Autumn -- a time of apples, chrysanthemums, football games and showy leaves. The crisp, clear weather and beautiful autumn sunsets set the stage for the many fall activities in our area. Choose from a variety of events, including church festivals and dinners, flower and craft shows and sales, celebrations, trips and more.
The Lisbon United Methodist Church holds its semiannual oyster and ham supper from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The popular family style and carry-out dinners will include fried oysters, ham, cole slaw, applesauce, potato salad, green beans, corn, rolls, relishes, iced tea and coffee.
Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children. The church is at 15785 Frederick Road.
Call 489-7245 or (301) 831-3639.
The Fall Festival at Jennings Chapel United Methodist Church is from 10 a.m. to to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Woodbine church.
You may buy homemade baked goods, stitchery, books, jewelry, dried flower arrangements, pumpkins and produce. Lunch platters include crab cakes and ham, homemade soup, and much more. The church is at 2601 Jennings Chapel Road in Woodbine.
Call 489-7121 for more information.
It's functional testing time at the middle school students. Seventh-graders and some eighth-graders will take the Maryland Functional Reading Test, a high school graduation requirement, on Wednesday.
Congratulations to Lisbon Elementary School students Michael Logan and Matthew Bounds who auditioned and were selected to sing in the Howard County Children's Chorus this year.
There is a new traffic light at the intersection of routes 99 and 32 in West Friendship.
Students from Mount View Middle School spearheaded the campaign for the signal as a show of concern about safety. Members of the community supported the effort with an outpouring of letters to appropriate officials.
The Happy Hounds 4-H Club has great fun at unusual meetings. The September activity was a Canine Good Citizenship Test.
Four club members and their canine friends passed the rigorous test.
Jennifer Melichar with Hobbes, Dorothy West with Freckles, Daniela Bals with Midnight and Alina Bals with Precious all earned their awards. To be a good citizen, a dog must show that he isn't afraid of wheelchairs, loud noises, strangers or strange dogs.
The owners also must prove that their dogs can behave well when the owner is out of sight. Dogs must follow their handlers in a crowd, be able to sit and stay, and come to their owners when called. The next Happy Hounds meeting will be a Halloween party. The dogs are the ones who come in costume. If this sounds like the club for you, call Sandy Melichar at 988-8722.
Several members of the Hare Raisers 4-H club participated in judging contests at the Maryland State Fair last month, according to club reporter Reed Gralia.
Nick Baker placed 18th in the Junior Division. In the Intermediate Division, Howie Baker placed 11th, Laura Feaga was 16th, and Amanda Bile was 17th. Reed placed 11th in the Senior Division. Club member Heather Feaga placed 15th in dairy judging in the Junior Division.
At the Howard County Fair in August, Nick Baker, 10, had the best total rabbit display. His New Zealand White was judged Best in Show of 294 entries. He also had the Best of Breed Florida White.
The Hare Raisers 4-H Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Monday of the Month at the Glenelg United Methodist Church. The club is open to all youth ages 6 to 18 who are interested in learning more about rabbits or pursuing other 4-H projects. Call 730-2736 for more information.
The Quilted Kitty Craft Show at Chapelgate Christian Academy is next weekend. From 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. Oct. 21 and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Oct. 22, visit and enjoy works by professional crafts people and artisans, homemade baked goods, refreshments, door prizes and more. Admission is $2. Proceeds benefit the school at 2600 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville.
Every Sunday through Dec. 4 the Dayton Rod and Gun Club has a turkey and ham shoot. Beginning at 1 p.m. competitors take aim for $2.50 per shoot. Winners will carry home turkeys and hams. Friends can watch and enjoy refreshments such as hamburgers, hot dogs, soup, coffee and soft drinks for sale at the club. It's a social afternoon, and admission is free.
The Dayton Rod and Gun Club is off Green Bridge Road, between Triadelphia Mill Road and Ten Oaks Road in Dayton.
For more information, call Paul Brown at 531-3238.
To celebrate Fire Prevention Week, area fire stations will have open house days soon. At the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department, the open house is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Visit the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Bring the kids, ask questions, check out the equipment, and pick up information from the displays.
The Western Howard County Bureau of the Department of Recreation and Parks has planned some interesting activities for the fall. For those who like horses and the outdoors, try the Appalachian Adventure on Horseback.
Tuesday, participants will leave from the Hebb House on Route 144 in West Friendship at 8:30 a.m. for a trip to the Appalachians. The $50 fee includes transportation to the mountains, a three-hour guided trail ride, and lunch on a &L; mountain top. Space is limited for this event for ages 18 and over. Riding is Western style at a walking pace. Return time is 5 p.m.
The annual Midnight Madness Champagne Run for runners over 21 is at the Howard County Fairgrounds at midnight Oct. 21.
Runners grouped by age 21-30, 31-40, 41-49, and 50 and over will compete on a flat and fast three-mile course. After the race, you can enjoy an awards ceremony with champagne, refreshments and trophies. The first 300 applicants receive long-sleeve originally designed T-shirts. Entry fee is $15.
For families there is the Family Spook Walk at the Hebb House in West Friendship from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29.
Folks of all ages will enjoy this outdoor activity that features a wicked witch story teller, a haunted walk, and a really spooky time. Register by Oct. 21.
For your personal safety, no costumes, please. The cost is $5 per person and $11 per family from the same household. Children must be accompanied by an adult.