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Masons to host open house

The Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Maryland will host an open house for all men 18 and older who are interested in learning more about Masonry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2. The event will take place at Sharon Lodge 182, at 85 Main St. in Reisterstown. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day. There is no cost to attend. For more information, visit


Chamber to hold networking event

The Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce will hold the spring networking event, Blooming Again!, for it's Professional Women in Leadership group at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. The event will be held at House of Ruth/Ruth's Closet, at 9131 Reisterstown Road in the Valley Village Shopping Center.


Complimentary food and wine will be served. Participants are asked to bring a donation of clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry or similar items to support the House of Ruth. For more information or to RSVP, contact Lexi Schafer at, by April 8.

County to collect yard materials separately

Yard materials will no longer be collected with trash from Baltimore County residents with "Y" days on their schedule beginning Friday, April 1. For these residents, yard materials will be picked up separately from April through as late as Dec. 14.

If a resident's schedule has no "Y" days, their yard materials will continue to be collected with trash year-round.

Residents may set out as many bags of yard materials as they need to, but collectors might not be able to collect all of the bags on the same day. Residents are asked to leave their yard materials out until collection occurs.

Yard materials acceptable for recycling collection include grass, leaves, vines, twigs, shrubbery trimmings, and branches and limbs. Residents should use paper (preferred) or plastic lawn and leaf bags to set out their yard materials, not trash cans. Bags of yard materials should be no more than 30 pounds, and branches and limbs will only be collected if they are no larger than 3 inches in diameter, no longer than 3 feet, and tied in bundles no more than 30 pounds.

The yard materials collected on "Y" days will be composted into an organic material for use by Baltimore County agencies and residents.

For more information about the county's trash and recycling collection program, visit the solid waste management website or call 410-887-2000.


Ristorante Firenze chef named 'Rising Star'

Ristorante Firenze chef de cuisine Zachary Leonardi, 22, was recently named a "Rising Star" by Full Service Restaurant magazine. Leonardi is the youngest person, and one of two Marylanders, featured on the national 40-person list. He is currently finishing his culinary degree at Anne Arundel Community College.

Ristorante Firenze is at 2 Hanover Road in Reisterstown. For more information, visit

High school reunion to be held

The Forest Park High School Class of June 1956 is holding its 60th reunion Sunday, May 1. The brunch event will take place at the Suburban Country Club, at 7600 Park Heights Ave. in Pikesville, at 11 a.m. Cost is $50 per person. For more information or to register, contact Joyce Wormser Goodman at 410-484-6364 or, or Sandie Miller Zaben at 410-484-2644 or

Glyndon fire company seeking event sponsors


The Glyndon fire company will hold an all-you-can-eat crab feast from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27. The event, which will be held outside the fire hall, at 4812 Butler Road, will feature games, beer, and more. Tickets are expected to go on sale next month. The fire company is currently seeking sponsors to help offset the cost of expenses for the event. As a nonprofit, all proceeds from the event will go toward day-to-day operations, equipment, and a new building. Those interested in sponsoring the event can call the fire hall at 410-833-1262 and leave a message on the president's voicemail, or email Jake Larkins at

Stevenson to host food truck rally, expo

Stevenson University will hold its first food truck rally on the Owings Mills campus, at 100 Campus Circle in Owings Mills, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9. The event, sponsored by Mustang Activities and Programming, and Stevenson's Student Government Association, is free and open to the public.

Participating food trucks are: The Snack Shack Truck, Bricknfire Pizza, Glazey Day Donuts, Get Food Go, Icedgems Baking, The Cow, and The Jolly Pig.

The rally will also feature live music by the band Brent and Co., as well as other live entertainment including face painting and balloon art.

The school will also be hosting its seventh annual Mustang Craft Expo the same day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its Rockland Center. The expo features jewelry, artwork, home decor, and more from a variety of area artisans.


For more information on the craft expo or food truck rally, email or call 443-352-4300.

Eline Funeral Home to hold food drive

Eline Funeral Home, at 11824 Reisterstown Road in Reisterstown, is holding a food drive throughout April.

The funeral home will be collecting nonperishable foods and hygiene products for the Community Crisis Center, a nonprofit human service organization that aims to prevent homelessness in the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon community, and the food bank at the Reisterstown United Methodist Church. The hours of collection will be 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The food and hygiene donations will be matched by Eline Funeral Home. For more information, call 410-833-1414.