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Families cheer for one of their own in Detroit marathon [West Friendship]

Three hours and 27 minutes. That was the time of Randal Brown's marathon race in Detroit on Oct. 19. Brown, an attorney at Plunkett Cooney in Detroit, is married to Heather Ring Brown, a counselor focusing on art therapy for teens and families dealing with trauma, loss and grief.

Both Randal and Heather grew up in this area and their parents are active members of this community. Randal and Heather are the proud parents of 3-year-old Remington and 1-year-old Ruben. To make the charity marathon race, which supported the Detroit Police Athletic League, all the better, Randal's four adult brothers, Rustin, Reginald, Rocky and Renard, all flew out to Michigan to cheer their brother on.

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Brown's parents Rochell and Melvina Brown could not be more proud. Same goes for Heather's parents Marybeth and Jeffrey Ring. Melvina wished she could have been there too but watched the end of the race via the internet. "He was filled with emotion", said Melvina Brown.

The annual Holiday Mart Craft and Vendor Show at St.James United Methodist Church is Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 12470 Old Frederick Road (Route 99). It features crafts, bake tables the Camp Hope Christmas Room is filled with gently used holiday decorations and household items and a host of craft vendor stalls.

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Sausage and gravy biscuit breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., followed by hot dogs and lunch treats from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Questions on the sale? Call Janet Sowers at 410-442-2020.

A bag of candy to share and a flashlight are the only admission requirement for kids and their families during the Shrine of St. Anthony "A Night with the Saints" event on Oct. 31, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The Shrine at 12290 Folly Quarter Road provides the setting for an evening in which kids are asked to come dressed up as their favorite saint or biblical figure. The evening starts with a 6 p.m. mass, followed by a "meet the Saints" session at 7 p.m., and finishing up with a family bonfire at 8:30 p.m. For questions or to RSVP, call 410-531-2800.

The annual Howard County Craft Spectacular is just that. The big craft show comes to the fairgrounds in West Friendship Oct. 31 to Nov.2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Great opportunity for early holiday shopping. Visits from Santa are set for Nov. 1 and 2, between 1 and 4 p.m. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for a three-day pass. Go to http://www.atozcrafts.net or call 301-271-4432 for information.

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Don't forget to mark your calendar for Woodbine seventh grader Ellie Feaga's annual charity bake sale, which is set for Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baked goods, raffles, a chili cook off and, the best part of all, the proceeds benefit the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department and the Wounded Warrior Project. The bake sale is at 15211 Frederick Road in Woodbine.

The Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum of West Friendship is sponsoring a Longaberger and Vera Bradley Basket and Bag Bingo Party on Nov. 8 in the dining hall at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, may be purchased ahead online at http://www.farmheritage.org.

The event includes 20 regular games, three specialty games, three raffles and a 50/50 raffle. Questions? Go to the above mentioned web site or call 410-988-8069.

Bette Hoover of Eden Valley invites community members to attend drop-in yoga sessions Monday evenings through Nov. 24, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Next sessions is set for Nov. 3. The fee for each session is $13. The classes are for all levels, beginner to advanced. Call Hoover at 410-531-5610 or 202-329-4667. Eden Valley is at 5085 Green Bridge Road in Dayton.

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