This weekend kicks off the beginning of the annual Farm-City Celebration, which will run from Sept. 22 through Oct. 7. The celebration helps to promote appreciation for people on both sides of that imaginary boundary separating city from country.

This year's event will start off with a Farm-City Walk at Clark's Elioak Farm (10500 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City) on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The 1.5 mile loop around Clark's historic farm will include Enchanted Forest Story Land Characters and interactive farm stations along the way.


Walkers will learn about bees, play with grain, taste fresh local apples, plant lettuce to take home, color a pumpkin, and have a chance to pet the farm animals. There is no registration for this event, which is free. Walkers are invited to show up and walk the farm loop at their own pace.

Later in the day on Sept. 22, Marama Farm in Clarksville (5610 Chamblis Drive, Clarksville) will host the 25th annual Howard Community College Grand Prix from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

World class equestrians will be in attendance to race through an obstacle course, all while raising money for the HCC Educational Foundation. In addition to the horse jumping competition, the day will feature food for purchase, vendors, music and plenty of family fun.

Tickets are $10 for the lawn, and $15 for bleacher seats, and can be purchased at the gate. To learn more, visit http://www.hccgrandprix.com

Other Farm-City Celebration events include the annual County Executive Job Exchange and Luncheon.

This year, Nora Crist, from Clark's Elioak Farm will take the reins as county executive for the day. Local farms, such as TLV Tree Farm, Larriland Farm and Breezy Willow Farm will provide fresh produce for the luncheon, prepared by the Iron Bridge Wine Company, that concludes the Job Exchange.

The Living Farm Heritage Museum in West Friendship will hold its annual Farm Heritage Days Sept. 29-30, and the University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources invite you to explore the College in Your Backyard, at their Clarksville Facility Open House on Saturday, Oct. 6. Look for more information about both of these events in an upcoming column.

There are plenty of other fun Farm-City Celebration events going on. To learn more, go to http://www.farmheritage.org.

As kids headed back to school, Neighbor Network, a local non-profit that serves low income families and those who have experienced hardships, held a school backpack drive. Founder Karen Mobley wants to thank the many in the community who helped to make this year's drive such a success.

With the help of many donors, 114 fully stocked backpacks were provided to children through Bridges to Housing Stability of Howard County, the North Laurel/Savage Multiservice Center of Howard County, John Hopkins Bay View's Child Psychiatry Programs (school and community based), and the Beans & Bread Homeless Day Shelter in Fells Point.

Last year's backpack drive only produced 70 backpacks, so this year's drive was quite an increase over last year.

Neighbor Network will soon prepare for its annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive and Christmas Adopt A Family Programs. If you are the member of a group or organization that may be interested in contributing to either of these causes, please contact Karen at neighbornetwk@aol.com.

The Glenelg United Methodist Church Community Concert Series will kick off the fall season with a vocal/piano duo performance on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. This concert is free and will feature vocalist Sara Dell'Omo and pianist Russell Wilson offering an evening of music ranging from classical to Broadway. There will be a formal reception following the concert.

The community is invited to the next St. Andrew's Feast, which will be served on Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. This month's theme is Italian Night. The cost is $9 per person or $30 per family (kids 5 and under eat free). All proceeds of the evening meal will benefit the St. Andrew's Church Youth Program and its 2014 J2A Youth Pilgrimage to Arizona.


St. Andrew's is at 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood, between Union Chapel Road and the Post Office.