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If spring is in the air, it's time to put that oyster down your gullet WEST COUNTY--Clarksville * Highland * Gelnelg * Lisbon


After all the snow and cold weather we've had lately, it's a pleasant thought that spring is less than three weeks away.


Mouth-watering food and good company are the hallmarks of a Methodist church supper, and we have one to look forward to right here in western Howard County. The Lisbon United Methodist Church will hold its semiannual oyster and ham supper from 1:30 p.m. until sold out March 20.

Oysters, homemade cole slaw, gelatin salads, and potato salad start this feast. Church members will also serve ham, green beans, corn, rolls, butter, relishes, iced tea and coffee.

The food is served family style and carryouts are available. It's a bargain at $9 for adults and $4 for children.

The church is at 15875 Frederick Road (Route 144) between Routes 94 and 97 in Lisbon. For more information or directions, call the church at 489-7245 or Gayle Carter at (301) 831-3639.


If country-western dancing is your thing, sign up for the next Department of Recreation and Parks dance. Persons over the age of 21 will enjoy music provided by the disc jockey "Branded Country" from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. April 3.

Admission is $10 per person, and you must register by calling 313-5421.


Glenwood Middle School students are invited to a dance at the Kiwanis Hall from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. March 13. The Kiwanis Hall is located near the intersection of routes 144 and 40 near the ball fields.

There is a $5 fee to cover the expense of music provided by a disc jockey. Beverages are provided, and each student is asked to bring a snack or dessert to share.

Registration forms are available through the school, or you may phone the Department of Recreation and Parks at 313-5421.


Today is the last day to send in your cash register tapes for the Apples for the Students program at Giant Food. Please get those tapes in, so the schools can claim new equipment for the students.


There is still time to get in on the Department of Recreation and Parks ski trip to Ski Liberty on Saturday. A $65 fee includes motor coach transportation, rental skis, a lift ticket, a lesson and skiing from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.

If you bring your own equipment, the cost is just $50. The coach will leave from West Friendship Elementary School at 1:30 p.m. and return at 11:30 p.m. You must call Barbara Patterson at 313-5421 by tomorrow to register.


The Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Conductor Angelo Gatto of Glenwood, will perform at the Lyric Theater in Baltimore at 3 p.m. March 14. Many talented music students in this group are from western Howard County.

Ticket prices of $12.50, $15, and $20 are modest fees for a concert that includes works by Rossini and Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto and Choral Fantasy. For more information, call (410) 442-5645.


"Whistle a Happy Tune" is one song the Bushy Park Drama Club will sing during its productions of "The King and I" March 26 and 27.

The students and their sponsors, Susie Kline and Eric Heinlein, have worked very hard since early December.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Contact a member of the Drama Club, or call the school at 313-5500 for more information.


The next Coffee with the Counselor at Bushy Park Elementary School is at 2 p.m., March 26. If you'd like to join this informal session with Charlotte Lollis, call the school at 313-5500.


The popular Glenelg High School Variety Show is at 7:30 p.m. March 26 and 27.

The band and marching unit sponsors this fast-paced show. It features a variety of acts, including song, dance and comedy.

You'll hear a couple of hot numbers by the Jazz Band to get your spirits high. All seats are $5, and this show is open to the whole community.

It's usually a sellout both nights, so get your tickets in advance from a member of the band or marching unit.

PTSA members and staff at Glenwood Middle School are trying to increase the supply of books for their Book Olympics.

Program organizers invite you to donate new and used books to the Big Book Bin in the front lobby of the school.

The program continues through next week. The school welcomes all books. Call Sue Smith or Diane Powers at 313-5520 for more information.

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