Do you have fond memories of autumn hikes through the woods, and the gooey deliciousness of marshmallows roasted over a smoky campfire?

The Howard County Conservancy would like to help you recreate those memories with your own family during its Fall Equinox Twilight Hike on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.


Bring your flashlights and meet at the Gudelsky Environmental Education Building to hike as a group to the campfire ring, where you can make scrumptious s'mores. Volunteer naturalists will lead songs around the fire and share stores about the sky, the land, the Fall Equinox, and the good ol' days.

This hike costs $5 per person or $10 per family; go to http://www.hcconservancy.org to register online, or call 410-465-8877. The address is 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99) in Woodstock.

St. James United Methodist Church invites your children to explore a brand new Sunday school program this year. Youngsters aged Pre-K through grade 12 will meet in the social hall at 9 a.m. each Sunday for 10 minutes of worship and music and will then move to individual classrooms for fun and engaging activities.

The church address is 12470 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Marriottsville. Call 410-442-2020 for more details, or go to http://www.saintjamesweb.org.

Those in need of grocery assistance may head over to Glenelg United Methodist Church food pantry, at 13900 Burntwoods Road, on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 to 10 a.m. If you know any local residents who may benefit from this mission, make sure to pass the word.

The pantry is also in great need of donations to help meet a burgeoning demand. Drop off items in the narthex during regular business hours, or email glenelgumcpantry@gmail.com to arrange for delivery.

Pantry representatives are grateful for your contributions and would also like to give warm thanks to Glenelg High School senior Nick Crabill, who is collecting nonperishable food at the school's first home football game. Nick hopes to fill the back of his truck with food for the pantry.

Need more information? Call the church at 410-489-7260.

Every year, the University of Maryland Extension, Howard County Office, offers Master Gardener training to individuals who would like to share their love of gardening with the public. Since the mission of the Master Gardeners is to educate others, participants must be willing to volunteer at least 40 hours of their time in the upcoming year.

The program is open to anyone with a strong interest in gardening, regardless of experience level. Those with additional skills, such as writing ability, computer knowledge and graphics expertise, are especially encouraged to register.

The program will take place at the Ellicott City office, 3300 North Ridge Road, Suite 240, beginning with an orientation session on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. The classes will run from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 23 to March 27. Participants will learn about plant, insect, and disease problems, as well as sustainable gardening practices.

The course costs $195, and registration is due by Tuesday, Dec. 18. Call 410-313-2707 to request a Master Gardener registration packet.

The Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus is a state-wide group of approximately 60 talented women who sing a cappella harmonies in a dynamic, entertaining manner. HCMC president Nancy Gaither, a Woodstock resident, frequently keeps me apprised of the group's awards and activities.

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., because HCMC will perform "Little Shop off Broadway" at the Chesapeake Arts Center (194 Hammonds Lane, in Baltimore). This program will feature the chorus, several of its quartets, and guest Chris Prestel singing a multitude of Broadway tunes. General admission costs $20 per ticket, or $15 for students and seniors.


Since HCMC is a nonprofit organization, ticket sales will help the group purchase music, hire coaches, and attend competitions, both regionally and nationally. To learn more, go to harborcitymusiccompany.org/sing-for-you/annual-show.