Congratulations to Marriotts Ridge High School Principal Adrianne Kaufman, who was recently announced as a winner in the Washington Post 2013 Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards.

Earlier in her career in Howard County, Kaufman was an assistant principal at Glenelg High School. Kudos to our local principal who is so highly regarded.

Volunteers Suzy Hill and Ray Yuan will be there. So will countless others in the community who spend most of the year immersed in the planning and preparation for the annual Relay for Life of Western Howard County.

The final planning meeting is set for June 4, at 7 p.m., at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, located by the Glenwood Branch Library. Discussion will include last minute details for the overnight walkathon, which raises money for the American Cancer Society and is scheduled for June 7.

For any information on the annual Relay for Life, contact the Relay Committee office at 410-781-4316 or email jenny.hogg@cancer.org.

Could you hear the sound of youthful choral voices along Route 144 in West Friendship? That was the West Friendship Elementary chorus in rehearsal for the finale concert which is set for Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m.

The parishioners at St. James United Methodist Church really know how to mix fun while doing good works. Recently, during the church's spring fling, which was organized to raise money for the annual youth group mission Camp Hope, the church hall was brimming with community fellowship.

Folks lined up for Ann Moxley's famed chicken salad sandwiches and conversation hummed with community mainstays like Sharon Grim, Crissy Patrick, Jim Moxley, Nancy Janson, Michael Grim, Nancy Thompson and longtime but now-retired West Friendship Elementary teacher Bonnie Inkman.

Someone was overheard to say, "The food is always fantastic at St. James." Nearby, a table full of young people who will soon be attending Camp Hope got to know each other and made enthusiastic plans for the upcoming summer mission trip in western Maryland, where the student missionaries will rehabilitate homes in need.

The ladies at the Pink Cabbage, who like to be called "the Cabbagers," have announced yet another great aspect to the business, which is at the corner of Route 144 and Triadelphia Road.

Each Thursday, from 3 to 5 p.m., Lulu's Country Market will offer locally grown farm-fresh fruit and vegetables at the Pink Cabbage. Offerings include asparagus, radishes, rhubarb, lettuces, spring onions, honey, oatmeal honey bread, eggs and dried herb mixtures.

Only days left to enter the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation's annual Historic District Photo Contest. Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. All photos will be on display during a month-long exhibit at the Howard County Welcome Center.

Contest particulars, including all the rules and regulations, are available online at http://www.ecrestoration.org.