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Joining band is an elementary decision [West Friendship]

Amy Syversen, the energetic and enthusiastic band director at West Friendship Elementary called the recent spring concert, "the most musically rewarding and fun concert in my 12 years of teaching at West Friendship." The special guest appearance of the Oriole Bird, brought an added excitement to the evening.

Syversen invites children entering the fourth-grade to attend a band recruitment assembly during the first week back to school in August. Signing up for band is easy according to Syversen. Just visit and click on the West Friendship Elementary link. No musical experience is required. Instrument choices include trombone, flute, percussion, trumpet, French horn, saxophone, clarinet, tuba and euphonium.


Make sure to stop by the annual Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church mini-book sale and flea market on June 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lots of vendors and lots of good stuff. The church is at 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood.

Gotta love that John Goodman. The Howard High Class of '58 alum recently enjoyed a gathering of Howard High classmates during a multi-class reunion held at the Lisbon Fire Hall in late May. Goodman, an antique car enthusiast, was delighted to receive a personal phone call from television personality Jay Leno who was calling to remark about an article run in this column about John Goodman's visit to Leno's famed antique car collection in California. Goodman has the ability to make friends far and wide. Many of the Howard High alumni meet on the first Wednesday of each month for a get together at the Double T Diner on Route 40 in Ellicott City. "Join in," says Goodman.


Tickets are on sale now through June 13 for the Olivia Rox concert on June 26, 7 p.m., at the Glenelg High School auditorium. Rox was a finalist on 'American Idol' this year. Olivia will be joined in concert by her father, renowned saxophonist Warren Hill. The Glenelg High Boosters, sponsors for this show, are quite excited to have a performance by such a talented young singer. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Glenelg High Music programs. For all ticket information go to–high-school-tickets-25214846284.

It's the annual Funky Flea at the Pink Cabbage, corner of Triadelphia Road and Route 144. Barbecue, live music, more than 70 vendors and tons of fun.

Come one come all to the Saint James United Methodist Church community yard sale and shred documents event on June18. The yard sale is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 12470 Old Frederick Road and the shredding event takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. at the same address. Vendors are invited to sell their wares with no fees. Bring your own tables. Registration is required at 410-442-2020 or email

Congratulations to local author Gary Bargatze on the completion and publication of the fifth novel in an historical fiction series titled "Your Winding Daybreak Ways." This fifth novel , "McGill " centers on the literary and arts crowd at a university in Tennessee where a young scholar's decades long descent and subsequent heroic climb to personal and professional redemption unfolds. Bargatze is undaunted with the scope of his series which will eventually include 10 novels, all stemming from and following a thread found in the first of the series. Beautifully and poetically written with doses of history, science, folklore, a love of literature and the arts, the story of one family and the impact of a nation divided is the essence of this work. Bargatze, a natural story teller, is at home weaving history, within the storyline of a family and the balance it seeks. Gary divides his time between his writing studios in Glenelg and in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Want to learn more about the Warfield series or about Gary Bargatze and his writing.? Go to his website at

It's not too early to sign up for the Saint James United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School, set this year for July 11-15, 9 a.m. to noon. Ages three years through fifth-grade are invited as students and older youth may sign on as helpers. To register, call the church office at 410-442-2020 or email