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Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock: 'Jukebox' set for another spin around the stage at Marriotts Ridge High School

A cast of more than 100 Marriotts Ridge High School students will perform their signature revue "Jukebox." Oct. 13-15 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.
A cast of more than 100 Marriotts Ridge High School students will perform their signature revue "Jukebox." Oct. 13-15 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. (Submitted photo)

"Jukebox," the fall music revue at Marriotts Ridge High School, originated when the school opened seven years ago and has become a much-anticipated community event. Described as "Glee meets Broadway," the show features more than 100 Marriotts Ridge students singing, dancing, and thoroughly enjoying a variety of catchy favorites from the past to the present.

Students take the lead in "Jukebox," not only onstage, but also behind the scenes. They have choreographed dance numbers and arranged musical scores to compliment the student-written play, which will also be accompanied by a 25-piece student band. The show exudes talent and energy and is fun for the whole family!

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Performances will take place Oct. 13-15 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the school, 12100 Woodford Drive, in Marriottsville. Tickets are $10 Email caren.fitzpatrick@comcast.net promptly to reserve your tickets since performances sell out quickly.

For more information on Jukebox VII, go to http://www.mrhstheatre.org.

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Don't forget that the Marriotts Ridge High auditorium will also play host to the James Munsey Comedy Hypnosis Show Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. This funny, highly acclaimed performance is sponsored by the Mt. View Middle School PTA. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. To reserve tickets, email kcimerola@yahoo.com, or call 443-812-6259.

Saturday, Oct. 1 also marks the Howard County Conservancy's annual Fall Festival, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Woodstock. Load up the minivan with family and friends because it costs just $10 per vehicle to enter. The day will include historic tours of the old Mt. Pleasant farm and its buildings, demonstrations of the working blacksmith shop, a peek at the Conservancy's animals, hay rides and pony rides, children's crafts, a native plant sale, and live music. Food will also be available for purchase.

The Conservancy would like to invite adults to another event, too: a chef demonstration and Taste of the Local Harvest Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Gudelsky Environmental Education Center. Observe as Chef Dan Wecker, of the Elkridge Furnace Inn, prepares four-course specialties and listen to the stories of local farmers Nora Crist, of Clark's Produce Farm, and David Liker, of Gorman Farm.

Tickets cost $35 (of which $10 is tax-deductible) and include food, local cider and a sample of Secret Stash Harvest Ale from the Frederick-based Flying Dog Brewery. Other local beers and wine will also be available at a cash bar. All proceeds will support ongoing farmstead preservation through the Mt. Pleasant Farmstead Fund.

Participants must register in advance, and space is limited. To register, call 410-465-8877 or go to http://www.hcconservancy.org.

Mark your calendars now for the Sykesville Fall Festival, which happens Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date is Oct. 15). During the Fall Festival, Main Street will close to traffic so that visitors can enjoy a multitude of vendors, food and live music. Stay tuned here for more details next week.

The Town of Sykesville is also gearing up for Halloween with its annual Sykesville Ghosts and Legends Tours, which will take place twice a night, rain or shine, Oct. 21, 22 and 28 at 7 and 9 p.m. Squire Frederick Taylor, the official town crier, will guide visitors from the Sykesville Town House, at 7547 Main St., through a variety of haunt-happy locations in town. He will also share what happened in 2009 when a team of ghost-hunting Howard County police officers investigated paranormal activity at one site.

The Ghosts and Legends tours cost $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children younger than 12. Make sure to register soon by emailing Main Street Manager Ivy Wells at ivy@sykesville.net or call her at 410-795-8959 because this event fills up fast.

For more information on activities in Sykesville, go to http://www.sykesville.net.

Finally, the Howard County Library, in partnership with the Howard County Public School System and Howard Community College, will sponsor a free Choose Civility Symposium in HCC's Smith Theater Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will explore how civil understanding and respect can reduce bullying behavior.

National Public Radio newscaster Korva Coleman will moderate a panel of experts that includes Hammond High School principal Marcy Leonard, psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Brad Sachs and Courtney Macavinta, president of The Respect Institute and coauthor of the best-selling book "Respect: A Girl's Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed."

To learn more, call 410-313-7750 or go to choosecivility.org; register for the symposium at choosecivility2011symposium.eventbrite.com.

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