West Friendship: For pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, here are two options

Hard to believe that spring is around the corner. But with the herald of Shrove Tuesday suppers and lenten season events, this means that Easter is just six weeks away.

Heidi Bowman, the leader of the Howard County 4-H Beef Club reminds folks that the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, which is sponsored by the 4-H Beef Club, is set for Feb. 12, 4 to 8 p.m., in the dining hall of the 4-H Building at the Howard County fairgrounds.

A similar supper is set for Feb. 12, 5 to 7 p.m., at St. James United Methodist Church on Route 99 in West Friendship. Proceeds from the annual pancake supper at St. James supports the St. James Camp Hope Team.

For as many years as I can recall, the youth of St. James have gone to Frostburg each summer to rehabilitate homes of the needy. Camp Hope is an acronym for Christian Appalachian Mountain Project Helping Other People Enthusiastically.

The pancake dinner, served up by members of the youth group and its leaders, will include pancakes, sausage and baked apple slices. No admission, but free-will offerings are revenue for the Camp Hope projects.

By Shrove Tuesday, the hoopla associated with the Super Bowl will be just a memory. But for Folly Quarter seventh grade student Sam Monachino, it is unlikely that he will ever forget the excitement of the 2013 Super Bowl. Sam's dad, Ted Monachino is one of the coaches of the Baltimore team. For Sam and his younger brother Michael, who attends Triadelphia Ridge Elementary, being part of the action in New Orleans has been a dream come true.

Football wasn't exactly on the mind of Glenelg Country School fifth grade student Gabrielle De Leonibus on Jan. 25 when she spent her lunchtime break at Studio 10 in Glenelg, where stylist Karinda Haines carefully trimmed the youngsters long hair. Gabrielle wanted to donate her shorn tresses to the Locks of Love organization.

She returned to school with a padded envelope that contained her just-cut hair, which was to be mailed off to the charitable organization. Gabrielle had a wide grin while her mom Elizabeth wiped away tears.

Patricia Thorne, registrar of student services at Glenelg High School, has been busy as ever in preparation for the Black History Fair at the high school. This year, the fair will be held on Feb. 9, 3 to 5 p.m., at Glenelg High and the community is invited.

Hosted by the Black Student Union, the exhibit includes displays, performances, guest speakers and, of course, refreshments. Come and join the group for an afternoon of history and entertainment. Questions? Call Patricia Thorne at 410-313-5535.

Just a reminder. It's time for the annual Tot Swap, a children's gently used clothing sale at the Howard County fairgrounds. This year the sale is scheduled for Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bargains galore. Questions? Go to the Tot Swap website at http://www.totswap.net for information on buying, consigning and more.

Frances Motyca Dawson, the founder of the Columbia Pro Cantare and its leader and artistic director, invites the community to a "singathon" at the Columbia mall center court on Feb. 9, 1 to 3 p.m. If you have never heard the rousing, jubilant sounds of this 120-member choral group, now is your chance.

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