West Friendship: At 4-H Hare Raisers Club, they know their rabbits

Who says you can't go home again? Glenelg High School freshman Rebecca Miller began her eight years with local 4-H as a member of the Hare Raisers Club.

Along the way, the 15-year-old, who aspires to become a veterinarian, switched over to the Sunshine Clovers and 4-H, but is now back home again with the Hare Raisers and is the current reporter for the club, whose adult leader and mentor is Wendy Feaga.

Along with reporter Rebecca, the roster of 2013 officers includes President Kari Splitter, Vice President Kristen Clark, Secretary Matthew Hulett, Karlie Capozzoli, Historian Maoliosa Wilson, Pledge Leaders Erick Jacob, Evan Jacob and Eoin Wilson and Hostess Ally Ferhrmann.

The members of the Hare Raisers Club participated as volunteers during the Baltimore and Howard rabbit show at the Howard County fairgrounds on Nov. 17. Club members prepared the judges tables, scales and a variety of weighing equipment for the rabbits, as well as running the raffle table.

According to Rebecca, more than 1,000 rabbits were entered in the show.

Everything wasn't coming up roses for the members of Cub Scout Pack 874. It was daffodils.

Thanks go out to the members of Pack 874 for their hard work on Nov. 17 when, during Family Volunteer Day, the boys planted more than 900 bulbs in the historic district of Ellicott City. The jewel of our county will be even brighter this spring thanks to these local Cub Scouts.

St. Nick is coming to town. Mark your calendar for Dec. 8, 9 to 11:30 a.m., when the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Route 97 in Glenwood, will be transformed into a winter wonderland.

Breakfast with St. Nicholas and a St. Nick gift shop are on the agenda. Kids are encouraged to give their wish list to St. Nicholas and grownups can enjoy the holiday wreaths, which are for sale.

Breakfast, crafts, a Christmas shop and photo opportunities, too. Admission is $7 for those 10 years and older and $5 for children under the age of ten. Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-292-8202 or email lynnequinn@comcast.net.

The annual Holiday Open House at the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club in West Friendship will be held on Dec. 8 and 9, noon to 4 p.m. A train garden, refreshments, tours of the museum, antique displays of Christmas time in days gone by and festive decorations are all part of the fun. The museum is at 12985 Frederick Road. No admission for this family friendly event.

Another addition to your holiday events list. Andrea Wills reminds the community of the annual Columbia Figure Skating production of "The Nutcracker on Ice". This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festive holiday performance. The show, which is appropriate for all members of the family, will be performed Dec. 15, 5:30 and 7:15 p.m., and Dec. 16, 4:30 and 6 p.m.

The shows will be held at the Columbia Ice Rink. For ticket information, call 410-730-0322 or go to the club website at http://www.columbiafsc.com.

The New Blues Duo will perform from 1-3 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton. Hot cider, handmade pottery and crafts, textile art and holiday gifts galore are in store for those who visit Greenbridge during the holidays.

The pottery barns will be open during the season Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. Greenbridge Pottery is at 5159 Greenbridge Road in Dayton.

If you would like to donate a new unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots, there are several area locations with donation bins. Curves of Glenelg, West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department and the Pink Cabbage on Triadelphia Road and Route 144. Deadline for donations is Dec. 11.

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