Ed Parvis, president of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church's St Vincent Society, informed me that the church hosts a Red Cross Blood Drive on Sunday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Harrison Hall.

To schedule an appointment, contact Lori Merl at 410-455-9440 or lmerl@comcast.net. The church is at 4795 Ilchester Road in Ellicott City.


Do you enjoy gardening? Interested in sharing your gardening knowledge? Cross Country Garden Club's Joan Hoye invites fellow gardeners to the club's Open House Friday, March 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Avalon room at the Charles E. Miller Branch Library and Historical Center, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City.

The open house will allow prospective members to learn about the club's activities and projects. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Jan Yanero at 410-465-5424.

Mark your calendar. Whipps sixth annual Daffodil Day is Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 3651 St. John's Lane, in Ellicott City.

Daffodil Day will feature horticultural presentations by the master gardeners in the Whipps Park's Woodland Theatre. Enjoy free admission, refreshments and a plant and raffle sale.

Among the plants for sale are potted daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, Easter lilies, hydrangeas, hellebores and Virginia bluebells.

Whipps is Ellicott City's only public historic garden-park run entirely by volunteers. The park is maintained by Howard County's master gardeners and is open to the public daily.

Begun as a family burial ground in 1855, Whipps is no longer an active cemetery. The last burial was in 1915. Today it is owned by the nonprofit organization Friends of the Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens Inc.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the cemetery. For more information, contact Aleta Gravelle at 410-274-7795 or at agravelle@verizon.net.

Would you like to support the arts in Howard County? The Howard County Arts Council, in Ellicott City, is seeking volunteers to assist at the council's 16th annual Celebration of the Arts Gala on Saturday, March 23, at the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Howard Community College. Volunteers, ages 16 years or older, are needed for reception, raffle ticket sales, performance, membership, silent auction and general set-up.

The evening features a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. with a silent auction, food from area restaurants, and musical performances. The event culminates with the presentation of the prestigious Howie and the Rising Star Competition awards.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the council by phone at 410-313-2787 or by email at development@hocoarts.org. Tickets are available online at http://www.hocoarts.org. <

The Howard County Office on Aging's Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is sponsoring free Medicare and long term care information events at Ellicott City's Kiwanis Wallas Recreation Center, 3300 Norbert's Way.

The events include "Medicare 101: What You Can Expect From Medicare" on Wednesday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., "Medicare 102: Why Medicare Isn't Enough" on Wednesday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and "Medicare 103: I Have Medicare, Now What?" on Wednesday, March 6, at 11 a.m. Register by calling SHIP at 410-313-7391.

In addition to these events, SHIP is offering free one-on-one Medicare counseling sessions at the Ellicott City Senior Center weekly on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. To make an appointment call the center at 410-313-1400.


Learn more about senior services for Howard County residents at http://www.howardcountyaging.org or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HoCoCitizen.