Do you feel the pace picking up? With pools closing, temperatures lower than normal and schools back in session, life's tempo is shifting into high gear.
We look forward to Glenelg High football games, youth soccer games, elections, church fairs and back-to-school nights.
Part of the verve of local fall football comes from the cheerleaders. Cheering for the Glenelg High School teams and lifting the spirits of the crowd is a pleasure for the Glenelg High School squad. The girls work on their programs for hours, and they even attend camps to learn new routines and polish their skills.
This summer the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders attended the Cheer-to-Cheer camp, run by the cheerleading coaches at the University of Maryland.
Squads from all over the state enjoyed the camp, and the coaches selected 12 girls to cheer at a University of Maryland football game. Five of the 12 girls are Glenelg High School varsity cheerleaders.
Captains Heather Livesay and Kristin McHenry, Michele Renehan, Kelly Smith and Brenda Williams were selected as cheer athletes, and they will cheer at the University of Maryland vs. Florida State game Saturday at College Park.
Churches throughout our area are gearing up for fall religious education, fairs and community service. At St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, volunteers are forming a group to participate in the Habitat for Humanity program Oct. 15.
Habitat for Humanity builds and refurbishes houses for the needy. Call the parish office at 381-5894 to sign up.
Also at St. Francis of Assisi, it's time for the annual church picnic. This is a chance for parish members to gather for family games, food and a time to socialize.
For information, call Angie Gallas at (301) 490-2531.
As a parent and former teacher, I believe PTA back-to-school nights are important. Parents get a snapshot view of their child's life at school, and that small picture helps immensely when they try to envision their children's worlds. This year's back-to-school nights begin next week, and principals and teachers at all the schools encourage parents and guardians to attend.
Here are the dates for our local schools. All the public school back-to-school nights begin at 7 p.m. Glenelg High School, Monday; Glenwood, Clarksville and Mount View Middle Schools, Sept. 19; Bushy Park Elementary School, Sept. 27 for kindergarten and grades 1 and 2, and Sept. 28 for grades 3, 4 and 5; Clarksville, Lisbon and Manor Woods elementary schools, Sept. 26; Pointers Run Elementary School, Sept. 26 for kindergarten and grades 1 and 2, and Sept. 27 for grades 3, 4 and 5; West Friendship Elementary School, Sept. 26 for kindergarten and grades 1 and 2, and Oct. 5 for grades 3, 4 and 5; Chapelgate Christian Academy, 7:30 p.m. Monday; Glenelg Country School, 7 p.m. Sept. 22; and St. Louis Catholic School, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Local youngsters participated successfully at the Maryland State Fair earlier this month. In the 4-H Fashion Revue, sewers made garments to model for judges, and Howard County 4-H'ers took three of the eight championships. To qualify for the state fair Fashion Revue, participants won top prizes in their category at their county fairs.
In the state competition, Heather Brown won a champion ribbon for costumes, her sister Alison Brown won a champion for regular wear and Madeline Beck was champion in formal wear. Jennifer Haugh won a reserve champion (second place) in sportswear. All eight champions competed for grand champion for the Fashion Revue, and Heather's long medieval style Burgundy velvet gown with gold trim, which she created without the aid of a pattern, won this top prize.
The Clarksville Lions Club invites you to join it at its 13th annual golf tournament at the Fort Meade Golf Course Monday.
Tee-off time is at 1 p.m. for the shotgun scramble. Your donation of $80 per player includes golf, cart, beverages on the course, a welcome gift bag, snacks, dinner and prizes.
All profits from the tournament and ad book will be used in the Clarksville Lions Club service projects.
Call Ken Shipley at 531-2826 or Bob Bruce at (301) 854-0096 to reserve your place for an individual or foursome.
On Sunday, Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church in Clarksville is celebrating the beginning of its fall season with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship services at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Church members invite you to join them at the church on Route 108 just east of Route 32. At the 9:30 a.m. Sunday school there are classes for people of all ages in Bible study with lively discussions. The worship service at 9:30 a.m. includes the music of the church's Brass Ensemble.
At 11 a.m. the Brass Ensemble returns and the Chancel Choir sings it first fall anthem. The children's sermon will be brought by "Mr. Cool Carl," an orange-haired puppet who visits once a month and whose friends help with Junior Church.
The day's celebration continues at 12:30 p.m. with a covered dish dinner to which everyone is invited. Call 531-5653.
Registered voters received sample ballots in the mail last week for Tuesday's primary election. Polling places are marked the ballots.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. For information, call the county elections board at 313-2714.
Voter registration forms are available from the board, at all Howard County libraries, public schools and post offices. It's too late to register for the primary election, but registration for the general election reopens Sept. 26.
Don't renew those magazine subscriptions! Let Mount View Middle School and Glenwood middle school students do it for you.
Students will accept new magazine subscriptions and renewals. Profits will support student activities at the schools. The Mount View magazine drive is from tomorrow to Sept. 20. The Glenwood drive begins Sept. 20.
Call Glenwood at 313-5520 or Mount View at 313-5545 for more information.
While you're thinking of supporting our local schools, don't forget that many school PTAs sponsor gift wrap sales this time of year. Bushy Park's PTA's sale began Friday and will end Sept. 16.
Clarksville Elementary's PTA's sale begins today and runs through the end of the month. Many PTAs make the bulk of the money they use to support the schools through these gift wrap sales, and they appreciate your support.
The Glenwood Middle School community can roll along with the Glenwood PTSA this Friday at the get-acquainted in-line skating party in the school parking lot.
Don't have in-line skates? The Glenwood PTSA will provide them for those who need them. There will be separate areas for smaller and novice skaters and for accomplished skaters.
Families are invited to come and skate together. A disc jockey will provide music to get you going.
Admission is a two-liter bottle of soft drink or a can of juice per family. The party starts at 6 p.m. and continues until dark.
To celebrate the beginning of the Western Howard County Youth Soccer season Saturday, there will be a challenge at the in-line skating party. Officer Tom Bellman, a county Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE) officer will use a radar gun to clock the speed of any child's goal on the soccer field.
Prizes, courtesy of Kodak and AT&T;, will be awarded for the best kicks. For more information about the party, call 313-5520.