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Several nearby choices for vacation Bible school [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

With summer right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about vacation Bible school. If you're not sure where to take your child, you are in luck! Many local churches are offering vacation Bible school and here are a few for you to choose from.

St James United Methodist Church will be holding VBS July 6-10, from 9 a.m. to noon. Children, Pre-School (age 3) through 5th Grade are invited to participate. Come and enjoy the crafts, stories, recreation, music, and snacks from Amazing Grace Adventures of "Gangway to Galilee". For more information, contact the Church Office Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 410-442-2020 or via email at stjamessec@verizon.net.

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At St. Andrew's Vacation Bible School, this year's theme is "Hearing God's Call" and is designed for rising Kindergartners through 5th graders on July 20-24 from 9 a.m. until noon. Registration will be available until July 14th. The cost for VBS is $35 for the first child with $15 for each additional child registered within a family. Go to standrews.episcopalmaryland.org to register or call the church office at 410-489-4035.

Chapelgate Presbyterian's Vacation Bible School will be held July 13-17, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Campers will have a chance to explore a mysterious island and hunt for treasure as they depart for Treasure Island. The cost is $15 per camper and you can register by visiting http://www.chapelgate.org. Online registration deadline is June 22 and camp is for students who have completed Grades K-5. For more information, call 410-442-5800.

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Come one, come all to Mt. View Middle School to see Freedom Fighters, Past and Present, come alive in a wax museum. Eighth grade students have been researching freedom-fighting heroes and have crafted that research into informational and motivational speeches that will be presented in a live wax museum gallery. Staff, community and families are invited to visit the wax museum and celebrate student performances throughout the day on June 9 and 10 from 7:45-9:30, 10:20-11:15 and 12:40-2:25. Come and see these performances come alive.

The Knights of Columbus at St. Alphonsus Church will be presenting the 2015 Woodstock Maryland Music Festival on Saturday, June 20. This year's headlining performance will be the 10,000 Maniacs with opening performances by Silhouette Song and Vanessa Collier.

Tickets are on sale now for $50 and can be ordered by going to http://www.woodstockmd.org. The gates will open at 5 p.m. at 10800 Old Court Road in Woodstock. Food, wine, beer and beverages will be available at various kiosks throughout the event. For more information, call 410-707-1564 or 410-952-7929.

Congratulations go out to West Friendship Elementary School's Band Director, Amy Syverson, on the birth of her second daughter. Addison Catherine Syverson made her debut three weeks early on May 22 at 4:23 p.m. Parents, Amy and Eric, and big sister Camden Bejm are elated with their new addition. Congratulations to the entire family.

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