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Marrottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock: High school musicals are springing up

Marriotts Ridge High School seniors in the spring production of "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" March 22-25 include: front row, from left, Sydney Morales, Jane Yee, Gian Tavares and Alyssa Pacione; second row, Esi Abercrombie, Mandi James, Anna Mateo, Brian Gilbert, John Quinn, Ted Kuligowski, Max Faucher, Jesse Nelson, Bret Caples and Alex Harvey; third row, Claire Fremuth, Ayla Hoffheiser, Kim Turner, Grant Doederlein and TJ Talcott; and back row, Cooper Farrell and Brady Richards.
Marriotts Ridge High School seniors in the spring production of "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" March 22-25 include: front row, from left, Sydney Morales, Jane Yee, Gian Tavares and Alyssa Pacione; second row, Esi Abercrombie, Mandi James, Anna Mateo, Brian Gilbert, John Quinn, Ted Kuligowski, Max Faucher, Jesse Nelson, Bret Caples and Alex Harvey; third row, Claire Fremuth, Ayla Hoffheiser, Kim Turner, Grant Doederlein and TJ Talcott; and back row, Cooper Farrell and Brady Richards. (Submitted photo)

Some folks enjoy making the rounds of high school musicals every spring and we are fortunate to have two excellent drama programs right here in Marriottsville – at Marriotts Ridge High School and Chapelgate Christian Academy.

This year, Marriotts Ridge will showcase a hilarious and high-energy satire of corporate life, "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying." Based upon Shepherd Mead's 1952 manual of the same name, the musical follows an ambitious young man, J. Pierrepont Finch, as he cleverly schemes his way from window washer to chairman of the board.

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Performances will take place March 22-24 at 7 p.m. and March 25 at 3 p.m. In keeping with Marriotts Ridge tradition, the Sunday matinee will be preceded at 1 p.m. by a family meal — this year, an economical $5 "business lunch" of soup, salad, and dessert (with hot dogs for the younger set).

The show costs $10; to reserve tickets, call 410-241-7921 weekdays during normal business hours, or email Caren Fitzpatrick at caren.fitzpatrick@comcast.net. To reserve luncheon tickets, email businesslunch2012@gmail.com. The school address is 12100 Woodford Drive.

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Now here's the scoop with Chapelgate: Those who have attended previous productions know that the school puts on a great show. This year, drama teacher Pat Bonnell and her kids have worked really hard on a delightful performance that they, unfortunately, can't advertise by name because of contractual restrictions. However, I can say that the production is a classic family musical and you will surely enjoy it. Let's give those kids a good audience!

Performances are scheduled for March 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and March 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for students and $12 for adults. To purchase tickets in advance, visit the school office at 2600 Marriottsville Road during school hours. Questions? Call the office at 410-442-5888.

It is always a pleasure to hear from Colleen Konstanzer, the Community Outreach Coordinator for Neighbor Ride and this month she has shared news about a very special milestone. On Feb. 21, Neighbor Ride marked its 50,000th trip! Neighbor Ride, of course, is a nonprofit, volunteer-based service that provides transportation for Howard County's older citizens.

Since its inception in November 2004, Neighbor Ride has grown to a team of more than 330 volunteer drivers and ride coordinators. These committed individuals help older residents maintain their independence by providing transportation to medical and personal care appointments, shopping excursions, volunteer activities, cultural and social outings, fitness and educational pursuits, and many other day-to-day activities.

Driver Anne Lamberty completed the 50,000th ride by transporting Evadne Lafayette to and from Chesapeake Physical and Aquatic Therapy at the Columbia Association's Supreme Sports Club. Anne has volunteered for Neighbor Ride for the past two years, and her husband, Gontran, was one of the organization's original drivers. He now serves on Neighbor Ride's board of directors.

As you can tell by the numbers, Neighbor Ride continually needs more drivers to meet a burgeoning demand. Schedules are flexible — drivers can choose rides that are convenient to them — and many rides can take place during lunch break, while kids are in school, or over the weekends. Parents may also bring their children along for a wonderful intergenerational experience (and, I may add, an opportunity to model volunteerism).

To learn more about helping, call volunteer coordinators Rosemary Noble or Patrice Cerwonka at 410-884-RIDE (7433) or email volunteer@neighborride.org. The organization's website is http://www.neighborride.org.

Kathy Weber and the rest of the staff at Clarlen Nursery School would like to invite area children to visit their "Wheely Fun Day" March 16 from 1-3 p.m. (rain date: March 23). The school is housed at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, in Ellicott City, and the event will take place outdoors on the church's back parking lot.

Local businesses and individuals will be displaying a variety of machines, vehicles, and equipment – anything sporting wheels – so bring the kiddos out to take a gander at a carriage, an ATV, a forklift, a bucket truck, and many more wheeled items.

The school phone number is 410-465-7405. To learn more about Clarlen, go to sites.google.com/site/clarlennursery.

If you enjoy softball and are looking for an informal, co-recreational team, the Cindy LaRue Softball League is seeking players age 19 and older — especially women and couples — from all parts of Howard County. The league plays noncompetitive, slow-pitch softball on Sunday afternoons, April through August, at Wilde Lake Middle School. The emphasis is on fun rather than athletic ability, and all team members get to play.

Registration for the Cindy LaRue league costs $20. For more information, call commissioner Morse Solomon at 410-461-6712 or email mbsolomon@verizon.net.

This week's reminders focus on two free weekend events. First, the Howard County Conservancy will hold its monthly Wonder Walk — a family hike — Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m. The address is 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Woodstock, and the phone number is 410-465-8877. Go to http://www.hcconservancy.org for instructions if the weather is inclement.

Second, Glenelg United Methodist Church will host the next installment in its popular community concert series Sunday March 11 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 13900 Burntwoods Road. The concert will feature world-class musicians Sheng-Tsung Wang and Christopher Franke on violin, Sarah Hart on viola and Charlie Powers on cello. The program will include Bach's "Suite No. 4" in E-flat major, Ysaÿe's "Sonata" for solo violin, Debussy's "String Quartet" in G minor and Barber's "Adagio" for strings. A reception will follow.

After the concert, the church will collect a freewill offering to help fund its food pantry mission. For more information, call 410-489-7260.

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