Savage Church seeks singers to perform Handel's 'Messiah'


Ray Miles, music director of Savage Methodist Church, is again seeking singers to join him in Handel's "Messiah."

Last year, Mr. Miles conducted a well-received concert in Savage Mill, leading four professional singers and a chorus of new singers and members of area church groups.

The donations-only concert gathered money for anti-hunger charities, while allowing families with young children to attend this local musicale.

Mr. Miles is looking for good voices and for corporate sponsors to defray the cost of the musicians and professional singers.

Call (301) 604-0703 to volunteer as a singer or as a sponsor. We'll keep you posted on the progress of the concert and the concert dates as the information comes available.


This could be your lucky night. The Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church is sponsoring a Night at the Races tonight. For the absurdly low price of $4, you get a buffet and drinks, plus an opportunity to wager on filmed horse races, enjoy a dice toss, card games and a wheel of fortune.

Call Frank Lagana at 725-3086 for more details.


Set your calendars for the weekend of Oct. 23 and 24. That's when Laurel Race Course will be the host of two equine events.

One is the 42nd running of the Washington, D.C., International Mile, a Grade I $600,000 race held on Saturday. The race is part of the revamped International Turf Festival, which takes place over several weekends, with almost $1.5 million in prize money for the winning horses.

And the track also hold a two-day International Horse Fair that weekend. The main features of the fair are a "Parade of Breeds," including the adorable miniature horses; "Grand Prix Dressage," featuring members of the U.S. Equestrian Team; trick riding exhibitions; carriage riding demonstrations; show jumping; Roman riding; and exhibition drills by members of the mounted police and the U.S. Army Ceremonial Unit.

Of course, there will be an exhibitors fair, called Paddock Park, just the place to buy that horsy item you've dreamed of. There will be fine purveyors of equine art, clothing, tack and related equipment for the care of horses. In addition to shopping for your needs, stop by the displays of rare horse breeds, watch the blacksmiths ply their trade, see what the starting gate crew does to prepare the horses at a race's beginning.

Admission to the horse fair is included in the admission to the International Turf Festival.


Registration began yesterday for Jack O'Lantern Jubilee, program for 3- to 5-year-olds offered at the Savage branch of the Howard County Library. Sign up your preschooler quickly for the program Thursday at 1:30 p.m. or the program Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m.

K? Children are welcome to attend in their Halloween costumes.


Speaking of the spooky season, the Forest Ridge ElementarSchool Recreation Center will be the host of a Halloween party for preschoolers to fifth-graders Oct. 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Come to check out the outfits in the costume parade, play games, gorge on goodies and dance to "The Monster Mash." The fee is $3 per child, with a family maximum of $7, plus a treat to share.

For more information, call Brian Emelson at (410) 880-5855, or the Recreation Department at (410) 313-2762. Registration forms are Aalso available in the lobby of the Savage branch of the library.


In many ways, children decide in high school what they cabecome in their professional lives. The courses taken there can determine how easy it is to enter career fields.

For example, though no high school decision is irreversible, it is harder to become a veterinarian if you haven't taken math all through high school. That's because it's hard to do well in college math if you haven't mastered high school math, and college math is required for entry in veterinary school. You can take remedial math classes in college, but these classes are an added weight to an overburdened schedule.

Still, it's hard for a ninth-grader, at the ripe age of 14, to think so far ahead, or to realize the importance of long-range planning. To that end, the University of Maryland Baltimore Office of Academic Outreach presents a series of five, two-hour Saturday morning seminars that encourage young women to think about careers in the sciences.

Each session focuses on a different career field, such as biology, engineering or anthropology. The speakers are all members of the science department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Each speaker's remarks will include a brief autobiography that highlights her decision to enter her field, a description of her education and a seminar discussion on her current field of research.

A question-and-answer period will be led by a representative from local schools, who will suggest courses that students can take to position themselves for careers in science.

Participation is open to ninth-, 10th- and 11th-graders who have been nominated by their math or science teachers. The course fee is $60. Participants may bring one parent or teacher for an additional $10.

The course begins Oct. 23.

For more information, call (410) 455-2680.

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