Bicycle collection project is latest effort by 4-H Club [West Friendship]

Don't forget to keep the Sunshine and Clovers 4-H Club in mind when spring cleaning finds you culling the basement, barn, garage or garden shed.

The local 4-H kids have aligned with the great-grandfather of two of the club members in a bicycle collection project. Dakota and Raelyn Spahr's great-grandfather Ernest Schrider, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., has agreed to repair and reclaim any bicycles the club membership collects.

Schrider will deliver the refurbished bikes to kids in need in the Appalachian area. New and used bikes are great, as are any old bike parts and new helmets.

The 4-H Club members will accept the bikes at the Howard County fairgrounds on March 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last year, the club collected 25 bikes and, as Heather Spahr said, "Those bikes made a lot of kids very happy." Signs posted as "Miles of Smiles" will direct donors to the designated collection area, near the 4-H rabbit barn.

Nancy White loves to sing. As part of the Christian Choir of Howard County, Nancy and fellow choir members will raise the roof with song on March 24, 4 p.m., at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1505 Marriottsville Road.

"Hallelujah to the Lamb" is the title of the concert, which the choir also performed last week at the Bethany United Methodist Church. No admission cost for this concert.

Spring Fling. It only happens once a year and that time is now. Becky Moy Behre and fellow potters and artists at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton welcome the community to come out to the annual Spring Fling on March 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and March 24, 1 to 5 p.m.

New pots, flower vases, and the yearly spring cleaning sale are awaiting fans of ceramics and pottery. Popular harpist April Vega will perform on March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. Greenbridge Pottery is at 5159 Greenbridge Road in Dayton.

That's a bingo. The bingo players from West Friendship Elementary are hoping to hear that victorious cry when they gather at the Freedom district fire hall on March 22 for the seventh annual Basket Bingo school fundraiser. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Leah Wilson can answer any last minute questions about the event at 410-245-9154.

The community is invited to attend a Palm Sunday vigil mass at the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, on March 23, at 4 p.m.

St. James United Methodist Church in West Friendship invites the community to participate in Holy Week services beginning with a worship at 10 a.m. on Palm Sunday and followed by a Holy Thursday Service on March 28, 7:30 p.m., with a reading of the Last Supper, performed by parishioners reading the scripture of John, chapters 13-19. St. James is on Route 99 just off of Route 32.

Just as we in the community changed our clocks on March 10, the members of the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department remind residents to check batteries on home smoke alarms.

Looking for bargains? Head to the Howard County fairgrounds in West Friendship on March 23, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., when the Kids Nearly New spring sale is promising loads of finds on children's clothes, equipment, toys and games.

More than 140 vendors will sell children's items from infant through early teens. For a full list of items and information, go to the website at

More bargains this weekend when the organizers of the annual Folly Quarter Middle School indoor yard sale ready table after table of everything, including the kitchen sink. The sale is set for March 23, 8 a.m. to noon.

One last reminder of the great opportunity available to the community. The Mighty Kelltones will perform at noon on March 22 at the Glenwood Community Center during a free concert featuring local musicians with national renown. Kathie Lillie on Celtic harp and Anna Marsh's lilting vocals are worth the trip. Rousing music along with ethereal sounds.

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