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Beloved musical comes to Chapelgate stage [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

There's no business like show business at Chapelgate Christian Academy. Though smaller in size and resources than local public schools, it presents a consistently stellar spring musical. This year's production? "Annie Get Your Gun," the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein hit about sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her competitive romance with fellow marksman Frank Butler.

Show times are Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m.


Tickets cost $10 in advance for students and $12 for adults, or $15 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, visit the school office at 2600 Marriottsville Road. Call 410-442-5888 with any questions.

This spring, the Howard County Conservancy will offer moms a chance to exercise with their new babies while becoming reacquainted with nature. Naturalist and education assistant Stephanie Holzman will lead two "Babes in the Woods" mom-and-baby hikes, one on Monday, March 24, and the other on Monday, March 31, both from 9:30 to 11 a.m.


For these hikes, moms will need to bring a front carrier or backpack, comfortable hiking shoes and a blanket.

Parents with toddlers need not feel left out — Holzman will also lead two gentle hikes for walking toddlers on Wednesday, March 26, and Wednesday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m. The "Stories under the Sycamore" strolls will last 50-90 minutes and include stories, songs and even some aimless wandering — perfect for toddlers!

This program is geared toward children ages 2 and 3. Parents should bring blankets, coats, boots and hats, as necessary, plus a rugged stroller for any babies accompanying their older siblings.

All of these hikes will begin at the farmhouse porch. The cost is $10 per child per session. Register online at, or call 410.465.8877 for more information.

On Saturday, March 29, the Marriotts Ridge Booster Club will host its big Mustang Madness fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. at Players Bar & Grill. The restaurant is in the Waverly Woods Village Center, at 10795 Birmingham Way, in Woodstock.

Tickets cost $40 online through Friday, March 28, or $50 at the door, and the cost includes dinner and entertainment. The evening will feature live music by local band BadMoon, a prize wheel, NCAA tournament squares, a wine wall and auction items. Guests should arrive early; the first 100 in attendance will receive a free drink.

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Mamma Mia! It's time for another community feast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and this month's menu will feature Italian food.


The date is Thursday, March 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. Entry costs $9 per person or $30 maximum per family, and children age 5 and under dine for free. Proceeds will support the 2015 J2A (Journey to Adulthood) Youth Pilgrimage.

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Mark your calendars for a free Tuesday night Alzheimer's disease/dementia education series in the counseling offices at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, in Ellicott City. Dr. Thomas Swisher, a licensed professional counselor, will cover "Legal and Financial Planning" issues on March 25 and "Coping Strategies" on April 1. The classes will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Swisher will also facilitate a free Alzheimer's support group beginning Tuesday, April 8, 6-8:30 p.m. After this initial session, the group will meet on the first Tuesday of every month. The support group is open to individuals living with early-stage Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias, and also to their caregivers.

Attendees must preregister for the education series and pass a prescreening for the support group. Contact Yolanda Wright of the Alzheimer's Association at 410-561-9099, ext. 208, or