Manor Woods Elementary school nurse Lynette Winde calls them awesome. Teacher Lorraine Ridge finds them simply dazzling. And Samantha Kieley, who coaches these kids, couldn't be prouder.
Who are these marvels? Thirteen third through fifth grade students from Manor Woods who recently fulfilled a community service project which incorporated good will and healthy athletic prowess.
The students as "Girls on the Run" participated in a 5K run on May 11 in order to earn funds for a recent victim of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy. The elementary school runners donated their pledges to Erika Brannock, the Towson preschool teacher who was seriously injured during the Boston Marathon mayhem.
Additionally, the team wrote letters to Erika wishing her a speedy recovery. The girls donned the iconic Boston blue and yellow pom poms to signify support of Erika during their five-mile run.
The "Girls on the Run" include Alex DelMonte, Tori Vandenberge, Anne DeKonig, Hannah Parsons, Navya Pendli, Cara DelMonte, Anna Schubert, Carson Harvill, Carey Shoan, Caroline Anderson, Allie Shafer, Grace Filson, Lauren Nuetzel and Summer Voigt.
How lucky are we? The Howard County Farmers' Market at Glenwood sets up shop each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Featured farmers include R.J. Caulder of Breezy Willow Farm in West Friendship, with her berries, vegetables, honey, herbs, soaps and jam.
Thai Spices of Ellicott City brings spicy sauces, Thai custards, curry puffs and curry sauces. Other vendors include Great Harvest Bread with its signature hearty breads, scones, granola and sandwiches. The market is located in the parking lot of the Glenwood library.
Similar goings on at the Pink Cabbage with the Thursday 3 to 5 p.m. Lulu's Country Market featuring all sorts of fresh vegetables, herb mixes and local garden delights. Aside from the addition of the Thursday market, the vendors at the Pink Cabbage, which is at the corner of Triadelphia Road and Route 144, at 11707 Frederick Road, have been busier than bees.
The annual Pink Cabbage Funky Flea Market, which benefits the American Cancer Society, is set for June 1, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop till you drop with fabulous vendor wares, a lively band, yummy barbeque and all the neighbors you've missed since last year.
Questions on this sale? Call the Pink Cabbage at 410-531-7953.
The family of nonagenarian Ed Frank Jr. knows how to throw a party. When Ed turned 90, qualifying him for the esteemed title of nonagenarian, the family made certain that Ed would receive 90 cards. Calling on friends, family, and members of his beloved Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club, the call went out for receipt of 90 cards.
Happy Birthday to Ed, who celebrated this wonderful birthday on May 20. Cake was doled out during the meeting of the farm club at the Howard County Fairgrounds, where guests also enjoyed the film "Mifflinburg Buggy Museum".
Another incredible musical opportunity is afforded to the community by the stellar Glenelg United Methodist Church Concert Series. Mark your calendar for a free concert on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. when the famed Kenny Rittenhouse Jazz Quartet will perform "Java and Jazz".
Rittenouse has performed with jazz greats Larry Willis, Ralph Peterson, Don Braden, Buck Hill and Steve Wilson. He is a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble. Rittenhouse is an adjunct Professor of Jazz Trumpet at George Mason University.
Can't make it to a dude ranch this summer? Come out to the Howard County fairgrounds on June 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or anytime in between, to view some fabulous equestrian action. The MWHA, which was formerly known as the Maryland Western Horse Association but due to incorporation issues must now use just MWHA, will host another show which is family friendly from mane to stirrup. Association member Becky Novotny of West Friendship wishes more area folks were aware of all the Western and English horse riding events that are available for local spectators.
Novotny notes that food is available and the event is great for spectators of all ages. Summer horse shows will also be held at the Howard County fairgrounds on June 16, July 14 and 28, and Aug.11. For any information, call 443-848-1926 or email Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org.