Let's see, the groundhog says we've got six more weeks of winter and the calendar says spring is 41 days away.
But take heart! The real gauges of spring -- local crafts fairs -- are just around the corner, the first one March 12.
Organizers of the Arundel High School Key Club annual fair are looking for artisans to fill the 100-plus spaces.
The fair, to be held rain or shine, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Food will be sold in the cafeteria by the Arundel High School Band. Child care will be available in the Kids Room supervised by Key Club members.
For information or to reserve a space, contact Carol Myers at (410) 923-6677.
Once again it's time for the Crofton Library Storytime. The first session starts tomorrow for 2-year-olds at 10 a.m.
A session for 3- to 5-year-olds will be held Thursdays at 10 a.m. An evening session will be held Thursdays for 2- to 6-year-olds at 7 p.m. Each session runs the week of Feb. 8 through March 31.
For information, contact the library at 222-7915 or 261-3909.
The Crofton Kiwanis Club is taking orders for temple oranges, grapefruit and tangerines until Friday for delivery Feb. 20.
Oranges are $10 for two-fifths bushel, $18 for four-fifths bushel. Grapefruits are $9 for two-fifths bushel, $17 for for-fifths bushel. Tangerines, in a two-fifths bushel only, are $15. Orders will be available for pickup Feb. 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the parking lot near Dunkin Donuts.
For order placement or for information call Tom Haggerty at 721-7289 or Kiwanis Club President Becky Daniel at 261-3527.
Crofton Meadows Elementary School would like to remind parents, grandparents and friends to save Metro Food Market cash register tapes in addition to Giant and Safeway receipts.
The students have a long way to go if they are to reach their goal of turning in $600,000 worth of receipts for school equipment.
You can mail receipts to the school: 2020 Tilghman Drive, Crofton 21114.
Do you think Crofton needs a high school of its own?
If so, attend a meeting tomorrow night at Glen Burnie High School and tell representatives of the Crofton Civic Association, the Greater Crofton Council and the Greater Crofton Community Based School Committee how you feel.
The meeting is to exchange information and show county government leaders that Crofton supports a West County high school.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Wade F. Horn, psychologist and national executive director of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, will discuss education issues and explain the goals of the organization at the local chapter's meeting Thursday.
The meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., will be held at Crofton Elementary School on Duke of Kent Drive.
For information, call 721-5376 or 721- 2468.
You've put it off to the last minute, but now it's the last minute.
Saturday is the final walk-in registration for the Crofton Athletic Council spring sports schedule.
The sign-up session will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Crofton Elementary School.
The spring schedule consists of T-ball, baseball, softball, boys and girls lacrosse and fall cheerleading.
For information, call 261-0196.
Men 55 and older who belong to the Crofton Country Club and want to play in a seniors golf program should give a call to Keith Phillips at 261-3783.
The seniors play each Tuesday, March through October. Visiting clubs play at Crofton during the year and seniors play at other courses including Argylo and Prospect Bay.
The Crofton Teen Club has a Valentine's Teen Dance set for 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at the Arundel Fire Hall.
The cost is $3 per person and that covers the cost of pizza and soda. The dance is for teens 13 to 18 years old; identification will be required. Reserve tickets by calling 721-9265 or buy them at Crofton Town Hall.
If your child is interested in joining have him or her call Brianne French, president, 721-9265; Christina Bonaccorsy, vice president, 261-0748; Megan Cully, secretary, 858-0602; or Monica Taylor, treasurer, 858-1739.