The Rev. Mike Russell and the parishioners of Elkridge's Grace Episcopal Church have issued their Thanksgiving invitation. They're inviting 150 seniors to a traditional dinner, to take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Their guests will be elders or elder couples, age 55 and up, who may need a place to celebrate. That may be because the guests' families have moved on, friends have passed away, or the monthly budget may not allow the feast we associate with the holiday.
"Church response has been terrific," says Mr. Russell, adding that he does not particularly like to watch TV football or the Macy's parade anyhow.
If you or someone you know would like to accept Grace Church's invitation, please call the church at 796-3270. You must reserve a place so they know how many to expect.
On Oct. 30, the largest nighttime parade east of the Mississippi River took place in Hagerstown in the form of the Alsatia Mummer's Parade.
Mount Hebron High School sent its marching unit to compete with other high schools, and is proud to announce that, for the first time, the unit won first place.
This award followed on the heels of the first-place the unit won in September's Miss America Parade in Atlantic City, N.J.
Many deserve the credit for winning these prestigious awards: the 116 high school students who took time to learn precision moves; Senior Drum Major Bob Wardwell and Junior Drum Major Kathy Oh; Band Director Robert Johnston; and parent sponsors Pat Preisinger for the Flags unit, Mary Seck for the Rifles unit, Ann Johnston for the Honor Guard, and Fran Lutjen for the Drill Team and Band.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 7474 Washington Blvd. in Elkridge, invites you to join its members for the annual Oyster, Chicken Salad and Ham Dinner from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Dessert is included with the meals, and carry-out dinners are available. In addition, a Holiday Bazaar will feature hand-made crafts and a raffle.
Dinners cost $8.50 for an adult portion, and $4 for children
Today is the first day of American Education Week, the annual celebration of the important work taking place in the schools. Howard County schools open their doors to parents and the community, giving everyone a chance to visit and observe the schools in action. Some school cafeterias are offering parents the chance to buy lunches just like the kids eat.
In addition, the teachers conferring with parents should have fresh material to discuss, since report cards went home on Friday. Elementary and middle schools are closed two hours early for conferences all week, and high schools are closing two hours early on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
vTC At Centennial High School, Principal Edgar Markley is sharing snacks and greeting parents in the career center during conference time, from 12:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. He invites parents to stop by.
If you plan to visit with Dr. Markley, call Sharyn Smith at 313-2856.
Mount Hebron High School Principal Sylvia Pattillo holds her second Principal's Breakfast at 8 a.m. Nov. 23.
She invites parents to share a continental breakfast, ask questions and learn more about the school.
You may register by calling the school at 313-2880.
On Wednesday, Howard High School's Guidance Department will present the third of its "Project Success" workshops for students and parents.
Topics include specific strategies for success in the major subject areas, including the seven most common homework problems.
The meeting runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will include a question-and-answer period.
Further information is available by calling the guidance office at 313-2871.
Columbia Hills/Meadowbrook Farm Community Association announces its next community meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Some of the issues to be discussed include the impact of Route 100 and election of officers.
The meeting will be held at Epiphany Lutheran Church on Sybert Drive.
Marion Berman, owner of Gallery 44 in Ellicott City, has announced renewal of the Gallery's educational partnership with Bushy Park Elementary School in Glenwood for the 1993-1994 academic year. Ms. Berman and her staff provide resource information for the school's art department.
Ms. Berman is "always interested in promoting art in all media. Color, shapes and composition can relate to many experiences in [children's] lives."
Ms. Berman also relates well to art in the adult world. Recently, she judged the current exhibit of signature members of the Baltimore Watercolor Society at the Federal Reserve of Richmond's Baltimore Branch. Maryland and Pennsylvania artists make up the award winners: Liz Cotterall, Rhoda Ostrow, and Shirley Sturtz-Davis.
Gallery 44 is located in the Bethany Shopping Center, 10194 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City.
"What's up, Doc?" Here's what's up: Amateur art work by eighth-graders from Arbutus Middle School will be hanging with that of professionals in Margaret Smith Gallery at 8090 Main St. in Ellicott City.
The young artists are getting their first taste of the art world in a show that includes Bugs Bunny, Fred Flintstone and Yogi Bear, along with Charlie Schultz's Peanuts gang.
From Friday to Dec. 30, the second animation art exhibit, "Toons Too," will celebrate the art, but also the fact the Margaret Smith Gallery is now an authorized Warner Brothers dealer.
For directions or more information, call the gallery at 461-0870.
Closer to home, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1, historian Leslie Rowland of the University of Maryland will speak at the Elkridge Branch of the Howard County Library.
In his talk, entitled "Who Freed the Slaves?" Dr. Rowland will discuss the relationship between emancipation and the Civil War.
For information and registration, call 313-5088.