America Recycles Day Sculpture Contest — Registration deadline 10/26/18

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) would invites high school students to participate in it’s 17th annual America Recycles Day Sculpture Contest. Two entries will be accepted from each high school (additional entries may become available later). The “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest gives students the chance to be inventive and create a sculpture made from recyclable or reused materials. Judges will select an overall winning sculpture along with individual recognition for creativity, workmanship and use of materials. Additionally, a “People’s Choice Award” is given. Past contests received national recognition and television news airtime.

The “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018 at MDE in Baltimore, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Due to the nature of the contest, only individual entries (no teams) are allowed. Participating students will be allowed to bring two guests to the judging event and each participant’s teacher will be invited to the contest. Prizes provided from corporate and non-profit organization sponsors will be awarded to all contest entrants. Past prizes have included items such as gift cards, speakers, and a laptop.

Space is limited so schools/teachers must complete the School Entry Form and return it to MDE by October 26, 2018. For more details, please visit the MDE website.

Register to vote — deadline is Oct. 16 for the Nov. 6 general election

If you will be at least 18 years of age by Nov. 6, you can register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election. The deadline for registration is 9 p.m. on Oct. 16. You can register online here.

Be an EMF major for a day at Towson University, Oct. 12, 2018

Towson University invites BCPS students and their parents, guardians, and guests to find out what it means to be a student in the Electronic Media and Film Department.

The event will be held on Friday, October 12, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., with registration starting at 9 a.m. Space is limited and registration is required.  Register today!

Topics will include:
— Grab Them and Don’t Let Them Go! – Story Development for Screenwriters
— The Art of Framing the Shot – Aesthetics in Film and Media Arts
— HD, 4K and Beyond… Camera and Gear Demos
— Capturing the Beat – Music Recording Studio Sessions
— Sound Design – Building a Scene’s Sound From Scratch
— Green Screens and Virtual Sets – HDTV Station Operations
— Blood and Screams – An Introduction to Horror Cinema
— Hands On! – A Stop Motion Animation Workshop

And many more!

Questions? Comments? Please email

Middle school students invited to JA Inspire! Oct. 18, 2018

Middle school students are invited to participate in a half-day interactive career exploration experience sponsored by Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Timonium Fairgrounds 4H Building.

At the event, youth will connect with professionals, learn skills for in-demand jobs, and learn about post-secondary education opportunities to strengthen their coursework for high school and beyond.

To RSVP, send an email to

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for young volunteers — Nov. 6, 2018 deadline

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is launching its 24th annual search for exemplary young volunteers. The process begins at the school level. Students fill out applications online and submit them to their principals. Schools then choose their top youth volunteers who go on to compete at the state level. State honorees can win $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Competition is open to students in Grades 5 – 12.

Family Farm Day – Sept. 23, 2018

Family Farm Day is a one-day festival — Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. — celebrating all things agriculture. Drawing 5,000 visitors from throughout central Maryland, the festival has something to offer attendees of all ages including great food, music, exhibitions, tractor rides, art and craft vendors and educational programs.

At Family Farm Day, visitors can listen to the sounds of live music, browse the offerings of a sugar maple-lined alee featuring locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey, meats, and cheeses. Learn about gardening and beekeeping, get up close with a variety of farm animals, tour the farm, see sheepdogs, foxhounds, and horses in action, and spend time in the kid zone that will have pony rides, peddle carts, pumpkin painting, face painting, and other fun activities.

Tickets are only $20 per car — and include all activities.

Upcoming Towson University open houses — Oct./Nov. 2018

At Towson University open houses, students can learn more about the school’s academic programs, students, faculty, campus resources, and the Honors College. Campus tours are included. Reservations are required and can be made online. Fall undergraduate open houses will be held on:

  • Saturday, Oct. 20
  • Friday, Oct. 26
  • Saturday, Oct. 27
  • Friday, Nov. 9
  • Saturday, Nov. 10