Ellicott City: Clark's Elioak Farm celebrates 10th anniversary

Now in its 10th year, Martha Clark and her daughter, Nora Crist, officially opened Clark's Elioak Farm for the season on March 31 to the delight of kids and their families. All of the favorite farm activities are back and ready for visitors — pony rides on Captain Jack, hayrides with Trusty the Tractor, the beloved Enchanted Forest characters and tree maze and, of course, the petting farm animals. Plus, look for the popular Clark's "Never Sell the Land" 100 percent grass feed beef.

One of the farm's first special events is the egg hunt on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8. Children in age groups of 1-3 and 4-6 can enjoy egg hunts on April 7 at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. as well as 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. and on April 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Timed tickets will be issued for the egg hunts when you purchase admission to the farm (there is no additional cost for the hunt). Don't forget to bring your own Easter basket.

New at the farm this year: Martha has reprinted the book, "Jim Clark: Farmer, Soldier, Legislator," the memoir of her father, the late state Sen. James Clark Jr., which he wrote in 1999, complete with additions and a new final chapter about his last years.

Martha believes the book is "a testimony to his commitment to farming in Howard County and preserving farmland for future generations. Anyone interested in local Howard County history and reading about a "life well-spent" in the service of friends and neighbors, will find Dad's memoir a delightful read."

"Jim Clark: Farmer, Soldier, Legislator" is available for sale at the farm and at Clark's ACE Hardware on Route 40. In addition, on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. meet Martha and learn more about the man and his memoir at a book signing event at the farm.

Keep informed about all the exciting happenings at Clark's Elioak farm by visiting its website at http://www.clarklandfarm.com and its Facebook page "Clark's Elioak Farm." Check out the Facebook photos of some of the farm's beloved animals (many with their babies) including Goofy, Rose, Lucky, Maggie, Charlotte, Wilbur, Daisy and Milk Dud.

Brian Jolles, president and founder of We Promote Health, is one of our community's biggest health advocates. At his "Get Active Howard County" kick-off, an initiative to get Howard County residents active and fit, he, along with Karen Good, enlisted the help of some of the county's most spirited cheerleaders — seven county school mascots including the Atholton High Raider, Manor Woods Elementary Duck, Glenelg High Gladiator, Reservoir High Gator, Folly Quarter Middle Falcon, Veterans Elementary Eagle and the Waverly Woods Elementary Wildcat. To learn more about "Get Active Howard County," go to the We Promote Health website at http://www.wepromotehealth.org or email Jolles at brian@wepromotehealth.org.

Ellicott City's Homewood Center, a specialized public school, will hold it's fifth annual career fair on April 20 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The Fair will help Homewood students develop college and career readiness skills. Several local businesses are participating in the event including General Motors, Wegman's, Ross, The Hyatt Regency and 92Q. Also, students will have an an opportunity to attend workshops aimed at helping them to decide on post-graduation plans such as, "How to get a job," "How to get into college," and "Is the military right for me?"

For more information, call Homewood School Counselor Ronda Lennon at 410-313-5664.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7472 has partnered with Ellicott City's Bob Evans restaurant for a fundraiser benefitting the Veterans Relief Fund. On Saturday, April 21 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m, Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of your purchase to the Veterans Relief Fund.

Customers must present a fundraiser flyer when purchasing. The flyer can be found at the VFW website at http://www.vfw7472.org by clicking on the "Post Calendar" tab then the "Dine to Make a Difference Fundraiser" hyperlink.

For more information, contact VFW Post 7472 Service Officer Al Hernandez, at (410) 465-1801.

Downtown Ellicott City's own Salon Marielle, a Aveda Concepts Salon, is participating in the county's fifth annual GreenFest on April14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Howard Community College. The salon will host a cut-a-thon (haircuts for $25 and $35) with all proceeds being donated to a local watershed organization to protect and restore our waterways.

The GreenFest is a free event for all ages. It features exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and activities to "green" your home, workplace and lifestyle.

For more information, go to the GreenFest website at http://www.hcgreenfest.org, email Lindsay DeMarzo, GreenFest Co-chair, at ldemarzo@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-0700.

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