Community Notes


RIVER HILL VILLAGE YARD SALES! Sat., Sept. 23, 8-1pm. Red balloons on street signs of participating streets. Clarksville/Columbia off Great Star Drive, Route 108, Guilford Road, and Trotter Road. Rain/Shine. 410-531-1749 .

GRIT & ASH DESIGN MARKET Howard county fairgrounds, Sept 23-24, 9am-5pm. Home decor, antiques, demos, food trucks and music. 410-707-0519 for info.

PAPER SHREDDING & BATTERY RECYCLING EVENT Sept 30, 9am-noon, Howard Chapel-Ridgeville UMC, 1970 Long Corner Rd, Mt. Airy, Md. Limit 3 banker boxes (12x12x12) of documents. 301-829-2230.

ST. LUKE'S CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL October 7, 10am-2pm. Church is located at 1001 Brighton Dam Road. The festival includes a Lawn Sale, Book Sale, Baked Goods amount other things. The El Sazon Food Truck will also be there. Fun for the whole family. Event occurs rain or shine.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS - A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION! October 8, 1-5pm, blessings are at 1:30pm, dachshund derby at 3 pm. Followed by costume contest and parade. Many of our community animal organizations will be there - Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue, Morgan Chapel Pet Food Pantry, Howard County K9 Unit, Puppy Love Apparel, Woodbine Woof Pack Daycare & Boarding. Cryin' Johnnies Hot Dog Cart and much more. For more info call the church at 410-489-5280. Calvary is located at the Woodbine exit of I-70.

ELLICOTT CITY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE October 14, 1pm-4pm. There will be lots of activities and fire prevention demonstrations for the whole family. "Cooking Safety starts with You" Come join the fun!!! 301-219-6111.

WINE DOWN ON WINE WEDNESDAYS AT SILVER DINER IN COLUMBIA weekly on Wednesdays, 4-11pm thru Oct 18, 2023, Silver Diner, 8250 Gateway Overlook Dr., Elkridge, MD 21075. Presented By: Silver Diner. 443-733-5213

COLUMBIA PRO CANTARE Columbia Pro Cantare opens its 47th season with the concert, "Hispanic Heritage," on Saturday, October 21, 2023, 8 pm, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042. The CPC chorus will sing works by Hispanic composers featuring a new piece by Venezuelan-born Cristian Grasses commissioned by the Chorus America Consortium, and the work, Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez. Guest artists include Andres Felipe Palacios, guitar, and Isaiah Shim, piano. The chorus will be under the direction of Artistic Director Laura Lee Fischer. Tickets: In advance, Adults $23, students and senior citizens $18; $2 more at the door. Children 15 and under: $10. Group rates available. Buy tickets online

SISTER ACT thru November 5, Toby's Dinner Theater, 5900 Symphony Woods Road Columbia, MD. At this time tickets for SISTER ACT are not available through If you would like to make a reservation, please contact our Box Office or our Group Sales Department directly. A woman hiding in a convent helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. SISTER ACT is the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the smash hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (NEWSIES, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS), this uplifting musical was nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE! Visit to purchase tickets.

HANDEL'S "MESSIAH" COLUMBIA PRO CANTARE CHORUS Sunday, December 3, 2023, 7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre under the direction of Laura Lee Fischer with guests Amy van Roekel, soprano; MaryAnn McCormick, mezzo; Charles Reid, tenor; Lester Lynch, baritone; Festival Orchestra with Henry Lowe, organ. Buy tickets online Group rates available.

"A CHRISTMAS NOEL" Festive works for the holiday season performed by the CPC Chamber Singers. Sunday, December 10, 2023, 3 PM, Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Buy tickets online

MILLTOWN QUILTERS HAS MOVED! Join us on Tuesdays at 10am for fellowship & quilting inspiration at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 10600 Shaker Dr., Columbia. New members are always welcome. Visit our website: to learn more about us and drop us a note! 410-404-1747.

