Last month I wrote about Team Mark, a group that promotes community involvement and charitable fundraising in memory of Mark Hollingsworth, a local husband and father who died from cancer in July 2010. Team Mark participated in the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon in August and earlier this month, the group volunteered at the Half Full Triathlon in support of the Ulman Cancer Fund.

Now Team Mark is partnering with The Wine Bin to host an evening of wine tasting and appetizers Nov. 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. The event will take place at Silo Point, 1200 Steuart St., 19th Floor Sky Lounge, in Baltimore.


Tickets cost $50 per person, and proceeds will benefit both the Mark Hollingsworth Scholarship Fund (http://www.columbiafoundation.org/receive/scholarships and The Little Things for Cancer (http://www.TLT4C.org an Ellicott City-based nonprofit that helps improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families.

If you cannot join Team Mark for the wine tasting, you can still help out by making purchases at The Wine Bin Nov. 3-10. Just make sure to mention Team Mark or The Little Things for Cancer and a percentage of your purchases will support those charities. The address for The Wine Bin is 8390 Main St., in Ellicott City.

For more information, email Michelle Hollingsworth at michellehollingsworth@yahoo.com.

Some of our local United Methodist churches are also teaming up next month in the fight against cancer. Choirs from Bethany U.M.C. (Ellicott City), Glen Mar U.M.C. (Ellicott City), Linden Linthicum U.M.C. (Clarksville), and Mt. Zion U.M.C. (Highland) will join the Glenelg U.M.C. choir at 13900 Burntwoods Road Nov. 13 for another free community concert. The performance begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by light refreshments.

During the concert, the churches will collect a freewill offering to benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 410-531-2324.

Amy Syversen, the band teacher at West Friendship Elementary School, would like to recognize her hard-working October Musicians of the Month. Congratulations to Mark Antico (percussion), Margot Deppe (trombone), Gabby Eng (trombone), Megan Hettinger (French horn), Maura Hill (flute), Emma Morath (French horn), and Emily Morton (flute).

Keep up the good work, kids.

The Marriotts Ridge Music Foundation also has some announcements. First, the "In Perfect Pitch" fundraising evening, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 22, has been postponed. A new date has not yet been set.

Second, in addition to selling citrus fruit this fall, the Music Foundation will also sell delicious apple goods and holiday treats through the well-known Baugher's Market in Westminster (http://www.baughers.com. For instance, the November selection will include Thanksgiving favorites such as apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, sweet potato pie, pumpkin jelly roll, carrot cake, dinner rolls, and applesauce, as well as apple fritters, apple cider, apple butter, and 3-pound bags of apples. The December order will feature a different variety of holiday goodies.

Go to http://www.mrhsmusic.net for the Baugher's order forms, and make sure to place your order by Nov. 11 for pickup at the school Nov. 22. All profits will help send the Marriotts Ridge music students on their annual spring trip – this year, it is a competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Marriotts Ridge High School PTSA would like to remind the community about the upcoming Bags, Baubles and Basket Bingo fundraiser scheduled for Nov. 4 in the school cafeteria. Doors will open at 5 p.m., but the games will not begin until 7 p.m., so come early and grab a bite for dinner — southern barbecue sandwiches are one food option that will be available — and peruse the silent art auction. All auction items have been donated by the Marriotts Ridge art department and bidding will close at the end of the evening. Auction items will also be on display during the homecoming pasta dinner Friday, Oct. 28.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include door prizes and 20 games. Raffles and specials cost extra. Try your luck at winning designer handbags, fine jewelry, and an assortment of prize-filled baskets! All proceeds from the evening (including the art auction) will go toward the school's 2012 After Prom Party.

To learn more or purchase advance tickets, email thelowes1@aol.com, or go to http://www.marriottsridge.net/documents/201112/PTSA_FallBingo.pdf. The school address is 12100 Woodford Drive, in Marriottsville.

Good food is always easy to find around here on the fourth Thursday of the month at the community feast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2892 Route 97, in Glenwood. This month, St. Andrew's is having an Italian feast, so come by Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. to enjoy some delicious food and a night off from the kitchen.


The meal costs $9 per person or $30 maximum per family and proceeds will benefit Worldwide Shelters (http://www.worldwideshelters.org a Glenwood-based nonprofit organization that helps develop transitional housing for communities displaced by natural disasters or war.

Questions? Call 410-292-8202 or email Lynne Quinn at lynnequinn@comcast.net.