Big fun under the big top — circus coming to fairgrounds [West Friendship]

The circus is coming to town. Really. Mark your calendar for April 10-14 when the big top of the Fun Circus goes up for five days at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship.

Show times are April 10, 11 and 12 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; April 13 at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m.

For a sneak preview of the Fun Circus roster and to purchase tickets in advance, go to

Congratulations to long time art educator Shawn Costello, who was recently named Outstanding Arts Educator by the Howard County Arts Council.

Costello, a resident of West Friendship, who is currently the art teacher at Lisbon Elementary, was for some years the art teacher at West Friendship Elementary.

A top notch award for an educator who is simply the best.

That's a bingo. The Knights of Columbus at St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville announce the long anticipated Longaberger Basket Bingo night on April 26. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. St. Louis is at 12500 Route 108.

The evening includes plenty of bingo, refreshments and prizes. Admission is $25. For any information on this bingo event, email volunteers at or call 410-531-6162

Got a home improvement project slated for the spring "to do" list? The annual Suburban Maryland Spring Home and Landscape Show comes to the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship on April 5, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; April 6, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and April 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Go to the website at for a full listing of vendors with items for landscaping, remodeling, decorating and home design. No admission for this event.

Come one come all. Those are the words of West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary member Sandi Hawkins, who relishes preparing for the annual fire department yard sale.

This year, the event is set for April 27, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Station 3, just off of Route 32 on Route 99 in West Friendship. Vendors are welcome. If you would like to reserve a sale space, register at

If you missed visiting the Shrine of St. Anthony on Folly Quarter Road during the Easter season, there are still many opportunities to view the magnificent estate.

During April, the Shrine offers many worship opportunities. The Shrine Gift Shop is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a half hour lunch closing from noon to 12:30 p.m. each day. It has a selection of gifts, books, cards, jams and religious items. Enjoy the website at to view all the varied calendar of events items at the Shrine, 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

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