Spring festivities offer numerous egg hunts and crafts [Clarksville]

Howard County Times

Clark's Elioak Farm, 10500 Clarksville Pike, has reopened for the season. On April 15 and 16, the farm will host daily egg hunts for children ages 1 to 6 years old. The hunts will start every half hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participation in the egg hunts is included with the daily $6 per person admission fee, which also provides access to the farm's other attractions. On April 22 and 23, the farm will host Trusty the Tractor Weekend, featuring a chance to meet Martha Clark, author of two children's books, 'Trusty the Tractor' and 'Trusty the Tractor's Day Off.' Learn more at www.clarklandfarm.com.

For more seasonal fun, visit the Easter Festival at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, 12101 Linden Linthicum Lane, on Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. Everyone is invited to join in an egg hunt, crafts for kids and other children's activities.

Have you started spring cleaning? Your trash may be someone else's treasure. River Hill High School Student Government Association will host its annual indoor yard sale on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendor spots for this one-stop shop are still available for $30 and include one space and one table. Register at https://riverhillyardsale.wixsite.com/mysite. Questions may be emailed to rhexecboard@gmail.com.

Congratulations to the It's Academic team at St. Louis School, which took first place at the annual quiz competition's tournament of teams. A tip of the hat to eighth-grade students Hersh Chawla, Michael West, Donovan Tepe and Ben Kopec for taking the top spot out of 38 teams from the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington.

Two new businesses on the western side of Clarksville have recently opened . Taking over the building previously occupied by The Still Point Spa, Pinkie's Play Place, 12451 Clarksville Pike, offers pampering for a different kind of clientele — four-footed friends. More than a kennel, it offers daycare, overnight boarding and grooming packages. Learn more at www.pinkiesplayplace.com.

Mint Indian Cuisine and Lounge, 12447 Clarksville Pike, Suite 1E, has transformed the former Pudgie's Pizza location with authentic décor. Chef Neel Kamal has developed an extensive menu of classic Indian and tandoori dishes. Mint serves a lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner begins daily at 3 p.m. The lounge offers a daily happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. with belly dancing on Saturday nights. Check out www.mintmd.net for more information.

The River Hill Boosters will host a golf outing on Monday, April 24, at Hobbit's Glen Golf Course starting at 12:30 p.m. Greens fees, cart, box lunch, beverages, dinner and awards are wrapped into the all-inclusive fee of $800 per foursome or $200 per person. The dinner, open to non-golfers for $50, will feature a silent auction and begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information and to register, go to http://www.riverhill.org/boosters/2017-hobbits-glen-golf-outing.

On a more sobering note, the overdose rate in Howard County continues to rise. HC DrugFree will present a program on substance abuse and students on Tuesday, April 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the River Hill High School cafeteria. "Not My Child…Yes, Your Howard County Child" will focus on the daily exposure of Howard County children to stress, alcohol and drugs. Parents, grandparents, relatives, coaches and community members are invited to attend this adult program. For more information, visit www.hcdrugfree.org.

Get your tickets for the annual Knights of Columbus Longaberger Basket Charity Bingo on Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m. Doors of the St. Louis Social Hall of the Pastoral Center open at 6 p.m. with food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets, which cost $25, may be reserved by calling Mike Leumas at 410-290-8290. Purchase your tickets by April 23 and receive a second game free.

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