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Learn more about local candidates as Election Day nears [Clarksville]

Howard County Times

Election Day is approaching and many citizens find it more difficult to learn about the candidates in local races than those who are running in state or national elections.

One such local race is the Board of Education elections for the Howard County Public School System. Eight candidates will compete in the November general election for four open spots on the board. To help the public get to know the contenders, the River Hill High School Parent Teacher Student Association is hosting a forum for Board of Education candidates on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the River Hill High School cafeteria. A roundtable discussion will give attendees the opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the aspiring board members.

The St. Louis Church Concert Series will kick off its 13th season on Friday, Oct. 12, with Cabaret in the Social Hall: Who’s on First? at 7:30 p.m. The first show of the seven-performance season will include a potpourri of pop, jazz, swing and Broadway favorites by Friends of the St. Louis Music Ministry. The featured act of the evening will be the classic baseball comedy skit, “Who’s on First?.” Wine and cheese will be served. Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 per person and can be purchased at

Join the River Hill Watershed Committee for a Pull & Plant event on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. Twice a year the group meets to rescue part of the woods from invasive species such as mile-a-minute vine, Canada thistle, Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy and other aggressive plants. With no local predators, these invaders crowd out native plants and pollinators and block sunlight from wildflowers and native species. After pulling weeds, participants will plant a variety of native ground covers, shrubs and wildflowers that support local bees and butterflies and attract beneficial insects that are food for native birds.

To lend a hand, meet at the Columbia Gym, at the back of the parking lot near Linden Linthicum Lane. Gloves, long sleeves and long pants are recommended due to the prickly plants. Tools will be provided. Students can earn community service credit for this activity. For questions and to register, contact

Howard County Pride will hold an afternoon tea on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 3 p.m., at River Hill High School. Tea, small bites and casual conversations will be provided. Poetry and spoken word presentations will be presented by LGBTQ artists. A prize raffle will be held. The event is open to the public. A suggested donation of $10 will be used to cover costs and to raise funds for Howard County Pride’s 2019 Pride Celebration; however, no one will be turned away from the event. Tickets may be purchased on

Do you like surprises? The Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Louis will hold z Mystery Bingo on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., at the church pastoral center. The prizes for the games are a surprise but may include gift cards, cash and other gifts. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with food available for purchase. Tickets are $25. For more information, contact Patty Tarka at

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