Congratulations to Glenelg Country School senior Hailey Kim, who recently earned national recognition in the 2012 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Hailey's winning painting titled, "Beyondness," caught the attention of the judges of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which is the nation's largest and oldest scholarship and recognition program for teenage artists and writers. Some of the celebrities who have been recipients of this award since its founding in 1923, include Robert Redford, Andy Warhol and Truman Capote.

Hailey was identified by panels of professional artists as one of the most talented young artists in the nation. In 2012, more than 200,000 works of art and writing were submitted from students in grades 7-12. A recognition ceremony will be held June 1 at Carnegie Hall, in New York. Hailey's art work will also be showcased at the Parsons the New School for Design, in New York City.

It's weekends like this one when I particularly wish my grandchildren lived closer. Oh, how our 6-year-old granddaughter, Emma, would adore the goings on at Clark's Elioak Farm this weekend. Pink Pizzazz is the name of the game at Clark's Elioak Farm where "An Enchanted Cherrybration" weekend is taking hold. Martha Clark promises that all children will get a free hayride as long as one person in the family is dressed as a pink princess.


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Why all the pink? A portion of the proceeds will benefit Howard County's "blossoms of hope" program. Princess Cherrybella will be on hand as part of the spring ritual celebrating cherry trees and all things vernal. Even a truly pink treasure hunt in the Enchanted Forest maze.

The fun at Clark's Elioak Farm is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Clark's Elioak Farm is at 10500 Route 108, in Ellicott City.

Just back from spring break and the students at West Friendship Elementary are ready to enjoy a school assembly called Nada Brahma. The students will be heading all over the world musically that is. Nada Brahma promotes cultural awareness through world music and arts. Founder Tim Gregory's passion for world music and dance creates a teaching style that frees the spirit. Nada Brahma has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian's Discovery Theater and now here on the stage at West Friendship Elementary.

It's been many years since I could truthfully shout out, "The circus is coming to town!" Indeed, the Piccadilly Circus (perfect if you forgot to get flights to London for the summer Olympics), is coming to the Howard County Fairgrounds Thursday-Sunday, April 12-15. Shows will run April 12 and 13, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; April 14, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and April 15, 1, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Lots of showings for this traveling circus. Clowns, camels, high wire acts and more. Go to the website http://www.thefuncircus.com to find out more about the circus and about tickets.

Did someone say spring cleaning? Sandi Hawkins of the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary knows just what you can do with all those boxes of miscellaneous items.

The Auxiliary is holding a mammoth yard sale flea market event in the lower parking lot of Station 3 on April 28. A "win win" for sellers wishing to get rid of things and buyers looking for bargain treasures. The sale is scheduled for April 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a rain date of May 5.

If you would like to be a vendor for this sale, call Sandi at 410-442-1471 or Norma at 410-730-6969. Vendor space are $30. Station 3 is at the intersection of routes 32 and 99, in West Friendship.

Speaking of spring cleaning, keep the Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church in mind. Organizers of its 17th annual media sale which is slated for mid-September, are seeking donations of books, records, DVDs, CDs and videos for the annual sale. Just drop off donation in the plastic bench at the side door of the church at 14551 Burntwoods Road. Tax donation forms are inside the bench.

If you missed visiting the Shrine of St. Anthony on Folly Quarter Road during the Easter season, there are still many opportunities to view the magnificent estate like grounds of the community. During April, the Shrine offers many worship opportunities. The shrine's gift shop is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a half-hour lunch closing from noon to 12:30 p.m. each day. A wonderful selection of gifts, books, cards, jams and religious items. Go to the website at http://www.shrineofstanthony.org to view all the varied calendar of events items at the shrine, 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

One more shout out to the young artists in our community. Kids in the area are invited to show off their artistic prowess by entering the Howard County Bird Club's third annual Student Birding Art Contest. The art contest is open to Howard County students ages 9-13. Prizes include backpack containing a pair of Eagle Optics binoculars and field guides. If you would like to draw or paint your favorite Maryland bird, then go to the club website at http://www.howardbirds.org and follow the cues to the contest rules and entry forms. Entries will be accepted until May 31.