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Glenelg High grad Michael Morton's band gets shot at stardom in worldwide competition

Michael Morton rocks. The Glenelg Class of 2009 graduate, who is currently studying art history and Spanish at the University of Maryland, is a member of the band Dreamboat Armada. Michael and his band have been chosen as Baltimore's entry in the Hard Rock Rising 2012 Global Battle of the Bands.

The band won the first round of competition in late March. Voting for the finals is an online contest. Michael's mom, Jill Morton, is hoping that all of Michael's Howard County friends will get online at http://www.facebook.com/hardrockcafebaltimore/app_205164529573076?ref=ts and give the Dreamboat Armada a vote. If they win, it's off to London for the the band, bringing a bit of rock glory to our neck of the woods.

For more information on Michael Morton's band, go to http://www.dreamboatarmada.com.

The West Friendship Livestock 4-H Club membership wants to send a thank you note. The thanks goes to Michael Akeys, of Green Akeys Farm, in Westminster. Green Akeys, a small diversified family farm with grass fed beef, grass fed lamb, pastured pork and poultry, was the setting for West Friendship 4-H members who learned all about farm to table production. Club reporter Katie Coles said "Mr. Akeys was an entertaining and engaging speaker."

Sandi Hawkins may be retired from West Friendship Elementary, where she made lifetime friendships during her 25 years at the local school, but in no way has retirement slowed her down. Hawkins still gets together for theater trips to New York with many of her former staff members at West Friendship Elementary.

Right now though, Sandi is full steam ahead in preparing for the first ever West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary spring yard sale, set for April 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a rain date of May 5.

"This is a first for us," Sandi said. "We hope to fill up over 50 tables."

If you would like to participate as a vendor for this yard sale, flea market event, call Sandi at 410-442-1471 or Norma at 410-730-6969. The sale will take place in the lower parking lot of the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department, at the intersection of routes 32 and 99. Funds raised from the vendor table rentals, which are $30, will go toward the programs of the Station 3 Auxiliary.

West Friendship Elementary students will jump for joy today. Come out and watch the kids as they Jump Rope for Heart. After a full day of exercise for a good cause, the kids and their parents will head on over to Barnes and Noble in Ellicott City on Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. for an evening in the stacks. The Barnes and Noble book store will be the setting for family fun when West Friendship Elementary teachers read some of their favorite stories.

Shopping for books, enjoying a few "yummies" from the café at Barnes and Noble and a social get together is behind this family night. A portion of the proceeds from sales that evening will go toward the West Friendship Elementary PTA programs. If you have a book store shopping need come out and join the West Friendship Elementary community at Barnes and Noble.

Who are Becky, Susan, Bine, Nick and Joe? Come out to the Greenbridge Pottery spring cleaning and clean sweep yard sale each weekend through April 29 and find out. The artisan potters at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton are cleaning out the shelves to make room for new wares.

Each weekend this April — times are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. — new bargains will be added to the spring fling spring clean out. Greenbridge Pottery is beautiful at this time of year, with flowering trees and shrubs and a yard full of chickens and rural charm. Greenbridge is at 5159 Greenbridge Road in Dayton.

The Howard County 4-H Youth Program is offering a residential camp in Garrett County for campers ages 8-13 and to youth ages 14-18 to serve in leadership roles. The camp will be held June 24-30 and emphasizes youth leadership, citizenship, environmental education and challenges of discovery.

The camp offers arts and crafts, a challenge course, hiking, archery, rifles, outdoor cooking, canoeing and swimming. Interested? Go to the website for information and registration forms, at http://www.howard4-h.org.

Kids bargains from head to toe. The Kids Nearly New Sale comes to the Howard County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to noon. Some 140 vendors selling items for newborns to teens. Clothes, equipment, books, toys and more. If it's something for children, it will be at this sale. The vendors will be set up in the Main Exhibition Building.

Saturday, April 21 is going to be a busy day at the fairgrounds. Not only is the Kids Nearly New Sale in place that morning and early afternoon, but this is also the date for the 16th annual Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club auction. The auction gavel comes down at 9 a.m. on April 21 with auction block items to include tractors, farm equipment, golf carts, antique tools, garden equipment, boats, trucks, cars and well.... things that go.

Carole Kramer, coordinator of the yearly Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church book sale is announcing a flea market and "mini" book sale set for June 2, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to participate as a vendor for this sale, call Carole at 410-442-2475 or email her at churchbooks@hotmail.com. Spaces are free. Six foot long tables are available for rent for $5 for the vendors.

If you are wondering what that light brown plastic bag is doing hanging on your mailbox, it is a nudge from local Boy, Girl, Cub and Venturing Crews Scouts who are collecting food on Satuday, April 21 during the annual Scouting for Food Drive.

Fill up your plastic bag and place it at your mailbox for the scouts who will pick up donations on April 21. The food will be delivered to food pantries throughout Howard County.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Howard County Conservancy on Saturday, April 21 at 8 a.m. when an "easy walk" of about 2 1/2 hours is planned at Mt. Pleasant Farm by the members of the Howard County Bird Club. Interested in joining in? Call Scott Berglund at 410-750-2568.

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