and activities.  To reserve a flea table for $10 call 410-761-5733 or email becrouse@verizon.net.  Rockland UMC is located at Chapel Avenue and Route 99 (just off the end of Route 29 North).

Mark your calendars. It's almost time for the annual Centennial High School Boosters Turkey Trot, Sunday, Nov. 2. at 9 a.m.

The 5K trail run/walk utilizes Centennial High School's premier cross country course that winds through the Ellicott City countryside with spectacular views of pristine farmland and wooded areas. Medals and prizes will be awarded to finishers for overall male and female finishers, youngest and oldest male and female, and top three male and female in the following age categories: high school (18U), open (19-39) and master (40+).

For the 10 and under crowd, the 1K Kids Costume Run gives kids an opportunity to wear their Halloween costumes for three fun laps around the high school track, with a special prize for all finishers.

Post race fun includes refreshments and, at 10 a.m., the highly anticipated race between the Centennial Eagle mascot and Tom the Turkey.

Pre-register for the 5K, on or before Oct. 30, and receive a discounted rate of $25 per person and a free long-sleeved T-shirt ($30 after Oct. 30).The registration fee for 1K Kids Run is $10 per child.

Register three ways: online at http://www.centennialboostersonline.com, via mail by downloading the registration form on the website (must be postmarked by Oct. 24) or on race day, until 8:45 a.m., at the event. For more information contact Amy at turkeytrot@centennialboostersonline.com or go to the website.

All proceeds from the race benefit the CHS Boosters, which financially supports all athetic teams and extracurricular clubs and organizations at Centennial High School. Ample parking is available on both sides of Centennial High School and Burleigh Manor Middle School. CHS is at 4300 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City.