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Support food pantries and local clubs with food collection [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

On Saturday, May 28, The Social Contract Corp. (TSCC) will be partnering with Scouting for Food in Howard County to canvas the Marriottsville/Woodstock neighborhoods to collect non-perishable food for food pantries in the county.

Students from Marriotts Ridge High School will be dropping off a Scouting for Food bag at your home the week before May 28 asking for residents to fill it with unexpired, non-perishable food (no glass jars, please). They will be back on May 28 to collect the donations, sort it and distribute it all on the same day.

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TSCC is a 501(c)(3) corporation formed by students from Marriotts Ridge High School. Its mission is to provide dynamic community services and supplement the activities of existing community organizations. Scouting for Food is Boy Scouts of America's national community service project where Scouts collect donated food and distribute it to food pantries. Scouting for Food in Howard County collects food for 25 food pantries in the county of varying sizes. TSCC and Scouting for Food partnered on the annual Scouting for Food drive back on March 19. This year, Scouting for Food has collected over 71,000 pounds of food. Please be on the look out for the donation bags and if you have any questions, please visit www.tsccorp.org or email Sori Meredith at scoutingforfoodnpd@verizon.net. Thank you for your support of this worthy cause.

Amy Syversen is the band director at West Friendship Elementary School. Current third-graders at WFES have the opportunity to join the band program next year in fourth-grade. Syversen will be giving a recruitment assembly during the first week back to school in August, where she will introduce herself and the instruments, and will pass out letters for students to take home. Signing up for band is easy. All you need to do is go to www.amybejm.com and click on the link to sign up for the WFES band. Once you sign up, you will receive an email with a confirmation letter informing that you are all set. Absolutely no musical experience is needed to join. It is a team effort and everyone will learn step by step. The instruments available for students to play will be: trombone, flute, percussion, oboe (private lessons recommended, but not required), trumpet, French horn (private lessons recommended, but not required), saxophone, clarinet, tuba and euphonium. If you have any questions, please contact her at amy_syversen@hcpss.org. Thank you for your support of the band program at WFES and I hope that you will become part of our wonderful WFES band family.

With summer right around the corner, Thursday night summer concerts are returning to Turf Valley Towne Square. Every Thursday night, throughout the summer, some of the area's top bands will be performing live. So come enjoy free concerts, shopping, food and fun. These events are always free and will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. On Thursday, June 2, come hear the best dance rock from the '80s when Misspent Youth kicks of the first night of concerts. The group plays crowd-pleasing songs covering the biggest hits from bands like Aerosmith and Journey, to Bruno Mars and Maroon 5. They are sure to keep any crowd dancing and singing all night! On Thursday, June 9, The 1974 will bring your favorite pop hits of the 1970s back to life. Come out every Thursday evening this summer and sing-along to some of your favorite music.

Come out and join church and community members on Thursday, May 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., for an Italian feast at St Andrew's Church on Route 97, between Union Chapel Road and the post office in Glenwood. The cost will be $9 per person or $30 per family. As always, children ages 5 and under are free. Once again, dinner will be donated by Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille, located in the Inwood Shopping Center. Proceeds from the feast will benefit St. Andrew's Youth Pilgrimage happening the summer of 2017. For more information, please contact St. Andrew's Church at 410-489- 4035.

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