Have I told you how smart my 4-year-old granddaughter, Carrie, is?
She was sitting at the kitchen table having lunch the other day while a piano concerto played on the radio.
"What instrument do you hear, Carrie?" I asked, always eager to extend her cultural horizons.
"I don't know," she replied.
"Yes, you do," I insisted.
"A piano," she said, finally, "and it sounds like Beethoven."
My mouth was still open when she added, "You know, 'Beethoven,' the movie about the big dog."
The Ladies of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Trinity Council 3413, is ahead of its time. Their Fall and Christmas Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Columbian Center on Ritchie Highway.
If fall house cleaning requires more motivation than the average Saturday morning provides, maybe you can get down and dirty in honor of the county's Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day.
The county Fire Department will accept oil-based paint, paint solvents, pesticides, cleaners, stains, batteries, contaminated motor oil, swimming pool chemicals and fluorescent fixtures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at its headquarters on Veterans Highway, just north of Benfield Boulevard.
However, the department will not accept medical waste, explosives, smoke alarms, propane or other compressed gas tanks. Used motor oil, antifreeze and car batteries can be recycled year round by calling 222-6103.
On the other hand, it's no work at all to celebrate a Central County autumn at the Severna Park Kiwanis Club's annual apple sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30. The apples will be on sale at two locations; the parking lots of the Severna Park YMCA, at the corner of B&A; Blvd. and Cypress Creek Road, and Severna Park High School at Benfield Blvd. and Robinson Road.
"Our only purpose is to raise money and give it away to local charities," said Jerry Jackson of the Kiwanis Club.
Red and Golden Delicious, Rome, Staymen and Empire apples that were on the tree just 48-hours earlier will on sale as well as cider and sweetened and unsweetened apple butter. Information: 647-8745.
If you are a Boy Scout or know a scout who is looking for an Eagle Scout project, the county department of recreation and parks has several new or existing projects along the B&A; and BWI trails you might find interesting. Contact Ranger Bob Hicks at 222-6244.
Eighty golfers raised more than $3,500 for Archbishop Spalding's scholarship fund at the school's third annual golf tournament, played in memory of Navy Lt. James H. Love.
Beating the entire field, which included Larry Doyle of WBAL radio, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Poole and former Orioles pitcher Gregg Olson, was a team of Spalding seniors, Jason Quarantillo, Rich McKeldin, Mark Wist and Nick Lascola.
At the third annual Chesapeake Academy Golf Tournament, 90 participants earned more than $6,000 for the school's computers and science equipment.
Men's winners were Tod Niazi, George Bilbo, Jay Palmisano and Mike Kelly of Macey's Corner Exxon. The ladies' mixed group winners were Rod Mann, Sharon Mann, Doris Yount and Steve Melgaard.