Mother's Day shopping? No need to travel further than our little village. Area churches and garden centers are loaded with flowers and fancies just perfect for Mom's special day.

Dennis Whittaker's Whittaker's Flowers will be open Friday, May 10, noon to 6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, 8 a.m to 5 p.m., with loads of garden specials for the mom in your life. Garden goodies, lush market packs, perennials, herbs and shrubs are available at the store on Route 144 in West Friendship.

The St. James United Methodist Church annual yard sale, bake sale, plant sale Spring Fling is set for Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Floral hanging baskets, bedding and vegetable plants, crafts, and flea market finds will be available for purchase.

Hot breakfast and lunch are sold by the members of the youth group, whose aim is to earn funds for the annual Camp Hope housing rehabilitation effort that the group participates in each summer.


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St. James is at 12470 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), just off of Route 32, in West Friendship.

Similarly, the Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church mini flea market is set for May 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carole Kramer, coordinator of the yearly Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church book sale announces the sixth annual flea market and mini book sale.

One vendor will be selling loads of silk flowers, craft supplies and decorative ribbons according to Kramer. Questions about the sale? Call her at 410-442-2475 or email her at churchbooks@hotmail.com.

Shepherd of the Glen is at 14551 Burntwoods Road, in Glenwood.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood at 2892 Route 97, will be the scene of a two-day plant sale and flea market extravaganza on Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Sunday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A benefit yard sale flea market is set for May 11 with all proceeds headed to the youth pilgrimage trip in July. On Mother's Day, it's plants galore with hanging planters, bedding plants, herbs, vegetable market packs and more. This is always a lively sale for a good cause. Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-442-5445.

The Whipps Garden and Memorial Cemetery, Ellicott City's only public garden park which is run entirely by volunteers, will hold its annual fundraiser plant sale on Friday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and May 11, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the First Lutheran Church at the corner of Chatham and Frederick roads in the Dunloggin neighborhood of Ellicott City.

Butterfly presentations, talks on growing herbs and lots of lush plants will be for sale. Proceeds from the Mother's Day weekend sale will go toward the upkeep of the Whipps Garden Park. Interested in volunteering at Whipps? Call Aleta Gravelle at 410-465-2398.

Spring Festival. Those two words conjure a sea of happy memories for most folks who attended West Friendship Elementary School. This year is no different for the students who will likely make new memories during the Wednesday, May 10, school family event, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Games, food, prizes, cake walk, raffles — you name it — the tradition continues with this yearly fun fest.

Bette Hoover has announced a new session of Community Yoga for a Better World. This all-level yoga class includes gentle poses, meditation and reflection. The six-week session was to begin May 6, but it offers drop-in participation and catch-up as well.

The classes are on Monday evenings, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Hoover's Eden Valley studio in Dayton. Interested? Call Hoover at 410-531-5610.

It's worth repeating: "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." That's the only way to describe the West Friendship Elementary School performance of family favorite "Mary Poppins."

A Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m., performance for families culminates all the hard work of our local elementary stage stars. Co-directors Avery Stanert and Elsa Fawcett have brought out the best in the student actors, who include Emma Morath, Cole Felch, Claire Hinds, Ellie Johnson, Jacob Wise; and dozens of other talented actors, singers, dancers, technical crew members and musicians.

"It's A Jolly Holiday," "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and "Feed the Birds" are just a sample of the soaring songs and scenes from the musical.