> The Dodson School of Art and Sommer Gallery, 717 Old Belfast Road, in Sparks. Fall classes Sept. 20-Dec. 16, ages 10-adult. Call 410-771-4794.
*Painting classes: 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays; noon-2:30 p.m. Thursdays. Ages 10 through adult.
*Beginners or refresher drawing, introduction to color through pastel painting: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays.
*After school preteen's 2-D art: 4-5 p.m. Mondays; minimum age is 9 years.
> Canvas Original Art presents a new exhibit of oil paintings and watercolors upstairs at Lovely Manors, 14227 Jarrettsville Pike in Jacksonville. Local and international artists.
> Olivia's House, a grief and loss center for children in York, Pa. presents Healing Hearts through Arts; 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and noon-8 p.m. Sept. 24, at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, Penn State York campus, 1031 Edgecomb Ave. in York. Fine arts exhibits; Healing Quilt exhibit and entertainments; no admission fee.
Call 717-699-1133; www.oliviashouse.org.
> American Legion Post 256, 19520 York Road in Parkton. Call 410-357-5462.
*Spaghetti dinners: 4:30-7 p.m., Sept. 27 and last Tuesday each month; $6.50 per person. (Sept. through June).
> Hereford Octagon Club meets each Tuesday at Hereford High School. Call 410-357-5718.
> Northern Baltimore County Republican and Civic Organization meets 7:30 p.m.. Sept. 29 at the Parkton American Legion. Guest speakers: Anne Arundel County Del. Don Dwyer Jr. and Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Bailey. Call 357-5555.
> Widening the Circle: Organizational meeting and festival for progressives from Carroll, Harford, Baltimore and Frederick counties; 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at 1433 Sparks Road in Sparks. Donations accepted. Speakers: Congressmen Ben Cardin, Doug Duncan, Andrew Duck, Tom Hucker and Margaret Flowers and Lea Jones of Progressive Maryland.
Call Margaret Flowers, 410-591-0892; or e-mail Lea Jones, Lea@Lea.JonesMusic.com
> Metro Maryland Counseling Center presents The Faces of Depression: Seminar for health care professionals and the general public. 8:30 a.m. registration, program 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Loyola College graduate center, 2034 Greenspring Drive in Timonium. Cost is $40 per person.
> Weil, Akman, Baylin & Coleman sponsors a seminar on new tax law changes affecting manufacturers and producers, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at Timonium Holiday Inn, 2004 Greenspring Drive.
Call Dee Simpson, 410-561-4411; e-mail email@example.com; or register online at www.wabccpas.com then click on Seminars.
> A.G. Edwards & Sons present the following free workshops at Cockeysville Library, 9833 Greenside Drive. Call Mary Burrows, 410-584-8600.
*Managing your Mandatory Retirement Distributions: Free financial planning workshop, 10 a.m. Sept. 27 or 2 p.m. Sept. 29.
> The College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. Call numbers specified:
*Open House for prospective students in the Women's College noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.
> CCBC Hunt Valley Center - Senior Institute schedules classes at 11101 McCormick Road. To register call 410-771-6835. All classes begin week of Sept. 26.
> The Baltimore County League of Women Voters Contemporary Issues lecture series 6 p.m. at Sheppard Pratt Conference Center in Towson the last Mondays of September, October, November 2005, and February, March, and April 2006. Single lecture admissions $10. Call 410-377-8046 or e-mail LWVBaltimore@verizon.net.
*Reforming our Broken Immigration System: 6 p.m., Sept. 26, with Dr. Demitrios Papademetriou, president, Migration Policy Institute.
> Hereford Library, 16940 York Road, Monkton. Call 410-887-1919.
*Hereford Library Book Club:Join us for a lively book discussion of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time" by Mark Haddon; 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.
> Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Spring programs begin 10:30 a.m. in Ladew Studio; registration required. Call 410-557-9570 or go to www.ladewgardens.com.
*Native plant sale and Butterfly Festival and Sale: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, rain or shine.
*Designs From Nature: with Sally Humphreys and Susan Detjens, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 29. Arrangements will be raffled for the benefit of Ladew. $25 members, $30 nonmembers.
> Southern York County Library, 80 Constitution Ave. in Shrewsbury. Call 717-235-4313.
*Babies & Books: For 12-24 months, with an adult; 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26.
*Preschool story time: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 27. Preschool story time for older 3-year-olds as well as 4- and 5-year-olds.
*Toddler Time: for 2- and 3-year-olds; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 28.
*Home School Senior Book Discussion Group: for grades 6-8. Youth are asked to read the selected books and come prepared to discuss them, 1 p.m. Sept. 28.
> Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, 2015 Mount Carmel Road. Call 410-343-1164.
*Yard Sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Proceeds will go to a new roof for the church. Call 410-3774-2407.
> Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church, 3701 Sweet Air Road. Call 410-592-9121 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Midweek worship 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Service each Wednesday alternates between Taize and a Praise and Communion service.
> Clynmalira United Methodist Church, Old York and Stockton roads. Call 410-472-4107.
*Crafters and vendors wanted for fall festival, Sat., Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pit beef, apple dumplings, games, moon bounce, pony and hay rides, music and more.
> Faith Lutheran Church, 8 Sherwood Road in Cockeysville; 410-666-3136.
*Faith @ 5 PM: New worship service and contemporary music at 5 p.m. each Sunday. A social gathering and light meal follows.
Call Robine Rahley or e-mail email@example.com.
> Gunpowder Baptist Church, 20074 Middletown Road. Call 410-343-1365.
*Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 a.m.; Worship services at 8:15 and 11 a.m., and 7 p.m.Weekly Wednesday activities: Teen Time, 6:45 p.m.; Mission Friends, AWANA, Royal Ambassadors, adult Bible Study and prayer meeting, 7 p.m.
