Got unwanted, functional tools? Consider donating the tools to Mt. Hebron High School's Ragnarok Robotics Club.  The student club members are hosting their annual tool drive in order to build a 150 lb. custom robot for their entry in the international FIRST Robotics FRC competition.

The industrial-grade robots contain parts made of metal, electronics, rubber, plastics, wood, pneumatics and more.  To build a droid, the team needs a wide variety of tools to fabricate and fasten parts to the robot and for building a full scale practice field for the game.


The community tool drive is a critical element of the student's work.

"This 'Varsity Sport for the Mind' is challenging and expensive.  Limited team funds must be used as wisely as possible in order to field a competitive robot," said Jeff Becraft, who serves as one of the Ragnarok Robotics team's adult mentors.

Businesses and individuals are welcome to drop off tool donations to Mt. Hebron High School on Monday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.. or request pick-up service by contacting the Tool Drive Coordinator at

All donations are tax-deductible. Follow the Vikings team on Facebook at  "FRC Team 3748 Ragnarok Robotics" as they build their robot and get ready for competition.

Mark your calendar for Glen Mar United Methodist Church's sixth annual Walk to Bethlehem Friday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Last year, almost 2,000 people attended this popular event that brings to life the biblical story of the first Christmas.

Led by guides, Walk to Bethlehem guests will journey through outdoor settings complete with actors clad in period costumes and live animals in scenes leading to and immediately following Jesus's birth.

Following the outdoor theatrical production, guests are invited inside to listen to carols led by Glen Mar choir members and to visit a first-century marketplace that abounds with carpenters, weavers, jugglers, Roman soldiers, pottery makers, musicians and knitters.

While Walk to Bethlehem is free, there will be a free-will donation basket in the marketplace. Bus groups are welcome with call ahead (by Dec. 2) reservations to Margaret Prechtl at 410-465-4995 ext. 204.

Allow 60 minutes to experience the entire indoor and outdoor event. Due to the popularity of this Walk to Bethlehem, there may be a wait time before your guided walk. To avoid crowds, consider attending on Friday, Dec. 6 between 5 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 between 7 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8 between 7 and 8 p.m.

For more information  call 410-465-4995 or go to and click the "Walk to Bethlehem" link in the red "event and updates" section for a slideshow of last year's event. Glen Mar is located at 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City.

Howard High School's Parent Teacher and Student Association is hosting a Bags and Bracelets Bingo on Saturday, Nov. 16, in the social hall of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Prizes include Coach, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley merchandise and Pandora bracelets.

$18 advance tickets ($20 at the door) can be reserved by contacting Sharon or Mitzi at For more information, including sponsorships packages and prize listings go to  OLPH Church is at 4795 Ilchester Road in Ellicott City.

In partnership with Ellicott City's Bob Evans restaurant, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7472 is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the post's Veterans Relief Fund. On Saturday, Nov. 17, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of customer checks to the Veterans Relief Fund when they present a fundraising flyer at time of purchase.


Flyers can be download by going to the Post's website at  - click the tab "Post Calendar" to find the "Bob Evans Fundraiser for Veterans Fund" link. Bob Evans is located at 4900 Beaver Run. For more information, contact Service Officer Al Hernandez at (410)-465-1801.