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Cooksville writer's first novel set on horse farm [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Lisa Trovillion, an author and horse farmer from Cooksville, has just published her first novel, called "False Gods." This story about horses, designed for young adults, is set in Maryland and contains great descriptions about farms, and scenes which will be familiar to people in our area.

The book was written for teenagers, but will be enjoyed by anyone who likes reading about young people dealing with real life challenges. A young girl with a history of never finishing anything she starts faces many challenges while she tries to train a rescued horse to qualify for the prestigious Washington International Horse Show.

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Best of all, Trovillion will donate the proceeds from sales of the book throughout the months of December and January to the Glenelg United Methodist Church's Youth Program. You can help the youth program while you enjoy a good book written by one of our neighbors.

There will be a book drive on Thursday, Jan. 22. from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Claret Hall in Clarksville. Donate your gently used books to the Howard County Reading Council's Laundromat Literacy program. This initiative puts bins of free books in local laundromats to be taken home and loved.

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When you bring the books to donate you can make a page for each book telling about your favorite part, using markers, colored paper and stickers. Music and light snacks will be provided. This event is part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a day for people to work together to solve problems. Call 410-531-1749 for more information.

The Glenelg High School Jazz Band will perform a concert on Friday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Community Center. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from any Jazz Band student, or from the front office of the high school. Seating is limited to 200, so you will need to get your tickets early. Don't miss this talented band.

If you like Italian food, then St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood is the place to be on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for the monthly feast. Dinner will cost $9 per person, with a cap of $30 for a family. Children 5 and under are free. The food is provided by Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille, and you can eat at the church or take dinner home with you.

The proceeds from this month's dinner will benefit the education fund for the children of Tom Palermo, who was killed in a bicycle accident in December. For more information call the church at 410-489-4035.

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According to Lewis Carroll, the author of the Alice in Wonderland books, "There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents." Children age 7 to 10 who are fans of Carroll, or just enjoy crazy birthday parties, will want to celebrate the author's 183rd birthday at "A Very Merry Un-Birthday" party on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. at the Glenwood Branch of the Howard County Public Library. This 45-minute event will include stories, crafts and refreshments. You must register by calling the library at 410-313-5577.

Before you go to see "The Seventh Son," the latest movie based on a book for young adults, you should join the discussions at the Glenwood library on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. This hour-long session for young people ages 11 through 17 will feature activities and discussions about the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. Refreshments will be provided, and you must register at 410-313-5577.

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