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A herd of Great Danes will take over fairgrounds [West Friendship]

Remember "Marmaduke," the storied Great Dane of the comic strips? The Great Dane Club of Maryland offers two shows on April 11 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship.

There will be puppy and veteran sweepstakes, a parade of dogs in the morning and another show and junior handling in the afternoon.

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The Great Dane action begins at 8:45 a.m. Families are invited to view the shows but are asked to leave strollers and pets at home.

Speaking of canines, the delightful director of communications at Glenelg Country School, Amanda Martorana, has alerted me to the "K9-9K" event at the school on April 25, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Together with the Marshall Legacy Institute, Glenelg Country School will host a K9-9K Family Fun Day, which is open to the public and a great event for families. All leashed and well-behaved dogs are also welcome.

The day features a 9K run/walk through the Glenelg Country School's beautiful 90-acre campus, a barbeque lunch, raffle prizes, family activities, and on-site demonstrations from the Marshall Legacy Institute's "canine ambassador", mine detection dog Senna. The demonstration exhibits just how dogs are able to safely and effectively sniff out land mines and save lives.

All funds raised from the event will go towards sponsoring a life-saving dog for detecting land mines. Glenelg Country School has helped sponsor five mine detection dogs in the past. Glenelg Country School is at 12793 Folly Quarter Road. Registration costs are $15 for students, $25 for adults with children under age 5 admitted free of charge. Register at gcsk9-9k.eventbrite.com.

William Wordsworth famously wrote, " I wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden daffodils". The same inspiration is in store for those who attend the Whipps Annual Daffodil Day, which harkens spring with a sea of yellow blooming bulbs at the Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens on April 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The day celebrates spring with horticultural presentations by Howard County Master Gardeners in the park's Woodland Theatre. The park, at 3651 St. John's Lane, is maintained by the Howard County Master Gardeners and is open to the public daily.

The Daffodil Days event includes sale of Easter lilies, hydrangeas, potted daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, hellebores and Virginia bluebells. No admission fee for the garden event. All proceeds from the flower sale will benefit the Whipps Cemetery.

The Ballet Mobile group, a local troupe of ballet dancers who delight audiences with their classic performances, are set to entertain the residents at Fairhaven in Sykesville on April 6, with an afternoon of "Spring Ballerina". This mobile group brings the arts to those who can not get out to see such entertainment. Bravo.

Over at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton, potter Becky Behre and her team of artisans are getting ready for the annual Spring Thing. Greenbridge is the place to be on April 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when savvy shoppers flock to the sale which is the only time of the year when visitors can grab up clearance items. New "Breath of Spring" pots and vases, fresh pottery in the Gallery and the spring thing sale items make for a great day at 5159 Greenbridge Road.

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