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St. Alphonsus gets crafty at Christmas bazaar [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

Whether we like it or not, Christmas is right around the corner! Come out to St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Parish in Woodstock on Sunday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and get started with your shopping at the annual Christmas Bazaar.

The bazaar offers many unique handmade crafts and goodies for the kitchen. Not crafty? No problem! The church is taking donations for its silent auction and Santa's Secret Shop, where children can shop for that special someone in their lives. In addition to shopping, children can have breakfast with Santa Claus. Five dollars will get you pancakes, sausage and a little holiday spirit!

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If you are interested in participating or have other questions, contact Barbara Helmrich at 410-442-1248 or barbarahelmrich@aol.com . Then on Saturday, Nov. 22, come out for the eighth annual Bull and Oyster Roast from 7 to 11 p.m. The cost is $45, which will get you music and dancing all night, games of chance, 50/50 raffles and many door prizes. Dinner will be catered by Monaghan's.

All proceeds will benefit St. Alphonsus Parish, Preschool and Youth Ministries, Lazarus Homeless Shelter as well as many other charities. Want to buy tickets or need more information? Contact Ed Pelsinsky at 410-313-8088.

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Wreaths Across America is gearing up for its 2014 Veterans Wreath Laying Program at Arlington National Cemetery. It is their hope that all 725,000 veteran graves across the country will receive a wreath on Saturday, Dec. 13. Crestlawn Memorial Gardens is the local cemetery with over 1,000 veteran graves. Each wreath costs $15 and if you would like to donate, volunteer or need more information, go to http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Mount View Middle School has been chosen as the recipient of the annual Vernon P. Johnson Exceptional Citizen Stewardship Award by the Oyster Recovery Partnership. This past spring, students at Mount View designed a fundraising campaign, called BOB (Bringin' Oysters Back) and raised $5,300.

Because of their donation, the Oyster Recovery Program will be able to plant more than one million baby oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. On Oct. 22, the ORP visited the school to present the award to the student committee: Olivia Cassidy, Ella Mannerelli, Jenna Kohler, Renee Paulraj, Raul Romero, Sarina George and Molly Bingham. Congratulations!

Join the students of the drama department at Marriotts Ridge High School as they put on "Alice in Wonderland" Nov. 20, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12. If you are planning on attending the matinée on Sunday, there will be a traditional Mad Hatter Tea Party at 1:30 p.m. sponsored by the MRHS National Art Honor Society. Tea tickets are $10 and you will receive a handmade teacup with your purchase.

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Marriotts Ridge High School Athletic Department has much to be excited about. The golf team won the tate championship for the 1A/2A division. This is the third consecutive state championship for the golf team. Congratulations to golfers Bennett Buch, Jackson Courtney, Nicholas Meija and John Szymanski on for this achievement! For the first time since Marriotts Ridge opened 10 years ago, the Varsity Girls Field Hockey team are County Tri-Champions. And finally, congratulations go to the Varsity Cheerleaders as they became the fall cheerleading champions for Howard County. Congratulations to all the athletes and coaches on an outstanding season!

In honor of Terry Eberhardt being nominated as one of the 25 Grammy semifinalists, come out to MRHS parking lot on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to test drive a Ford. Drivers over the age of 18 can take a test drive. In conjunction with the Grammys, the Ford Motor Co. will donate $20 for each test drive to the MRHS Auditorium fund up to $6,000.

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