LIBERTY BAPTIST CHURCH SUNDAY MORINING WORSHIP SERVICE Join us on Sundays at 10:45am, 1200 Madison Street, Lisbon, MD. for more information.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET thru January 7, 2024, Toby's Dinner Theater, 5900 Symphony Woods Road Columbia, MD. At this time tickets for MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET are not available through If you would like to make a reservation, please contact our Box Office or our Group Sales Department directly. "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" at Toby's. This musical adaptation of the classic film is the holiday tale of a young girl who doubts the existence of Santa Claus until a very special, white-bearded old man changes her mind. Recreating the magic of the classic story, MIRACLE ON 34th STREET is a joyous, heartwarming musical, the perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Dreams do come true, if you believe! Visit to purchase tickets.

A CHORUS LINE thru March 10, 2024, Toby's Dinner Theater, 5900 Symphony Woods Road Columbia, MD. At this time tickets for A CHORUS LINE are not available through If you would like to make a reservation, please contact our Box Office or our Group Sales Department directly. "One Singular Sensation" and a true celebration of musical theatre, A CHORUS LINE is one of the longest running shows in Broadway history! Featuring one powerhouse musical number after another including: "One," "I Can Do That," "At The Ballet," and "What I Did For Love," this groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize winning musical set a new standard for Broadway, winning 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical! Visit to purchase tickets.


TANEYTOWN HERITAGE & MUSEUM ASSOCIATON general public meeting will be held Monday, September 25th at 7:00 PM at Grace United Church of Christ, 49 W Baltimore Street, Taneytown, Md. in the Parish Hall. Parking in back of church. There will be a brief business meeting followed by guest speaker, Harry Conover who will give a presentation on the canning industry history. He was associated with Badger Food Machinery of Wisconsin for 20 years, then became self employed as a manufacturing representative for five major companies until his retirement. He co-authored the book "Carroll and Frederick County Canneries." Light refreshments will be served. Visit web site

FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL - FREE FUN HALLOWEEN FUN for children preschool thru elementary aged. Oct 28, 12-3pm, 1320 W. Old Liberty Rd, Sykesville, MD. Treat bags, pumpkins, snacks, activities & bicycle raffle entry provided for every child. Costume parade at 1:30. Be sure to enter through the marked ENTRANCE to get your treat bags, schedule of event, map & raffle entry.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY BAZAAR 11/3, 9am-7:30pm & 11/4, 9am-2pm, Oakland UMC Church Hall, 5971 Mineral Hill Rd, Sykesville, MD. Please join us for Crafts, Pinecone & Gift Baskets, Wreaths, White Elephant, Cakes, Cookies, Turkey & vegetable Noodle Soup, Chili, Turkey Salad Sandwiches, Italian Sausages, Cheesesteak & Meatball Subs, Hot Dogs, BBQ and an assortment of delicious desserts. Entrance is Free. Contact Lori Schissler, 410-382-8016.

NEW WINDSOR FIRE DEPT AUXILIARY BIG MONEY BINGO Nov 11, 101 High Street, New Windsor, MD. Large jackpot $1500, small jackpot $600, special pay $300, regular games pay $200. Doors open 4:30. First game starts 6:45pm. Cost: $60 in advance, $70 at the door. Includes a fried chicken dinner, drinks included. For more information contact Angie 443-677-2166 or Tressa 443-487-1278.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR & LUNCHEON Nov 11, 9am-3pm, Taylorsville UMC, 4356 Ridge Rd, Mt. Airy, MD. Luncheon of Fried Oysters - Chicken Strips - Sandwiches - Baked Goods & More. Crafts, Santa's Re-Gifting Shop & More.

