January is drawing to a close. Those of us who celebrate birthdays in the dead of winter should not be ignored.
Lexie Ayer was 10 years old on Jan. 4. Neighbor Patty Higgs' birthday was on Jan. 15. Margaret Walton and Joyce Ludy never fail to acknowledge my birth on Jan. 19.My excellent co-laborer in Nicaragua, Sara Long, is a very mature and beautiful 14 year old as of Jan. 23.
Hope you all had wonderful memorable celebrations. Let's expect more good things in the coming year.
Treat your spouse and yourself to "A Lifetime of Love: Marriage Enrichment Retreat" at the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City Feb. 8-10. The cost for two with lodging and meals is $275.
This annual activity is jointly sponsored by Linden-Linthicum and Mt. Zion United Methodist churches along with Maranatha and Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist churches.
Even the best of marriages can be better with a little tune-up from time to time. Make checks payable to Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church and mail to Peggy Lee at 15719 Ashland Drive, Laurel, MD 20708. To learn more, email MarriageEnrichment@comcast.net or call Peggy at 301-317-5428 or Emilie Sanborn at 410-531-5444.
The Frederick Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association includes Howard County and will meet on Feb. 2 at the Edenton Retirement Community Manor House at 5800 Genesis Lane in Frederick at 10 a.m.
This is a support group for those with hearing loss and their families. All are welcome to attend. Faith Arrington fulfilled a lifetime ambition by taking a two-week tour of the Holy Land led by two ministers of Carroll County. Faith will be sharing her experiences at the meeting.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-829-1002.
Dayton Oaks has an opening for a temporary employee to assist one-on-one with a student in the Regional Early Childhood Center preschool classroom from 8:50 to 11:20 a.m. If you are interested, call Bob Tencher at Social Service Consultants, 410-313-9181.
Columbia Pro Cantare celebrates 36 years of song with a Singathon at the Columbia Mall's Center Court Feb. 9. Bring your sweetheart. The concert, from 1 to 3 p.m., is free and will have a strong component of love songs. The audience will be invited to sing along with a few of the better-known songs.
The Singathon is a fundraiser. Online donations will be accepted before, during and after the event.
The group of about 120 performers will be under the direction of founder and artistic director Frances Motyca Dawson. See how many of your neighbors you can spot. There are several from our area.
To learn more about CPC and the singathon, go to http://www.procantare.org/ or call 410-730-8549.
Beekeeping is far more important than most people recognize and this wonderfully exciting practical hobby is growing in Howard County. The next meeting is Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the 4-H Building at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Note that this is not the dining hall. Bill Troupe, Maryland State Department of Agriculture bee Inspector will speak.
If you're thinking about becoming a beekeeper, there is a short course in Beginning Beekeeping starting Feb. 19 for 5 weeks from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds, with a field trip usually in April.
To learn more, go to http://www.howardcountybeekeepers.org/.
Pointers Run Elementary invites parents to to register kindergarten and new students for the 2013-14 school year on Feb. 13, 1:30-5 p.m., and Feb. 14, 1:30-6:30 p.m. Go to http://www.pres.hcpss.org/ to see which documents you must present or call the school at 410-313-7142.
If you do not live in the Pointers Run district, contact your local school for information. Now is the time to get children registered to have adequate staffing and supplies at the start of the school year.