> Hereford United Methodist Church, corner of Monkton and York roads. Sunday services, 8 and 10:30 a.m. Call 410-343-0660.
*Moms in Touch: Wednesday mornings 7:45�8:45 a.m. Call 410-374-5577.
> Immanuel Episcopal Church, 1509 Glencoe Road. Our Rector is Rev. Beverly Braine. Call 410-472-2828.
*Sept. 25, the fall season starts with worship services 8 and 10:15 a.m., Church School 10 a.m.
> Jarrettsville United Methodist Church, 1733 Jarrettsville Road. Call 410-692-5847 or go to www.jumc.com.
*New fall hours: Sunday worship 8:30 and 11 a.m.; Sunday school ages 2 though adult, 9:45 a.m. First Sunday each month, 6:30 p.m.
*Fallfest/Craft Show: Oct.1: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Scarecrow stuffing, games, moon bounce, crafts, pit beef and entertainment.
> Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 19401 Midddletown Road. Call 410-343-0729.
*Annual fall festival: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Crafters, artists and vendors wanted, 12-by-12 space for $10. Call 410-343-0729.
> St. Peters Lutheran Church, 4300 Church Road, Hampstead. Call 410-374-2264.
*Fall/winter schedule returns: 10:30 a.m. Service with Holy Communion; 9:15 a.m. Sunday School weekly; 8:30 a.m. Confirmation class twice per month.
> Vernon United Methodist Church, 18600 Vernon Road, White Hall. Call 410-357-5049.
*Flea market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 1 rain or shine. Great deals, bake table, homemade soups and pit beef and ham. Spaces available $15. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairs and Festivals
> Stitches Etc., 3459 Sweet Air Road in Jacksonville, will hold a National Open House Culinary Event, featuring the Aga cooker from Great Britain, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 24. Call 410-667-9522.
> The Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs: Fifth annual running 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24; gates open 10 a.m., first race at 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit nursing at GBMC HealthCare. Call 443-270-6048 or log onto www.shawandowns.org.
> Pickersgill Retirement Community, 615 Chestnut Ave. in Towson, will host its annual Country Fair and Flea Market 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, rain or shine. Free and open to the public. Features The Satyr Hill Band's bluegrass music and Port of Call roving barbershop quartet.
Local community groups and individual vendors invited to reserve flea market and craft space. Proceeds go toward resident activities. Call 410-842-0420.
FIRE and rescue
> Hereford Volunteer Ambulance Association, 901 Monkton Road. Call 410-887-1935 or go to www.herefordemsrescue.org.
*Pit beef sales: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 24; pit beef or ham sandwich $4.50; with chips and soft drink $5.50.
> Hereford Volunteer Fire Company, 510 Monkton Road, needs members, both administrative and firefighters. Call 410-887-1934 or go to www.herefordfire.org.
*Summer movie nights: 6:30 p.m. Movies are free, food costs. Call 410-329-6341. Sept. 30 - "Boogy Man."
*New contact address: Firefighters Birthday Party for Kids, call Lauren at 410-887-1934.
*The Summit Manor Banquet Facility and Conference Center has a new phone number: 410-343-3553, or go to Hunt Valley Catering at www.huntvalleycatering.com.
> Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, Route 165 in Jarrettsville.*Craft Show: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, sponsored by the JVFC Auxiliary. Call 410-692-5263.
> Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Company, 21631 York Road. Active, associate and junior members wanted. Call 410-887-1932.
*Pit beef, ham and turkey sales: 10 a.m.; first Saturday each month (Oct. 1). Sandwich, $4; combo $5.
*Hall rental available. Call 410-357-5217 for information.
> Norrisville Volunteer Fire Dept., 2134 Harkins Road (Route 136) in Norrisville.
*Fall Henn Pottery & Basket Bingo: 4-7 p.m. Sept. 23. Beef sale 4-7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. Call Maggie, 410-692-5492 or Sally, 410-692-6757.
> Monkton United Methodist Church's Music on the Hill, 1930 Monkton Road, presents Peabody Ragtime Ensemble; 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Goodwill donation at Intermission. Call 410-472-9116.
> Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. Call 410-785-1515 or e-mail email@example.com. Reservations required.
*Birding for Families: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 24 with birder Katharine Patterson. $12 per family is due in advance. Class size limited to 20.
*A Birding Expedition: 8-10 a.m. Sept. 25; bring binoculars and a field guide. Space is limited.
*24th annual Honey Harvest Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 2.
> Seventh District Recreation Council meets 7:15-8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday each month at the school. Call 410-887-1938 or visit www.seventhdistrictrec.com.
*U16 & U18 soccer teams (boys and girls 14 and older, all levels) are forming for the fall; games, conditioning, skill building and tournament. Call 410-357-8612 or e-mail Coedsoccer@hotmail.com.
> Third Annual York County 50+ Senior EXPO: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 27 at the York EXPO Center, Memorial Hall East, 334 Carlisle Ave. in York; free. Call 717-299-7000 or pick up a copy of September's edition of Senior News.
> Cockeysville Senior Center, 10535 York Road. Check our schedule of classes all year round. Call 410-887-7694.
*B&O Railroad Museum: 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29. Cost $43, includes lunch at Chiapparelli's.
*Longaberger Basket Bingo: 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
> Jacksonville Senior Center, 3101 Paper Mill Road. Open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Call 410-887-1841.
*Bereavement Support Group: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays.
*Flea Market: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Table rental $10.
> St. Timothy's Evangelical Lutheran Church fellowship committee is sponsoring 12-day Italian vacation to Venice, Florence and Rome beginning June 26, 2006. Call Dennis Purdie, 410-472-1522.