EBENEZER UMC HOLLY MART Ebenezer United Methodist Church will hold its annual Holly Mart from 8:30am to 2pm, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023 at Winfield Fire Hall, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road, next to South Carroll High School. This popular holiday bazaar features the church's handmade crafts, birdfeeders, four flavors of homemade cheeseballs, baked goods, chocolates, meal and dessert mixes, plus a silent auction and valuable door prize. Vendors and direct-sale home-based businesses will offer holiday and home décor items, wreaths, wood creations, hand-sewn fabric and knitted items, personal and home accessories, jewelry, needlework, clothing, bath and body care, and much more. Lunch will feature homemade soups (chicken noodle, vegetable beef, potato, Maryland crab, cream of crab, and a combo of Maryland crab and cream of crab); beef barbecue, chicken salad sandwiches and hot dogs; six flavors of pies; apple dumplings; and hot and cold drinks. Carry-outs and some gluten-free items will be available, and whole pies for sale. An ATM is available in the firehall.Information: church office, 410-795-6136 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays; e-mail to; or visit

THE CARROLL COUNTY COIN CLUB PRESENTS A COIN SHOW! Nov 18, 9:30am-4pm, Best Western Conference Center, 451 WMC Drive, Westminster, MD. Buying, selling, trading coins, currency, and a broad diversity of supplies. 50/50 cash raffle, kid's table, free parking.

CIVIL AIR PATROL Wednesday nights, 6:45-9:15pm at IWLA, 6642 Woodville Rd, Mt. Airy. Operating as the official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, we conduct aerospace education, provide emergency services (search and rescue, disaster support), and manage a Cadet program for ages 12-21. New volunteers and Cadets are always welcome. Email us at or visit

CHURCH TO HOLD FOOD PANTRY Ebenezer United Methodist Church will hold the "Rock of Help" Food Pantry for anyone in the community in need of food from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the food pantry building, behind the church, 4901 Woodbine Road, near Winfield. Non-perishable foods, assorted frozen foods, a non-food household item and children's shoes are available. The food pantry currently is drive-through only. Church staff will put pre-loaded bags of food in your car. The food pantry will be held Saturday Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, 2023. The church is one-half mile south of Liberty Road on Woodbine Road. Information: call the church office at 410-795-6136 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; e-mail; or go to

TANEYTOWN HISTORY MUSEUM OPENING FOR 2023 with a new featured exhibit "Taneytown Agri-Culture Then & Now". Exhibit includes artifacts, pictures, and local agriculture inventions including a Mehring Milker. The museum is located at 340 W Baltimore Street, Taneytown. No admission fee. Handicap accessible. Parking in back of museum. Regular museum hours during the year include Fridays 10 am - 1 pm; Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Group tours can be arranged. Closed on holidays. Gift shop. Check out our website at

APPLE DUMPLING SALE New Windsor Fire Department. Preorder by Sept 20, pickup 4-7pm on Oct 6. $4 each. Call 410-848-2419 or 410-635-2909 to preorder.

CASH BINGO Every Tuesday Night at New Windsor Fire Company, 101 High Street, New Windsor, Md. Doors open at 5PM, Food available at 5:30. Bingo Starts at 7 PM. For more information call 410-635-6373.


ALL-U-CAN EAT SPAGHETTI DINNER Sept 20, 4-7pm, Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department, 1320 West Old Liberty Road, Sykesville, MD. Dinner incls: marinara & meat sauce, bread sticks, salad bar, iced tea & water. Adult $10, children 6-11 $5, children 5 & under free, carry-out, $11. Baked table available at additional cost.

CIVIL WAR HOSPITAL WALKING TOUR Presented By National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Saturdays thru Sept 30, 10:30am, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD. $15 (includes admission to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine). 301-695-1864.

16TH ANNUAL FREDERICK COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR Oct 7, 9am-3pm, Frederick High School, 650 Carroll Parkway, Frederick, Md. This annual event brings medical service providers, local businesses, organizations, and the community together for FREE medical screenings, food distribution, COVID-19 vaccinations, flu shots, family-friendly activities, and much more! Call 301-694-3355 for more information.

HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR Nov 4, 8am-2pm, Bush Creek Church of the Brethren Fellowship Hall, 4821 Green Valley Rd, Monrovia, MD. Beautiful handmade crafts: ornaments, jewelry, kid's craft kits, bows, baby gifts, hats & scarves, and hand painted items. Cakes, cookies, pies, bread & vegetable table & White Elephant table. Breakfast sandwiches, homemade soups, lunch and pie available. 301-85-3013 for more information.

LIBERTYTOWN VFD VETERAN'S DAY BIG MONEY BINGO Nov 11, doors open 4pm. $60 per person incls dinner, free coffee & tea, block of 9 for regular games & strip of 3 for 2 specials and the jackpot (paying $600/$1100 & $1275). Total prize money over $10,000. Extra papers, sodas & snacks for sale. Call LaRue Stevens 301-829-2710 for tickets. Make checks payable to LVFD. LVFD reserves right to reduce payout if less than 60 players. No refunds.

STITCHES THROUGH TIME - WOMEN'S WORK FROM FARM TO FASHION thru Dec 22, 10am-4pm, recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, The Museum of Frederick County History, 24 East Church Street, Frederick, MD. .$12


GOSPEL CONCERT Sept 24, 6pm, Mt. Tabor UM Church, Rt 108, Etchison, MD. Free will offering.

THE CATTAIL CHASE RACES, Oct 15, 10am-4pm, Pleasant Prospect Farm, 4389 Jennings Chapel Rd, Brookeville, MD 20833. This Steeplechase charity event will benefit Bridges to Housing Stability, Respite Retreat, Lisbon Volunteer Fire Co & other local worthy causes. Please join us to enjoy Steeplechase horse racing across the countryside and over fences, surrounded by the rolling hills of Howard County. In addition to watching one of Maryland's most historic sports there will be fun for all with pony races, a live band, food trucks, beer garden and a silent auction. Enjoy a catered lunch with tickets to the tents or a tailgate or picnic with friends & family. Ticket prices start at $25. Please visit

COMMUNITY TRUNK OR TREAT Saturday, October 28, 10am-noon. Kids are welcome to come in costume and bring a treat bucket to collect goodies in the parking lot. Plus hayrides, pumpkin painting/decorating, games, giveaways, face painting, food, and more! Rain or shine! The Lutheran Church of St Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring MD. or 301-384-4394.

ARTS & CRAFTS HOLIDAY FAIR Saturday, November 4, 9am-2pm. Handmade treats & treasures, artisan crafts, homemade jams, bake sale, quilts and textile arts, ornaments, pet items, plants and unique wood pieces, Grandma's Attic (vintage items), raffles and more! Lunch served 11-1. Your holiday spirit starts here! The Lutheran Church of St Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring MD. or 301.384.4394.


RAPHAEL SAADIQ REVISITS TONY! TONI! TONÉ! !Just Me and You Tour 2023, Sept 26, 8pm, Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mt. Royal Ave, Baltimore, Maryland.

THE MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL The Maryland Renaissance Festival, a tradition for the entire family, begins its 47th season August 26th and runs Saturdays and Sundays and Labor Day Monday through October 22nd for nine weekends of thrills, feasting, handmade crafts, entertainment and merriment. 1821 Crownsville Road Annapolis, MD.

STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT Oct 28, 8pm, Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mt. Royal Ave, Baltimore, Maryland.

HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP The University of Maryland Extension is hosting FREE Home Energy Workshops across the state Aug thru Dec. Register for a workshop near you to discover practical, cost-effective, and innovative strategies to improve your home energy performance or design a solar power system that will meet your needs. Extension Specialists and industry representatives will provide valuable information to help you improve your home's energy-efficiency and determine if solar will work for you. Each workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required. More information and registration details can be found online through the University of Maryland Extension at For additional information, or if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Drew Schiavone (, 301-432-2767).