OCTOBER IS the time to set things in order: take a class to energize your mind, organize your house with a fall cleanup or join a physical fitness program to rejuvenate your body.
Right now, I'm rejuvenating my body and spirit on the beach at Pawleys Island, S.C. Isn't technology wonderful?
Defeating perennial winner
Old Mill High School won round one of the high school math competition at Anne Arundel Community College, defeating the perennial winner, Severna Park High School. Glen Burnie and South River tied for third.
Saul Cohen of Old Mill and Joel Young of South River turned in perfect individual papers, correctly answering all six questions. Pat Hooper of Severna Park and Johnny Johnson of South River answered five.
Students have 30 minutes to answer six questions, and teams with as many as five members must solve the team problems in 30 minutes. A school's score is the average of its top three individual scores added to its top team score. A school may enter as many as three teams.
The second round of competition will be Nov. 11. Subsequent rounds are scheduled Jan. 20, Feb. 10 and March 2.
Information: (410) 541-2574.
A spooky haunted house swings open its creaky doors to the strong of heart from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on Benfield Road.
An accompanying little haunted house will treat those age 9 and younger to a treasure hunt, hands-on room, crafts, games and songs.
Refreshments will be available. The event is an annual fund-raiser presented by the church's young people. Admission is $2.
Many activities are planned from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Severna Park Village Shopping Center. The Halloween costume parade is scheduled to start at noon at Champion Realty. You can make a pet pumpkin at Studio Art Fun and Framing. Country line dance lessons will be offered at 12:30 p.m. There will be painting of ghoulish gourds with friends from Chesapeake Academy, face and hand painting with friends from Severn School and free minimuffins and cider at Garry's Grill.
At Park Plaza, Ceal Rath will take a photo of your child or pet in costume for $5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Trick or treat at participating shops from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and meet costumed characters.
Real estate career seminar
On Saturday, the cheerful colors of autumn will be punctuated by yellow balloons marking the stores around Old Severna Park celebrating Chamber Appreciation Day.
The sponsor, the Chamber of Commerce, also will offer a free seminar at 11 a.m. at Severn School. Dave McCollough will give the session, titled "Exploring Career Opportunities Through Residential Real Estate."
Information: 544-8500 or 987-6625.
A number of fall cleanups are scheduled in the coming weeks throughout Severna Park.
The one at Severna Park United Methodist Church starts at 8 a.m. Nov. 4. Be sure to call 544-3057 to let organizers know you're coming. And bring your gardening tools.
Members of the Indian Landing Community Association will be picking up trash at 10 a.m. Nov. 4 along Indian Landing Road. They'll start in the parking lot at Baldwin Memorial Methodist Church. Information: 923-0016.
The folks at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church will be raking leaves and cleaning the church grounds from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 11.
School open house
Archbishop Spalding High School has scheduled its annual open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. It used to take a year to decide what college to attend. Now it takes that long to find a high school. Information: 969-9105.
Mothers and their children are welcome to join the Greater Severna Park Moms Club, a source of networking and fun for mothers. Call 544-5781 or 987-0244.