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As the winter break comes to an end for students, this is a reminder that January starts the renovation at Patuxent Valley Middle School. Fences have been constructed and school will be operating around this and there will be some changes made to the entrance to the building.

The principal, Robert Motley, is working on scheduling a meeting for the parents with the project manager and to answer questions.

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Do you have a ping pong table sitting around that you meant to get rid of? Why not donate it to Hammond High School. The Ping Pong Club has over 40 members, but only two tables. Why not turn it into a tax deduction and help them out. Contact the Hammond Boosters at hammondboosters@gmail.com if you can help.

Guilford Elementary's administration will hold a Chat and Chew on Jan. 13, at 6 p.m., before the monthly PTA meeting. Come out and meet your child's administration and then stay for the PTA meeting. Get to know those who are helping mold your children.

I hope I see you at the Jan. 6 meeting of the Savage Community Association. This meeting will be a meeting with representatives from the new county administration about the chronically homeless shelter proposed for this area. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Carroll Baldwin Hall.

Laurel Woods is still collecting shoes for developing nations and is always in need of shoes (no boots or flip flops, please). If you have any shoes or know if an organization that would like to join with them to help gather shoes, contact Moppy at lwespta@gmail.com. Gorman Crossing is also collecting shoes.

Have you signed up yet for all the amazing programs at the 50+ Center Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. There will be a Q&A with Officer Andre Lingham from the Howard County Police on public safety and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. they will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with a brunch and story sharing. Then music and the history of drumming. The program is free, lunch is a contribution.

Learn the art of relaxation and renew your spirit on Jan. 20, with Zentangle. This is a series of four two-hour classes. Cost is $32 which includes all materials.

Come learn about the garment industry in Baltimore on Jan. 28 starting at 11 a.m. with "The Needles Trades," the history of the garment industry in Baltimore, from the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Book your reservations for any of these events quickly by calling the center at 410-313-0380. The center is at 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road.

The Fulton's Friday Morning Chess Club competed recently in the Catonsville Clash Tournament and placed third out of 30 teams that competed. Way to go!

Happy New Year to all my readers. I hope this year part of your resolution will be to be more involved in your community and that you make sure I hear from you about events in the community.

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