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Sparky and firefighters invite you to open house [West Friendship]

Calling all kids and their parents — this is the weekend for the annual West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Open House.

The kid-friendly event features Sparky the Fire Dog, displays of the various fire apparatus, demonstrations, tours of Station 3, refreshments like "sno-balls," information on volunteer opportunities and the best looking ladder trucks in the nation.

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Come out and get to know the volunteers who are always at the ready to protect your family. The open house is set for Oct. 5, noon to 4 p.m. Station 3 is at 12535 Old Frederick Road (Routes 99 and 32). The firefighters at Station 3 remind the community that working smoke alarms save lives.

Don't miss this amazing musical opportunity. World -enowned trumpet player Vince DiMartino returns to Glenelg United Methodist Church to perform a free public concert on Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. DiMartino will be joined on stage by long time West Friendship resident and accomplished pianist Bob Boguslaw. Vince DiMartino has been the lead and solo trumpet in the Lionel Hampton Band, the Chuck Mangione Band, the Clark Terry Band and the Eastman Arranger's Holiday Orchestra.

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This recital represents a reunion for the two musicians, as DiMartino and Boguslaw collaborated musically when Boguslaw was the piano player in the University of Kentucky Jazz Band, where DiMartino was the trumpet teacher and jazz band director. The two musicians have been friends for more than 20 years. Doug Burian, musical director of Glenelg United Methodist Church continues to delight local residents with this high caliber of music.

Programs are ongoing at the Howard County Conservancy and open to all. Go to the website at http://www.hcconservancy.org to explore the possibilities available right in your own backyard, beginning with the Conservancy's Fall Festival on Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bluegrass music, blacksmith demonstrations, vendors like Greenbridge Pottery, children's crafts, pony and hay rides, goats, chickens, a diamondback terrapin and even the resident Barred Owl await visitors. It's $10 a carload for a day of natural experiences at the three-century-old farm. The conservancy is at 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99) in Marriottsville.

Hare Raisers 4-H reporter Rebecca Miller continues to send descriptions of the club's exciting week during the Howard County Fair. For the second year, club member Amy Bodine headed up the rabbit breed presentation. Bodine recruited fellow member Matthew Hulett to assist in presentations which the duo held in the Educational Tent.

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Bette Hoover of Eden Valley invites community members to attend drop in yoga sessions on Oct. 6 and 13, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. The fee for each session is $13. The classes are for all levels, beginner to advanced. Interested? Call Hoover at 410-531-5610 or 202-329-4667. Eden Valley is at 5085 Green Bridge Road in Dayton.

Brother Gerry Seipp has set up his famed Halloween Train Garden in the Manor House at the Shrine of St. Anthony. Seipp, an avid collector, loves anything to do with trains. His displays are lavish, serendipitous, creative and amazing.

No charge to come out to the Manor House and enjoy the fun that Brother Gerry has in creating this wonderful fall train garden. Questions? Call the Manor House office at 410-531-2800. The Halloween train garden will be set up on Oct. 5, 12 and 19, 3-5 p.m. Kids love this display.

While you are out at the magnificent grounds of the Shrine of St. Anthony, stop by the Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 5 when families and pets are encouraged to come to the Piazza in front of the Shrine Building at 2 p.m. when leashed animals are to be blessed during the annual blessing of animals which celebrates St. Francis of Assisi. The Shrine of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

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