No doubt you've seen some of the Greenbriar Garden Club's handiwork. Members pool their efforts to care for a plot at Whipps Cemetery. They arrange greens at historic Waverly mansion and help decorate the place at Christmas. They have planted and cared for a therapeutic garden at Harmony Hall, Columbia's retirement community.
Two members, Viola Barth and Diane Kowalski, planted dogwood trees at the A.M.E. Church cemetery in Daisy, Maryland.
And if you haven't seen their group efforts, certainly you've admired the beautiful gardens surrounding Ellicott City homes, some of which belong to Greenbriar members. One case in point is the Dunloggin home of Evelyn Lubinski, whose spring garden riots with the color of 11,000 daffodils, hyacinths and other early flower bulbs.
The club has become an Ellicott City institution and is coming up on its 35th year. Chartered in 1960, the club is a member of District V Federated Garden Clubs of America. The club won first prize in the district for the excellence of its program in 1993.
Although Greenbriar members take a hiatus during July and August, they meet every month to tour gardens such as Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va., and the William Paca House in Annapolis.
When not touring, they meet at member homes and sponsor a guest speaker after the meal. The speaker for their final 1993-1994 meeting in June was Jill Ann Williams, a self-employed businesswoman who gave a demonstration on "Edible Flowers."
"The main purpose of garden clubs is educational," said charter member Viola S. Barth. "We stress two basic concepts: horticulture and conservation."
Two of the club's charter members, Ms. Barth and Betty (Mrs. David) Balthis, are still active in the group.
Several other members have nearly as many years of membership. Barbara Mongold and Rosemarie Bauerenschub have nearly 60 years of active membership between them. Irene (Mrs. Irvin) Blumenfeld also is a long time Garden Club member.
If you're interested in flowers and flower arranging, then note on your calendar that the next district garden show will be in our neighborhood, held at Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville. The date is May 18, 1995. Garden clubs are already planting and planning.
Elkridge's Cub Scout Pack 360 held its first Pack Olympics and family day July 9. Participants included 23 families representing 25 scouts and 11 siblings. The children were divided into five scout dens and two sibling dens for the Olympic events, which parents had set up on the grounds of Trinity Episcopal Church in Elkridge.
Parents managed and scored while children competed in the javelin throw, softball and Frisbee throw, standing and running long jump, 50-yard -- and 100-yard run.
The children also played their parents in softball. To even out the odds, the children were given five outs per inning, and the parents batted left-handed. The children won the game, 9 to 5.
The Pack thanks Webelos leader Scott Wren and Cubmaster Daryl Davis for organizing the event.
Leanna Massey graduated from Mount Hebron High School this June and didn't waste any time getting out to see the world. With Mount Hebron art teacher Beth Hanna and 20 some other students from Mount Hebron and Hammond High School, she toured Italy for seven days as part of the Cultural Heritage Alliance. The group visited Florence, Venice and Rome as part of their trip.
Leanna will spend this summer working in Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks' therapeutic program, where she acts as a companion to a 13-year-old handicapped student. "She's always been good with kids," says her mother, Carol Massey.
Leanna, or "Becky," as she was called as a small child, will head off to join the class of 900 freshmen at Frostburg State College in September.
The Elkridge Area Jaycees will hold an open Candidates Forum at 6 p.m. Sunday to allow Elkridge voters to meet their House of Delegates candidates. The four candidates will have a chance to air their views, in addition to answering your questions. Please plan to attend the meeting, which will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on Montgomery Road.
For information, call Beth Niessner at 536-0566.
Here are a couple of nifty programs to be presented by the Howard County Library: "Mother Goose," a puppet program for ages 3 and up, will be given at the Miller Branch Library on July 27 at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Registration for the puppet show begins at 10 a.m. today and may be made in person or by phone at 313-1955.
Elkridge Library will present "To Catch a Crook" from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 28. The program will show 6- to 10-year-olds how police solve crimes. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Thursday and can be made in person or by phone at 313-5085.
Wednesday the "Censational" Centennial Park Sunset Serenade concert series will host some great musicians, Rick Serfas and the Soul Providers. My family particularly enjoyed their program last year, and we plan to be there for this year's performance.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the chef will serve up barbecued chicken, so many families either purchase their dinners at the park or bring a picnic. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and continues while the sun descends. The park closes at dusk.
There is no charge for the concert, but a donation of $2 per car for parking helps to defray costs. Patrons of the Olive Garden at Columbia restaurant can pick up a voucher for free concert parking.
If rain threatens, call 313-4451 after 4 p.m. for cancellation notices.
Lisa Solomon, international exchange coordinator for the nonprofit Educational Foundation, thanks Ellicott City neighbors for their generous response in taking in French students for a summer visit.
Now Lisa needs host families to take in high school students for the school year. The students, ages 15 to 18, will be prescreened through an interview process and written essay. They will bring their own spending money, are fully insured and will be involved in EF parties and community service throughout the year.
They will arrive at the end of August and will stay in the country through the close of the school year in June. She hopes to place the students at Mt. Hebron High School and Centennial High School.
If you're interested in participating, call Lisa at 461-7362.