This time of year there is some sort of activity at the Howard County fairgrounds in West Friendship every weekend. The folks at the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club are readying for the big sale of the year on April 22 beginning at 9 a.m. This is the 22nd Annual Consignment Sale and Auction with antiques, farm equipment, tools, golf carts, shrubbery, building supplies, household items and lots more.
The annual Tot Swap Consignment sale is set for April 21, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County fairgrounds. with more than 300 vendors. Go to www.totswap.net
The Celestial Searchers Young Astronomers club meets next on April 24, 7 p.m., at the Glenwood Branch library. New members to this club are always welcome. Founder Joel Goodman always keeps the kids' eyes to the sky.
The next date for the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church feast is April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dine in or carry out with a fee of $30 per family or $9 per person. The menu is Italian and is graciously donated by the folks at Smokin' Hot in Glenwood. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit El Hogar, a Honduran ministry whose mission is to transform and empower abandoned and impoverished children in Honduras by providing a loving home and education. St. Andrew's is at 2892 Route 97 , between Union Chapel Road and the Glenwood post office.
Congratulations to the hard-working and talented band musicians at West Friendship Elementary who were named musicians of the month for May. The students are Bryce Pistorio, Thomas Hodges, Ethan Keiner, Atharv Nadkarni, Christopher Choi, Grace Hargrove, Serena Becker, Avni Uniyal, Charles Lowther, George Williamson and Henry Milner.
The Howard County Historical Society is hosting Edith Cord, a woman who spent her youth hiding and fleeing from the Nazis during the Nazi Occupation. A resident of ColumbiaCord was born in Vienna, Austria, and her lecture will involve sharing her story in an effort to educate younger generations as to the atrocities of the past. The lecture is set for May 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, 8328 Court Ave. in Ellicott City. For tickets or for more information go to http://hchsmd.org/events.
And finally condolences to the family of the late Ken Nibali who passed away peacefully at home on April 4. The community sends sympathy to his beloved wife Ellen, and his children Jennifer, Ben and Vince and all in this wonderful family. Ken was a fixture in the life of the West Friendship neighborhood where he lived. His passing is a tremendous loss to all in our community.