The fifth annual Whipps Daffodil Day takes place March 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ellicott City's only public historic garden-park at 3651 St. John's Lane. Sponsored by the nonprofit group The Friends of Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens, the event will feature horticultural presentations by Master Gardeners in the Park's Woodland Theatre, a native plant raffle and a potted daffodils, hyacinths and tulips sale. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
According to Aleta Gravelle, The Friends of Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens director, the one-acre site garden-park began as a family burial ground in 1855 for the Whipps family — early settlers of the Howard County whose family were farmers and merchants.
No longer an active cemetery — the last burial was in 1915 — the park is today maintained by the Howard County's Master Gardeners and is open to the public daily. Proceeds from the potted plant sale will help to keep up the park that is solely reliant on volunteers and donations to operate.
For more information, call Gravelle at 410-274-7795 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centennial High School Band Backers invites the community to attend their Bingo Night March 30 from 7to 9:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. It's a great night of family fun that costs only $8 which includes bingo, a slice of pizza and a drink. Proceeds support the high school band programs.
Three James Madison University students from Ellicott City — Jami Limon, Lauren Tessier and James Caffes — have just returned from the University's Alternative Spring Break, a program that sends student teams to locations in the United States and abroad to experience different cultures and to perform needed community service.
According to the school, Jami traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., to participate in The Lost Boys of Sudan, a class-based trip focusing on refuges and genocide. While Lauren immersed herself in Louisville, Ky., culture by participating in the Refugee Resettlement trip and mentored young refugees on their school campus.
James, an Ellicott City resident, traveled to Natchez, Miss., to volunteer at the Sunshine Children's Center, a safe haven for abused and neglected children recently taken into protective custody.
For more information on James Madison University's Alternative Break Program go to info.jmu.edu/csl/abp/index.php.
Congratulations to the following Centennial Lane Elementary School Concert Band students for being accepted into the Howard County Gifted and Talented Elementary Band and the Howard County Elementary Honors Band:
GT Band — Carolyn Frommer (flute), Valerie Hsieh and Fjiordia Akhtar (clarinets), Thomas Arbaugh (alto saxophone), Robert Gao (bassoon), Eric Ko and Jordan Carton (trumpets), Noah Katz (French horn), Robert Silverstein and Nikhil Santhanam (trombones), David Riina (euphonium), Alexander Wu and Alang Wang (tubas);
Honors Band — Malika Shah (percussion).
The Howard County Arts Council's 15th annual Celebration of the Arts Gala will be held Saturday, March 24 at Howard Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Center. The Gala will begin with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring a silent auction of local artists, culinary delights from area restaurants and caterers, and a variety of live performances. At 8 p.m., guests will be treated to a presentation that includes the Rising Star Competition and the 2011 Howie Awards.
There are two ticket categories to choose from — $100 tickets include the reception, silent auction and reserved seats in the Smith Theatre; $50 tickets include the reception, silent auction and general seating in the Studio Theatre for the simulcast. To purchase tickets, go to the Council's website at http://www.hocoarts.org or by phone at 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit their offices at 8510 High Ridge Road.
Howard County Drug Free is sponsoring "Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City," Wednesday, March 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Mt. Hebron High School auditorium. Guest speaker Howard Caplan, Ocean City Police Officer, will offer advice about keeping your child safe during this annual teen beach trip. Parents are encouraged to bring their high school seniors to the program. The event is co-hosted by the Mt. Hebron School PTSA.