Dennis Whittaker's garden center is a growing business [West Friendship]

Dennis Whittaker has never steered me wrong. In 38 years of West Friendship gardening, nary a season has passed that I have not filled up the garden cart with items from Whittaker's Flowers on Route 144.

In recent years, Whittaker has narrowed the hours of operation at his garden center, but each spring local gardeners revel in the knowledge that weekend offerings are ready and waiting. The spring weekend sale begins on April 19 and continues until June 1.

Garden goodies, lush market packs, perennials, herbs and shrubs are available Fridays, noon to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to Whittaker, it's nothing short of a "Flowerama".

Sports and altruism are the name of the game for two local high school baseball teams. Glenelg and Reservoir high schools are participating in the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Games, which raises funds for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital.

The benefit games feature the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams from both schools playing to "Strike Out Cancer" at Joe Cannon Stadium in Anne Arundel County on April 22. The junior varsity game is at 3:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m. Admission to both games is free. Donations are gladly accepted. There also will be silent auctions of sports memorabilia.

This will be an event full of family fun, fan hoopla and lots of enthusiasm on the part of the athletes and the organizers. Need more information on the charity event? Glenelg High parent volunteer Annette Waddell will answer any questions at 240-446-3995 as will Glenelg High School coach Dave Boteler at 410-313-5528.

Jewelry artists Shannon and Sally Stevens have announced a series of classes to be held at the Sunroom Studio at 3556 Lakeway Drive in Ellicott City. On April 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the class season begins with "Wonderful Wire Brooch".

A roster of summer classes and details about Sally and Shannon's metalworking, enamel, beading and more are available at the website <

Put away the pots and pans. The monthly feast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is set for April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., and the menu is Italian. Dine in or carry out. Family fare is $30 for the entire clan or $9 for an individual.

All proceeds from the monthly dinners, prepared by the chef at Glenwood's Smokin' Hot Grille, benefit the Youth Pilgrimage. All are invited to the Italian Night. Questions? Directions? Lynne Quinn will answer your queries at 410-442-5445 or St. Andrew's is at 2892 Route 97, between Union Chapel Road and the Glenwood post office.

April 20 is going to be a busy day at the Howard County Fairgrounds. This is the date for the 16th annual Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club auction. The auction gavel comes down at 9 a.m. on April 20 with auction block items to include tractors, farm equipment, golf carts, antique tools, garden equipment, boats, trucks, cars and well ... things that go.

Carole Kramer, coordinator of the yearly Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church book sale, announces the sixth annual flea market and "mini" book sale set for May 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to participate as a vendor for this sale, call Carole at 410-442-2475 or email her at Spaces are free. Six foot long tables are available for rent for $5 for the vendors.

If you are wondering what that light brown plastic bag is doing hanging on your mailbox, it is a nudge from local Boy, Girl, Cub and Venturing Crews Scouts who are collecting food on April 20 during the annual Scouting for Food Drive.

Fill up your plastic bag and place it at your mailbox for the Scouts, who will pick up donations on April 20. The food will be delivered to food pantries throughout Howard County.

The Glenelg United Methodist Church food pantry is open to those in need of assistance on April 20, 9 to 11 a.m., at 13900 Burntwoods Road in Glenelg. Anyone in the community who would like to donate nonperishable items to the pantry is encouraged to do so. Particular needs include peanut butter, jelly and condiments. Questions on drop off of donations? Call the church at 410-489-7260 or email

Condolences to the family of beloved West Friendship Elementary fourth grade teacher Amanda Knab who passed away suddenly in early April. The West Friendship community mourns her passing.

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