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Howard County Conservancy branches out

For over 20 years, the Howard County Conservancy has provided environmental education programs to the county from its headquarters on Mt. Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Woodstock. Effective in May, however, the Conservancy will open an additional branch in the eastern part of the county, at Belmont Manor, 6555 Belmont Woods Road, in Elkridge.

The new facility will celebrate with a preview event on Sunday, May 4, 3-6 p.m. Guests may tour the facility while sampling food and wine and enjoying period music by Bruce Casteel. The cost is $30 per person.


To review upcoming events at the new location, go to and select the Belmont tab. The Woodstock location will continue to provide the same types of programming as in the past and will continue to use the same website. Call 410-465-8877 with any questions.

The Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours hosts a large variety of programs designed to comfort, heal, rejuvenate and enlighten. Over the next two weeks, in particular, community members may find programs that appeal to diverse interests and needs.


On Saturday, April 26, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Bon Secours will offer "Rest, Relax and Renew: An Introduction to Yoga." Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing and bring two large towels or blankets. The cost is $25.

Those who wish to learn more about meditation may enjoy the next program, "Expand Your Brain, Transform Your Mind: Healing Power of Mindfulness and Meditation," offered on Tuesday, April 29, 7-9:30 p.m. The program costs $25 on its own or $185 for overnight guests who wish to attend Conroy's class the following day.

Conroy's second class is "Healing Toxic Shame: Gift of Prayer and Presence." This program costs $80.

On Thursday, May 1, Bon Secours will offer an educational opportunity to people of all ages when Bluma Shapiro, a Polish Holocaust survivor, visits to talk about her Orthodox Jewish upbringing and her time in Bialystok ghetto, Majdanek concentration camp and Auschwitz concentration camp. The program will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and a freewill offering will be collected.

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Finally, on Saturday, May 3, Gordon Creamer will lead "Uncovering the Blessings of a Long Goodbye," from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $55.

To register for programs at Bon Secours, call 410-442-1320, or go to for more details. The address is 1525 Marriottsville Road, in Marriottsville.

Band students at West Friendship Elementary School have worked hard this month, practicing solo and ensemble music, performing on the morning announcements and preparing for the Spring Concert. Special recognition goes to the April Band Musicians of the Month: Brian Blackman, trombone; Krysta Cartee, flute; Hannah Coomber, flute; Neha Dave', trumpet; Kierstin Delk, alto saxophone; Cole Felch, bassoon; James Herman, percussion; and DJ Lindahl, trumpet. Keep up the good work!

Did you know that malaria is preventable and treatable, yet it continues to claim a life every 60 seconds? Bethany United Methodist Church will support the Methodist denomination's "Imagine No Malaria" campaign with a pancake breakfast and flea market fundraiser on Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City.


Breakfast will include not only pancakes, but also sausage, hot apples, fruit cocktail and beverages. The suggested donation is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12, with a maximum of $20 per family of four or more. Serving time runs from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

While there, make sure to peruse the 30-table flea market for a variety of crafts, candles, holiday centerpieces, books and more.

For additional information, call the church at 410-465-2919.