By Debbie Gartrell-Kemp and Neighborhoods correspondent
May 07, 2015 | 4:16 PM
If you are looking to beautify your home or want a gift for Mother's Day, the Mount Airy Garden Club will sponsor its ninth annual plant sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Calvary United Methodist Church.
"You will find a wide variety of colorful annuals, culinary herbs and assorted plants grown by the garden club members to purchase," said Carol Phillips, past president of the garden club.
Proceeds from the sale will be used to beautify Mount Airy with a variety of plants, trees and flowers.
Club members will also be on hand to answer your gardening questions.
Those interested in joining the Mount Airy Garden Club may sign up at the checkout table and the membership chairperson, Joyce Stone, will contact you, or call her at 301-831-0720.
Birds will be captured, fitted with a numbered aluminum band and released back into the wild unharmed.
"If we are lucky, we may re-capture birds that were banded last year," said event organizer Bob Schaefer. "Participants will see how the birds are caught and handled, have a chance to see them closer than ever before, and maybe hold them in hand. Because birds are mostly readily caught early in the morning, participants will have to get up when the birds do."
If you are interested in attending, meet at 8 a.m. at the entry gate to the sanctuary at 13030 Old Annapolis Road.
There are no restroom facilities available at this location and the event will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.
For more information, call Schaefer at 301-831-5660.
Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church's Spring Fling event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the church basement.
A variety of soups and sandwiches will be available for purchase. There will be pies, cakes, cookies and other items for sale at the bake table.
The thrift shop, located in an adjacent building, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will offer "specials of the day," mainly clothing.
Marvin Chapel is at 5101 Woodville Road, Mount Airy.
For more information, call 301-829-1656.
The American Red Cross will have a blood drive in the Winfield fire company hall from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12.
You should park on the side or in the back of the fire company and enter at the green awning. Please do not park in the front of the fire company, as that is reserved for those responding to emergency calls.
The fire hall is at 1320 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.