Laurel Leader

Forest Ridge offers booths for holiday bazaar [North Laurel/Savage]

Forest Ridge Elementary PTS will host a holiday bazaar and is looking for crafters, vendors and local groups and businesses who would like a booth.

The bazaar will be on Nov. 15. Funds raised will be used to update the playgrounds to help with access for special needs students. To book a booth or for questions, contact Amanda Fields at .


The Hammond Soccer Team will rake your leaves for you this fall. On Nov. 15 and 22, 4 team members will come to your home and rake your leaves for two hours. Contact Coach Brett Cutler at 410-961-1739 or email to book the students. The service is free but tips are very welcome. All funds go to support their team program.

Reservoir High hosted Howard County's Music in Motion Band Competition recently. There were 14 schools who participated in an evening of music and fun. Reservoir took second place at the event. Way to go marching Gators!


Guilford Elementary School is holding its annual Turkey Trot and Fall Festival on Oct. 31. Rain date for the Turkey Trot is Nov. 7.

Girl Scout Troop 1508 have been asked by Santa to help collect names of good boys and girls and Santa will send them a letter from the North Pole. Anyone who wants to send in a name and a good deed or accomplishment can send it in to The cost is $5 for each or $4 if ordering 3 or more. Money raised will be used to support the scouts. For questions, contact

Murray Hill Middle School hosts guest teachers as part of its parent and community initiative. Recently, an atmospheric scientist at NASA came and spent the day with seventh and eighth grade science classes. What a great way to enhance students learning while building a better bond between school and community.

If you are interested in sharing your expertise with students, please contact Jamie Orlosky at jamie_orlosky or by calling the school.

The 50+ Center has an Italian Spaghetti Dinner on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. catered by Three Brothers. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for kids under 6 years of age. There will be a Costume Bash starting at noon on Oct. 31. Cost is $3 plus a lunch contribution. Register now for these events at 410-313-0380. The center is at 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road.

Early voting officially kicks off Oct. 23 through 30. There are three centers in Howard County and residents can go to any of those and vote early.

The closest center is Ridgely Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road in Jessup. The other centers are at the Miller Library and Bain Center. The centers are opened 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Election Day is Nov. 4 and polls will open at your local precinct at 7 a.m. You can also request an absentee ballot by Oct. 28. Go to for more information or to find your voting location.