Many years ago a local women's group in our area was known as the Homemaker's Club. This active, social and civic-minded club included women in western Howard County who were not just homemakers and "at-home mom's," but bright, intelligent, socially conscious women of the day.

The work load is always made light when many pitch in and so it is true that socialization in a group is a lot more fun than going at it singley. From the early seeds of the Homemaker's Club came the current Glenelg Club, which was re-named and revamped during the early 1980's.

One of the long-standing active members is Jane Clarke. Jane is a savvy woman. So savvy that she had the good sense to high tail it to Hot Springs, Ark., while the rest of us cleaned up debris from Hurricane Sandy.

Jane wants to send a shout out to her fellow club members for the good work they are doing in supporting the Glenelg United Methodist Church food pantry. As president of the Glenelg Club, she is proud of the monthly donations her club makes to the local food pantry.

The 15 members of the club enjoy social outings together, meet monthly at one of the members homes and consistently use their strength in numbers to further the good work of places like Springfield State Hospital, the Wounded Warriors Project and the Board of Child Care of the Methodist Church. If you would like to learn more about the Glenelg Club, call Jane Clarke at 410-489-0522.

Many thanks to the volunteer crews from West Friendship's Station 3 who labored nonstop from Oct. 28 through Oct. 30, clearing downed trees, blocked roadways, responding to fire calls and medical calls.

The members of West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department are always at the ready and during Hurricane Sandy this was ever apparent. Residents in our area were informed of the impending foul weather and took seriously the call to stay off the roads. According to fire department personnel, fewer vehicles on the road made the task easier for emergency responders.

Calling all survivors. Suzy Hill is hosting a celebration of cancer survivorship on Nov. 29, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville, next to the Glenwood Library.

In honor of each person's battle against cancer, the celebration will include desserts, fruit trays and an assortment of refreshments. If you would like to join in this celebration of courage and personal strength, respond to Suzy Hill for yourself and a guest at 443-253-1054 by Nov. 20.

The ladies at the Pink Cabbage on Triadelphia Road and Route 144, invite you to enjoy a 15 percent discount on a single purchase made through Nov. 18, when you bring in nonperishable foods to be added to the larder being prepared for a local family in need.

Don't forget. Mark your calendar for the St. James United Methodist Church annual Holiday Mart which will be held on Nov. 17, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You will find food, bake sale, hot dogs, pancakes, a Christmas gift room, craft tables and vendors, which will include Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple and Thirty-One. Questions? Contact Janet Sowers at janetsowers1641@verizon.net.

A must for holiday shopping is what the organizers of the Maryland Alpacas and Fleece Festival call their annual show. Alpaca garments, fleece items, yarns, batting and more will be on display and on sale during the festival at the Howard County fairgrounds, Nov.17-18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fiber artists, spinners, weavers, knitters and craft artisans will be on hand to describe their works. Real alpacas for the little kids to enjoy as well. Organizers do remind folks to "leave your dogs at home". Need more information on this colorful event? The website is http://www.marylandalpacas.org.

Mark Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-2, 5-8 p.m., at the Glen Mar United Methodist Church on your holiday events calendar. The church which is located at 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City, is holding its fifth annual Walk to Bethlehem.

Folks are invited to come anytime during the 5 to 8 p.m. hours to observe the wonders of the Christmas story. Led by guides, attendees will journey through outdoor settings where actors will enact the events leading to the Messiah's birth. After each walk, participants are invited to join in holiday carols led by Glen Mar choir members.

The church congregants have even created and staged an indoor marketplace as it looked in the time of Jesus. Questions? Call 410-465-4995 ext. 204 or go to the church website at http://www.glenmarumc.org.

It is with sadness that I report the passing of two of our community's great ladies.

Condolences to the families of Grace Evans and Alice Littlepage. Both of these fine women passed away in early November. Grace Evans was known to many in the community and in particular for her many years of teaching at West Friendship Elementary. Grace was the mother of John Evans and mother in law of Jennifer Evans of Frederick Road.

Alice Littlepage was the mother of Ann Chaillou and mother-in-law of Wallace Chaillou of West Friendship. Memorial services were held in early November for both of these wonderful women who will be sorely missed.