Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock: The signs of spring are cropping up all over Woodstock

Some people mark the beginning of spring by the calendar, others by Mother Nature, but Woodstock residents look for three sure signs of season: the mulch sale at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, the April Garage Sale at Frisky's and opening day at the Snowball Stand.

The St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Council Knights of Columbus will conduct their ninth annual mulch sale March 31. The cost is $5 for a 3-cubic-foot bag of brown mulch or a 2-cubic-foot bag of black mulch and proceeds will benefit the homeless shelter at Spring Grove Hospital, in Catonsville.

Delivery is free for all orders of 15 or more bags within a 10-mile radius of the church; other orders will be available for pickup at the church, 10800 Old Court Road, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

To place an order, call Ernie Tucker at 410-442-8076 or Ed Pelsinsky at 410-313-8808.

For more than 40 years, Frisky's Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary has held a garage sale to help defray the cost of caring for the animals that come through its doors. It is a nonprofit organization run solely by volunteers – 10 percent of any proceeds support the animals – so Frisky's will gratefully accept contributions year-round.

If you have secondhand items that you would like to drop off, leave them at the donation shed in Frisky's circular driveway (10790 Old Frederick Road) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Those needing assistance or a receipt should go to Frisky's front porch.

The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, April 1-29, so make sure to stop by and check out the selection.

Looking for another way to support Frisky's? Go to to see a "wish list" of currently needed items, and remember that gift cards are always welcome (e.g., grocery, feed, office supplies, supercenters, home improvement stores, etc.). Contact administrative assistant Janet Ellis at 410-418-8899 or with any questions.

As far as the Snowball Stand, opening information had not appeared by the time I submitted this column, but interested patrons can stay in the loop by liking the Snowball Stand's Facebook page at In the past, the facility has opened around April 1.

I would like to extend a pat on the back to the March Band Musicians of the Month at West Friendship Elementary School: Mark Antico (percussion), Gabby Eng (trombone), Megan Hettinger (French horn), Maura Hill (flute), Emma Morath (French horn) and Emily Morton (flute). Keep up the great work!

Did you know that Success in Style has made some recent changes? This Ellicott City-based nonprofit provides business clothing and interview counseling to lesser advantaged men and women and partially funds its mission through a thrift store named Charity's Closet.

Although Charity's Closet still makes its home in Historic Savage Mill, it just moved to a larger space on the ground floor of the New Weave Building, at 8600 Foundry St., in Savage. The store is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The store also has a "drop and go" donation bin available during business hours, with self-service receipts. For more information, go to, or call 443-538-3843.

On Saturday, March 24, the Caregiver's Ministry at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will host a Healthy Living Expo and American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 12430 Scaggsville Road, in Highland. The event will feature cooking demonstrations, health screenings, and a variety of beneficial health information.

To donate blood, call Sharon Hill at 301-854-6542 to schedule an appointment. Call 301-854-2324 or go to to learn more about Mt. Zion.

Do financial matters leave you flummoxed? Do you feel like you need help but don't know where to turn? Consider attending the sixth annual Money Matters Fair, scheduled for March 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The event aims to help county residents take charge of their finances and make smart financial decisions.

Attendees will get to visit with representatives from more than two dozen institutions and take advantage of several free services: credit reports, tax preparation and confidential document shredding. The event is co-sponsored by Howard County Council member Calvin Ball, Howard Community College, Howard County Library, Friends of the Howard County Library, Howard County Public School System, and makingCHANGE. Go to for more details.

Glenelg High School would like to invite the community to its annual jazz concert, which takes place Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium (14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg). In addition to the Glenelg Jazz Ensemble, this year's event will feature trumpet player Graham Breedlove ( as guest soloist. Tickets cost $8.

The Glenelg High School Marching Unit will be selling discounted prom dresses and formal gowns at a Paris Couture Collection Extravaganza Sunday, March 25 from 1 to 6 p.m. The event will take place at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2892 Rt. 97, in Glenwood. Many independent beauty vendors (e.g., jewelry, natural skin care, purses) will also be on site.

St. Andrew's monthly community feast will take place tonight, Thursday, March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The meal costs $9 per person or $30 maximum per family, and kids 5 and younger eat for free. Proceeds will help send youth to a camp at the Bishop Claggett Center in Buckeystown.

Our local high school musicals also begin tonight. Marriotts Ridge High School will present "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $10. A $5 "business lunch" will precede the Sunday matinee at 1 p.m.; to reserve luncheon tickets, email The school is at 12100 Woodford Drive, in Marriottsville.

Chapelgate Christian Academy will present its family musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for students and $12 for adults and the address is 2600 Marriottsville Road. For more information, go to

Enjoy the spring weather and the wealth of activities our community offers this weekend!

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