Finally we'll have a spring weekend. The sun and warm temperatures will put us in a mood to enjoy activities indoors and out.
Here's a good bet for Sunday. St. Michael's Catholic Church Youth Ministry is sponsoring a craft show and sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the church hall, 1200 St. Michael's Road in Poplar Springs.
This craft show is full of good ideas and beautiful things to buy. Start the morning with excellent doughnuts -- the kind you buy at George's. Buy them by the dozen to take home, or enjoy them at the show. All day, the youngsters will sell snacks, pizza, hot dogs and beverages. For the little ones, there is face-painting, button-making and jewelry-making.
Admission to the Craft Show is free, and you'll see and be able to buy holiday gifts, silk flower arrangements, country crafts and lots of beautiful candy for Easter.
For more information, call Ted Miles at 442-1717 or Cindy Overstreet at (301) 831-0721.
One week from tomorrow is the Howard County Elementary Band concert at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia. This free 7:30 p.m. performance will be a winner. I've listened to this select group of fifth-graders rehearse, and they are good. The students hail from 21 county elementary schools.
Twelve of the 38 young musicians live in western Howard County. They have rehearsed since mid-February for this performance and one at the Board of Education meeting at 3:30 p.m. April 6.
The Friday evening concert is open to the public and would make a particularly pleasant family outing. The music will include songs from the movies "Aladdin" and "Beauty and the Beast," and the pace will please listeners young and old.
Directors Wayne Binder and Frank Owens have used praise and polish to get great music from the band. Several school band directors have helped them with sectional rehearsals. The enthusiasm and energy you'll feel at this concert will make you feel great.
If you want to participate in an outdoor flea market with many browsers, try the Clarksville Elementary School PTA's Spring Fling. You can rent a space for the May 1 event by calling April Tayman at 730-2715. Sell collectibles or crafts at the Spring Fling.
Paul McMahon of Glenelg has joined Glenelg High School in its efforts to prevent tragedy during prom season with the Nationwide Insurance Prom Promise.
Mr. McMahon, a Nationwide Insurance agent, encourages teen-agers at Glenelg to sign a pledge promising to abstain from alcohol and drug use on prom night, whether they attend the prom or not. A student committee at the school is organizing PTC events to promote participation in Prom Promise.
Schools compete for prizes awarded partly by the percentage of students signing the pledge. Prizes range from T-shirts for pledge signers to a cash award of $3,500 for the grand champion school.
Nearly a million American high school students will sign the Prom Promise this year.
Information: Mr. McMahon, 442-1600.
Howard County public schools will close two hours early Tuesday, and there is no kindergarten. Students in grades three and five will take standardized tests Tuesday, Wednesday and April 1. It is important for students to be in school and to be well rested before the tests. Check with your local school for details.
If you were a second-grade student called to the principal's office, you might suffer a bit of anxiety. Not so for Lisa Cochran of Glenwood, who left her principal's office on cloud nine.
Principal Phil Arbaugh of Bushy Park Elementary School read Lisa a letter, informing her that she had won first place in a computer contest. Lisa won in the kindergarten to second-grade age group in the Maryland Instructional Computer Coordinators Association (MICA) statewide contest for her poem "Snow."
She accompanied her poem with a computer-generated illustration. Teachers assistant Peggy Lanier was Lisa's sponsor. Lisa will receive an award tomorrow. Mrs. Lanier will accept a $100 software certificate for the school. Several hundred students entered this contest, and Lisa was the county's only first-place winner.
Parish members of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, who worship at Union Chapel in Glenwood, have been busy calling their neighbors. They have reached over 800 families to invite them to visit St. Andrew's and to tell them about the St. Andrew's Sunday School program.
The volunteers from St. Andrew's will be happy to call you or visit with your family. Phone the church office at 489-4035.
Glenelg Country School will offer a prekindergarten program starting next fall. Children must be 4 years old before Oct. 1 to be eligible for the five-day, four-hour program.
Parents who send their children to this program may also take advantage of the extended care program at the school.
Call Megan Thanner-Guerra at 531-2229 to schedule an appointment to visit Glenelg Country School.
If your child will go to kindergarten next year, plan to register him at your local elementary school next week. Registration takes place at West Friendship, Bushy Park and Lisbon elementary schools April 5 through April 8 during the school day.
Children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Dec. 31 to be eligible. You'll need to bring proof of residence to register. Contact your local school for more information.
"Happiness is more a matter of disposition than of circumstance." That's my father's feeling about life.
Dad, an extrovert, is a class act: intelligent, witty, and fun to be around.
After a successful business career, he fills his days with kids and grandchildren, friends and good books.
Saturday is Dad's 75th birthday. I know he'll be happy that day. It's his disposition.
Happy Birthday, Dad!