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'Battle of the Bands' to raise funds for Kenyan school

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Twelve local high school bands will compete for cash and performance opportunities at "Live 12: Battle of the Bands," to be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Gathering Place, 6120 Day Long Lane, in the River Hill Village Center in Clarksville.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bridgeway Hope Academy in Webuye, Kenya. The project is the result of a collaboration between Courtesy on the Road Inc., a community-supported organization promoting safe driving for teens, and Caitlan Dowling, a Glenelg High School student who initiated the event as her senior project.

Each band will perform three songs, including a song to promote courtesy on the road. The winner will receive $500 and will be offered an opportunity to represent Courtesy on the Road and perform at the Columbia Festival of the Arts. Blues singer Deanna Bogart will be among the judges.

Information or for tickets: www.courte syontheroad.com.

Blood drive in Clarksville

Girl Scout Troop No. 3316 and the Pointers Run PTA will hold a blood drive from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 1 in the school cafeteria, 6600 South Trotter Road, Clarksville.

To schedule an appointment: 800- GIVE-LIFE.

Writers' circle meets at library

The Glenwood branch library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will sponsor a meeting of its writers' circle at 7 p.m. April 15.

Those who attend can assist fellow writers in crafting their prose and in finding outlets for publication. Bring a fiction or nonfiction writing sample of up to 1,000 words.

Information: 410-313-5577.

50-plus walkers sought for club

The River Hill Community Association is seeking people interested in walking and socializing together for a 50-plus walking club. The group will meet at Claret Hall and stroll around the River Hill neighborhoods.

The first meeting is to be held this month, at a time and date to be determined.

Information: Gina Harrison, 410-531-1749.

Around town

Teen space -- The Glenwood Community Center's game room for teens is open from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The room, designed by teenagers, is for ages 12 and older. It includes a pool table, table tennis, bumper pool and a video game area with a big-screen television. After-school activities and teen programs are planned. A center identification is required. The program is provided with assistance from the Horizon Foundation. The center is at 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. 410-313-4840.

Arthritis workshop -- In conjunction with the fourth annual "Get Active Howard County Program," the Village of River Hill will present an Arthritis Prevention and Treatment Workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle. Dr. Joseph Layug, a Columbia-based orthopedic surgeon, will give a one-hour presentation and lead a discussion of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. He will also describe hip- and knee-replacement surgery, including minimally invasive approaches, gender-specific knee replacements and hip-resurfacing techniques. Registration is requested but not required. The presentation is sponsored by the River Hill Community Association and the Howard County Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition. Gina Harrison, 410-531-1749.

Earth day -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will celebrate Earth Day at West Friendship Park by planting trees and installing tree shelters. Volunteers are needed to help from 9 a.m. to noon April 19. Bring work gloves and a shovel, if available. Ann Combs, 410-313-4624. In case of rainy weather, call 410-313-4452 on the day of the event.

More Earth Day -- The Howard County Conservancy will present its annual Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to noon April 19 at its Mount Pleasant farm at 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. The day will begin with a bird hike at 8 a.m. Tree planting, trail maintenance and service projects will begin at 9 a.m. The event will end with a guided hike at noon. 410-465-8877.

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