If I were running for office, I would want Ellie Feaga as my campaign manager. The Glenwood Middle School seventh grader is a whiz kid wunderkind who can organize like no one else.
Ellie is in the throes of plans for her sixth annual charity bake sale and she's got friends, neighbors, family and classmates in on the action. Feaga's fellow Glenwood Middle School classmates Caroline Glassman and Julie Hockstra, both seventh graders, are pitching in this year as they did in 2013.
Each year the lively youngster sets out a plan for a sale which benefits a different organization. For 2014, Feaga has selected the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department and the Wounded Warrior Project as recipients of the funds raised during her Nov.8 bake sale.
Ellie has already received dozens of contribution pledges of baked goods as well as monetary donations. In the past five years, the seventh grader has raised close to $15,000 for a variety of charities. Mark your calendar for Nov. 8 and follow the sweet smelling trail to 15211 Frederick Road in Woodbine, where all the yummy treats imaginable will be on sale.
Put away the pots and pans and run to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Oct. 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., when the benefit dinner is Italian Night. All proceeds from the family-friendly dinner go to the St. Andrew's Youth Group Pilgrimage to New Orleans.
Dine in or carry out. $9 per person or $30 per family for the meal donated by the Chef at Smokin' Hot Grille in Glenwood. St. Andrews is at 2892 Route 97 between Union Chapel Road and the post office in Glenwood.
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Special thanks to West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department auxiliary members Sandi Hawkins and Debbie Saunders, who made certain the hearty crew of Station 3 were well fed during a Company Picnic held at Alpha Ridge Park on Sept. 28. Perfect weather and perfect grilling by Assistant Fire Chief Mark Miller made for a splendid and relaxing day for the firefighters and their families.
Frances M. Dawson, artistic director of the acclaimed Columbia Pro Cantare is thrilled to begin the 38th year of the regions finest choral group, which numbers more than 100 members. The season kicks off on Oct. 25, 8 p.m., at the Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts at 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. The program, "Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle" features soprano Jennifer Holbrook, among others. Go to http://www.procantare.org for ticket information.
Fall fairs and festivals are beginning to fill up local weekends. Mark your calendar for Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., when St. James United Methodist Church presents the annual Holly Mart craft and vendor show. St. James is at 12470 Old Frederick Road in Marriottsville. Holiday decorations, tasty treats, baked goods, lunch fare and craft vendors galore.
The Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission invites Howard County middle and high school students to participate in the commission's annual Student Essay Contest. For their entry, students are asked to reflect upon Dr. King's statement, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you dong for others?' "
A walking tour of the historic Manor House at the Shrine of St. Anthony is set for Oct. 26, 2 to 3 p.m. No fee for this lovely stroll and informative tour. The Shrine of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road.