East Columbia villages invite residents to be a part of Community Service Day this Saturday. It is a great opportunity for scouts and civic organizations to get involved in sprucing up their neighborhoods.
Kings Contrivance residents will meet at Amherst House, 9:30 a.m., to pick up plastic bags and sign-in their neighborhood; coffee, cocoa and munchies will be served to all volunteers.
Owen Brown residents and organizations will meet at the Cradlerock Way dock, 9 a.m. and earn free hot dogs and sodas for their efforts.
Oakland Mills volunteers will meet at the Other Barn; volunteers are invited to call before Saturday to select their specific cleanup areas. Free plastic pickup bags will be provided and the Columbia Association will collect the filled bags at designated collection points.
Information: Kings Contrivance 381-9600, Owen Brown 381-0202, Oakland Mills 730-4610 or 596-5237.
Guidance, Chapter 1 and Gifted/Talented student programs will be discussed at tonight's 7 p.m. meeting of the Phelps Luck Elementary School PTA.
It will also be an opportunity to meet the school's new principal, James Weisner. All parents are invited and free child care will be available. Information: 313-6886.
Parents and students are invited to attend a discussion presented by the PTSA committee on "Alternative Scheduling" at the Oakland Mills High School's PTSA meeting, Nov. 8, 8 p.m., in the school cafeteria. An executive board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Hammond High School's Booster Club is sponsoring the "Haunted House" Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Amherst House, during the Kings Contrivance village Halloween celebration. Admission is $1. Information 381-9600.
Rev up your appetite for the Hammond High School Booster Club's Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Information: 313-7115.
Stevens Forest Elementary School students spent part of their summer reading books from Howard County libraries.
Girls and boys who read independently and finished eight books were part of the "Extra, Extra, Read All About It" program. Listeners who attended 20 sessions completed "The Sun Helps Me Grow" program.
Congratulations to: Jacob Spain, Garrison Hersey, Kristina Zanker, Amy Foreman, Andrew LoPresto, Michael Beare, Marc Schulman, Zachary Lyon, Alex Bare, Sharon Berlin, Billy Rademacker, Casey Beare, Daniel Berman, Jonathan Lyon, Jamie Buonato, Ryan Bare, Kate LoPresto and Christin Richey.
Pony rides and a multifamily yard sale are new additions this year to the annual Funfest at Phelps Luck Elementary School Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although limited, yard sale space is still available: $10 if you use their table; $5 if you bring your own. Reservations and information: 730-2517 or 997-5094.
Marj Burk's "Recent Monotypes and A Small Byobu" art is on exhibit at the Foundry Street Gallery in Owen Brown Shopping Center through Nov. 15.
A Monotype is a single, final image of an art piece with other elements added. A Byobu is a painted Japanese folding screen.
Howard County High School artists and writers, in the 11th and 12th grades, have less than a month to enter the Ford Motor Credit Co.'s essay and poster contest.
The theme is "Credit Drives America" or "Why Is Good Credit So Important for Young Adults?"
Winners will receive scholarships and merchant certificates for a spending spree. Sponsoring teachers also will be recognized.
Entry deadline is Nov.15. Information: 410-290-0099.
The 20th anniversary meeting of the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society is this Sunday at 4 p.m. at Christ Episcopal "Old Brick" Church, Dobbin and Oakland Mills roads.
Seating is limited; please call for reservations, 730-7524.
East Columbian Beulah Buckner is project manager for the Ellicott City Colored School restoration project.
The school, circa late 1800s, is near Main Street and Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City.
The Central Maryland Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society needs the public's help in restoring the school, which has been designated a historic site.
Their fund-raiser is the sale of paver bricks for the school's driveway, parking lot and plaza.
Donation dollars range from $25 to $100. Information may be obtained from "Meach" Buckner, 730-3172.