Mitchell Feaga, a seventh-grader at Glenwood Middle School, loves bikes. The 12-year-old also realizes that for all kids a new bike isn't always a possibility.
Joining in with the Glenwood Lions Club, as president of the Glenwood Leo Club, a junior version of the Lions, Mitchell and his friends are collecting new or used bikes to be refurbished and distributed in countries where there is limited transportation.
In 2012, the Leo Club of Glenwood Middle, collected more than 50 bikes for the Bikes for the World organization. In this, the sixth bike drive, Mitchell hopes to increase the number of donations.
Members of the Glenwood Middle School Leo Club and the Glenwood Lions Club will be on hand at the school on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in West Friendship is celebrating its 40th year as the East Coast's premier gathering dedicated to sheep, wool and, well, all things fleecy. Hard to believe that the little lambs, yarn and low key spinning wheel event held the first weekend in May of 1973 has grown to such renown.
The potters from Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton will be at the festival located as usual in Barn 4, Booth 9, with wares to include Becky Moy's latest butter mold imprinted pots.
As for me, a stop in the main exhibition hall at Booth A-34 to find West Friendship's Breezy Willow Farm's R.J. Caulder and her heavenly scented soap products is always first on my list.
Local 4-H kids have prepared for months and always assist in the cleanup after the festival. Authors from as far as England will be on hand to sign books on a variety of fiber arts, and entertainment will be ongoing throughout the two-day event.
As in previous years, members of West Friendship's Living Farm Heritage Museum will assist with parking.
The festival will be open May 4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Sunday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with events going on all day. Be warned; the traffic around the intersection of Routes 32 and 144 during the weekend is as legendary as the festival itself.
Another signature first weekend in May event is the steeplechase at Pleasant Prospect Farm on Jennings Chapel Road on May 4. Tailgating, cheering on the horses and a concluding Kentucky Derby theme party, make this a special time for members and guests of the Howard County Iron Bridge Hounds. The ladies hats are often as much an enjoyable spectacle as the steeplechase itself. Long live Howard County tradition.
Mark your calendar for Mother's Day weekend when the gang at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will offer a bundle of gift ideas for mom. May 11 is the date for St. Andrew's annual Gigantic Benefit Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The church hall will be filled with bargain tables. Outside the church, a plant sale is to be set up with hanging pots; and market packs of herbs and vegetables, annuals, perennials, and more. All proceeds from the flea market and the plant sale will go to the Youth Pilgrimage Trip planned for July.
The plant sale will be held May 11 and 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is at 2892 Route 97, in Glenwood. Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-442-5445.
The St. James United Methodist Church annual yard sale, bake sale, plant sale Spring Fling is set for May 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Similarly , the Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church mini flea market is set for May 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." That's the only way to describe the West Friendship Elementary School performance of family favorite "Mary Poppins." A performance for the student body is set for Wednesday, May 8, at 2 p.m., followed by a May 9, 7 p.m., performance for families.
Classic renderings of "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and "Feed the Birds" are just a sample of the soaring songs and scenes which the elementary school actors, singers, dancers and musicians have polished for this uplifting and jubilant show.