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Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton: Glenelg High School Key Club again teaming up with U.S. Marines in Toys for Tots campiagn

The Glenelg High School Key Club is helping the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program again this year. Collection boxes will be in the school's front office until Dec. 16. Last year, the Key Club collected almost 300 new toys and members helped with the distribution of these toys on Christmas Eve to local children in need.

Consider donating a new, unwrapped toy and help Key Club reach its goal of surpassing the number of toys collected last year for this worthwhile charity.

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The Glenelg High School art department has taken on a project of making a Glenelg mural using all plastic caps. They are in need of a couple thousand plastic caps and lids. So, while recycling, please take off the cap and send them in to the school. They can only use plastic caps, but all sizes and colors, so butter containers, milk tops, water bottle, coffee can tops, sour cream, etc. Caps can be sent in with your student or dropped off in the school's front office.

Do you have some last-minute holiday shopping to do? Or simply just need to run some errands? On Dec. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m., the River Hill High School Class of 2014 (the sophomore class) will be holding its first Junior HAWK Field Day for children in grades 1-8.

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There will be a variety of activities (arts & crafts, sports, games, etc.) for kids to participate in so parents can run a few errands.

Early registration is recommended, although walk-ins are also welcome. The cost is $30 for one or $50 for two children.

For more information email Diana Alvarado at diana_alvarado@hcpss.org or John DiFato (John_Difato@hcpss.org) or download a registration form at http://www.riverhillsga.org/2014.

Chapelgate Presbyterian Church will present the regional debut of the stage version of "It's A Wonderful Life" Friday-Sunday, Dec. 9-11. Based on the popular 1946 film and recreated by Keith Ferguson and Bruce Greer, this musical follows George Bailey's life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond. Cinematically scored and theatrically staged, this adaptation breathes musical life into a familiar story, while retaining the warmth, humor, and pathos of the original. It's a new holiday classic for devotees and newcomers alike.

Showtimes are Fridaty, Dec. 9, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Group discounts are available.

For additional information regarding the show, call 410-442-5800 (ext. 325) or go to http://www.chapelgate.org/iawl.

Amy Syversen, director of bands at Dayton Oaks Elementary School and West Friendship Elementary School, spends much of her week working with students and helping them perfect their musical performance. This weekend, the tables will be turned, as Amy participates in a performance of her own playing trumpet as a member of the Bayside Brass Quintet.

The quintet will be performing holiday brass music in Nordstroms at the Columbia mall Sunday, Dec. 11 from 4 to 5 p.m. If you happen to be shopping at the mll on Sunday, stop by and give them a listen.

The Glenelg High School music department will present its annual winter concert Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. This is a popular community concert, so plan on taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and stopping by to hear some sounds of the season.

Do you have a child who was a former student at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School? Now is your chance to honor the memory of the years your child attended Triadelphia Ridge.

The school will be installing a brick garden at the school and former students and their families may purchase a "brick" to go into the garden. The garden will be constructed in the spring, and proceeds from the sale of bricks will support teacher initiatives with technology and environmental instruction.

If you would like to purchase a brick, please log onto the school website at tres.hcpss.org for a form and more information.

Do you enjoy working outside, or would you like to learn about gardening? Both new and experienced gardeners are invited to register for the Master Gardener training program offered by the University of Maryland Extension, Howard County Office. Training will cover plant, insect and disease problems, and a variety of other topics related to sustainable and environmental impacts of gardening practices.

Training is scheduled for Jan. 25-March 28. An orientation is scheduled for Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Extension Office in Ellicott City. Cost of the training is $195.

The mission of the Master Gardeners is to provide education to consumers; therefore, willingness to volunteer time is essential. Lack of hands-on experience in the garden should not deter potential applicants. Anyone with a keen interest in gardening, and especially those with other skills and interests, such as writing, graphics and computer knowledge, is encouraged to apply.

The registration deadline is Dec. 16. Class size is limited. To receive a Master Gardener registration packet, call the University of Maryland Extension, Howard County office at 410-313-2707.

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