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Shepherd of the Glen's annual book sale is a can't-miss event

It's almost here. Just a few more weeks until the 16th annual book sale held the first weekend of September each year at the Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, on Burnt Woods Road.

I must admit I've never met a used book store I didn't love. While others suffer shopping addiction of the jewelry sort, for me it is books. Locally we are lucky enough to have Books With A Past, in Glenwood, and Gramp's Attic Books, in historic Ellicott City.

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But when it comes to a real weekend binge of book buying, the Shepherd of the Glen book sale is the only place to be. Books are collected all year for this sale and include just about every type you can think of. Fiction, trade journals, media, music, cookbooks, antiquarian, biographies, juvenile and even new baby books. The sale includes an added day this year with dates of Sept. 8 and 9, 3-7 p.m.; and Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. During the Saturday portion of the sale, shoppers are invited to fill a bag for $5 from noon to 3 p.m.

No cooking tonight. Head on over to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church for a family feast. The dinner is set for Thursday, Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m., with a cost of $9 per person or $30 per family. Meals for children younger than 5 are free. This month the proceeds from the dinner, which is prepared and generously donated by Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille, of Glenwood, go toward the purchase of materials for the St. Andrew's Godly Play Sunday School Program.

Dine in or carry out, whichever suits your fancy. All in the community are invited to this monthly dinner. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is at 2892 Route 97, between Union Chapel Road and the Glenwood Post Office.

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

Don't forget the Apple Butter Market flea market, in Sykesville, Sunday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with vendors galore. Food, bargain finds, crafts, vintage goodies and lots of neighbors browsing and catching up. The flea market is located in South Branch Park, just over the bridge into Sykesville off Main Street.

West Friendship Elementary students start the school year with the familiar ring of the school bell Monday, Aug. 29. How did summer fly by so swiftly?

A historical tour of the manor house and Shrine of St. Anthony at the Franciscan Friars on Folly Quarter Road is scheduled for Sunday, Aug.28 at 2 p.m. The walking tour lasts about an hour. There is no fee and no registration required. The Companions of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

Speaking of history, the Howard County Historical Society Museum invites the community to a talk on the covered bridges of Howard County and central Maryland. The lecture will be presented by Jim Smedley Sunday, Aug. 28, 2 p.m. at the museum, 8328 Court Ave., just off of Main Street in the historic district of Ellicott City.

Questions? Call 410-750-0370.

Auditions for the famed Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus are on. If you would like to join this stellar chorus, call 410-730-8549 or 410-799-9321 or go to http://www.procantare.org for information about the chorus and the audition procedure. Rehearsals begin Sept. 7 and are held every Tuesday evening, 7:30-10 p.m., at Hammond High School, in Columbia.

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